- See important activities at All Souls Unbitarian Church
- See important events at the Move to Amend website: www.movetoamend.org
PeaceWorks-KC Events: 5/27, 6/10, 7/12-13 – 2013
Walk/ride Memorial Day, Mon., 5/27, 8 a.m. Walk/ride from the current nuclear weapons parts plant to the new plant, 9 1/3 miles. Why? To remember those who died from making nuclear weapon parts at the KC Plant, to remember those who died from the 1945 bombings and the contaminants of weapons production worldwide, and to commit to peace! Before 8 a.m., park on Lydia (east ofTroost, south of Bannister). Walk to KC Plant (Bannister & Wayne) for opening. Walk/rideon Holmes to Mo. Hwy. 150, go east to new plant, arrive @ noon. Have closing gathering, then feast at a restaurant. Contact Jane Stoever, 913-206-4088, email@example.com.
Witness trial Mon., 6/10, 9 a.m. (probably trial by jury, lasting a day) of 2 line-crossers at the new nuke-parts plant—Henry Stoever of PeaceWorks and Midge Potts of Springfield, Mo. Come to Jackson County Courthouse, 12th& Oak, Court 10, 8th floor. See truth told at our 1st state-level trial. Info: Jane Stoever, 913-206-4088, firstname.lastname@example.org.
Resist nuclear weapons Fri.-Sat., 7/12-13,at the new nuclear weapons parts plant, Botts Road & Mo. Hwy. 150. Participants willprotest the 85% of nuclear weapons parts that are made or procured in KC. On 7/12, at Linwood United Church, 3151 Olive St., join the 3-5 p.m. nonviolence training, the potluck, the 6:30-8 p.m. festival of hope. On 7/13, meet at the church parking lot at 8:30 a.m. for prayer and caravan. Arrive at the new nuclear weapons parts plant (14500 Botts Road, facing Mo. Hwy. 150) by 9:15, pray and sing, and then join or applaud the line-crossing at 10. Contact Jane Stoever, 913-206-4088, email@example.com, if you can host guests, bring potluck, or want to cross the line.
More info: www.PeaceWorksKC.org & Facebook, at PeaceWorksKC (sign up for Memorial Day walk, other events).
Wall Street: The Great Jobs Killer
WHEN: Tuesday, November 29 at 7 pm.
WHERE: UMKC Student Union – 5100 Cherry, KCMO
SPEAKER: William Black, white-collar criminologist, former financial regulator, author of The Best Way to Rob a Bank is to Own One, featured in the Michale Moore documentary, “Capitalism: A Love Story.”
Forum: Current Status if Cannabis Initiative Petitions Dealing with Missouri and Kansas City
Panelists: Mark Pederson: Founder of Sensible Missouri, Missouri’s Cannabis Patient advocacy organization and Cannabis Patient Network. Mark is editor and Chief of the Medical Cannabis Journal magazine and in the Advisory Board Patients Out of Time. Shawn Randel: Seasoned Missouri activist having worked closely with MIZZOU NORML. Attends UMKC law school and works closely with KCNORML and the Show-Me Cannabis Regulation Campaign
Free and open to the public
WHEN: Monday, November 21, 2011 7 pm
LOCATION: Aquarius Book Store, 3936 Broadway, KCMO
Autopsy of Our Failed Financial System
WHEN: Thursday, November 11, 2011, 6 pm
WHERE: UMKC, Thompson Courtroom
SPEAKER: Phil Agelides, Law School Chair of Financial Crisis Inquiry Commission
You are invited to a gathering with Airick Leonard West, president of the Kansas City School District , and Robyne Stevenson Turner. We will have the opportunity to discuss with Airick what we want to have happen with the Kansas City Schools. Also, following Robyne’s talk while she is still here in Kansas City and before she goes back to Rutgers, we have the opportunity to create an outline for change for Kansas city
WHERE: Tom Crane’s residence, 3707 Pennsylvania, KCMO 64111 (Tel: 816 561 6288)
WHEN: Sunday, November 6, 2011, after the Sunday presentation which will end between 3 and 3:30. We will go directly from UMKC to Tom’s place. (Should you e unable to attend the Sunday presentation, we hope to see you at Tom’s.) Bring anyone who has an interest in these topics.
WHAT TO BRING: We plan this as a potluck so please bring a dish to share.
Annual Dialog and Friendship Dinner & Awards Ceremony at UMKC Student Union (5100 Cherry Street Kansas City, MO 64110) on Wednesday, November 9th,2011 at 6:00 pm.
For online registration click on the link: www.interfaithdialog.org/rsvp
All Souls Documentary Film Series
Each screening is followed by a facilitated discussion.
Admission is free, with donations appreciated
Truth and Justice? Mumia: A Case for Reasonable Doubt?
John Edginton • 1997 • 74 minutes
7:00 pm Tuesday, November 1, 2011
Because of the recent execution of Troy Davis, we are having a repeat screening of a docu-mentary shown at All Souls in June, 2007 about another long-term death row inmate. Mumia Abu-Jamal, a black journalist in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, was convicted and sentenced to death for the December 1981 murder of a white police officer. The trial was marked by controversial prosecutorial and defense tactics, perceived irregularities in the evidence, and charges of racism. Mumia is one of the country’s best-known death row inmates whose conviction has been protested by many activists who consider him a political prisoner. A member of Missourians for Alternatives to the Death Penalty will help facilitate the discussion.
Hot Coffee: Is Justice Being Done?
Susan Saladoff • 2011 • 88 minutes
7:00 pm Tuesday, November 15, 2011
The McDonald’s coffee case has been routinely cited as an example of how citizens have taken advantage of America’s legal system, but is that a fair rendition of the facts? Hot Coffee reveals what really happened to the woman who spilled coffee on herself in 1992 and sued McDonald’s. The filmmaker spent twenty-five years practicing law, representing injured victims of individual and corporate negligence. She includes three other cases to support her position that the aim of “tort reformers” actually is to shield corporations from accountability and responsibility for negligence. A member of the Kansas City Chapter of Move to Amend will help facilitate the discussion.
Scientists Under Attack: Genetic Engineering in the Magnetic Field of Money
Bertram Verhaag • 2009 • 60 minutes
7:00 pm Tuesday, November 29, 2011
When scientist Arpad Pusztai reported that genetically modified (GM) foods caused serious health problems in rats, he was a hero at his prestigious UK institute — for two days. But after two phone calls (apparently) from the Prime Minister’s office, he was fired, gagged, and mercilessly attacked. When UC Berkeley professor Ignacio Chapela discovered GM corn contamination in Mexico, he too faced a firestorm of distortion and denial that left him struggling to salvage his career. Is the biotech industry trying to “engineer” the truth and hide things from the public?
Johnson County Science Cafe’
TOPIC: Climate – An Exercise in Geometry and Energy Redistribution
SPEAKER: Dr. Kenneth S. Schmitz - Professor of physical chemistry and environmental studies at the University of Missouri – Kansas City
DATE: August 9, 2011
TIME: 6:30 pm
LOCATION: Coaches Bar and Grill, 14893 Metcalf, in private room
Dr. Schmitz will provide a follow-up to Dr. Miller’s talk from June. His talk will help us view climate on a geometric basis – the curvature of the Earth and the rotation of the Earth. In this view the climate is a result of energy redistribution as the Earth rotates and moves about the Sun. It will emphasize the roll the atmosphere and the oceans play in this redistribution of energy. This view will capture the basics of his Environmental Chemistry class, which he has developed over the past 5 years or so.
Dr. Schmitz received the bachelor degree from Greenville College in Illinois, with majors in mathematics, physics, and chemistry. He received the doctoral degree in the area of biophysics from the University of Washington in Seattle, after which he spent a year at Stanford University on an NIH Postdoctoral Fellowship. In 1984 he originated and was the first chairman of the Gordon Research Conference now known as “Macromolecular and Polyelectrolyte Solutions”. He has written two technical books on macromolecular systems and was editor of two symposium volumes.
For more information: firstname.lastname@example.org
October 2011 Movement to Global Allies: American Empire Obstacle to Peace and Justice at Home and Abroad
Commits to Occupying Freedom Plaza in Washington, D.C., to End U.S. War and Exploitation
Today, the October 2011Movement, a fusion of peace, social justice, environmental, student, and immigrant rights organizations, published an open letter of solidarity with allies in nonviolent uprisings around the world. The coalition wrote, “We recognize that your revolution is our revolution, that American Empire prevents you from achieving self-determination and economic justice, and that only together can we achieve our shared goals.”
The October 2011Movement announced the action, “Stop The Machine: Create a New World,” in a Call to Action and column History Is Knocking two weeks ago. Since that time more than 1,300 people have signed a pledge to be in Washington, D.C., beginning on October 6 to occupy Freedom Plaza “with the intention of making it our Tahrir Square, Cairo, our Madison, Wisconsin, where we will NONVIOLENTLY resist the corporate machine until our resources are invested in human needs and environmental protection instead of war and exploitation.”
Leading figures from a wide range of communities have stepped up to join the call. Among them are noted African-American scholar and activist Cornel West; Farm Labor Organizing Committee (FLOC ) President Baldemar Velasquez; Pulitzer Prize-winning war correspondent and author Chris Hedges; single-payer health-care advocates David Himmelstein and Steffie Woolhandler; noted environmentalists Derrick Jensen and Harvey Wasserman; and antiwar leader Ret. Col. Ann Wright, along with numerous other prominent peace activists. October 2011 intends to bring together Americans concerned with economic injustice, militarism, and environmental destruction to join in ending concentrated corporate power and taking direct control of a real participatory democracy.
FOR FURTHER INFORMATION:
Margaret Flowers 410-591-0892
Kevin Zeese 301-996-6582
Kansas City residents will want to form a group to go to D.C. for this event. If you are interested please contact Ben Kjelshus of COR: 816 767 8873
Here is a copy of the Open Letter to Democracy Movements