The Traprock Center for Peace and Justice has a long history of working for peace, nonviolence, and economic and social justice in the Franklin/Hampshire County area.
News, Plans, and Upcoming Events
Roots of Peace Speaker Series 2013 at GCC
February 22, 2013 Marian Kelner spoke in the new 2013 Roots of Peace Series: her talk was entitled "Justice for All." SPECIESISM --
the assumption of human superiority over all other species results in the suffering of animals and plants worldwide! Marian Kelner discusses addressing and eliminating this institutionalized prejudice as key to bringing peace and justice to the Earth and all who live within and upon Her. The talk was recorded and is available here.
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A Series: Listening to Soldiers and Vets
World War II: the Good War Gone Bad
First World War: Same Protests of Futility, Folly Heard Today
Vietnam: Resistance, Regret and Redemption
The Iraq War and Moral Injury
In this series, author Patricia Hynes features the voices of soldiers and veterans from armed conflicts of the 20th and 21st centuries, voices whose moral fiber and clarity were forged in the crucible of war. Many are heroic in their opposition to the wars in which they fought and in their personal war reparations.
Roots of Peace Speaker Series 2012 at GCC
September 28, 2012 Author Richard Unsworth spoke from his moving biography of Andrew and Magda Trocme, A Portrait of Pacifists: Le Chambon, the Holocaust, and the Lives of André and Magda Trocmé. Deeply committed to the practice of non-violent resistance, the Huguenot pastor André Trocmé, his wife Magda and residents of their village Chambon and other local villages in the Haute-Loire department of France, with the help of funding from international organizations, carried out a courageous mission providing help and protection to at least 3,500 Jewish refugees from the Nazi horror, many of them children. As Magda Trocme insisted, "There are no war crimes. War itself is the crime!"
October 25 Walking the Word with Colombia's Indigenous: Indigenous Columbian leader, Linga Pulido addressed U.S. policies toward Colombia (particularly the Colombian Consolidation Plan), and the effects of these policies on indigenous communities and, most especially, on women. The discussion illuminated the connections between militarization, trade agreements, indigenous rights, women's rights, land rights, and environmental protection..
April 20 The Renewable Revolution: Sajed Kamal spoke on how we can fight climate change, revitalize the economy, prevent energy wars and transition to a sustainable future. Dr. Kamal has been a lecturer and consultant on renewable energy internationally, setting up solar projects in the United States, Bangladesh, Sri Lanka, Armenia and El Salvador for more than 30 years.
See a YouTube video of the talk.
Read a Recorder article about Sajed Kamal and the talk.
- Traprock/GCC Partnership for Peace Education
Traprock has partnered with the Peace, Justice, and Environmental Studies Program at Greenfield Community College in the spirit of furthering our common goals of a world in which human and ecological security are achieved through peaceful means and of augmenting the capacity of each organization. Read more...
May 3 Traprock and Greenfield Community College celebrate Traprock's endowment of the Wally and Juanita Nelson Scholarship in Peace Studies and also thecollaborative Traprock Center for Peace Education at GCC. The Peace Education Center houses Traprock's library of books and films, available for use by teachers, students, and community members.
May 10 On May 10, 12th annual Peacemaker Award for Franklin County
high school students, co-sponsored by Traprock and the Franklin County Interfaith Council, honored 9 students from Franklin County High Schools for their outstanding activism and commitment on behalf social justice, peace and respect for fellow students: Thalia Baltzer,
Valenka Kosick (could not attend),
Tyler York-Welcome, and
Roots of Peace Fall 2011 Speaker Series at GCC
October and November the Traprock Center for Peace Education at GCC sponsored speaker forums which focused on nonviolent
movements and responses over this last decade that counter the dominant media
focus and narratives on the “war on terror.”
Read the press release
The forum was recorded: Watch the YouTube
Dan DeWalt, Deb Katz, Bob Stannard
at the February Roots of Peace panel
Friday, October 7: Hardy
Merriman speaks on Nonviolent Struggle
and Confronting the Issues of Our Times.
In the last decade, the international and domestic
news media has told us of war, terrorism, financial crisis, environmental
destruction, public health crises, and more.
However, there are other narratives that the news
media often misses, namely the upsurge in nonviolent movements around the world
in the past decade. This presentation will focus on nonviolent movements
and nonviolent struggle as a way to make change at the local, national, and
global scales. It will provide a framework for understanding how nonviolent
movements work and the strategic principles that underlie their effectiveness.
Mr. Merriman is
a Senior Advisor to the International Center on Nonviolent Conflict and has
worked with activists around the world. He contributed to and edited “Waging
Nonviolent Struggle: 20th Century Practice and 21st Century Potential” by Gene Sharp and has co-authored a training curriculum for
activists, “A Guide to Effective Nonviolent Struggle.”
"Agents of Change and Nonviolent Action".
Friday, November 4: Members
of September Eleventh Families for
Peaceful Tomorrows spoke about the remarkable anti-war organization
for survivors of the September 11, 2001 attacks and their own personal
narratives about embracing a nonviolent response to the attacks. It was recorded - see it here.
Tomorrows was launched on February 14, 2002, at a press conference at the
United Nations headquarters by members of families that had lost members in the
9/11 attacks who did not want their grief to justify attacks such as the
American bombing campaign in Afghanistan, and to ensure that these actions were
not done in their names and the names of their loved ones.
We just marked the 10th anniversary of the September 11, 2001 attack on the World Trade Center and the Pentagon. In this forum we will be introduced to 9/11 Families for Peaceful Tomorrows, an organization founded by family members of those killed on September 11th who have united to turn their grief into action for peace. We will hear from 3 members whose chose peace-building over the national mood of revenge, the government’s now 10-year war in Afghanistan, and the dominant media focus on the “war on terror.” Each has pursued creative peace-building actions, on which they will speak.
- Traprock in the media: articles about Traprock events and articles written by Traprock people.
- Forgiveness, A poem created in a dialogue circle in the GCC Psychology of Peace, Conflict and Violence class, May 2011.