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 Blogs have been consolidated and the calendar has been archived for security reasons; all other links remain the same, and virtually all blog content remains intact.THIS SITE NO LONGER REFLECTS THE CURRENT AND ONGOING WORK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.
Walk for a New Spring - Wake Up Peace - 2003
The Leverett Peace Pagoda
and friends walked across Massachusetts, bringing a message of peace to the State House, City Hall and the Federal Building on March 21. Scroll down to see photos below. See Photo-album.
The walkers and friends gathered on the steps of the Massachusetts State House for an interfaith prayer service and commentary from walkers, veterans and military families.
Former Traprock Peace Center intern and dear friend Leela Whitcomb-Hewitt on right.
Joann Lutz (psychotherapist and former Traprock Core Group Member) and Irene Michaud. Irene is a member of the Traprock Core Group and active with Social Workers for Social Resposibility and American Friends Service Committee. Irene organized Traprock's effort, with the Leverett Peace Pagoda, to get a Nobel Peace Prize nomination for the Hibakusha/Hidankyo Organization. (The Hibakusha are survivors of the nuclear blasts at Hiroshima and Nagasaki.) She wrote a letter to Rev. Desmond Tutu which led to his nomination of the Hibakusha. She has met with Tadatoshi Akiba, the Mayor of Hiroshima, who has invited President George Bush to come to Hiroshima and Nagasaki to learn from the Hibakusha. Traprock has initiated a petition drive, asking the President to accept the invitation.
Walkers then moved to the Government Center by the John F. Kennedy Federal Building and City Hall.
Kristina Olsen sang for the crowd. She is a nurse/ singer-songwriter who shares music as a prayer for healing in our world.
Having lost her sister Laurie Neira on September 11th aboard American Airlines Flight 11, Kristina has
committed herself to promoting peace through understanding, compassion and loving-kindness, as a way
to best honor her sister's memory. Kristina is a member of September Eleventh Families for Peaceful Tomorrow.
Hear her sing The Art of Being Kind (for Laurie) from "Home to Love" CD (duplicated for this site with permission).
Nancy Lessin and Charles Richardson are parents of a soldier on active duty. They along with 12 members of Congress, soldiers and parents had sued the Bush Administration to stop the war. The lawsuit ssought to prevent the President from launching a military invasion of Iraq, absent a congressional declaration of war. The federal US Circuit Court of Appeals (First Circuit) heard an appeal of a dismissal of the case by the US District Court and ruled that the case was not ripe as the UN Security Council was still considering a US resolution. When the US pulled it's resolution out of the UNSC, making the case 'ripe,' the court decided not to rule afterall.
Alan Miller, Vietnam veteran and with Veterans for Peace and the Leverett Peace Pagoda.
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