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 Blogs have been consolidated and the calendar has been archived for security reasons; all other links remain the same, and virtually all blog content remains intact.THIS SITE NO LONGER REFLECTS THE CURRENT AND ONGOING WORK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.
October 11, 2002
Senator Kerry Locks Constituents Out of His Office
A contingent of western Massachusetts veterans and educators have been attempting to visit Senator Kerry's office since Wednesday's announcement that he now supports the war resolution. But repeated attempts on Wednesday and Thursday to get into the senator's Springfield office have yielded a curious response: A locked door and an aid telling them that they are not welcome in the Senator's office. Mike Vito, Senator Kerry's Co-State Director was willing to meet with constituents at length, but not at the office.
The group first encountered Senator Kerry's locked door at 4:15 on Wednesday afternoon, just hours after they heard the Senator's announcement. Previously, Kerry had repeatedly said that he opposed the White House resolution. Aids in his office, confirm that calls from constituents were overwhelmingly opposed to the war. Why then, the sudden change of heart? And why won't the senator even face his constituents to explain himself?
The group spent most of Thursday sitting on the floor outside of the Senator's locked office. Through the glass door emblazoned with the US Senate seal, they could see empty chairs in the Senator's waiting room, while his staff conducted business as usual behind locked doors.
Educators and neighbors from Franklin County will return again to Senator Kerry's office on Friday, 12:30-1:30, bringing statistics on the plight of veterans affected by Gulf War Syndrome, data, pictures and charts about deadly 'depleted' uranium manufactured into ordinance in Concord, MA, as well as the stories and pictures of Iraqi children suffering the effects of bombing and sanctions. As of May, 2002 the Veterans Administration says 159,000 vets are injured or disabled after their participation in the conflict with Iraq.
Senator Kerry's office is located at One Financial Plaza, (Court Square) 1350 Main Street, 12th Floor, Springfield.
For more information contact Eve Brown-Waite at 314-772-0043.
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