Susan Beaver Thompson and Arthur Lewis have been in Alton since early July, hoping to gather the funds and materials to launch a boat. Not just any boat, but a vessel that will carry them across the country and eventually around the world in an attempt to ignite conversations of embracing peace and eliminating war on the planet.
The two plan to be in town for at least a couple more weeks as they launch their campaign, "The Peace Pirates: Take Your Seat at the Table."
Lewis said ideally they would love to have a ship that sails around the world to different cities, having peace conferences with different people and putting it all online. Ideally, she said that ship would resemble a pirate ship, but says she's ok with starting smaller.