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Traprock Peace Center projects planned


Recorder Staff
Friday, July 21, 2017

A project for teachers to teach peace-building in the classroom and beyond. An online, multi-language report on connections between militarism, war and the climate crisis. Children’s library books for Orange about peace and justice.

These are among the projects that Greenfield-based Traprock Peace Center approved this summer locally and globally to support its work.

“These projects have been made possible through generous contributions to our organization made recently by the Markham-Nathan Fund for Social Justice, the New England War Tax Resistance and individual donors, some of them anonymous,” said Traprock director Patricia Hynes. “These have allowed us to offer small grants for some socially meaningful and needed projects.”

Among the projects is one to work with western Mass. elementary school teachers to create “a culture of peace in the classroom and helping to cultivate peace skills as life skills for the students.” In addition to a website suggesting resources and information, teachers will get help in developing projects, using books and hands-on activities to promote peace and problem solving.

Singer-activist Sarah Pirtle, who last year used a Traprock grant to create a booklet to help confront sexism and address gender issues, will continue her “Common Threads” dialogue project for Pioneer Valley teens and adults and will offer workshops based on the booklet, which was distributed to libraries and houses of workshops around the region.

Hynes will receive additional funding for her books for the Orange children’s library, a collaboration between Friends of the Library, Orange, Traprock and library staff to offer books and events on peace as well as social and environmental justice. She also received additional grant funding to help restore biodiversity to an area of central Vietnam that was heavily sprayed with Agent Orange and other herbicides during the war there.

Anna Gyorgy, who coordinates an international news and networking effort sponsored in this country by Traprock, is planning a report from the follow-up meeting to the Paris climate summit in Bonn, Germany.

“We look forward to Anna’s reports back from and around this important international meeting, as well as on the energy transition to renewables taking place in Germany,” said Hynes.