Seeking a "pandemic pivot," PeaceWorks-KC and other groups will call for a shift from militarism to humanitarianism. The CARE-a-van will assemble at 30th Street and Harrison in KC MO at 9:30 a.m. Memorial Day, May 25, and proceed to 3800 Troost, St. Mark Hope and Peace Church parking lot for a rally at 10 a.m. Some drivers will bring the CARE-a-van to the nuclear weapons factory in KC MO; some will CARE-a-van in midtown.
The probability of a nuclear war will likely continue to increase over time until either (a) a nuclear war destroys everyone's ability to make more such weapons for a very long time, or (b) an international movement has far more success than similar previous efforts in providing effective nonviolent recourse for grievances of the poor, weak and disfranchised.
Pondering the coronavirus epidemic and nuclear weapons, two champions of peace highlight the danger nuclear weapons pose, saying, “Humankind cannot remain oblivious of this persisting danger to its own survival.” They sum up efforts to abolish nuclear weapons: “As with viruses, containment may be good, but eradication is best.” This article is reprinted from Common Dreams.
A 75th anniversary commemoration of the atomic bombings of Hiroshima and Nagasaki will be held online August 6-8 organized by Campaign Nonviolence.
All are invited to join a reading and action group to implement Warheads to Windmills. We’ll discuss the book and consider taking actions to actually do the deed: turn warheads into windmills.
Aim4Peace won the Kris and Lynn Cheatum Community Peace Award from PeaceWorks-KC March 1. Accepting the award for Aim4Peace was Rashid Junaid, commenting, “We have to remove the guns that are flowing into our city. We have to talk about how we’re feeding the violence, not turning off the violence.”
“Today I’m your coach for nonviolence.” With these words, renowned peace activist John Dear launched a weekend of nonviolent awareness and education, March 7-8, in Kansas City, Mo., and Independence.
April events that PeaceWorks-KC earlier slated for mid-April are now postponed because of the spread of the coronavirus. The events are: the 4/15-19 meetings with Sisters Carol Gilbert and Ardeth Platte about the new UN Treaty on the Prohibition of Nuclear Weapons, and the 4/18 Gala for Justice and Peace.
The PeaceWorks-KC Annual Meeting was rich with meaning and memories. PeaceWorks leaders recalled events of the past year; a play explored reasons for resisting the making of parts for nuclear weapons in KC, MO. The pictures and podcast give you a taste of our Annual Meeting March 1.
We must stop the killing, take the trillions of dollars devoted to endless war and instead invest in our people, invest in our environment, and invest in our future.