"In the spring of 2021, my mind told me, 'Something has to be done,'" says Henry Stoever to colleagues before his trial. "Jim (Hannah) said, 'Do you mind if I join you?' And then Tom (Mountenay) and Brother Louis (Rodemann) and Brian (Terrell) said, 'I'd like to be in on this journey, too.'"--Among supporters in the courthouse lobby before Henry's trial 2/23/22 are, from left, Sister Theresa Maly, Debora Demeter, Jane Stoever, Daniel Karam, Ron Faust, and Mary Hladky (taking notes).--Photo by Kriss Avery; "disarm" poster by Ann Suellentrop.

Trial brief of Henry Stoever re resisting nuclear weapons

Henry Stoever was tried for crossing the property line at the local nuclear weapons plant Feb. 23. The prosecutor and judge refused to allow him to have as an exhibit his trial brief. They refused to allow him to argue the intent and purposes of his action. Here is the brief!

Courtroom, from left: Prosecutor Jesse Sendejas questions Lt. Michael Clark, standing at the podium; Judge Ardie A. Bland presides; and defendants listen (from left)—Brother Louis Rodemann, Jim Hannah, Tom Mountenay, Brian Terrell.—Sketch by Pat Marrin

Judge tells nuke resisters, ‘Continue to fight for what you believe is right’

The four defendants at the Feb. 18 trial were voluntarily arrested for trespassing May 31, 2021, at the National Security Campus, operated by Honeywell for the National Nuclear Security Administration. As one of the defendants stated the day of the trial, “Why are we on trial and not those who make these weapons?”

Christian Brother Louis Rodemann is handcuffed on May 31, 2021, Memorial Day, arrested for his 4th line-crossing at the KC MO nuke-parts plant.—Photo by Tom Fox

‘I cannot NOT resist the immorality’ of producing weapons of war

Brother Louis, at his trial Feb. 18, called for following the vow of nonviolence, including this passage, “by working nonviolently to abolish war, the weapons of war, and the causes of war from my own heart and from the face of the Earth.”

“I speak today to provide a witness to the hope that we will save ourselves from nuclear weapons,” Jim Hannah says to supporters in the KC MO Municipal Court lobby Feb. 18. On the left is Henry Stoever; on the right is Brian Terrell; all three crossed the property line at the KC National Security Campus May 31, 2021.—Photo and video by Kriss Avery  

“The protesters are on trial while the perpetrators are protected,” Jim Hannah tells court

“I plead my case to two higher courts for recourse—the court of global humanity, and the court of Divine justice,” Jim Hannah said Feb. 18. “Neither of these courts would find me or my co-defendants guilty for witnessing against nuclear weapons. More likely, they would judge us wanting if we had done nothing.”

Handcuffed: (in back) Henry Stoever, and (from left) Brian Terrell, Jim Hannah, Tom Mountenay, and Brother Louis Rodemann.—Photo by Hai Chen

Reminder of trials 2/18 & 2/23, and why we keep crossing the line

Last Memorial Day, five persons crossed the line that guards drew on the entry road to the National Security Campus, where 80 percent of the parts for US nuclear weapons are made or procured. Now come the trials. On Friday, Feb. 18, defendants Jim Hannah, Tom Mountenay, Christian Brother Louis Rodemann, and Brian Terrell will … Continue reading Reminder of trials 2/18 & 2/23, and why we keep crossing the line

No War with Russia over Ukraine! Our signs insist that, and drivers honk their support--at the Plaza in KC MO on Feb. 5.--Photos by Jim Hannah

KC rally seeks “No War with Russia over Ukraine”

A combo—Code Pink, Veterans for Peace, and PeaceWorks—rallied with two days’ notice, with temperatures in the 30s, with snow underfoot. We insisted: No War with Russia over Ukraine. We won honks from drivers on the Plaza, plus coverage by KCTV5.

“The moral force of the Ban Treaty is being felt,” Ann Suellentrop says at the rally for the first anniversary of the “entry into force” of the Treaty on the Prohibition of Nuclear Weapons.—Photos by Jim Hannah

PeaceWorks-KC celebrates first anniversary of nuclear ban treaty

On Saturday, Jan. 22, 2022, peace-loving activists gathered to celebrate the 1st anniversary of the Treaty on the Prohibition of Nuclear Weapons (the Ban Treaty) with a rally and caravan. 

A year ago, on Jan. 22, Cris Mann (left) and Henry Stoever held this sign at our rally for the "entry into force" of the international Treaty on the Prohibition of Nuclear Weapons.--Photos by Jim Hannah

On 1/22, celebrate Treaty on Prohibition of Nuclear Weapons

A short rally, a long caravan—what better way, in the time of coronavirus, to celebrate the first anniversary of the “entry into force” of the Treaty on the Prohibition of Nuclear Weapons? We'll park behind businesses at 46th and Main at 12:45 pm on Sat., Jan. 22, quickly decorate our cars and have a rally, and then caravan.

In detention on Memorial Day, recalling the deaths caused by contaminants from making parts for nukes in KC: from left, Henry Stoever, Brian Terrell, Brother Louis Rodemann, Jim Hannah, and Tom Mountenay.--Photo by Tom Fox

Do ‘court support’ at 1/26 and 2/18 trials of nuke protesters

Five activists opposed the US nuclear weapon build-up on Memorial Day 2021 and come to trial in KC MO on two separate dates. Come for court support!