Art by Mark Bartholomew

Here’s an arresting idea to make your next Memorial Day more memorable …

Sign-up has already begun for persons willing to risk arrest Memorial Day, May 27, for “crossing the line” in nonviolent civil disobedience at the new nuclear weapons plant in south Kansas City. Three peace witnesses from Europe plan to join the resistance, in company with local PWKC repeat arrestees Lu Mountenay and Jim Hannah.

Hear the trains a-comin’?

On Thursday, March 21, PeaceWorks-KC will host Beyond Nuclear staffer Kevin Kamps, a leading opponent of efforts to dump nuclear and other radioactive waste at Yucca Mountain in Nevada. Kamps will address the question “Will America’s Nuclear Waste Problem Be Passing Through Missouri?” at Rime Buddhist Center, 700 W. Pennway, KC MO, 7-8:30 pm. Kamps will review the history of Yucca Mountain, why it is deemed unsafe for radioactive waste disposal, and what needs to be done to ensure the site is never operational.

Decontaminating education, countering militarism in schools

Pat Elder of World Beyond War will give a free talk, “Countering Military Recruitment in Public Schools & Confronting Contamination Near Military Bases,” on Thursday, Feb. 21, at All Souls Unitarian Universalist Church, 4501 Walnut, KC MO. Elder will suggest a way to require parental consent before schools forward students’ information to military recruiters.

What’s wrong with this picture?

When we hear GOOD NEWS—for example, U.S. troops are coming home from Syria and Afghanistan—why is it that the news media almost exclusively report the viewpoints of those who have been managing our country’s endless wars, stating that bringing U.S. troops home is a bad idea? Where is the other side of the story? With, hopefully, troops coming home, a Senate vote to end U.S. support for the brutal Saudi war in Yemen, and a newly elected, more progressive Congress, the Peace Movement needs to seize the moment.

Photos by Mark and Jenny Semet

Calling All Artists – Apply for the UNplaza Art Fair!

Peaceworks KC is excited to announce we are now accepting artist applications for the UNPlaza Art Fair! The UNplaza Art Fair is our primary fundraiser of the year and an opportunity to feature local artists. For the first time we also have an online application to make it easier than ever to apply. Application deadline is August 15, 2019.

Sunny Jordan Hamrick tells supporters before the Dec. 7 trial in Kansas City, Mo., on his and others’ resistance to nuclear weapons, “No matter how much work we do in our communities, no matter how many mouths we feed, or homes we repair, and no matter how much Love we share, it could all be taken away in seconds because of these weapons, because of the lust for power. So today, as we walk into the courtroom, we take a few steps in the direction of truth, just as we did on Memorial Day.”—Photo by Jeremy Ruzich

Nukes on trial: tables are turned—after case is dismissed, defendants call nukes guilty of crimes against humanity

The Dec. 7 hearing at the Kansas City, Mo., Municipal Court was dubbed “Nukes on Trial,” but there was no trial because the lone witness for the prosecution did not come to court; no one appeared to testify against the five defendants’ act of civil disobedience. Nonetheless, nuclear weapons were tried and found guilty as the defendants held their own court after the judge dismissed the trespass charge.