Nicole Hockley, the mother of a first-grader who died in the Sandy Hook massacre in 2012 in Newtown, CT, will give the keynote address at a forum on Monday, Oct. 9, Columbus Day. Grandparents Against Gun Violence sponsors the annual community forum.
The National World War I Museum in KC MO will hold a major conference Oct. 19-22, Remembering Muted Voices: Conscience, Dissent, Resistance, and Civil Liberties in World War I Through Today.
Describing the new Treaty on the Prohibition of Nuclear Weapons, Mary Hladky explained at the Hiroshima/Nagasaki Remembrance that the treaty prohibits the possession, development, testing, use, and threat of use of nuclear weapons. “The countries supporting this treaty … know that a crisis like the one now growing in North Korea could leap from a spark to an uncontrollable inferno in unanticipated ways.”
Speaking at the Aug. 6 PeaceWorks gathering to lament the US attacks on Hiroshima and Nagasaki, Jim Hannah, in his keynote, said, “I commend you for your presence tonight. You’ve chosen to face into the horrors of Hiroshima and Nagasaki rather than look away, as our nation has mostly done for 72 years. … You are the sign that all have NOT forgotten. You are the sign that hope is stronger than fear. … And you are the voices that collectively will swell to an irresistible global chorus demanding 'No more nukes!'"
Planting Seeds of Peace. // Sightings of a new ‘National Bird’. // Share at table and plot the politics of peace. // Dave Pack reflects on military costs, offers MLK for hope. // Constructive conversation. // Stand Up KC caps work against Puzder with victory rally. // Poems from prison.
Revival for racial justice. // Gun violence forum. // UNplaza Art Fair. // Couple works for peace. // Meeting re nuke-work. // Drone war atrocities.
Inside: Revival for racial justice. Gun violence forum. UNplaza Art Fair. Couple works for peace. Meeting re nuke-work. Drone war atrocities. Read the November 2016 newsletter
The PeaceWorks Annual Meeting March 6 featured table-talk on racism and white privilege. ... In her small group, Debora Demeter said she went to an all-black church, and in the late 1960s, her church and an all-white church developed an integration program. "We had dinner in each other’s houses," said Demeter. "It helped me. It taught me how to not be afraid of whites."
Speaking at the PeaceWorks Annual Meeting, Robert Days said, “Lots of times, kids don’t have a lot of opportunities for helping the community. In the Urban Ranger Corps, I could see myself giving back” to the community at a young age. The Corps trains young men in KCMO in values and community service, and PeaceWorks funds conflict resolution sessions for them.
Perfect weather and praiseworthy artwork graced the 25th annual UNplaza Art Fair. Sponsored by PeaceWorks, KC, and staffed by generous volunteers, the local artists exhibited and sold their many unique and affordable works of art. Strolling the shady grounds of All Souls church, patrons shopped, wined and dined—all for the cause of peace, and to … Continue reading 2015 UNplaza Art Fair is big success!