FIRST CITY ON EARTH PASSES RESOLUTION TO DECLARE THE SPACE ABOVE ALL CITIZENS IN BERKELEY, CA. A SPACE-BASED WEAPONS-FREE ZONE; calls on u.s. congress to pass and u.s. president to sign KUCINICH space preservation act and treaty banning all space-based weapons.


BERKELEY, CA. - The Berkeley City Council makes Berkeley, California the first city in the world to pass a Resolution calling for a ban on all space-based weapons in support of the Space Preservation Act, introduced by the Honorable Congressman Dennis Kucinich (D-OH), and soon to be re-introduced in 2003, and the companion Space Preservation Treaty. Berkeley is the first city in the world to declare the space above the heads of all citizens in their city to be a space-based weapons-free zone.

In an historic vote on September 10, 2002 the City Council of Berkeley, California enacted Resolution #61744, declaring the space 60 kilometers and above the City is a space-based weapons free zone. On September 14th, Congressman Kucinich, was officially presented the Resolution by Councilmember Dona Spring, who initiated this milestone Resolution before 700 people in Wheeler Auditorium, who gave Kucinich and Spring a standing ovation.

Berkeley City Council Resolution #61744 calls on "the U.S. Senate and House of Representatives to enact and the U.S. President to sign and enforce the Space Preservation Act." It also declares that "it is the will of the Council that the U.S. President, individually or at an emergency Treaty Conference, sign the Space Preservation Treaty, and that the U.S. Senate ratify it to permanently ban all space-based weapons to preserve the cooperative, peaceful uses of space for all residents of Berkeley and for all humankind."

Congressman Kucinich, whose popularity is growing rapidly around the U.S. and the world, is Co-Chair of the U.S. House of Representatives Aviation and Space Caucus, Co-Chair of the Baltic Caucus, Chairman of the Progressive Caucus, and is on the Board of the Parliamentarians for Global Action. His Space Preservation Act and its companion Space Preservation Treaty will establish a permanent ban on all space-based weapons, on the use of weapons to destroy or damage objects in space that are in orbit; and will permanently terminate the research and development, testing, manufacturing, production and deployment of all space-based weapons.

ICIS President Dr. Carol Rosin says, "The Berkeley Resolution is a win-win. We can end the arms race, free funding to expand space exploration, R&D, testing, manufacturing, production and deployment of civil, commercial, and defense activities not related to space-based weapons, transform the war industry into a space industry, stimulate economies with R&D of clean and safe technology, products and services to solve urgent problems of humanity and our environment, build security based on enhanced communication, information sharing, and applications of technology to bring the world to peace. We must ban space-based weapons in 2003."

In her presentation of the Berkeley Resolution to Congressman Kucinich, distinguished Councilmember Dona Spring expressed her heartfelt gratitude to Congressman Kucinich and said, "This Resolution of the Council of the City of Berkeley is hereby recommended to be adopted by all municipalities in the United States of America and worldwide." She added, "Imagine all the cities in the world declaring the space above that city to be a space-based weapons-free zone."

Kucinich, Chairman of the House Aviation and Space Caucus, has stated, "We can take this technology for destruction, for war, and, through this proposal, create a technology for peace. We can create a world where war no longer becomes inevitable. We first have to look to a practical measure, such a measure to stop the weaponization of space. There are so many opportunities for the evolution of our species. There is the possibility of space travel, for commerce, for exploration. That is part of the human spirit. It always has been. And so we have the chance today, launching this effort for peace, through saying, 'There shall be no weapons in space.' But not only that, but to use the legislation as a matrix for a treaty to preserve space which we will ask leaders from all over the world to sign."

Vancouver, B.C.-based ICIS Director Alfred Webre, JD, MEd states, "Berkeley Resolution #61744 has been passed at a crucial historic moment. Because of the imminent weaponization of space, we are urging Canada and other U.N. Member Nations to convene an emergency Treaty-signing Conference to facilitate the signing and ratification of the Space Preservation Treaty by world leaders, similar to the Treaty-signing Conference held in Canada in December, 1997, where 122 countries signed the Convention Banning Land Mines, known as the Ottawa Convention. The vehicles needed to accomplish this important goal already are in place. Svend Robinson, a Member of Parliament in Canada, introduced Motion M-527 June 20, 2002, calling on 'Canada to lead an international effort to ban the introduction of all weapons in space through a binding international agreement against the weaponization of space.' Canadian Senator Douglas Roche had introduced the same motion in the Senate on June 13, 2002."

BERKELEY CITY COUNCIL RESOLUTION #61744

If you would like to introduce this Resolution in your city, as the intention is for every city across the country and the world to pass this Resolution, find a councilmember in your City Council, and ask him/her to introduce it. Contact Leuren Moret (510-845-3139) in Berkeley, California to find out she made it happen in Berkeley.

CONTACT: Environmental Commissioner Leuren Moret (510) 845-3139 or City Councilmember Dona Spring (510) 649-0330 President Institute for Cooperation in Space, Carol Rosin 805-641-1999 International ICIS Director, Alfred Webre, JD Med, 604-817-2802 www.peaceinspace.com info@peaceinspace,.com

CONSENT CALENDAR
Date: 9-10-02 PASSED
RESOLUTION NUMBER 61744

To: Honorable Mayor and Members of the City Council
Subject: ENDORSING THE SPACE PRESERVATION ACT AND COMPANION SPACE PRESERVATION TREATY TO PERMANENTLY BAN THE WEAPONIZATION OF SPACE

RECOMMENDATION: That the Council pass the attached resolution supporting the Space Preservation Act and the companion Space Preservation Treaty, and request that the City Manager send letters to our federal representatives urging their support of the Space Preservation Act.

BACKGROUND: On January 23rd 2002, Congressman Dennis Kucinich (D-Ohio) introduced the Space Preservation Act, companion to the Space Preservation Treaty, to the US House of Representatives. In the words of Congressman Kucinich, "We can take this technology for destruction, for war, and, through this proposal, create a technology for peace. We can create a world where war no longer becomes inevitable. We first have to look to a practical measure, such a measure to stop the weaponization of space. There are so many opportunities for the evolution of our species. There is the possibility of space travel, for commerce, for exploration. That is part of the human spirit. It always has been. And so we have the chance today, launching this effort for peace, through saying, 'There shall be no weapons in space.' But not only that, but to use the legislation as a matrix for a treaty to preserve space which we will ask leaders from all over the world to sign."

RESOLUTION NO. 61744
RESOLUTION IN SUPPORT OF THE SPACE PRESERVATION ACT AND THE SPACE PRESERVATION TREATY TO PERMANENTLY BAN THE WEAPONIZATION OF SPACE

WHEREAS, the Space Preservation Act and the companion Space Preservation Treaty will establish a permanent ban on all space-based weapons, on the use of weapons to destroy or damage objects in space that are in orbit; and the permanent termination of research and development, testing, manufacturing, production and deployment of all space-based weapons; and

WHEREAS, the termination of the Anti-Ballistic Missile (ABM) Treaty on June 13, 2002 will permit research, development, testing, manufacturing, production and deployment of space-based weapons, thereby instigating a dangerous, costly, and destabilizing arms race in space, endangering all residents of Berkeley, the United States of America and all of humankind, and invading outer space, humanity's weapons-free common heritage, with space-based weapons; and

WHEREAS, The Space Preservation Act, companion to the Space Preservation Treaty, introduced by U.S. Congressman Dennis Kucinich (D-Ohio), requires the U.S. President to work toward "negotiating, adopting and implementing an international treaty banning space-based weapons and the use of weapons to destroy or damage objects in space that are in orbit;" and

WHEREAS, the Space Preservation Treaty will establish an outer space peacekeeping agency to monitor outer space and enforce the permanent ban of space-based weapons; and

WHEREAS, The Space Preservation Act and the Space Preservation Treaty facilitate future public and private investment in clean and safe technology, products and services, and in sustainable, non-weapons, expanded civil, commercial and military, world cooperative space ventures, and the consequent stimulation of the national and world economy. The Act and the Treaty do not prohibit activities including space exploration, space research and development, testing, manufacturing or deployment that is not related to space-based weapons or systems, or civil, commercial, or defense activities (including communications, navigation, surveillance, reconnaissance, early warning, or remote sensing) that are not related to space-based weapons or systems;" and

WHEREAS, the Space Preservation Act and the Space Preservation Treaty preserve the peaceful, cooperative uses of space for all residents of Berkeley and for all humankind; and

THEREFORE BE IT RESOLVED:
4)THAT IT IS THE WILL OF THE COUNCIL OF THE CITY OF BERKELEY THAT THE U.S. SENATE AND HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES ENACT AND THE U.S. PRESIDENT SIGN AND ENFORCE THE SPACE PRESERVATION ACT; and

2) THAT IT IS THE WILL OF THE COUNCIL THAT THE U.S. PRESIDENT, INDIVIDUALLY OR AT AN EMERGENCY TREATY CONFERENCE, SIGN THE SPACE PRESERVATION TREATY, AND THAT THE U.S. SENATE RATIFY IT TO PERMANENTLY BAN ALL SPACE-BASED WEAPONS TO PRESERVE THE COOPERATIVE, PEACEFUL USES OF SPACE FOR ALL RESIDENTS OF BERKELEY AND FOR ALL HUMANKIND; and

3) The Council of the City of Berkeley hereby declares that the space 60 kilometers and above the City of Berkeley is a space-based weapons-free zone; and

4) This Resolution of the Council of the City of Berkeley is hereby recommended to be adopted by all Municipalities in the United States of America and worldwide.