Nicole Hockley, the mother of a first-grader who died in the Sandy Hook massacre in 2012 in Newtown, CT, will give the keynote address at a forum on Monday, Oct. 9, Columbus Day. Grandparents Against Gun Violence sponsors the annual community forum.
This piece demonstrates how long the damages of combat trauma last and how poverty and being a person of color in this country can be very traumatizing in itself. “I think there is much work to be done here at home when we can easily draw a parallel between an actual combat war zone and cities or neighborhoods in the United States,” reflects C. Garcia. (Her poem contains strong language.)
The National World War I Museum in KC MO will hold a major conference Oct. 19-22, Remembering Muted Voices: Conscience, Dissent, Resistance, and Civil Liberties in World War I Through Today.
UNplaza Art Fair: Sept. 23-24 // Two documentaries go nuclear, close to home // Hiroshima/Nagasaki commemoration marks 72nd anniversary of bombings // A night of beauty, remembering, yearning for peace // UN treaty advocates nuclear weapons prohibition // Toxic, radioactive waste sites: in KC, St. Louis, Idaho // Sandy Hook mom to speak 10/9 at forum // Remembering Muted Voices
Ann Suellentrop spoke at the Hiroshima/Nagasaki Remembrance Aug. 6 about nuclear weapons and nuclear energy waste. “Containing and storing the contamination is a huge problem,” she said, announcing a new collaboration among KC and St. Louis activists concerning toxic waste and inviting people to go with her to an Oct. 11-14 meeting of the Alliance for Nuclear Accountability in Idaho.
Describing the new Treaty on the Prohibition of Nuclear Weapons, Mary Hladky explained at the Hiroshima/Nagasaki Remembrance that the treaty prohibits the possession, development, testing, use, and threat of use of nuclear weapons. “The countries supporting this treaty … know that a crisis like the one now growing in North Korea could leap from a spark to an uncontrollable inferno in unanticipated ways.”
Speaking at the Aug. 6 PeaceWorks gathering to lament the US attacks on Hiroshima and Nagasaki, Jim Hannah, in his keynote, said, “I commend you for your presence tonight. You’ve chosen to face into the horrors of Hiroshima and Nagasaki rather than look away, as our nation has mostly done for 72 years. … You are the sign that all have NOT forgotten. You are the sign that hope is stronger than fear. … And you are the voices that collectively will swell to an irresistible global chorus demanding 'No more nukes!'"
On Aug. 6, the 72nd anniversary of the bombing of Hiroshima, a Kansas City, MO, ceremony will mourn the deaths in that city in 1945 and in Nagasaki (Aug. 9, 1945) and call for a nuclear-weapon-free world. Participants will take hope from work on a United Nations treaty to prohibit nuclear weapons. Ban them. Outlaw them.
Take heart! // Become Ambassadors for PeaceWorks KC // Media swarm to rally on Manning's release // Henry Stoever: 'We are instruments of truth.' // Ann Suellentrop: 'Trump calls for billions more for nukes.' // Wife says toxins at old plant caused husband's death // Depleted uranium found at Bannister complex // Is It a Good Job? // Planting Seeds of Peace // Avila will not hold science fair in 2018 with Honeywell
Debbie Penniston’s husband died at 50 from an inoperable brain cancer after working 27 years as an engineer at the KC Plant, the former nuclear weapons parts plant. During the PeaceWorks Walk/Ride/Die-in on Memorial Day, she asked, “Why didn’t those who knew about the toxins and dangers in this plant tell employees they could run the risk of getting sick or dying, and allow the employees to find employment elsewhere?”