|Thousands of people have signed petitions demanding a
Citizens Disarmament Inspection of Lockheed Martin to determine if its Valley Forge,
Pennsylvania facilities are in compliance with the World Court advisory
opinion of July '96, which declared that the threat or use of nuclear weapons are illegal, or if these facilities continued as "international sites of crime."
Martin is the largest war contractor in the world, and the U.S. government's chief nuclear
weapons contractor. After war contracts, Lockheed Martin's only other significant and
growing business is the management of state welfare departments and prisons.
On January 18, 1999, Martin Luther King Day, some 40 people organized by the Brandywine
Peace Community attempted the inspection of three facilities during a walk through the
complex, proceeding mostly on Lockheed Martin property. Throughout the walk, a sound van
broadcast excerpts of various speeches and sermons of Dr. King's.
At Lockheed Martin Bldg.#9, the walk concluded as 15 people were arrested for insisting
on a Citizens Disarmament Inspection and refusing to leave the front doorways of the
facility until the Inspection was carried out. All 15 were cited for criminal trespass and