June 16 Vote - Tell Kansas City Council: Get City Out of Building New Nuke Weapons!
  • Petitioned Melba Curls

This petition was delivered to:

City Councilmember
Melba Curls
Mayor, KCMO
Sly James
City Councilmember
Jan Marcason
City Councilmember
Scott Wagner
City Councilmember
Russ Johnson
City Councilmember
Ed Ford
City Councilmember
Jermaine Reed
City Councilmember
Michael Brooks
City Councilmember
Jim Glover
City Councilmember
John Sharp
City Councilmember
Cindy Circo
City Councilmember
Dick Davis
City Councilmember
Scott Taylor
Missouri-05
Rep. Emanuel Cleaver

June 16 Vote - Tell Kansas City Council: Get City Out of Building New Nuke Weapons!

    1. Petition by

      Ann Suellentrop

      Kansas City, KS

Started by

Rachel M. MacNair, Ph.D.

Petition Coordinator, KC Peace Planters

Kansas City, Missouri:  

It’s entirely unprecedented for a city to help finance, and for a city agency to own, a plant for producing nuclear weapons components – nowhere in the world has a city had such participation. Yet Kansas City has put up municipal bonds to help finance a new nuclear weapons components plant, and it will be owned by an agency whose board the mayor appoints (the Planned Industrial Expansion Authority). This is the first new plant for nuclear weapons in over 30 years.

The new facility is meant to replace an old one that produces 85 percent of all components for the nation’s nuclear weapons. That facility also uses toxic substances that have already killed over 150 people and made others gravely ill.

Here’s the especially scary part: why do we need new weapons components when we’re cutting down the number of nuclear weapons? Answer: It’s not to add to the stockpile, but to “modernize” by replacing old weapons with new ones. The old ones are big and so they argue it’s not so believable they’ll be used. If they have some more “modern,” smaller ones, then they’re supposed to be a better deterrent because it’s more credible that they would actually be used.

Since City Council voted for financial participation in this plant, we believe city voters are entitled to have a say. Accordingly, thousands of signatures were gathered for a ballot initiative to save jobs, but safe jobs, by converting the plant into other uses such as renewable energy – now, before the toxins arrive and make the buildings dangerous.

The first step in the petition process is that the Council will vote on whether to simply accept this ordinance and pass it themselves. That vote is scheduled to come up on June 16, 2011.

Recent signatures

    News

    1. Stop a SECOND new nuclear bomb factory in New Mexico

      Ann  Suellentrop
      Petition Organizer

      Since you all were interested in stopping the first new nuclear bomb factory in the US (in Kansas City), I thought you might want to help stop the SECOND one in New Mexico!!! Go to the link below and give your comments by June 28!!!

    2. Jess Leber
      Petition Organizer

      The city council voted 12-1 yesterday in favor of this project. Looks like the fate of the project will now either hang on the ballot in November or in court:

    3. Jess Leber
      Petition Organizer

      Read this post on the Physicians for Social Responsibility website:

    4. Reached 2 signatures
    5. Jess Leber
      Petition Organizer

      New article on HuffPost Politics: Fighting City Hall's Nuclear Weapons,

    6. Reached 2 signatures
    7. Jess Leber
      Petition Organizer

      Share this with your friends! Can we get to 2,000 by tomorrow?

    8. Reached 1 signatures
    9. Jess Leber
      Petition Organizer

      Read more about this on the blog Kansas City Nukes Watch:

    10. Jess Leber
      Petition Organizer

      Please share this with your friends, the vote is tomorrow!

    11. Reached 1 signatures
    12. Jobs Not Nuclear Bombs! Kansas City Residents Oppose New Weapons Plant

      Jess Leber
      Petition Organizer

      Margaret Swink is the Communications Director of Ploughshares Fund, a global security foundation. Ploughshares Fund provides support to the Kansas City Physicians for Social Responsibility, a member group of the Kansas City Peace Planters.
      Over...

    13. Reached 50 signatures

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    • Tamara Severns KANSAS CITY, MO
      • over 3 years ago

      Great petition, thank you for your hard work in kansas city to STOP this nuclear weapons plant.

      The old one is still killing it's employees, it has to stop.

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    • Marilyn Wheeler MONROE CITY, MO
      • over 3 years ago

      Kansas City is my other home, city of parks & fountains, peace & love.

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    • Chris Marco SAN FRANCISCO, CA
      • over 3 years ago

      This is absurd! A city should absolutely NOT be allowed to finance and own a nuclear weapons plant. There is no excuse for a city government, charged with caring for the best all-around interests of a city and her people, should indulge in the false notion that highly-toxic manufacturing of killer weapons components, is the only way forward.

      We citizens of this entire country have a right (and responsibility), post-Fukushima especially, to say NO to any more nukes of any sort. Humanity and the continued survival of the planet must become a priority. The devastation from Japan's hideous, unimaginable nuclear disaster hasn't even been contained yet. We have no idea how long Fukushima's destroyed nuclear plant will continue to pollute the sea, the air, and the land, of not just Japan, but countries and ecosystems all over the world.

      Kansas City DOES NOT have my permission to destroy American cities and environments. I can guarantee, no other country is willing to grant Kansas City the right to destroy the world's environment.

      The people of Kansas City, and of the world, must demand that KC's government invest in clean, safe, job-creating solar, wind, and biofuel. Be forward thinking Kansas City! Be brave, lead the way, innovate! This is a golden opportunity for cities all over the world to reinvent themselves as positive, compassionate, forward-thinking models of community and industry working in tandem for the greater good.

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    • John Rachow OXFORD, IA
      • over 3 years ago

      For a municipality to directly help fund production of weapons of mass destruction within their own community and to subject their own children, citizens, and community to the chemical and radiological toxicities entailed is a path to death.

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    • Mary Markus GARDEN GROVE, CA
      • over 3 years ago

      I have family in Kansas City, and don't want them to participate in this destructive endeavor

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