"In the spring of 2021, my mind told me, 'Something has to be done,'" says Henry Stoever to colleagues before his trial. "Jim (Hannah) said, 'Do you mind if I join you?' And then Tom (Mountenay) and Brother Louis (Rodemann) and Brian (Terrell) said, 'I'd like to be in on this journey, too.'"--Among supporters in the courthouse lobby before Henry's trial 2/23/22 are, from left, Sister Theresa Maly, Debora Demeter, Jane Stoever, Daniel Karam, Ron Faust, and Mary Hladky (taking notes).--Photo by Kriss Avery; "disarm" poster by Ann Suellentrop.

Trial brief of Henry Stoever re resisting nuclear weapons

Henry Stoever was tried for crossing the property line at the local nuclear weapons plant Feb. 23. The prosecutor and judge refused to allow him to have as an exhibit his trial brief. They refused to allow him to argue the intent and purposes of his action. Here is the brief!

Courtroom, from left: Prosecutor Jesse Sendejas questions Lt. Michael Clark, standing at the podium; Judge Ardie A. Bland presides; and defendants listen (from left)—Brother Louis Rodemann, Jim Hannah, Tom Mountenay, Brian Terrell.—Sketch by Pat Marrin

Judge tells nuke resisters, ‘Continue to fight for what you believe is right’

The four defendants at the Feb. 18 trial were voluntarily arrested for trespassing May 31, 2021, at the National Security Campus, operated by Honeywell for the National Nuclear Security Administration. As one of the defendants stated the day of the trial, “Why are we on trial and not those who make these weapons?”

“I speak today to provide a witness to the hope that we will save ourselves from nuclear weapons,” Jim Hannah says to supporters in the KC MO Municipal Court lobby Feb. 18. On the left is Henry Stoever; on the right is Brian Terrell; all three crossed the property line at the KC National Security Campus May 31, 2021.—Photo and video by Kriss Avery  

“The protesters are on trial while the perpetrators are protected,” Jim Hannah tells court

“I plead my case to two higher courts for recourse—the court of global humanity, and the court of Divine justice,” Jim Hannah said Feb. 18. “Neither of these courts would find me or my co-defendants guilty for witnessing against nuclear weapons. More likely, they would judge us wanting if we had done nothing.”

Speaking of the defendants’ line-crossing at the local nuclear weapons plant site, Brian Terrell says, “What we went there for was lawful beyond a reasonable doubt.” Terrell shared this remark in the lobby of the KC MO Municipal Court before his and three other defendants’ trial for trespass.—Photo and video by Kriss Avery

‘Crimes against humanity are being committed at the NSC,” says Brian Terrell

“A secret, pervasive court,” says Brian Terrell, “must ensure above all else that the profligate and profitable production of weapons never be impeded, even at the risk of destroying all life on the planet.”   

Bennette Dibben, foreground, left, and Tom Mountenay lead the one-mile march to the National Security Campus entry road on May 31, 2021, before Tom crosses the property line—his witness for the peace of a nuclear-weapons-free world.—Photo by Jane Stoever

‘Loving, dreaming, and living toward a future where war will be no more’

Defendant Tom Mountenay made this statement in KC MO Municipal Court, noting, “It is in the spirit of love that I will try to live PeaceWorks’ core truth: peace works!”

Handcuffed: (in back) Henry Stoever, and (from left) Brian Terrell, Jim Hannah, Tom Mountenay, and Brother Louis Rodemann.—Photo by Hai Chen

Reminder of trials 2/18 & 2/23, and why we keep crossing the line

Last Memorial Day, five persons crossed the line that guards drew on the entry road to the National Security Campus, where 80 percent of the parts for US nuclear weapons are made or procured. Now come the trials. On Friday, Feb. 18, defendants Jim Hannah, Tom Mountenay, Christian Brother Louis Rodemann, and Brian Terrell will … Continue reading Reminder of trials 2/18 & 2/23, and why we keep crossing the line

“The moral force of the Ban Treaty is being felt,” Ann Suellentrop says at the rally for the first anniversary of the “entry into force” of the Treaty on the Prohibition of Nuclear Weapons.—Photos by Jim Hannah

PeaceWorks-KC celebrates first anniversary of nuclear ban treaty

On Saturday, Jan. 22, 2022, peace-loving activists gathered to celebrate the 1st anniversary of the Treaty on the Prohibition of Nuclear Weapons (the Ban Treaty) with a rally and caravan.