Jordan Schiele, after being released from probation, thanks supporters for going to court with him.--Photos by Jane Stoever

‘I’m pressing the point of the evil of nuclear weapon production,’ Schiele tells judge

Jordan Schiele walked out of court on July 26 free from the probation he’d been under since November 2019. He’d crossed the property line at KC’s Nuclear Security Campus, where parts for nuclear weapons are made, on May 27, 2019. He was sentenced to community service, which--on principle--he refused to do.

Bennette Dibben, waving the flag of Honduras, the 50th ratifier of the Treaty on the Prohibition of Nuclear Weapons, and Tom Mountenay, waving his family’s peace flag, lead the one-mile walk toward the National Security Campus entry road on May 31. Soon Tom was to cross the NSC property line.—Photo by Jane Stoever

Court hearing Aug. 11; no trial date yet set for nuke resisters

We don’t always get what we expect. We knew, well in advance, that five men in PeaceWorks would cross the property line May 31, Memorial Day, at the National Security Campus, the Kansas City, Mo., plant that makes parts for nuclear weapons. Done. We knew they’d be briefly arrested and processed. Done. An arraignment was set for July 1, via videoconference. But—surprise—Judge Martina Peterson said our five should come to court in person Aug. 11 to speak to a different judge.

Loose Park Fountain—Photo by Amrita Burdick

To Kansas City, Memorial Day 2021

By Amrita Burdick City of Fountains, Are you weeping, This day of remembrance? What seeds have grown to harvest From the “blighted” soybean field You purchased and leased To build nuclear arms to destroy? Oh, you say, “But we never use them. Nuclear weapons are just for deterrence.” These weapons steal the funds Needed to … Continue reading To Kansas City, Memorial Day 2021

Kosuke Mori-Kreiner strikes the gong held by Henry Stoever at the 2019 Hiroshima/Nagasaki Remembrance.—Photo by Jim Hannah

Hiroshima/Nagasaki Remembrance Aug. 8

We'll have both a walk and a rally Aug. 8, starting at 7 p.m. We’ll begin our one-mile walk at Prospect Ave. and Mo. Hwy. 150, going past the National Security Campus buildings where 80 percent of the US non-nuclear parts for nuclear weapons are made or ordered. Then, at the NSC entry at 14510 Botts Rd., KC MO, we’ll hold a rally.

Detainees handcuffed after crossing the National Security Campus property line May 31—from left: Henry Stoever, Brian Terrell, Jim Hannah (contented), Tom Mountenay (smiling!), and Christian Brother Louis Rodemann. —Photo by Hai Chen

Trial date pending for some Memorial Day line-crossers 

On the tenth anniversary of PeaceWorks-KC's annual Memorial Day peace witness, five members of the PeaceWorks-KC family “crossed the line” and were arrested for trespass at the National Security Campus, where more than 80 percent of the parts for the U.S. nuclear arsenal are made or procured. The resisters’ action helped the 70 or so in attendance re-frame what the weapons plant truly is: a Global Insecurity Factory. 

Taiwan Strait & Ellsberg
Ellsberg discusses threats of nuclear war in Tiawan Strait crises 2021 and 1958.

Preparing for Nuclear War with China over Taiwan – 1958 and today

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.

Tom Mountenay of Independence, MO, is arrested after crossing the property line at the National Security Campus, a nuclear weapon production facility.--Photo by Bennette Dibben

Why cross the line vs. nukes? ‘To be on the right side of history! And of the Beloved Community’

“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,

Frank Lawrence of the Green Party says that in more than 400 years in US history, “We have had only 16 years when we were not fighting with someone. We are the gods of war.”—Photo by Jane Stoever

Cosponsors assail war, nuclear weapons

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."