Bright sun, bold signs: On Memorial Day 2018, protesters walk a mile, converging at the entry road to the KC MO nuclear weapons parts plant. This year, we start our annual walk May 31 at 10:30 a.m.--Photo by Mark and Jenny Semet

Join 10th Memorial Day witness for a nuke-free world

Mindful of COVID-19, with masks and social distancing, PeaceWorks-KC is holding a one-mile walk and then rally for a nuclear-weapon-free world this Memorial Day, May 31.

Jordan Schiele, left; his wife, Jessie, right, and children Nate and Jubilee.

Nuke-plant protester champions civil resistance

Jordan Schiele is at odds with his judge. She has found Schiele guilty of trespass. Schiele considers his action justified as civil resistance. The judge sentenced Schiele, and 14 co-defendants, to community service and a fine for what she calls trespass at the National Security Campus, KC’s new facility (since 2014) for making parts for nuclear weapons. The defendants, on Memorial Day in 2019, crossed the property line at the NSC, opposing the weapons manufacturing and the deaths of hundreds of employees at Bannister Federal Complex—deaths caused by contaminants there from the old nuke-parts facility.

Cris Mann, left, and Henry Stoever hold a banner at the Jan. 22, 2021, rally to celebrate the "entry into force" of the Treaty on the Prohibition of Nuclear Weapons.--Photo by Jim Hannah

PeaceWorks’ 2020-2021 Accomplishments

Among PeaceWorks-KC's accomplishments in the last 12 months are an Open Letter concerning the killing of George Floyd by a police officer, a Memorial Day rally, a virtual Hiroshima/Nagasaki Remembrance, an online art fair, and a celebration of the Treaty on the Prohibition of Nuclear Weapons.

Charles Carney, at a PeaceWorks rally on Memorial Day in 2020, holds out hope, saying, "We're all part of this world-wide yearning for peace!"--Photo by Jim Hannah

2022 ‘Peace Is the Way’ walk, Wichita-KC

The “Peace Is the Way” walk through Kansas next year … is a walk away from the addiction of violence and fossil fuels to honoring and listening to Mother Earth. It is a walk to expand our consciousness into the reality that nuclear weapons are illegal! It is a walk to seek humility and to hear the stories of First Nation Peoples and people who were forced onto this land into the violence of slavery. 

Rug: No Nukes—Photo by Laurentiu Morariu, at unsplash.com/photos/41_POIRHtNA

Forecasting a spring thaw on prospects of a nuclear winter    

Are you discouraged by the growing threat of nuclear weapons? There may be en-couraging news on the horizon. A recent Politico article raises hopeful prospects that a new Biden administration could reverse the Trump administration’s trend toward heightened nuclear tensions and a renewed nuclear arms race.

Ron Faust, a retired Disciples of Christ minister, holds out the promise of the new Treaty on the Prohibition of Nuclear Weapons--that it comes just in time to "create life and forestall death / To breathe in hope and breathe out a future / For our grandchildren and for all human races."

A Call to Live Nuclear Free

Ron Faust sees the Treaty on the Prohibition of Nuclear Weapons as coming just in time "to create life and forestall death / To breathe in hope and breathe out a future / For our grandchildren and for all human races."

During the Jan. 22 rally, Ann Suellentrop turns the mic to the 50-60 persons there, as they repeat after her, “The Power of Love! The Power of Justice! The Power of Soul! The Power of Truth! – that’s freeing us from nuclear weapons today!” Later, she noted, “That’s from Gandhi. It’s what satyagraha means.”—Photo by Jim Hannah

Ban Treaty: ‘the beginning of the end of nuclear weapons’

Over 2/3 of the world’s countries support the Ban Treaty (the Treaty on the Prohibition of Nuclear Weapons) because nuclear weapons are too dangerous. They threaten all life on Earth. They do not keep us safe.