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 Blogs have been consolidated and the calendar has been archived for security reasons; all other links remain the same, and virtually all blog content remains intact.THIS SITE NO LONGER REFLECTS THE CURRENT AND ONGOING WORK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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Local (Western Mass and Southern New England) Organizations
(see also justiceandpeace.net for more WMass listings)
AFSC/Western Massachusetts - The Western Massachusetts office of the American Friends Service Committee ("AFSC") focuses on peace education and social justice through work on nonviolence training, study courses and dialogues on economic justice, campaigns against U.S. military intervention, and education and action to combat racism, classism, and homophobia. The AFSC is very active in regional peace and justice events, and it maintains a calendar of regional peace and justic events and a website with news, articles, and more. The AFSC emails an occasional newsletter listing events and often including articles of interest; to get this newsletter send email to firstname.lastname@example.org and type "add" in the subject line. Phone: 413-584-8975, Location: Florence, MA.
Jo Comerford, Program Coordinator, AFSC/Western Massachusetts and Sunny Miller, Director, Traprock Peace Center
New England (Leverett) Peace Pagoda - "The Peace Pagoda was built by young Americans led by Japanese monks and nuns of the Nipponzan Myohoji order of Buddhism. Pagoda, or stupas, are build to house relics of the Buddha and are common in Buddhist countries. NipponZan Myohoji is unusual among Buddhist order in that the ordained are not seeking personal salvation or enlightenment, but the removal of all weapons from the face of the earth." - (from the Peace Pagoda home page). The Peace Pagoda organized the international Interfaith Pilgrimage of the Middle Passage and co-sponsored with many groups, including the Traprock Peace Center, a pilgrimage across Massachusetts that brought attention to the prison reform or abolition. Recently, the Peace Pagoda worked with Traprock and others on a Peace Walk and No-Nukes Revival to commemorate Hiroshima Day and bring attention to the development of weapons and use of nuclear power in space. For more on the Peace Pagoda, see http://web.mit.edu/stclair/www/pagoda.html and http://www.spinninglobe.net/pclevpagoda.htm.
Arise for Social Justice - is a low-income rights, anti-oppression membership organization in western Massachusetts. Arise was started in 1985 by four women on Welfare who met around a kitchen table and decided to organize and advocate for their Rights. Arise has grown over the years. Currently we have an Economic Justice Committee, an Electorial Committee, a Peace Committee, "The VOICE", a Community Newspaper, and the W.I.S.E. Committee (Women In Support of Each Other).
Men's Resource Center of Western Massachusetts - The mission of the Men's Resource Center of Western Massachusetts is to support men, challenge men's violence, and develop men's leadership in ending oppression. We are a male-positive, profeminist, gay-affirmative, anti-racist social change organization. Programs include the Men Overcoming Violence program (domestic violence prevention), anger management classes (for men and women), drop-in men's support groups, youth groups and educational presentations, and Voice Male magazine. Information on all programs available at www.mensresourcecenter.org.
Agape Community - As lay Catholics, we attempt to supplant the missing dialogue in Christianity--a nonviolent vision on all life issues--including the current War on Terrorism, with ongoing dialogue and debate as to the meaning of the Sermon on the Mount in these times.
Amherst Peace Vigil - This vigal has been going every Sunday since July 14, 21979 on the Amerst, MA common fron noon to 1 pm. A Northampton vigil occurs every Saturday, 11:00 am to noon, in front of the Courthouse, Main Street, Northampton. People stand in sympathy and solidarity with innocent victims of war, terrorism and injustice...in America, and around the world. The Northampton Vigil is sponsored by the Northampton Committee to Life the Sanctions and Stop the Bombing in Iraq and the American Friends Service Committee of Western Massachusetts. For more information, call 413-584-0068 or 413-584-8975.
Northampton Committee to Stop the War on Iraq - Join our weekly vigils (6 years!), Saturdays, 11:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m., in front of the County Courthouse (on Main Street between Gothic and King), rain or shine. Vigils consist of 30 minutes of silence followed by 30 minutes of activity, all the while holding signs and passing out flyers.
The WARoNOke Peace Action Group - is an informal organization formed initially by individuals who came together on the green in downtown Westfield, Massachusetts to demonstrate their opposition to the Iraq war
Pax Educare - the Connecticut center for peace education. Pax Educare links educational and community practitioners (pre-K through higher education, scholars, activists, religious and community groups) and institutions to materials, curricula, research and training in peace and conflict studies including: nonviolence; mediation; cultural, gender and other issues around diversity; human rights; and ecology and the environment.
Valley Viewpoint - fostering community in the Pioneer Valley through knowledge, understanding and action. Great articles and links to area resources.
PeacePlans.com - based in the Berkshires of Western Massachusetts. Excellent links and local calendar.
UUPeaceWork - comprised of members and friends of the Unitarian Universalist Society of Greater Springfield, MA.
ItsAboutTheOil.org - "The Billboard Project" - an affiliate project of Traprock Peace Center as part of a campaign to stop war and provide education on oil dependence.
MothersAgainstWar - "a grassroots anti-war/peace organization for all mothers, families and friends who oppose war to settle national and international disputes."
The Footbag Mentors Project - an after-school, peer educational and recreational group inaugurated during the winter of 1995-96 to serve at-risk, Western Massachusetts teenagers.
Justice for Woody (VT activist killed by police)
Pioneer Valley 3D Directory - general directory of Western Mass organizations. A place for local organizations to post their site in order to gain greater exposure to the mainstream.
March 12, 2005 - page created by Charlie Jenks