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.
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.
Jayne Molt, now a UMKC law student, won the PeaceWorks-KC peace scholar award for 2018-19, an award of $1,500. Last spring, she graduated from Avila University with a baccalaureate in criminology and justice studies and a minor in women’s and gender studies. In her application for the award, she wrote, “My goal is to be a public defender in Kansas City.”
A gathering of peace-&-Earth-loving people—what could be more fun? Come enjoy our PeaceWorks Annual Meeting on Sunday, March 3, from 2 to 4pm, at Simpson House, 4509 Warwick, KC MO. On tap: snacks, tabling, reports, elections, awards, and a trio on the interface of race, ecology, war, and peace.
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.
Robert McNamara and Daniel Ellsberg have said (a) the world is extremely lucky that the Cuban Missile Crisis didn't end in major nuclear war, and (b) it's only a matter of time until such a nuclear war occurs unless we destroy our large nuclear arsenal first.
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.
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.
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.
A planned trial of five protesters who were arrested for trespassing on the property of a weapons producer became an impromptu symposium about the dangers of nuclear weapons manufacturing after a key witness for the prosecution failed to appear in court Dec. 7.