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 Blogs have been consolidated and the calendar has been archived for security reasons; all other links remain the same, and virtually all blog content remains intact.THIS SITE NO LONGER REFLECTS THE CURRENT AND ONGOING WORK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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National US and UK Organizations (including groups with chapters)
and Campaigns to End War or Assist its Victims
(these are in no particular order and we change it around on occasion. All are important organizations.)
Campus Antiwar Network - The leading national student antiwar network in the US. It is distinguished by its qualities of being independent, democratic, transparent and grassroots. It has over 100 chapters coast to coast and has done remarkable work during 2004-05 on counter-recruitment, with actions across the nation. See the updated historical indices for recent events and history, as well as its website. It has called for College Not Combat counter-recruitment contingents in the September 24, 2005 marches in DC and San Francisco, and a national student conference on counter-recruitment in San Francisco from October 22-23, 2005. Go here for details.
International Socialist Organization - The ISO "is dedicated to fighting for a world free of all exploitation, racism and sexual oppression a society whose productive resources are democratically owned and controlled by the working-class majority, and where human need replaces capitalist greed."
VETERANS FOR PEACE - is a non-profit 501 (c) (3) educational and humanitarian organization dedicated to the abolishment of war. VFP was founded in 1985 by ex-service members committed to sharing the horrors they experienced. Membership is comprised of veterans from all wars spanning from the Spanish Civil War to the Gulf War. These members are distributed amongst 86 nationwide chapters, and dozens of international affiliations. Sunny Miller, Traprock's Executive Director, is a member of VFP and Eric Wasileski, a Core Group member, is President of the Wally Nelson Chapter in Western Massachusetts.
Voices in the Wilderness - Incomparable organization in its bringing citizen delegations to Iraq. "Since its founding in 1996, Voices in the Wilderness has campaigned to end economic and military warfare against the Iraqi people. We have done this by organizing over seventy delegations to Iraq in deliberate violation of UN economic sanctions and US law. We have lived alongside ordinary Iraqis before and during the US invasion and throughout the current US occupation of Iraq. In defiance of the sanctions, we publicly delivered modest amounts of medical supplies to children and families in need; our primary focus has always been ordinary Iraqi civilians and the most vulnerable of Iraqi society, especially children. We have witnessed this ongoing warfare through the everyday lives of families we have come to know as friends."
Iraq Veterans Against the War - New dynamic organization that may have a tremendous impact on ending the war.
"Iraq Veterans Against the War (IVAW) is a group of veterans from Operation Enduring Freedom and Operation Iraqi Freedom. We are committed to saving lives and ending the violence in Iraq by an immediate withdrawal of all occupying forces. We also believe that the governments that sponsored these wars are indebted to the men and women that were forced to fight them and must give their Soldiers, Marines, Sailors, and Airmen the benefits that are owed to them upon their return home. We welcome all active duty, reservist, and recent veterans into our ranks." Photo taken of returning veterans after Mike Hoffman (left) announced the founding of IVAW at the Veterans for Peace National Convention, July, 2004 in Boston. photo © 2004 Charles Jenks.
Military Families Speak Out - One of the most important US anti-war organizations, MFSO tried to stop the war before it started with its lawsuit, Doe v. Bush. "Military Families Speak Out is an organization of people who are opposed to war in Iraq and who have relatives or loved ones in the military. We were formed in November of 2002 and have contacts with military families throughout the United States, and in other countries around the world."
Military Families Against the War (UK)- Military Families Against the War is an organization of people directly affected by the war in Iraq. Our relatives and loved ones are members of the British Armed Services. We are opposed to the continuing involvement of UK soldiers in a war that is based on lies. We call on Tony Blair to withdraw our troops immediately. The soldiers in Iraq and their families at home have the most at stake in this conflict. For some of us, our loved ones have been killed in Iraq. Our brave men and women risk injury and death while our government continues an unjust war for political ends. We say quite simply this is wrong. Bring our Troops Home Now!
Vietnam Veterans Against War - Vietnam Veterans Against the War, Inc. (VVAW) is a national veterans' organization that was founded in New York City in 1967 after six Vietnam vets marched together in a peace demonstration. It was organized to voice the growing opposition among returning servicemen and women to the still-raging war in Indochina, and grew rapidly to a membership of over 30,000 throughout the United States as well as active duty GIs stationed in Vietnam. Through ongoing actions and grassroots organization, VVAW exposed the ugly truth about US involvement in Southeast Asia and our first-hand experiences helped many other Americans to see the unjust nature of that war.
Labour Against the War (UK) - Labour Against the War is the Labour Party and trade union campaign against military action against Afghanistan and neighbouring countries in the aftermath of 11.09.01. The most important labour/political anti-war site in the UK. It's Counter-Dossier (by Dr. Glen Rangwala and Alan Simpson, MP, was published in the UK by LATW and in the US by (on line and in booklet form) by Traprock Peace Center.
US Labor Against War - US Labor Against the War was established to encourage, support and give a national voice to the growing number of labor organizations that are registering their opposition to war in Iraq, the government assault on civil liberties and the joint government and corporate attack on worker and union rights.
Peace Action Peace Action (formerly SANE and The Freeze) is the nation's largest grassroots peace group. The group works against war and for a fundamental shift in US foreign policy. (Traprock worked with SANE and The Freeze on the nuclear freeze movement. Traprock's first director, Randy Kehler, went on to beomce national director of The Freeze.)
Global Exchange - Global Exchange is a membership-based international human rights organization dedicated to promoting social, economic and environmental justice around the world. Since our founding in 1988, we have successfully increased public awareness of root causes of injustice while building international partnerships and mobilizing for change.
Occupation Watch - An international coalition of peace and justice groups, together with Iraqi counterparts, has launched a Baghdad-based International Occupation Watch Center and the website www.occupationwatch.org.
Socialist Unity Network - network of activists which campaigns for the widest practical collaboration of left groups and movements.
Campaign Against Sanctions on Iraq (UK) - major international campaign aims to raise awareness of the effects of sanctions on Iraq, and campaigns on humanitarian grounds for the lifting of non-military sanctions. This site has been an indispensible resource as it has published previously undisclosed documents, such as UN reports on the impending humanitarian crisis in Iraq if a war occurs and the full transcript of the Gen. Hussein Kamel interview with UNSCOM. The site also includes an excellent lising of links to campaign groups.
Campaign for Nuclear Disarmament - CND campaigns non-violently to rid the world of nuclear weapons and other weapons of mass destruction and to create genuine security for future generations.
Save the War Children - organizes exhibitions of the works of Japanese photojournalist, Takashi Morizumi. The photos of this fine photographer deal with the horrors and ravages of war and economic sanctions in Iraq. The photo exhibition made its debut in the San Francisco Bay Area in 2002.
The Fellowship of Reconciliation is a major interfaith organization that uses education, training, coalition building and nonviolent action to promote nonviolence, peace and justice. Its members include Baptist, Buddhist Episcopal, Jewish, Muslim, and Orthodox Peace Fellowships. FOR has sponsored missions to Iraq, offers programs and publications, and sponsors the FOR Pfeffer Peace Prize the and Martin Luther King Jr. Award. See also The International FOR.
Families for Peaceful Tomorrows - is an advocacy organization founded by familiy members of September Eleventh victims. Its mission is to seek effective nonviolent responses to terrorism, and identify a commonality with all people similarly affected by violence throughout the world.
March 12, 2005 - page created by Charlie Jenks