November 5, 2007: This website is an archive of the former website, traprockpeace.org, which was created 10 years ago by Charles Jenks. It became one of the most populace sites in the US, and an important resource on the antiwar movement, student activism, 'depleted' uranium and other topics. Jenks authored virtually all of its web pages and multimedia content (photographs, audio, video, and pdf files. As the author and registered owner of that site, his purpose here is to preserve an important slice of the history of the grassroots peace movement in the US over the past decade. He is maintaining this historical archive as a service to the greater peace movement, and to the many friends of Traprock Peace Center. Blogs have been consolidated and the calendar has been archived for security reasons; all other links remain the same, and virtually all blog content remains intact.THIS SITE NO LONGER REFLECTS THE CURRENT AND ONGOING WORK OF TRAPROCK PEACE CENTER, which has reorganized its board and moved to Greenfield, Mass. To contact Traprock Peace Center, call 413-773-7427 or visit its site. Charles Jenks is posting new material to PeaceJournal.org, a multimedia blog and resource center.
NEW: AUDIO of Civil Liberties Experts
Civil Liberties and Human Rights Under Seige with the Rise of the National Security State
Traprock Peace Center endeavors to provide educational programs to the public and useful resources and fourms for those who wish to defend and promote civil liberties and human rights in the US and abroad. This web page is a beginning of a separate section on this site for these issues. Eventually, we will create new pages as the material expands on this page. We appreciate your comments. You will note resources and commentary about the press. As the media in the US has become increasingly concentrated under the control of national and international corporations, the press itself is becoming part of the story in terms of the diminishing of free expression in the US and elsewhere. Below, see Resources and Links.
"Take back nation, take back our liberties and our democracy." Frank Serpico.
July 25-26 - Civil Liberties Conference -
"Protecting Our Civil Liberties: the Core of Democracy"
Frank Serpico's keynote address on saving civil liberties in the US brought a standing ovation. See the gallery of speakers and audio of presentations. See photo albums of the Friday night and Saturday sessions. See also Press Coverage and Press Release
© 2003 Charlie Jenks Conference organizers Susan Callahan (front), Nancy Bair, Carol Letson, Anne Wiley, Sunny Miller and Abbie Jenks.
The Patriot Act Threatens Civil Liberties (audio mp3)
RealAudio (for slower connections)
Sunny Miller interviewed Attorney C. William Michaels of Baltimore, author of 'No Greater Threat - America After September 11 and the Rise of the National Security State." He was a founder of the Maryland Chapter of Pax Christi. He is a featured presenter at the Civil Liberties Conference on July 25-26 in Greenfield, MA.
July 4th - Patriots on Parade in Amherst thrilled the crowds.
May 3 - 50 Sleep-Out in cardboard boxes and tents in Greenfield, MA and raise $5000 for the homeless shelter. It was near freezing on a clear night. Thanks to Eve Brown-Waite and a community-wide effort. Eric Wasileski represented Traprock's Core Group and Sunny helped with publicity. (Photo by Sunny Miller)
Christopher Pyle, Professor of Politics at Mt. Holyoke College, whistle blower on US Army sping on civilians during Vietnam, helped bring over 100 people before Congress to testify, and helped to right Privacy Act passed in 1974.
Q and A by Christopher Pyle (audio mp3)
See photo-journal of July 15 Christopher Pyle Talk.
July 15 - Professor Christopher H. Pyle Mount Holyoke College spoke at a press conference called by the Traprock Peace Center. His talk - "Putting the Brakes on Domestic Spying: Protecting Democracy" - attracted 50 people on a Tuesday afternnoon. Three newspapers - the Greenfield Recorder, Brattleboro Reformer and Springfield Republican - participated in the press conference. Professor Pyle's spoke on the government's incredible new powers under the Patriot Act. He had blown the whistle on the US Army's spying on civilians while he was in the military during the Vietnam War. He compared government spying then and now. A recurring theme - domestic spying and harassment are easier and more pervasive now due to changes in the law and new technologies. This press conference was a prelude to July 25-26 Civil Liberties Conference. Register - Civil Liberties Conference.
Human Rights in Colombia
May 19 - Jeremy Corbyn (Labour MP) meeting with Colombian labor organizer Carlos Gonzalez, an unnamed Coca Cola and Nestle Colombian organizer and Andy Higginbottom of the Colombia Solidarity Campaign at Parliament. The Colombian guests discussed the killing of labor activists who had been organizing at Coca Cola and Nestle, and the international boycott of Coca Cola starting July 22. Hear this meeting (MP3 Audio) Also, read about the General Strike on 19th June.
April 29 - Hundreds marched at UMASS-Amherst and at state colleges in MA to protest massive proposed budget cuts and 'reorganization' plans. MA is facing a $3 billion budget deficit. Most states that are reeling from large deficits. These deficits could have been largely if not totally erased if the US had directed funds to the states rather than fund the Iraq war. In MA as elsewhere, public housing programs, substance abuse programs (50% cut in detox beds) and education are facing deep cuts. (Photo - Susan Callahan)
This photo of folks from the Bill of Rights Defense Committee was taken at the October 26, 2002 mass rally in Washington, DC. BORDC.org is a national leader in assisting local communities to protect the bill of rights by passing local resolutions in opposition to the Patriot Act.
July 25-26 - "Protecting our Civil Liberties: The Core of Democracy" Greenfield Community College and Traprock Peace Center announce a regional conference, at G.C.C. in Greenfield.
Friday, July 25 - 7 PM reception with Frank Serpico, former NYPD detective and advocate for high principles in powerful circles and in law enforcement. With music and refreshments, join Frank and presenters at the beautiful Greenfield Community College campus, north of the intersection of Routes 91 and 2. Watch for signs.
Saturday, July 26 - Guests' comments, workshop & discussions are 8:30-5:30, Saturday, July 26 to include: Provisions of the Patriot Acts I & II, Recommendations for appropriate Anti-Terror Policies, Debunking Media Myths, Speaking up for International Neighbors, Libraries and Intellectual Freedom, Town Resolutions, Smart Skills for Dialogue, Writers' Workshop, Theater Improv and a plenary focus on action planning.
Presenters include Frank Serpico, former NYPD detective, he provides educational programs for police; Atty. C. William Michaels, author of 'No Greater Threat - America After September 11 and the Rise of the National Security State." and a founder of the Maryland Chapter of Pax Christi; Atty. Bill Newman, Director of the Western Mass. Regional ACLU office); Atty. Mahsa Khanbabai of Springfield, on defending immigrants; Prof. Christopher H. Pyle, ; Sandra Boston, founder of the Conscious Communications Institute. teaches smart skills for dialogue ;Sut Jhally, film producer and founder of the Media Education Foundation; Leo Hwang-Carlos, GCC instrucleading a writers' workshop*; Louis Battalen, speaking on libraries and intellectual freedom--will they endure; Irvine Sobelman, co-founder of the Bill of Rights Defense Committee; and Ezzell Floraniřa, director and performer uses the tools of Augusto Boal and others in a theater improv workshop*.
(*Full schlarships for teens are available for these two workshops. Please call ahead to register 413 773-7427 and arrive at 1:15.)
Advanced Registration is recommended. All registration fees are subsidized, at $30 ($20 for student or low income). Lunch served if registration is received by July 17, payable to Traprock Peace Center, . Download Registration forms (doc format). If have trouble with download, email us.
We welcome town officials, police, court personnel, psychologists, historians librarians, poets, students, teachers, spiritual leaders and others to add your wisdom to action planning. Your invitation to an international or immigrant friend will enhance this circle. To co-sponsor or volunteer, please call 413-773-7427. Be recognized for your participation for this timely gathering, on the poster and the program. Thanks to the Interfaith Council of Franklin County for being our first co-sponsor at $100. Co-sponsors will receive two scholarships to the conference - one for a low-income person or activist, and one for a law enforcement representative from your area.
CO-SPONSORS INCLUDE: GCC Response Initiative, Traprock Peace Center, Interfaith Council of Franklin County, Western Mass A.C.L.U. All SoulÍs Church Social Action Committee, Conscious Communications Institute, Amherst Human Rights Commission, Peace Development Fund, Charboneau Learning Center, Pax Christi USA, SAGE Committee World Learning/School for International Training, Western Mass AFSC, and the Greensboro Justice Fund.
Come to confer on crucial issues in the beautiful Connecticut River Valley. From Route 91, take Route 2West 1/2 block, turn right, proceed north .6 mile. See signs on the left. Accommodations are readily available. Free parking.
For more information, call Sunny Miller at 413-773-7427.
Resources and News Items
Re: 9/11 - 9/11 Commission suggests "intimidation" of witnesses by Bush Administration - NY Times
Guantanamo Bay - Confess or die, US tells jailed Britons - Observer
UK Objects to US Human Rights Violations - Neil MacKay
Download Power Point Presentation on 'Patriot' Act
by Alice Copeland Brown
Our State of the Union' Press Conferences
Stories w/ Photos of Greenfield and Orange
June 17 - US Court of Appeals Allow Secret Detention
May 2 - Broad Domestic Role Asked for CIA and Pentagon
March 25 - Proposed Oregon law bottled up in Oregon legislature.
Tucson, AZ ordinance would "essentially ban" public protest.
NPR propaganda - Anja & Shaker
Networks Magaphones for Official Views - FAIR with contact info for US TV news
Arise for Social Justice Occupation of Mayor's Office
New INS Political Detainment - Help Needed
Kennedy/Feingold/Conyers letter to Ashcroft:
"Suspend" INS Registration Program
Homeland Security Act - Comment & Senate Roll Call
FBI Questions Iraqi-born American
CENSORED STORIES barely reported
Civil Liberties, Workers' and Human Rights (please give us suggestions)
American Civil Liberties Union - ACLU's site includes Action Alerts and a public forum.
Bill of Rights Defense Committee - his web site documents and supports local efforts to restore civil liberties guaranteed by the Bill of Rights of the U.S. Constitution, which have been threatened by the Act and Orders.
Patriot Act - Rise of National Security State
Global Exchange - is a human rights organization dedicated to promoting environmental, political, and social justice around the world. Since our founding in 1988, we have been striving to increase global awareness among the US public while building international partnerships around the world.
Human Rights Watch - concerned with human rights worldwide.
National Labor Committee - great worker rights site
Ecofeminism.net - aims to provide audio, visual and textual resources combined with the best online resources in ecofeminist philosophy and its related fields. Of course, many of its resources relate to issues of non-violence. This is a terrific resource for peace, gender, environmental and justice issues.
thefourreasons.org - has fundemental civil liberties resources and excellent sets of interesting and useful links to media, organizations and individuals.
Alternative Media (we don't agree with EVERYTHING on these sites. Much we do agree with, or find compelling. We do think its important to have a strong alternative media to counter the concentration of media in the hands of powerful interests in the US.)
Whatreallyhappend.org - Speechless is a word to describe one's reaction to the breadth and timeliness of the news links on this site. We also like this site for it's linking to the source material directly, rather than copying other's work and reprinting it wholesale under 'fair use.' (Traprock uses 'fair use' at times, generally for media articles with links that will expire (due to the media source's subscription plans or placing the materials in archives folders after a period of time.)
AlterNet.org - is a project of the Independent Media Institute, a nonprofit organization dedicated to strengthening and supporting independent and alternative journalism. First launched in 1998, AlterNet's online magazine provides a mix of news, opinion and investigative journalism on subjects ranging from the environment, the drug war, technology and cultural trends to policy debate, sexual politics and health issues. The AlterNet article database includes more than 7,000 stories from over 200 sources.
Information Clearing House - A tremendous (Traprock's words) independent media source. It is one person's effort to correct the distorted perceptions provided by commercial media. It is non-commercial, funded by readers contributions. and grew out of personal frustration and anger at the failure of traditional commercial media to inform the American public, especially as it relates to US foreign policy. It is a source of unreported (or under reported) news from around the globe and an effort to provide more depth and understanding to current issues. The site is the work of one person, a private individual who is not affiliated iwth any particular political party nor funded by any group.
mediachannel.org - a global network for democratic media. MediaChannel is an Internet community of over a thousand organizations dedicated to media issues around the world. You can use these pages to search or browse through our Affiliated Sites by country, type or organization, field of interest or native language.
Norman Soloman's Media Beat - See the Norman Solomon Archives
Fairness and Accuracy in Reporting (FAIR) - a primary media watchdog organization.
Institute for Public Accuracy (IPA) - founded by Norman Soloman, this organization specializes in its superb media advisories of experts available for interviews on the issues of the day. These experts aren't always on the nightly news, but should be. They'r not spin doctors for the Administration. Kudos to Sam Husseini as well.
Cursor.org - renowned 'media patrol'
Unknown News - "At Unknown News, we believe in liberty and justice for all, so of course, we oppose many US government policies.
We present a daily round-up of "unknown news" from credible sources, along with intelligent (we try!) commentary and dialogue on current events. Unlike CNN and your daily newspaper, Unknown News is not "fair and impartial, objective journalism," because we'll never pretend not to care. We are deeply concerned about fading freedoms in America, and US foreign policy that exports death instead of liberty." Informative, opinionated, fun and an incredible array of alternative media and cultural links.
TvNewsLies.org - focuses on corporate broadcast media. How does it deceive viewers? How has it helped the US Administration? With breaking news, analysis and bountiful resources on important issues.
Democracy Now - Amy Goodman. Nuff said.
WMassIndyMedia.org - "Be the media!" A local gem in Western Massachusetts and a portal to the amazing world-wide IndyMedia.
The Nation - "unconventional wisdom since 1865."
Caduceus.info - Caduceus opens the door between healing, ecology, science and spirituality - exploring holistic medicine, spiritual evolution, environmental issues and personal growth. It gives a voice to the community of healers, seekers and 'world workers'. Described as 'a beacon of inspiration and information', it investigates critical issues ahead of mainstream media, searches out pioneers who are lighting the way for humanity, honours those who serve, and keeps readers up to date with developments worldwide.
Golshan Site - Large index of compilation of articles broken down by subject, with other resouces.
Arab Media Watch - It's goal is to tackle what it sees as a "traditional bias, ignorance and misunderswtanding in the British media regarding Arab issues. It has great resources on British media.
Truthout - William Rivers Pitt and Lots of content here with timely news and opinion. Nice feature is that its reprints give links to the original articles, not merely to the originating organization.
War Times - is produced to help broaden and deepen peace efforts by compiling information and analysis, and putting them into the hands of large numbers of readers.
Fairness and Accuracy in Reporting (FAIR) - working to ensure what it says, and it has a listing of media resources, and links.
See Special On Going Report: Iraq in Sunday Herald
In These Times - a national, biweekly magazine of news and opinion. For 25 years it has provided groundbreaking coverage of the labor movement, environment, feminism, grassroots politics, minority communities and the media. Nominated for a 2001 Alternative Press Award for "Best Political Coverage."
Common Dreams News Center - breaking news and views; reprints mainly. Lot's of content here.
No U Turn Radio - progressive analysis of public affairs issues scholars, environmentalists social critics, historians, politicians & activists
Fallout Shelter News - Florida based independent media center. Plentiful resources and links.
The Free Media Network is a "cooperatively run group of media activists that have come together to provide the growing global movement against capitalism with radical and cohesive coverage." We like what they say about Traprock Peace Center - "Based in Deerfield, MA, they work with Iraq related issues, ending the sanctions and bombings, and other importiant stuff."
Peace and Justice Resources (of alternativevideo.com) - offers a good set of alternative media links.
Barry Crimmins - political satirist for peace
FlyBy News - electronic news service.
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