Hopeful News

Describing the new Treaty on the Prohibition of Nuclear Weapons, Mary Hladky explained at the Hiroshima/Nagasaki Remembrance that the treaty prohibits the possession, development, testing, use, and threat of use of nuclear weapons. “The countries supporting this treaty … know that a crisis like the one now growing in North Korea could leap from a spark to an uncontrollable inferno in unanticipated ways.”

Lament and Sorrow. Hope for Tomorrow!

Speaking at the Aug. 6 PeaceWorks gathering to lament the US attacks on Hiroshima and Nagasaki, Jim Hannah, in his keynote, said, “I commend you for your presence tonight. You’ve chosen to face into the horrors of Hiroshima and Nagasaki rather than look away, as our nation has mostly done for 72 years. … You are the sign that all have NOT forgotten. You are the sign that hope is stronger than fear. … And you are the voices that collectively will swell to an irresistible global chorus demanding 'No more nukes!'"

Fr. Carl Kabat’s 7th annual Interdependence Day action at new nuclear weapons plant

In keeping with the tradition of Interdependence Day, the recognition of our need for each other as well as the impact of our actions on others, Fr Carl Kabat, 83, took action on July 4 at the Kansas City National Security Campus. Carl's attempt to incarnate the destructiveness of nuclear weapons by symbolically pouring red … Continue reading Fr. Carl Kabat’s 7th annual Interdependence Day action at new nuclear weapons plant

Newsletter: June 2017

Planting Seeds of Peace. // Sightings of a new ‘National Bird’. // Share at table and plot the politics of peace. // Dave Pack reflects on military costs, offers MLK for hope. // Constructive conversation. // Stand Up KC caps work against Puzder with victory rally. // Poems from prison.

Take Heart!

If you are of the progressive persuasion, these are disheartening times. Could our nation really go back to the worst days of Cold War mentality, environmental pollution, racial discrimination, blind nationalism, and patriarchy? … I’ve been struggling to retain a hopeful stance. … Seek the truth. Join with others. Witness for justice and peace. Persist. And above all, don’t lose heart!

Wife says toxins at old nuke plant caused husband’s death

Debbie Penniston’s husband died at 50 from an inoperable brain cancer after working 27 years as an engineer at the KC Plant, the former nuclear weapons parts plant. During the PeaceWorks Walk/Ride/Die-in on Memorial Day, she asked, “Why didn’t those who knew about the toxins and dangers in this plant tell employees they could run the risk of getting sick or dying, and allow the employees to find employment elsewhere?”

Share at table and plot the politics of peace

Initiate or deepen your own discovery of this city—its panoply of people from many nations and of many tongues—with a robust recognition of belonging at the level of the everyday, personal, and particular: food. I hope it can be an entrance into systemic questions of who plants, grows, harvests, and prepares food, of who owns, and how. Ask the vendors. Begin again with daily bread.