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 […]
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, […]
The Traprock Center for Peace and Justice in Greenfield awarded $1,000 to the Friends of the Orange Public Libraries this summer to purchase fiction and nonfiction books for children on subjects including world peace, empathy, friendship, diversity, tolerance, community, and humans’ place in the natural environment.
We face so many problems, issues and challenges, both personal and in the larger society, all at the same time. But let us not forget the situation in Korea. Just as Donald Trump finds it difficult to condemn outright right-wing hate and violence at home, so he keeps the fires of hatred burning against a […]
Against all odds, 122 countries agreed in July to ban nuclear weapons. At the heart of the United Nations treaty is an explicit ethical goal: to protect peoples of the world from the humanitarian catastrophe that would ensue if nuclear weapons were employed. Once 50 states ratify the treaty, it will enter into international law. […]
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 […]
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 […]
Renewables Are Ready is a presentation developed in response to the defining issue of our times – climate change. Our goals are to inform about the advances in renewable energy technologies and their potential, together with efficiency, to power our country by 2050 and to identify the political obstacles in getting there. We finish with inspiring examples of action and […]
The newest episode of The Song features Sarah Pirtle of Western MA. A multi-talented singer/songwriter, Sarah is also a teacher, an activist, an award winning author and more. On The Song she performs songs about courage that are on her new CD, Everyday Bravery. Wonderfully inspiring songs that are beautifully written and performed with great […]
This year, more than a dozen area students were honored for their community contributions in the annual Peacemaker Awards. These awards are given to youths in eighth grade or higher, as well as teens who are homeschooled or have left school. Nominations come from school staff and community members.