Archive: 04/2014

Paying for the Climate Change Pivot

The Pentagon needs to put its money where its mouth is

The following article was published by OtherWords. OtherWords distributes progressive commentaries and cartoons that empower readers to become more engaged citizens.

By Emily Schwartz Greco and John Feffer
April 23, 2014 

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Nebraskans for Peace Statement on the Crisis in the Ukraine

Paul A. Olson
Chair, Anti-War Committee

Nebraskans for Peace calls on the world community to respond to the Ukrainian request for the deployment of United Nations peacekeepers along the borders between Russia and Ukraine. We also urge the officials of the nations who will soon be meeting in Geneva — the United States, the European Union, Russia and Ukraine — not only to seek a diplomatic resolution to the crisis, but to turn those issues which are still unresolved after their private meetings over to public international mediation. We further request that UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon also be a participant in the Geneva negotiations.

Nebraskans for Peace believes the crisis on the border between Russia and Ukraine is treading dangerously close to war. Though the U.S. probably would not initially be implicated in such an armed conflict, the alliance between the Ukraine and the European Union and the overlap between that alliance and NATO promises to involve the U.S. eventually. The entire Russian Federation would also be involved on the other side.

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Judge Gives Anti-Nuclear Weapons Protesters a Way to Voice Their Cause

by Barb and Hank Van den Berg

On July 13, 2013, 24 “PeaceWorks-KC” protesters were arrested for trespassing after they crossed the property line of the National Nuclear Security Administration’s Kansas City Plant in Missouri. This new five-building facility makes 85 percent of the components that go into U.S. nuclear weapons, according to defense contractor Honeywell. The anti-nuclear protesters included priests, sisters, Catholic Workers and other peace activists from both the Kansas City and Des Moines areas. Some of the arrested pleaded not guilty, some refused to pay court fees, and several requested a jury trial in order to share their nonviolent message with a jury of their peers.

On December 13, 2013, eight of the arrested came before a court in Kansas City, Missouri. Presiding was Judge Ardie Bland. He stated in court, “I volunteered to take this case because I’ve done this before with Mr. Stoever, and I find it interesting. If you’re not getting to anyone else, you’re getting to me. I think you’re educating, because every time I learn something.” Judge Bland is sympathetic to the need to question laws from his study of the Civil Rights Movement in the United States.

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