Traprock Peace Action Report – July 2006

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Traprock Peace Action Report, 7/ 7/ 06
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BASTA YA! Enough is enough!
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Join Camp Casey in DC for Camp Democracy in Sept!
1. Discussion on Darfur at Smith College — 5 speakers available for radio or home use http://www.traprockpeace.org
2. Fri. July 7 “Long Night’s Journey into Day”
3. Wed. July 19 – W. Mass Social Forum Planning
4. Sat. July 22, Taking Heart in Troubled Times, Northampton
5. Fri. July 28 – Clamshell Alliance Reunion, NH!
6. Sun. July 30 – Cindy Sheehan comes to Brattleboro, VT
7. Fri. Aug 4 – Wide Angle Films in Amherst, MA shows “The Doctor, the Depleted Uranium & the Dying Children”
8. Sun. Aug. 5/6 – Hiroshima Day Observances, Save the Dates in Springfield, / Northampton
9. Wed. Aug. 9? Valleywide Spokescouncil Holyoke Mtg.
10. August 23 – Actions to Stop Uranium Weapons
11. Room for an Intern / Room for Rent
12. BASTA YA! Enough is Enough!
Join Camp Casey in DC in Sept. for Camp Democracy!
NOTE
Thank you note & announcement on an impeachment initiative:
After Downing Street Education Fund, launches project with Traprock. You can help.

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1. On Thurs. July 6, at Smith College, the program, Darfur: An Open Discussion On Intervention, Regime Change & The Politics of Genocide was taped and available now for radio or home use. Thank-yous to Program organizers, speakers, Smith College, Northampton Committee to End the War in Iraq, Touchstone Farm, Ed Russell, Charlie Jenks and Traprock supporters who make this resource available, nationwide. Hear the program’s speakers at http://www.traprockpeace.org/darfur_intervention_070606.html

Because we have witnessed the harm and dire neglect affecting millions of ordinary Iraqis we want to explore ethical, moral and political questions behind popular calls for humanitarian intervention and regime change in Sudan. We urgently need more dialogue to understand our best responses.
These five panelists examined and compared popular perceptions instilled by
mass media with the realities of political, economic, social and cultural forces. The roles of multinational corporations, human rights groups, humanitarian aid organizations, think-tanks, Hollywood stars and other players merit scrutiny in light of the possibility that a resource war might be waged featuring US intervention for the sake of oil, petrol dollars, gum arabic, uranium and other resources.
€ Sara Flounders, Co-Director of the International Action Center, NYC, who traveled to Sudan on a fact-finding mission after the bombing of the El Shifa pharmaceutical plant in 1998;
€ Elliot Fratkin, Professor and Chair, Department of Anthropology at Smith College, Co-director of Smith College Department of African Studies.
€ Keith Harmon Snow, independent photojournalist, and human rights and genocide investigator in Africa, with Genocide Watch and Survivor’s Rights International in 2004, and the United Nations in 2005;
€ Dimitri Oram, writer & researcher on war crimes & the politics of genocide;
€ Dr. Enoch Page, Associate Professor of Anthropology at UMass, expert on race theory and the anthropology of genocide.
For more information contact:
Sara Flounders, sara@action-mail.org, (212) 633-6646, or Deb Chandler, deborahchandler@comcast.net, (413) 584-9160.
Also, visit www.allthingspass.com and www.iacenter.org

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2. On Friday July 7 the film “Long Night’s Journey into Day” will be shown, at 7pm at the Nacul Center in Amherst (592 Main Street.)

# 2000 Academy Award Nominee, best documentary feature
# 2000 Sundance Festival Film Festival, Grand Prize Winner, Best Documentary
# ALA Booklist’s Editor’s Choice Award, best video of 2000
For over forty years, South Africa was governed by the most notorious form of racial domination since Nazi Germany. When it finally collapsed, those who had enforced apartheid’s rule wanted amnesty for their crimes. Their victims wanted justice. As a compromise, the Truth and Reconciliation Commission (TRC) was formed. As it investigated the crimes of apartheid, the Commission brought together victims and perpetrators to relive South Africa’s brutal history. By revealing the past instead of burying it, the TRC hoped to pave the way to a peaceful future.
Long Night’s Journey Into Day follows several TRC cases over a two-year period. The stories in the film underscore the universal themes of conflict, forgiveness, and renewal.

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3. Wed. July 19 – W. Mass Social Forum Planning

This pot-luck dinner and general meeting at the Brick House Community Resource Center, 24 Third Street, 413 863-9576. Another world is possible.
Since its first meeting in Brazil in 2001, the World Social Forum has become
the largest gathering of social movements in the world. Planners invite you to join, and help plan the W.Mass event. All are welcome. Come represent your constituency.

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4. Saturday, July 22, Taking Heart in Troubled Times, 9am to 5pm, at Northampton Friends Meeting House, 43 Center Street, Northampton. This is an experiential gathering for anyone who cares passionately about our Earth and future generations, inspired by the teachings of Joanna Macy. It is designed to help activists and other caring people experiencing frustration, hopelessness or burnout to draw strength and courage from their inner resources, and each other, and to find new possibilities. The workshop will be facilitated by members of Interhelp, an international, volunteer network. Donation of $25 – $40 would be nice, but is not required. Space is limited so prior registration is required.
Contact Carol Boyer at 584-0767or carol2@crocker.com

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5. Friday, July 28 Clamshell Alliance Reunion!
PO Box 2280, Conway, NH 03818-2280
The World Fellowship Center in Conway, New Hampshire
promotes peace and social justice through education and
dialogue inspired by nature. Fun night starts at 7:30 PM
http://www.worldfellowship.org

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6. Sun. July 30 – Cindy Sheehan
comes to Brattleboro, VT
for a 1 pm rally on the Common.
See the calendar for details.
Bravo Simba, Dan Dewalt!
To be posted soon:
http://www.traprockpeace.org

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7. Fri. Aug 4 – Wide Angle Films in Amherst, MA Presents: “The Doctor, the Depleted Uranium & the Dying Children” Wide Angle Films has Friday night films every on the 1st & 3rd Fridays at 592 Main Street, Amherst (at Whitney). Discussion follows. Learn about an exciting initiative in the mid-south, where activists are visiting factories in TN, MD and VA, in dialogue, in protest and information gathering this summer. You can help stop the use of uranium weapons, and do it in ways you enjoy being active.

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8. Sun. Aug. 5/6 – Hiroshima Day Observances, Save the Dates in Springfield Saturday / Northampton Sunday?

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9. Valleywide Spokescouncil (for W. MA.) will meet in Aug.
Seven people attended a meeting on Wed. July 5, convened by four
facilitators at First Churches in Northampton to discuss process, goals and
possible outcomes of regular monthly meetings. The next meeting is proposed
for Wed. evening, August 9 in Holyoke. for more information visit If you
have questions, please see the FAQ at http://Valleywidespokescouncil.net

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10. August 23 – Actions to Stop Uranium Weapons http://www.worldfellowship.org

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11. Room for an Intern / Room for Rent 413-773-7427 Utilities included. Be a friend of the movement, pitching in. Please call to inquire and send references.

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12. For Immediate Release: July 6, 2006
Cindy Sheehan to Move
Camp Casey to National Mall
Washington, D.C., Sept. 8 to 21

Camp Casey to Expand into Camp Democracy
Cindy Sheehan and activists in the growing peace movement plan to establish
Camp Casey in Crawford, Texas, again this August 16 to September 2. They then plan to move the camp to the National Mall in Washington, D.C., beginning September 8.
The camp on the Mall will carry the name Camp Democracy at Fort Fed Up, and
details are available at www.campdemocracy.org
. Organizers intend the camp to bring together peace activists and activists for social justice, united in demanding a shift of public resources from war to the needs of people.
Participants will lobby Congress to end all funding of the occupation of
Iraq, and will demand that Congress hold the Bush Administration accountable
for the falsehoods that launched the war and the abuses of power that have accompanied it.
President Bush has yet to answer Sheehan’s question, “For what noble cause
did my son die?” If it chose to do so, Congress could compel the President and members of his administration to answer that question. Participants in Camp Democracy will encourage Congress Members to do so.
Camp Democracy is launching an outreach effort today to include
organizations in the planning of the camp’s activities, which are all in the
initial stages. Organizations already on board include Gold Star Families
for Peace, AfterDowningStreet.org, National Immigrant Solidarity Network,
Traprock Peace Center, CODE PINK, Global Exchange, Progressive Democrats of
America (PDA), Democrats.com, Democracy Cell Project, The World Can’t Wait,
Velvet Revolution, Association of Community Organizations for Reform Now
(ACORN), New Orleans Voices for Peace, Cities for Peace, Backbone Campaign,
Hip Hop Caucus, Democracy Rising, Voters for Peace, DC Labor for Peace and
Justice, U.S. Labor Against the War, National Organization for Women (NOW),
Reclaim the Commons, Veterans for Peace, Stop the War Coalition (UK), San
Juan Peace Network, Consumers for Peace, Texans for Peace. Others are being
encouraged to join here:
http://campdemocracy.org/node/3
The Camp Democracy website describes the event as “a camp for peace, democracy, and the restoration of the rule of law_ focused not only on ending the war but also on righting injustices here at home and on holding accountable the Bush Administration and Congress.”
Tents will provide activist activities, trainings, workshops, and entertainment on at least these themes, if not others:
* War/ Peace
* The Constitution/ Accountability/ Censure/ Impeachment
* Poverty/ Katrina/ Immigration/ Labor
* Environment/ Health Care/ Education

Participating organizations and guest experts and celebrities will provide
workshops and training sessions on the above topics, as well as on
communications, voter registration, nonviolent civil disobedience, lobbying,
organizing, media production, and performance arts. Congress Members and
congressional candidates will take part. Local elected officials will
instruct attendees on participation in local government. Musicians will
perform concerts. New films will be shown on a large screen. The intention
is for participants to go home having acquired useful skills for civic
participation, to enjoy themselves, and to demand fundamental change from a
government whose actions so rarely follow majority opinion. Trainers,
speakers, and performers who want to propose activities are being encouraged
to contact Camp Democracy here:
http://campdemocracy.org/node/4
While civil disobedience is not planned for Camp Democracy, education in civil disobedience will be provided in preparation for the activities of Sept. 21 to 28 being organized by the Declaration of Peace:
http://www.declarationofpeace.org
Organizers Comment
Cindy Sheehan, Co-Founder of Gold Star Families for Peace and mother of
Casey Sheehan, KIA in Iraq, said: “We are going to bring to the front door
of Congress our demand that they fulfill their Constitutional obligation to
check the abuses of the President. We will ask them to compel President
Bush and members of his administration to answer the question ‘Why was my
son sent to die in Iraq?’ And we are going to ask Congress Members themselves why they are allowing the killing to continue, together with the drain on resources that is putting at risk all of the needs of people in this country and abroad.”
NOW President Kim Gandy said of Camp Democracy plans, “We must keep raising
our voices for peace — and the harder that becomes, the more necessary it is.”
Nancy Wohlforth, Co-convenor of U.S. Labor Against the War, and President,
Pride At Work, AFL-CIO, said, “The hard-earned tax dollars of every working
person in the United States are being squandered on the war in Iraq.
Working people must use the power of their labor, organized through unions,
to demand a reordering of priorities, to peoples’ needs rather than
corporate greed. Through participating in Camp Democracy, U.S. Labor
Against the War joins the surging, broadening movement to bring our troops
home now and end the war on Iraq.”
Sunny Miller, Director of Traprock Peace Center, and daughter of a Vietnam
Vet said, “The first woman elected to Congress, Jeannette Rankin, had it
right — ‘You can no more win a war than you can win an earthquake.’ The
bloody warring and profiteering must be stopped, or we’re headed for
calamity. Women know this. Ordinary people know this everywhere. I think
it’s time to support real reparations with a women’s strike for peace, and a time to live the dream that Rev. Martin Luther King, Jr., held up for us.”
Kevin Zeese, Director of Democracy Rising, said: “Anti-war and social
justice voters need to bring their message to Washington, DC, to kick off
the final months of the mid-term elections. Join us so we can present a
unified presence and energize anti-war voters throughout the United States.
Let’s make the anti-war vote a powerful one in 2006 and 2008.”
Added Karen Bradley of Democracy Cell Project: “Come and learn how we will
take the country back.”
Former U.S. diplomat and U.S. Army Colonel Ann Wright said, “Camp Democracy
is an critical event to continue to put pressure on the Congress and the Bush Administration to end the war in Iraq and bring the troops home, as well as for discussing the criminal activities the Bush administration is involved in.”
Tim Carpenter, Director of PDA, said: “Progressive Democrats of America is
proud to be a part of this historic effort to organize and mobilize the
progressive community from across this country to focus the upcoming
election on ending the occupation of Iraq, cutting off funding for the war
and holding the President, Vice President and the entire Bush Administration
accountable for the lies that lead to this war.”
Medea Benjamin, Cofounder, CODEPINK: Women for Peace, said, “We need to be
in Washington DC, where the decisions are being made to continue this immoral war. Elected officials need to hear our voices and feel our pressure when we, the people, say ‘Bring the Troops Home.'”
Thomas Jefferson, author of the Declaration of Independence, added, “To secure these rights, Governments are instituted among Men, deriving their just powers from the consent of the governed; whenever any Form of Government becomes destructive of these ends, it is the Right of the People to alter or to abolish it, and to institute new Government, laying its foundation on such principles and organizing its powers in such form, as to them shall seem most likely to effect their Safety and Happiness.”
Contact: David Swanson 202-329-7847, www.campdemocracy.org

NOTE OF THANKS — IMPEACHMENT INITIATIVE ANNOUNCED:
Thanks to all who came to the July 4 Peace Picnic.
We loved the food, the fasting, eco-news, music & dancing! Eighty people — musicians, cooks, kids, and neighbors made the day a delightful sharing. Thank you … for being in this partnership, and one of the hopeful in a community of peacemakers!
AFTER DOWNING STREET EDUCATION FUND
A high point of July 4 was an open conversation by phone with Atty. John Bonifaz announcing an impeachment initiative called the After Downing Street Education Fund, a project affiliated with Traprock Peace Center. John and his colleagues will be working to educate the public about how to assert and maintain checks against abuses of power, to reestablish our constitutional rights. That audio will be posted soon at http://www.traprockpeace.org.
Please note that most of our audio files are available for radio use with attribution. Thanks to d.j’s who air many truths we hold to be self-evident.
In these bright summer days and balmy nights, your vocal endorsement and monetary support can help reason rein in corruption in government. May summer shine on you and yours, in healing and health, in dialogue and in productive peacemaking.
Best regards,

Sunny Miller
413-773-7427
Traprock Peace Center
103A Keets Road
Deerfield, MA 01342
http://www.traprockpeace.org
July News – Darfur to DC
in a Neighbors’ Network to End War