Holding forth at the microphone, David Bayard interviews one of 44 artists who exhibited at PeaceWorks’ 30th-anniversary art fair, a tradition upheld by an online presence even in a time of pandemic.

A viral attack, a virtual response: PeaceWorks’ 30th art fair goes online

2020 was shaping up as a banner year for PeaceWorks-KC’s annual art show. The number of artists exhibiting last year was the highest ever, at 130, and the pool of artists was expected to continue to grow. ... Then came the pandemic. ... "How about a virtual, online art fair?" asked David Bayard.

Ann Suellentrop speaks during last year's Hiroshima/Nagasaki Remembrance at Loose Park. --Photo by Jim Hannah

Support ‘Back from the Brink Resolution’ to prevent nuclear war

Ann Suellentrop, during the Aug. 9 Hiroshima/Nagasaki Remembrance online, asked us to support the “Back from the Brink Resolution” to prevent nuclear war. The resolution spells out five steps whereby the US can take the lead in this endeavor.

An aerial view of the KC, MO, National Security Campus (NSC). Jay Coghlan of NukeWatch New Mexico says the parts made in KC are meant “to completely rebuild the US nuclear weapons stockpile with new military capabilities for a new nuclear arms race.”—Photo from the Department of Energy, National Nuclear Security Administration

Jay Coghlan in video: ‘Let us … rid this world of nuclear weapons’

Jay Coghlan, in a video for PeaceWorks-KC in early August, fired away at KC’s nuclear weapon production plant. He challenged, “let us unite in a moral and political effort to rid this world of nuclear weapons and to use the sad occasion of the 75th anniversary of the Hiroshima bombing to begin just that very work.”

“We’re all part of this worldwide yearning for peace!” Charles Carney tells 20 nuke protesters near the National Security Campus May 25.—Photo by Tom Fox

Carney takes hope from ‘everyday people creating a new narrative’

“We’re living in very dark times,” Charles Carney told 20 persons at the entry to the new nuclear weapon parts plant in Kansas City, Mo. “It’s easy to forget this grassroots movement.”

“The United States of America spends over a trillion dollars a year on war, but lacks the political will to save the lives of its own citizens,” says Christopher Overfelt.—Photo by Jim Hannah

Christopher Overfelt, of Vets for Peace, calls for health care for all

Christopher Overfelt shared his VA health care story during the rally “Human Care, Not Warfare” May 25. Saying his care has been “top-notch,” Overfelt charged, “To think that we have the capability to provide this level of care to all Americans, but lack only the political will to make it happen, is a travesty.”