Posted Friday, June 8, 2018 2:06 pm By Pat Hynes and Frances Crowe GREENFIELD — Fifty-five years ago on June 10, President John F. Kennedy delivered a commencement address at American University that, in fewer than 30 minutes, turned traditional national security policy on its head. Kennedy proclaimed that world peace is “the most important […]
Watch System Change, Not Climate Change, a report home from the 2017 World Climate Change Conference in Bonn, Germany.
Posted Monday, June 4, 2018 By Pat Hynes GREENFIELD — “8 Candidates, 8 Visions for 1st Franklin Seat,” announced the April 17 lead story of my county newspaper in Western Massachusetts. Most, if not all, of the basic needs for human security and well-being are there in the platforms of four women and four men […]
By H. PATRICIA HYNES Sunday, February 18, 2018 How do you know when you have begun healing from the trauma of war? For Lou, it was two months ago when he no longer “needed” to carry a gun. We first met at the Greenfield Y where exercise is the medicine that launched his journey to […]
In this year of conflict, challenge and resistance, Traprock Center for Peace & Justice projects reached people locally and beyond. We share some here, with thanks for the community support making them possible. Onward in 2018!
My nephew, an Army veteran who spent most of his 20-plus years military service as an officer in South Korea, is now a civilian military contractor living on a base in Afghanistan. Our only conversation about U.S. military pollution in South Korea was something of a non-starter. These two Asian countries, so disparate in development, […]
In 2017 the Traprock Center for Peace & Justice continued its sponsorship of the Women & Life on Earth internet project. We worked closely on projects ranging from responses to current events – and threats of war – through statements in local media, to major research during an international trip to Germany in November 2017. […]
“The old ones say… we have a choice to make good or to do something that you know is not right. Everything good or bad makes that complete circle. If you’ve done wrong, it will come back to you twice. If you do good, it will come back to you twice.” Chief Arvol Looking Horse
The recent awarding of the 2017 Nobel Peace Prize in Oslo, Norway, made news in many countries, if not our own. It is awarded each year on Dec. 10, the day the Universal Declaration of Human Rights was adopted by the United Nations General Assembly in 1948. In elegant surroundings, 1,000 invited guests applauded as […]
The long trip from Wendell, Massachusetts back to the Rhine River put me at the center of world discussions on climate. Bonn, former capital of a divided Germany, was my home base for decades. Now, thanks to the Traprock Center for Peace & Justice and other supporters, I could attend the 23rd ‘conference of the parties’ of the United […]
Author and prominent peace educator Paul Chappell observed that he had 12 years of math through calculus II, and yet uses only a fraction of his math skills in daily life. He graduated from high school, however, illiterate in peace, literacy he desperately needed and has dedicated his life to cultivating, disseminating and incorporating into […]