Detainees handcuffed after crossing the National Security Campus property line May 31—from left: Henry Stoever, Brian Terrell, Jim Hannah (contented), Tom Mountenay (smiling!), and Christian Brother Louis Rodemann. —Photo by Hai Chen

Trial date pending for some Memorial Day line-crossers 

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. 

Tom Fox steps over purple line marking the property border at the KC nuclear weapon parts plant in 2018--Photo by Jeff Davis

KC Star column: ‘We Protest at a Nuclear Weapons Plant on Memorial Day’

“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.

Marchers manage the giant banner "for justice, for peace."--Photo by Mark Semet

March on KC 9/4 marks 47th anniversary of MLK’s March on Washington

The March on KC included PeaceWorks-KC leaders. “There were many denunciations of police violence and murders, many calls for the civil rights movement to be fully realized,” says Ann Suellentrop. Charles Carney highlights “the interlocking injustices” of police brutality, white supremacy, racism, and poverty.

Charles Carney, right, and two other persons hold signs outside a gathering July 16 in Kansas City, Kansas, for racial justice and freedom from police brutality.—Photo by Kristin Scheer

PeaceWorks leaders speak up for monitoring KCK police

“We, as citizens of Kansas City, Kansas, have no trust in the KCK police department,” Christopher Overfelt testified July 13 at a budget hearing for the Unified Government of Kansas City, Kansas, and Wyandotte County. Overfelt and three others from the PeaceWorks Board, speaking at the hearing, called for independent oversight of police. And by July 16, the Unified Government commissioners passed a budget including a new watchdog over the police.

Everyday Racism

I'm writing this because my wife posted some instances of Racism she has seen me go through since we have been together in this house on the Southside of St. Louis. Those are just a couple of the things I told her about, because the other things were everyday Racism that just bounce off of me. I don’t want to have her living in fear that one day I might not come home.

Choking Racism

Ron Faust, a former Disciples of Christ minister, wrote this poem May 31 on the death of George Floyd in Minneapolis by police May 25. Faust’s poem begins: It was so visible, so wrong/In contrast to the death snarl/Of an invisible pandemic attack When an officer pressed the wind pipe/Of George Floyd to his death Even after he pleaded, “I can’t breathe”/Which took the whole world’s breath away