On Aug. 6, the 72nd anniversary of the bombing of Hiroshima, a Kansas City, MO, ceremony will mourn the deaths in that city in 1945 and in Nagasaki (Aug. 9, 1945) and call for a nuclear-weapon-free world. Participants will take hope from work on a United Nations treaty to prohibit nuclear weapons. Ban them. Outlaw them.
Take heart! // Become Ambassadors for PeaceWorks KC // Media swarm to rally on Manning's release // Henry Stoever: 'We are instruments of truth.' // Ann Suellentrop: 'Trump calls for billions more for nukes.' // Wife says toxins at old plant caused husband's death // Depleted uranium found at Bannister complex // Is It a Good Job? // Planting Seeds of Peace // Avila will not hold science fair in 2018 with Honeywell
Avila University in KC, MO, decided in May not to host a Honeywell-sponsored Science Bowl for high school students next year. Ann Suellentrop, of the PeaceWorks board, is asking for suggestions in seeking funding for future science fairs from “sources promoting green, healthy industries that work for the common good.”
Ron Faust, speaking on Memorial Day, confronted the “reason” KC supported the new nuke-parts plant: jobs. He said people in favor of the plant were: Not thinking much about morality Or whether we are placed here To be constructive or destructive Or whether a job helps the earth Or hurts the earth.
If you are of the progressive persuasion, these are disheartening times. Could our nation really go back to the worst days of Cold War mentality, environmental pollution, racial discrimination, blind nationalism, and patriarchy? … I’ve been struggling to retain a hopeful stance. … Seek the truth. Join with others. Witness for justice and peace. Persist. And above all, don’t lose heart!
Debbie Penniston’s husband died at 50 from an inoperable brain cancer after working 27 years as an engineer at the KC Plant, the former nuclear weapons parts plant. During the PeaceWorks Walk/Ride/Die-in on Memorial Day, she asked, “Why didn’t those who knew about the toxins and dangers in this plant tell employees they could run the risk of getting sick or dying, and allow the employees to find employment elsewhere?”
Do you believe peace is possible? We do. Together, in PeaceWorks-KC, we know we can make a profound difference in bringing about change in the world. We are asking our members (present and future) to become Ambassadors for PeaceWorks. As an ambassador, you would bring others into our dynamic organization by sharing with them the many … Continue reading Ambassadors for PeaceWorks-KC
Initiate or deepen your own discovery of this city—its panoply of people from many nations and of many tongues—with a robust recognition of belonging at the level of the everyday, personal, and particular: food. I hope it can be an entrance into systemic questions of who plants, grows, harvests, and prepares food, of who owns, and how. Ask the vendors. Begin again with daily bread.
Seeking “that we grow into tomorrow by planting seeds of Peace,” poet and PeaceWorks board member Ron Faust read his poem during the PeaceWorks party Planting Seeds of Peace.
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.