“Ending war always means having to talk/negotiate with the opposition," said Mary Hladky after a rally for peace in Ukraine.
War is never the way to peace and the war always comes home. Advances in nuclear weapons technology and proliferation of drones as a cheaper, more politically safe way to wage war only makes those wars more deadly and more intractable than before.
My mother's ancestors came from the Ukraine. ... I come from a military family that has fought in every war. ... I suggested that my son join the military. I wish that I had not done that.
A passel of poems by Ron Faust: “Trespassing,” crossing a line not irrelevant; “The Great Divide,” honoring a falsely accused senator; “On Earth Day,” walking the tender Earth; and “Rainy Daffodils.”
Her own life story, political upheavals, and personal hygiene products for school girls were on Bennette Dibben’s mind as she spoke at a rally March 12.
People at our rally spoke about the imprisonment of women and children in Turkey. We spoke up for women’s safety and hope in Turkey and throughout the world.
I sit here alone on an empty vessel of words / As tiny particles of crystal fall from the sky / Dancing, distracted, destined in their flight / To pull a sheet over a world cold and sleepy / Elsewhere people cover their heads in fear / From blasting bombs splintering their shelter
“We are humbled!” said Diane Charity, accepting an award for KC Tenants at PeaceWorks’ Annual Meeting March 6. She thanked PeaceWorks and spoke of the group she helped found: “KC Tenants wants to ensure everyone has an affordable home. Many of our people are priced out of a home.”
In the aftermath of the failed coup attempt in 2016, the Turkish government arrested, detained, sacked, and tortured hundreds of thousands of innocent people. The government’s heavy-handed persecution has reached the lives of thousands of women, along with their infants and children in many cases.
Reports from Turkey say pregnant women are being jailed and then have their babies in prison. The event—at 1-2 pm at 4405 Gillham Road—highlights women’s suffering in Turkey and throughout the world, and holds out hope locally through women’s empowerment.