The weekend commemorating the anniversaries of the atomic bombings of Hiroshima and Nagasaki is over. For all of us at Ground Zero Center for Nonviolent Action it was a particularly poignant weekend. We had just lost a longtime member and one of the great peace activists of our time, Jackie Hudson, who died last Wednesday. Earlier in the planning for this weekend we arranged for Dennis Kucinich to visit and speak. However, it was contingent on Congress adjourning on time, which I assumed would never happen. It did however, and Dennis showed up. It was almost as if it was a gift to Jackie, whose spirit was with us throughout the weekend, lifting our spirits and urging us on in our work.
Congressman Kucinich got right to the heart of it as he began his speech:
"The human heart is Ground Zero. It’s in the human heart where blind fear hides in dark chambers. It’s there where murderous intensity is unleashed against our brothers and sisters and the world. It is there where nuclear explosions first take place. It’s there where the world ends. The world also begins in the human heart. It’s where courage creates new possibilities..."
Todd Boyle captured the entire speech with crisp, clear audio so you won't miss a word of this important speech in which Kucinich states in very clear terms his vision of a world free of fear, free of nuclear weapons and free of war.
The second video is the question and answer period following the speech.
Read about Congressman Kucinich's visit to Ground Zero at the Kitsap Sun: Kucinich clear on nukes, mum on political plans