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 Blogs have been consolidated and the calendar has been archived for security reasons; all other links remain the same, and virtually all blog content remains intact.THIS SITE NO LONGER REFLECTS THE CURRENT AND ONGOING WORK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.
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(We don't agree with EVERYTHING on these sites. Much we do agree with, or find compelling. We do think its important to have a strong alternative media to counter the concentration of media in the hands of powerful interests in the US.)
Information Clearing House - A tremendous (Traprock's words) independent media source. It is one person's effort to correct the distorted perceptions provided by commercial media. It is non-commercial, funded by readers contributions. and grew out of personal frustration and anger at the failure of traditional commercial media to inform the American public, especially as it relates to US foreign policy. It is a source of unreported (or under reported) news from around the globe and an effort to provide more depth and understanding to current issues. The site is the work of one person, a private individual who is not affiliated iwth any particular political party nor funded by any group.
Uruknet.info - News from occupied Iraq, this site, based in Italy, is one of the most important international news sites covering the war and occupation.
Socialist Worker - Weekly newspaper of the International Socialist Organization, which strives to "mobilize opposition to all forms of oppression and exploitation. The ISO believes that capitalism produces poverty, racism, famine, environmental catastrophe and war. By getting involved in struggles big and small, the ISO aims to build with others a society where we all have control over our lives. We believe another world is possible."
FLASHPOINTS! Radio - Terrific audio resources with links to the entire Pacific Network. This is in-depth investigative news radio for the world produced live every weekday airing at 5 PM Pacific Time at 94.1 Berkeley, California USA
Robert-Fisk.com - This Website is mainly dedicated to articles by Robert Fisk - Middle East correspondent for Independent Newspaper UK. In addition to his writings, you'll find a superb collection of photos of the Iraqi victims of war and links to a wealth of other resources.
The Traveling Soldier On-Line - Telling the truth - about the occupation, the cuts to veterans benefits, or the dangers of depleted uranium - is the first reasonTraveling Soldier is necessary. But we want to do more than tell the truth; we want to report on the resistance to those on top - whether its in the streets of Baghdad, New York, or inside the armed forces.
The Agonist - Daily commentary that is thoughtful, global and timely.
Lefthook.org - "Left Hook is dedicated to publishing the news and views of the new generation, including political commentary and analysis, ground reports from activists around the country, interviews and reviews, historical and theoretical contributions, and cultural contributions such as poems, short stories, and progressive artwork. We hope that by being a center of ongoing readership and discussion of the burning political issues of our age, we can contribute to building greater levels of understanding, cohesiveness, education, and solidarity amongst our generation." See Interviewing the Student Antiwar Movement.
GreenLeft Weekly - Green Left Weekly is Australia's radical weekly newspaper. Green Left Weekly aims to provide a much-needed forum for discussion and debate about changing the world. By giving a voice to progressive ideas, by sharing a wide range of views, by linking issues, campaigns and activists, and by letting people know how they can join with others to take action for change, the paper contributes to the development of a more just and democratic world.
therawstory - alternative news - strong antidote to neo-con dominated news services.
Whatreallyhappend.org - Speechless is a word to describe one's reaction to the breadth and timeliness of the news links on this site. We also like this site for it's linking to the source material directly, rather than copying other's work and reprinting it wholesale under 'fair use.' (Traprock uses 'fair use' at times, generally for media articles with links that will expire (due to the media source's subscription plans or placing the materials in archives folders after a period of time.) Some of it is controversial (e.g. 9/11 conspiracy material). This is what freedom of speech looks like.
Awakened Woman - News and inspiration for women who want to change the world!
RadicalRadio.org - Alternative news, political discourse and commentary.
Online Writers Against War was founded by its editor, freelance-writer Ani Corné, in an attempt to gather 'kindred spirits' in an on-line journal/forum. The website www.writers-against-war.org provides anti-war articles, commentaries and photo material for free reading. It also serves as an incentive for all readers to become more active in speaking out against war.
U.N. Observer & International Report - a leading international journal of news and opinion.
Commondreams - A leading source of important news stories and opinion that do not get the mainstream media attention they deserve. We'd prefer they link directly to the news item rather than to the news organization - would make it easier to find original.
Institute for Public Accuracy (IPA) - founded by Norman Soloman, this organization specializes in its superb media advisories of experts available for interviews on the issues of the day. These experts aren't always on the nightly news, but should be. They'r not spin doctors for the Administration. Kudos to Sam Husseini as well.
Circular Movement - (CM) is a social, artistic, and political collective whose goal is to contribute to the struggle against imperialism, oppression, social and economic injustice, political corruption, exploitation of religion, and the destruction of the environment.
Joe Public Films - Joe Public Films is an independent video & filmmaking resource that is committed to exposing under-reported human rights-related news stories from around the world, at any and every available level of media, from grassroots screenings to broadcast television.
Robert C. Koelher's Common Wonders - Robert Koehler, an award-winning, Chicago-based journalist, is an editor at Tribune Media Services and nationally syndicated writer.
- commentary. In a time of revisionism, faux-semblant, spinning news and skewed information, Swans is about thinking, questioning, observing and providing a forum for ideas that is lacking in the mainstream media.
The Cat's Dream - is a small, independent and progressive production company that believes in the use of art and knowledge for political and social changes and not as shadows of power. The Cat's Dream has produced XXI Century, an independent documentary film by Gabriele Zamparini & Lorenzo Meccoli, featuring: Noam Chomsky, Gore Vidal, Howard Zinn, Arno Mayer, Amnesty International, Human Rights Watch, Scott Ritter, Susan Sarandon, September Eleventh Families for Peaceful Tomorrows, Nelson Mandela, Jesse Jackson, Desmond Tutu, The Nation, Ramsey Clark, Danny Glover, Angela Davis, Jessica Lange, Greg Palast, Ossie Davis, American Civil Liberties Union, Indymedia, Al Sharpton, Pete Seeger, Harry Belafonte, Democracy Now!, Veterans for Peace, United for Peace and Justice, FAIR, Pacifica Foundation, International Physicians for the Prevention of Nuclear War, MediaChannel, Not in Our Name, International ANSWER and many other voices of dissent.
Fairness and Accuracy in Reporting (FAIR) - a primary media watchdog organization.
Unknown News - "At Unknown News, we believe in liberty and justice for all, so of course, we oppose many US government policies.
We present a daily round-up of "unknown news" from credible sources, along with intelligent (we try!) commentary and dialogue on current events. Unlike CNN and your daily newspaper, Unknown News is not "fair and impartial, objective journalism," because we'll never pretend not to care. We are deeply concerned about fading freedoms in America, and US foreign policy that exports death instead of liberty." Informative, opinionated, fun and an incredible array of alternative media and cultural links.
TvNewsLies.org - focuses on corporate broadcast media. How does it deceive viewers? How has it helped the US Administration? With breaking news, analysis and bountiful resources on important issues.
Democracy Now - Amy Goodman interviews and DemNow's coverage of breaking news are daily staples of the peace and justice movement.
AlterNet.org - is a project of the Independent Media Institute, a nonprofit organization dedicated to strengthening and supporting independent and alternative journalism. First launched in 1998, AlterNet's online magazine provides a mix of news, opinion and investigative journalism on subjects ranging from the environment, the drug war, technology and cultural trends to policy debate, sexual politics and health issues. The AlterNet article database includes more than 7,000 stories from over 200 sources.
BigEye.Com - alternative media site with loads of links to alternative and mainstream media.
Cursor.org - renowned 'media patrol'
WMassIndyMedia.org - "Be the media!" A local gem in Western Massachusetts and a portal to the amazing world-wide IndyMedia.
Stanislaus Connections - a Modesto Peace/Life Center publication. This organization works for "peace, justice and a sustainable environment." Connections publishes an outstanding monthly journal - both hard copy and on-line.
The Nation - "unconventional wisdom since 1865."
Caduceus.info - Caduceus opens the door between healing, ecology, science and spirituality - exploring holistic medicine, spiritual evolution, environmental issues and personal growth. It gives a voice to the community of healers, seekers and 'world workers'. Described as 'a beacon of inspiration and information', it investigates critical issues ahead of mainstream media, searches out pioneers who are lighting the way for humanity, honours those who serve, and keeps readers up to date with developments worldwide.
Golshan Site - Large index of compilation of articles broken down by subject, with other resouces.
Arab Media Watch - It's goal is to tackle what it sees as a "traditional bias, ignorance and misunderswtanding in the British media regarding Arab issues. It has great resources on British media.
Truthout - Original content with William Rivers Pitt commentaries and reports, with lots of timely reprinted news and opinion. Nice feature is that its reprints give links to the original articles, not merely to the originating organization. Where are the links, though, to other alternative news sources?
War Times - is produced to help broaden and deepen peace efforts by compiling information and analysis, and putting them into the hands of large numbers of readers.
Fairness and Accuracy in Reporting (FAIR) - working to ensure what it says, and it has a listing of media resources, and links.
See Special On Going Report: Iraq in Sunday Herald
In These Times - a national, biweekly magazine of news and opinion. For 25 years it has provided groundbreaking coverage of the labor movement, environment, feminism, grassroots politics, minority communities and the media. Nominated for a 2001 Alternative Press Award for "Best Political Coverage."
No U Turn Radio - progressive analysis of public affairs issues scholars, environmentalists social critics, historians, politicians & activists
Fallout Shelter News - Florida based independent media center. Plentiful resources and links.
The Free Media Network is a "cooperatively run group of media activists that have come together to provide the growing global movement against capitalism with radical and cohesive coverage." We like what they say about Traprock Peace Center - "Based in Deerfield, MA, they work with Iraq related issues, ending the sanctions and bombings, and other importiant stuff."
Peace and Justice Resources (of alternativevideo.com) - offers a good set of alternative media links.
Barry Crimmins - political satirist for peace
FlyBy News - electronic news service.
March 12, 2005 - page created by Charlie Jenks