Artwork by local artists—with prices ranging from low to high—beckons you to PeaceWorks’ annual fundraiser, the UNplaza Art Fair, Sept. 22-23. From paintings to pottery to purses, from sculpture to stained glass, you’ll find irresistible treasures. Do you want a new hat? Look no further! Do you crave a scarf or baubles, bangles, and beads? … Continue reading Come to the 28th UNplaza Art Fair: Sept. 22-23, 2018
The work of peace in action demands justice for laborers the world over. The dominating cultural ethic in economic practice is exploitation for the benefit of an ownership class; the resistance, hard-fought, has resided in labor organizing into the collective power of unions. These protective organizations for workers remain precarious, now, perhaps, more than ever.
“This summer has witnessed a reckoning for U.S. political and social life, a rending tension of fear and exclusion for humans who have immigrated more recently, without legal documentation, to this culture. While the policies of immigration law have, throughout the national history, always sought to exclude, there is an especially violent escalation in the current moment of federal orders and actions. Offering welcome, refuge, and mercy all become the work of peace,” says Joseph Wun.
Youngsters in the Urban Ranger Corps each summer take a few sessions on conflict resolution, thanks to PeaceWorks. Collaboration, coping, and the company you keep were some topics this summer.
“It’s no coincidence we have killed one million people in Iraq, Afghanistan and the region since 2001. We don’t have to accept any of this—it is not inevitable—we still have a choice,” said Mary Hladky in this talk at UMKC Aug. 11, part of KKFI’s “Kicking the Koch Habil.”
“The term ‘perpetual war’ is often used in relation to the War on Terror and the War in Afghanistan. But I want to put our situation into the context of the single greatest crime in human history: the transfer of wealth from the southern hemisphere to the northern hemisphere,” said Chris Overfelt Aug. 11 in a talk at UMKC.
To mourn and to give hope, PeaceWorks held its Hiroshima/Nagasaki Remembrance Aug. 5 at Loose Park Lagoon in Kansas City, Missouri. This annual event seeks to abolish nuclear weapons worldwide.
Saying “the future depends on enough love To counter balance any Hiroshima That promotes mass destruction,” Ron Faust read his poem during the Hiroshima/Nagasaki Remembrance.
Ann Suellentrop of the PeaceWorks-KC Board did several acts of civil resistance against U.S. nuclear weapons in Germany during June and July 2018. She came back home to Kansas City with a bundle of links to activist sites related to fighting nuclear weapons.
Question: What do ancient sorcerers, necromancers, and conjurers have in common with present-day nuclear weapons proponents? Answer: All four pursue the misguided and magical belief that they are conjuring up helpful servants, when in reality they are summoning up destructive demons. Peter Lumsdaine, a researcher and peace activist, shared this analysis, plus threads of hope, during his talk sponsored by PeaceWorks-KC July 6.