grassrootspeace.org

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 popular grassroots peace sites in the US, and its content remains as 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 Blogs have been consolidated and the calendar has been archived for security reasons; all other links remain the same, and virtually all blog content remains intact.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.

War on Truth  From Warriors to Resisters
Important New Books

The War on Truth

From Warriors to Resisters

Army of None

Iraq: the Logic of Withdrawal

Stop the War Campaign with Scott Ritter
(Contact Traprock to order audio cd's or videos of talks; you can listen to RealAudio or read transcripts of some talks on-line below. If your school would like to host him, please call Lisa Bransdorf at 800-326-4211.


Scott Ritter press conference with Sunny Miller, Feb. 26, 2004; photo ©2004 Charles Jenks

Scott Ritter Archives
Nov 17, 2006 - A look back - vintage Scott Ritter video from a signature talk on looming Iraq war, given in Boston, MA on July 23, 2002. The talk inspired the book - No War on Iraq, an interview with Scott Ritter by William Rivers Pitt.
April 21, 2006 - A Path to Peace with Iran
November 17, 2005 - Scott Ritter speaks out against wars on Iraq and Iran
Buzz Flash Interview - Why We're in Iraq
BBC Interview with Carrie Gracie
DVD & Transcript - Scott Ritter - War on Iran
Scott Ritter Challenges the Peace Movement - a response by Sunny Miller and Dave Dashefsky
Scott Ritter on Iran: here do we go from here?
Thursday, June 23 - Deerfield, Mass.
June 20, 2005 - The War with Iran has already begun - Al Jazeera
January 20, 2005 - The Salvador Option
November 9, 2004 - Squeezing Jello in Iraq
November 1 - The War in Iraq has made moral cowards of us all - The Guardian
August 18 - Scott Ritter interview on Israel's Nuclear Weapons, Iraq and US protests
July 9 - Facing the Enemy on the Ground
May 21 - "Irresponsible speculation that the shell was part of a live WMD stockpile" (pdf file)
Feb 26 - Press conference - Download audio as mp3 or RealAudio, read transcript and see photos..
Feb 9 - "Like it or not, Maj. Scott Ritter had it right all along." David Hackworth
Feb 9 - The WMD Inspector No One Heeded
Feb. 6 - Not everyone got it wrong on Iraq's weapons
Feb. 5, 2004 - Scott Ritter - Rahul Mahajan transcript
pdf file - doc file
Dec. 19, 2003 - Scott Ritter spoke to over 1000 high school students at 3 schools. See photo-journal, hear his talk and see the transcript.
Oct. 7, 2003 Talk on the Bush Administration's War on Iraq- Scott Ritter in Deerfield, MA at Traprock's 24th Anniversary
Oct. 6, 2003 - Scott RItter HARDtalk interview with the BBC - a "must listen" interview at Information Cearinghouse
July 9, 2003 - Press Conference at Traprock Peace Center - also Ritter on Wolf Blitzer (CNN) and Press Conference at UN
2002
Scott Ritter - Oct. 15 - RealAudio and MP3: transcripts
MIT Forum: with Scott Ritter & Steve Walt
PHOTO JOURNAL of the Heartland Swing - Wichita, Chicago, Indianapolis, Balitmore - August 20 - 23, 2002
Text of Scott Ritter in Boston, July 23
Scott Ritter on Saddam Bomb Maker Myth
Gloucester Talk - July 2, 2002 via RealAudio
War on Iraq by William Rivers Pitt with Scott Ritter (war-on-iraq.com)
Iraqi Parliament address
In These Times
The Guardian
In Shifting Sands (great documentary by Scott) plays every Saturday and Sunday matinee at 12:00 noon. The Roxie Cinema 3117 16th Street, San Francisco 415-431-3611. Bookings for the film is handled through an agent - Mitchell Banks at lebanks@aol.com.

 

Traprock Peace Center started working with Scott Ritter last Dec, 2001, starting with Sunny Miller's interview with him on WMUA radio at the University of Massachusetts. Since then, we have initiated 10 public speaking events in Massachusetts (7); Wichita, KS, Indianapolis, IN and Baltimore, MD, as well as editorial board interviews with the Greenfield Recorder, Boston Globe, Baltimore Sun and Chicago Tribune. Out of this work has flowed many radio, tv, and newspaper interviews and stories. (We had massive statewide coverage in Indiana, for example; that event led to story in In These Times; the July 23rd event in Boston lead to an explosion of internet activity due to William Rivers Pitt's Truthout article on the talk and to a book - War on Iraq - by William Rivers Pitt that was released last month with a 125,000 distribution.) There have been many requests from groups all over the country that want to sponsor an event. We are not Scott's agent and happily pass on such requests to him and stand ready to assist groups with advice and, if practicable, organization. Schools and university need to work through his agent; please call Lisa Bransdorf at 800-326-4211 for such events.

Our home page has the most recent infromation concering our work with Scott. What follows is a reverse order chronology of highlights.

Scott Ritter, former chief UN weapons inspector in Iraq, went on a Traprock Peace Center arranged swing from August 20-22 through Wichita, Indianapolis, Chicago and Baltimore for speaking events before overflowing audiences, editorial board interviews with the Chicago Tribune and Baltimore Sun, and television, radio, and newspaper interviews, in collaboration with local peace organizations. The Tribune published an editorial against going to war and the Sun printed an opinion piece that quoted Ritter extensively two days after these meetings. Traprock shared costs with participating groups.
The speaking events engergized local peace organizations and fostered their local networking while serving to enlighten over 800 people. In Wichita, co-sponsored with the Peace and Social Justice Center of South Central Kansas, the speaking event drew about 225 and received print and broadcast media coverage. In Indiana, the local TV station met Ritter, Sunny Miller and Charlie Jenks at the airport for an on-the-spot interview. The event - at the Asanti ballroom in a minority neighborhood, was co-sponsored by the Indianapolis Peace & Justice Center and the usually conservative Hudson Institute and drew well over 300 people. The Gannett newspaper's chain of papers in Indianapolis interviewed Ritter at the event, where there was also additional TV coverage. The next day Ritter was interviewed during drive-time on WIBC, a popular conservative talk show program in Indianapolis. Ritter also graced the cover of NUVO weekly newsmagazine, which included an interview with Ritter by Fran Quigley and an opinion piece by Harry Van der Linden. Traprock worked primarily with the Women's International League for Peace and Freedom and Physician's for Social Responsibility in Baltimore, where about 250 heard Ritter speak. As with the other events, many stayed afterwards for small group discussions.
Photo Journal of the Heartland Swing with Scott Ritter for Peace with Iraq.

(Pictured left: Marliese Diaz, IWLPF, Kevin Kallaugher, Baltimore Sun with Scott Ritter; right: Scott Ritter with Bruce Dold, Chicago Tribune; photos by Charlie Jenks)

The following media resources covered events or published editorials related to the Heartland Swing:Scott Ritter Op-Ed piece - "Give Inspections a Chance in Iraq" - AP
Wichita Eagle editorial board writer opinion

NUVO (Indiana) interview by Fran Quigley with Scott Ritter; Opinion Article by Harry van der Linden
Gannett newspapers article on Indianapolis event
Indianapolis Star article on Indianapolis event
NUVO story on Indianapolic event
Chicago Tribune main editorial


(Charlie Wiles (left) Board Member of of the Indianapolis Peace and Justice Center (IPJC) and Executive Director of the Peace Learning Center, did a great job putting together this diverse panel of experts. See PHOTO JOURNAL of the Heartland Swing for Peace with Iraq.

Scott Ritter speaking with Wichita neighbors at his talk organized with the Peace and Social Justice Center of South Central Kansas. photos © 2002 Charles Jenks
See more photos in the PHOTO JOURNAL.

Archive of selected mainstream media resources. (Pictured below: Sunny Miller, Scott Ritter & Alan Berger (the Boston Globe) on July 1; © 2002 Charles Jenks.)

Scott Ritter op-ed 10/07;
R
itter Dismisses Report on Iraq; Butler reacts;
Ritter addressed Iraqi National Assembly on September 10 - CNN Story and Interview;

Ritter Op-Ed in Tribune
- Sept 9, 2002
Australian Green Left Weekly on FRC Hearings & Ritter's Boston Talk
News releases by Ritter and Hans Von Sponeck;
Scott Ritter's July 20, 2002 Op-Ed piece in the Boston Globe (by invitation at editorial board meeting);
Scott Ritter's Interview on Australian Television.
Video:

HEAR Scott Ritter Now via RealAudio version of Traprock's CD of speech against going to war.
Scott Ritter on C-Span August 1 - watch it on Real Video
Peace in Iraq: A State of the Movement Address.”
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C-Span, June 15, 2002], Scott Ritter & Kathy Kelly in Washington, DC given at The Education for Peace In Iraq Center; Video viewing requires RealPlayer 7 (free download) or higher.
See the Truthout "perspective" piece on Scott Ritter's talk - "The Coming October War in Iraq" by William Rivers Pitt. Congratulations to Mr. Pitt for his fine article with its extensive quotes. He produced this very quickly! [This was a very important article and led to an explosion of interest.]

Contact Traprock Peace Center for a broadcast quality video of Scott Ritter's July 23 speech in Boston or to obtain an audio CD of his July 2nd speech in Gloucester. The CD is 53 minutes long and suitable for re-play on radio. (Thanks to Martin Voelker, www.nouturn.org, for producing both; Peace Center intern Scott Morris and Meagan Kennedy for making copies and labeling, and For the Record for promoting the CD in Amherst and donating free fax service to people contacting Congress about the Iraq crisis.) You can now HEAR streaming RealAudio of Scott Ritter in Gloucester.


How to Stop the Next War? Video Available - July 23, 2002: Scott Ritter, former chief UN weapons inspector in Iraq, spoke on "The Impending War Against Iraq: A Catastrophe in the Making" in Boston on July 23, 2002 at Suffolk University Law School. People overflowed into an extra room where they watched on TV. Video available. Please ask your local cable stations to broadcast!

This was the 6th appearance that Traprock Peace Center initiated with Scott Ritter and worked with Massachusetts Peace Action and United for Justice with Peace to bring him to Boston. The event was also sponsored by Boston Mobilization, CCPAX, Lawyers' Alliance for World Security, World Boston and World Federalists, Boston Chapter. He spoke for several hours, including a generous question and answer period and informal small group discussions. He challanged the Administration's plans for an invasion of Iraq and described the horrible continuing effects of economic sanctions. Call to order a video or an audio CD.

Scott Ritter is available for radio and TV interviews. If your peace group would like to coordinate with us, please contact Sunny Miller at 413-773-7427 as soon as possible. If your college or university would like to host him, please call Lisa Bransdorf at 800-326-4211. We are working wtih other important speakers; such as Dout Rokke, former head of the US Army Depleted Uranium Project in Iraq.

See William Rivers Pitt's book with Scott Ritter - "War on Iraq (http://www.war-on-iraq.com). This talk in Boston inspired the book. Also see the Truthout "perspective" piece on Scott Ritter's talk - "The Coming October War in Iraq" by William Rivers Pitt. Congratulations to Will for his excellent book and the fine article with its extensive quotes. He produced the article very quickly!

Contact Traprock Peace Center for a broadcast quality video of Scott Ritter's July 23 speech in Boston or to obtain an audio CD of his July 2nd speech in Gloucester. The CD is 53 minutes long and suitable for re-play on radio. (Thanks to Martin Voelker, www.nouturn.org, for producing both; Peace Center intern Scott Morris and Meagan Kennedy for making copies and labeling, and For the Record for promoting the CD in Amherst and donating free fax service to people contacting Congress about the Iraq crisis.)

Page created November 21, 2002 by Charlie Jenks.