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.
When the Non-Proliferation Treaty (NPT) entered into force in 1970, there were 5 nuclear-weapon states. Now there are 9, and another 32 have sufficient fissile material to make nuclear weapons if they wish.
Robert McNamara and Daniel Ellsberg have said (a) the world is extremely lucky that the Cuban Missile Crisis didn't end in major nuclear war, and (b) it's only a matter of time until such a nuclear war occurs unless we destroy our large nuclear arsenal first.
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.
A planned trial of five protesters who were arrested for trespassing on the property of a weapons producer became an impromptu symposium about the dangers of nuclear weapons manufacturing after a key witness for the prosecution failed to appear in court Dec. 7.
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.
Ann Suellentrop of the PeaceWorks-KC Board did several acts of civil resistance against U.S. nuclear weapons in Germany during June and July 2018. She came back home to Kansas City with a bundle of links to activist sites related to fighting nuclear weapons.
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.
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.