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 Blogs have been consolidated and the calendar has been archived for security reasons; all other links remain the same, and virtually all blog content remains intact.THIS SITE NO LONGER REFLECTS THE CURRENT AND ONGOING WORK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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Personal Sites and Blogs
Camilo Mejia - Visit this site to learn more about this hero. "On May 21, 2004, 28-year-old Sgt. Camilo Mejia was sentenced to one year in prison for refusing to return to fight in Iraq. Camilo spent six months in combat in Iraq, then returned for a 2-week furlough to the US. There he reflected on what he had seen, including the abuse of prisoners and the killing of civilians. He concluded that the war was illegal and immoral, and decided that he would not return. In March 2004 he turned himself in to the US military and filed an application for conscientious objector status." He was released from the military prison on February 15, 2005.
Brian Willson - Brian is one of the most highly respected peace activists in the US. A Vietnam veteran, he has laid his life on the line to stop violence, losing both his legs when he laid down on tracks to stop a shipment of arms to Contra rebels. Instead of slowing, the train sped up. Brian has written and spoken widely against violence. He wrote a book on US military aid to Mexico that was being used against the people of Chiapas. On the day of this writing (February 20, 2004, he was interviewed by Amy Goodman on Democracy Now. Brian is an American hero and a peacemaker of the first order. [comments by Charlie Jenks] His site "contains essays describing the incredible historic pattern of U.S. arrogance, ethnocentrism, violence and lawlessness in domestic and global affairs, and the severe danger this pattern poses for the future health of Homo sapiens and Mother Earth. Other essays discuss revolutionary, nonviolent alternative approaches based on the principle of radical relational mutuality."
Stan Goff - "Feral Scholar" blog, on topics including imperialism, military, gender, race & nation, ecology & env justice, energy, war, repression & resistance, and class.
Dennis Kyne - is a military veteran who served for fifteen years in the US Army, and over a year on the front lines of Gulf War I as a battlefield medic. He has seen first-hand the effects of Depleted Uranium (DU) weapons and PB Tablets. Dennis speaks nationally on DU and antiwar issues.
The Agonist - A supreme blog - daily commentary that is thoughtful, global and timely.
Gooselove - i'm excited to be part of the wonderful group of people that enjoy folk poetry and endeavor in humanist missions. the folks that gather at folk poetry celebrations are an awesome group of thinkers, activists, teachers and peace-makers from whom i've learned much about how to be the participant i wish to be; how to be the change i wish to see. i'm grateful to offer celebrations to the community through folk poetry as an excuse to gather and exchange merriment and ideas. ~ gooselove
[Traprock note: Gooselove is a very popular poet in Western Mass who has touched cords nationally. He was a featured poet at the Festival of Peace offered on April 5, 2003 by Washington, DC students and the Campus Antiwar Network.
- Creating the New Church for the New Age - the new fantastic, glorious realm of abundance, joy, wisdom, beauty love, truth, peace, justice and freedom. Personal website and blog of a peace activist and retired minister.
Reverend Billy- "Come Join brothers and sisters, come now, say all that you can. Put down those shopping bags, raise up your free hands and tell the manboy in Washington that you will have none of it..." Theater with a message and a choir. Also annotated "Links of Resistance."
Eschaton (blog) - one of the important ones. It has a nice list of blog links.
Jerry E. Smith - Author and Lecturer - Description: Information on the High-frequency Active Auroral Research Project (HAARP), a potentially dangerous military science program; Jerry E. Smith's book on HAARP; links to other sites of interest to activists and researchers; an archive of articles he has written; back issues of his newsletter; more.
Laurina's Homepage at Virtual Tourist - here's a way to reach mainstream audiences. She gives peavelogues of her travels, with emphasis on Palestine. Insightful and fun.
turningtables - the is the famous US GI blog on, and from, Iraq.
Old Hippie Chick - provocative 'rants'. See also Cougage for Caregivers - news and information to uplift those who care for disabled loved ones.
Dewey Family in Deerfield - Western Mass family for peace, with photos as well as SGI Buddhist and local links.
Living Life to the Fullest - Now the follow-on question we need to ask ourselves is a central one. How can we, as individuals, best live to our fullest potential in this world of love/hate and openness/deceit and despair/hope? How do we reconcile such apparent inconsistencies?
March 12, 2005 - page created by Charlie Jenks