Remembering the two atomic bombs dropped on Hiroshima and Nagasaki in 1945, 55 persons shared potluck, listened to speakers, and were moved by the singing of Bob and Diana Suckiel. Atsuki Mori explained that her grandmother’s whole life dramatically changed after the Hiroshima bombing and recalled how much her family and the Japanese people have suffered.
A judge set the date of Nov. 1 for the trial of 17 persons who crossed the property line at the nuclear weapons parts plant in Kansas City, Mo., on May 27. At 12:30pm, an hour before the trial time, all are invited to share reflections at the courthouse entry, 511 E. 11th St., in KC.
Byron Clemens accompanied famed Plowshares activist Father Carl Kabat July 4 when Kabat splashed red paint on the National Security Campus entry sign. Kabat, 85, moved to the Order of Mary Immaculate retirement center in San Antonio July 15. Clemens came to court Aug. 5 and received a court date of Sept. 5 at Municipal Court in Kansas City, Mo. Clemens says he supported Kabat’s efforts “to stop the insanity of nuclear weapons.”
Local artists and top-quality, affordable art will again be the focus of PeaceWorks-KC’s 29th annual UNplaza Art Fair, slated for 10a.m.-6p.m., Saturday, Sept. 21, and 10a.m.-5p.m., Sunday, Sept. 22. A tent city of some 100+ artists will be onsite at Southmoreland Park, selling thousands of original artworks.
On Aug. 2, The Kansas City Star ran a letter to the editor from Henry Stoever, chair of the PeaceWorks-KC Board. “We live in the diabolical shadow of the Hiroshima and Nagasaki bombings 74 years ago,” said Stoever. “Grave questions of morality, necessity, and wisdom have been raised about the bombings.”
Early August for PeaceWorks-KC always means the Hiroshima/Nagasaki Remembrance, and this year, the month also brings the chance for court support … all for a nuke-free world.
Three PeaceWorks representatives lobbied Congress during DC Days May 20-22, sponsored by the Alliance for Nuclear Accountability (ANA). They learned the Trump administration plans production of more plutonium pits—the cores of modern thermonuclear weapons—with help from KC’s nuclear weapon parts plant.
said Martin Luther King Jr. “The mighty stream is the system and we are the water,” reflects Cassie Weck.
PeaceWorks Board member Lu Mountenay died April 21 after a long battle with cancer. She told her family she did not want a memorial service (which the family, of course, held!), but a protest. She repeatedly reminded people, “Peace works!”
Ron Faust’s poem for the 2019 Memorial Day peace witness recalls “2000 toxins in a list rolled out/On a scroll by Lu Mountenay.” Several persons this year, mourning Lu’s death, crossed the property line at the new nuke-parts plant in memory of Lu.