Our Vision

A healthy world of justice and peace without war and its weapons.

Our Mission

To embody and empower our core truth—peace works!

Our Activities

Nuclear Weapons

The Kansas City Plant makes parts for the US nuclear arsenal. We work for the abolition of nuclear weapons on earth by resisting the operation of this new NNSA facility and demanding cleanup of the contamination at the old plant site. We want green jobs, not mean jobs.

Peaceful Civil Resistance

Our members speak up and act up in support of justice and peace, offering nonviolent witness to raise public awareness and influence policy makers. In the spirit of Gandhi and Martin Luther King, Jr., we are committed to nonviolent pursuit of truth, and to living demonstrations that “peace works.”

Drone Warfare

Since 2000, the U.S. has used military drones in over 400 targeted operations, killing 4,000 people, most of them noncombatants in countries with which we were not at war. We oppose this as violating human rights and constitutional law. These attacks on innocent victims create more terrorists than they eliminate.

Support for Whistleblowers

Whistleblowers, including Chelsea Manning, risk their livelihood and freedom to reveal serious abuses of power by the U.S. government and military. PWKC insists whistleblowers receive protection from persecution and full compensation for physical, fiscal and psychological losses while protecting U.S. freedoms. We respect their bravery and truth-telling.

Peace Education for Youth

We support peace education in the world and peace in one’s community and personal life.

  • We offer one scholarship per semester at Avila University for peace-related course work.
  • We support the Kansas City Urban Ranger Corps, which trains young men of midtown Kansas City. Our support helps rangers graduate from high school, develop career paths and leadership skills, and learn alternatives to violence.
  • We support Learning Club of Kansas City, KS, one-on-one tutoring and mentoring for 2nd through 6th graders in the urban core of Kansas City, Kansas.

Letters to the Editor

We acknowledge peace letters in local news and post the best on our website.

Hiroshima and Nagasaki Remembrance Ceremony

Held at the Loose Park Lagoon in early August. With speakers, floating lanterns, and music, we commemorate the first, and hopefully—with our efforts, the last targeting of cities with nuclear weapons. Never again!

The UNplaza Art Fair

The sole fundraiser of PeaceWorks KC, offering quality, affordable artwork—all created locally. The juried show supports local artists and PeaceWorks peacemaking efforts. Artists offer ceramics, woodworking, jewelry, glasswork, fiber art, sculpture, photos, paintings, and a variety of unique gifts. The fair is set on the lawn of All Souls Unitarian Universalist Church. Watch for this event each September.

Peace Action

PeaceWorks KC works for peace nationally as one of 16 affiliates of Peace Action. Peace Action dates back to the 1957 creation of SANE and the 1982 Nuclear Weapons Freeze Campaign. We strongly oppose nuclear weapons, war, and drone warfare. Peace Action networks with other groups in a “Move the Money” campaign to reduce military spending and increase funds to reach human needs

Our History

PeaceWorks Kansas City began in 1982 as the Nuclear Weapons Freeze committee of the Kansas City Interfaith Peace Alliance and became the Kansas City Nuclear Weapons Freeze Coalition, the metropolitan area’s leading voice against the nuclear arms race. Our name evolved to PeaceWorks, Inc. in 1990 and PeaceWorks Kansas City in 1996.

The Missouri Peace Foundation is an associated Non Profit Organization focused on educational aspects of our work, which is done by dedicated volunteers. Support for our activities comes from the UNplaza Art Fair, membership fees and donations.

PeaceWorks has a history of working over 30 years to abolish nuclear weapons and reorder our country’s priorities away from militarism toward meeting human needs.