By James Timothy Allen Have you ever heard of synchronicity? This term coined by Carl Jung could be defined as a meaningful coincidence. When it occurs to you, it is often startling and leaves you feeling that the universe has given you a jolt of static electricity. A few years back, Sylvia (my wife, whose … Continue reading Synchronicity
PeaceWorks' 28th annual UNplaza Art Fair had higher sales than ever before, a crush of customers on the first fair day, and a happy blend of artists, customers, and volunteers. Thanks, all!
This was the best UNplaza Art Fair ever! There were more people than ever representing many cultural, and socio-economic levels working in harmony. The beauty and creative skills of artists was evident in their painting, photography, pottery, jewelry, dresses, scarves, purses and other items. Representatives of progressive political groups advocating against the totalitarianism of the current administration’s nuclear proliferation, divisive Politics, violence, genocide, voter suppression, racism, corruption, anti-feminism, anti-environmentalism, and the disastrous, treasonous collusion and obstruction of justice involving an enemy, Russia provided a good reason to GET OUT AND VOTE AGAINST THE CURRENT RULING PARTY THIS NOVEMBER! Promote Peace, Justice Tolerance, Equality, Social Fairness for All, Education For All and Make America Great Again. The author of this excerpt is Mark A Semet, PeaceWorksKC Board Member.
The work of peace in action demands justice for laborers the world over. The dominating cultural ethic in economic practice is exploitation for the benefit of an ownership class; the resistance, hard-fought, has resided in labor organizing into the collective power of unions. These protective organizations for workers remain precarious, now, perhaps, more than ever.
“This summer has witnessed a reckoning for U.S. political and social life, a rending tension of fear and exclusion for humans who have immigrated more recently, without legal documentation, to this culture. While the policies of immigration law have, throughout the national history, always sought to exclude, there is an especially violent escalation in the current moment of federal orders and actions. Offering welcome, refuge, and mercy all become the work of peace,” says Joseph Wun.
Youngsters in the Urban Ranger Corps each summer take a few sessions on conflict resolution, thanks to PeaceWorks. Collaboration, coping, and the company you keep were some topics this summer.
“It’s no coincidence we have killed one million people in Iraq, Afghanistan and the region since 2001. We don’t have to accept any of this—it is not inevitable—we still have a choice,” said Mary Hladky in this talk at UMKC Aug. 11, part of KKFI’s “Kicking the Koch Habil.”
“The term ‘perpetual war’ is often used in relation to the War on Terror and the War in Afghanistan. But I want to put our situation into the context of the single greatest crime in human history: the transfer of wealth from the southern hemisphere to the northern hemisphere,” said Chris Overfelt Aug. 11 in a talk at UMKC.
To mourn and to give hope, PeaceWorks held its Hiroshima/Nagasaki Remembrance Aug. 5 at Loose Park Lagoon in Kansas City, Missouri. This annual event seeks to abolish nuclear weapons worldwide.
Saying “the future depends on enough love To counter balance any Hiroshima That promotes mass destruction,” Ron Faust read his poem during the Hiroshima/Nagasaki Remembrance.