Holding a sign she made, Mary Hladky rallies to prevent war with Iran Jan. 4 in Kansas City, MO.

Stop the madness: Another major escalation threatens full-out war with Iran

On January 2, President Trump unilaterally ordered, without consulting Congress, the assassination of Qassem Soleimani, Iran’s most senior and highly respected military leader—a violation of international law and the U.S. Constitution, and morally wrong. This act of war has put Americans in grave danger.

Ann Suellentrop relaxes with friends at a restaurant after receiving the Bodhisattva Award Dec. 31.—Photo by Jim Hannah

Ann Suellentrop accepts award during world peace ceremony

“There are two main threats to our survival: nuclear weapons and the climate crisis,” Ann Suellentrop told a crowd of more than 125 persons Dec. 31, 2019. She spoke at the Rimé Buddhist Center in Kansas City, Mo., at the World Peace Meditation program. The center gave its Bodhisattva Award to PeaceWorks-KC and asked Ann to receive the award in recognition of her peace work in many circles.

Attorney Henry Stoever stands at left with most of the defendants for the Nov. 1 trial.--Photo by Jeremy Ruzich

Trial brief supports defendants’ line-crossing at nuclear weapons parts plant

Defense attorney Henry Stoever submitted a 19-page legal brief Oct. 23 for the Nov. 1 trial; the 15 defendants had crossed a property line at the nuclear weapons parts plant in Kansas City, Mo. Stoever says in the brief, “Where defendants know even a limited exchange of nuclear weapons would cause irreparable harm to our planet, then the defendants assert … that they are exercising their constitutional rights and privileges to protect this very precious U.S. Constitution.”

Chris Rhink and Lois Swimmer are among about 90 persons at the May 27 peace witness. Photo by Mark Semet.

Putting nukes on trial, 15 line-crossers at a nuke-parts plant receive guilty verdict

The Kansas City, Mo., Municipal Court trial Nov. 1, 2019, put nuclear weapons on trial. The fifteen defendants had crossed the property line at the local nuclear weapons parts plant, and each spoke about the need to take that action to call for a nuke-free world. For example, Jim Hannah admitted it breaks the law to cross the property line at the nuke-parts plant. He added, “At one time, slavery was the law, and my ancestors broke the law. I believe there’s a higher law concerning these destructive weapons.”

Line-crossers and supporters gather outside Municipal Court before the Nov. 1 trial.—Photo by Jeremy Ruzich

Guilty: 15 activists in KC seeking a nuclear-weapon-free world

On Nov. 1, in the Kansas City, Mo., Municipal Court, 15 peace activists, in an act of nonviolent civil resistance, were found guilty of trespassing at the National Security Campus in Kansas City, Mo. The NSC plant is where 85 percent of the non-nuclear parts are manufactured or procured for the U.S. nuclear arsenal. The peace activists, insisting that nuclear weapons are illegal, immoral, and threaten all life, crossed the “property line” at the plant after a PeaceWorks-KC rally. The line-crossers were arrested on Memorial Day, May 27, to heighten awareness to the dangers of producing nuclear weapons—many workers at KC’s former nuke-parts plant have died.

Palestinian survivor of 1948 Catastrophe speaks 4/16

By Jamie Jackson On Tuesday, April 16, Avila University is sponsoring an opportunity for Kansas Citians to meet a survivor of what is now called al-Nakba (the Catastrophe). The May 14,1948, event resulted in half of all Palestinians being driven into exile while thousands of others were killed. Mariam Fathalla was then just 18. She … Continue reading Palestinian survivor of 1948 Catastrophe speaks 4/16

Will America’s nuclear waste be passing through Missouri?

By Mary Hladky Kevin Kamps of Beyond Nuclear sounded the alarm recently about large amounts of dangerous nuclear waste passing through Kansas City unless we work to stop it. Speaking March 21 at the Rime Buddhist Center in KC MO, Kamps said legislation is being discussed to ship nuclear waste from eastern states (75 percent … Continue reading Will America’s nuclear waste be passing through Missouri?