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October 15, 2008:

We're doing server maintenance, so the calendar is offline for several days. We are looking for new calendar software, as the current version is difficult to update or customize. Please see the following list of events, which were entered into the calendar for September-November, 2007. Thank you for your patience - Charles Jenks, traprockpeace.org

Dr. David J. O'Brien from Holy Cross - War & Catholicism

Description

Dr. David O'Brien is the Loyola Professor of Roman Catholic Studies at the College of the Holy Cross. An historian of American Catholicism, Dr. O'Brien specializes in Catholic social and political thought and religion and politics. He has served as president of the American Catholic Historical Association, holds six honorary degrees and received the Theodore M. Hesburgh Award for distinguished service to Catholic higher education from the Association of Catholic Colleges and Universities.Dr. O'Brien was the founding director of the Center for Religion, Ethics and Culture at Holy Cross. He also developed the Peace and Conflict Studies concentration, a multidisciplinary program focused on peace, conflict, justice, and human dignity.

For more information, visit www.elms.edu/about/solidarity07events.htm

Date:

Wednesday, November 7, 2007

Time:

7:30pm-8:30pm

Kathy Kelly & David Smith-Ferri at Elms College

Description:

Kathy Kelly and David Smith-Ferri, both long-time advocates for international disarmament and social justice, will report directly from experiences with Iraqi refugees in Amman, Jordan; and show recent video footage from Iraq.

Kathy Kelly, co-founder of Voices in the Wilderness, now Voices for Creative Non-Violence (http://vcnv.org), and three-time Nobel Peace Prize nominee, will speak about the consequences of war, for Iraqis, for Americans,

and for the planet.

David Smith-Ferri will read from Battlefield without Borders, his newly released book of poems whose proceeds (all but $2 of the sale price) go directly to needy Iraqi families and to a school for Iraqi refugee children (www.battlefieldwithoutborders.org).

Date:

Monday, October 29, 2007

Time:

7:00pm-8:00pm

Practicing Peace Workshop at Shambhala

Description:

“Practicing Peace in Times of War” with Pema Chödrön & Richard Reoch on DVD at the Pioneer Valley Shambhala Center. Info www.pioneervalleyshambhal.org, 413-585-9848

Date:

Saturday, October 20, 2007

Repeat Type:

Friday, October 19, 2007  -  Saturday, October 20, 2007 (every Day)

Time:

7:00pm-9:00pm

Practicing Peace Workshop at Shambhala

Description:

“Practicing Peace in Times of War” with Pema Chödrön & Richard Reoch on DVD at the Pioneer Valley Shambhala Center. Info www.pioneervalleyshambhal.org, 413-585-9848

Date:

Friday, October 19, 2007

Repeat Type:

Friday, October 19, 2007  -  Saturday, October 20, 2007 (every Day)

Time:

7:00pm-9:00pm

Discussion, Book Signing

Description:

Monday Evening, October 15th, 7-9:00PM. Join Aimee Allison, Traprock Peace Center and other local activists at Bart's Cafe, Main St. near the Common, Greenfield (goodies available) Talk, discussion and book signing.

Date:

Monday, October 15, 2007

Time:

7:00pm-4:00am

Army of None national tour comes to UMass Amherst

Description:

Aimee Allison, Gulf War objector and community organizer, and David Solnit, Courage to Resist organizer - co-authors of "Army of None" - go to the Amherst, MA vigil on Sunday, October 14th at noon (Amherst Common). On Monday, October 15th join them with the Campus Antiwar Network, Traprock Peace Center and other area groups on strategies to counter recruitment, end war and build a better world in Room 803, Campus Center, UMASS Amherst, 3-5 PM.

Date:

Monday, October 15, 2007

Time:

3:00pm-5:00pm

Army of None Tour comes to Amherst Vigil

Description:

Aimee Allison, Gulf War objector and community organizer, and David Solnit, Courage to Resist organizer - co-authors of "Army of None" - go to the Amherst, MA vigil on Sunday, October 14th at noon (Amherst Common).

On Monday, October 15th join them with the Campus Antiwar Network, Traprock Peace Center and other area groups on strategies to counter recruitment, end war and build a better world in Room 803, Campus Center, UMASS Amherst, 3-5 PM.

Date:

Sunday, October 14, 2007

Time:

12:00pm-1:00pm

Co-founders of Agape Community at Elms College

Description:

"Living with War, Longing for Peace: Individual & Collective Rights & Responsibilities"

Brayton and Suzanne Shanley are co-founders of the Agape Community, a lay Catholic residential community in Ware, Massachusetts. The Agape Community focuses on a mission of nonviolence lived out with a ministry in peace education. Brayton & Suzanne Shanley will speak from their experience of living in community with a shared longing for peace as the world is engaged in war.

Date:

Tuesday, October 9, 2007

Time:

7:30pm-8:30pm

Come to Agape's 25th Anniversary featuring...

Description:

run Gandhi,

Grandson of The Mahatma

(co-founder of the M.K. Gandhi Center for Nonviolence, Rochester, NY)

October 6, 2007, beginning Promtpty at 10 am

Bring a brown bag lunch and dish to share

The day will include walks on Agape's 34 acres of land in the Quabbin Watershed,

meditation, meeting with old friends.

Music, featuring Robert Jonas on the Japanese Flute

College Panel with students from area colleges reflecting on the meaning

of nonviolence in their lives in the midst of a culture of violence.

Contact the Agape Community:

Agape Community

2062 Greenwich Road

Ware, MA 01082

Phone: 413-967-9369

peace@agapecommunity.org

http://www.agapecommunity.org

Date:

Saturday, October 6, 2007

Dr. Dahlia Wasfi of Global Exchange to speak on Iraq War's Impact on Medical Sys

Description:

Dahlia Wasfi, MD

Doctor and Social Activist with Global Exchange

The Humanitarian Crisis in Iraq and the Impact on the Medical System

Thursday, October 4, 2007

7:00 p.m.

Veritas Auditorium, Berchmans Hall

Elms College

291 Springfield Street

Chicopee, MA 01013

Dr. Dahlia Wasfi spent her early childhood in Saddam Hussein's Iraq, until she return ed to the United States with her family in 1977. Dr. Wasfi graduated from Swarthmore College in 1993 with a B.A. in Biology, and from the University of Pennsylvania School of Medicine in 1997. She returned to Iraq in February 2004 to see her family in Basrah and Baghdad. Recently, she visited Iraq for three months, returning to the U.S. in March 2006. Dr. Wasfi will speak on the humanitarian crisis and specifically on the health crisis for the people in Iraq.

For more information, contact Tim Lilienthal at lilienthalt@elms.edu or by phone at 413-265-2219

Date:

Thursday, October 4, 2007

Time:

7:00pm

Stop the War - March on DC

Description:

STOP THE WAR AT HOME & ABROAD

SEPT. 29 DC PROTEST For Healthcare Not Warfare

WMass getting ready for march from the capitol to the White House

The National Campaign for Healthcare Not Warfare and other organizations throughout the country have called for a September 29th march on Washington, D.C. to demand the immediate withdrawal of U.S. troops from Iraq and increased funding for urgent domestic needs.

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WESTERN MASS. TRANSPORTATION INFORMATION:

Bus tickets cost $55 per seat. Please make checks payable to the Western Mass. Mobilization and mail them to WMass Mobe, PO Box 2733, Springfield, MA 01101. Please be sure to include your name, full mailing address and *phone number* with your payment. If you are purchasing more than one ticket please provide contact information for the other seat holder(s).

Bus will depart from the parking lot behind Thorne's Marketplace in Northampton at 12:01 AM on Saturday, September 29, arriving in Springfield at 12:20 AM to pick up additional passangers at the Main Gate of Springfield Technical Community College (parking is available on campus). We expect to return to Western Mass. from DC early (ETA 1:00 AM) Sunday morning.

PLEASE ACT QUICKLY & call to confirm that bus seats are available before sending payment: phone 413-896-5219 (Springfield) or 413-587-0059 (Northampton), or email valleyantiwar@hotmail.com and type "S29 DC BUS" in email subject line.

For more information about this national protest, visit http://www.troopsoutnow.org

Date:

Saturday, September 29, 2007

Class Action Open House

Description:

OPEN HOUSE

Come celebrate Class Action's Birthday-

our 3rd year as a non-profit and the opening of our new office!

September 25th, 2007

5 pm - 7pm

Cake cutting and short program at 6

at our new office at

104 Russell Street, Hadley, MA

We will provide games, cake, snacks, and beverages.

Join Class Action staff, board members, volunteers and some of the most fun folks in the Valley as we mark and celebrate our work and bring together people who have participated in Class Action's programs.

Come meet Rhonda Soto, our new Race/Class Intersections

Program Coordinator

Kids Welcome!

Please RSVP to 585.9709 x201 or email Sarah

Date:

Tuesday, September 25, 2007

Time:

5:00pm-7:00pm

dedication of Peace Pole at GCC

Description:

Peace Pole Dedication at Greenfield Community College, noon-1 pm by the pond.music, poetry and moment of silence. Sponsored by GCC Response Initiative and GCC students of Peace and Social Justice option. contact Abbie Jenks 775-1127

Date:

Friday, September 21, 2007

Time:

12:00pm-1:00pm

INTERNATIONAL DAY OF PEACE - Greenfield, MA and DC

Description:

INTERNATIONAL DAY OF PEACE

Local, regional and national actions help to

declare the peace we insist upon.

Leslie Fraser is organizing a noon vigil in Greenfield, MA

Peter Perry is organizing in DC: 571 271-1313.

Got peace? Call to help. 413 773-7427

Date:

Friday, September 21, 2007

Help Build the Socialist Alternative - UMASS, Ahmerst

Description:

*** Please Forward Widely ***

We Have a World to Win!

Help Build the Socialist Alternative

Public meeting and discussion

When: Thursday, September 20th, 7pm

Where: UMass Campus Center, room 803

In a world of seemingly endless war, increasing poverty, crippling

racism and oppression, and widespread environmental devastation, the

need for a revolutionary alternative has never been greater. The

International Socialist Organization is committed to building an

organization that participates in the struggles for justice and

liberation today, to building a left alternative to a world of war,

racism and poverty—and ultimately, struggles for a future socialist

society.

A world free of exploitation, socialism, is not only possible but

worth fighting for. Join the fight!

Come to the International Socialist Organization's (UMass Branch) fall

semester kick-off meeting to join other students, workers, and

activists to talk about how we can build a fight against all the

injustices in our society - and what an alternative future could look

like.

When: Thursday, September 20th, 7pm

Where: UMass Campus Center, room 803

For more information, contact 413-351-2323 or contact@isonoho.org

You can also visit our website, www.isonoho.org to find out more about

our upcoming meetings and publications.

Date:

Thursday, September 20, 2007

Time:

7:00pm