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 Blogs have been consolidated and the calendar has been archived for security reasons; all other links remain the same, and virtually all blog content remains intact.THIS SITE NO LONGER REFLECTS THE CURRENT AND ONGOING WORK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.
Traprock Intern, January - April, 2001
January 8, 2001- Well, I'm not really sure where to start! I've only been here at Traprock for less than a week, so I don't really have any experiences to reflect on or stories to tell about being here (yet!).
My interest in peace work was sparked almost ten years ago by reading Sarah Pirtle's book An Outbreak of Peace. I was so inspired by the story of these young people who voiced what they felt, and pushed their community to stretch its ideas of peace and actions for peace. It also taught me a great deal about the tense emotions towards the end of the cold war, and how the threat and fear of nuclear war was a reality for everyone, especially children. I was only nine when the cold war came to an end, so these were experiences I had been too young to be fully aware of, and Sarah's book opened my eyes to the persistence of hope for making a better world against seemingly insurmountable odds.
Most of my work as an activist has been focused on girls' and women's rights. My family publishes a magazine called New Moon: The Magazine for Girls and Their Dreams that is run by girls, for girls. We started New Moon when I was 11, and I was a member of the Girls Editorial Board (GEB) for the next four years. The GEB makes all the editorial decisions about the magazine's content, and they also travel around and give workshops, both about the making of New Moon and how adults and children can work together (a major component of New Moon). Also through my work with New Moon I helped start a non-profit organization called Girls' International Forum, whose original purpose was to raise money to take a group of girls to the United Nations Fourth World Conference on Women, which took place in September of 1995 in Beijing, China. We managed to bring 13 girls and seven adults from all over the US, to bring girls' voices to this important event. After returning from Beijing, I traveled to other conferences to talk about what happened in Beijing, and about what actions needed to be taken to start implementing the Platform For Action that came out of the conference.
Two years ago, before I went to college, I worked an a community owned organic food cooperative. Working there raised my awareness of our impact on the earth, and how we can try to reduce that impact. I had never thought before about how peacemaking doesn't only involve dealing with conflicts, but also with creating a safe, healthy, sustainable place where all the earth's creatures can live.
While looking for an internship for this winter (the second half of my sophomore year at Antioch College in Yellow Springs, Ohio), I called Sarah Pirtle to ask if she had any suggestions. She mentioned Traprock, and I decided to look into it. After visiting the website and speaking to Sunny on the phone, I sent in my application and was very glad when it was accepted.
So here I am! (click on the picture for a bigger photo!)
I'm excited to be working here 35 hours a week, thanks to the support of Traprock donors and Antioch's work/study program.
That's a little bit of my history, and as for what the next four months hold for me, we'll just have to wait and see!
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