Traprock Peace Action Report – April, 2006

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This spring we honor what brings hope.
April News in a Neighbors Network to End War


1. Hear Peter Johnson reflecting on MLK’s mentoring and humor
2. Haiti – Circle teachers here, pot-luck 5:30 Sunday Apr. 16
3. Cindy Sheehan invites your signature, “Don’t attack Iran!”
4. TENT STATE April 17-21, U-Mass Amherst!!!
5. TAX Day Protest & Ed-Action, Springfield, Tues, Apr. 18
6. Rebels with a Cause, Doc. Film on SDS, Thurs, Apr. 20
7. Simba – Give Earth a Dance , Dummerston, VT Fri.
8. Juanita Nelson -Courage of Conscience Award, Sat, April 22
9. Amherst Earth Day Celebration honors Deb Katz, Sun, Apr 23
10. Arise Dinner honors Joanne Comerford!
11. 20th Anniversary of Chernobyl Day, Wed, Apr 26
12. Information session on War Tax Resistance, April 30, 1-3PM.
13. Nominate a Franklin Co. HS student for Peace Maker’s Prize

More details, Photos, audio at >>>

If you come to visit this evening, take some forsythia in full bloom.
We could bring some for a tent at TENT STATE.
Hope to see you soon.


1. April 4 was the anniversary of the assassination of Martin Luther King,
Jr. Hear on the help he was given, MLK’s sense of humor, and more during
the March to Redeem the Soul of America — recorded this April 4 in
Waxahatchie, TX. See ___ at

2. Meet HAITI’s Innovative Educators,
Abner Sauveur & Steve Werlin today/tonight, Sunday.

Abner Sauveur is the principal of the Matenwa Community Learning Center in
Haiti, an oasis of non-violent, child-centered education in rural Haiti.
Steve Werlin, who works with Haitian teachers, brings Abner to western
Massachusetts this April 15 & 16. Both are master teachers in action. Meet
these dedicated, innovative, educators; discuss their splendid educational
model and the realities of life in Haiti. On Saturday at 10 am they will
be at the Pathways Co-housing common house on Florence Road. On Sunday at
5:30 they will be at Traprock Peace Center on Woolman Hill in Deerfield, 1/2
mile south of Greenfield. You don’t have to travel to Haiti to know it’s
Contact: Sally Weiss, 584-9887

3. Cindy Sheehan invites your signature opposing attacking Iran.
We honored that Cindy invited us to host her petition.

Description: TENT STATE, U-MASS Amherst
April 17 – 21
UMass Amherst Student Union Lawn

Hear Cindy Sheehan at TENT STATE on Tuesday, 7PM at U-Mass.

A coalition of students and workers at UMass are organizing a week-long
event called Tent State University (TSU). This event is both a protest of
rising student fees, un-funded union contracts and a lack of strong public
support for higher education AND a positive enactment of our vision for what
a University can and should be.

Never has the time been so ripe for an event like Tent State. Massachusetts
ranks 47th in the nation on spending per capita for higher education;
workers face tough challenges trying to get ahead with the high cost of
education; and the diversity of UMass’s flagship campus is slowly slipping

TSU is a call for equal access to education and an attempt to create an
example of what a university should be: a democratically controlled public
space that brings together diverse groups to exchange ideas, art, and
culture. Right ON. Traprock Peace Center is pleased to support this
initiative. Come help. – See you there!


5. Tax Day Protest and Educational Action – Springfield
Tues, Apr. 18 (Mon. is the Patriots Day holiday in MA.)

Arise members will be fliering the public from 5 pm to 9 pm
on Tax Day at the Main Springfield Post Office, 1883 Main Street, in
Springfield, Massachusetts. We will be informing people where there tax
dollar goes. It should go to serve Springfield instead of being squandered
in the black hole of imperialist misadventures. Please join us. Bring
fliers, protest signs, and your friends. Of course, community education
events are nonviolent as always.
Peace & Solidarity,
Michael Lindberg

6. Rebels with a Cause, Doc. Film on SDS, Thurs, Apr. 20
Rebel With a Cause, film, Amherst College
Description: Helen Garvy ‘s film on Students for a Democratic Society will
be shown and discussed at Amherst College at the Merrill Science Center,
lecture room #4, on Thursday, April 20.

Carl Ogleesby, President of SDS from 1965-1966 will comment and lead a
discussion of the film. Tom Fels, another former member of SDS member and
Amherst College graduate, will also participate.
For information call Dade Singapuri, 413 253-5558.

7. GIVE EARTH A DANCE – Dummerston, Vermont
Friday, April 21st at 8pm,

The funk, reggae, latin band “Simba” will be hosting a dance to
celebrate “Earth Day” and benefit the area anti-nuke
groups – New England Coalition on Nuclear Pollution;
Traprock Peace Center; Citizen’s Awarenes Network; and
Nuclear Free Vermont. The dance will be held at the
Evening Star Grange in Dummerston, Vermont.

With blazing horns and scorching rhythm, the
Simba band for this event will include Charlie
Schneewies, trumpet; Dan Dewalt, keyboards,
trombone,and steel drums; Bob Stabach, sax and flute;
Derrik Jordan, guitar, percussion, and vocals, John
Kravitz, drums and vocals; Vim Auer, Bass.

Let’s all get together and boogie for the earth
and benefit the anti-nuke groups working to minimize
the harmful effects of our local nuclear reactor. For more
info call 802 387 4714.

8. Courage of Conscience – Peace Abbey
3:30pm-7:30pm Saturday, April 22, 2006

Juanita Nelson and Wally Nelson will be honored with the “Courage of
Conscience Award.” Join us at the Peace Abbey in Sherborne, MA where we
will install some of Wally Nelson and Chuck Matthai’s ashes on C.O. Hill
with a service of prayers, reminiscences and song. Followed by veggie
potluck and song circle. Nevewr been to the Peace Abbey? Please invite your
neighbors to carpool for this.

9. Amherst Earth Day Celebration
Sunday, April 23, 10:00 a.m. – 5 p.m.

Amherst Earth Day Celebration — Annual event featuring environmental
displays, live music, speakers, and activities for kids. Interfaith Prayer
Circle and Sacred Circle Dance with Rowan at 11 a.m., Parade at 1:30 p.m.
Performers include Michael Baines, Annie Hassett, Molly Scott, Matt
Nozzolio, The Faculty, Brian Arel, The Secret, Adam Sweeney, Savoy Shuffle,
Soulroot, and Running with Karma. Amherst Town Common. The third annual
Valley Eco Award For Distinguished Service To Our Environment will be
presented to the Citizens Awareness Network and its founders Deb Katz and
the late Fred Katz. Information: 413 549-5503.


10. Honoring Joanne Comerford!
Arise 3rd Annual Recognition Dinner,
Tuesday, April 25

Arise for Social Justice Presents
their 3rd Annual Recognition Dinner
honoring Joanne Comerford of Western Mass
American Friends Service Committee.
Come Help Celebrate our friend and ally
at Old First Church, Court Square, Springfield.
Doors open at 5:30 pm., dinner at 6:00 pm will be
a spaghetti feast: vegetarian and meat, salads galore,
breads and desserts beyond compare, with entertainment and tributes.

Tickets: $10 for one; $15 for two
Call Arise, 734-4948 with questions or to reserve an entire table

11. 20th Anniversary of Chernobyl Day, Wed, Apr 26
Come to Entergy Headquarters for a 24-hour, FREE-Speech Demo, noon to noon.


12. Information session on War Tax Resistance, April 30, 1-3PM.
At our co-op, Green Field’s Market, Main Street, Greenfield, MA

Come meet old-timers and young whipper snappers resisting the hell of war
with a wide range of actions, from letter-writing to years of refusal to pay
for war.

13. Nominate a Franklin Co. HS student for a Peace Maker’s Prize?

The Interfaith Council of Franklin County and Traprock Peace Center
co-sponsor the sixth Annual Peace Maker’s Awards. There are so many ways to
make peace! Who might you nominate? In April, please mail a *one-page letter
describing the problem solving, conflict resolution, peace and justice work
or other worthy initiatives of a Franklin County high school student to
Traprock Peace Center, 103a Keets Road, Deerfield, MA 01342.

All nominees will be recognized! Five $100-awards and other prizes will be
awarded on May 7. You are invited to come and be inspired, at Greenfield
High School, Sunday May 7 ay 7 pm.

Students attending high school, while living in Ashfield, Bernardston,
Buckland, Charlemont, Colrain, Conway, Deerfield, Gill, Greenfield, Heath,
Lake Pleasant, Leverett, Millers Falls, Monroe Bridge, Montague, New Salem,
Northfield, Orange, Plainfield, Rowe, Shelburne, Shutesbury, So. Deerfield,
Sunderland, Turners Falls. Warwick, Wendell, and Whately are eligible.

… 13 Lucky numbers, take your pick.
This all happens because we pitch in and make it so.
If we pay for nuclear war we might get it.
If we pay as much for peace, what might happen?

Truth matters – Labors matter – Gifts matter

in a Neighbors’ Network to End War

Traprock Peace Center
103A Keets Road
Deerfield, MA 01342
413 773-7427