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  • War in Ukraine: making sense of a senseless conflict: a book review
    Anna Gyorgy Far from the US, the war in Ukraine is close in terms of its costs, impacts and effects. In under 200 pages, Medea Benjamin and Nicolas J.S. Davies dissect the conflict that has brought manifold crises to a world already trying to address climate chaos and more.  The book is fact-filled, well written, and important if upsetting.Upsetting because the war has caused such destruction and pain, the displacement of millions, and led to an […]
  • Voices of soldiers and veterans for peace 
    Greenfield Recorder Column: From Global to Local by Pat Hynes November 7, 2022 The first Armistice Day in 1919 was a celebration of the moment that the brutality of World War I, which robbed 40 million soldiers and civilians of life, ended; and peace began. In 1926, the U.S. Congress declared an Armistice Day resolution […]
  • November Peace Actions
    Armistice Day rally, film on nonviolence headline Traprock work in November ARMISTICE DAY RALLY, November 12 The first Armistice Day, November 11, 1919 “was a celebration of the moment that the brutality of World War I, which robbed 40 million soldiers and civilians of life, ended; and peace began,” writes local activist Pat Hynes. “In 1926 […]
  • Opposes GCC’s plans to discontinue Gender and Women’s Studies major
     Letter from Mason Wicks-Lim Greenfield Recorder October 15, 2022 I’m a student at Greenfield Community College and I recently learned of plans to discontinue the Gender and Women’s Studies major. Having taken classes with two professors central to the department (Linda McCarthy and Christine Monahan), I see this decision as a monumental loss for GCC students, […]
  • Calling on the United Way to decline money from military contractor 
    MY TURN Greenfield Recorder, October 11, 2022 By CLAUDIA LEFKO We’re living in a time of reckoning, thanks to Black Lives Matter, to water protectors, climate strikers and to thousands of other activists agitating for truth and justice. Thanks to Indigenous Americans, descendants of enslaved people and others speaking up to reclaim property as well […]
  • Human rights task force to present The 1619 Project 
    MY TURN  Greenfield Recorder, Oct. 5, 2022 By SUSAN TRIOLO Have you ever encountered a book that you preferred to absorb a little at a time? Or just read it cover to cover without stopping? The 1619 Project may be a good read for you. The 1619 Project is a big deal for those who know what […]
  • Beating Swords into Plowshares in Ukraine
    Patricia HynesSept. 16, 2022 Originally published by LAProgressive Mainstream US and British media have all but eclipsed the record climate temperatures, drought, floods and fires of 2022 across the world with their preoccupation on militarizing Ukraine to defeat Russia. “They will beat their swords into plowshares…Nor will they train for war anymore.” Isaiah2:3-4 What’s wrong, so profoundly wrong […]
  • Peace literacy: Every student needs it 
    COLUMN: FROM GLOBAL TO LOCAL by H. PATRICIA HYNESGreenfield Recorder, August 30, 2022 Philadelphia is “awash in guns”: More people were shot there in 2022, hundreds fatally, than in larger cities including New York and Los Angeles. In this “country’s poorest big city,” most shootings take place in neighborhoods shattered by multiple forms of racial […]
  • Massachusetts First in the Nation to End Renewable Energy Subsidies for Wood-Burning Power Plants
    August 11, 2022 Traprock was one of the groups supporting this effort; congratulations to those leading and participating in this important climate decision. Environmental groups today celebrated the enactment of Massachusetts’ new climate law, An Act Driving Clean Energy and Offshore Wind, which will expand clean energy development and end renewable energy subsidies for wood-burning power plants. […]
  • Where we stand on Aug. 6, 2022 
    By Pat Hynes Greenfield Recorder, August 3, 2022 Aug. 6 and 9 mark the 77th year since the United States dropped atomic bombs on the Japanese cities of Hiroshima and Nagasaki, annihilating instantly an estimated 170,000 women, men and children and sentencing tens of thousands more to eventual death from radiation poisoning and injuries. American […]