Victor Dougherty

PeaceWorks-KC hosts its first Hiroshima/Nagasaki Remembrance online

The novel COVID-19 virus resulted in a novel Hiroshima/Nagasaki Remembrance by PeaceWorks-KC Aug. 9. The annual event took place for the first time not outdoors but online. Victor Dougherty reflected on the Buddhist saying, “As long as there is war within, there will be war without.” Victor led the Zoom attendees in blessings for themselves, for others difficult to embrace, and for the entire world.

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.