Special coverage in the Trump Era

From Public Citizen's Corporate Presidency site: "44 Trump administration officials have close ties to the Koch brothers and their network of political groups, particularly Vice President Mike Pence, White House Legislative Affairs Director Marc Short, EPA Administrator Scott Pruitt and White House budget director Mick Mulvaney."

Dark Money author Jane Mayer on The Dangers of President Pence, New Yorker, Oct. 23 issue on-line

Can Time Inc. Survive the Kochs? November 28, 2017 By
..."This year, among the Kochs’ aims is to spend a projected four hundred million dollars in contributions from themselves and a small group of allied conservative donors they have assembled, to insure Republican victories in the 2018 midterm elections. Ordinarily, political reporters for Time magazine would chronicle this blatant attempt by the Kochs and their allies to buy political influence in the coming election cycle. Will they feel as free to do so now?"...

"Democracy in Chains: The Deep History of the Radical Right’s Stealth Plan for America" see: our site, and George Monbiot's essay on this key book by historian Nancy MacLean.

Full interview with The New Yorker’s Jane Mayer March 29, 2017, Democracy Now! about her article, "The Reclusive Hedge-Fund Tycoon Behind the Trump Presidency: How Robert Mercer Exploited America’s Populist Insurgency."

Democracy Now! Special Broadcast from the Women's March on Washington

The Economics of Happiness -- shorter version

Local Futures offers a free 19-minute abridged version  of its award-winning documentary film The Economics of Happiness. It "brings us voices of hope of in a time of crisis." www.localfutures.org.

What's New?

December 28, 2017

From Traprock in 2017, with thanks

The Women & Life on Earth Internet Project has had a productive year as part of Traprock, and we look forward to expanded work in 2018 and beyond.

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! (Download pdf)

Books for Children: “The Traprock Center for Peace and Justice has awarded $1,000 to the Orange Public Libraries to purchase children’s books on the themes of world peace, empathy, friendship, immigration, diversity and environment…Last year, the Traprock Center made a similar donation to the Greenfield Public Library that was used to purchase children’s books on the themes of peace, social justice, conflict resolution and nature.”  traprock.org/childrens-books-collaborative/

Trees for Vietnam:

“Over the last year, Traprock Director Pat Hynes has spearheaded an effort to raise $10,000 to plant 10,000 trees and seedlings in the Dong Son commune of Vietnam,” an area severely affected by US spraying of toxic Agent Orange during the Vietnam War. Thanks to fundraisers and contributions, $12,000 was raised, all of which has gone to the local tree planting effort.

Climate change action: Anna Gyorgy (WLOE Internet Project) traveled to Germany to participate in and document the international movement for climate justice around the November UN Climate Conference. 

Confronting Sexism: Common Threads director Sarah Pirtle’s 30-page dialogue booklet created for the January 2017 Women’s March can be downloaded here: KEEPERS OF THE FIRE: Dialogue to Change Sexism and Foster Gender Reconciliation.  For more on the Common Threads program and upcoming January 6 Connecting Ages, Changing Ageism Conference, see: traprock.org/common-threads/

Refugee awareness: Traprock director Pat Hynes was part of a collaborative project to interview Syrian women refugees in Lebanon and highlight Lebanese organizations providing critical services and education for Syrian refugee women and children.

And there’s more: the Greening Greenfield-Traprock Film Series, the annual Peacemakers Award and other Traprock projects: traprock.org/

Tax-exempt donations to continue and expand the work are welcome:

Traprock Center for Peace and Justice
PO Box 1201
Greenfield, MA 01302, or traprock.org/donate/