Annual Ed Everts Activist Award Ceremony, with Rising Tide VT and Bill McKibben

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Annual Activist Award Ceremony with presentation to Rising Tide Vermont by Bill McKibben on Thursday, January 19, 2017 from 5:30 p.m. – 10:00 p.m. at ECHO Center for Lake Champlain (1 College St. in Burlington)

**** Anne Petermann and Oren Langelle from Global Justice Ecology Project will now be presented at the event as well. We are so excited they can join us. As mentors of Rising Tide VT’s early organizers, their attendance is very meaningful. We are grateful they are traveling from Buffalo to join us. See their bios below.

What to expect:

5:30 Doors, silent auction, cash bar
6pm Buffet Dinner – chili, cornbread, and fixins
7pm Bill McKibben presents award to Rising Tide VT
8pm Dance party with Mal Maiz

Tickets are $25 – $1000. Purchase tickets online here. Be sure to indicate in the “designation” field that you are buying tickets for the PJC Awards Ceremony and how many tickets you would like.  Tickets will be held at the door.

Other options relating to tickets:

  • Come to the Peace & Justice Store at 60 Lake St in Burlington, or email Wendy.
  • Purchase additional tickets to off-set the cost of someone else’s entry.
  • Youth, fixed income, and other discounts available. Email Rachel for more information on discounted tickets.
  • You are also invited to volunteer in exchange for a ticket.  Email Jen for more information on volunteer opportunities.

Anne Petermann, Co-founder and Executive Director, Global Justice Ecology Project

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Anne Petermann is the Executive Director of Global Justice Ecology Project (GJEP), which she co-founded in Vermont in 2003. She is also the International Coordinator of the Campaign to STOP GE Trees, which she co-founded in 2014, and a founding Board Member of the Will Miller Social Justice Lecture Series.

She has been involved in movements for forest protection and Indigenous rights since 1991, and the international and national climate justice movements since 2004. She co-founded the Eastern North American Resource Center of the Native Forest Network in 1993.  In 2004 she participated in the founding of the Durban Group for Climate Justice.  She was also involved in founding Climate Justice Now! in 2007 at the Bali UN Climate Conference (COP).

Anne speaks about the destructive social, ecological and climatological impacts of genetically engineered trees, and about socially and environmentally destructive “false solutions” to climate change such as biomass electricity and biofuels.

After attending and organizing protests at UN Climate COPs from 2004 to 2011, she was permanently banned from all future UN Climate Conferences following an unpermitted direct action at the UN Climate COP in Durban, South Africa in 2011.

She co-wrote The Green Shock Doctrine with Will Bennington and Keith Brunner, co-founders of Vermont Rising Tide, when they worked for GJEP.

 

Orin Langelle, Co-founder and Strategic Communications Director Global Justice Ecology Project

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In addition to being a founder and the Strategic Communications Director for Global Justice Ecology Project, Orin Langelle is a photojournalist and the Director of Langelle Photography.  He also sits on the Steering Committee of the Campaign to Stop GE Trees, which he co-founded in 2014.

Orin Langelle became involved in the movement for social justice in the 1960s inopposition to the Vietnam War. He went on to earn a B.A. in media and communications from Webster University in St. Louis, MO. He trained as a photojournalist at the International Center of Photography in Manhattan under Cornell Capa, brother to renowned war photographer Robert Capa.

In the late 1980s, Langelle helped lead campaigns that stopped logging in the Shawnee National Forest of Southern Illinois, Illinois’ Trail of Tears State Forest, and Saint Louis’ Forest 44.

In 1991 he relocated to Vermont and in 1992 co-founded the international Native Forest Network at their convening conference in Tasmania, Australia. He subsequently co-founded the NFN’s Eastern North American Resource Center in Burlington, VT in June 1993. He worked as the Eastern North American NFN Campaign Coordinator from 1993 until 2001.

He became involved in the international Climate Justice movement in 2004 and was involved in founding Climate Justice Now! in 2007 at the UN Climate Conference (COP) in Bali, Indonesia.  His work on climate change, forest protection and Indigenous rights has taken him and his camera around the world.

Carol Moseley Braun-Former US Senator and Ambassador to New Zealand to deliver 2017 MLK address

carol-moseley-braun-2The Greater Burlington Multicultural Resource Center, organizer of the annual Burlington Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Remembrance announced that Carol Moseley Braun – first African American woman to be elected to the United States Senate– will deliver the 2017 Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Day keynote address on Sunday, January 15, at 3PM at the First Unitarian Universalist Society at 152 Pearl Street in Burlington. Braun is the second African American woman to compete for the Democratic nomination for president of the United States. Elected to the Illinois Legislature in 1978, Braun became the first spokeswoman for the mayor of Chicago, Harold Washington and was named assistant majority leader by the speaker of the House.

At the event, the Greater Burlington Multicultural Resource Center will honor this year’s recipients of the 2017 Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Award:  Mary Brown Guillory for her work with the Champlain Valley NAACP and Rev. Leroy Dixon retired pastor of the New Alpha Missionary Baptist Church. Both have worked very hard to embrace a diverse community in Burlington and the State of Vermont. Featured on the program will be the Montpelier Community Gospel Choir under the direction of John Mark Harrison and Trumpeter Ray Vega.

The event is free and open to the public, though tickets are required. Free tickets may be obtained at Fletcher Free Library, City Market and the Peace & Justice Center/Store in Burlington. This event is made possible through sponsorship from the City of Burlington, United Way of Northwest Vermont, KeyBank, NBT Bank, Champlain Housing Trust, Spruce Mortgage, People’s United Bank, Church Street Market Place, First Unitarian Universalist Society, Mace Engravers & Courtyard Marriott.

cropped-gbmcr_header_20151As part of Burlington’s annual Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Remembrance, the public is also invited to attend a panel discussion on Civil Rights at 3PM January 16 at Echo. Panelists: TJ Donovan ( Attorney General), Julia Torti (US Attorneys’ Office), James Lyall (American Civil Liberties Union), Karen Richards (Vermont Human Rights Commission), Ame Lambert (Chief Diversity Officer -Champlain College). Facilitator: Prof Susan Comerford.

Standing Rock is My Home

Join us on Tuesday, January 10 for a Standing Rock Report Back Circle. See details following this article by Beverly Little Thunder, PJC Board Member and enrolled member of the Standing Rock Lakota Band.

Standing Rock is my home. It is where my people have lived and died for nearly 100 years since we were forced onto reservations. Prior to that, we roamed and lived in the area for more years then can be counted. Our ancestors are buried there and our children continue to be born there. The water from the Missouri river has provided life to our people. Today that water is threatened by the corporate greed of Energy Transfer as they attempt to build the Dakota Access Pipeline (DAPL).

Since April of 2016, the Lakota Nation has been gathering in an attempt to stop the Black Snake of a pipeline that is proposed to carry crude oil thru the earth and under the river that feeds so much life. A breach in the integrity of this pipeline would pollute the water of the reservation as well as those downstream. In addition, the land it would travel through is treaty land for the Standing Rock Tribe and holds burial sites and historical village sites that should be protected. Dakota Access has thus far ignored this fact and continues to drill and lay pipeline. The tribe opposes this project as did the people of Bismarck North Dakota. However while the people of Bismarck (90% non-Native ) had their concerns listened to, the Standing Rock Tribal voices have been ignored . Meanwhile there have been leaks and failures of pipelines laid by this company all over the country as recently as last week. The cry heard most often in camp is, “you cannot drink oil” and “Mni Wiconi” (Water is Life).

History repeats itself once again; my people are under attack by big corporations concerned with only money. As I stayed in the Oceti Sakowin Camp with some 3000 other water protectors, I was able to witness the dedication both the Native people and their allies displayed in the peaceful, prayerful, and conscious displays of support they held to end to the digging and violation of the earth. These actions were met with armed police and National Guard members using tear gas, pepper spray and rubber bullets. During the night, in freezing weather, people praying were sprayed with cold water as well. People there suffered hypothermia, and one young woman had her arm amputated after being hit in the shoulder with one of their weapons. Another lost sight in her eye, and an elder suffered cardiac arrest. This is an unarmed action and organizers stress this daily. Ceremonies are happening on an ongoing basis and even the youth organized a forgiveness march to the police station. Thousands of veterans descended on the camp to join in support of the people there, demanding a stop to the aggressive actions used by the police of Morton County and nearby departments.

Here in Vermont, there have been groups and individuals who have traveled to Standing Rock to take much-needed supplies and help in any way they can. Many Native people have quit jobs and are committed to staying through the winter. The winters there are harsh and much colder than those we have here in New England and the people there have fewer resources. A recent denial of a permit by the Army Corp of Engineers is being seen as a ploy to buy time for the Dakota Access Corp until Trump takes office. He has a huge financial stake in the project and is expected to give Dapl the go ahead and overturn the Army Corp decision. Here in Vermont the bank that holds the states funds, TD Bank, supports DAPL by providing them with loans to see this project through.

What can we here? We can help by spreading the news of what is going on in Standing Rock. We can close any accounts we have with financial institutions that support DAPL. We can host fundraisers to help support the camps holding up for the winter in North Dakota. We can write to our government representatives asking them to voice disapproval for how this is being kept quiet in mainstream news and how the citizens of Standing Rock are being called criminals and protesters for trying to protect not only their sacred sites but the water that give life to us all.

Right now, monetary donations are most needed by individual camps. There is the Kitchen, which provides two meals a day to anyone who needs it; the Medics’ Camp; the Women’s Camp that provides for the women and children in camp; and the Two Spirit Camp that supports LBGTQA individuals needing to connect with others. There is also the legal defense fund. I can direct donations to any of these entities. Contact me at Blittlethunder@msn.com.

A gathering will be held at The Peace & Justice Center to bring those of us who have been to the camp together to share experiences and continue to raise awareness and support. Anyone is invited to join us on Tuesday, January 10th from 5pm-7pm.

My heart is heavy as I hear of the things happening in North Dakota, I want to be with my people during this time. My experience at Oceti Sakowin was gut wrenching and heart lifting at the same time. For the first time in over 300 years, Native nations from all over have come together to pray and defend our Mother Earth. We are not people from history. We have not been wiped out through government lead and sanctioned genocide and violence. We are still here and we are stronger then this government thinks we are.

Standing Rock Report Back Circle on Tuesday, January 10, 5-7:00 at PJC, 60 Lake St, Burlington

People who have been to Standing Rock to protect the water will be able to share their experiences and address your questions. Priority will be given to First Nation peoples who want to share. Refreshments at 5:00. Discussion 5:30-7:00. at PJC. FREE. Donations of money, checks, and supplies accepted for Two Spirit Camp. for more info email Rachel or visit the facebook event.


Dr. King and the Children’s March of 1963

Explore the planning and implementation of the Children’s March of 1963 in Birmingham, AL. On Monday, January 16 from 10:30-11:30am, at ECHO, Leahy Center for Lake Champlain, 1 College St. in Burlington. In between watching age appropriate excerpts from Mighty Times: The Children’s March, participants of all ages will explore Kingian Nonviolence (and more) through discussion and song. Admission to ECHO is free on MLK Day, click here for info on programming at ECHO to celebrate and remember Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. and the work he was a part of.

Understanding Fair Trade Labels Presentation and Discussion

Is socially responsible shopping more difficult and complex then you thought? We get that! There are many things to consider when making a purchase. Join Kristen Connors on Saturday, January 14 from 3:30-4:30pm at the Peace & Justice Center to explore the various Fair Trade labels specifically. Buying Fair Trade products is just one way to help ensure that your purchase is not causing harm to communities and individuals exploited in the global south. This event seeks to help participants better understand the differences between Fair Trade Certifications, Fair Trade Membership Organizations, and Direct Trade and support the Fair Trade Movement. It includes a presentation and facilitated discussion. If you are interested in joining our Fair Trade Programming, we encourage you to arrive at 3pm to participate in a PJC New Volunteer Orientation.