November 5, 2007: This website is an archive of the former website, traprockpeace.org, which was created 10 years ago by Charles Jenks. It became one of the most populace sites in the US, and an important resource on the antiwar movement, student activism, 'depleted' uranium and other topics. Jenks authored virtually all of its web pages and multimedia content (photographs, audio, video, and pdf files. As the author and registered owner of that site, his purpose here is to preserve an important slice of the history of the grassroots peace movement in the US over the past decade. He is maintaining this historical archive as a service to the greater peace movement, and to the many friends of Traprock Peace Center. Blogs have been consolidated and the calendar has been archived for security reasons; all other links remain the same, and virtually all blog content remains intact.THIS SITE NO LONGER REFLECTS THE CURRENT AND ONGOING WORK OF TRAPROCK PEACE CENTER, which has reorganized its board and moved to Greenfield, Mass. To contact Traprock Peace Center, call 413-773-7427 or visit its site. Charles Jenks is posting new material to PeaceJournal.org, a multimedia blog and resource center.
For Immediate Release
9 July 04
Convention News: On Tuesday July 13th at 9 am a Multi-faith prayer gathering will be held at historic Deerfield’s Old Albany Cemetery to initiate a Peace and Justice walk ‘The people are Coming’. At the sight of a mass grave (48 bodies), war victims from all sides will be remembered. The ceremony will include prayers from several faith traditions. Randy Kehler and Persian Gulf Veteran Eric (Meekman) Wasileski will speak and a dozen white doves will be released. There will also be opportunity for community members to make comments. Following the ceremony a group will walk to Boston. The first day’s walk will end at the Amherst Town Common at approximately 4 PM. A pot luck dinner at Mt. Toby Friends (Quaker) meeting house (Rt. 63 Leverett) is planed for 6:30 PM followed by evening program and discussion. All are invited for any part. Directions: Look for Historic Deerfield off of Rt. 5 in Deerfield. Travelling south on Old Main Street in historic Deerfield, look for Deerfield Academy and a very large sycamore tree on your right. Turn right onto Albany Road, which will take you towards the Deerfield River. Old Albany Cemetery is on the left at the end of the road. Contact Eric Wasileski and Sarah Thayer at 413.219.8769 (or email Meekman@wildmail.com) to ask about the walk.
Using Ghandian principles; Veterans for Peace, Wally Nelson Chapter (95), Traprock Peace Center and the Affinity Group of Mt. Toby Friends (Quakers) are initiating a Peace and Justice walk to the Boston Social Forum and Veterans for Peace National Convention. We will be collecting tea at each stop. Stirring and Brewing the movement, the collected tea will be thrown into Boston Harbor. The American flag will be laundered continuously along the walk. Hand washing the American flag offers a powerful peace message. The walk will also have a petition: Letter to the Iraqi people, apologizing for the harm we have done to them. The walk will stay in Boston during the Democratic National Convention and walkers will continue on to New York City for peaceful demonstrations during the Republican National Convention.