Area groups organizing for Peace and Justice

(see also a recent "get connected" compilation)

The American Friends Service Committee (afsc@crocker.com, 413-584-8975, westernMassAFSC.org) and the Traprock Peace Center (charles@mtdata.com, 413- 773-7427, traprockpeace.org) are organizations rather than groups you can "join" (though contributions are always welcome) and both are heavily involved in local peace and justice events and campaigns in the region.

Arise for Social Justice (website http://www.angelfire.com/ma4/arise/index.html) at 94 Rifle Street in Springfield is a low-income rights, anti-oppression membership organization in western Massachusetts. Arise was started in 1985 by four women on Welfare who met around a kitchen table and decided to organize and advocate for their Rights. Arise has grown over the years. Currently we have an Economic Justice Committee, an Electorial Committee, a Peace Committee, "The VOICE", a Community Newspaper, and the W.I.S.E. Committee (Women In Support of Each Other). Arise can be contacted via Michaelann Bewsee, 734-4948. A related listserv for discussion can be subscribed by sending email to AriseAction-subscribe@yahoogroups.com. Here's directions to Arise.

The Northampton Committee to Stop the War in Iraq (website http://www.northamptoncommittee.org/) has run a weekly vigil in Northampton center for several years as well as organizing other activities - speakers, film series, etc.

SAGE is a network of Amherst area activists engaged in in civil liberties, peace and social justice work in the greater Amherst area. SAGE also co-sponsors events and works in coalition with other groups through out the Pioneer Valley. SAGE members are primarily "older activists" but people of all ages are welcome. Contact Susan or Rene Theberge at reneandsusan@comcast.net

The Western Massachusetts Interfaith Coalition for Peace and Justice meets regularly and maintains a listserv. You can get on this listserv by sending email to pvinterfaith-subscribe@topica.com. Meetings of this group are posted in our calendar. Contact information: Susan or Rene Theberge at reneandsusan@comcast.net .

The Western Massachusetts office of A.N.S.W.E.R. /I.A.C. (Act Now to Stop War and End Racism / International Action Center) is in Springfield: 413-538-8537, wmassiac@hotmail.com and sends email frequently. The national ANSWER has a website: http://www.internationalanswer.org/

The Western Massachusetts Stop the War Coalition also meets regularly and maintains a listserv. You can get on this listserv by sending email to WMaStopWar-subscribe@yahoogroups.com. Meetings of this group are also posted on our calendar.

Western Massachusetts Labor Against the War can be contacted by email to Ferd Wulkan, wulkan@external.umass.edu or by phone 549-3910. Join the listserv by email to wmlaw-subscribe@yahoogroups.com

The Zen Peacemaker Circle of Western Mass is open to people of all spiritual traditions. It integrates contemplation, loving social actions and tools of circle practice such as Council, non-violent communication and the Sociocratic method. Contact Margi Gregory at margigregory@comcast.net and go to zenpeacemakers.org for information.

If you are in the Springfield area, contact UUPeaceWorks via their website: http://www.uupeacework.org/ or via Brian Lafferty, javaeye@earthlink.net.

In the Pittsfield area there is a list-serv for Iraq peace action. People who wish to subscribe should send a blank email to peaceplans-subscribe@yahoogroups.com.

You can join the Western Mass Counter Recruitment listserve by sending an email to: wmac-recnet-subscribe@yahoogroups.com (write "subscribe" in the subject line)

You can join the WMass Jobs With Justice Solidarity Calendar listserve by sending an email to: wmjwj@hge.net (write "subscribe" in the subject line)

A flyer listing contact information for these and other local groups is here and can be used for posting, distribution, etc. It is a Word .doc file.