Articles by George Aguiar

From Traprock in 2017, with thanks

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!


Cangleska Wakan – The Sacred Hoop

“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


Learning peace, justice through children’s books at Orange libraries

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.



June 18th, the Doctrine Of Discovery and Pope Francis

On this day, June 18th, 565 years ago, Pope Nicholas V signed a papal bull, Dum Diversas, which led to the Doctrine of Discovery. The Doctrine is used to justify today’s laws which justifies the taking of lands and rights from American Indians. Please sign the Romero Institution’s Letter to Pope Francis asking that he revoke the Doctrine and thank you!


17th annual Peacemaker Awards recognize local youth leaders

At the the 17th annual Peacemaker Awards Thursday night, four students expressed the importance of listening to others — even the youth.

“There’s a strong idea that the ideas and thoughts and drives that young people have are not as useful and important,” award-winner Larkin Christie said. “It’s really important that we recognize the wisdom of people who have lived on this earth bring, but I don’t want that to undermine the opinions and thoughts of young people.”



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…


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 other communities and political leaders who are coming together across all lines to commit to sanctuary for our immigrant brothers and sisters.


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…