I realized that all the skills I have gained and experiences I have had revolved around peace and social justice. I have had the chance to work for companies that offer me double what I make as a case manager, but I know I could not sit at a desk getting coffee when there is so much more to be done in our world.
Artists are a hardy lot. They are tough. PeaceWorks worker bees are a hardy lot. We are tough. As Ann Suellentrop says--Art and Peace, what a combo!
Feast your eyes on these photos of the 2019 UNplaza Art Fair. Thanks to Jim Hannah for being our photographer!
Byron Clemens gained “diversion” instead of a stiffer sentence Sept. 5 in the Kansas City, Mo., Municipal Court. He was charged with trespassing July 4 at KC’s National Security Campus (NSC), where 85 percent of the non-nuclear parts for US nuclear weapons are made or procured.
From the Aug. 4 Hiroshima/Nagasaki Remembrance, these videos share the words and music of Dave Pack, Atsuki Mori, Lee Gum, and Diana Suckiel, with a video of the gongs to be added later.
Remembering the two atomic bombs dropped on Hiroshima and Nagasaki in 1945, 55 persons shared potluck, listened to speakers, and were moved by the singing of Bob and Diana Suckiel. Atsuki Mori explained that her grandmother’s whole life dramatically changed after the Hiroshima bombing and recalled how much her family and the Japanese people have suffered.
A judge set the date of Nov. 1 for the trial of 17 persons who crossed the property line at the nuclear weapons parts plant in Kansas City, Mo., on May 27. At 12:30pm, an hour before the trial time, all are invited to share reflections at the courthouse entry, 511 E. 11th St., in KC.
Local artists and top-quality, affordable art will again be the focus of PeaceWorks-KC’s 29th annual UNplaza Art Fair, slated for 10a.m.-6p.m., Saturday, Sept. 21, and 10a.m.-5p.m., Sunday, Sept. 22. A tent city of some 100+ artists will be onsite at Southmoreland Park, selling thousands of original artworks.
On Aug. 2, The Kansas City Star ran a letter to the editor from Henry Stoever, chair of the PeaceWorks-KC Board. “We live in the diabolical shadow of the Hiroshima and Nagasaki bombings 74 years ago,” said Stoever. “Grave questions of morality, necessity, and wisdom have been raised about the bombings.”
Three PeaceWorks representatives lobbied Congress during DC Days May 20-22, sponsored by the Alliance for Nuclear Accountability (ANA). They learned the Trump administration plans production of more plutonium pits—the cores of modern thermonuclear weapons—with help from KC’s nuclear weapon parts plant.