What’s wrong with this picture?

When we hear GOOD NEWS—for example, U.S. troops are coming home from Syria and Afghanistan—why is it that the news media almost exclusively report the viewpoints of those who have been managing our country’s endless wars, stating that bringing U.S. troops home is a bad idea? Where is the other side of the story? With, hopefully, troops coming home, a Senate vote to end U.S. support for the brutal Saudi war in Yemen, and a newly elected, more progressive Congress, the Peace Movement needs to seize the moment.

Sunny Jordan Hamrick tells supporters before the Dec. 7 trial in Kansas City, Mo., on his and others’ resistance to nuclear weapons, “No matter how much work we do in our communities, no matter how many mouths we feed, or homes we repair, and no matter how much Love we share, it could all be taken away in seconds because of these weapons, because of the lust for power. So today, as we walk into the courtroom, we take a few steps in the direction of truth, just as we did on Memorial Day.”—Photo by Jeremy Ruzich

Nukes on trial: tables are turned—after case is dismissed, defendants call nukes guilty of crimes against humanity

The Dec. 7 hearing at the Kansas City, Mo., Municipal Court was dubbed “Nukes on Trial,” but there was no trial because the lone witness for the prosecution did not come to court; no one appeared to testify against the five defendants’ act of civil disobedience. Nonetheless, nuclear weapons were tried and found guilty as the defendants held their own court after the judge dismissed the trespass charge.

Poor People’s Hearing highlights poverty in Missouri

The national movement called the Poor People’s Campaign held a Poor People’s Hearing in Kansas City, Mo., Oct. 10. An overflow audience heard the heartbreaking stories of an undocumented person, a Native American, a farmer, a low-wage worker, and a veteran. After each of their stories, the audience chanted, “Someone is hurting my brothers and sisters, and we are not going to take it anymore!”

Senseless killing, sensible response

The irony that the Tree of Life Synagogue in Pittsburgh became the scene of multiple shooting deaths on a peaceful Sabbath morning is a senseless contradiction, difficult to take in. We at PeaceWorks, Kansas City, join the nation in grief for the victims of the Oct. 27 massacre and their loved ones.

UNplaza Art Fair 2018 in Pictures and Video

This was the best UNplaza Art Fair ever! There were more people than ever representing many cultural, and socio-economic levels working in harmony. The beauty and creative skills of artists was evident in their painting, photography, pottery, jewelry, dresses, scarves, purses and other items. Representatives of progressive political groups advocating against the totalitarianism of the current administration’s nuclear proliferation, divisive Politics, violence, genocide, voter suppression, racism, corruption, anti-feminism, anti-environmentalism, and the disastrous, treasonous collusion and obstruction of justice involving an enemy, Russia provided a good reason to GET OUT AND VOTE AGAINST THE CURRENT RULING PARTY THIS NOVEMBER! Promote Peace, Justice Tolerance, Equality, Social Fairness for All, Education For All and Make America Great Again.

The author of this excerpt is Mark A Semet, PeaceWorksKC Board Member.