November 5, 2007: This website is an archive of the former website,, 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 Blogs have been consolidated and the calendar has been archived for security reasons; all other links remain the same, and virtually all blog content remains intact.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, a multimedia blog and resource center.

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   PEACE FEST, 2004 ~  
        "Circles of Care,  Circles for Change"
  Saturday  Dec. 18, 2004
celebrating Traprock Peace Center's 25th anniverary 


See Photo-Album of the day's events - over 130 photo's! We'll be adding audio too.

See also photos we used in our photo gallery displayed at the celebration.

See Janet Bond story (Greenfield Recorder) below


Opening circle on a chilly December afternoon. photo © 2004 Charles Jenks

Our thanks to Deerfield Academy for the gracious invitation and wonderful accommodations.

Traprock Founders Reunion

Meg Gage, a director of Council for a Livable World and founder of the Peace Development Fund, Attorney Pauline Bassett, Randy Kehler and Frances Crowe were four of Traprock's founders. Randy was also Traprock's first director. After giving leadership nationally to the nuclear freeze movement, he left Traprock to become the first director of the national FREEZE. (FREEZE later merged with SANE to form SANE/FREEZE, which then became Peace Action.) Daniel Ellsberg says that Randy was an inspiration for his decision to copy the Pentagon Papers. Frances was also a founder of the Western Massachusetts office of AFSC. She has counseled thousands of young people on conscientious objection and worked tirelessly with others to bring Democracy Now to local radio airwaves (WMUA at UMASS). photo © 2004 Charles Jenks

Bill Benjamin began video taping and Charlie and Sunny photographed and audio taped throughout the day.

Our opening Circle, began at 1:20 with a surprise visit from State Rep. Steve Kulick and State Senator Stan Rosenberg.

1:30 Traprock Café was open all day with Hopes for Peace
Finding Common Ground, Conscious Communications peace skills, Sandra Boston
Hacking for Peace, Futbolitistas, Daniel Botkin
Share your favorite peace story, all afternoon

2:30 Draft Counseling with Frances Crowe, a co-founder! (Link takes you to her earlier interview with Sunny Miller and Aaron Ford.)
Active play with Trevor the Gamesman
Song Circle with Leela Whitcomb-Hewitt and Jontz Johnson
Kathleen Becker came early and stayed late to do Breema massage

Gerard Matthew - photo by Sunny Miller

3:30   Gerard Matthew, GWII vet & Janise Camacho-Matthew discussed uranium weapons effects.
Sarah Pirtle and friends discussed Peace Education Today,
Gordon Kramer shared Origami Art for Peace.
Stunning and Favorite Films stayed in their boxes for the most part.

4:30  Randy Kehler invited friends reflections, sharing stories.
Cale & Beth Weissman helped us decorate peace T-shirts.
Lynne Davis played harp for relaxation, a fine avenue to wellness.
6:00 If you stayed through evening, you probably feasted on baked potatoes, cheese and breads and some of many soups.

At 7 pm the evening performance was lighted and amplified with the skilled help of Sam Skillings, of Deerfield Academy.

Our sharings featured:

Tom Neilson, the Bard Insurgent
Amira Schroeder, poet/dancer
Randy Kehler, a Traprock founder, on The Secret History of Active Nonviolence
Suzie Patlove, poet
Julia Ricklis and Maggie Geha, dancers
Julia Burrough, singer/song-writer, "A Brighter Road"
Gerard Matthew, Iraq War veteran, on the hopes of a veteran and the value of Traprock's work to abolish 'depleted' uranium
Court Dorsey and Suzie Polucci performed "Camarooned in America"
with introductions by Sunny Miller, Peter Letson, Grant Bialek, Paul Ricklis with inspired comment on the way peace work and fund raising are like gardening - it is physical work and a privilege to see the fruits of our labors; and Charlie Jenks.

This festive photo was taken after dinner, before the dancing started. photo © 2004 Charles Jenks (thanks to Dan Bodkin for taking the photo so Charlie could be in the picture. The only problem with that is that Dan wasn't in it!)

We feasted on spectacular birthday cakes and lively dancing to tunes spun by Hank Berry.

Grateful thanks to Peter Letson, Chair of the food committee, and Paul Ricklis, Danny Bodkin, Sally Weiss, Mary Rose, Grant Bialek and all who brought soups and veggies. (We had pot-lucks during planning meetings as well. What wonderful food.)

The Heroic and cheerful clean-up was chaired by Debra Schey, with help from Sunny Miller, John Wilde, Peter Letson, Jaime Babson, Leela Whitcomb-Hewitt, Charlie Jenks, and friends. Thanks for food donations from Dean's Beans and Red Fire Farm, and a donation from Greenfields Market.

Leela Whitcomb-Hewitt helped all day, with wide smiles and songs to boot, from 9 am-almost midnight. Gopi and Analiese carted a carful back to Traprock. Sue Watkins brought beautiful flowers and helped with set-p and welcoming. Mary Rose, Mark Watkins and Debra Schey also helped welcome guests. Gina Delfino, Mary Rose, Andy Rothschild, Randy Kehler, Lynn Benander, Eric Wasileski, Gina Delfino, Charlie Jenks, Sunny Miller, and helpful neighbors just trained to be Draft and Service Counselors helped invite folks with many phone calls, emails and posters. Thanks to you too for spreading the invitation. Thanks to our local businesses with enough community spirit to post posters!

Sally Weiss and Debra Schey staffed the Traprock Cafe and spread good cheer to the coat room as well, after a fuse blew. Pam Walker seeded the project of tracing our hands and writing about a favorite or most satisfying peace making experience. (Those are now in a folded book that can grow. Your story and tracing are welcomed.) Sally Shaw invited hopes for Peace. So many wonderful people came to take part. Sally Shaw and Debra Schey spoke to many parents inviting contributions of baby teeth for the Tooth Fairy Project, assessing strontium 90 levels. This day reminded us that we can have many, favorite kinds of fun that will energize us and work we do.

Greenfield Recorder Staff

DEERFIELD  The three brothers stood on the steps of the Deerfield Academy classroom building sharing each other’s folders and teasing each other.

Jacob Iselin read his brother Tobias Iselin’s reasons for being a conscientious objector and laughed.
“They won’t call you a conscientious objector, they’ll call you a lazy objector,” said Jacob, 18, as he gave his taller brother a shove.

“I’m too not pro-killing people,” said Tobias, 21, and then shrugged as his brothers hooted at him.
“I like making light of serious situations,” he said.

Their dad, George Iselin, had brought his sons all the way from Maplewood, N. H. to hear Frances Crowe talk about draft counseling at Traprock Peace Center’s 25th anniversary “Circles of Care, Circles of Change” celebration on Saturday.

George Iselin said he’d had to drag his sons down to hear Crowe, pulling his oldest, Geordie Iselin, off a volunteer electrical job, but the effort was worth it.

“He’ll maybe live to do many more years of electrical work,” said George Iselin nodding at Geordie, 23.

Each man had a manila folder with worksheets and tips on establishing themselves as conscientious objectors.

The sons agreed it was a good use of time to come down and they all agreed that it was against their belief to kill anyone.  It’s something they said they got from their father who fought the entire six years of the Vietnam War to establish his conscientious objector status.

George Iselin’s tactics ranged from two years in the Peace Corps in Ecuador to walking barefoot in poison ivy, all while he worked at getting the CO status that he did finally get in 1973, at war’s end.

Iselin,56, said both he and his wife’s believe that there could be a draft to get enough soldiers for the war in Iraq.

He looked at his sons who were laughing at the poison ivy story and reminded them that Crowe said doing things like that, things that hurt one's self, were not good ways to avoid the draft.

Crowe’s workshop on draft counseling was one of about a dozen workshops, circles, and other activities Saturday afternoon.

The events ranged from sharing peace stories and songs, to decorating peace T-shirts, listening to Harp music, clowning and watching films.

In one of the classrooms, Sarah Pirtle was leading a growing circle in a discussion of peace education and the participant’s experience of peace.

“What’s so delicious in Peace Camp,” said Pirtle speaking quietly about the experience of building “houses in the woods” at the Traprock Peace Center with children enrolled in the camp.

Engaging in the project of building houses in the woods inevitably results in conflict.  The campers have agreed to “follow the stop rule” which means that when a child, or an adult, finds a conversation getting painful or mean, that person puts up their hand to stop it.

“Following the stop rule, rather than fight it out, the campers talk it out,” she said and added dryly that “Somedays there are several talk-it-outs a day.”

“We are all like quarks becoming an atom.  Now, as an atom, we’re looking out for each other,” she said describing a way of being that she encouraged in her life and work.

Moving around the circle, one woman talked about her work as an aide with single mothers and called it peace work, her husband addressed “aggressive peace,” the effort of trying to “talk people into things.”

“I don’t like it.  I don’t think it’s a good thing.  You can have the Bolshevik Revolution, but then you get Stalin, if you have that fear in people,” said Siribalwant Khalsa.

Peace was described as an experience and as an orderliness to be cultivated within one’s person, the only place an individual can have control over peace.

One man recalled a gathering of Buddhist monks at Tregelly’s Fiber Farm and the exercise during which various people stood up and named a place which needed prayers for peace.

One monk stood up and said “Jampa.”  It was his own name.

You can reach Janet Bond at: or (413) 772-0261 Ext.263.

Traprock thanks Janet and the Recorder for permission to reprint this article.



December 23, 2004 - page created by Charlie Jenks; updated January 5, 2005