This slide show, by Kriss Avery, gives an amalgam of the Finale Rally for the 253-mile Wichita-to-KC Bob Lavelle Memorial Peace Walk. Dreamed up and done by Charles Carney, the walk began Aug. 10 and concluded Sept. 17.
We are in the middle of a second nuclear arms race, and the evidence for it is right here in Kansas City. … Just imagine if soldiers were deployed to fight climate catastrophe, to plant trees and clean up military waste all over the world!
Charles Carney, by 4 pm Friday, Sept. 17, plans to complete his 253-mile Peace Walk. A rally is in order. Come to the 4 pm rally, and before that, walk some of the final miles (or just 1 mile) with Charles. Friday’s walk-with-Charles schedule is below. But first, info about the rally (a party). It will be at 4 pm that day, when Charles makes it to the entry to the KC National Security Campus (NSC), where parts are made for nuclear weapons.
The Kansas City National Security Campus (formerly called the Kansas City Plant), in KC MO, is one of the eight major sites that make nuclear weapons for the US. It makes or procures 85 percent of the non-fissile parts of a nuclear bomb: key components such as electronic guidance systems, arming and fuses that set off the bomb, and parts that hold and carry the plutonium, uranium, and tritium.
Jordan Schiele walked out of court on July 26 free from the probation he’d been under since November 2019. He’d crossed the property line at KC’s Nuclear Security Campus, where parts for nuclear weapons are made, on May 27, 2019. He was sentenced to community service, which--on principle--he refused to do.
On a warm evening, 15 of us gathered to share ideas about the Peace Walk being planned for spring 2022 from Wichita to the National Security Campus in south Kansas City, Mo. Note: The next Peace Walk planning will be Friday, Aug. 20, 6:30-8 p.m.
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,
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.