Online, observe 75th anniversary of Hiroshima/Nagasaki bombings and seek to ‘be peace’

PeaceWorks-KC’s annual Hiroshima/Nagasaki remembrance will be held this year online on Sunday, Aug. 9, at 7pm. We’ll have speakers, video, and art. We invite you to make a “ribbon,” part of The Ribbon International, from fabric you fold to about 1 yard x ½ yard and decorate to answer this question: What can I not bear to think of as lost forever in a nuclear war, or any war or environmental disaster?

Charles Carney, right, and two other persons hold signs outside a gathering July 16 in Kansas City, Kansas, for racial justice and freedom from police brutality.—Photo by Kristin Scheer

PeaceWorks leaders speak up for monitoring KCK police

“We, as citizens of Kansas City, Kansas, have no trust in the KCK police department,” Christopher Overfelt testified July 13 at a budget hearing for the Unified Government of Kansas City, Kansas, and Wyandotte County. Overfelt and three others from the PeaceWorks Board, speaking at the hearing, called for independent oversight of police. And by July 16, the Unified Government commissioners passed a budget including a new watchdog over the police.

Total delight: Rosemarie Woods stirs up children's creativity at the 2014 UNplaza Art Fair, the annual PeaceWorks fundraiser.—Photo by Jim Hannah

Rosemarie Woods, we miss you!

Rosemarie Woods, a member of the PeaceWorks-KC Board of Directors in 2014, died May 24 at age 71. Farewell, friend! Highly political, Rosemarie was a long-time Democrat who resonated with the Green Party. She wrote a play for Women’s Equality Week several years ago, tracing women’s demand for the right to vote.

Everyday Racism

I'm writing this because my wife posted some instances of Racism she has seen me go through since we have been together in this house on the Southside of St. Louis. Those are just a couple of the things I told her about, because the other things were everyday Racism that just bounce off of me. I don’t want to have her living in fear that one day I might not come home.