Beyond the Peel: Fair Trade Bananas with Equal Exchange

Join us on Wednesday, October 22 (6:00pm – 7:30pm) for Beyond the Peel: Fair Trade Bananas with Equal Exchange at the Peace & Justice Center.

According to the USDA, the average American eats 26 pounds of bananas per year. That’s a lot of bananas- and a big opportunity for impact in an industry that has a nefarious history.  Over many decades, large banana corporations, supported by local and foreign governments, have oppressed the rights of farmers and their families by artificially suppressing prices, polluting land and ground water, outlawing labor unions, and more. However, there are a number of bold small farmer, fair trade cooperatives that use their collective power to gain resources and clout.

Join members of the Equal Exchange banana team to learn about Equal Exchange’s work with these cooperatives, and how they are creating a trade model that respects farmers, builds communities, and supports the environment. In addition to talking about the environmental and political issues facing banana farmers in Latin America, they’ll highlight the work that has been done in Burlington to raise awareness about the banana industry, and discuss plans to work with Burlington consumers to demonstrate demand for more ethical bananas at area

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A Celebration of Migrant Justice with Julia Alvarez


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Join us at The Ed Everts Social Justice Activist Award Event to celebrate Migrant Justice/Justicia Migrante with special guest Julia Alvarez and live music by Alejandro & Grupo Sabor at the beautiful Main Street Landing Train Station.

Migrant Justice is dedicated to building the voice, capacity, and power of the migrant farm worker community in Vermont.

Ms. Alvarez, an acclaimed author and poet best known for her novels In the Time Of the Butterflies and How the Garcia Girls Lost Their Accents will offer a reading.

Hailed as Vermont’s hottest Latin Music band by the Burlington Free Press, Grupo Sabor’s sound is a heady mixture of Merengue & Jazz infused with the infectious beat of traditional Afro-Dominican rhythms.



Workshop on Listening Next Week at the PJC!

Listening For What Matters Most, 7pm on October 21st, at the Peace & Justice Center, Burlington, VT. This workshop will be lead by Robin Guillian and is being offered as part of Vermont’s Conflict Resolution Month activities. If you are interested please fill out the form below. For more information contact Kyle at 802-863-2345 x6 or

The Canvas Peace Project at The Skinny Pancake

Saturday, October 18th
The Skinny Pancake, 60 Lake St., Burlington, VT, 05401
6:00pm Address from South Sudanese “lost boy” Gabriel Bol Deng
7:00-9:00pm Reception and art auction

Please join us to support this exciting initiative.  The auctioned paintings illustrate the lives of women in South Sudan. Other auctioned items include jewelry, gift certificates to restaurants, and more. The conflicts in the region of Sudan and South Sudan continue to harm and displace thousands of civilians. The Canvas Peace Project artists raise a voice for those who cannot. By painting about the lives of women, we bring their stories to life in this moving exhibit. All proceeds from the event go to support women and girls’ education in South Sudan. Co-sponsored by SUDEF, Hope for Ariang, PJC, and The Skinny Pancake.


Engaging Conflict For Peace Workshop

Engaging in Conflict for Peace

Wednesday, November 5th at 7:00-8:30pm, Engaging Conflict For Peace, at the Peace & Justice Center, 60 Lake Street, Burlington, VT. By seeing oneself in all beings we automatically create a frame of mind for a peaceful coexistence. And only by embracing peaceful resolution to conflicts can we can truly experience justice and joyous living. Come learn powerful skills for engaging conflict peacefully from Ben Bosley a professional in the field of conflict resolution. $5 Adults- Free for Youth. Click here to register online.

Ben Bosley, MSMACS is the founder of Pinnacle Resolutions. Ben is a passionate and dynamic organizational communications scholar and practitioner. He has years of experience working within and consulting organizations. Ben has worked as an organizational development consultant in the public and private sector. His work has focused on training, conflict resolution and coaching. He has been asked to present lectures on conflict and communication to organizations including the University of Vermont and The City of Burlington. He holds a Masters of Science in Mediation & Applied Conflict Studies from Champlain College in Burlington, VT and a Bachelor of Business Administration from The University of Massachusetts in Amherst, MA. Ben is a member of the New England Association of Conflict Resolution. For more information contact Kyle at 802-863-2345 x6 or