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 Blogs have been consolidated and the calendar has been archived for security reasons; all other links remain the same, and virtually all blog content remains intact.THIS SITE NO LONGER REFLECTS THE CURRENT AND ONGOING WORK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.
Challenging the War: The Human Cost
Hear this great program. It is available for dowload for nonprofit use - replay or airing on radio.
Introductions - Harvest Aid and Letter to the Iraqi People with Jo Commerford, Ann Gibson and Randy Kehler.
mp3 audio - 8:58 minutes; 3.1 mb; RealAudio for dial-up
On November 10 at the First Congregational Church in Sunderland, MA, over 100 people heard Rick McDowell and Mary Trotochaud, AFSC Country Representatives to Iraq, give first-hand accounts to the devastation and uselessness of the war in Iraq, with a slide-show of images from Baghdad. This was part of the New England leg of their national speaking tour. Rick and Mary are past members of the Traprock Peace Center Core Group. photo © 2004 Charles Jenks
Before their presentations, Jo Commerford, Director of the Western Mass office of AFSC, introduced Ann Gibson and Randy Kehler.
Ann discussed the Harvest Aid initiative. Harvest Aid is a grassroots effort which grew out of an apology to Iraqi farmers whose fruit trees were bulldozed by US troops as an act of collective punishment. Working in collaboration with the Pioneer Valley USO, it has grown into a fundraising campaign for Iraqi farmers and the Pioneer Valley USO. Its mission has been to help support neighbors near and far who have been hurt by the war. Lots of local CSAs have participated.
Randy, who was Traprock's first director in 1979, spoke on the Letter to the Iraqi People campaign www.lettertotheiraqipeople.org - a grassroots Western Mass initiative that has resulted in the collection of over 13,000 signatures from every state on a letter of apology to the people of Iraq.
Rick and Mary were in Iraq recently and returned during the wave of kidnappings that included foreign aid workers. They showed a moving slide show of the people of Iraq. Rick spoke on the situation in Iraq and called for the end of US occupation now. Mary spoke on the people of Iraq, and the heavy price they have paid due to sanctions and war. An enthralling discussion followed, with Jo moderating.
Co-sponsors included: the Peace and Justice Group of the First Congregational Church of Sunderland, the Harvest Aid working group, the Letter to the Iraqi People working group, Western Massachusetts AFSC and Traprock Peace Center. With gratitude to colleagues at AFSC, Mary McClintock, Ann Gibson, Randy Kehler, Jo Comerford, Roger Conant, Rich Trenholm and other wonderful, committed neighbors pulling this together.
Ann Gibson, Jo Commerford, Randy Kehler and Mary McClintock
Rich Trenholm, past President of Traprock Peace Center, with Mary McClintock. photo © 2004 Charles Jenks
November 11, 2004 - page created by Charlie Jenks