CODEPINK Kansas City will present a play for peace on Saturday, Nov. 9, at 11 o’clock, at the Liberty Memorial in Penn Valley Park. The adjacent World War I Museum is a powerful testament to the folly and devastation of of war, which is why Code PinkKC is holding its first public event there in honor of Veterans Day/Armistice Day occurring two days later on Nov. 11. Our gathering will feature a short, original play, entitled Crosshairs (Give Me Direction). A The play is written by local playwright Emmeline McCabe and produced by Bob Linebarger of Rising Tide Productions. After the playlet, Code PinkKC member Amrita Burdick will enact a brief monologue from the viewpoint of her grandmother, speaking of the hopes and dreams of a world of peace from the era of World War I. Burdick will circulate among those gathered in the persona of her grandmother, who married a soldier of World War I, talking with them about peace. Other members of Code PinkKC will focus on the many current wars in which the United States is involved and the human and economic costs of U.S. militarism.
Activities will begin on the outdoor deck surrounding the Liberty Memorial Tower. Members of the public are invited to attend and participate. Bring peace signs or family stories and photos. The Liberty Memorial and World War I Museum are located at 2 Memorial Drive, Kansas City, Mo.
CODEPINK Kansas City was formed eight months ago shortly after Medea Benjamin came to the area to speak and inspired some members of the audience to begin a local chapter. Benjamin is one of the founders of Code Pink, a women’s grassroots peace organization that started in Washington D.C. in 2002 as an effort to prevent the impending U.S. war on Iraq. Code Pink opposes any U.S. war on Venezuela or Iran, the continuing U.S. war in Afghanistan, torture, the detention center at Guantanamo, weaponized and spy drones, the prosecution of whistleblowers, U.S. support for repressive regimes and the Israeli occupation of Palestine. It supports human rights and peace initiatives and efforts to redirect tax dollars to education, healthcare, green jobs and other life-affirming programs.
2 Memorial Dr
Kansas City, MO 64108