Stand Up KC caps years of work with victory rally

Posted Mar 2, 2017

Stand Up KC held a “victory” march and rally Feb. 16 to celebrate the withdrawal of Andrew Puzder as a nominee for secretary of labor. Stand Up KC has rallied and marched for $15 an hour and a union for fast food workers, and recently others have joined the movement, such as day care personnel, health care workers, untenured teachers, and airline baggage handlers.

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Videos show rally for Chelsea Manning

Posted Mar 2, 2017

PeaceWorks rallied Nov. 20 for clemency for Chelsea Manning, and two videos now share some of the speakers’ messages. About 55 persons gathered outside Fort Leavenworth in Kansas, where Chelsea (formerly Bradley) is serving a 35-year sentence for releasing material to WikiLeaks in 2010 about US atrocities in the Iraq & Afghanistan wars. President Obama commuted her sentence in January; her release is set for May 17.

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Planting Seeds of Peace, 4/22

Posted Feb 28, 2017

Come to our PeaceWorks party, free, for live music, games, and delicious food—our Earth Day gathering for the Earth and for current and future PeaceWorks members.

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Come to PeaceWorks Annual Meeting 3/5

Posted Feb 16, 2017

Join PeaceWorks members at our Annual Meeting Sunday, March 5, 2-4 pm. Fill your afternoon with peace news and help us plan for action as we share snacks and wrestle with peace, justice, and diversity concerns.

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AfterSHOCK!

Isn’t the oath of office about the Constitution?
And who here votes for Trump’s cabinet members?

Posted Feb 22, 2017

At a forum cosponsored by PeaceWorks-KC and All Souls Unitarian Universalist Church on Inauguration Day, PeaceWorks leaders asked whether Trump pays heed at all to the Constitution and whether forum participants would, indeed, vote for Trump’s picks for the cabinet.

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AfterSHOCK!

Forum ponders racism, immigration

Posted Feb 22, 2017

“I don’t have to remind you Donald Trump discriminates against Muslims and makes fun of disabled Americans. He categorically believes Black people are lazy and Mexicans are criminals and rapists. But as people of color, we have always been under attack. This is not new to us,” said Justice, of One Struggle-KC. She and others addressed the rising tide of racism and immigration in the US as they spoke at the Jan. 20 PeaceWorks/All Souls forum.

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AfterSHOCK!

Forum addresses GLBTQ rights, health care, peace concerns, climate emergency, labor issues, ACLU activism

Posted Feb 22, 2017

Pastor Kendyl Gibbons welcomed the PeaceWorks/All Souls forum participants on Inauguration Day and defended GLBTQ rights: “Our government must not allow discrimination in housing, employment, medical care, or any other form, against gay, lesbian, or transgender people. We reject the premise that such unjust practices represent religious freedom.” Other speakers covered a wide variety of topics.

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Rally and petition seek freedom for whistleblower Chelsea Manning

Posted Dec 1, 2016

PeaceWorks members and friends called for freedom for Chelsea Manning at the main entry to Fort Leavenworth in Kansas, where she is serving a 35-year sentence for releasing materials to WikiLeaks about US war crimes in Iraq and Afghanistan. She has recently twice attempted suicide. Manning has asked President Obama for clemency, and supporters are also asking Obama for her freedom via petitions.whitehouse.gov/petition/commute-chelsea-mannings-sentence-time-served-1.

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The US Drone War: An Insider Speaks Out

Posted Nov 30, 2016

Cian Westmoreland, a former Air Force operative, shared his knowledge and experience from participant to now-outspoken whistleblower of the US drone program at a PeaceWorks-KC gathering Nov. 16. He talked of kill-decision and “acceptable loss.” We must be vigilant in our reading, writing, and sharing, deep in our listening, and willing to bear witness with those like Cian.

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PeaceWorks members visit NM nuclear waste sites during meeting

Posted Nov 23, 2016

Two PeaceWorks members visited the birthplace of the bomb, Los Alamos, NM, during the annual fall meeting of the Alliance for Nuclear Accountability. “The more I learn about the nuclear weapons industry, the more I become aware of the heinous evil involved,” says Ann Suellentrop.

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Pursuing peace on international, interfaith levels

Posted Nov 23, 2016

Matthew Bolton and Emily Welty vowed in their marriage to make the world a better place. Part of that vow was realized when they watched a UN General Assembly committee vote overwhelmingly to start negotiations in 2017 on a treaty banning nuclear weapons.

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Father Carl Kabat persists at trial

Posted Nov 13, 2016

Father Carl Kabat, 83, came to trial Oct. 12 for splashing blood-red paint on the door of the plant in Kansas City, Mo., that makes parts for nuclear weapons. Father Kabat tried to get his point across—that the red paint symbolized blood and that the plant was a place of death. The judge observed, “What the place makes is irrelevant.” The judge sentenced him to 30 days in jail—suspended, plus two years’ probation.

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Gun Violence--The Culture of Fear

Posted Nov 23, 2016

“What kind of world will you leave your children?” syndicated columnist Leonard Pitts asked Kansas Citians Oct. 10. “Will we continue to allow the NRA … to endanger their (your children’s) future with their overzealous lobbying?” Pitts spoke at a seminar cosponsored by PeaceWorks and groups including Grandparents Against Gun Violence.

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Talk Nov. 16—y’all come!

The US Drone War: An Insider Speaks Out

Posted Nov 8, 2016

A former US Air Force drone program technician, Cian Westmoreland, will give an insider’s view of war drones Wednesday, Nov. 16, at All Souls Church at 7 pm. The program is free and open to all.

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Rally for Chelsea Manning at 2pm Sunday, Nov. 20

Posted Nov 8, 2016

Join a public witness on behalf of Chelsea (formerly Bradley) Manning at the entry to Fort Leavenworth in Kansas, where she's serving a 35-year sentence for releasing classified documents to WikiLeaks. She has tried to commit suicide twice in the last five months, and one of her advocates, Col. Ann Wright, has called for a "national mobilization" to demand that Chelsea no longer be subjected to solitary confinement.

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Revival calls for action for racial healing

Posted Oct 23, 2016

Rev. William Barber, leader of the Moral Monday movement in North Carolina that is pushing for racial justice, preached, “Woe to those who legislate evil!—who issue unjust laws and deprive the poor of their rights. Woe to those who cut money from children so they can get a tax cut for the wealthy.”

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Lu Mountenay gets community service + 1 year’s probation for resisting nukes

Posted Aug 22, 2016

Lu Mountenay, a Community of Christ minister and vice chair of the PeaceWorks Board, was sentenced Aug. 1 to 50 hours of community service and one year’s probation for trespassing at KC’s new nuke-parts plant.

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Hiroshima/Nagasaki Remembrance, Aug. 6

Henry Stoever, Nick Pickrell, David Ekerdt, and Gayle June lead participants Aug. 6 in singing “Come and Sing a Simple Song of Freedom.” —Photo by Lu Mountenay

Posted Aug 23, 2016

PeaceWorks board members Henry Stoever and Dave Pack were the first speakers at the Aug. 6 event. Pack quoted author Paul Ham’s description of the 1945 bombings: “Under a summer sky, without warning, hundreds of thousands of civilian men, women and children felt the sun fall on their heads.”

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Poems from Aug. 6 remembrance, for a safer world

Lu Mountenay challenges us:

“When we remember the lives of those at
Nagasaki and Hiroshima in 1945,
We know we must act in their stead.”

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And Ron Faust calls to us:

“We can at least do this:
Carry on in the face of obstacles
and make the arc of our lives bend
toward a vision of peace and love.”

Gayle June speaks of his mother, his hope

Posted Aug 23, 2016

Gayle June, the son of a Nagasaki bombing survivor, said on Aug. 6, “I invite all of you to join me at dawn at Liberty Memorial on Veteran’s Day, Nov. 11, and shout out, ‘No war!’ We can send this out into the universe!”

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Photo: Gayle June rests on a stone wall Aug. 6, during the Hiroshima/Nagasaki Remembrance. —Photo by Tom Fox

Ann Suellentrop gives keynote Aug. 6

Posted Aug 22, 2016

At PeaceWorks’ annual Hiroshima/Nagasaki Remembrance, Ann Suellentrop started the keynote address with this reflection: “I am a pediatric nurse and work in mother-baby nursing. I help moms learn how to breastfeed. Why do I care about nuclear weapons? The answer is because I’ve worked my whole life supporting and caring for the creation of new life. I love kids! And nuclear weapons are the exact opposite; they are the total destruction of life.”

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Mary Hladky comments on Obama’s antiwar words at Hiroshima

Posted Aug 22, 2016

In Hiroshima May 27, President Obama said, “We must ... escape the logic of fear and pursue a world without nuclear weapons.” PeaceWorks board member Mary Hladky said Aug. 6, “It is up to us, the people, members of the antiwar and antinuclear coalition, to put these inspiring words into action.”

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From apologies to remedies

Posted Aug 22, 2016

During the Hiroshima/Nagasaki Remembrance, the 55 of us gathered at Loose Park Lagoon wrote down our apologies or concerns and, later, our commitments or remedies. One such remedy: “Speak out, every chance I get, against sexism, racism, nationalism.”

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PeaceWorks scholar meets Urban Ranger Corps youngsters

Posted Aug 25, 2016

Beth Rogers, an Avila University student who is receiving a grant from PeaceWorks for her peace studies, spent two mornings with young men in the Urban Ranger Corps in KC, MO. Rogers comments on activities meant to bring stability and hope to the Rangers.

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Fr. Carl Kabat splashes red paint on doors at KC’s nuke-parts plant

Fr. Carl Kabat after his release July 4, 2016

Posted July 5, 2016

Father Carl Kabat, 82, early on July 4, splashed red paint on the doors of the Administration Building at the National Security Campus (NSC) in Kansas City, MO, which makes non-nuclear parts for nuclear weapons. Asked why he defaced the doors, Kabat replied, “That place is bloody, and it was red paint—bright red paint.”

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Poems for Lonely Prophets, by Ron Faust

Posted June 3, 2016

Ron Faust, Kansas City’s poet prophet, says in his new book, Poems for Lonely Prophets:

Prophets come and go,
   not to prognosticate
      but to raise our spirits
         or to forewarn us
            of our insanity.

Want to raise your spirit? Buy the book!

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Former KC Plant supervisor issues warning about new plant

“The plant is a top-secret plant. It always has been. It always will be,” Maurice Copeland warns participants in PeaceWorks' Memorial Day walk.

Posted June 3, 2016

Maurice Copeland, a chemical stores supervisor at the Kansas City Plant where nuclear weapon parts were made, spoke to participants in the Memorial Day walk/ride from the old KC Plant to the new plant, the National Security Campus. Copeland said, “The lies that the complex (Bannister Federal Complex) was telling us became visible to us in 2000, when President Clinton told us that the U.S. contaminated us with the materials made for the bombs.”

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Lu Mountenay asks how many years the new nuke-parts plant will last: “Seventy years, before it’s so contaminated they’ll shut it down, abandon it, and leave the contamination in its wake?”

Nuclear weapons resister crosses line in KC for her grandchildren, all children

Posted June 3, 2016

Lu Mountenay on Memorial Day, May 30, crossed the property line at the National Security Campus, where Kansas Citians make non-nuclear parts for nuclear weapons. Before her crossing, she gestured to the massive facility down the entry road, saying, “The military-industrial complex, the profitable complex, tells us they make nuclear weapons to keep people from killing humans. It didn’t work in 1945 at Hiroshima and Nagasaki.”

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PeaceWorks holds 5th walk/ride from old nuke-parts plant to new plant

“The vast majority of the countries that do not have nuclear weapons are working through the U.N. to ban the bomb,” says Ann Suellentrop. “We are not alone!”

Posted June 3, 2016

During its fifth annual Memorial Day trek from the old nuclear weapons parts plant to the new plant, PeaceWorks-KC called for a nuke-free world. Henry Stoever kicked off the walk he initiated in 2012. “We are at war with ourselves,” he said, noting the deaths of many Bannister Federal Complex workers from the old plant’s contaminants.

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Mike Shilling’s kite meets the flags at the Spirit Gate, Whiteman AFB.
—Photo by Vicke Kepling

‘Fly Kites, Not Drones’ takes wing at Whiteman AFB

Posted May 4, 2016

The rally “Fly Kites, Not Drones” took wing at the Spirit Gate to Whiteman Air Force Base April 30. Eight kites kissed the sky as 30 people, with peace dog Lily, condemned drone warfare. At Whiteman and about 40 other US bases, personnel guide drones to their targets. “The Bureau of Investigative Journalism says as many as 4,000 people, including more than 200 children, have been killed by drone strikes in Pakistan alone,” said Joy First of Mount Horeb, WI, keynote speaker.

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Fly Kites, Not Killer Drones

Careful not to “trespass” on Air Force space, we let our kites soar.—Photo by Vicke Kepling

Posted May 4, 2016

We gathered At Whiteman AFB to protest the “Predator” drones “piloted” from the base. Our theme was “Fly Kites, Not Drones.” And fly kites, we did. We flew them daringly close to the three flags flying at the entrance. Beautiful. … But the urgency of our cause never left our minds.

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