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

Posted November 13, 2014

Kathy Kelly and Georgia Walker come to federal court Wednesday, Dec. 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 Ann Suellentrop

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.

Photos by Jim Hannah

UNplaza Art Fair 2014

September 25, 2014

Delighted customers, more than 75 local artists, kids a-crafting, and a kaleidoscope of art—what a joy was our UNplaza Art Fair! Held Sept. 20-21 on the verdant grounds of All Souls Unitarian Universalist Church in KC, MO, our fair, PeaceWorks’ only annual fundraiser, benefitted the artists and PeaceWorks. …

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Can you tell a hearing from a trial?

Posted September 9, 2014

Court news re Georgia Walker, Kathy Kelly, Henry Stoever, Mark Bartholomew, Jim Hannah, Carl Kabat

Civil resisters to nuclear weapons and drones come to court soon. Good reasons for peace people to gather in support! …

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From left, Jim Hannah, Mark Bartholomew, and Henry Stoever crossing the line at NNSA plant.

Lu Mountenay reading her Prayer to the Earth at the nuclear weapons plant 'DEADication' Aug. 22. Photo by Jim Hannah

Prayer to the Earth
by Lu Mountenay at the new nuclear weapons facility Aug. 22, 2014

September 6, 2014

Creator Spirit, bless this earth. Forgive us for what will happen here. We know it is not your will. We did all we could to stop this course of destruction, and we will continue our work—because Peace Works! Greed has won … for now. The Temple of Doom is erected. They’re cutting ribbons, and as they do, they’re cutting our lifeline to a healthier earth. It promises threats and bullying politics, at best … suffering and death at worst. Today, we can make one more small attempt toward healing—the healing of sunflowers, and our prayers and protests that we plant with them. …

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Are we dedicated to life, or ‘DEADicated’ to death?

Posted September 1, 2014

Fifty-five peace activists rallied at the entry road to the new nuclear weapons parts plant in Kansas City, Mo., on Aug. 22. Invited dignitaries, indoors, were dedicating the new facility. The activists mourned the “DEADication” of the plant, marching with a cardboard coffin and spreading sunflower seeds to renew the earth from radioactive destruction. They supported three civil resisters who stepped onto the publicly owned property dedicated to producing weapons of mass destruction. …

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Funeral procession vs. new nuke-parts plant. Videos by Mike Nickells

Ron Faust displays the NBC Action News 2011 list of persons dead (154) and injured (about 250) from contaminants at Bannister Federal Complex, site of the former nuclear weapons parts plant. --Jim Hannah photo

Re-DEAD-ication to a Death Wish

by Ron Faust

September 1, 2014

Here lies the building that makes nuclear weapons
And our eyes are glazed over by its enormity
But today’s private dedication might fail to mention
Any consequences that could cause moral discomfort

We hear Jobs, Jobs, Jobs, over, over and over again
As the number one reason for building this plant
But does anyone ask if these are “Good Green Jobs”
Which offer constructive rather than destructive results?

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69 years since Nagasaki: painful memories, hopeful notes

Posted September 21, 2014

“A zombie apocalypse” is how Gayle June tried to describe the aftermath of the bombing of Nagasaki, Japan, 69 years ago. Speaking Aug. 9 at PeaceWorks’ annual observance, June recounted the horrific scene his mother witnessed as she surfaced from an underground factory at ground zero on Aug. 9, 1945. … Commenting on the 69 soundings of a gong, June told the gathering, “You all, with our family, share the hope that Aug. 9, 1945, was the LAST time humankind ever used this insane weapon on itself. Each chime of that gong is for me a cause of celebration, that we’ve gone another year without the use of this terrible weapon.” …

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Photos by Jim Hannah.

Illustration from The Emperor's New Clothes.

All Souls hosts Hiroshima commemoration and call to action

September 21, 2014

Denial. Despair. Or Defiance. Those are the three options in response to the threat of nuclear weapons, said PeaceWorks-KC board member Jim Hannah on Aug. 10. Recalling the fable of “The Emperor’s New Clothes,” he urged, “Someone has to say, ‘The emperor has no clothes!’” He drew a parallel to nuclear weapons, saying, “I truly believe that one day, not too distant, nuclear weapons will be seen for the incredibly wasteful, ineffective, irrational, and immoral weapons of mass destruction they truly are.” …

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Ron Faust delivering an original poem at the Hiroshima/Nagasaki Remembrance.

Moral Outrage
by Ron Faust 8/9/14, concerning the new nuclear weapon facility

September 22, 2014

We hide our moral discomfort
By saying that it is all about jobs
Rather than looking at the end products
And wondering if our dignity has
Anything to do with our destiny
So that we have invariably linked
The arms race with the human race …

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Great news! Whiteman AFB drops charges against Tamara Severns

Posted September 6, 2014

On April 6, PeaceWorks members and others gathered outside Whiteman Air Force Base in Knob Noster, Mo., to rally against drone warfare. Tamara Severns was unexpectedly arrested for trespassing as she walked toward the Visitor’s Center to use the restroom, which activists had used at other rallies. On Aug. 12, Tamara received word from lawyer Ruth O’Neill of Columbia, Mo., that the case had been dismissed without prejudice. Tamara responded: “Great news!” …

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Tamara Severns after release from arrest April 6

U.S. mayors speak out for abolition of nuclear weapons

Posted August 19, 2014

The U.S. Conference of Mayors (USCM) on June 23 unanimously adopted a sweeping new resolution calling for U.S. Participation in International Nuclear Disarmament Forums at the annual USCM meeting in Texas. …

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Israel’s drones

Posted August 14, 2014

The United States isn’t the only country using armed drones to carry out “extrajudicial executions” that cause the death of innocent civilians. Israel’s use of drones goes back to the 1970s. The country is now a major producer of UAVs (unmanned aerial vehicles) and related technology sold to almost 50 countries. …

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Executions ‘on a roll’

August 12, 2014

Missourians for Alternatives to the Death Penalty, at their annual meeting in June, lit six candles in memory of victims of consecutive monthly executions from November 2013 to April 2014. Keynote speaker Sean O’Brien said that just as the most dangerous time in war is right before a cease-fire, when countries hurry to grab land or other resources, so we are “witnessing the last gasps of the death penalty in Missouri,” evidenced by the rate of recent executions. …

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Urban Rangers engage in conflict resolution work. –Photo by Don Ivans

Urban Rangers dip into conflict resolution

Posted August 14, 2014

“How many of you know somebody who’s been in prison 10 years?” asks the speaker. Among the 45 members of the Urban Ranger Corps, age 14-18, only a few hands go up. “I was in for 20 years,” says the speaker. “I was in a conflict. The choices I made in running with ‘friends’ got me locked up for 20 years.” With this opener, the Rangers spend a morning wrestling with conflict resolution ideas. PeaceWorks funds two of these sessions each summer for the Rangers. …

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Carl Kabat ‘sloshes’ red paint on sign at KC nuke-parts plant July 4

Posted July 7, 2014

Father Carl Kabat, at 10 a.m. on July 4, splashed paint on the huge entry sign at the National Security Campus, the new facility in KC, Mo., for making parts for nuclear weapons. In a 10:03 a.m. phone call, Kabat said, “This damned plant has got to be closed somehow, some way.” …

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NNSA sign painted red. Photo by Henry Stoever.

Kathy Kelly and Georgia Walker talk to officers at WAFB. Photo by Shane Franklin.

Resisters offer bread and an indictment to Whiteman AFB officers

June 22, 2014

On Sunday, June 1, about 60 of us Trifecta Resista participants went to Whiteman Air Force Base to protest drone warfare. Georgia Walker and Kathy Kelly, holding warning tape saying "Caution Peligro" and the brand name "Empire," were arrested for trespass. When asked earlier about crossing the line at the base, with possibly 4-6 months in prison, Kathy replied, “It’s impossible to find actions commensurate with the crimes being committed in wars and preparation for wars. Commensurate actions elude us. But we can each do what we can.” …

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Witness for the witnesses: learning as we go

Posted June 22, 2014

I am reliving yesterday, June 1, as our group ... intentionally observed ... two witnesses for justice and peace. … Georgia and Kathy crossed over the line onto military property, after being clearly warned of arrest. … It hasn’t always happened this way. ... At the previous protest, one of our own fell through the cracks of community watch-care. Tamara Severns, who came to do legal witness, had not been present to hear the warning of the guard. … She was arrested unceremoniously, roughly, without warning, and without witnesses. …

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(From left) Georgia Walker, Tamara Severns, Kathy Kelly at Whiteman Air Force Base entry June 1, 2014, before Georgia and Kathy cross the line--Tamara was awaiting court date for April 6 line-crossing. Photo by Andrew Nelson.

Georgia Walker and Ethan Hughes handcuffed at Bannister Federal Complex. Photo by Jim Hannah

Resisters decry toxins, cross property line at Bannister Federal Complex

June 15, 2014

Trifecta Resista went to the old Kansas City Plant for making parts for nuclear weapons on May 31. Our demand: comprehensive cleanup of toxins there. Our hope: a nuclear-weapon-free world by 2020. Georgia Walker, a PeaceWorks Board member, and Ethan Hughes of the Possibility Alliance at LaPlata, Mo., were arrested for trespass. Georgia was bailed out late May 31, and Ethan was released on time served June 2. See a video of the action and arrest. Action at the KC NNSA Plant (Trifecta Resista 2014)

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Pardon for Chelsea Manning!

Posted June 14, 2014

About 50 Trifecta Resista activists gathered May 31 at the gate of Fort Leavenworth to call for pardon for Pvt. Chelsea Manning. Deb Van Poolen from Montana, who attended Chelsea’s court-martial last year, said, “Chelsea blew the whistle on war crimes. People in the military need to hear from us: If you want to take a stand to highlight war crimes, we want to support you.” …

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Henry Stoever and Deb Van Poolen at Chelsea Manning demonstration. Photo by Jim Hannah.

Rally for Greg Boertje-Obed outside US Penitentiary in Leavenworth, KS. Photo by Jim Hannah

Pardon for Greg Boertje-Obed!

June 14, 2014

The May 30-June 1 Trifecta Resista in and around Kansas City, MO, led the peace-seekers to the U.S. Penitentiary in Leavenworth, KS, to call for pardon for Greg Boertje-Obed. He's begun serving a sentence there of about 5 years for his "Transform Now Plowshares" civil resistance at the Y-12 facility in Oak Ridge, TN, that stores uranium for nuclear weapons. …

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Urban Ranger Corps in KC—Peace right here!

Posted June 15, 2014

PeaceWorks-KC supports the efforts of the Urban Ranger Corps of Kansas City to help prepare at-risk inner-city youth for responsible and productive futures. …

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Photo courtesy of Urban Ranger Corps.

Protesters gather at the Whiteman AFB entry under the shadow of a model drone. Photo by Mike Schilling

Talks, tears highlight rally vs. drones at Whiteman AFB April 7

April 9, 2014

Bearing witness against remote control of Reaper drones from U.S. military bases, protesters rallied Sunday, April 6, at the entry to Whiteman Air Force Base near Knob Noster, Mo. Former CIA analyst Ray McGovern recalled that President Obama on May 17, 2013, said he wished he could stop drone strikes. “Gimme a break,” said McGovern. “The president could stop the strikes if he had the backbone.” …

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Join Trifecta Resista May 30-June 1

Posted March 30, 2014

PeaceWorks-KC is holding Trifecta Resista to rally on three issues, at three places:
--request for pardon for whistle-blower Chelsea (formerly Bradley) Manning at Fort Leavenworth in Kansas;
--resistance to nuclear weapons at Bannister Federal Complex in KC, where parts for nuclear weapons were made from 1949 to this year, and where contaminants linger; and
--protest of drone warfare at Whiteman Air Force Base, near Knob Noster, Mo., where predator drones are guided to places including Afghanistan by remote control. …

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Betsy Keenan dances with Cassandra Dixon July 13 at the entry to KC’s new nuke-parts plant, with the oxymoron for a name: National Security Campus. Photo by Bryan Lloyd

What if another nation nuked us? Would your mind change about nukes?

May 18, 2014

Judge Ardie Bland asked nuclear weapon resisters to write (for a sentence) about whether their opposition to nukes would change if another nation were to bomb the U.S., or if Axis nations had used nuclear weapons first in World War II. All nine defendants responded, with various degrees of intensity, NO! …

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Tore Naerland, in back, and Frank Tomlinson biking in tandem. Photo courtesy of Bike for Peace.

‘Bike for Peace’ will bike from KC to Independence on May 1

March 17, 2014

Four Bike-for-Peace members from Norway invite all comers to bike with them or ride in companion vehicles. The local tour includes these free, open-to-all events:
- 4/30, 6 pm, supper and talks at All Souls Unitarian Universalist Church, 4501 Walnut, KC, Mo.
- 5/1, 11 am, meeting with Councilman Ed Ford and others at City Hall, 414 E. 12th St., KC, Mo.
- 5/1, 1 pm, bike ride from City Hall to Community of Christ Temple, 1001 W. Walnut, Independence, Mo.
- 5/1, 3 pm, ceremony at the temple to welcome Bike for Peace and hear the bikers’ words of hope. …

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‘Resistance is turning the tide’ of public opinion about drones

by Jane Stoever

Posted April 28, 2014

“Our resistance, like your Trifecta Resista, is turning the tide” of public opinion about drone warfare, said Brian Terrell Feb. 21. For protesting drones during the 2012 Trifecta, Brian served six months in a federal prison camp, and he will speak at the 2014 Trifecta. …

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A US predator drone.

Chelsea Manning. Photos by U.S. Army, AP / Patrick Semansky.

Chelsea Manning thanks supporters for letters

Appril 28, 2014

Private Chelsea Manning recently wrote a public letter to “share my gratitude for all those … sending your well wishes for my birthday and the Holidays.” Anyone interested in attending rallies to call for a pardon for her should e-mail marxaviano@gmail.com. …

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Play about trial debuts at annual meeting

Posted March 30, 2014

A “reader’s theater” performance—about the Dec. 13 trial and sentencing of nine nuclear-weapon civil resisters—prompted laughter and song from the 60 attendees at the March 9 PeaceWorks-KC Annual Meeting. …

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Photos by Jim Hannah

‘We are willing to risk more,’ leader says at annual meeting

Posted April 28, 2014

“We are all in jeopardy from nuclear weapons and drones, environmental pollution, punishment for truth-tellers, the lack of life-giving resources for all people,” said Henry Stoever. “We are willing to risk more, to be more alive, to be liberated and free. We are on a journey of love, of growth, of courage, of healing.” …

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Henry Stoever

Election results

April 28, 2014

PeaceWorks-KC members, during the March 9 Annual Meeting, elected these officers and Board members: Henry Stoever, Board chair; Lu Mountenay, vice chair; Dave Pack, treasurer; Jim Hannah, secretary; incumbent Board member Tamara Severns; new Board members Bill O’Neill, Georgia Walker, Rosemarie Woods. …

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Judge asks...we answer!

Posted January 24, 2014

Kansas City, Mo., Judge Ardie Bland, on Dec. 13, 2013, found nine nuclear weapon resisters guilty of trespass. He then dished out essay questions as a sentence. Applause in the courtroom prefaced weeks of scribbles by defendants. Lawyer Henry Stoever submitted the essays to Judge Bland Jan. 22. Defendants, now essayists, are Cele Breen, SCL; Georgia Walker; Bix Bichsel, SJ; Betsy Keenan; Carl Kabat; Janice Sevre-Duszynska, ARCWP; Jerry Zawada, OFM; Lauren Logan; Jane Stoever. …

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The new "National Security Campus" in KC, Mo., where employees will make radar devices, fuses, tritium containers, nuclear weapon "triggers," and other parts for nuclear weapons--photo by Chris Zebuyak

Supporters witness on behalf of Chelsea Manning Dec. 15 at the entry to Fort Leavenworth. Photos by Kris Kennon

The party guests are there to celebrate … but where’s Chelsea Manning?

February 9, 2014

To mark the 26th birthday of WikiLeaks whistle-blower Chelsea (formerly Bradley) Manning, supporters gathered Dec. 15 at Fort Leavenworth, Kan., where she is serving the beginning of her 35-year sentence. …

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Judge calls 9 nuke resisters guilty but surprises them with sentence

By Lu Mountenay

Posted December 26, 2013

No probation, no fine, no community service, no jail time—just essays. Amazing! Nine defendants represented by Henry Stoever, and cheered on by 27 supporters, spoke out in Municipal Court of Kansas City, Mo., about why they had stepped onto property in KC leased to the National Nuclear Security Administration (NNSA). …

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Rally before Decebmer 13 trial.
Photo by Jim Hannah

Who’s going to clean up Bannister Federal Complex? Who will pay?

Posted November 21, 2013

“What irks me,” said Jay Coghlan, speaking Nov. 6 and 7 in KC and Independence, “is that the city has subsidized the new plant (selling city bonds backed by the federal government), and at the same time, it looks as if the federal government is going to walk away from serious commitment to comprehensive cleanup of the old plant. …

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Volatile-organic-compound contamination plumes in underground water beneath Bannister Federal Complex. Source: Department of Energy Environmental Assessment issued May 2013.

Jay Coghlan, Executive Director of Nuclear Watch New Mexico.

Nuclear weapons watchdog assails new-fangled nukes

November 21, 2013

“The nuclear weapons business is booming—pardon the pun!” said Jay Coghlan, executive director of Nuclear Watch New Mexico, speaking Nov. 6 and 7 in Kansas City, Mo., and Independence. …

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The way it was:
July 13 resistance to nuclear weapons

Posted November 4, 2013

We protesters and the other inmates talked about everything from current events to the cause that brought us to the holding cell. ... I was concerned when I heard some of the women were denied their rights to a phone call. As a woman of ethnicity, I am sensitive to racial issues in our judicial system, and now saw and heard officers committing injustices in front of my eyes. …

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Under arrest, Lauren Logan chats with the officer escorting her to the police bus.
By Chris Zebuyak

13 Kansas City anti-nuclear weapons protesters sentenced for trespassing

by Megan Fincher, NCR Bertelsen intern

Posted September 10, 2013

Des Moines, Iowa, Catholic Workers Frank Cordaro and Ed Bloomer shook up court proceedings when they pleaded guilty and refused to pay court fees. …

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Br. Louis Rodemann "opening the door to a nuclear weapons free world" in front of municipal courthouse.
Photo by Megan Fincher

The sound of freedom

Posted August 7, 2013

And it was a sound of happiness for each other – all the marchers and all the watchers – that we could all come together and acknowledge our basic oneness expressed through the infinite diversity of our humanity, our life styles, our sexuality. …

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San Francisco Gay Pride Parade 2013
photo courtesy of The Daily Republic

CMC staff member Judy Heath talks with an Urban Ranger

‘Improving lives: nothing is more worthwhile!’

Posted August 4, 2013

For the second half of the session, the young men broke into small groups to explore personal values. Introducing a circle process, using a talking piece and a guideline that one person talk at a time, adult facilitators helped create an atmosphere of open and honest sharing. …

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Anne Kwon wins PeaceWorks Award

Posted August 4, 2013

Congratulations, Anne Kwon! Anne is the new PeaceWorks-KC Peace Scholar, now serving on the PeaceWorks Board in virtue of receiving the award. Kwon graduated in May from Avila University with a baccalaureate in social work. …

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Anne Kwon

KC-area activists stand up for Bradley June 8.

KC-St. Joe group joins Bradley Manning rally in MD, expands local witness

August 3, 2013

“Really awesome,” Marc Saviano said of the national rally for Bradley Manning at Fort Meade, MD, two days before the June 3 opening of his court-martial there. …

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‘Do what you can do, and then sing and dance’

Posted July 23, 2013

From the colorful, poignant banners to singing, linking arms, and praying, we were reminded that the spirit of nonviolence brings us joy and love even as we protest their antithesis: nuclear weapons. …

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Photo by Bryan Lloyd

Video, pics

Posted July 23, 2013

See video and online pictures from the July 12-13 weekend to resist nuclear weapons. A sampling from the bag of tricks: …

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24 arrested for civil resistance at new nuclear-weapons-parts plant

July 20, 2013

With the assembly singing “Open the Door,” written for the occasion, several dozen persons stepped through a door marked “Open the door to a nuclear-weapons-free world,” the rallying call of the International Campaign to Abolish Nuclear Weapons. The demonstrators crossed the line from the public road to the facility property. …

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Protesters are met by police at NNSA facility in KC
Photo by Bryan Lloyd

Rainy Memorial Day walk/ride recalls deaths of KC Plant workers

Posted June 21, 2013

PeaceWorks’ third annual trek from the current KC Plant to the plant’s new south KC home memorialized lives sacrificed in the crucible of nuclear weapons production. ... The rainy walk/ride, with 24 participants, captured media attention. …

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Walkers brave the rain.
Photo by Samantha Smith, BSW

Photo by Samantha Smith, BSW

Memorial March

by Ron Faust

June 21, 2013

... We are marching to seek an alternative route
Where we cease weapons of mass destruction
And we quit making people suffer from poisons
And we stop dumping problems on the poor. ... …

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Civil resistance: cases dropped, new line-crossing on tap

Posted June 19, 2013

“Delighted. But disappointed!” is how Henry Stoever described the news that the city had dropped its cases against him and Midge Potts of Springfield, Mo., and they would not have a jury trial June 10 for crossing the line at the new nuclear weapons parts plant site last year. ... Meanwhile, PeaceWorks is gearing up for a line-crossing action July 12-13. …

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Henry Stoever and Fr. Carl Kabat

Suellentrop gleans info in DC about nuclear complex

Posted June 3, 2013

“The number of nuclear bombs the U.S. makes is going down, but the budget keeps going up,” says Ann Suellentrop. “It’s corporate welfare." She recently lobbied at congressional offices in Washington to seek less funding for nuclear weapons, more for meeting people's needs. …

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Delegates voting at Community of Christ's World Conference called for the "responsible reduction and eventual elimination of nuclear weapons."
Photo by Bob Thomas

One more voice in the growing “No Nukes” chorus

June 3,2013

A revival is stirring among churches that took strong anti-nuclear-weapon positions in the 1980s. In April, Community of Christ's World Conference voted by 78 percent to "join the global voices seeking to halt nuclear weapons production" …

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After-election reflection: No regrets!

Posted May 14, 2013

So what! if Question 3 didn’t pass. We did pass in getting it on the ballot in the first place. We did pass in persuading 23 percent of Kansas City to feel the way we do. We did pass in further educating the public about the new plant. We did pass in demonstrating what a grassroots group can do to address the Military-Industrial Complex. Listen to what people had to say after the election. …

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Edge of Darkness

May 6, 2013

The single candle of conscience still flickers
Over the edge of darkness
Which at times seems pitch black
Although still the candle burns deep
And to look up you see more stars in the sky. …

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Drone Warfare: Killing by Remote Control
Review by Don McClain

posted April 21, 2013

Drone Warfare: Killing by Remote Control is a good read. It’s by Medea Benjamin, famous for her CODEPINK actions. …

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Support Bradley Manning

Posted April 17, 2013

Feb. 23 marked the one thousandth day of Bradley Manning’s confinement without trial for exposing truths about war crimes of the Iraq and Afghanistan wars. ... Over 70 events took place worldwide, including one at Fort Leavenworth, where Bradley was awaiting transfer to hearings in mid-April and mid-May before his court-martial trial in June. …

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Bradley Manning

Peace measure wins almost one-fourth of vote, succeeds in public education

Posted April 3, 2013

Kansas City, Mo., voters received a barrage of negative publicity from the “vote no” camp before the April 2 election, but 23 percent of the voters still said yes to stopping future KC financing for producing parts for nuclear weapons. …

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Banner saying "Protect Workers Vote Yes Question 3" above Highway 670.

by Chuck Trapkus

Faust’s probation cut to 1 year; Terrell in prison camp for 6 months

Early this year, Judge Matt Whitworth “had a change of heart” and reduced the probation sentence for Faust. “I’m grateful,” says Faust, “but there also is a vacuous feeling of why we should go through this charade of justice when we saw the trespassing charge as disproportionate to the more serious charge of killing innocent children by using predator drones." …

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Plumes of toxins contaminate groundwater under the Bannister complex. Source: National Nuclear Security Administration, 2006

Trying to get pay for sick workers from Bannister complex

Donna Hand, a paralegal advocate from Tampa, Fla., since 2010 has helped Bannister Federal Complex employees seek compensation for illnesses related to working at BFC. The payment is hard to come by. BFC houses federal agencies including the Kansas City Plant, where non-nuclear parts have been made for nuclear weapons for 63 years. In this Q&A, Hand comments on her KC advocacy. …

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Dr. Tadatoshi Akiba, former mayor of Hiroshima
Photo by Jim Hannah

The world’s turning toward peace, says Hiroshima’s former mayor

… Citing progress toward cooperation instead of alienation, Akiba reminded his listeners that in 1986, Reagan and Gorbachev almost agreed to eliminate nuclear weapons in the U.S. and Soviet Union. The passing of time is bringing the escalation of reason, Akiba said. “People regard violence as a problem to be solved rather than a contest to be won.” …

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Judge convicts civil resisters who “put drones on trial”

Ramsey Clark, left, says at the news conference before the trial, “Drones are singularly cruel because they come out of nowhere, they strike anywhere, and they leave fear which creates hatred everywhere.” Mike Nickells photos

In the first federal trial related to drone warfare, the judge ruled Sept. 10 in Jefferson City, Mo., that two civil resisters were guilty of trespass April 15 at Whiteman Air Force Base in Missouri. Defendants Ronald Faust and Brian Terrell on April 15 sought to present to the Whiteman AFB commander an indictment of all involved in drone warfare. The defendants said Sept. 10 they were not guilty of trespass but had simply tried to bring a grievance to a government authority about the drone strikes.

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Brian Terrell, left; Elton Davis of Des Moines; and Col. Ann Wright- -delighted to demonstrate at Whiteman AFB just hours after the “drones on trial” convictions of Terrell and Ron Faust.

Photo by Jim Hannah

Finally, we're in! Kansas City votes on April 2, 2013

On August 30, 2012, the Kansas City Missouri City Council voted to place the citizen’s initiative on the ballot for April 2, 2013: “Prevention of the City’s Future Financial Involvement in Nuclear Weapons Components Facilities.”

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Testimony exposes ‘idolatrous faith’ in nukes

"Our cultural creed as a nation is an idolatrous faith in nuclear weapons. We propose to be fighting terrorism by our own terrorist, aggressive postures and behaviors. …"

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Resisting drones: ‘Let justice flow like a river’

Mark, Ron and I had been summonsed here by the powers after having been apprehended on April 15 at Whiteman Air Force Base. … The God whose words are cast in bronze on the floor of the courthouse rotunda regards the weapons amassed at Whiteman Air Force Base not as resources to be protected by riot police or defended by putting the likes of Mark behind walls, but as swords waiting to be beaten into plowshares. …

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Photo by Marc Saviano

Seven arrested as Trifecta Resista stages 3 rallies

One weekend, three rallies, seven arrests for civil resistance. How’s that for ambition? The Midwest Trifecta Resista April 13-15 maxed us out but still wowed us: such great people, such cohesive action.

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Photo by Robyn Haas

From trespass line to jail cell

by Lu Mountenay

I started to have second thoughts--fearful thoughts. Do I really want to do this? … As I faced the line of “peace” officers, I felt my knees go weak. I said a fast and silent prayer for courage. … After our third warning, I was arrested for trespass.

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Mark Kenney of Omaha and PeaceWorks leaders Henry Stoever and Lu Mountenay hold their ground April 14 after crossing onto property for the new nuclear weapons parts plant. --Robyn Haas photo


Trespass vs. nuke-parts production
in KC caps war resisters' meeting

Photo by Robyn Haas


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Kris and Lynn Cheatum

Kris and Lynn Cheatum took time for fun at an AFSC peace-and-justice festival at UMKC in 2008.

In Memoriam

Mary Kristine Cheatum, 5/1/37 - 6/6/10

Lynn Max Cheatum, 8/12/38 - 6/27/12

Lynn Cheatum helped found a committee in 1982 that became PeaceWorks, and Lynn and Kris for many years co-chaired the PeaceWorks Board. They're remembered for their tenacity, their endless hours of peace-and-justice work and witness, their civil resistance, their uncivil conversations, their joy!

Lynn Cheatum, a founder of PeaceWorks-KC, dies

In memory of Lynn Cheatum, my neighbor



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