Traprock Peace Action Report – update for October
GANDHI’s BIRTHDAY: Walk & Talk
at Traprock Peace Center, Deerfield
There are orders for the aircraft carrier Eisenhower and it’s
attendant fleet to be ready to deploy from Norfolk, Virginia, as
of October 1 … and they could arrive off the shores of IRAN as
early as October 21! http://www.traprockpeace.org
We celebrate Gandhi’s birthday with students during the day,
stand out with our signs over the highway in the afternoon,
then walk and talk on Woolman Hill, with a simple soup and
discussion afterwards. Let us enjoy the leaves and the smell
of this good earth. Our discussion:
What lessons do we still have to learn from Gandh’s experiments
with truth? How shall we do things differently?
If you google (Gandhi pledge of resistance) you’ll find a
chronicle of that first pledge of nonviolent resistance 100
years ago on September 11, 1906, in response to a proposal
that all Indians in the Transvall carry identification cards.
The proposed penalty for noncompliance was imprisonment
or deportation. Elders declared they would not submit to this
as 3,000 gathered to consider their options. Now Congress
expects us to submit to their vote for a national ID card
proposed to be in effect by May, 2008. Will this delay
in the proposed implementation tame your will to resist?
In South Africa, a miners’ strike and march mobilized 5-6,000.
They were promised only bread and sugar for weeks, as they
prepared to march at least 20 miles per day, as an army of
nonviolent resisters. Will our comforts and gadgets keep us
home tending house, tending shop? NO, we’ll be in the streets
— because we must. We’ll be on the phones — because we must.
Sunny Miller, 413 773-7427
“Love Will Guide Us Through the Dark Night.” ~~ Sally Rogers
Welcome back to friends Beth, Bob, Paki, Sister Claire and others
who have demonstrated before Congress our adamant, collective
call for an END to WAR. Thank you for bothering to go! In all 50
states, we’ve been calling. We’ve taken to the streets, to our
representatives offices, to the recruiting stations to insist and
that NO WAR be waged against Iran. http://www.declarationofpeace.org
Children, parents, elders, teachers … we have been signing our
declarations – committing to action for peace. I hope you will add
to the scroll we’re collecting, now 24 feet full of pledges. We will
gladly bring it to your school, fair, college or concert if you call –
It seems time to do things differently! Opportunity knocks!
Compassion can answer.
May falling leaves, and fallen lives move us to leave behind
any customary routines that make us unavailable and unanswering.
Anne Frank and the Nuremberg Principles require that we love
justice more than comfort. If fall draws you toward a cocoon,
let it be to gather yourself into a form for movement. May the
fires of love be lit in us all. May we encourage one another
with relentless kindness. Thanks John for folding newsletters.
Thank you Carlos, for sharing your story, and your son’s story.
(Alex Arredondo died in Iraq fighting in Najef on August 25, 2004.
Recorder, Sept. 25) We stand with you at Arlington East, at the Nat’l Seashore
on Cape Cod, Friday, October 13 (continues Sat. Oct. 14).
We’ll see you wearing a peace T-shirt, and speaking with each
and every neighbor in greeting. We’ll see you over the highway
holding a sign for Impeachment!
“Seemingly impossible discoveries will be made
in the field of non-violence.” MK Gandhi
On Mon. Oct. 2 – Gandhi’s Birthday
Peace & Social Justice Inaugural
Peace & Social Justice Program Open House
JOIN US! Help celebrate the new peace studies concentration
offered at Greenfield Community College, this Monday. This
year marks 100 years since Gandhi’s first pledge of nonviolent
Social Sciences Studio/East Building Room 115.
Information session begins at 11 a.m.
From Noon – 1 p.m. hear speakers:
Randy Kehler, legendary, local peace activist
Sunny Miller, Director, Traprock Peace Center
Jo Comerford, Western Mass AFSC
Music: Tom Neilson, songwriter & activist
1 p.m.-2 p.m. Informal Gathering with refreshments.
For further details, please contact Abbie Jenks at 775-1127.
(At 1:30 I expect to head out with
peace flags and signs, to hold them over
highway 91 just east of Greenfield Community
College. Will you dress in layers and join me?)
Mon. Oct. 2 – Gandhi’s Birthday
Walk in the woods at 5pm with ‘stone soup’ and discussion.
Meet at Traprock Peace Center, 1/2 mile south of Greenfield off Route 5& 10.
At 5 pm we invite you, please come for a walk on
Woolman Hill, followed by a simple pot-luck and
discussion at 6 pm. We can make ‘stone soup.’
Bring simple ingredients. Let us enjoy the
leaves, and the smell of this good earth.
Our discussion: What lessons do we still have to
learn from Gandh’s experiments with truth? And
how shall we respond to Woolman Hills felt need
for us to vacate these premises as of June 1? It
seems time to do things differently.
Tues. Oct. 3, “Sir, No Sir!”
at Greenfield Community College, Greenfield, MA
7 – 9 p.m. See this tremendous documentary film revealing
extensive resistance to the Vietnam War from within the U.S. military.
Further details, contact Abbie Jenks at 413 775-1127.
Wed. Oct. 4 – M.L.King & Civil Rights Movement
Arms Library, Bridge Street, Shelburne Falls, MA 7 pm –
1st documentary film in this series on “Active Nonviolence.”
See, “King: From Montgomery to Memphis.” Hear Harry Belafonte’s
eloquent homage to Martin Luther King, Jr. starts off this powerful
film about King and the U.S. Civil Rights Movement, 1954-68.
Comprised of rarely seen documentary footage including the
historic Montgomery, Birmingham, and Selma campaigns. 105 min.
For info, call 624-8858 or 625-9708. Followed by snacks & discussion.
Thurs. Oct. 5 – GCC Guantanamo Teach-In
Greenfield Community College will serve as the Franklin host for the
National Guantanamo Teach-In. Beginning at 8am Attorney Buz Eisenberg,
advocate for Guantanamo prisoners will speak to the Post-Constitution Era
in US History, followed by an open mike. Throughout the day important
speakers and panels will appear on a nationwide simulcast.
For more information contact GCC’s Garry Longe at 413 775-1843,
or Buz Eisenberg at 413 775-1116.
Thurs. Oct. 5 – STOP CLUSTER BOMBS,
Textron Demo, Wilmington, MA
We join the Northampton Committee to Stop the War in Iraq at
Textron Systems, producers of the Cluster Bomb at their factory at 201
Lowell Street (Route 129) in Wilmington, MA.
Thursday, Oct. 5th from 11:30 am to 2:00 pm.
Say NO to this cruel antipersonnel weapon that our government sold
to Israel for use in Lebanon and Palestine. We have also used them
in Afghanistan and Iraq.
We will vigil and leaflet the workers as they go to and from the plant
at lunch time and across the street at the strip mall. Bring signs.
Textron is off 93, just north of 128. Take exit 38, Route 129/ Reading,
Wilmington and go west towards Wilmington. Textron is on the left,
just past the 2nd traffic light at Woburn Street. Stay in the right lane
for the first traffic light at West Street.
Parking is available for patrons at the Lucci shopping center on your
left just before Woburn Street. There is also another smaller shopping
area on the north side of the street.
Please come and meet us there or call to car pool.
Information; Frances Crowe, 413-586-4950 in Northampton, MA or by email:
In Greenfield we meet at 9:30 am, behind Green Fields Market
on Main Street. Please choose parking farthest from the stores.
Help us hold banners: “Spare the Innocents”
“Healthcare, not Warfare!” “100 Ways to Peace” etc.
What shall we do differently? LOTS!
Fri. Oct. 6 – The Power of Community”
Wide Angle Films, Amherst, MA
At NACUL CENTER, 592 MAIN ST., Amherst, MA
(the corner of No. Whitney St.; just 1/2 mile east from
downtown Amherst, past Town Hall and the Police Station.)
Lively discussion will follows film screenings,
often with special guests. Donations accepted.
Amherst area residents provide this forum to inform
and involve the public, with sponsors Traprock Peace Center,
SAGE, Western Mass AFSC. We encourage new members
to join our film crew. For more information call Steve or Annie:
413-230-3138 or Emily: 413-256-1760.
Sat, Oct. 7 –
New England Peace Pagoda Ceremony, Leverett
Our friends at the Peace Pagoda’s celebrate their 21st Anniversary
at the New England Peace Pagoda, 100 Cave Hill Road, Leverett, MA 01054
Our Non-Violent Spirit Arising…
11:00: Buddhist Sacred Ceremony and Interfaith Prayers
Noon: Dharma Talk, Kato Shonin
12:15: Keynote, Jo Comerford
12:35: Lunch offered*
2:30: Closing Prayer Dance led by the Wampanoag Community
Information: 413 367-2202
Also Sat, Oct. 7 –
St. Francis Day! Visit this Catholic Worker community in the hills of Ware, MA.
See the grease car. Pray in the out of doors.
Speakers include Juanita Nelson.
Begins at 10 am.
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Gandhi’s birthday —
If you google (Gandhi pledge of resistance) you’ll
find text about that first pledge of nonviolent
resistance on September 11, 1906, in response
to a proposal that all Indians in the Transvall
carry identification cards. The proposed penalty
for noncompliance was imprisonment or
deportation. 3,000 gathered to consider their
options and elders declared they would not submit to this.
Congress expects us to submit to their vote for a
national ID card in 2008. Will this 3-year delay since
the legislation passed tame our will to resist? NO!
In South Africa, a miners’ strike and march mobilized 5-6,000. They were
promised only bread and sugar for weeks, as they prepared to march at
least 20 miles per day, as an army of nonviolent resisters.
Will our comforts and gadgets keep us home tending house, tending shop?
NO, we’ll be in the streets — because we must. We’ll be on the phones —
because we must. (Congress: 202-224-3121.)