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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


    14th Annual Awards by the Interfaith Council of Franklin County and Traprock Center for Peace and Justice

    Help us honor the peacemakers
    Nominate a Franklin county teen who has worked toward justice and peace in our communities or the larger world.

    For a Flyer about this event click here
    For a Nomination form click here  

    Nomination forms are due April 4, 2014

    Awards presentation – Thursday, May 15, 7 p.m. GCC  


    For more information, contact Peace Net director Sarah Pirtle at

    This newest project of Traprock Center for Peace and Justice creates an activist network that brings together girls, teens, and women of all ages in Franklin and Hampshire County for community organizing, education, and task force action including mentoring and shared leadership to organize around the issues of sexism, ageism, and violence at all levels toward multi-faceted social change.

    We bring girls into a circle with politically active progressive women where they experience their power by directly participating in social change in the company of mentors.

    Four facets:

    (1) SERIES OF MONTHLY GATHERINGS   November 2013 through April 2014
    Each gathering begins with All Voices -- where there is a presentation by a woman of color.

    November 2013 Featured speaker -- Ingrid Askew will speak about her work in Cape Town South Africa where she lived for ten years, developing a sewing collective with women. Ingrid, a Dramatist and Cultural Activist, is most noted for her portrayal of historical Black women. She is the Co-Founder and Director of The Interfaith Pilgrimage of the Middle Passage: Retracing the Journey of Slavery, featured in the award winning PBS documentary This Far by Faith: African Americans Spiritual Journeys. Her work has always been inspired by the goal of bringing people of diverse backgrounds together to build community and work for social change. 

    November 7, Greenfield Community College Main Building -- Core 208  6:30 pm

    Click Here for the complete description of this program.

October 2013 Peace Leadership Workshop with Paul K. Chappell

Why this workshop?  Because Peace Skills Are Life Skills

This workshop is designed for students and young adults, who want to facilitate change in this world by developing the skills necessary to resolve conflicts, communicate effectively, build strong grassroots movements, be an effective member of an organization, and to help organize communities in order to further the causes of peace & justice.  And, equally important, these are skills that will help you in everyday life!

Thanks to a grant from the United States Institute of Peace, 23 people from around the U.S. and Canada came together for a two-day workshop with Paul K. Chappell.  There was a diverse cross section of gender, race, and age (15 years old and up).  Amazing things can happen when you bring a group of strangers together to talk about peace.  It’s so much more than just the absence of war.  True peace comes from the inside out.  People must be willing to do the inside work in order to do the outside work and that takes courage and commitment.  The excitement generated from this workshop is fueling another workshop with Paul that will take place in Springfield, MA in April of 2014.  This next workshop will be a 2-day workshop geared towards inner city youth as inspired by Arise for Social Justice’s Youth for Justice Committee.  The Committee has been formed by the teenagers and young adults who attended the October workshop.  They are continuing to work with Paul and are developing an impressive street campaign around “Know your rights”. 

  • May, 2013         In May 2013, 8 Franklin county teens were honored for leadership in anti-bullying and peer mediation programs, coordinating a program for varsity athletes to work with elementary school children, and organizing a blanket drive for people in the Dominican Republic. The annual Peacemaker Award is a joint program on Traprock Center for Peace and Justice and the Interfaith Council of Franklin County. 

    2013 Peacemaker Awardees with Rep. Denise Andrews

Roots of Peace Speaker Series 2013 at GCC


October 17, 2013 Witness for Peace New England, Greenfield Community Collage and the Traprock Center for Peace and Justice sponsored a talk by Father Ismael Moreno Coto, known popularly as Padre Melo, prominent Honduran human rights defender, at Greenfield Community College on Thursday, October 17. His presentation, “The Price of Truth: Human Rights in Honduras Since the Coup” addressed the struggles and successes of building a fair and inclusive society. Under death threats, Padre Melo continues to advocate for human rights, freedom of expression, and independent analysis. He directs Radio Progeso and The Team for Reflection, Research and Communication, whose work encompasses: grassroots radio programming; training on human rights, community organizing, and empowerment; the formation of leadership committed to social change; and aiding migrant families.

Padre Melo’s talk can be seen here:


  • Photo by Bob Fitch

  • Rosalie Riegel is an oral historian and peace activist who lives in Evanston, Illinois. She read from her two new collections, Doing Time for Peace: Resistance, Family, and Community and Crossing the Line: Nonviolent Activists Speak Out for. Several of the narrators in her books joined her for the event.  Her talk is featured here:   

  • June 18 , 2013          Sandra Boston from Greenfield traveled to the West Bank in Palestine in the fall of 2012. The itinerary, planned by the Siraz Center, enabled her to meet those, including Israelis, on the front lines of sustaining culture, survival, and legal rights for Palestinians. On June 18 Sandra spoke and showed pictures of the sites and people she visited. Yael Petretti, a Jewish American-Israeli who lived and worked in Israel for 25 years before returning to the U.S. last year, joined in the presentation. The young Palestinian, photographed by Sandra Boston, had participated in a peace camp for Palestinian and Israeli youth.

  • 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

War in Afghanisan: Operation Enduring Violence

The Korean War: Forgotten, Unknown and Unfinished

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..


  • Dr. Sajed KamalApril 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, Diane Blanker, Courtney Eugin, Jessica Gilmore, Valenka Kosick (could not attend), Paul Phillips, Thomas Sanders
    Tyler York-Welcome, and Kellie Zalenski.

  • Roots of Peace Fall 2011 Speaker Series at GCC
    In 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.  

    Hardy MerrimanIn 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.” Read his "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.

    Peaceful 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.

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