The Kansas City, Mo., Municipal Court trial Nov. 1, 2019, put nuclear weapons on trial. The fifteen defendants had crossed the property line at the local nuclear weapons parts plant, and each spoke about the need to take that action to call for a nuke-free world. For example, Jim Hannah admitted it breaks the law to cross the property line at the nuke-parts plant. He added, “At one time, slavery was the law, and my ancestors broke the law. I believe there’s a higher law concerning these destructive weapons.”
Artists are a hardy lot. They are tough. PeaceWorks worker bees are a hardy lot. We are tough. As Ann Suellentrop says--Art and Peace, what a combo!
Feast your eyes on these photos of the 2019 UNplaza Art Fair. Thanks to Jim Hannah for being our photographer!
From the Aug. 4 Hiroshima/Nagasaki Remembrance, these videos share the words and music of Dave Pack, Atsuki Mori, Lee Gum, and Diana Suckiel, with a video of the gongs to be added later.
Remembering the two atomic bombs dropped on Hiroshima and Nagasaki in 1945, 55 persons shared potluck, listened to speakers, and were moved by the singing of Bob and Diana Suckiel. Atsuki Mori explained that her grandmother’s whole life dramatically changed after the Hiroshima bombing and recalled how much her family and the Japanese people have suffered.
Local artists and top-quality, affordable art will again be the focus of PeaceWorks-KC’s 29th annual UNplaza Art Fair, slated for 10a.m.-6p.m., Saturday, Sept. 21, and 10a.m.-5p.m., Sunday, Sept. 22. A tent city of some 100+ artists will be onsite at Southmoreland Park, selling thousands of original artworks.
On Aug. 2, The Kansas City Star ran a letter to the editor from Henry Stoever, chair of the PeaceWorks-KC Board. “We live in the diabolical shadow of the Hiroshima and Nagasaki bombings 74 years ago,” said Stoever. “Grave questions of morality, necessity, and wisdom have been raised about the bombings.”
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.