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 Blogs have been consolidated and the calendar has been archived for security reasons; all other links remain the same, and virtually all blog content remains intact.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

Caecilie Buhmann, Nuclear Weapons Inheritance Project, on
"People's Movements, Citizen Diplomacy and a Hope for the Future"
and
David Keppel address, to be given on August 4, 2004, in Bloomington, IN
"New Nukes, New Wars"

See below, calendar of local Hiroshima/Nakasaki events

See also "The Pain of Hiroshima" poem below and Hiroshima-Nagasaki Days Links

FRANKLIN COUNTY MOURNS THE BOMBING OF HIROSHIMA AND
REFLECTS ON THE HUMAN COSTS OF ALL WARS AND OCCUPATIONS

 

On August 6, Franklin County will be joining other communities throughout the Valley holding events in remembrance of the 59th anniversary of the U.S. bombing of the Japanese cities of Hiroshima and Nagasaki.
 
Our local commemoration will begin with a Peace Party for ages 7 to adult at 2:00 p.m. at the Greenfield Public Library.  Participants will create cards and drawings as peace messages for children and families in war zone, hear and share peace stories, get a chance to decorate a T-shirt for peace, and have their picture taken with a peace message for posting on the world wide web.
 
A three-part remembrance event will begin with a vigil and speak-out from 4:30-5:30 p.m. on the Greenfield Town Common.  This will be followed by a get-together at the Second Congregational Church on Court Square from 5:30-6:30 p.m.  Contributions of light dishes or beverages would be appreciated, and can be brought to the Church any time after 4 p.m. The evening will conclude with a procession up Main Street to Miles Street for a music and dance commemoration at Energy Park from 7-8:30 p.m.  Featured performers will include dancers Alicia Morton, Cynthia James, and Bonnie Wodin; and musicians Christopher Stetson, Mary Ellen Miller, Elric Walker, Christina Grinnell and Friends, and the Thundermoon Choir, under the direction of Katie Tolles.  Those attending are reminded that no dogs, other than service dogs, are allowed at Energy Park.  Participants are encouraged to bring bells, drums, or shakers for the procession, and should bring chairs or blankets for the performance. 
 
There is no charge for any of these events, and all are welcome to attend.  For more information, please call Susan Dorazio at 367-9356, Mary Siano at 773-3485, or the Traprock Peace Center at 773-7427.


Hiroshima -Nagasaki Days,

The Human Cost of War, Calls for a Remedy

August 5-9, 2004Connecticut Valley groups are creating a variety of events on the 59th
anniversary of the atomic bombings of Hiroshima and Nagasaki from August
5-9, with stirring words and calls for action in area towns.   

Easthampton Aug. 5
Greenfield, Friday Aug. 6
Springfield, Saturday Aug.7
Northampton, Sunday Aug. 8
Northampton Monday Aug. 9

In Easthampton on Thursday, August 5, American Friends Service Committee
brings an exhibit traveling the country, called, "Eyes Wide Open."
Educational displays and opportunities for action arrive in an 18-foot
truck from Chicago. Call Jo Comerford at 413 584-8975 to help set up or
take down this compelling exhibit.

In Greenfield (see more detail above) on Friday, August 6, there will be and Peace Party for ages
7-107 at 2:00 pm at the Greenfield Public Library. Create cards and
drawings as peace messages to children and families in war zones. Hear a
peace story, Bring a T-shirt to decorate for peace.
Join a vigil and speak-out on the Town Common from 4:30-5:30 p.m.
Bring your "NO NUKES" message or favorite quote? Join a potluck dinner,
5:30-6:30, at Second Congregational Church, Court Square (next to Town
Hall). From 7-8PM enjoy music and dance commemoration at the Energy Park
with Charlie King, Karen Brandau and others. Bring chairs or blankets;
(no dogs, other than service dogs, allowed) For information contact
Susan Dorazio, 367-9356 or Traprock Peace Center. 773-7427.

In Springfield on Saturday, August 7, the Arise Peace Committee will
sponsor an event. For information call Michael Lindberg at Arise, 413
734-4948.

In Northampton on Sunday, August 8, 6:30-9:00, the Nonviolence
Roundtables, a weekly discussion group meeting in the parlor of First
Churches will see and discuss the video, "Invisible War: Depleted Uranium
and the Politics of Radiation." The public is asked to use side door on
Center Street. For information call Sally Weiss, 413 584-9887 or
Traprock Peace Center 773-7427.

In Northampton on Monday, August 9, American Friends Service Committee
will host the exhibit "Eyes Wide Open" and hope to conclude the day with
a lantern floating ceremony. Thank you for contacting and supporting
local groups working for peace and justice. See Western Mass AFSC calendar and scroll down to "One Time Events" for full area calendar of "Eyes Wide Open" events.


Hiroshima ki peeda
(translation below)


-- Atal Bihari Vajpayee

http://www.cs.ucsb.edu/~acha/politics/vajpayee-hiroshima.htmlkisi raat ko (site not working)


meri neeNd achaanak uchaT jaati hai,
aaNkh khul jaati hai,
maiN sochne lagtaa huN ki
jin vaigyaanikoN ne anu astroN kaa
aavishkaar kiyaa thaa:
ve hiroshimaa-naagaasaaki ke bheeshan narsanhaar ke samaachaar sunkar,
raat ko soye kaise honge?....kyaa unhe ek kshan ke liye sahi,
yeh anubhuti hui ki unke haathoN jo kuch huaa,
acchaa nahi huaa?
yadi hui, to vakt uNhe katghare meiN khaDaa nahi karegaa.
kintu yadi nahi hui to itihaas unhe kabhi
maaf nahi karegaa.

-------------------------

Translation:

The Pain of Hiroshima


-- Atal Bihari Vajpayee

Some nights,
My sleep disappears.
My eyes don't stay shut.
I think about
The scientists who invented nuclear weapons:
After hearing about the massacre at Hiroshima-Nagasaki,
How did they ever go to sleep?.... Did they, even for a moment,
Feel that what took place by their hand
Was not Right?
If they did, then Time will not place them in the dock.
But if they didn't, history will never
Forgive them.


July 29, 2004 - page created by Charlie Jenks



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