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.”
Marion Küpker, who has worked for more than 20 years against the stationing of US nuclear weapons in Germany, is sharing her progress with US audiences. Hear her Wednesday, Oct. 18, at 7 pm at All Souls Unitarian Universalist Church, 4501 Walnut, KC MO.
Nicole Hockley, the mother of a first-grader who died in the Sandy Hook massacre in 2012 in Newtown, CT, will give the keynote address at a forum on Monday, Oct. 9, Columbus Day. Grandparents Against Gun Violence sponsors the annual community forum.
This piece demonstrates how long the damages of combat trauma last and how poverty and being a person of color in this country can be very traumatizing in itself. “I think there is much work to be done here at home when we can easily draw a parallel between an actual combat war zone and cities or neighborhoods in the United States,” reflects C. Garcia. (Her poem contains strong language.)