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 Blogs have been consolidated and the calendar has been archived for security reasons; all other links remain the same, and virtually all blog content remains intact.THIS SITE NO LONGER REFLECTS THE CURRENT AND ONGOING WORK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.
Resources on 'Depleted' Uranium
Summer, 2003 'Depleted' Uranium Speaking Tour with Doug Rokke
Gulf War veteran and former director of the US Army's Depleted Uranium Project, Doug Rokke (rock-ee), PhD. Speaks on the Dangers of Uranium Munitions, July 21-26 in New York and August 5-10 in Massachusetts, Vermont and New York. His first stop on this tour in Buffalo was the top story on Common Dreams.
Hyperlinks go to press releases, below.
Monday, July 21, Buffalo, NY - Contact: Western New York Peace Center, 2123 Bailey Avenue, Buffalo, NY 12241 Charles Cobb 716 894 2013. Story of Buffalo event..
Wednesday, July 23, Rochester, NY - .ś, 7 PM Patchen Briggs VFW Post 54 South Union Street Free, open to the public ∆ disabled accessible For Information, phone MetroJustice atś585-325-2560 during office hrs.
hursday, July 24, Syracuse, NY - T, 7:30 pm May Memorial Unitarian Society, 3800 E. Genesee St. primary contact: Andy Mager firstname.lastname@example.org At the Syracuse Peace Council
Saturday July 26th, ORANGE COUNTY PEACE, Munroe, NY - 7:00 pm At Central Valley Elementary School (across from Woodbury Commons)
Tuesday, August 5, Turners Falls, (AKA Great falls) MA At 5:00 Up to 20 teens are invited for pizza and a question and answer session with Doug Rokke on uranium munitions. This will be taped. Bring permission slips to the Montague TV studio, 34 2nd Street. Peace Vigil with lanterns begins 6:45. r.s.v.p. Traprock Peace Center, 413 773-7427.
Wednesday, August 6, St Johnsbury, VT 7pm at SOUTH CHURCH (North Church is for the video only) Main St . St. J. Sunny will drive Doug up from Deerfield, MA, in time for dinner, aiming for 5:30. Key contact: Laura Bellusci email@example.com 802 748-5399
Thursday Aug 7, Arlington, MA - 7:30 PM, Calvary Church. 300 Mass. Ave, , (Flyer attached as a pdf.) Key contact: Thea Paneth, Arlington United for Peace and Justice, $10 requested donation. For more information call 781-316-2018.
Saturday August 9, Springfield, MA, 5:30-8:30 - Martin Luther King Jr. Center, . Arise for Social Justice and Traprock Peace Center are contacts. Both the Arise Peace Group, key contact Michael Lindberg, 413 734-4948 and Traprock are working on raising funds for this appearance. Doug Rokke's comments begin at 7 pm. Thanks for your support! 413 773-7427
Sunday August 10, Chattam, NY, 4PM, , 77 Main Street, , at Tracy Memorial Village Hall. Co-sponsors welcome, including thus far, Center for Community Renaissance and Upper Hudson Peace Action. Key contact: Leslie Gabriel firstname.lastname@example.org
N E W S R E L E A S E
July 22, 2003
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Contact: Andy Mager, 472-5478
US Army Expert on Uranium Munitions to Speak in Syracuse
ŮPoisoning Soldiers and Civilians: The Health and Environmental Effects of Uranium MunitionsÓ is the title of a speech by Major Doug Rokke on Thursday, July 24, 7:30 pm, at May Memorial Unitarian Society, 3800 E. Genesee St. in Syracuse.
Dr. Rokke is the former Director of the U.S. Army Depleted Uranium (DU) Project where he worked as a health physicist on DU education and clean-up during the Gulf War. He has a PhD in health physics and was originally trained as a forensic scientist.
Dr. Rokke served in the US Air Force during the Viet Nam War and in the National Guard since 1980. When the Gulf War started, he was assigned to prepare soldiers to respond to nuclear, biological, and chemical warfare, and sent to the Gulf. What he experienced has made him a passionate voice for peace, traveling the country to speak out.
He became a whistle-blower, explaining the policies of the US Army that exposed troops and civilians to DU and other toxic compounds. He has spoken and written extensively on this issue, appearing throughout the United States, Europe and Australia. He has appeared on Ů60 MinutesÓ and documentaries related to DU.
The US fired about 944,000 DU rounds in the Gulf War, contaminating the Gulf region with 300-400 tones of DU in 1991. At the end of the Gulf War the total US casualty count was 760: 294 dead, a little over 400 wounded or ill. But the casualty rate now for Gulf War veterans is approximately 30 percent. Of those stationed in the theater, including after the conflict, 221,000 have been awarded disability, according to a Veterans Affairs (VA) report issued September 10, 2002. While there is no ŮproofÓ that DU exposure caused this health crisis, there are no other simple explanations either.
Exposure among Iraqi civilians is even greater. Dr. Harry Shalimer, estimates that there have been 100,000 cancerns in Basra alone in the last 12 years. Depleted uranium munitions were used again in the recent war against Iraq, including new Ůbunker-busterÓ and Ůearth-penetratorÓ bombs.
Dr. RokkeÕs talk is free and open to the public. It is co-sponsored by Syracuse Peace Council, Peace Action, Citizens Awareness Network, Physicians for Social Responsibility, Pax Christi, American Friends Service Committee, Syracuse Cultural Workers and the Compassion and Advocacy Committee of the Cayuga-Syracuse Presbytery.
ORANGE COUNTY PEACE AND JUSTICE COALITION & Traprock Peace Center present Veteran and Former Director of the U.S. Army's Depleted Uranium Project Doug Rokke to discuss THE HEALTH AND ENVIRONMENTAL EFFECTS OF URANIUM MUNITIONS
Saturday July 26th 7:00 pm At Central Valley Elementary School (across from Woodbury Commons)
Doug Rokke PhD. is a Vietnam and Gulf War Veteran and an expert on 'depleted' uranium. He headed the U.S. Army's DU Project after the Gulf War, and now advocates a ban on the manufacture and use of uranium munitions.
Rokke served in the military and the reserves for a total of 35 years. Discussion will include topics such as the historic context of radioactive munitions, dating from 1943, how DU weapons work, contaminated testing grounds, and missing files. Doug Rokke will also discuss the current unfolding tragedy, denial of care, and our personal responsibility to make a difference. Congressman James McDermott's sponsored a bill, HR 1483, which calls on the U.S. to study the effects of DU and how to mitigate it's contamination.
Please join us to learn who is responsible for policies and protocols in the Department of Defense and the Department of the Army, and how we can take response-ABILITY to speak up at every level.
DIRECTIONS: from the New York Thruway, take Exit 16. After going through the tollbooths take exit 131, turn right onto 32N.
(From Route 17, take exit 131 to 32N)
Go past the 1st light (Woodbury Commons on right) Make left at next light into school parking area. Central Valley Elementary School is on Route 32 directly across the street from Woodbury Commons Shopping Center.
Physicians for Social Responsibility Democratic Alliance Sullivan Peace FOR- Fellowship for Reconciliation Sara Morrison Rose Garden Health Food Store Middletown, NY Social Concerns Committee, Unitarian Universalist Society of Rock Tavern
For more information see Orange County Peace and Justice Coalition http://www.orangepeace.org and http://www.grassrootspeace.org Tel: 845-986-1951 or 845-343-8125 OCPJ PO Box 998, Warwick, NY 10990 email: email@example.com
Arlington United for Justice with Peace COS - 21 Marathon Street Arlington, MA 02474 781-316-2018 See event Poster.
For Immediate Release: July 17, 2003 Contact: Thea Paneth, 781-648-6756 (Not for publication)
To Arrange An Interview: Contact Sunny Miller, 413-773-7427 (Transcripts of Major Rokke's past media and public appearances can be found at www.grassrootspeace.org.)
Former Army Physicist Blows Whistle on Depleted Uranium Use In Iraq The former director of the Army's Depleted Uranium Project, Major Doug Rokke, will discuss the consequences of U.S. depleted uranium use in Iraq at Calvary Church (300 Massachusetts Avenue) in Arlington, Massachusetts on August 7 at 7:30 PM.
Depleted uranium is a radioactive isotope widely used in combat munitions used by U.S. forces. It has been linked to health effects and birth defects in veterans, civilians, and their families.
Major Rokke, Ph.D., who headed the U.S. Army's Depleted Uranium Project after the 1991 Gulf War, and who now advocates a ban on the manufacture and use of DU munitions is a veteran of the Vietnam and Gulf Wars and an expert on depleted uranium. Rokke served in the military and the reserves for a total of 35 years.
Major Rokke will describe the historic context of proposals to use radioactive munitions, dating from 1943, how depleted-uranium weapons work, the problem of contaminated US testing grounds, the current unfolding tragedy, veterans' missing files, denial of care, and what concerned citizens can do to make a difference. He is currently on a speaking tour of New York State and New England to call attention to this timely issue∆as DU ammunition was used extensively in April 2003 as well as during the Gulf War of 1991.
Major Rokke was an Army health physicist assigned in 1991 to the command staff of the 12th Preventive Medicine Command and 3rd U.S. Army Medical Command headquarters. He was recalled to active duty 20 years after serving in Vietnam and sent to the Gulf to take charge of the depleted-uranium cleanup operation.
Major Rokke has become an outspoken opponent of the use of depleted-uranium munitions. Depleted uranium Ůis the stuff of nightmares," according to Rokke.
Rokke and his primary team of about 100 performed their cleanup task without any specialized training or protective gear. Today, Rokke said most have serious health problems.
"Verified adverse health effects include reactive airway disease, neurological abnormalities, kidney stones and chronic kidney pain, rashes, vision degradation and night vision losses, lymphoma, various forms of skin and organ cancer, neuropsychological disorders, uranium in semen, sexual dysfunction and birth defects in offspring,Ó Rokke says.
"This whole thing is a crime against God and humanity."
"Since 1991, numerous U.S. Department of Defense reports have said that the consequences of DU were unknown," Rokke says. "That is a lie. We warned them in 1991 after the Gulf War, but because of liability issues, they continue to ignore the problem."
Rokke worked until 1996 for the military, developing depleted-uranium training and management procedures. The procedures were ignored, he said. "Their arrogance is beyond comprehension," he says. "We have spread radioactive waste all over the place and refused medical treatment to people . . . it's all arrogance."
` This event is sponsored by Arlington United for Justice with Peace, American Friends Service Committee, and the North Shore Coalition for Peace and Justice. Traprock Peace Center in Deerfield, Massachusetts is coordinating an east coast speaking tour with Major Rokke; the Arlington forum will serve the Boston-area. It is open to the public, with a $10 requested donation. For more information call: 781-316-2018 (for publication).
A photo of Major Rokke (JPG) is available. Please email firstname.lastname@example.org for a copy. For many relevant resources see www.grassrootspeace.org
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