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 Blogs have been consolidated and the calendar has been archived for security reasons; all other links remain the same, and virtually all blog content remains intact.THIS SITE NO LONGER REFLECTS THE CURRENT AND ONGOING WORK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.
Traprock Peace Center is a regional organization through which neighbors collaborate for social change both nationally and locally. Together we explore non-violence and foster community. We also work to end war, promote communication, and take initiatives on environmental and justice issues. We work to illuminate, critique and change the militarism of our culture and replace it with respectful egalitarian forms. We find the public receptive to new ways of celebrating New Year's Day, Martin Luther King's Birthday, International Women's Day, July 4th, Gandhi's Birthday, Veteran's Day, and International Human Rights Day. Traprock Peace Center houses up to five people, office, and meeting space on beautiful Woolman Hill in Deerfield, Massachusetts (about two hours west of Boston and 25 minutes north of Amherst and Northampton).
Traprock offers one to four month internships throughout the year on a continuing application basis. Internships at Traprock offer an opportunity for immersion in the grassroots peace movement, as well as learning about the day-to-day operations of a community-based non-profit. Interns will also have an opportunity to select and develop a particular area of interest which fits with our mission and serves the public.
Basic qualifications of all internships include excellent interpersonal, verbal and written communication skills, and basic computer skills. Additional skills are needed for specific projects. See below for some possible project ideas.
Our first preference is for full time interns working 35 hours per week. We ask that college students who are eligible for federal work/study jobs inquire about whether their school can provide work/study funds for internships. A second option is to work 20 hours per week and find part time employment off-site. Interns working 20 hours a week or more are eligible to live at Traprock free of charge, as space permits. There is also the possibility of volunteer internships for fewer than 20 hours per week. All interns must be at least 18 years old.
To apply, please send a cover letter, resume, and four letters of recommendation (two from people you've worked with, and two from housemates) to Sunny Miller, Traprock Peace Center, , 413-773-7427. Phone calls are welcome.
Some Possible Project Ideas...
Recruit youth to the peace movement as effectively as the military recruits them to accept violence. Use media such as radio, community programming television, drama, and the arts to to develop effective strategies to promote nonviolence. Create, tape, edit, and publicize community programs surrounding these issues at local area cable stations. Enter competitions if interested. Additional Qualifications: public relations, marketing, and computer skills.
Organize a network of area educators. Develop a listing of community resources available for school programs such as books, tapes, and guest lecturers. Additional Qualification: knowledge of training and education, organizing ability and computer skills.
Assist all officers of the Core Group (board of directors). Call interested volunteers to become involved in community meetings. Assist the director in office duties which promote peace and justice. Coordinate a network of volunteers. Additional Qualifications: outgoing, friendly communicator, and computer skills.
Alternative Technologies Specialist
Study, propose, and implement changes to make the peace center more energy efficient and/or wheelchair accessible. Compare investment and savings. Describe health and environmental implications. Additional Qualifications: knowledge of alternative technologies, facility using tools. Experience designing and drafting landscape and interior plans a plus.
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