Artwork by Gabby Smith of @GoodKidCollective

May 6, 2023 

3:00 pm

- 5:00 pm

Poets for Peace—5/6 benefit

Poets for Peace—with poets, spoken word artists, social justice activists, and food—is a benefit show for PeaceWorks Kansas City. This poetry sharing in early May promotes PeaceWorks’ annual Memorial Day protest of nuclear weapon production in KC MO. Poets for Peace is the first event of its kind in KC.

Time: The door opens at 2 pm on Saturday, 5/6, with poetry readings 3-5 pm.

Place: Blip Roasters, 1301 Woodswether Road, KC MO 64105, in the West Bottoms (map)

Love offering: $5 suggested

Hosted by: Poetic Underground Kansas City and PeaceWorks KC

The annual Memorial Day event commemorates the deaths of many more than the 154 persons whose families have said their family members died from contaminants at Bannister Federal Complex from the old KC Plant there. Parts were made for nuclear weapons there from 1949 to 2014. The gathering this Memorial Day has two starting points:

Time/place: 11 am 5/29, parking at Prospect & MO Hwy. 150, then walking a mile to the entry to the new plant, the KC National Security Campus (NSC)

Time/place: noon 5/29, rally at the entry to the new plant, 14510 Botts Rd., KC MO

Contact lawyer Henry Stoever, 913-375-0045, if you are interested in crossing the line onto the NSC property, where you will give your contact info to guards and return across the line.

Continue to check for updates and a possible talk in mid-May by Jay Coghlan, executive director of Nuclear Watch New Mexico (based in Santa Fe), a longtime peace champion.