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.
Make this Memorial Day memorable! Be part of PeaceWorks’ ninth annual Memorial Day witness for a nuclear-weapon-free world. Join kindred spirits at these events: 10 am Rally at Bannister Federal Complex, 1500 Bannister Road, KCMO, concerning toxins at the former nuclear-weapons-parts plant; 11 am Gathering at Prospect and Mo. Hwy. 150 (park on Prospect) for a one-mile walk to the main entrance to the National Security Campus, the new nuke-parts plant; 11:30-12:30 Rally, Die-in, Civil Resistance.
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.
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.
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.
To mourn and to give hope, PeaceWorks held its Hiroshima/Nagasaki Remembrance Aug. 5 at Loose Park Lagoon in Kansas City, Missouri. This annual event seeks to abolish nuclear weapons worldwide.