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.
said Martin Luther King Jr. “The mighty stream is the system and we are the water,” reflects Cassie Weck.
PeaceWorks Board member Lu Mountenay died April 21 after a long battle with cancer. She told her family she did not want a memorial service (which the family, of course, held!), but a protest. She repeatedly reminded people, “Peace works!”
Ron Faust’s poem for the 2019 Memorial Day peace witness recalls “2000 toxins in a list rolled out/On a scroll by Lu Mountenay.” Several persons this year, mourning Lu’s death, crossed the property line at the new nuke-parts plant in memory of Lu.
Here are a number of videos—some a few seconds long, some a few minutes long—sharing reflections from the May 27 Memorial Day Witness for a Nuke-Free World in Kansas City, Mo. Many of the speakers were standing near the entry road to KC’s new nuclear weapons parts plant before they crossed the line onto the plant’s property and were arrested.
In a rebuke to White House attempts to “make America nuclear again,” 17 peace activists were arrested for trespass during the ninth annual Memorial Day peace witness for a nuclear weapons-free world.
Jim Hannah shared this statement at the start of the 1-mile walk on the public trail past the new nuclear weapons parts plant in south KC. “We’re not here just to resist and protest and oppose. We are here to lift up an ensign of hope for a world of justice and peace,” Hannah told about 70 marchers.
When the Non-Proliferation Treaty (NPT) entered into force in 1970, there were 5 nuclear-weapon states. Now there are 9, and another 32 have sufficient fissile material to make nuclear weapons if they wish.
Peace activists gathered April 27 for a panel discussion and workshops on the theme “Race Issues ARE Peace Issues.” Sponsored by PeaceWorks-KC and moderated by Lucky Garcia, the event was designed to foster networking among local peace activists to more effectively address racism and violence in greater Kansas City.