CARE-a-vans and speakers combined on Memorial Day in Kansas City, Mo., with this focus: “Human Care, Not Warfare.” Videos share the impact of speaker after speaker calling for a pandemic pivot from war and weapons to care for humanity and our home, our planet.
KKFI Community Radio (90.1 FM) and NBC Action News (Channel 41) covered the May 25 “Human Care, Not Warfare” midtown rally. Among 12 speakers, Cris Mann urged, “We should cancel college debt and eliminate the warfare budgets.” She led a chant: “Books, not bombs!”
A pandemic pivot from funding war and weapons to caring for humanity and Earth—that was the aim of “Human Care, Not Warfare" on Memorial Day, May 25 in Kansas City, Mo. PeaceWorks-KC Board members and leaders from several other groups spoke out and CARE-a-vanned two days before the nation’s death toll from COVID-19 reached 100,000.
Here’s my favorite pandemic quote to date: “We’ve all been sent to our room to think about what we’ve done.” I don’t know who said that first, but I’d love to give them credit for a quip that has had me thinking ever since. Just how have we acted badly? Well, let’s see.
Ron Faust, a former Disciples of Christ minister, wrote this poem May 31 on the death of George Floyd in Minneapolis by police May 25. Faust’s poem begins:
It was so visible, so wrong/In contrast to the death snarl/Of an invisible pandemic attack
When an officer pressed the wind pipe/Of George Floyd to his death
Even after he pleaded, “I can’t breathe”/Which took the whole world’s breath away
Seeking a "pandemic pivot," PeaceWorks-KC and other groups will call for a shift from militarism to humanitarianism. The CARE-a-van will assemble at 30th Street and Harrison in KC MO at 9:30 a.m. Memorial Day, May 25, and proceed to 3800 Troost, St. Mark Hope and Peace Church parking lot for a rally at 10 a.m. Some drivers will bring the CARE-a-van to the nuclear weapons factory in KC MO; some will CARE-a-van in midtown.
The probability of a nuclear war will likely continue to increase over time until either (a) a nuclear war destroys everyone's ability to make more such weapons for a very long time, or (b) an international movement has far more success than similar previous efforts in providing effective nonviolent recourse for grievances of the poor, weak and disfranchised.
Pondering the coronavirus epidemic and nuclear weapons, two champions of peace highlight the danger nuclear weapons pose, saying, “Humankind cannot remain oblivious of this persisting danger to its own survival.” They sum up efforts to abolish nuclear weapons: “As with viruses, containment may be good, but eradication is best.” This article is reprinted from Common Dreams.
A 75th anniversary commemoration of the atomic bombings of Hiroshima and Nagasaki will be held online August 6-8 organized by Campaign Nonviolence.
All are invited to join a reading and action group to implement Warheads to Windmills. We’ll discuss the book and consider taking actions to actually do the deed: turn warheads into windmills.