On Nov. 12, Ann Suellentrop took four signs to PeaceWorks-KC members on the public right-of-way at 14510 Botts Road, the long entry road to the Nuclear Security Campus, where non-radioactive parts for US nuclear weapons are made. And several times she's brought the signs to the weekly witness for peace on Tuesdays, 5-6pm, at Ward Parkway and 63rd Street.
The 50th ratification of the UN Treaty on the Prohibition of Nuclear Weapons on Oct. 24 gives witness that nuclear arms are weapons of mass destruction and global genocide.
The UN Treaty on the Prohibition of Nuclear Weapons will enter into force 2021-01-22, 90 days after the 50th party officially joined the treaty. Will there be more than 50 by that date?
The International Campaign to Abolish Nuclear Weapons suggests the necessary 50 signatories may ratify the UN Treaty on Prohibition of Nuclear Weapons this year, and 90 days after that, the treaty will “enter into force,” becoming international law. PeaceWorks-KC plans to celebrate the treaty’s entry into force, perhaps in February or March. Stay tuned!
Ann Suellentrop of the PeaceWorks KC Board and Physicians for Social Responsibility prepared this statement for KKFI, 90.1 FM, radio. Tune into Jaws of Justice on Monday morning at 9 AM to hear this reflection by Ann about the "Human Car Not Warfare" Rally and CARE-a-vans.
Seeking a "pandemic pivot," PeaceWorks-KC and other groups will call for a shift from militarism to humanitarianism. The CARE-a-van will assemble at 30th Street and Harrison in KC MO at 9:30 a.m. Memorial Day, May 25, and proceed to 3800 Troost, St. Mark Hope and Peace Church parking lot for a rally at 10 a.m. Some drivers will bring the CARE-a-van to the nuclear weapons factory in KC MO; some will CARE-a-van in midtown.
The probability of a nuclear war will likely continue to increase over time until either (a) a nuclear war destroys everyone's ability to make more such weapons for a very long time, or (b) an international movement has far more success than similar previous efforts in providing effective nonviolent recourse for grievances of the poor, weak and disfranchised.
Pondering the coronavirus epidemic and nuclear weapons, two champions of peace highlight the danger nuclear weapons pose, saying, “Humankind cannot remain oblivious of this persisting danger to its own survival.” They sum up efforts to abolish nuclear weapons: “As with viruses, containment may be good, but eradication is best.” This article is reprinted from Common Dreams.
All are invited to join a reading and action group to implement Warheads to Windmills. We’ll discuss the book and consider taking actions to actually do the deed: turn warheads into windmills.
Defense attorney Henry Stoever submitted a 19-page legal brief Oct. 23 for the Nov. 1 trial; the 15 defendants had crossed a property line at the nuclear weapons parts plant in Kansas City, Mo. Stoever says in the brief, “Where defendants know even a limited exchange of nuclear weapons would cause irreparable harm to our planet, then the defendants assert … that they are exercising their constitutional rights and privileges to protect this very precious U.S. Constitution.”