grassrootspeace.org

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 Blogs have been consolidated and the calendar has been archived for security reasons; all other links remain the same, and virtually all blog content remains intact.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.

War on Truth  From Warriors to Resisters
Books of the Month

The War on Truth

From Warriors to Resisters

Army of None

Iraq: the Logic of Withdrawal

See Advisory on deletion of endthewar website

EndTheWar Website Taken - Index Saved

Saved Member Index of National Network to End the War Against Iraq
(with international links)

International 

Canada

Europe

US Organizations

Advisory on the deletion/redirection of the endthewar website.

July 10, 2005

The "Education for Peace in Iraq Center" (EPIC) has taken the endthewar website and redirected all of endthewar's visitors to EPIC's web domain. Endthewar was the website name of the National Network to End the War Against Iraq. Reportedly, EPIC 'owned' the domain name for endthewar and recently asked that the website return to EPIC's control.

A substantial historical record of the grassroots antiwar movement has been made inaccessible through the endthewar site (material is retrievable temporarily through Google's caches). Over 350 grassroots organizations belonged to the national network. The endthewar.org site contained a database of contact information for all of these groups - names, addresses, emails and websites. All of this is not longer available through the endthewar url. Traprock was given one day's notice that the site was being shut down. We objected to the web manager and scrambled to save what we could of the site. We were able to save the membership database. This is an invaluable resource for horizontal networking of grassroots organizations. You may access the saved index at http://www.grassrootspeace.org/endthewar_member_index.html

On the page that EPIC erected to explain what has happened, EPIC gives itself much credit for NNEWAI's formation. We do not dispute EPIC's account of NNEWAI's formation as we have no personal knowledge of those events. Whatever role EPIC had at one time, however, NNEWAI became an independent national grassroots network of local organizations. It was not controlled by EPIC, at least as of 2003. Traprock, in fact, became the fiscal sponsor for the NNEWAI under 501 c 3 during 2003 and for 2004, taking over from one of the grassroots organizations. Traprock took on this role as a service at the request of NNEWAI's national coordinating committee. (Traprock did not control the work of the Network but did participate in some national initiatives. For example, Traprock initiated the February 15, 2004 international candlelight vigil for peace, which the Network sponsored as an international project.)

While it is true that the Network did not coordinate national actions or events during the latter part of 2004 and into 2005, I am informed by a national coordinator that the Coordinating Committee did not disband the Network. Neither did the Network give formal approval to a name change, as indicated by EPIC. And, while its web manager stopped updating the website in October, 2004, the site remained an invaluable resource. EPIC itself acknowledges that endthewar.org had - and I am quoting EPIC - "incredible resources."

This being the case, how could EPIC justify taking the important website and replacing its "incredible resources" with a single page that 'explains' what happened and ends with a pitch tp join EPIC? Many websites linked to endthewar.org and no doubt hundreds of people a day go to endthewar.org looking for its resources. Activists, historians, writers and the public have suffered a tremendous loss.

It is an easy matter to host a web site's content if you already host a website. There is no good reason to keep this important material offline. Traprock is willing to host the entire site if it becomes available.

A Note:

EPIC recently has come under fire within the antiwar movement for supporting the continued occupation of Iraq by US forces. (EPIC says it's position is to bring a "responsible end" to the occupation. Many activists and organizations - including Traprock - consider this position to amount to its support for continued occupation.) Traprock covered an important debate on this topic sponsored by Brooklyn Parents for Peace. Anthony Arnove (noted author and member of editorial board of the International Socialist Review) and Alex Ryabov (a founding member of Iraq Veterans Against the War) challenged EPIC's position, as represented by Eric Gustafson. You may hear the debate, download the transcript and see photos at
http://www.grassrootspeace.org/iraq_debate_06april05.html

EPIC criticized Traprock for its characterization of the debate. Judge for yourself; it is what it is. Please listen to it or read the transcript (the audio captures audience reactions).

ISR's recent editorial on the debate over the occupation, and about the Brooklyn debate in particular, can be found at http://www.isreview.org/issues/41/editorial.shtml

A temporary way access endthewar.org's pages is through following links to Google's cached pages at http://www.google.com/search?hl=en&lr=&sa=G&q=site:endthewar.org

And again, the membership database has been saved at http://www.grassrootspeace.org/endthewar_member_index.html

Charles Jenks
Traprock Peace Center


EPIC's Explanation of endthewar.org's demise
as of July 11, 2005 - as found at http://www.endthewar.org

"EndTheWar - A Brief History"

"The National Network to End the War Against Iraq grew out of a series of National Organizers Conferences on Iraq that EPIC initiated with the support of other national organizations. At the Second National Organizers Conference in Denver, Colorado, conference participants came together to form the network in February 2001. When the network was first formed, the Education for Peace in Iraq Center (EPIC) contributed seed funding and the EndTheWar domain name. Over 350 grassroots peace and justice groups in 48 states - all working to support peace and improve humanitarian conditions in Iraq - had joined the Network by the summer of 2003, at which time the name was changed to the National Grassroots Peace Network.

While the network lasted, it provided a vibrant forum for grassroots activists and local organizations to share resources and coordinate activities among progressive communities across the country. If you were part of the network or appreciated the incredible resources it provided, we encourage you to contact EndTheWar webmaster Michael Zmolek (see below) to express your support. Although the network is no longer active, he and other network members continue to advance progressive causes, including the effort to bring peace to Iraq.

To contact EndTheWar webmaster Michael Zmolek about www.endthewar.org, NNEWAI/NGPN, or affiliated projects, email endthewar@endthewar.org. By phone: (301) 270-4858 or toll free at (888) 363-2927.

To continue efforts to bring peace to Iraq, we hope that you'll take a look at one of the organizations that helped support the network from its inception. With the support of more than 25,000 email subscribers, the Education for Peace in Iraq Center has worked to advance peace, human rights and democracy in Iraq since 1998. EPIC works closely with Iraqi Americans, veterans, aid workers, and other Americans who have served or lived in Iraq.

We invite you to join us today by clicking here."

[EPIC]



 

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