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 Blogs have been consolidated and the calendar has been archived for security reasons; all other links remain the same, and virtually all blog content remains intact.THIS SITE NO LONGER REFLECTS THE CURRENT AND ONGOING WORK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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Primary Independent US and UK Peace Coalitions
and Independent Networks to end war
StoptheWar Coalition (UK)
A great coalition of groups in the United Kingdom working to end the war against Iraq. Traprock has worked with Stop the War in supporting sudent movements in the US and the UK and bringing a British student 'ambassador' to the national organizing conference of the Campus Anti-War Network on January 17, 2003. See Report and Photo Album of January 17, 2003 conference. We also worked with Stop the War in bringing Jeremy Corbyn, MP to the US for 4 days to participate in the national student conference, speak at the national rally against the war on January 18 and to meet with US peace organziers. See Jan. 18&19 PhotoAlbum and Meetings with US peace activists
United for Peace and Justice (US)
National US peace campaign, bringing together virtually every significant US peace organization that is committed to non-violence. One of two primary US coalitions that organize national actions.
Campus Anti-War Network (CAN) - National democratic, grassroots, independent, student-organized and run network of about 150 university and school anti-war member organizations and networks. This student network traces its roots to October 26, 2002, when large numbers of students meet in DC and San Francisco after anti-war rallies. CAN was formally created on January 17, 2003 during joint national conferences in DC and San Francisco. This effort deserves support and encouragement. It is democratic and serves its grassroots membership. Student and non-student networks and coalitions could learn something from CAN on these points. It is also thoroughly student-owned and operated with its own website, national coordinating committee, financial committee, and national and regional working committees. CAN has organized two national conventions in Chicago; a national day of action with large demonstrations across the nation on April 5, 2003; large student contingents in national demontrations, in collaboration with other organizations; two sets of regional conferences that have provided educational workshops and working groups to support educational campaigns and student organizing; and two national speaking tours, in collaboration with the Muslim Students Association. It has represented the US student movement at the 2003 European Social Forum; was selected to join an Occupation Watch/Global Exchange delegation to Iraq, and it is presenting at an upcoming (May, 2004) international youth convention in St. Petersburg, Russia. The students make the calls concerning their organization, work hard, are willing to work with others and are having a major impact. CAN was an organizer of the student feeder march on August 29, 2004 in NYC, and CAN students banished military recruiters from CUNY, twice in November. This site covered CAN's national convention in November, 2004 at Pace University. See the full index of CAN's history as covered by this site at http://www.grassrootspeace.org/student_activism.html
A.N.S.W.E.R. (US) - Act Now to Stop War and End Racism. The other of two primary US coaltions. It deserves credit for organizing huge national rallies before UFPJ was born, on October 25, 2002. And it continues to do so.
National Grassroots Peace Network (formerly National Network to End the War Against Iraq) - July, 2005 note: This website domain was taken back by its original owner. The content of this site - with its important history of the grassroots movement against the war on Iraq - has been deleted. Possibly, it will be reconstituted. It reflected a network of over 350 regional US peace organizations. It worked to end the war on Iraq and evolved into what its name implies - a national network of grassroots peace organizations. This was a "must see" website and a leading peace network while it was active. The network is not currently coordinating events nationally - it is possible that it will become active again.
Student Stop the War Coalition (UK) - its website promotes "an open and democratic anti-war movement." The site invites membership, with member message boards and news.
March 12, 2005 - page created by Charlie Jenks