4/22/17 "Planting seeds of PEACE" at All Souls Unitarian Universalist Church, 4501 Wqlnut St. KCMO, Sat. 5/22/17. 5;30 TO 8pm.
Come Celebrate Peace on Earth Day! PeaceWorks isthrowing a party for the arth. Enjoy food, music, and info on getting active in the local peace network. RSVP (0ptional) on Facebook at PeaceWorksKC
3/27-4/2 Shut Down Creech! Personnel at Creech Air Force Base, 35 miles from Las Vegas, send killer drones by remote control to Mideast targets. This event combines a drone war teach-in, personal sharing by former military members, and a protest against drone warfare. Contact: 816-878-3185.
4/28, Thurs., Why Civil Resistance? Why Now? Come to All Souls Unitarian Universalist Church, 4501 Walnut, KCMO, for supper (bring salad or dessert if you wish) at 6 pm, then a talk at 7 pm by Joy First from Mount Horeb, WI, a leader in the anti-drone movement. Contact: 913-206-4088.
4/30, Sat., Fly Kites, Not Drones, 2 pm rally at the entrance to Whiteman Air Force Base, near Knob Noster, MO, site of remote control of drones. Keynote speaker: Joy First. Carpools leave at 12:15 pm from All Souls UU Church & 912 E. 31st St., KCMO. Contact: 913-206-4088.
5/11, Wed., Rally with Missourians for Alternatives to the Death Penalty, 5-6 pm, 39th St. & Troost, KCMO, mourning the execution of Earl Forrest that night. Call Gov. Nixon for stay of execution, 573-751-3222.
5/30, Mon., Memorial Day Walk/Ride/Die-In beginning at 8 am at Bannister Federal Complex (BFC), heading along Holmes to Mo. Hwy. 150, reaching Prospect and Hwy. 150 by 11 am, walking final mile to entry of National Security Campus (NSC) by noon. Why the die-in? To expose the dangers of nuclear weapon production, formerly done at BFC and now at NSC. Contact: 913-206-4088.
8/6, Sat., Hiroshima/Nagasaki Remembrance, at Loose Park, 53rd St. & Wornall Road, KCMO; 6:30 pm potluck, 7:30 pm program. Contact: 816-561-1181.
9/24-25, Sat.-Sun., UNplaza Art Fair, PeaceWorks’ annual fundraiser, at All Souls UU Church. Needed: new artists! Contact: 816-561-1181.
So quick to destroy
What takes so long
To build up
Like a two-year old
Knocking down blocks
Just to hear them crash
So goes the White House
These days of deconstruction
That takes away
Of concern for the poor
In favor of a business operation
That makes money for the rich
By piling money into the military
And ignoring, even assaulting
the welfare of the people
And if this was the agenda
Of the conservative
How do they live with themselves
Knowing that it looks selfish
Even sneaky and dishonest
To out-maneuver the resistance
By avoiding questions
That disclose the truth
The divisions are painful
The ethics of the greater good
Are lost in superficiality
The forces of fear push away
The gentler persuasion of love
So it seems so it seems
Violence doesn’t always prevail
Enough people can turn about
The destruction of the climate
Or save a nation from ruination
But this is our hope, a fragile hope
Like a last-second basketball shot
So close but it’s not just one game
We are still given another chance
If we are spared from the nuclear option
As the Good Book reminds us
To choose life over death
As long as we breathe our next breath.
(On occasion when the Affordable Health Care was spared repeal without a good replacement under the Trump assault upon government on Mar. 24, 2017)
(On occasion of wondering why guns are treasured by the addicts of fear who wonder how we have a climate of gun violence, certainly stormy weather conditions of alarming statistics, i.e.,100.000 victims every year, 32,000 fatalities, 89 people dying each day) 3/6/16