Traprock Peace Action Report – June, 2006

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June 17, 2006 —
The garden is blooming, as if
Ready for weddings, recovery, or funerals.
We don’t KNOW we’ll have another day with
Honey suckle as fragrant as peaches.
So many earnest people honking
Beep, BEEP-Beep — a joyfully insistent symphony.*


1. So many people …*
2. Wide Angle Films series began Friday, in Amherst
3. Fathers’ Day Walk to Entergy Nuclear! Sunday/STRAWBERRIES
4. PEACE with IRAN: a Round-table discussion, Tues. June 20
5. International Day of Peace & Prayer, Wed. June 21, Leverett
with local history, and the film, “Sacred Run”
6. OCCUPIED AFGHANISTAN, Recent images, Analysis, Discussion
Keith Harmon Snow, 6:30 Sunday, June 25
at the restored meeting house on Woolman Hill
7. Atomic Safety Hearing, Brattleboro, Mon/Tues. June 26 & 27
Ask a neighbor
8. WISH list: Wheels, gardening, proof-reading, ___
10. July 4 – PEACE PICNIC at Traprock

1. So many people …

Yesterday four neighbors stood with signs in Greenfield, “Honk for Peace,”
“2500++++” and “Spare the Innocents.” The number of people honking, giving a
thumbs up, flashing a peace sign or waving was very encouraging — about 250
people made a response showing their support during just an hour on the
street at lunch time. So many people want the violence to stop!

After an hour we went to visit the Air Force Recruiting Station right
behind us at 91 Main Street, and had a long chat with Sgt. Meeks. Nick
Mottern, a Vietnam vet was with us and asked lots of thoughtful questions.

There, and at the news offices of The Republican and The Recorder, we
lamented all the deaths. (Lancet Journal of Medicine) Annie Hassett says
the Recorder ran a photo. ‘Seems like small is beautiful. Please believe in
yourself, however small you might feel when you witness the attempts to
repress our rights. We can demonstrate with anywhere, anytime, and our
messages might catch on. See you on the streets!


2. Wide Angle Films Series began Friday, in Amherst, 7pm
“The Revolution will not be Televised”

A new series in Amherst got off to a great start last night. It’s hosted
at the Nacul Center, 592 Main Street, a few blocks east of the Amherst Town
Hall and the Police Station, at the corner of N. Whitney and Main Street. A
complete description of the Wide Angle Films summer series is at
Click on “Wide Angle Films” for descriptions of the films,
more complete than was possible on the printed flyers.
This series is cosponsored by SAGE, the AFSC, and Traprock.
Many thanks to the planning committee putting this together.
For distribution of this film, exposing the collusion of corperate media


3. Father’s and Other’s Day, WALK * RALLY, June 18

At 12:00 Brattleboro Common, in VT, we hope to bring some strawberries
and strawberry fruit smoothies to celebrate all the Dads and others working
for safety and no melt down at the Vernon reactor! Save some for the walkers
— YUM!

If you like, walk with us north on Rt 5, 3.5 miles to Entergy
Headquarters on Old Ferry Road. You may want to bring signs, water, walking
shoes and positive thinking!! Donations, songs, your comments always
welcome. Don’t evacuate … CONGREGATE!

~2 pm Entergy Nuclear Headquarters, Old Ferry Rd, Brattleboro, VT

Can’t walk? Not a problem! Perhaps you can help shuttle walkers back to
their cars. Come take a stand at the Common or at Entergy Headquarters on
Old Ferry Road. DIRECTIONS: The Brattleboro Common is north from Main
Street. Past the fountain, triangle and courthouse, look for the Gazebo and
the long grassy lawn, with plenty of shade, beside Route 5.
From US 91, take exit three and travel north and east from the small rotary.


A U.S. court backs review of terror threats for nuclear reactors.
Acknowledging the possibility of attack, means that those harmful effects
must be considered in decision making. On June 7 the NRC hurried to say they
are considering appealing that. Notice they didn’t say they wer considering
complying with that. Thanks Harvey, Sally for this reference:


Comments are invited THIS week on the SCOPE of Environmental Impacts that
should be considered regarding proposed extension of the license for New
England’s oldest operating nuclear reactor, from 40 years to 60 years. This
antique car is juiced up and sputtering with an overdose of piping hot fuel.
If you haven’t come out about this, now is a good time.

Ask for Richard Emch at the NRC. The NRC Office Public Affairs will have his
number — 301 415-8200.

NRC Seeks Public Input on Environmental Review Associated with Proposed
Vermont Yankee Nuclear Plant License Extension


4. June 20, Peace with Iran! A Round-table discussion
at Traprock, 7pm

Iranian neighbors, representatives of area peace groups and Traprock
supporters are invited to a round-table discussion on peace with Iran. To
make this simple, we’ll hold this first discussion at Traprock. Find points
of agreement and build understanding that can strengthen resistance to
proposals for war. We seek possibilities.

Suggestions to be discussed can include showing Iranian films, having an
Iranian/US soccer event that includes children and youths who are soccer
fans, and even participating in an ENCAMPMENT in DC this fall with the
theme, “Enough is Enough!” Grassroots organizing and national conference
calls are underway.

Please bring your hopes to the table.


Observed in Leverett at Mt. Toby Friends Meeting House

In 1996, Oglala Chief Arvol Looking Horse, Holder of the Sacred Pipe,
declared June 21st, (Summer Solstice) an International Day of Peace and
Prayer. A call for unity among earth’s people’s with a vision of peace.
Peace and Prayer Day is rooted in traditional indian culture, led by a
native elder but open to prayers from all faith traditions.

This year Jill Eldridge and Elliot Tarry are including a documentary
film, “The Sacred Run” by Andrea Sadler. The film records a 4,000 Km run
down the coast of Japan by American Indian Movement, A.I.M founder Dennis
Banks. Banks’ run ends with stops at Hiroshima and Nagasaki. Thus the
intention of this year’s event includes a message of non-proliferation of
nuclear weapons. Friends from the Peace Pagada will be on hand to add their

Llan Starkwaether will present a power point photo essay on the history
of the land under the Mt. Toby Meeting house based on his recent book on how
the railroad changed the local landscape. Please note that this is not a
Quaker meeting program. We have rented the meeting house from 9am-3pm so
there is shelter then, if needed. Please bring food to share at any time
and share your thoughts when we pass the talking stick.


Sunrise: Opening ceremony/ Lighting of the Sacred Fire/ Calling the
Directions? Prayers for peace
9:30 am: Llan Starkweather presentation
10 am: Film “The Sacred Run”
Noon: Main Ceremony, take lunch break
1pm: Llan Starkweather local history
1:45 pm: Film “the Sacred Run”
Sunset: Closing Ceremony

For more information please call Elliot Tarry, 917 549-8329.
Peace groups are invited to co-sponsor. Hope you can help.

6. Occupied Afghanistan: A Shotgun Wedding
Recent Images, Analysis, Discussion

a multimedia presentation, all welcome
Sunday, 25 June 2006, 6:30 – 8:30 pm

Keith Harmon Snow, journalist, photographer, human rights investigator
and local farmer from Williamsburg shares news of life in a war zone,
women’s lives, heroin trade, terror & Afghan resistance.

Slides and music will show the beauty and sorrow of the land, the
culture, and the people, amidst the ongoing U.S. war in Afghanistan.
Topics to be introduced include the heroine trade, the position of
women in society, the US role in “nation-building” and the “war on terror,”
and the simple realities of life during wartime under the US occupation.
Co-sponsored by Traprock Peace Center & Woolman Hill Conf. Center.
Come on up. Woolman Hill is splendid in early summer and the restored Quaker
meeting house makes is well suited to thoughtful reflection.

Free and open to the public. Wheelchair accessible.
Refreshments to follow. Donations welcome.


7. Atomic Safety Hearing, Brattleboro, Mo-Tues, June 26/27

NOPE, not waiting around for a melt-down!

Our friends at the New England Coalition are looking for 10-20 intelligent,
articulate people to sign up to speak at the Atomic Safety Licensing Board,
(ASLB) hearing June 26-27. (Known as “limited appearance statements,” the
comments will be accepted from 6:30 to 10:30 p.m., as needed, on June 26 at
the Latchis Theatre, at 50 Main St. in Brattleboro, Vt. They will also be
accepted at the same location from 9 a.m. to noon and from 1:30 to 4 p.m.,
as needed, on June 27).

Ray has offered to help with content–we all have a lot to say, and (or but)
there are specific points which must be made to the ASLB at this hearing.
The ASLB recently rejected 3 of NEC’s late-filed contentions, not on their
merits, but on procedural grounds. This is another opportunity to get these
concerns on the record. I am especially calling on those of you who have
spoken out in the past and have knowledge of the issues to help out if you
can, by replying to this email and working with Ray to make sure we get the
bases covered. Please mark your calendars for the 26 & 27 of June, and get
in touch with Ray at if you can help. And don’t forget to
sign up to speak. Details for signing up are below.

Persons wishing to make an oral statement who have submitted a timely
written request to do so will be given priority when it comes to the
speaking order at the sessions. To be considered timely, a written request
must either be e-mailed, faxed or sent by regular mail so as to be received
by 5 p.m. EDT on Tuesday, June 20. Requests can be e-mailed to:; faxed to: (301) 415-1101; or mailed to: Office of the
Secretary, Rulemakings and Adjudications Staff, U.S. Nuclear Regulatory
Commission, Washington, D.C. 20555-0001. Copies of requests should be
e-mailed to: and; .



Heavy rains prove the roof is fixed!

Sarah Whilton of Maryland is planning to come study uranium weapons with us
in August. Any other folks interested, please apply for residential
internship by sending 2 employee references and 2 household references.
These don’t need to be long — just a clue to show what tried and true help
you are. Include a phone number for your references.

We have one double-sized room and one standard bedroom available
upstairs, with an usptairs shower. Garden space and hiking trails grace life
on the Hill (for those who have time!) We ask for fifteen hours per week on
a mix of program, office, maintenance and fund-raising projects, and your
leadership for some additional peace-making. Interns can easily work 20
hours/week off the Hill for income, and keep their federal tax burden light.
Please inquire with the subject INTERN in the email heading:



A. WHEELS: Contributions are tax deductible.

Years ago when Jonah Kaplan Woolner was volunteering at age 13, he said
we should be out and about with a peace bus. If you have a spare car, van or
camper, and want to give less support to a brutal federal government, please
consider making a contribution on wheels.

MMMM; Today eight or so Woolman Hill Board members came to look at our
building in order to consider expanding their operations in this direction.
This is, of course, unsettling. We wonder what could happen. Name Traprock
in a will so that we might feel more settled? Other possibilities?


… HONK for PEACE and then some!

a. Green thumb: gardening help in the perennial flower bed;
Japanese iris, lupines and lillies are almost done blooming.
The grasses in between are blooming, too!

b. Help prepare a newsletter?
proof-reading, folding, stamping needed.

c. BABY TEETH NEEDED: In Southwestern NH, southern VT, and northern MA,
we want to know how much strontium 90 may have been absorbed by young
children. Can you help distribute forms parents before school is our, so
that they can donate a baby tooth? See more about strontium 90 at (weekdays or week-ends.) Further health studies in
this vicinity are proposed.

d. July 4 Picnic is being planned. Join Sally Weiss, Mark and Sue
Watkins, Sunny, welcoming our neighbors, from 2:30 til dusk, when the
fireflies rise.

Thanks to John Howard for regular help on Fridays with all sorts of
improvements, from radiation monitoring on site, to building a new set of
shelves for the video players!


10. July 4 — PEACE PICNIC

Tuesday, July 4, we congregate to celebrate our interdependence, and our
freedoms to speak, work and live for peace and justice. Come when it suits
you, from 2:30 til dusk, when the fireflies rise.

This is an POT-LUCK picnic feast, usually attended by 60+ folks. Come
meet your wonderful neighbors. We keep the food in the kitchen, and bring
our plates out on the lawn. (If it’s raining hard, or dreadfully hot, fewer
people come and we fit inside with no problem.)

This year special guests will include author Danielle Trisoni. See the
N.Y. Times review of her book, “Falling Through the Earth,” describing the
relationship of daughter and her father, affected by the war in Vietnam,
It’s a terrific book review.

Who knows when we might have our last July 4 picnic together. Please
come! RSVP’s appreciated, but NOT necessary. Friends and family may
enjoy a day of inter-generational friendship, music making, theater games,
and creative peace-making. Ray Paquette has brought some give-aways,
including many shoes. I’m going to get out some clay.

DIRECTIONS: From Route 5 & 10 watch for blue state highway signs for
Woolman Hill Camp and Conference Center. Turn east up Keets Road. At the top
of the Hill, please drive slowly and make a hard left after the Woolman Hill
sign. ***Sorry pet-lovers, Woolman Hill does not welcome pets.

Best regards,
Sunny Miller
Traprock Peace Center
103A Keets Road
Deerfield, MA 01342
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