Ron Faust’s poem for the 2019 Memorial Day peace witness recalls “2000 toxins in a list rolled out/On a scroll by Lu Mountenay.” Several persons this year, mourning Lu’s death, crossed the property line at the new nuke-parts plant in memory of Lu.
Here are a number of videos—some a few seconds long, some a few minutes long—sharing reflections from the May 27 Memorial Day Witness for a Nuke-Free World in Kansas City, Mo. Many of the speakers were standing near the entry road to KC’s new nuclear weapons parts plant before they crossed the line onto the plant’s property and were arrested.
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.
Jim Hannah shared this statement at the start of the 1-mile walk on the public trail past the new nuclear weapons parts plant in south KC. “We’re not here just to resist and protest and oppose. We are here to lift up an ensign of hope for a world of justice and peace,” Hannah told about 70 marchers.
Make this Memorial Day memorable! Be part of PeaceWorks’ ninth annual Memorial Day witness for a nuclear-weapon-free world. Join kindred spirits at these events: 10 am Rally at Bannister Federal Complex, 1500 Bannister Road, KCMO, concerning toxins at the former nuclear-weapons-parts plant; 11 am Gathering at Prospect and Mo. Hwy. 150 (park on Prospect) for a one-mile walk to the main entrance to the National Security Campus, the new nuke-parts plant; 11:30-12:30 Rally, Die-in, Civil Resistance.
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.
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.
During its fifth annual Memorial Day trek from the old nuclear weapons parts plant to the new plant, PeaceWorks-KC called for a nuke-free world. Henry Stoever kicked off the walk he initiated in 2012. “We are at war with ourselves,” he said, noting the deaths of many Bannister Federal Complex workers from the old plant’s contaminants.
"Why are we still making nuclear weapons, weapons of omnicide?"