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 Blogs have been consolidated and the calendar has been archived for security reasons; all other links remain the same, and virtually all blog content remains intact.THIS SITE DOES NOT REFLECT THE CURRENT AND ONGOING WORK OF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 email. We'll post a link to its new website when it goes online. Charles Jenks is posting new material to PeaceJournal.org, a multimedia blog and resource center. You may contact him by email.
"Protecting Our Civil Liberties: The Core of Democracy"
The July 25-26, 2003 conference - "Protecting Our Civil Liberties: The Core of Democracy" - brought national and regional authorities together for a weekend of workshops on protecting civil liberties.
See photo albums of the Friday night and Saturday sessions.
New: Closing songs by Tom Neilson.
Also see press coverage and Press Release
Fifteen local and national groups joined G.C.C. and Traprock as co-sponsors: Interfaith Council of Franklin County, W. Mass A.C.L.U., All Soul’s 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, W. Mass A.F.S.C., the Greensboro Justice Fund, Sierra Club Massachusetts Chapter and the New England Coalition for Sustainable Population.
Speakers - Audio and other Resources
Frank Serpico - a former NYC detective, whistle blower, and advocate for high principles in public service. Serpico's story was made famous by the movie titled, "Serpico." As an honest detective in a police department corrupted by kick-backs from drug dealers, he survived a shoot out to testify and try to reform one of the nation's largest offices of law enforcement.
Christopher H. Pyle - Prize-winning journalist and professor of politics, Pyle blew the whistle on US Army's spying on civilians during the Vietnam War. He later worked with Senator Sam Ervin, Jr.'s Judiciary Sub-Committee on Constitutional Rights, and the Senate Committee on Government Relations. He helped write the PrivacyAct in 1974. His articles have been published in hundreds of newspapers including the New York Times, LA Times, Washington Post, Washington Times, and Wall Street Journal.
Remarks on Patriot Acts I and II (pdf file)
Prepared remarks for July 15 (pdf file)
Irvine Sobelman - co-fonder of the Bill of Rights Defense Committee - bordc.org. BORDC has helped cities and towns throughout the nation pass resolutions to preserve civil liberties and reject the Patriot Act. At last count, 141 municipalities and several states have passed resolutions, affecting 17 million people.
July 26, 2003 - Interview with Sunny Miller (mp3)
C. William Michaels -attorney and author of "No Greater Threat, America After September 11th and the Rise of a National Security State." He was a co-founder of Pax Christi in Baltimore. He calls upon citizens and religious communities to consider the 12 characteristics of a national security state and asks them to examine where our nation is headed.
Bill Newman - is the Director of the Western Mass Regional Office of the American Civil Liberties Union. Newman is a speaker who deftly uses wit and humor while addressing a wide- range of issues from military tribunals to the loss of basic, legal due process.
Mahsa Khanbabai - pro-bono attorney for the Political Asylum/Immigration Representation (PAIR ) Project in Boston. Khanbababai was born in Iran, raised in western Massachusetts and graduated cum laude form Albany Law Schol in 1998. She is a member of the Massachusetts Governor's Advisory Council on Refugees and Immigrants and has dedicated her career to immigration and naturalization issues.
Sut Jhally - professor of communication at the University of Massachusetts at Amherst, and founder and executive director of The Media Education Foundation in Northampton. He is one of the most popular teachers at the University of Massachusetts. Over the past ten years, Jhally has been the executive producer of more than twenty videos produced and distributed by the Media Education Foundation. He is co-editor of Cultural Politics in Contemporary America and has written broadly on issues of popular representation.
We regret that we do not have audio of Sut Jhally from the conference. The tape ran out during the taping of the panel on July 26th. We then taped his workshop but were not satisfied with the technical quality of the recording. We hope to interivew him and post it here.
Page created August 19, 2003 by Charlie Jenks; all photos © 2003 Charlie Jenks.