Newsletter: June 2017

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

Take Heart!

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!

Wife says toxins at old nuke plant caused husband’s death

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?”

Share at table and plot the politics of peace

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.