#PineGapPilgrims facing court

On Sep 29 2016, six “Peace Pilgrims” were arrested next to the Pine Gap Military base which is a key US military facility providing support for violent operations, drone strikes and the massive spy program revealed by Edward Snowden.  

For the Media

What is Pine Gap?

A US base established by the CIA  to conduct mass surveillance, collecting raw data from satellites, supporting communications of US armed forces, targeting drone attacks and also supporting arms control verification. More info on Pine Gap

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We were lamenting war and praying for peace and now we need your help and support:
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  3. Join us in Alice for the major case later in the year.
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The Pilgrims

Margaret Pestorius

I have been involved with social change since discovering, as a young adult, the beauty of working...

Andy Paine

I  grew up in Mudgee in central west NSW. Even at school I was always interested in ideas of...

Paul Christie

Paul Christie is the parent of two daughters and has spent his life working to create community,...

Franz Dowling

I grew up in a Catholic Worker family of 7 kids, on a farm just an hour north of Brisbane. My...

Tim Webb

I heard rumours about another Pine Gap action a few years ago at various peace gatherings. There...

Jim Dowling

I grew up in a fairly poor family in the Brisbane suburbs of Redcliffe and Virginia. I can still...


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The Alice Springs Peace Convergence takes place on Arrernte land. The ‘kwertengwerle’ (ritual caretakers) of central and eastern Arrernte are committed to closing Pine Gap through a process of Healing, Unity & Peace. To do this the Arrernte are hosting a number of camps and activities on tribal homelands and in Alice Springs themed on the areas of Healing, Permaculture, Education, Arts. Cultural places of Smoking & Welcome have been established (see the Arrernte healing & unity pages at www.closepinegap.com)  
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