Friday, June 11, 2010

Kris Cheatum, local peace activist, dead at 73

Posted By on Fri, Jun 11, 2010 at 8:00 AM

click to enlarge Kris and Lynn Cheatum fought long and hard for peace.
  • Kris and Lynn Cheatum fought long and hard for peace.

Longtime peace activist Kris Cheatum died on June 6.

Back in 2006, I wrote about Cheatum and her husband, Lynn, ("Granny the Terrorist"). They believed the government was spying on them. And in 2003, ex-Pitch writer Allie Johnson wrote about the Cheatums ("Young Blood").

Cheatum's obituary is a better tribute than I could give.

Here's an excerpt:

Over her 50-year career as a human

rights and social justice activist,

Kris campaigned, published numerous letters in the KC Star, protested,

lobbied, volunteered and marched (including carrying her newborn son

Steven at a civil rights rally in the '60s). Kris was arrested five times

for anti-nuclear civil disobedience at the Mercury and Los Alamos

nuclear sites. Her sons often bragged she had an FBI file an inch thick.

Kris was a member of PeaceWorks, where she served as a board member,

secretary, UNplaza Art Fair coordinator, and was the editor of the

newsletter when she died.

Kris Cheatum's memorial

service is scheduled for the All Souls Unitarian

Church (4501 Walnut) Saturday at 10 a.m. Following the service, a peace

rally will take place in her honor at the J.C. Nichols Fountain (47th

and Main).

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