Penny Poll 2015

April 15th was Tax Day and also the Global Day of Action Against Military Spending so to celebrate we conducted a Penny Poll on Church Street. It was a beautiful day so we were only out from 11am-7pm.  A huge thank you to Kenny, Kyle, Chris, Dave, Louise, July, Brad and Kinzang for helping at the table also thank you to the 200+ participants! Here are the limited results from this poll…

Penny Poll 2015

Here is the actual budget…which doesn’t seem to make as much sense as the one above…


See “Banana Land: Blood, Bullets and Poison” at the Roxy in Burlington May 7th at 7pm

Ever wonder why a banana from Central America costs a third of what an apple from Michigan costs? The new documentary Banana Land: Blood, Bullets and Poison attempts to answer that question by examining the supply chain between Central America and the US, and uncovering the practices that have sustained this industry for over a century. Following the film there will be a short discussion panel including a representative from Equal Exchange, City Market and the Peace & Justice Center. There will also be a raffle for homemade fair trade banana bread. Tickets available at the Peace & Justice Store, 60 Lake Street, Burlington. We encourage you to get your tickets now. Suggested donation is $10, this event is co-sponsored by City Market. For more information contact Amy at or 802-863-2345 x3.

From Film Website: A longstanding system of exploitation originates from the political manipulations of agribusiness in the former Banana Republics. From the massacre of thousands of protesting banana workers by the Colombian Military at the behest of United Fruit Company, to the coup that overthrew Guatemalan president, Jacobo Arbenz, and to recent payments to paramilitary death squads by Chiquita; political meddling by the fruit companies has always borne fatal consequences. The history will be examined and the atrocities of the past are paralleled with the abuses of the present as we demonstrate a pattern of social and environmental exploitation perpetrated by government leaders and corporate executives and their enforcers. These influential individuals have routinely conspired to realize their own narrow interests at the expense of their constituents, consumers and workers alike.

Upcoming New Jim Crow Group Discussion

Join the “New Jim Crow” book discussion in Burlington on Sunday, April 12th from 3pm-5pm and Tuesday April 14th from 6pm-8pm at the Peace & Justice Center. This is a two-part facilitated discussion of “The New Jim Crow: Mass Incarceration in the Age of Colorblindness,” by Michelle Alexander. Participants are expected to come to both sessions of the discussion. Preregistration is required. The program and book are FREE for active Peace & Justice Center members and volunteers. The registration cost for non-members is $30 which includes the book. Please contact us if cost is prohibitive. To register fill out the form below and if you have questions please contact Kyle at or 863-2345 ext. 6.

In Michelle Alexander’s powerful book entitled, “The New Jim Crow: Mass Incarceration and the Age of Colorblindness”, Alexander uses historical and empirical evidence to support her claim that the War on Drugs has continued the legacy of Jim Crow in deliberately targeting and criminalizing non-white citizens. With African Americans being incarcerated nearly six times the rate of whites, despite multiple reports proving that whites use illicit drugs more often than blacks (1), Alexander claims that once criminals, these individuals lose their right to vote, right to employment, and effectively become second class citizens.

[1] NAACP. “Criminal Justice Fact Sheet.” NAACP. N.p., 2014. Web. 19 Nov. 2014

Tax Day Penny Poll on Church Street

Join us outside of Panera Bread on Church Street Wednesday April 15th to participate in the Day of Action Against Military Spending. April 15th is Tax Day, therefore we will be tabling all day starting at 11am to raise awareness about the national budget, specifically how much of our income tax dollars go to the military, and how little goes to other important government programs. We will have jars with different government programs (human services, agriculture, etc.) and people will have the opportunity to show us where they want their tax dollars to go. You will also be entered in a raffle to win a fabulous prize. Come join us to spread awareness of where our tax dollars really go. For more information or questions, please contact Kyle at or call (802) 863-2345 x.6.



Drone Quilt Block Party


Wednesday, March 25th, 2015, 6pm-8pm Drone Quilt Block Party at the Peace & Justice Center, 60 Lake St., Burlington, VT 05401. When the U.S attacks other countries with drones, they label innocent victims as “collateral damage,” dehumanizing the innocent. Moreover, only 20% of these victims are named, and the others are lost in the rubble without receiving any sort of justice. Join the Peace and Justice Center to make blocks for the Vermont Drone Quilt, which seeks to commemorate the victims of drone strikes in Pakistan. This quilt will tour nationally in order to show that Vermonters are standing in solidarity with innocent victims of drone strikes. The Peace and Justice Center will provide basic crafting supplies, but feel free to bring anything that you feel may help your artwork, such as fabric, paint, or feathers. Our Cost of War: Focus on Drones Intern, Kenny Nguyen, will give a presentation of Drones 101, followed by a Drone Block Making session. For more information or questions, please contact Kyle at or call (802) 863-2345 x.6.