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 program@pjcvt.org 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

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 program@pjcvt.org or call (802) 863-2345 x.6.


Auditions for Staged Reading of Most Dangerous Women March 21st & 22nd at the PJC!

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On Mother’s Day weekend, the Burlington Branch of the Women’s International League for Peace and Freedom (WILPF) presents Most Dangerous Women—celebrating a century of the international women’s peace movement. Under the direction of author Jan Maher, with music direction by Matthew LaRocca, Most Dangerous Women is a staged reading weaving together headlines, speeches, memoirs, poems, and plenty of songs to tell its story. Two performances: May 9, 7:00 p.m. and May 10, 2:00 p.m. at North End Studio A, 294 N. Winooski Ave. in Burlington. Tickets are $5, and are available at the Peace & Justice Center store or online through Brown Paper Tickets .  See more here.

Some of the Most Dangerous Women:

Alice Walker, poet, author and activist. Her first novel The Color Purple won the Pulitzer Prize. She has been an active campaigner for economic justice, conservation, human rights and women’s rights.

Amber Amundson, widow of Craig Scott Amundson killed in 9/11 Pentagon attack and a founding member of Families for Peaceful Tomorrows.

Amelia Boynton, civil rights activist. In 1964, she became the first African American woman to seek a seat in Congress from Alabama. She was gassed, beaten at left for dead on March 7, 1965 during the “Bloody Sunday” march for voting rights. Images of her treatment galvanized international support for the Civil Rights Movement.

Aung San Suu Kyi, leader of democratic movement in Burma, 1991 Nobel Peace Laureate.

Barbara Lee, US Congresswoman and only vote in House of Representatives against authorizing President Bush to use military force without condition in retaliation for 9/11 attack.

Coretta Scott King, was active in both the civil rights movement and the peace movement, she led goodwill missions in many countries and was a featured speaker at numerous peace and justice rallies. She was also married to Martin Luther King Jr.

Ellen Sirleaf Johnson, President of Liberia and co-winner of 2011 Nobel Peace Prize.

Emily Greene Balch, economist, a WILPF founder and winner of the 1946 Nobel Peace Prize.

Gwendolyn Brooks, was the first African American to win a Pulitzer Prize in 1950 and was appointed poet laureate for the State of Illinois in 1968.

Helen Caldicott, Australian, founding president of Physicians for Social Responsibility, anti-nuclear activist.

Holly Near, singer/songwriter.

Indira Gandhi, was the fourth woman to be elected president of the Indian National Congress and in 1967 was the second woman in the world to be elected prime minister of her country.

Jane Addams, founder of Hull House, first U. S. woman to win the Nobel Peace Prize, first president of the Women’s International League for Peace and Freedom.

Jeannette M. Rankin, Republican from Montana, the first woman to be elected to the United States Congress.

Joan Cavanagh, poet, founding mother of Spinsters Opposed to Nuclear Genocide.

Jody Williams, 1997 Nobel Peace Laureate for her work with the International Campaign to Ban Land Mines.

Joy Harjo, Creek poet, author, musician.

Mairead Corrigan Maguire, Irish peace activist, 1976 co-winner of Nobel Peace Prize.

Malala Yousafzai, Pakistani activist for female education and youngest person to ever win the Nobel Peace Prize (2014).

Mavis Smallberg, South African poet, performer, and educator. She has been a part of several cultural collectives, all of which exist to educate, inspire, encourage and promote writing and the arts and culture in general. This includes WEAVE (Women’s Education and Artistic Voice Expression), a black women’s writing and publishing collective in Capetown, South Africa.

Nafis Sadik, a Pakistani national, was born in India. In 1987 Dr. Sadik was the first woman to lead a major UN voluntary funded program.

Pamela Saffer, peace activist, member of fact-finding mission to Iraq after 1990-91 Gulf War.

Rosika Schwimmer, Hungarian pacifist, feminist, and suffragist.

Shirin Ebadi, first woman in Iran to become a judge, was awarded the Nobel Peace Prize in 2003, author and lectures widely on human rights and children’s rights issues.

Toyomi Hashimoto, 21-year-old mother and survivor of the bombing of Nagasaki.

Wangari Maathai, Kenyan environmental activist and 2004 Nobel Peace Laureate. First woman in Kenya to receive a doctorate degree. She was elected to Kenyan parliament in 2002 and appointed Assistant to Minister of Environment, Natural Resources, and Wildlife.

Zlata Filipovic, Bosnian writer whose journal Zlata’s Diary was published when she was 13.

‘I AM A GIRL’ Screening at The Roxy

I-am-a-girl-coverThursday, March 12th, 7pm ‘I Am A Girl’ Screening at The Roxy, 222 College Street, Burlington, VT 05401  There is a group of people in the world today who are more persecuted than anyone else, but they are not political or religious activists. They are girls. Being born a girl means you are more likely to be subjected to violence, disease, poverty and disadvantage than any other group on the planet. As each girl moves closer to coming of age, I AM A GIRL, a feature length documentary, reveals what it means to grow up female in the 21st century. In honor of International Women’s Day, The Peace & Justice Center is presenting a documentary film about the trials and tribulations women face and the strength they carry in confronting them. $10.00, Reserve your tickets here. For questions contact Carmen at carmen@pjcvt.org or call (802) 863-2345 x.6

How to Talk to Kids About Racism

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Saturday, March 7, 14, 21, 28, 3:30-5:00pm How to Talk to Kids About Racism at the Fletcher Free Library, College St, Burlington. We are excited to host this month long discussion group. All who are concerned about the impact of racism and/or white privilege on our children, including parents, family members, caregivers and teachers are welcome to attend. This group will be guided by two facilitators, one white and one person of color. Attending all four sessions is expected. 20 person maximum. The discussion group is free, but registration is required. If we are over-enrolled, preference will be given to PJC members. For more information or if you would like this event to travel to your community contact Andi Harrington at andi@pjcvt.org or call her at 802-863-2345 x9. This is a FREE event. Please register here.