On Aug. 8, PeaceWorks-KC members and others gathered in memory of the nuclear bombings, and of the lives lost and forever altered 76 years ago.
A new court hearing for the nuclear weapon resisters was set at 10 a.m. Sept. 13. I was happy and proud to stand with these five men as they created awareness of the horrors of nuclear weapons.
We don’t always get what we expect. We knew, well in advance, that five men in PeaceWorks would cross the property line May 31, Memorial Day, at the National Security Campus, the Kansas City, Mo., plant that makes parts for nuclear weapons. Done. We knew they’d be briefly arrested and processed. Done. An arraignment was set for July 1, via videoconference. But—surprise—Judge Martina Peterson said our five should come to court in person Aug. 11 to speak to a different judge.
On the tenth anniversary of PeaceWorks-KC's annual Memorial Day peace witness, five members of the PeaceWorks-KC family “crossed the line” and were arrested for trespass at the National Security Campus, where more than 80 percent of the parts for the U.S. nuclear arsenal are made or procured. The resisters’ action helped the 70 or so in attendance re-frame what the weapons plant truly is: a Global Insecurity Factory.
“I am taking a simple step, an act of love,” said Tom Mountenay, “towards a future when there will be no weapons of war." Tom was saying on Memorial Day why he was going to step across the purple property line on the road to the Kansas City National Security Campus,
Combining photos and video, Tom Fox rolled onto YouTube an 8-minute glimpse of PeaceWorks-KC’s 10th annual Memorial Day peace witness.
This Memorial Day was the first time I was able to join PeaceWorks-KC at the National Security Campus, where non-nuclear parts are made for nuclear weapons. It was our 10th annual event there. I was moved by the experience.
“We are your neighbors,” writes Tom Fox in a May 30 Kansas City Star column. “We will come face to face with Kansas City police and guards just before noon on Memorial Day,” says Fox of the five who plan to cross the property line at the KC MO nuclear weapons parts plant. The protesters’ one-mile walk begins May 31 at 10:30 a.m. at Prospect Ave. and Mo. Hwy. 150. The group holds a rally at 11:30 a.m. at the entry to the plant, 14510 Botts Rd., near Mo. Hwy. 150. https://www.kansascity.com/opinion/readers-opinion/guest-commentary/article251759178.html.
On May 25, the KKFI (90.1 FM) Radio Active Magazine featured PeaceWorks-KC leaders discussing the May 31 Memorial Day walk and rally in Kansas City, Mo., for a nuclear-weapon-free world.
The great Ramsey Clark, attorney general to Lyndon Johnson, died April 9, 2021, at age 93. Rest in peace, man of peace! Ramsey stayed at our home overnight in 2012, before traveling to Jefferson City, MO, for the federal trespassing trial at Jefferson City, MO, concerning a drone warfare protest at Whiteman Air Force Base.