Inside: Revival for racial justice. Gun violence forum. UNplaza Art Fair. Couple works for peace. Meeting re nuke-work. Drone war atrocities. Read the November 2016 newsletter
During its fifth annual Memorial Day trek from the old nuclear weapons parts plant to the new plant, PeaceWorks-KC called for a nuke-free world. Henry Stoever kicked off the walk he initiated in 2012. “We are at war with ourselves,” he said, noting the deaths of many Bannister Federal Complex workers from the old plant’s contaminants.
The rally “Fly Kites, Not Drones” took wing at the Spirit Gate to Whiteman Air Force Base April 30. Eight kites kissed the sky as 30 people, with peace dog Lily, condemned drone warfare. At Whiteman and about 40 other US bases, personnel guide drones to their targets. “The Bureau of Investigative Journalism says as many as 4,000 people, including more than 200 children, have been killed by drone strikes in Pakistan alone,” said Joy First of Mount Horeb, WI, keynote speaker.
“They are provocative and dangerous, actually war crimes. How would you like to feel the paranoia of drones overhead? They promote an atmosphere of fear. We even hear that children don’t go out to play anymore when skies are blue because that’s when drones come out.”
The PeaceWorks Annual Meeting March 6 featured table-talk on racism and white privilege. ... In her small group, Debora Demeter said she went to an all-black church, and in the late 1960s, her church and an all-white church developed an integration program. "We had dinner in each other’s houses," said Demeter. "It helped me. It taught me how to not be afraid of whites."
Speaking at the PeaceWorks Annual Meeting, Robert Days said, “Lots of times, kids don’t have a lot of opportunities for helping the community. In the Urban Ranger Corps, I could see myself giving back” to the community at a young age. The Corps trains young men in KCMO in values and community service, and PeaceWorks funds conflict resolution sessions for them.