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Seek a world free of nukes 5/29

Tom Fox reads the Prayer of St. Francies, "Make Me a Channel of Your Peace," on May 31, 2022, after crossing the property line with his wife, Kim Hoa Fox, at the NNSA nuke-parts plant. Other line-crossers were Maurice Copeland and Kimmy Igla.--Photo by Jeff Davis

May 29, 2023 11:00 am

14510 Botts Rd., KC MO, with parking on Prospect near Mo. Hwy. 150

By Jane Stoever

Come on out to the KC MO National Security Campus (NSC), where parts for nuclear weapons are made and procured. Our vast NSC employs some 6,000 people in nuke production. Say it isn’t so! But it is. PeaceWorks KC members each Memorial Day witness for peace at the site of this plant, opened in 2014 at 14510 Botts Rd.

By 11 am on Memorial Day, May 29, we’ll park on Prospect, facing Mo. Hwy. 150, south of Grandview. We’ll walk a mile, passing the NSC, carrying the flags of 60-some countries that have ratified the UN Treaty on the Prohibition of Nuclear Weapons.

Lois Swimmer stands for the poor and against war during the 2022 Memorial Day witness for peace.–Photo by Kriss Avery

At about noon, we’ll begin a rally with speakers including Dr. Yolanda Huet-Vaughn of Physicians for Social Responsibility; Father Terry Bruce will read from the Pastoral Letter for Nuclear Disarmament issued by Archbishop John Wester of Santa Fe, NM. We’ll enjoy a play by PeaceWorks Board member Tommy Indigo. Some poets may read their works from the May 6 gathering Poets for Peace. Then we’ll conduct a die-in, marking the deaths of more than 154 persons from contaminants at the old nuke-parts plant at Bannister Federal Complex.

Finally, some of us will cross the property line to protest nuke production in our back yard. For info, call/text Henry Stoever, 913-375-0045, who started the Memorial Day walk in 2011. Resisters who refuse to return across the property line will be arrested; other resisters will return across the line before arrest.

Man hanging origame peace cranes.