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The Golden Rule, a historic ship sailing for a Nuclear-Free World, will visit Milwaukee Sept 1st


Join us at Lakeshore State Park – 500 N. Harbor Drive – Milwaukee, WI on the Labor Day weekend to visit the Golden Rule.

The Golden Rule, a storied sailboat that helped bring about an end to atmospheric testing of nuclear weapons, will visit Milwaukee September 1st – 4th, 2023 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. Contact Milwaukee Veterans For Peace to arrange a visit or presentation, including a video about the boat and its history. Milwaukee Veterans For Peace https://www.facebook.com/MilwaukeeVetsforPeace VFPchapter102@gmail.com Contact Bill Christofferson at 414.486.9651

Sponsorships are available and welcome for the Milwaukee visit.

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 about how to get involved.

Milwaukee Schedule For The Golden Rule Boast Visit

Friday – September 1st, 2023

  • 10 AM: Welcoming News Conference at Discovery World – 500 N. Harbor Drive – Milwaukee

  • 11 AM – 12 Noon: Boat visits and tours by news conference participants and attendees

  • 12 Noon – 4 PM: Boat visits by the public at Discovery World

  • 6 PM – Potluck dinner organized by Peace Action Wisconsin and the UNA of Greater Milwaukee at ZAO Milwaukee Church – 2319 E. Kenwood Blvd. Milwaukee. Contact: Pam Richard pamrichard35@gmail.com (email) 414.269.9525 (Phone)

Saturday – September 2nd, 2023

  • 2 PM – 5 PM: Party at Lakeshore State Park – 500 N. Harbor Drive – Milwaukee, WI at the Golden Rule boat slip.

  • 2 PM – 5 PM: Boat visits/tours of the Golden Rule.

  • Music produced by Flagship Wisconsin with folksingers David HB Drake, Rick Fitzgerald, John Higgens, and Others

  • Light snacks will be available. Attendees are encouraged to bring lawn chairs.

  • The Rain Date is on Sunday (September 3rd) from 2 PM – 5 PM.

Sunday – September 3rd, 2023

  • 1 PM – 4 PM Boat visits/tours at Lakeshore State Park – 500 N. Harbor Drive –Milwaukee, WI at the Golden Rule boat slip.

Monday – September 4th, 2023 – Labor Day

  • 1 PM – 5 PM: Boat visits/tours of the Golden Rule at Lakeshore State Park – 500 N. Harbor Drive –Milwaukee, WI at the Golden Rule boat slip.

  • LABORFEST, sponsored by Milwaukee Area Labor Council, is on the nearby Summerfest grounds

  • We are working to provide transportation from Laborfest to the Golden Rule during the festival.

Tuesday – September 5th, 2023

  • The Golden Rule departs for Racine, WI. The time is to be determined

  • There is the possibility of a flotilla sendoff organized by Flagship Wisconsin.


The Historic Mission of the Golden Rule Ship 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 peacemakers and peace ships that followed. As a result of this highly publicized mission and public outcry about the radiation blowing around the world, President John Kennedy signed the Limited Nuclear Test Ban Treaty in 1963.

Golden Rule 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.

Learn more about the Golden Rule at:

  • See her history, restoration, & voyages

  • See maps of upcoming voyages

  • Read articles

  • Sign up to volunteer or crew

Helen Jaccard – Golden Rule Project Manager – 206.992.6364

Follow the journey of the Golden Rule at:

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Donate to Help Fund Golden Rule’s Visit


Donate To Chapter 102

Send A Tax-Deductible Check To:

Veterans For Peace – Chapter 102 Attn: President Bob Hanson 1610 N Prospect Ave – Apt 1003 – Milwaukee WI 53202

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Sponsoring Organizations

Milwaukee Veterans For Peace – Chapter 102

Peace Action Wisconsin

Physicians For Social Responsibility Wisconsin

Wisconsin Network for Peace and Justice

Madison Veterans For Peace – Chapter 25

United Nations Association of Greater Milwaukee

Milwaukee Turners at Turner Hall

Milwaukee Friends Meeting

Interfaith Conference of Greater MKE

WI Coalition to Normalize Relations with Cuba

Casa Maria Catholic Worker Community

Racine Coalition for Peace and Justice

Women’s International League for Peace & Freedom-Milwaukee

****************************************************** Milwaukee VFP Chapter 102 is part of a global organization of military veterans and allies whose collective efforts are to build a culture of peace.

We inform the public of the true causes of war and the enormous costs of wars, with an obligation to heal the wounds of wars. Our network is comprised of over 140 chapters worldwide whose work includes: educating the public, advocating for a dismantling of the war economy, providing services that assist veterans and victims of war, and most significantly, working to end all wars.

We work in coalition with other peace, justice, and veterans groups on improving VA health care, funding community housing and mental health programs, preventing suicides, ending veteran homelessness, showing the links between militarism and climate change, and promoting peace in our communities as well as peace abroad.

We sponsor an annual Armistice Day program at City Hall on November 11th to celebrate peace, not militarism. We meet monthly and welcome non-veterans to join us as associate members.

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AND - here's a great article in the Progressive on the 'Golden Rule'

Veterans for Peace Chapter 102

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