Golden Rule Peace Boat

The Golden Rule Sails By The United Nations

The Golden Rule Sails By The United Nations


The Golden Rule

Historic peace boat will visit Milwaukee Sept. 1-4

Hosted by Veterans for Peace Milwaukee Chapter 102

   The Golden Rule, a storied sailboat that helped bring about an end to atmospheric testing of nuclear weapons, will visit Milwaukee Sept. 1-4 as part of a 15-month, 11,000-mile voyage to inform and educate the public about the dangers of nuclear weapons proliferation.

The boat will be docked at Lakeshore State Park, on the downtown lakefront between Discovery World and Milwaukee World Festival grounds. It will be open to the public for visits and tours. Public events will be held, and speakers/crew members will be available for presentations at schools, churches or other venues. Milwaukee Veterans For Peace, Peace Action Wisconsin, and a dozen other peace and justice groups are sponsors.

The boat will be at Discovery World on Friday, Sept. 1, and in a slip at nearby Lakeshore State Park Saturday through Monday, Sept. 2-4, with visitors welcome every afternoon.

In 1958 a crew of Quakers sailed the Golden Rule from Hawaii towards the Marshall Islands, intending to protest and interfere with atmospheric nuclear weapons tests, although that voyage was halted and the crew arrested.

The Golden Rule action inspired many peace makers and peace ships that followed.  As a result of this highly publicized mission and public outcry about the radiation blowing round the world, President John Kennedy signed the Limited.Nuclear Test Ban Treaty in 1963.

Golden Rule had sunk but was rescued from a watery grave in 2010 and restored in 2015 by Veterans For Peace and others who support her new mission: to promote a nuclear-free future, and educate about the dangers of radiation to humanity and the environment. It toured the West Coast and Hawaii extensively. In September 2022 it went overland to Minnesota to start the Great Loop.

By the time it reaches Milwaukee, Golden Rule will have been sailing for nearly a year on the Great Loop.  It started in Minnesota, on the mighty Mississippi on its way to the Gulf, the Atlantic Seaboard and eventually the Great Lakes.   It has been warmly welcomed all along the route, with mayoral proclamations, music and thanks from grateful Marshall Islanders, and scores of public events to spread the word about the danger nuclear weapons proliferation poses to our planet.

Don’t miss the opportunity to visit the boat, meet the crew and learn more about how you can get involved. 

Join us at Lakeshore State Park on Labor Day weekend.  Watch for more details.



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  • Pamela Richard
    published this page 2023-05-18 12:50:43 -0500