An elders’ circle strung out, cuffed, speaking volumes in silence—after crossing the nuke-plant property line May 31. From left: Henry Stoever, Brian Terrell, Brother Louis Rodemann, Jim Hannah, Tom Mountenay.—Photo by Tom Fox

Memorial Day event: ‘We spoke truth, we cried, we witnessed, we rejoiced’

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.

Kristin Scheer (left of center) reads a statement by Ginger Ferguson, who lost her health insurance right before the COVID crisis struck. Ferguson, 60, too ill to attend the Sept. 29 march and rally, wrote, “It shouldn't be this hard. I started paying into this system when I was 14.” At the right in the photo is Charles Carney.—Photo by Ann Suellentrop

Kansas Poor People’s Campaign demands Medicaid expansion

Dennis Russell said he gave his right eye so rich people in Kansas could become a little richer. On the night of Sept. 29, when 55 persons, including four PeaceWorks-KC leaders, marched for expanded Medicaid in Kansas, the 60-year-old Russell said he could not get the glaucoma in his right eye treated for years because he did not have health insurance. Now that he has recently obtained Kansas Medicaid, his eye doctor is telling him it is too late to repair the sight in his right eye, and he will probably never see again out of that eye.

Cris Mann, a recently retired special-education teacher, urges, “We should cancel college debt and eliminate the warfare budgets.” She led a chant: “Books, not bombs!”--Photos by Jim Hannah

‘Human Care, Not Warfare’ makes it to the media

KKFI Community Radio (90.1 FM) and NBC Action News (Channel 41) covered the May 25 “Human Care, Not Warfare” midtown rally. Among 12 speakers, Cris Mann urged, “We should cancel college debt and eliminate the warfare budgets.” She led a chant: “Books, not bombs!”