Author Archive | George Aguiar

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My Turn: Is it too late to save our planet?

Oil is indispensable for war and militarism. Think of it as the lifeblood coursing through our foreign policy veins — a policy based on maintaining superpower status through force. The 1980 Carter Doctrine, which stated that the United States would use military force if necessary to defend its national interests in the Persian Gulf, formalized […]

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What do we want for our country, and the world?

Just days ago we remembered Dr. Martin Luther King Jr’s April 4, 1967 speech Beyond Vietnam: A Time to Break Silence and its warning that: “A nation that continues year after year to spend more money on military defense than on programs of social uplift is approaching spiritual death.” Now an abrupt missile strike in […]

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16th Annual Walk for a New Spring

The monks and friends of New England Peace Pagoda wish to dedicate our 16th annual Walk for a New Spring to “Sanctuary Cities – Sanctuary World.” For 3 weeks we will walk in Massachusetts and for 1 week in Washington DC to show active solidarity with immigrants, to honor the many people, faith communities and […]

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10,000 Trees for Vietnam

10,000 Trees for Vietnam is an environmental justice project created in collaboration with the Vietnamese forester Phung Tuu Boi. Its purpose is to restore biodiversity to an area of central Vietnam that was heavily sprayed with herbicides, chief among them Agent Orange, during the American War in Vietnam. This project is a sequel to the Peace […]

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Leverett activist: Trump presidency calls for ‘shift of consciousness’

There’s also a need for “shifting our consciousness toward a full understanding of our interconnectedness and interdependence,” in what Archbishop Desmond Tutu and Nelson Mandela of South Africa called ubuntu: “the belief in a universal bond of sharing that connects all humanity. A person is a person through other people. Humanity is a quality we […]

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Several children's books collected by the Greenfield Public Library in a partnership with the Traprock Center.

Children at heart of this collection

GREENFIELD — The Greenfield Public Library will release a new collection of children’s books centered around themes of peace, social justice and nature during an event Saturday afternoon. At least 60 books were purchased with a gift of $1,000 from the Traprock Center for Peace and Justice. Chosen by the library staff, the books include […]

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Tieray Moore is recognized at the 16th Annual Peacemaker Awards Thursday night for his work combating racism. RECORDER STAFF/ANDY CASTILLO

Franklin County students recognized at Peacemaker Awards

GREENFIELD — “One thing we all need, is peace,” said Marcia Miller, co-chair of the Peacemaker Awards, speaking in front of about 200 people Thursday evening at Greenfield Community College during the 16th annual awards presentation. The Peacemaker Awards recognize Franklin County students grades eight through 12 who have worked toward peace in their schools, […]

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War Against the People: Israel, the Palestinians and Global Pacification

Israeli activist-author Jeff Halper is in the US to present his new book — War Against the People: Israel, the Palestinians and Global Pacification Northampton: Sunday, March 6, 3-4:30 pm at the Edwards Church Greenfield: Monday, March 7, 12:30-2pm, GCC Downtown Center – 270 Main Street, Greenfield Amherst College: Monday, March 7, 7:30pm, Amherst College, […]

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