Visit historic peace sailboat, Golden Rule

500 N Harbor Dr, Milwaukee, WI 53202, USA


Historic boat will visit Milwaukee to promote peace

The Golden Rule, a storied sailboat that helped bring about an end to atmospheric testing of nuclear weapons, 60 years ago, will stop in 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.

Public viewing and boat tours will be offered every afternoon: At Discovery World on Friday, Sept. 1, from 12-4pm; and at Lakeshore State Park Sept. 2-4, with tours from 2-5pm on Saturday, 1-4pm on Sunday and 1-5pm on Monday, Labor Day.
On Saturday, Sept, 2, from 2 to 5pm: A party in the park, featuring music by Flagship Wisconsin, with folksingers David HB Drake, Rick Fitzgerald, John Higgins and Craig Siemsen; and the Raging Grannies. Attendees encouraged to bring lawn chairs. Light snacks, water, boat tours and visits with the crew. (Rain date Sunday, Sept. 3)   All events are free, donations welcome.
The Golden Rule began its trip on the Great Loop route in September 2022 on the Mississippi River in Minnesota and is circling the south and east coasts before reaching the Great Lakes this summer. It has made more than 100 stops.
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 by the government and the crew arrested. As a result of the mission and others it inspired, and public outcry about the radiation blowing around the world, President Kennedy signed the Limited Nuclear Test Ban Treaty in 1963. The Golden Rule action inspired many peace makers and peace ships that followed, including Greenpeace.
Golden Rule was in private hands and sunk off the California coast in 2010l, but was rescued and restored to her former beauty by Veterans For Peace and others who support her new mission: to promote a nuclear free future, to educate about the dangers of radiation to humanity and the environment, and to support peaceful alternatives to war.
SPONSORS: Milwaukee Veterans For Peace Chapter 102, Peace Action Wisconsin, Physicians For Social Responsibility Wisconsin, Wisconsin Network for Peace and Justice, Wisconsin Coalition to Normalize Relations With Cuba, United Nations Association of Greater Milwaukee, Women’s International League for Peace and Freedom-Milwaukee, Interfaith Conference of Greater Milwaukee, Milwaukee Turners at Turner Hall, Casa Maria Catholic Worker Community, Racine Coalition for Peace and Justice, Madison Veterans For Peace Chapter 25, 350 Milwaukee, and Building Unity Wisconsin.

More information: Bill Christofferson, Milwaukee Veterans For Peace Chapter 102, 414-486-9651.    Helen Jaccard, national Veterans For Peace Golden Rule Project Manager, (206) 992-6364VFP Golden Rule Project, P. O. Box 87, Samoa, CA 95564. web: