There’s a new peace group in Cairns.
Margaret, Steve, Rob, Mike, Paul, and I have made decisions about the what, how and who of taking effective action. Trish, Sarah, Polly, Carla, Jonathon and Stu will join in the training, and the support/action. We are going to make the US Navy’s job a lot harder every time they come to Cairns.
We’re meeting again on 3 March to move the costumes forward (penguin/stinger suits), and decide on a training program and public launch.
We have three swimmers, a media guru, a techno-geek, a community artist, and a bunch of otherwise ordinary folk willing to witness, support and organise. We’ll take dramatic and effective NVDA every time a US warship arrives. We’ll use that NVDA to spread the word and build the movement.
Our action will be to swim out in front of arriving US warships – to make them stop and wait while Queensland water Police clear us out of the way. With three swimmers, all of whom will non-cooperate (and two of whom will be fit), it ought take Police an hour or more to do that job. For that hour, the US Navy ship will be vulnerable. Under tow in a foreign civilian port.
A big and important warship – like the USS Blue Ridge – might be kept vulnerable for several hours.
If we can achieve these modest goals the US Navy will stop coming to Cairns.