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 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 Blogs have been consolidated and the calendar has been archived for security reasons; all other links remain the same, and virtually all blog content remains intact.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, 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

See Craig's photos and journal of walk.

Third Annual Walk for A New Spring
February 26 (Pittsfield) - March 19 (Boston)

Updated Schedule - click here

March 1 - walkers and supporters outside Greenfields Market, Greenfield, MA. photo © 2004 Charlie Jenks

February 27 - Walkers and Supporters at The Creamery, Cummington, MA. The Creamery provided hospitality and friends brought food for the walkers. Love and good cheer abounded. Circles with prayer, song and reflection, wonderful food (even hot fudge sundae's) and conversation, hugs and foot massage - what more could one ask for? Photo © 2004 Charlie Jenks

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February 26, 2004 - Walkers in South Deerfield on their way to Pittsfield to start the walk. The Walkers met Sunny to receive the banners.


Feb 26 - March 19 - Third Annual Walk for a New Spring - New England Peace Pagoda and friends. See photos from 2003 Walk. See 2004 Brochure (pdf file; dates and locations tentative; please watch this space for updates).

To contact the walk (Feb 26 to March 19) call 413-695-2871. If you cannot get through, call Western Mass AFSC at 413.584.8975 /

For a walker's updates and photos,
see Craig's photos and journal uploaded during the walk.

Schedule (frequently updated): (see schedule archives at end)

Download March 19 flyer

Note: all scheduling information is subject to change.

Saturday, March 13: leave Barnstable 8:30 AM - Main St (Rt 6A) - West Barnstable - Rt 6A - East Sandwich (lunch) - 6A - Sandwich - Tupper Rd - Main St - Beale St - Water St - Service Rd - Meeting House Rd - Friends Mtg House. Evening program, 6 PM, potluck at Friends Meeting House. contact: Ann Prentice (508) 747-2889

Sunday, March 14: leave Sandwich 8 AM - by car to Plymouth at Massasoit statue - by car to Baileys Corner on Rt 3A - Duxbury - Rt 3A - Marshfield (lunch) - 3A - Country Way - Stockbridge Rd - First Parish Rd - Harbor United Methodist Church. Evening program, 6 PM, at Harbor United Methodist Church, 55 First Parish Rd., Scituate (or alternative site nearby will be posted on the door.) contact: Mellisa (781) 545-2472.

Monday, March 15: leave Scituate 8 AM - Parish Rd - Branch St - Scituate Center - Country Way - North Scituate - S. Main St - Cohasset - East St - Hingham Unitarian Church, Main St (lunch around noon) - Beal St - Rt 3A - Green St - Commercial St - Weymouth landing - Quincy Ave (Rt 53) - Vietnamese Temple. Evening program, 6 PM, potluck at United Parish Church, Quincy Center, across from T station. contact: Betty Green, (781) 340-0564.

Tuesday, March 16: Vietnamese Buddhist Center/E. Braintree - Quincy Center - take subway to Fields Corner - Dorcester Ave - Hancock St - Uphams Corner - Dudley St - Mass Ave - Proposed Bio-Terror Lab site - Mass Ave - Tremont St - Haley House (lunch around noon) - Boylston St - Mass Ave - Beacon St - Coolidge Corner - Cleveland Circle - Beacon St - Walnut - Newton City Hall, 5 PM. Evening: 7 PM, program only, no potluck, at 14 Sterling St., Newton, Newton Dialogs for Peace, contact: Joan Ecklein (617) 244-8054.

March 17:  Newton - Waltham - Lexington - Woburn - Wakefield - Lynn

Thursday, March 18: Lynn - Saugus - Melrose - Malden - Medford - Somerville - Cambridge; evening program: Cambridge Friends Meeting House, 5 Longfellow Place (off Brattle near Harvard Sq), Cambridge, 6 PM potluck, informal program around 6:30 PM.

Friday, March 19: The walk route through Boston may change from the original plan. Updates will be posted when available.

The walk ends on March 19, 2004 in Boston: Download March 19 flyer

Please join us ! as the 3rd annual Walk for a New Spring ends in Boston

We must seek a power that surpasses violence. …U.S. policies will be converted should her people become more spiritual and stand up and search for peace.

Most Ven., Nichidatsu Fuji, Founder & Preceptor, Nipponzan Myohoji Buddhist Order

Visiting 70 Massachusetts towns and cities from Feb 26 ? March 19, this interfaith walk ends by looping around “the Hub,” roughly tracing the periphery at risk if the proposed Bio-Terror Lab is built in the Boston’s Roxbury/South End. Walkers will meet with local mayors to share information & urge participation in Mayors for Peace, rejecting weapons of mass destruction, especially nuclear weapons. We walk from mid-winter into Spring, praying and sharing together to bring forth renewal and vision to build a genuinely nonviolent future.

Schedule for final days includes: 3/16 Quincy, Dorchester, Roxbury, South End, Brookline, Newton; 3/17 Waltham, Lexington, Woburn, Wakefield, Lynn; 3/18 Saugus, Melrose, Malden, Medford, Somerville. Full schedule: or AFSC, 413-584-8975.

Walk Schedule for Friday, March 19

8:15 Assemble at Christ Church, 0 Garden St. (Harvard Sq. MBTA stop on red line)

8:30  Walk down Mass Ave

9:00  Cambridge City Hall, Mass Ave near Inman St (Central Square stop on red line) Then follow Mass Ave across the river to Boston; left @ Commonwealth Ave; right @ Dartmouth St.

10:00  Trinity Church, Copley Square, (Copley Sq stop on green line or Back Bay stop on Orange line. A Turnpike exit is near and public parking is available)

10:30 Walk to Blackstone Park (Dartmouth/Tremont/W.Brookline)

11:00 INTERFAITH PRAYER SERVICE, Blackstone Park (Washington St & W. Brookline St in So. End) or St Stephens Church ( Shawmut and Pembroke across from Blackstone Park)

12:00 Walk to Government Center Washington St./Winter St/Tremont St.

1:00 Interfaith meeting with elected officials. Boston City Hall Plaza (Government Ctr. stop on green line) Concluding with brief ceremony of closure and commitment by 1:30.

Bring flowers and join for all or part of the day.  Please also bring your own snack and beverage for a long morning. Local info (617) 441-7756.  Walk cellphone: (413) 695-2871.

[March 3 Note from Jo Comerford: Greetings Friends, Sister Clare wanted me to send you a note of thanks for hosting the beautiful Walk for a New Spring.  She also wanted to make sure you had the current information on March 19, the last day of the walk.  In addition, part of the walk's mission, is to spread the word about the proposed bio terror lab at Boston University (BU).  More information can be had at: (Community Alert: Why we opose BU's bio terror lab). Finally, we'll be back in touch to see if you are interested in following up on the packets the walkers left with the Mayors/town councils in your area. Blessings and thanks for all you do, Jo ]

Schedule Archives

Thursday, Feb. 26, leave from Pittsfield arrive at 5:00pm at Lee for potluck and program. Walkers to sleep at the church and have breakfast there the next morning offered by the church. Bert Marshall coordinating ( WALK ROUTE for 2/26: The walk will leave Pittsfield City Hall around 9AM taking Route 7&20 south to Main St, Lenox. From Lenox Center take Old Stockbridge Rd. Take left onto Summer Street to Lee. Arrive at First Congregational Church 25 Park Place (right off Main St in center of town) around 3PM.

Friday, Feb. 27, arrive at the Parish House of West Cummington Church (Steve Philbrick, pastor). [Note: walkers may want to go directly to Earthdance and unload luggage. -- to discuss further.] Rest until 7:30pm potluck and program at the Creamery (WILL NEED TO TRANSPORT FROM THE CHURCH TO THE CREAMERY for the evening program). Probably sleeping at Earth Dance and will be offered breakfast at Earthdance. Leni Fried coordinating ( WALK ROUTE for 2/27: The walk will start from the First Congregational Church in Lee around 8:30AM, walking on Route 20East to Beckett Road/ Yokum Pond Road to Route 8North to the center of Beckett . Lunch at Kushi Institute in Beckett. Shuttle by car to West Cummington. Arrive Parish House at around 3PM.

Saturday, Feb. 28, [WILL NEED TO TRANSPORT TO HUNTINGTON in the am. Rev. Philbrick will help]. Arrive at approximately 5:00pm in Westfield, Ruth Brandon’s church on the Westfield State Campus. Community potluck and program. Homestays overnight with members of the peace group. Breakfast will be determined. Contact, Ruth Brandon (

Sunday, Feb. 29, arrive at First Churches Northampton for community potluck and program featuring Colomiban Human Rights Leader Amanda Romero. Walkers to sleep at the church and have breakfast the next morning. Jo is the contact (

Monday, March 1, arrive in Conway. Sunny is the contact (413-773-7427). Details to come.

Tuesday, March 2, arrive in Leverett.  Emilie Hamilton is the contact (256-1369) Walkers will gather for a 5:30 PM vigil and gathering at the Leverett Congregational Church before shuttling walkers over to Mt Toby Friends meetinghouse at 6PM.  Potluck dinner and community discussion at Mt. Toby from 6-9 PM, ending with a simple sacred circle dance.

Wednesday, March 3, Hattie and Marcia are the contacts ( Peace Pagoda, leave 8:30 - N. Leverett Rd - Lake Wyola - Locks Villiage Rd. - Wendell Village Store = lunch //transport to Wendell Depot (Rt 2 & 2A point) Rt. 2A - Orange - Athol (stop at "Haleys") Evening program at UU Church/Petersham.

Thursday, March 4 Haley's 8 AM - Athol Ctr - Rt 68 - Royalston Village School = lunch // transport to Winchendon. Rest in PM. Evening program at UU Church/Winchendon, 5:30 PM

Friday, March 5 Noonday Farm - Winchendon Center - High St - Baldwinville Rd - Rt 68 (West St) - Gardner. Evening program: UU church, 66 Elm St, Gardner, MA. Potluck dinner starts between 5:30 and 6 PM.

Saturday, March 6 Gardner 8 AM // 2 miles before Fitchburg (at Rt 12 & 2A) - 2A - Lunenburg - 2A - Cowdrey Nature Ctr = lunch - 2A - Rt 225 - Groton. Evening program contact:

Evening program: First Parish Unitarian Church, Groton. People will join us at 7pm for pot luck and informal discussion. We are in the basement of the church and the entrance is the side door. The church is on the main drag going through Groton (Route 119) also called Main Street, It is across the street from the Groton Library on Main Street, on the corner of the Lawrence Academ Prep School.

Sunday, March 7: leave Groton 8 AM - Rt. 225 - Pine - Forge Village Rd. - Westford:lunch - Main St. - Westford St. - arrive 4 PM All Saints Episcopal Church, Chelmsford. Potluck dinner and program starts around 5:30 PM.

Monday, March 8: leave Chelmsford 8 AM - Rt 110 - Lowell - Rt 133 - vigil at Raytheon from 12 noon - 12:40 PM - by car to Lazarus House, Park St, Lawrence for lunch - leave 2 PM, walk through Lawrence streets - Winthrop Ave. - 4 PM arrive Methodist Church in North Andover, potluck starts at 6 PM.

Tuesday, March 9: leave Methodist Church 8 AM - Andover St (rt 133) - Pond Rd. - West Boxford - Rt 133 (Washington St - Willow Rd - Andover St) - Georgetown:lunch - North St - Byfield - Main St - South St - Scotland Rd - Graf Rd - Newburyport. Evening program with Kristina Olson, potluck supper, 5 - 8 PM, Belleville Church Hall, Chapel & High Streets, Newburyport.

Wednesday, March 10: leave Newburyport 8:30 AM - Rt 1A (High St.) to Newbury - car to Ipswich - walk to House of Peace, arrive 10 AM - Rt 133 to Essex (lunch at UU Church, 12:30 PM) - Rt 133 to Gloucester - Evening program at UU Church.

Thursday, March 11: Transport by car from Gloucester to West Falmouth, Friends Meeting House, on route 28A. Rest day. 6 PM gathering at Quaker house which is at opposite end of Meeting House Cemetary from the meeting house. Contact: Alta Mae Stevens (508) 548-8664.

Friday, March 12: leave Falmouth Friends Meeting House 8 AM; leave Mashpee rotary 8:30 AM, route 130 South to route 28 towards Hyannis. Right onto West Main St to Main St, Hyannis. Continue to Barnstable Unitarian Church, Rt 6A, Barnstable, MA. Contact: Kristin Harper (508) 362-6381.

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February 25, 2004 - page created by Charlie Jenks