September E-Newsletter

It’s still SUMMER – And the News sizzles.
Traprock Peace Center
103A Keets Road, Deerfield, MA 01342
More at http://www.traprockpeace.org
NATIONAL HIGHLIGHTS:
BRING THE MASS GUARD HOME!
What a privilege to sign that document. On Sept 7 the Mass. Attorney General approved the language we helped submit for a ballot initiative to bring the Mass. Guard home. Harold Hubschman, who also initiated the ballot initiative to remove tolls from the Mass Pike, is advising us step by step. Happily this year you will soon be able to down-load forms from your computer—the standard 8 1/2 x 11 instead of that more awkward legal size that was traditional, or pick up forms, soon after Sept. 21!
We anticipate a lively grassroots initiative supported by coalition efforts, and have organized and participated in statewide conference calls to help make this happen. SPREAD THE WORD? 23 other states could do this!
More at the web site. Two volunteers per town are needed to collect
signatures. To get news, offer leadership, or to attend a strategy meeting,
please send an email to
bringmassguardhome@traprockpeace.org

• Sept 24 MOBILIZATION to DC
BUS seats are sold out. Traprock put the deposit down for two buses, one in Greenfield another in Amherst, and we know of no other buses available. Thanks to Catherine, Nick and so many others in this coalition effort to support people traveling to DC from these towns, Northampton and Springfield. Remember that your local peace vigils are a great place to meet neighbors who might want to carpool to DC.
Volunteers Tuesday, or Thursday afternoon or evening, as we prepare literature, placards, and an exhibition for DC, calling for abolition of DU—deadly uranium weapons. 413 773-7427 Frances Crowe leads a contingent. Ask for your NO DU sign!

————————–Regional News—————————-
• Thu, Sept. 15
BRINGTHEM HOME NOW TOUR Stops in Western Mass!
Gold Star and Military Families, Iraq War and other Vets are bringing their message to 51 cities in 28 States, and will converge at anti-war rally in DC on September 24.
On August 31, the last day of the nearly month-long vigil outside Bush’s ranch in Crawford, TX the “Bring Them Home Now Tour” launched three buses from Camp Casey, each carrying military and Gold Star families, veterans of the Iraq War and veterans of previous wars. The tour’s first stop in Austin, Texas was met by 3,000 people. Thanks to Barbara Tiner of Amherst for taking the initiative to invite the Bus to western Mass, and to coalition partners for thorough planning!
WHEN:
10am–10pm- Pitch TENTS near the Vigil corner of the Amherst Common
12PM—Interfaith Service
for the Human Family in a time of War & Natural Disaster 12:45PM—Dedication of a memorial to the war dead. AFSC will bring boots. Please bring shoes to honor the Iraqi dead.
All afternoon you can support our guests, see literature tables.
4PM—Press Conference, including student reporters & reps
7PM—“Straight From the Heart, Military Families, Vets, Speak Out, Sing Out
for Loved Ones”
WHERE:
All public events at Grace Episcopal Church, 14 Boltwood Ave. & the Amherst Common. The music of Sarah Pirtle, members of the Gypsy Wranglers, Tom Neilson and Morningstar and Moonlight, will help us welcome:
• Carlos Arrendondo of Roslindale, MA,
• Al Zappala of Philadelphia, PA,
• Stacy Bannerman of Kent, WA
• Tammara Rosenleaf of Belton, TX, Helena, MT & Olympia, WA,
• Cody Camacho of Chicago, IL, and
• Michael Hoffman of Bucks County, PA.

• Waranok? Peace Rally –Sat. Sept. 17, 2-6pm, Westfield town center?

• Sun, Sept 18,
IMAGINE PEACE FESTIVAL, Wassaic, NY
See flags from around the world, (where the peace poles come from) Music,
Indigenous Village, Healing Arts, Eco Village, Visual Arts, Kids Village and
a Peace Village are all in the mix at the World Peace Sanctuary, 26 Benton
Road, Wassaic, NY 12592. www.imaginepeacefestival.com

• “The Doctor, the Depleted Uranium and the Dying Children” Award winning documentary made for German Public Television by Freider Wagner and Valentin Thurn—Produced by Ochowa-Film for WDR, 2004 will be shown widely, including:
Hadley, Northstar, 104 Russell, 10:30 am, Monday, Sept. 19 Northampton, Media Education Foundation, 7pm Fri, Oct. 7 Taos Mountain Film Festival, NM, Sat, Oct 8 … With action planning after every showing.
In your town, at your school?
This film could move many people to become
conscientious objectors. traprock@crocker.com

• Tue, Sept 20, 7 pm, Brattleboro
PUBLIC HEARING ON VERMONT DRY CASK STORAGE The Vermont Public Service Board welcomes you to Brattleboro Union High School auditorium, 131 Fairground Road, Brattleboro, to comment on proposals to add canisters of radioactive waste to the shores of the Connecticut River at the facilities of the Vernon reactor, operated by Entergy Corp. of Louisiana. Please come, and share what you learn at every turn.
The Tooth Fairy Project is rolling right along. Recently Sally Shaw of Gill, Sally Weiss of Northampton and I dressed as Tooth Fairies and visited the Franklin County Fair Parade route in Greenfield. We asked neighbors with smiling children to donate one baby tooth to assess strontium 90 levels. Where you meet moms and dads, please ask, “Want TRUTH? Give a tooth!!”

• Thu, Sept. 22, Northampton
THE PEACE PATRIOTS, World Film Premiere and DVD Release. Directed by Robbie
Leppzer. Narrated by Janeane Garofalo, this feature-length documentary follows a diverse group of western Mass residents, with music by Steve Earle, Pete Seeger, Ani DiFranco, Jonatha Brooke, and original music composed by Amherst guitarist John Sheldon. Valley peace groups will share news. Live music by John Sheldon. 7pm Calvin Theater, Northampton. Tickets:
$10/advance, $15/door. www.ThePeacePatriots.com or 1-800-557-6414.

• Sept 24 MOBILIZATION to DC
BUS seats are sold out. Traprock put the deposit down for two buses, one in Greenfield another in Amherst, and we know of no other buses available. Thanks to Catherine, Nick and so many others in this coalition effort to support people traveling to DC from these towns, Northampton and Springfield. Remember that your local peace vigils are a great place to meet neighbors who might want to carpool to DC.
Volunteers Tuesday, or Thursday afternoon or evening, as we prepare literature, placards, and an exhibition for DC, calling for abolition of DU—deadly uranium weapons. 413 773-7427 Frances Crowe leads a contingent. Ask for your NO DU sign!

Sat. Sept 24 Local vigils amplify the message, as at the Greenfield Common and Northampton courthouse.
• Sat, Sept 24 Nuclear Issues Symposium at SIT! An all-day event with the info you need to be an effective safe-energy advocate. Come to this free, all-day Symposium and learn first-hand from the experts! Faculty include David Lochbaum, noted nuclear expert with the Union of Concerned Scientists; Paul Blanch, the “Hank Aaron” of nuclear whistle-blowers; Marvin Resnikoff, internationally-recognized expert on radiation and its effects; Raymond Shadis, NEC’s own Staff Technical Advisor; and others. This event is a unique opportunity to get the information you need in order to be an effective safe-energy advocate. Later that evening there will be a special public event, yet to be announced. SPACE IS LIMITED, so register today with Joe Bish at the NEC office: (802) 257-0336, or joebish@necnp.org.

Sun, Mon, Sept 25+ 26, for nonviolence trainings, interfaith services, lobby day, civil, and mass nonviolent action see http://www.unitedforpeace.org Please call about resources if you want to arrange a teach-in at your school or community center.

Thu, Sept. 29, Campus Center Auditorium, UMass Amherst Campus
CPPA’s annual Celebration of Public Service will honor JODY WILLIAMS, Nobel
Peace Prize winner in 1997, for commitment and public service to eliminate
antipersonnel landmines. She is only the tenth woman in its one hundred and
one year history to be awarded the Peace Prize. At 4:00 p.m. She presents,
“What You Do Matters: Creating Communities to Solve Global Problems”
http://www.icbl.org/campaign/ambassadors/jody_williams/bio#Heading92.
For More Information contact Wendy Varner, Center for Public Policy and
Administration, 413-577-0478, wvarner@pubpol.umass.edu

• Fri, Sept. 30, Amherst
SCOTT RITTER, “US at war in Iran”
Scott Ritter, former U.N. Weapons Inspector in Iraq analyzes flawed U.S. Policy towards Iran, and covert operations underway now. This presentation will be recorded for use by College radio stations. Help build bridges between Marines and pacifists, students returning to campus, and the homebound who tune in by radio. Help spark change with this truth serum for public consciousness.
At Grace Church, 14 Boltwood Ave. by the Amherst Common.
Public transportation available.
Dinner and reception 5:30, $50
Program, 7pm, suggested donation, $10
Advance reservations recommended, accepted by mail or online.
Captain for the kitchen? Hard-working helpers? 773-7427

• Sun, Oct. 2
NEW ENGLAND PEACE PAGODA, 100 Cave Hill Road, Leverett, MA Please come celebrate the Peace Pagoda’s 2oth anniversary, in place of our annual Gandhi’s birthday celebration, we will honor our Buddhist colleagues so dedicated to peacemaking. Please bring one page (8 1/2 x 11”) of fond memories, tribute, photos or reflection to include in a display and scrap book!
Helpers are needed to scrape, paint, garden, fold flowers, run errands this week, and later to help with final stages of construction of their beautiful temple, replacing one destroyed by fire so many years ago. Please call ahead to volunteer, 413 367-2202.

Best regards, Sunny

Sunny Miller, Executive Director, 413-773-7427
2000+ visitors daily
http://www.traprockpeace.org
Underlying other news of the day this question remains:
How do you want to prevent a melt-down? Make a call?
Host a debate. Plan some street theater?
Background:
The Vernon reactor is just 15 miles from Woolman Hill. In June the Vermont legislature gave away the store, and linked payments for new radioactive waste storage on the shores of the Connecticut River to a 20% increase in power output. No reactor we know of has achieved this much power increase. What can you do to stop the loss of a back-up cooling pump, increased water pressure and operating temperatures, and the reduction of the ‘safety’ margin from emergency shut-down to the beginning of a melt-down to only 18 seconds.
Request:
Asking questions is easy. Ask about evacuation plans.
in a Neighbors’ Network to End War
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