This piece demonstrates how long the damages of combat trauma last and how poverty and being a person of color in this country can be very traumatizing in itself. “I think there is much work to be done here at home when we can easily draw a parallel between an actual combat war zone and cities or neighborhoods in the United States,” reflects C. Garcia. (Her poem contains strong language.)
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.
The nuclear shadow casts such a thick pall it often seems impenetrable—layer upon layer of denial, cover-up, and disinformation. But filmmakers have a way of cutting through the fog. Two recent documentaries—The Safe Side of the Fence, coming to KC MO Sept. 16, and Atomic Homefront—have lain bare both past and future consequences of the nuclear age.
UNplaza Art Fair: Sept. 23-24 // Two documentaries go nuclear, close to home // Hiroshima/Nagasaki commemoration marks 72nd anniversary of bombings // A night of beauty, remembering, yearning for peace // UN treaty advocates nuclear weapons prohibition // Toxic, radioactive waste sites: in KC, St. Louis, Idaho // Sandy Hook mom to speak 10/9 at forum // Remembering Muted Voices
Did you feel that tremor a few weeks ago? It didn’t get nearly the press it deserved; sweeping social movements seldom do—at first. But on July 7, when the United Nations adopted the Treaty on Prohibition of Nuclear Weapons, the pendulum of global public opinion registered a major shift toward the eventual tipping point of a nuclear-weapons-free world.
Peace before us. Peace behind us. Peace under our feet. Intoning this Navaho Peace Song, Lauren Hall led 70 PeaceWorks members and friends in closing the 2017 Hiroshima/Nagasaki Remembrance. Hall, a member of the PeaceWorks Board, gave us gestures for the song at Loose Park in KC MO. “In the peace and quiet of this … Continue reading A night of beauty, remembering, yearning for peace
Ann Suellentrop spoke at the Hiroshima/Nagasaki Remembrance Aug. 6 about nuclear weapons and nuclear energy waste. “Containing and storing the contamination is a huge problem,” she said, announcing a new collaboration among KC and St. Louis activists concerning toxic waste and inviting people to go with her to an Oct. 11-14 meeting of the Alliance for Nuclear Accountability in Idaho.
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!'"
In keeping with the tradition of Interdependence Day, the recognition of our need for each other as well as the impact of our actions on others, Fr Carl Kabat, 83, took action on July 4 at the Kansas City National Security Campus. Carl's attempt to incarnate the destructiveness of nuclear weapons by symbolically pouring red … Continue reading Fr. Carl Kabat’s 7th annual Interdependence Day action at new nuclear weapons plant