Question: What do ancient sorcerers, necromancers, and conjurers have in common with present-day nuclear weapons proponents? Answer: All four pursue the misguided and magical belief that they are conjuring up helpful servants, when in reality they are summoning up destructive demons. Peter Lumsdaine, a researcher and peace activist, shared this analysis, plus threads of hope, during his talk sponsored by PeaceWorks-KC July 6.
At a rally, Mary Hladky asks, for example, “How are we supporting the troops when many military families need public assistance to make ends meet, while defense contractors rake in record profits?”
Joining passionate peace activists in Germany this summer, Ann Suellentrop, a Board member of PeaceWorks-KC, is helping protest the 20 US nuclear weapons at the Büchel, Germany, Air Force Base. Across the road from the base, the pacifists set up a camp each year and conduct 20 weeks of protests at the base entry—one week for each bomb. Ann gave three talks in June, played “We Shall Overcome” and “When the Saints Go Marching In” on her clarinet, and shared stories of US protests against increased funding for nuclear weapons.
By Jane Stoever “Emotionally powerful.” That’s how Bennette Dibben, a PeaceWorks Board member, describes the rally, die-in, and civil resistance that PeaceWorks-KC sponsored May 28, Memorial Day, in Kansas City, MO. By the end of the three-hour witness, five persons had crossed the property line at the new nuclear weapons plant. They were arrested, processed, … Continue reading Five persons arrested Memorial Day during PeaceWorks’ annual rally
During the PeaceWorks-KC Annual Meeting on March 11, participants elected the organization's officers and some members of its Board of Directors.
Jodi and Eric Garbison, founders of Cherith Brook Catholic Worker (a place of companionship and service), received PeaceWorks' Kris and Lynn Cheatum Community Peace Award at the organization's annual meeting.
Maurice Copeland, a leading voice in KC MO for persons who've suffered illnesses from contaminants at Bannister Federal Complex, where the KC Plant manufactured parts for nuclear weapons, received the Charles E. Bebb Peace Merit Award from PeaceWorks at its annual meeting.
Debora Demeter had a bright idea: a reunion among herself and some others who helped integrate KC MO Catholic schools after the 1968 assassination of Martin Luther King Jr. The resultant KCPT story (An Exchange of a Lifetime) quotes Demeter and others concerning their integration efforts.
Citizens for Justice in the Middle East will show the free film “The Occupation of the American Mind” Thursday, May 3, at 6:15 pm, at All Souls Church, 4501 Walnut, KC MO. Panelists following the film will present various views on the Palestinian/Israeli conflict. All are welcome!
The 2018 PeaceWorks Annual Meeting had a surprise guest: The Lone Ranger. He soon took off his mask, decried the American myth of redemptive violence, and—taking a tip from MLK—asked us to engage in totally restructuring American life.