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 Blogs have been consolidated and the calendar has been archived for security reasons; all other links remain the same, and virtually all blog content remains intact.THIS SITE NO LONGER REFLECTS THE CURRENT AND ONGOING WORK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.
On August 4-5, 2001, Traprock joined with the Leverett Peace Pagoda, American Friends Service Committee/Western Massachusetts, Physicians for Social Responsibility, CPPAX Nuclear Weapons Abolition Task Force to sponsor a Peace Walk and Conference to commemorate Hiroshima Day and bring attention to the development of weapons and use of nuclear power in space.
Banner design: © 2001 Sunny Miller; photo © 2001 Charlie Jenks
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Peace Walk - August 4 & 5, 2001
Prayer and fasting Aug 1-2. Ceremony Aug 3. On Aug. 4 the Leverett Peace Pagoda led a 2-day Peace Walk beginning 7:30am at Traprock Peace Center on Woolman Hill - from Deerfield through Greenfield Farmers Market at 9am, 'Great' Falls (AKA Turners), Gill, Montague Center at 1pm, to the Leverett Peace Pagoda. (Many thanks to the wonderful folks of Montague who provided a home-made feast for the walkers at the Grange.) On Sunday morning the walkers left the Pagoda at 7:30am, stopped at St. Brigids for a very sweet and refreshing reception, and then joined the Amherst Peace Vigil at noon with Bruce Gagnon as principal speaker. The Vigil continued while Sunny Miller, Director, Traprock Peace Center and Bruce when to WMUA radio at UMASS, where they were interviewed live. The Vigil attendees and passersby heard the interview, which was piped through a car radio and speakers. The walkers then followed Route 9 to the Hadley Mall, where they conducted a vigil of thanks for KMart, which had decided to stop selling ammunition at its stores. In sweltering heat and humidity, they continued through Hadley Center, rested at the Farm Museum, and walked on to Northampton. During the Noho parade, the police confiscated our 15 foot puppet's hands, which were held up by sticks! They thought the "arms" could be used as weapons!!! Oh well. The police were nice enough to bring the arms to the Unitarian Society of Northampton, where people had gathered for prior to the Revival to welcome the walkers. Over two hundred people came to the Society that evening to watch, listen and talk with friends and neighbors. A festive occasion indeed. The walkers again were treated to a feast, organized by Jo Commerford, Program Coordinator, AFSC/Western Massachusetts.
"Keep Space for Peace!"
6:30 Sunday, August 5, 2001
at the Unitarian Society of Northampton, MA. Sunny Miller, Director of Traprock Peace Center, organized and facilitated this evening's program. 150 people packed the aisles on a hot, hot night to hear speakers who included:
- Bruce Gagnon, Global Network Against Weapons and Nuclear Power in Space, described U.S. efforts to militarize space.
- Ira Helfand, Co-founder of Physicians for Social Responsibility, discussed the medical consequences of a nuclear weapon attack;
- Randy Kehler, Co-founder of Traprock Peace Center and key organizer of the grassroots nuclear weapons freeze movement, discussed tje impact that Campaign Finance Reform could have in promoting on a Nuclear-free Future;
- Wally & Juanita Nelson, civil rights activists and war tax resisters, say "Freedom is a Choice." Juanita read a poem she wrote for this event.
- Alan Miller, Leverett Peace Pagoda;
- Tom Neilson, Molly Scott and Annie Hassett led some great singing. Sunny, Annie and Juanita led spirited songs of freedom as well
- We then broke into action groups - Circles for Change. 6 groups (faith-based initiatives, strategic planning, war tax discussions, inner peace through dance, We concluded this very special evening with singing dancing to the great music of
- Tony Vacca, extraordinary and internationally renowned percussionist, ended the evening on a high note with an international reputation,
All proceeds went for construction at the Leverett Peace Pagoda, where their temple burned to the ground 14 years ago.
Please call ahead to visit or volunteer. Our Peace Center is located 1/2 mile south of Greenfield, in Deerfield Massachusetts, on a ridge between the Deerfield and Connecticut Rivers. From Route 5 & 10 take Keets Road to the top of Woolman Hill and turn left at the mailboxes. Look for blue and white signs. If you'd rather not stumble into the conference Center or someone's house -- look for our sign. Our Peace Center is located 1/2 mile south of Greenfield, in Deerfield Massachusetts, on a ridge between the Deerfield and Connecticut Rivers. From Route 5 & 10 take Keets Road to the top of Woolman Hill and turn left at the mailboxes. Look for blue and white signs. If you'd rather not stumble into the conference Center or someone's house -- look for our sign.
Created August 17, 2001 by Charlie Jenks; all images © Charlie Jenks