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 Blogs have been consolidated and the calendar has been archived for security reasons; all other links remain the same, and virtually all blog content remains intact.THIS SITE NO LONGER REFLECTS THE CURRENT AND ONGOING WORK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.
See also Christopher Pyle at conference
Frank Serpico July 25, 2003 Keynote Address to Civil Liberties Conference -
"Protecting Our Civil Liberties - the Core of Democracy"
"Take back the nation, take back our liberties and our democracy." - Frank Serpico
Avaiable as MP3 Audio (34.15 min) - http://grassrootspeace.org/AudioCivilLibertiesConference/SerpicoKeynote.mp3
48 bit mono (a higher bit or stereo version can be made available if necessary for radio air play. Please contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org Audio © 2003 Charles Jenks; all rights reserved. Audio may be replayed on radio and websites for non-profit, non-commercial and non-fee generating use with attribution and notice to Charles Jenks at email@example.com
Serpico's presentation is insightful with humor. He received a well deserved standing ovation at the end. The audio includes brief introductions with several Q's and A's:
Greenfield Community College President Bob Pura introduces Sunny Miller, Executive Director of Traprock Peace Center, who in turn introduces Serpico. He follows his remarks with a few questions and answers. (The questions have been edited out as the audio pick-up was not sufficient - the answers are included). The presentation had mimimal editing, e.g. Pura's introduction was cut short for the sake of time and an extended applause for Serpico at the beginning was shortened. A special Q and A session on July 26th (similar in length to this address) will be available on this page by August 3rd.
Frank Serpico, former NYC detective, whistle blower, and advocate for high principles in public service, gave the Keynote Adrress to the July 25-26 Civil LIberties Confence at Greenfield Community College.
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.
He likens corruption that he has battled to corruption in high places that has led the US into a war with Iraq while trampling on the civil liberties of American citizens. He calls for a 'hue and cry' by citizens to "Take back the nation, take back our liberties and our democracy."
Traprock Peace Center and the Greenfield Community College Response Initiative collaborated on a weekend - July 25-26 - civil liberties conference that brought over 140 registered participants for presentations and how-to workshops, followed by a plenary session on action planning. (Photo ©2003 Charles Jenks)
The following groups co-sponsored: Interfaith Council of Franklin County; W. Mass A.C.L.U.; Pax Christi USA; All Souls Church Social Action Committee; Conscious Communications Institute; Amherst Human Rights Commission; Peace Development Fund; Charboneau Learning Center; SAGE Committee; World Learning/ School for International Training; WMass A.F.S.C.; Greensboro Justice Fund; Sierra Club - WMass Chapter.
Also available as RealAudio for slow bandwidths - http://grassrootspeace.org/AudioCivilLibertiesConference/SerpicoKeynote.ram
See http://grassrootspeace.org/civilliberties.html for more information on the Conference.
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