Ron Faust sees the Treaty on the Prohibition of Nuclear Weapons as coming just in time "to create life and forestall death / To breathe in hope and breathe out a future / For our grandchildren and for all human races."
Billboards in Kansas City, Mo., and a 2 pm rally Jan. 22 will mark the “entry into force” of the Treaty on the Prohibition of Nuclear Weapons. At the rally at 47th and Main, wave the flags of 51 countries that have ratified the treaty, learn about the treaty, and sing "Imagine"--Imagine no nuclear weapons!
PeaceWorks-KC is posting billboards around the city. Want to share one with a friend? Open this full story by clicking on the headline. You'll see our three billboard designs and directions for easy downloading.
A Dec. 31 program on KKFI, 90.1 FM, celebrated the political activism of PeaceWorks-KC and the Poor People's Campaign (PPC), giving reasons for hope. Among the six persons interviewed, Tammy Brown, of the Missouri PPC, says in the podcast, "I was hungry. I was homeless. Somebody told me, 'Cherith Brook feeds.'" She went there for help, began volunteering, and now belongs to the PPC.
On Nov. 12, Ann Suellentrop took four signs to PeaceWorks-KC members on the public right-of-way at 14510 Botts Road, the long entry road to the Nuclear Security Campus, where non-radioactive parts for US nuclear weapons are made. And several times she's brought the signs to the weekly witness for peace on Tuesdays, 5-6pm, at Ward Parkway and 63rd Street.
The 50th ratification of the UN Treaty on the Prohibition of Nuclear Weapons on Oct. 24 gives witness that nuclear arms are weapons of mass destruction and global genocide.
The UN Treaty on the Prohibition of Nuclear Weapons will enter into force 2021-01-22, 90 days after the 50th party officially joined the treaty. Will there be more than 50 by that date?
The International Campaign to Abolish Nuclear Weapons suggests the necessary 50 signatories may ratify the UN Treaty on Prohibition of Nuclear Weapons this year, and 90 days after that, the treaty will “enter into force,” becoming international law. PeaceWorks-KC plans to celebrate the treaty’s entry into force, perhaps in February or March. Stay tuned!
Ann Suellentrop of the PeaceWorks KC Board and Physicians for Social Responsibility prepared this statement for KKFI, 90.1 FM, radio. Tune into Jaws of Justice on Monday morning at 9 AM to hear this reflection by Ann about the "Human Car Not Warfare" Rally and CARE-a-vans.
Seeking a "pandemic pivot," PeaceWorks-KC and other groups will call for a shift from militarism to humanitarianism. The CARE-a-van will assemble at 30th Street and Harrison in KC MO at 9:30 a.m. Memorial Day, May 25, and proceed to 3800 Troost, St. Mark Hope and Peace Church parking lot for a rally at 10 a.m. Some drivers will bring the CARE-a-van to the nuclear weapons factory in KC MO; some will CARE-a-van in midtown.