Artwork by local artists—with prices ranging from low to high—beckons you to PeaceWorks’ annual fundraiser, the UNplaza Art Fair, Sept. 22-23. From paintings to pottery to purses, from sculpture to stained glass, you’ll find irresistible treasures. Do you want a new hat? Look no further! Do you crave a scarf or baubles, bangles, and beads? … Continue reading Come to the 28th UNplaza Art Fair: Sept. 22-23, 2018
PeaceWorks Board member Joseph Wun was caught in a crowd by police for looking suspicious—for being a person of color, being young, and having a backpack. He still feels embarrassed at not being prepared for the incident. He also offers advice.
As a billionaire class ascends to the presidency and cabinet (in January 2017), Jim Hannah reflects on class warfare in the United States. Hannah turns to Howard Zinn for hope: "When we organize with one another, when we get involved, when we stand up and speak out together, we can create a power no government can suppress."
The Trump Administration has decided to continue to support the war in Afghanistan, only with more troops and no stated end game. As this war completed its 16th year, on Oct. 7, more troops were on their way to Afghanistan. The suffering of our troops, their families, and the Afghan people will continue.
By Jamie Jackson The mission of the Coalition Against Contamination (CAC) is to support workers and their families whose health has been impaired because of toxins at Bannister Federal Complex (BFC) at Bannister and Troost in KC, MO. Parts for nuclear weapons were made there, at the Kansas City Plant, from 1949 to 2014, when … Continue reading Coalition forms to tackle contamination at Bannister Federal Complex
'Ban the Bomb butterfly effect' // UNplaza Art Fair--beauty in the park // Activists aim to oust US nuclear weapons from Germany // Afghanistan--the forgotten war // Abolish prison slavery--write prisoners // How to keep our children safe from guns // Coalition forms to tackle contamination at Bannister Federal Complex
Did you feel that flutter a few weeks ago? You might call it the “Ban the Bomb butterfly effect,” more evidence that small actions can have outsized impact. The stir came when this year’s Nobel Peace Prize was awarded to ICAN, the International Campaign to Abolish Nuclear Weapons.
Marion Küpker, of Hamburg, Germany, spoke to PeaceWorks members recently about her work to oust US nuclear weapons from her country. In 2016, Küpker helped launch an annual 20-week-long series of protests at Büchel Air Base, demanding withdrawal of the 20 B61 bombs there. Several Americans attended this year’s events, and Küpker invited us to participate next year.
Grandparents Against Gun Violence hosted an engaged and dedicated gathering of grandparents, parents, sons, and daughters on a crisp autumn morning at UMKC. Keynote speaker Nicole Hockley, whose son died in the Sandy Hook Elementary School massacre, said, "My son's death was not an accident. It was preventable."
Jack Kleven, a new patron to PeaceWorks’ annual fundraiser, the UNplaza Art Fair, said he preferred our fair to others. Why? “Every booth is unique, with work I have never seen before, and reasonably priced. The artists are thrilled that you come in to see their work.”