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 Blogs have been consolidated and the calendar has been archived for security reasons; all other links remain the same, and virtually all blog content remains intact.THIS SITE NO LONGER REFLECTS THE CURRENT AND ONGOING WORK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.
Contact: Kenton Tharp, 413.549.6215, or Sunny Miller at Traprock Peace Center, 413.773.7427
Interfaith Organizing Meeting for
TUESDAY, AUGUST 13, 2002 7:00PM
St. Mary‚s Church, Parish Hall3 Elm Street(Across from the main gate of Smith College)
Northampton , MA 01060
Information: American Friends Service Committee, 413.584.8975
Western Massachusetts - On Tuesday, August 13, 2002, clergy and lay leaders from western Massachusetts‚ spiritual/religious communities will attend an organizing meeting beginning at 7:00pm in the Parish Hall of St. Mary‚s Church, 3 Elm Street, Northampton. The goal of this gathering, organized by the newly formed Interfaith Coalition, is to begin to lay the foundation for a western Massachusetts people-of-faith network for peace. The meeting will include a slide show offered by AFSC Coordinator Jo Comerford, who recently returned from Iraq, while also leaving ample space for reflection and concrete action planning.
Organizer Rene Theberge notes, „We are inviting people to this meeting to not only learn more about the situation in Iraq, but also to begin an ongoing conversation among members of all the faith traditions in the Valley about how to initiate efforts in our communities and beyond to prevent a war with Iraq. Communities of faith have a long and proud history of being the impetus for peace and justice. We are called on once again to step forward.‰
The day-to-day reality for the people of Iraq is desperate and continues to deteriorate in the sectors of education, health, and water and sanitation. As only one example, each day, UNICEF estimates that 500,000 tons of raw sewage is dumped into Iraq s fresh water systems, due to the unavailability of replacement equipment. This has contributed to a continued escalation of child mortality (now 2-1/2 times what it was before the war). Seventy percent of childhood deaths are attributed to preventable illnesses, including diarrhea and gastroenteritis brought on by dirty water.
„The task before us seems overwhelming. As people of faith, we must seek to rise to enormity of this task. The US government is thwarting international law and undermining the authority of international institutions that were designed to uphold the power of law rather than the law of power. As we read in our newspapers daily, plans have been drawn up for a war and are now being actively refined. We have a brief window in which to act to stop the war juggernaut in Washington, DC,‰ relates Sister Clare Carter of the Leverett Peace Pagoda, a member of the Interfaith Coalition.
Organizing information and resources will be available at the meeting. For more information, contact AFSC, 584.8975.