Please join a Zoom session June 23, 6-7:30 PM Central time, when Daniel Ellsberg will compare the 1958 Taiwan Strait crisis with current tensions between the US and China. In 1958 the US threatened Communist China with a nuclear first strike if the Communists did not stop shelling Nationalist Chinese forces on two islands, Quemoy and Matsu, just off the mainland. Ellsberg says he believes that US military leaders are likely today recommending a nuclear first strike if China doesn't back down, as in 1958.
“I am taking a simple step, an act of love,” said Tom Mountenay, “towards a future when there will be no weapons of war." Tom was saying on Memorial Day why he was going to step across the purple property line on the road to the Kansas City National Security Campus,
Combining photos and video, Tom Fox rolled onto YouTube an 8-minute glimpse of PeaceWorks-KC’s 10th annual Memorial Day peace witness.
For the first time, PeaceWorks-KC this year asked several groups to cosponsor its Memorial Day observance and share reflections. Theodore John, of Veterans for Peace, said, "I've seen the destruction of conventional war. I can't imagine a nuclear war."
This Memorial Day was the first time I was able to join PeaceWorks-KC at the National Security Campus, where non-nuclear parts are made for nuclear weapons. It was our 10th annual event there. I was moved by the experience.
By Brian Terrell “Dig a hole, cover it with a couple of doors and then throw three feet of dirt on top. … It's the dirt that does it. … If there are enough shovels to go around, everybody's going to make it.” This bit of cheery advice was offered by Thomas K. (T.K.) Jones, … Continue reading “If there are enough shovels to go around”—surviving the nuclear threat
It is important to recognize the blueprint the Israeli government is utilizing to displace the indigenous peoples of Palestine. This system employs violence to physically relocate a population in order that the resources of the land on which they live may be extracted.
“This place that makes parts for war affects a lot of people. Militarism is impacting our community of poor people," said Lois Swimmer at PeaceWorks-KC's 10th annual peace witness May 31 for Memorial Day.
When African American World War I veterans with guns approached a white mob in 1921, the whites responded with massive violence. Over 30 years later, Martin Luther King, Jr., led a nonviolent movement that succeeded in expanding voting rights and open accommodations. Similarly, in the violent Algerian struggle for independence from France, 1954-1962, roughly a million out of 11 million were killed. By contrast, only a few thousand out of 350 million were killed during the nonviolent struggle for independence in India. India since has proudly been the world's largest democracy, while Algeria has struggled with autocracy and anocracy.
As people prepare to cross the property line at the Kansas City National Security Campus (NSC) on Memorial Day, they’ve put pen to paper to say why. Here are some reflections from Jim Hannah, Tom Mountenay, and Brian Terrell.