For immediate use —  Wednesday, Sept. 6, 2023

Contact:  Helen Jaccard, Golden Rule Project; 206-992-6364;

              David Kraft, NEIS (local contact), (773)342-7650 (o);

WHAT:  Chicago – last port-of-call for Veterans for Peace historic Great Lakes Golden Rule peace sail —  sailing  11,000 miles for a nuclear-free  future

WHEN:  Tuesday Sept. 12 through Monday Sept. 18, 2023

WHERE:  numerous events throughout Chicago area; draft schedule attached (subject to change); mooring at Montrose Harbor the evening of Sept. 12 (weather permitting)


Interviews Available For Scheduling: 

Please contact Helen Jaccard or Gerry Condon directly for interviews with them, and with Golden Rule crewmembers.

Boat tours of the Golden Rule are available on request.  Please contact Helen Jaccard to schedule.


  • The Veterans for Peace ketch Golden Rulehas been touring the Great Lakes for the past 5 months, sailing nearly 11,000 miles and stopping at just under 100 ports of call, 20 on the Great Lakes,  to further public discussion of peace and nuclear abolition.  Given current international events and the interest in the Oppenheimer movie, these messages are more important than ever for the public to hear and participate in, and policy makers to pay greater attention to.
  • The visit of the Golden Rule comes at a moment when the world once again faces numerous nuclear threats from nuclear weapons and power. To raise awareness of these dangers and to build support for a nuclear-free future, a coalition of numerous Chicago-area peace and justice, environmental, anti-war and environmental justice organizations have collaborated with Veterans for Peace to schedule a series of events and interviews to be held throughout the Chicago area from Sept. 13-18.
  • One Tuesday, Sept. 19th, the Golden Rule will be taken out of the water, and begin a cross-country journey to the West Coast by land – where it will be made ready for its next sailing campaign for peace.
  • Link to media images for download (click link to preview image):

o   The Golden Rule in front of the Golden Gate Bridge in San Francisco, Calif., at the end of its first sailing season since the re-build, October 2015. Photo by Gerry Condon.

o   Golden Rule Shines in San Francisco Photo by Norman DeVall, Nadya Williams and Gerry Condon

o   SV Golden Rule in TenTom Waterway 2022

  • Interviews (in studio, on site, or by ZOOM) with the VFP staff and crewmembers can be scheduled by contacting the organizers listed above, and will be granted on a first-come, first-served basis.

PROPOSED  CHICAGO  GOLDEN  RULE  DRAFT  SCHEDULE:    Sept. 12-19 (revised 9/6/23)

  T-Sept. 12 W- Sept. 13 TH- Sept. 14 F– Sept. 15 Sa– Sept. 16 Su– Sept. 17 M– Sept 18



10:30 press conference near dockside (weather permitting) DOWNTIME Boat tours and visits  Boat tours and visits 11 A.M. – Henry Moore event, Univ. of Chicago  Possible interviews




12 NOON: Picnic in Park; by Montrose Harbor  “Moonrise” area (weather permitting) School of the Art Institute, 4:30 – 5:30 class presentation 4-6 Climate Strike March – participate, speak  1:00 p.m. visit National Veterans Art Museum  



E arrive

Montrose Harbor

5-8:30 p.m.  Oak Pk. Library; show film 7-8:30  Lake Street Church talk, Evanston IL Take the Crew to dinner after March 6-10 Reception; Hairpin Arts Center or NEIS Conference room, Logan Square NOTE: Sept. 19th is International Talk Like a Pirate Day!  Prepare!

NOTE: events in italics are proposed, not yet confirmed

NOTE:  BOLDFACE indicates confirmed


  • 9/13/23: 12 NOON: Picnic in Park; by Montrose Harbor “Moonrise” area;  CTA-78 bus eastbound to Marine Drive EOL. Walk under DuSable Lake Shore Dr. underpass to dock and nature areas.
  • 9/13/23: 6:00-8:30, Oak Park Library, 834 Lake St, Oak Park, IL 60301.  Near Oak Park CTA Blue Line stop.
  • 9/14/23: 7:00-8:30, Lake Street Church talk, 607 Lake St, Evanston, IL 60201.  Northbound CTA Red Line to Howard St., transfer to Evanston Purple Line, exit at Dempster, walk over.
  • 9/15/23: 4:00-6:00, Chicago Global Climate Strike March, meet at Pritzker Park, 310 S. State Street, Chicago.
  • 9/16/23: 1:00 p.m., informal visit to the National Veterans Art Museum, 4041 North Milwaukee Ave. (6 corners, Milwaukee Ave, Cicero and Irving Park Road) Chicago IL.
  • 9/17/23: 11:00 a.m. -1:00 p.m., End the Nuclear Age Peace Gathering @ Henry Moore Sculpture to Nuclear Energy, Univ. of Chicago Campus, 5625 S Ellis Ave, Chicago, IL.  This is where the Nuclear Age began in 1942!  Informal – bring drinks and light food.
  • 9/17/23: 6:00-9:00 p.m., Farewell Golden Rule Reception, NEIS office Conference Room (tentatively!!); 3411 W. Diversey, (Diversey, Kimball and Milwaukee),    (CTA 76, 82, and 56 buses; Logan Square Blue Line “L” stop; 4 blocks south of Kimball Exit on Kennedy X-Pwy).   Speakers, music, ZOOM testimonials, more.  Say “farewell” to this intrepid peace crew!   Pizza and beverages. $10/person SUGGESTED donation (No one turned away; give more if you like).  All profits will go towards the Golden Rule Project.  RSVP BY FRI. 9/16 AT: