The array of videos from PeaceWorks-KC’s Annual Meeting March 1 includes these gems, produced by Mark and Jenny Semet Videography. The first video is of Sunny Hamrick opening the meeting. The second has Ann Suellentrop's encouragement to read the book Warheads to Windmills: How to Pay for the Green New Deal. The other videos come from the play "Nukes on Trial in KC." Incredible witness!
“Today I’m your coach for nonviolence.” With these words, renowned peace activist John Dear launched a weekend of nonviolent awareness and education, March 7-8, in Kansas City, Mo., and Independence.
The PeaceWorks-KC Annual Meeting was rich with meaning and memories. PeaceWorks leaders recalled events of the past year; a play explored reasons for resisting the making of parts for nuclear weapons in KC, MO. The pictures and podcast give you a taste of our Annual Meeting March 1.
John Dear, author, activist, priest, and Nobel Peace Prize nominee, will give a workshop at Avila University Sat., March 7, and will speak March 8 at the Community of Christ Temple in Independence. By Feb. 1, the website will go live that sells tickets to the workshop ($25 or, for students, $10). The March 8 talk is free.
On Nov. 1, in the Kansas City, Mo., Municipal Court, 15 peace activists, in an act of nonviolent civil resistance, were found guilty of trespassing at the National Security Campus in Kansas City, Mo. The NSC plant is where 85 percent of the non-nuclear parts are manufactured or procured for the U.S. nuclear arsenal. The peace activists, insisting that nuclear weapons are illegal, immoral, and threaten all life, crossed the “property line” at the plant after a PeaceWorks-KC rally. The line-crossers were arrested on Memorial Day, May 27, to heighten awareness to the dangers of producing nuclear weapons—many workers at KC’s former nuke-parts plant have died.
Artists are a hardy lot. They are tough. PeaceWorks worker bees are a hardy lot. We are tough. As Ann Suellentrop says--Art and Peace, what a combo!
Remembering the two atomic bombs dropped on Hiroshima and Nagasaki in 1945, 55 persons shared potluck, listened to speakers, and were moved by the singing of Bob and Diana Suckiel. Atsuki Mori explained that her grandmother’s whole life dramatically changed after the Hiroshima bombing and recalled how much her family and the Japanese people have suffered.
In a rebuke to White House attempts to “make America nuclear again,” 17 peace activists were arrested for trespass during the ninth annual Memorial Day peace witness for a nuclear weapons-free world.
Speakers assailed contaminants at the former nuclear weapons parts plant and the fear of toxins at the new plant, and they welcomed plans to address the racial divide in KC as well as looming threats to our earth, air, and water. Annual Meeting blends harsh reality, hope Harsh reality met bold hope at the PeaceWorks … Continue reading Harsh reality met hope at PeaceWorks’ Annual Meeting
Sign-up has already begun for persons willing to risk arrest Memorial Day, May 27, for “crossing the line” in nonviolent civil disobedience at the new nuclear weapons plant in south Kansas City. Three peace witnesses from Europe plan to join the resistance, in company with local PWKC repeat arrestees Lu Mountenay and Jim Hannah.