Event flier

"Aftershock: The Community Responds to the Trump Effects," at Plaza & All Souls

Posted Jan 12, 2017

Please come to "Aftershock: The Community Responds to the Trump Effects," on Friday, January 20 (Inauguration Day).

We'll rally at Mill Creek Park, at Cleaver & Main, from 9 to 10:30 am, and we'll hold a forum at All Souls, in Conover, from 10:30 am to about noon.

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Rally and petition seek freedom for whistleblower Chelsea Manning

Posted Dec 1, 2016

PeaceWorks members and friends called for freedom for Chelsea Manning at the main entry to Fort Leavenworth in Kansas, where she is serving a 35-year sentence for releasing materials to WikiLeaks about US war crimes in Iraq and Afghanistan. She has recently twice attempted suicide. Manning has asked President Obama for clemency, and supporters are also asking Obama for her freedom via petitions.whitehouse.gov/petition/commute-chelsea-mannings-sentence-time-served-1.

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The US Drone War: An Insider Speaks Out

Posted Nov 30, 2016

Cian Westmoreland, a former Air Force operative, shared his knowledge and experience from participant to now-outspoken whistleblower of the US drone program at a PeaceWorks-KC gathering Nov. 16. He talked of kill-decision and “acceptable loss.” We must be vigilant in our reading, writing, and sharing, deep in our listening, and willing to bear witness with those like Cian.

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PeaceWorks members visit NM nuclear waste sites during meeting

Posted Nov 23, 2016

Two PeaceWorks members visited the birthplace of the bomb, Los Alamos, NM, during the annual fall meeting of the Alliance for Nuclear Accountability. “The more I learn about the nuclear weapons industry, the more I become aware of the heinous evil involved,” says Ann Suellentrop.

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Pursuing peace on international, interfaith levels

Posted Nov 23, 2016

Matthew Bolton and Emily Welty vowed in their marriage to make the world a better place. Part of that vow was realized when they watched a UN General Assembly committee vote overwhelmingly to start negotiations in 2017 on a treaty banning nuclear weapons.

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Father Carl Kabat persists at trial

Posted Nov 13, 2016

Father Carl Kabat, 83, came to trial Oct. 12 for splashing blood-red paint on the door of the plant in Kansas City, Mo., that makes parts for nuclear weapons. Father Kabat tried to get his point across—that the red paint symbolized blood and that the plant was a place of death. The judge observed, “What the place makes is irrelevant.” The judge sentenced him to 30 days in jail—suspended, plus two years’ probation.

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Gun Violence--The Culture of Fear

Posted Nov 23, 2016

“What kind of world will you leave your children?” syndicated columnist Leonard Pitts asked Kansas Citians Oct. 10. “Will we continue to allow the NRA … to endanger their (your children’s) future with their overzealous lobbying?” Pitts spoke at a seminar cosponsored by PeaceWorks and groups including Grandparents Against Gun Violence.

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Talk Nov. 16—y’all come!

The US Drone War: An Insider Speaks Out

Posted Nov 8, 2016

A former US Air Force drone program technician, Cian Westmoreland, will give an insider’s view of war drones Wednesday, Nov. 16, at All Souls Church at 7 pm. The program is free and open to all.

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Rally for Chelsea Manning at 2pm Sunday, Nov. 20

Posted Nov 8, 2016

Join a public witness on behalf of Chelsea (formerly Bradley) Manning at the entry to Fort Leavenworth in Kansas, where she's serving a 35-year sentence for releasing classified documents to WikiLeaks. She has tried to commit suicide twice in the last five months, and one of her advocates, Col. Ann Wright, has called for a "national mobilization" to demand that Chelsea no longer be subjected to solitary confinement.

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Revival calls for action for racial healing

Posted Oct 23, 2016

Rev. William Barber, leader of the Moral Monday movement in North Carolina that is pushing for racial justice, preached, “Woe to those who legislate evil!—who issue unjust laws and deprive the poor of their rights. Woe to those who cut money from children so they can get a tax cut for the wealthy.”

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Lu Mountenay gets community service + 1 year’s probation for resisting nukes

Posted Aug 22, 2016

Lu Mountenay, a Community of Christ minister and vice chair of the PeaceWorks Board, was sentenced Aug. 1 to 50 hours of community service and one year’s probation for trespassing at KC’s new nuke-parts plant.

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Hiroshima/Nagasaki Remembrance, Aug. 6

Henry Stoever, Nick Pickrell, David Ekerdt, and Gayle June lead participants Aug. 6 in singing “Come and Sing a Simple Song of Freedom.” —Photo by Lu Mountenay

Posted Aug 23, 2016

PeaceWorks board members Henry Stoever and Dave Pack were the first speakers at the Aug. 6 event. Pack quoted author Paul Ham’s description of the 1945 bombings: “Under a summer sky, without warning, hundreds of thousands of civilian men, women and children felt the sun fall on their heads.”

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Poems from Aug. 6 remembrance, for a safer world

Lu Mountenay challenges us:

“When we remember the lives of those at
Nagasaki and Hiroshima in 1945,
We know we must act in their stead.”

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And Ron Faust calls to us:

“We can at least do this:
Carry on in the face of obstacles
and make the arc of our lives bend
toward a vision of peace and love.”

Gayle June speaks of his mother, his hope

Posted Aug 23, 2016

Gayle June, the son of a Nagasaki bombing survivor, said on Aug. 6, “I invite all of you to join me at dawn at Liberty Memorial on Veteran’s Day, Nov. 11, and shout out, ‘No war!’ We can send this out into the universe!”

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Photo: Gayle June rests on a stone wall Aug. 6, during the Hiroshima/Nagasaki Remembrance. —Photo by Tom Fox

Ann Suellentrop gives keynote Aug. 6

Posted Aug 22, 2016

At PeaceWorks’ annual Hiroshima/Nagasaki Remembrance, Ann Suellentrop started the keynote address with this reflection: “I am a pediatric nurse and work in mother-baby nursing. I help moms learn how to breastfeed. Why do I care about nuclear weapons? The answer is because I’ve worked my whole life supporting and caring for the creation of new life. I love kids! And nuclear weapons are the exact opposite; they are the total destruction of life.”

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Mary Hladky comments on Obama’s antiwar words at Hiroshima

Posted Aug 22, 2016

In Hiroshima May 27, President Obama said, “We must ... escape the logic of fear and pursue a world without nuclear weapons.” PeaceWorks board member Mary Hladky said Aug. 6, “It is up to us, the people, members of the antiwar and antinuclear coalition, to put these inspiring words into action.”

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From apologies to remedies

Posted Aug 22, 2016

During the Hiroshima/Nagasaki Remembrance, the 55 of us gathered at Loose Park Lagoon wrote down our apologies or concerns and, later, our commitments or remedies. One such remedy: “Speak out, every chance I get, against sexism, racism, nationalism.”

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PeaceWorks scholar meets Urban Ranger Corps youngsters

Posted Aug 25, 2016

Beth Rogers, an Avila University student who is receiving a grant from PeaceWorks for her peace studies, spent two mornings with young men in the Urban Ranger Corps in KC, MO. Rogers comments on activities meant to bring stability and hope to the Rangers.

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Fr. Carl Kabat splashes red paint on doors at KC’s nuke-parts plant

Fr. Carl Kabat after his release July 4, 2016

Posted July 5, 2016

Father Carl Kabat, 82, early on July 4, splashed red paint on the doors of the Administration Building at the National Security Campus (NSC) in Kansas City, MO, which makes non-nuclear parts for nuclear weapons. Asked why he defaced the doors, Kabat replied, “That place is bloody, and it was red paint—bright red paint.”

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Poems for Lonely Prophets, by Ron Faust

Posted June 3, 2016

Ron Faust, Kansas City’s poet prophet, says in his new book, Poems for Lonely Prophets:

Prophets come and go,
   not to prognosticate
      but to raise our spirits
         or to forewarn us
            of our insanity.

Want to raise your spirit? Buy the book!

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Former KC Plant supervisor issues warning about new plant

“The plant is a top-secret plant. It always has been. It always will be,” Maurice Copeland warns participants in PeaceWorks' Memorial Day walk.

Posted June 3, 2016

Maurice Copeland, a chemical stores supervisor at the Kansas City Plant where nuclear weapon parts were made, spoke to participants in the Memorial Day walk/ride from the old KC Plant to the new plant, the National Security Campus. Copeland said, “The lies that the complex (Bannister Federal Complex) was telling us became visible to us in 2000, when President Clinton told us that the U.S. contaminated us with the materials made for the bombs.”

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Lu Mountenay asks how many years the new nuke-parts plant will last: “Seventy years, before it’s so contaminated they’ll shut it down, abandon it, and leave the contamination in its wake?”

Nuclear weapons resister crosses line in KC for her grandchildren, all children

Posted June 3, 2016

Lu Mountenay on Memorial Day, May 30, crossed the property line at the National Security Campus, where Kansas Citians make non-nuclear parts for nuclear weapons. Before her crossing, she gestured to the massive facility down the entry road, saying, “The military-industrial complex, the profitable complex, tells us they make nuclear weapons to keep people from killing humans. It didn’t work in 1945 at Hiroshima and Nagasaki.”

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PeaceWorks holds 5th walk/ride from old nuke-parts plant to new plant

“The vast majority of the countries that do not have nuclear weapons are working through the U.N. to ban the bomb,” says Ann Suellentrop. “We are not alone!”

Posted June 3, 2016

During its fifth annual Memorial Day trek from the old nuclear weapons parts plant to the new plant, PeaceWorks-KC called for a nuke-free world. Henry Stoever kicked off the walk he initiated in 2012. “We are at war with ourselves,” he said, noting the deaths of many Bannister Federal Complex workers from the old plant’s contaminants.

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Mike Shilling’s kite meets the flags at the Spirit Gate, Whiteman AFB.
—Photo by Vicke Kepling

‘Fly Kites, Not Drones’ takes wing at Whiteman AFB

Posted May 4, 2016

The rally “Fly Kites, Not Drones” took wing at the Spirit Gate to Whiteman Air Force Base April 30. Eight kites kissed the sky as 30 people, with peace dog Lily, condemned drone warfare. At Whiteman and about 40 other US bases, personnel guide drones to their targets. “The Bureau of Investigative Journalism says as many as 4,000 people, including more than 200 children, have been killed by drone strikes in Pakistan alone,” said Joy First of Mount Horeb, WI, keynote speaker.

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Fly Kites, Not Killer Drones

Careful not to “trespass” on Air Force space, we let our kites soar.—Photo by Vicke Kepling

Posted May 4, 2016

We gathered At Whiteman AFB to protest the “Predator” drones “piloted” from the base. Our theme was “Fly Kites, Not Drones.” And fly kites, we did. We flew them daringly close to the three flags flying at the entrance. Beautiful. … But the urgency of our cause never left our minds.

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Joy First issues call to civil resistance

Posted May 4, 2016

On April 28, the Peace Works-KC community met Joy First.  She spoke to us about her spiritual calling to nonviolent civil resistance—which means she stands up to our government when it breaks US and international laws.

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Shut Down Creech 2016

Posted March 29, 2016

“They are provocative and dangerous, actually war crimes. How would you like to feel the paranoia of drones overhead? They promote an atmosphere of fear. We even hear that children don’t go out to play anymore when skies are blue because that’s when drones come out.”

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Questions spark answers on racism, white privilege

Posted March 28, 2016

The PeaceWorks Annual Meeting March 6 featured table-talk on racism and white privilege. ... In her small group, Debora Demeter said she went to an all-black church, and in the late 1960s, her church and an all-white church developed an integration program. "We had dinner in each other’s houses," said Demeter. "It helped me. It taught me how to not be afraid of whites."

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Grad of Urban Ranger Corps shares his experience

Posted March 28, 2016

Speaking at the PeaceWorks Annual Meeting, Robert Days said, “Lots of times, kids don’t have a lot of opportunities for helping the community. In the Urban Ranger Corps, I could see myself giving back” to the community at a young age. The Corps trains young men in KCMO in values and community service, and PeaceWorks funds conflict resolution sessions for them.

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Addicts of Fear

Posted March 28, 2016

... no one will pry loose
your gun says the 2nd amend.
Wait, we need to build a wall
But the Pope visits the border
says that fences are unchristian
how disgraceful
that he question my faith
and know more than me
probably doesn’t even have a gun ...

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Ron Faust

'Peace muscles, not peace missiles!'

Ann Suellentrop

Posted March 28, 2016

"The vast majority of countries that do not have nukes are moving in the United Nations to draft a treaty banning them," Ann Suellentrop said at the PeaceWorks Annual Meeting March 6. "The non-nuclear weapons states are saying they have a right to survive that 'trumps' our right to so-called security."

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About 60 persons attend PW Annual Meeting

Posted March 28, 2016

Georgia Walker received PeaceWorks’ Charles E. Bebb Peace Merit Award during the annual meeting. Walker, who has been arrested for civil resistance, directs Journey to New Life, helping prisoners re-enter society. Lu Mountenay commented, “Heading up Journey to New Life: the perfect job for a jailbird!” Laughing, Walker said, “I’m finally off probation now, and ready for more resistance!”

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Death to the death penalty!

Posted March 28, 2016

... About 3,000 inmates in our U.S. prisons live under the sentence of death; less than 1 percent of them are executed each year. … Are they really “the worst of the worst,” as they say? I certainly did not have that experience with Michael Roberts, whom I journeyed with to that horrendous day of his execution on Oct. 3, 2001. He never denied his crime. He would have done anything to undo the violent murder he committed, but he could not.

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North St. Louis suffers from secret nuclear waste

Posted March 28, 2016

"The Atoms Next Door: A Symposium on Nuclear Waste and Occupational Illness" presented local artists' work documenting the decades-long secret radioactive contamination of neighborhoods in north St. Louis. ...

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Wise Hayes reads to a standing-room-only gathering.

Prison poets read their poems to the public, touch hearts

Posted March 4, 2016

Two current inmates and four former inmates read their poetry Feb. 16 at Johnson County Central Library in Overland Park, KS. The event marked the first time Lansing Correctional Facility, in Lansing, KS, allowed prisoners an evening of freedom to read to the public.… Their words were powerful and moving and explained in skillful detail the different hardships about being in prison and about life in general. …

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Best peace and justice letters of 2015

Posted February 29, 2016

Each month we publish the best peace letters that were published in The Kansas City Star in the previous month. 2015's best letter, to be acclaimed at the Annual Meeting on March 6, is entitled "Oppression in US." Preview it here.

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Brother Louis Rodemann stands opposite the old Kansas City Plant. Photo by Ann Suellentrop.

Bone

Posted February 12, 2016

Oh the load we carried
home from ’Nam.
The general ordered
“Kill the enemy,
Every one of them.”

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Dr. Angela Sims of St. Paul Seminary

Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Forum
Move the Money: Concrete steps for economic justice

Posted February 12, 2016

About 200 persons from the community met with a panel of speakers Jan. 16, Martin Luther King Day, to explore raising the minimum wage and issues of racism and injustice.

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Cherith Brook on gun violence

Posted February 12, 2016

On Nov. 20, Cherith Brook Catholic Worker House hosted the viewing of the Presbyterian Church's documentary Trigger: The Ripple Effect of Gun Violence. Participants pondered true/false statements on the topic.

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National peace organization tackles Missouri issues

Posted February 12, 2016

The Alliance for Nuclear Accountability, a national watchdog concerning nuclear hazards and insanity, held its annual meeting in the KC Metro area in November. ANA members churned out ideas for local KC peace activists to follow up on. …

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“Peace on Your Wings”

Posted February 12, 2016

The Truman Library accepted the gift of an original Sadako peace crane on Nov. 19.

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Sr. Helen Prejean: listen to the truth about the death penalty

Posted February 12, 2016

Speaking at Unity Temple on the Plaza Oct. 30, Sister Helen Prejean clarified six widely held misconceptions about the death penalty, emphasizing racial injustice. …

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Sr. Helen Prejean. Photo by Lu Mountenay.

Sister Simone Campbell —by Lu Mountenay

Nuns on the Bus roll into town

Posted November 21, 2015

On September 11 we greeted the nuns as they rolled up for a Town hall meeting at Community Christian Church on Main Street, KCMO. CCC pastor Shanna Steitz introduced Sr. Simone Campbell as one who leads with love. She is a lawyer and annoyer of politicians, and is a voice for the voiceless. …

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Peace scholars enhance PeaceWorks’ vision, mission

Posted November 15, 2015

PeaceWorks-KC supports peace education for youth—in the world, in our community, and in personal life. Meet our new peace scholars. Victoria Surdyke and Angelae Alexander. …

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Victoria Surdyke

Angelae Alexander

Three legal volunteers with three released families.

Baby Jail

November 15, 2015

I was down in Dilley, Texas, to work at the South Texas Family Detention Facility for a week this summer, where 1947 women and children are in jail for crossing the southern border of Texas. On Thursday, our (legal assistance) group from Missouri walked to the Dilley's DQ. We walked at night, in the dark, alongside a road. Every time a car came, we had to step off the road into the ditch. I worried about the stickers, brambles, snakes, and about stepping in a hole and twisting an ankle. …

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Addicted to nuclear weapons?

Posted November 10, 2015

Are we addicted to nuclear weapons? This was a key question posed by Montreal artist and activist Robert Del Tredici when he visited Kansas City, Mo., Oct. 4 and spoke stirringly on behalf of PeaceWorks to audiences at the All Souls Forum and at UMKC. His recommendation: “Take a look … and come to your own conclusions. See what it inspires you to do.” …

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Photo of first atomic bomb test at Alamogordo, NM, by official photographer Berlyn Brixner of Los Alamos.

Exhibit, movies, talks
‘Hiroshima/Nagasaki: 70 Years Beyond the Bombings’

Posted August 15, 2015

Multiple local events are drawing PeaceWorks members and others to do exactly what Art Laffin of Washington, DC, says we must do in recalling the 1945 bombings of Hiroshima and Nagasaki and resisting the build-up of the nuclear weapons arsenal:

Remember the pain.
Reclaim the future.

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Drawing by Hiroshima bomb survivor, part of exhibit; photo by Tom Fox of National Catholic Reporter

Carl Kabat, April 2015, outside federal court in Kansas City, Mo. Photo by Lu Mountenay

Carl Kabat splashes paint on sign at KC’s new nuclear weapons plant

August 18, 2015

Early on Aug. 9 Father Carl Kabat, OMI (Oblates of Mary Immaculate), continued his lifetime of anti-nuclear-weapon activism by splashing red paint, representing blood, on a sign at the new nuclear weapons parts plant in Kansas City, Mo. Kabat, detained about 30 hours, was released Aug. 10 from the Jackson County Detention Center in Kansas City, Mo. …

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Humanitarian Pledge to ban nukes

Posted August 18, 2015

Hope springs anew in the Humanitarian Pledge, formerly the Austrian Pledge, to outlaw nuclear weapons. By mid-August, 113 nations had signed the pledge. No nation with nuclear weapons has signed it, but the international commitment to ban nuclear weapons is gaining steam. …

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Ron Faust carries the globe. -- Photo by Jim Hannah

The Inertia of Goodness

June 12, 2015

… Life plays out amidst tensions
And sometimes it turns deadly evil …
Michael, Megan and Greg are Transformed Now
Plowsharers released from prison after two years …
        They confronted
The banality of evil and the inertia of goodness
And they acted. …

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The march of empire

by Ian Munro

Posted June 12, 2015

“A mighty military power is always a practical despotism. A great standing army and a great navy can quietly overturn popular institutions whenever their leaders may wish.” This was the warning of the editors of the Kansas City Times in 1886, when Republican Teddy Roosevelt was lobbying to increase the size of the U.S. military. The editors of the Times – a pro-Democratic-Party paper -- were against it, for reasons that have resonance today.…

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Photo from RT.com

Brian Terrell dispels Obama’s ‘fog of war’ excuse for drone killings

Posted May 29, 2015

During a drone war protest at Whiteman Air Force Base in Missouri on May 17, Brian Terrell rejected the excuse President Barack Obama has made for drone killings of civilians: “the fog of war.” …

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Video by Mike Nickells.

Father Carl Kabat awaits his sentencing at the federal courthouse in KC. Photo by Lu Mountenay.

Troubled Judges in Kansas City

May 29, 2015

Father Carl Kabat, in court in April, poses a moral challenge to his judge, as did Henry Stoever in January. …

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Ann Suellentrop getting ready to embark on the Bike Away the Nuclear Bomb ride. Photo by Ann Suellentrop.

KC peace activist joins Bike Away the Atomic Bomb ride, going from D.C. to NYC

April 27, 2015

Ann Suellentrop, a leader of PeaceWorks-KC and Physicians for Social Responsibility-KC, joined the Bike Away the Atomic Bomb ride from Washington, D.C., to New York City April 21-24. Organized by Bike for Peace, Mayors for Peace, and the ATOM project, the ride was created to raise awareness about nuclear disarmament before the UN Nuclear Nonproliferation Treaty Review Conference in New York, which started April 27. …

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Lawyers ‘expose and close’ center detaining Latino women and children

Posted April 28, 2015

In August, volunteers from the American Immigration Lawyers Association traveled to Artesia, NM, to help at an immigration detention facility that was holding women and children from Central America. I am so grateful I had the opportunity to go and witness the atrocities. …

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Rallying for immigration reform. Photo courtesy of Reuters.

Do you hear what I hear?
Move the Money Listening Project

April 28, 2015

The American Friends Service Committee in KC, concerned about the dwindling federal funds to meet human needs and the rising funds for the military, conducted the Move the Money Listening Project and reported on it recently. We heard that 57% of the discretionary federal budget is allocated for the military. … We heard the AFSC would like to see that money more equitably spent. …

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Dee Berry and Ben Kjelshus (center) displaying their Charles E. Bebb Peace Merit Award with other award winners. Photo by Jim Hannah.

Dee Berry, Ben Kjelshus receive Peace Merit Award

May 3, 2015

Two long-time champions of the Green Party won the Peace Merit Award from PeaceWorks March 22—Dee Berry and Ben Kjelshus. Bestowing the award, Dave Pack said Dee and Ben “have worked their entire lives to unify peace and justice organizations to increase their impact.” …

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KKFI Public Affairs gets PeaceWorks award

Posted May 3, 2015

PeaceWorks gave the Kris and Lynn Cheatum Community Peace Award to KKFI Community Radio—Public Affairs on March 22. Thanks, KKFI! …

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The KKFI Public Affairs staff receiving the Kris and Lynn Cheatum Community Peace Award. Photo by Jim Hannah.

Alison Weir (left) and Dr. Anat Maor (right).

Is peace possible between Israel and Palestine?

March 17, 2015

Two speakers—one a former member of the Israeli Knesset (Congress), the other a journalist who has exposed flaws in U.S. media reports about the Israeli/ Palestinian conflict—probed war-and-peace issues March 5 in Overland Park, Kan. …

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At Whiteman AFB 6/1/14, Kathy Kelly & Georgia Walker offer officers bread and an indictment of drone warfare. —Andrew Nelson photo.

A Future in Prison

January 26, 2015

For the next 90 days, beginning tomorrow, I’ll live at FMC (Federal Medical Center) Lexington, in the satellite prison camp for women, adjacent to Lexington’s FMC for men. In December, Judge Matt Whitworth sentenced me to three months in federal prison after Georgia Walker and I had attempted to deliver a loaf of bread and a letter to the commander of Whiteman Air Force base, asking him to stop his troops from piloting lethal drone flights over Afghanistan from within the base. …

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Nuclear weapons case
How sweet it is: not guilty!

Posted January 25, 2015

Kansas City failed to prove that Henry Stoever had the mens rea (guilty mind, or criminal intent) for conviction of trespass at the new nuclear weapons parts plant in KCMO, a judge ruled Jan. 16. She also said the prosecution did not prove where the property line was. “I have to find you not guilty,” she told a surprised Stoever. …

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Mike Murphy records his (and others') reflections before Henry Stoever's trial; the comments were aired on KKFI, 90.1 FM, Community Radio. Photo by Jim Hannah.

Kathy Kelly, left, and Georgia Walker exit the Jefferson City courthouse, into the dark, after their all-day trial. Photo by Jane Stoever

One drone resister gets 3 months in prison, one gets probation

December 26, 2014

As prosecutors tried “a straightforward case of criminal trespass” in federal court Dec. 10, 2014, drone resisters Kathy Kelly and Georgia Walker offered testimony on why they resisted drone warfare at Whiteman Air Force Base June 1. …

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Georgia Walker, Photo by Jim Hannah

Georgia Walker, Kathy Kelly speak in KC on night before putting drones on trial

December 26, 2014

Two drone protesters explained their June 1 civil resistance to supporters on Dec. 9. …

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Kathy Kelly, Photo by Jim Hannah

Drones on trial
Save dates: 12/9 (pm, KC), 12/10 (all day, Jeff City)

Posted November 13, 2014

Kathy Kelly and Georgia Walker came to federal court Wednesday, Nov. 12, for their June 1 protest of remote control of killer drones from Whiteman AFB. Now Kathy and Georgia are putting drones on trial. Join PeaceWorks events in KC Tuesday, Dec. 9, and at court in Jeff City Dec. 10. …

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Kathy Kelly (left) and Georgia Walker are arrested June 1 at Whiteman Air Force Base, offering bread and an indictment against drone warfare. The guards took the bread, not the indictment. Photo by Andrew Nelson.

Henry Stoever at rally before court hearing for nuke resistance. Photo by Ann Suellentrop.

Nuke resisters come to court in KC

October 31, 2014

Two folks who crossed a forbidden line came to Municipal Court in Kansas City, Mo., for a hearing Oct. 21. Mark Bartholomew pleaded “guilty” of stepping across the line at KC's new nuke-parts plant, and received a sentence: 40 hours of community service. Henry Stoever pleaded “not guilty,” and got a trial date: Friday, Jan. 16 at 1:30 PM in Courtroom D ... At the rally before the hearing, Mark observed that people say they hope they never have to use the nuclear weapons. He added, “In our investing billions of dollars—plus time, energy towards upgrading and maintaining them—we are saying we are still willing, very willing, to use them.” …

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Georgia Walker’s sentence: probation for 1 year

Posted October 3, 2014

The judge and prosecutor wanted to consider only a line-crossing. Civil resister Georgia Walker and her lawyer wanted to expose the evil of nuclear weapons, the scourge of contaminants from making the weapons. The verdict: guilty of trespass May 31, 2014, at Bannister Federal Complex, the site in Kansas City, Mo., for production of parts for nuclear weapons since 1949. The sentence: A year’s probation. …

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Video by Ann Suellentrop with editing by Mike Nickells.


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