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Alaskans have an especially strong responsibility to critically engage the issues around the new Star War" programs, especially National Missile Defense (NMD).
From our Juneau perspective, so far it has mostly appeared that the Bush administration's NMD developments at Fort Greeley, and related work at Shemya and Kodiak, have been welcomed for the jobs they bring. But many Alaskans are aware of the enormous costs and risks of NMD, and have been raising a critique and a resistance.
Several national, statewide, regional and local organizations have formed an Alaskan coalition, called CODE, for Citizens Opposed to Defense Experimentation. A representative of the coalition will be here in Juneau for a public meeting at 7 p.m. Wednesday in McPhetres Hall on 4th and Gold Streets to discuss NMD and how we in Juneau can participate with others around the state to resist NMD's deployment.