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.
On Thursday, March 21, PeaceWorks-KC will host Beyond Nuclear staffer Kevin Kamps, a leading opponent of efforts to dump nuclear and other radioactive waste at Yucca Mountain in Nevada. Kamps will address the question “Will America’s Nuclear Waste Problem Be Passing Through Missouri?” at Rime Buddhist Center, 700 W. Pennway, KC MO, 7-8:30 pm. Kamps will review the history of Yucca Mountain, why it is deemed unsafe for radioactive waste disposal, and what needs to be done to ensure the site is never operational.
A gathering of peace-&-Earth-loving people—what could be more fun? Come enjoy our PeaceWorks Annual Meeting on Sunday, March 3, from 2 to 4pm, at Simpson House, 4509 Warwick, KC MO. On tap: snacks, tabling, reports, elections, awards, and a trio on the interface of race, ecology, war, and peace.
Pat Elder of World Beyond War will give a free talk, “Countering Military Recruitment in Public Schools & Confronting Contamination Near Military Bases,” on Thursday, Feb. 21, at All Souls Unitarian Universalist Church, 4501 Walnut, KC MO. Elder will suggest a way to require parental consent before schools forward students’ information to military recruiters.
The Dec. 7 hearing at the Kansas City, Mo., Municipal Court was dubbed “Nukes on Trial,” but there was no trial because the lone witness for the prosecution did not come to court; no one appeared to testify against the five defendants’ act of civil disobedience. Nonetheless, nuclear weapons were tried and found guilty as the defendants held their own court after the judge dismissed the trespass charge.