White Fragility Presentation and Discussion

Come by the PJC on Saturday, February 25th from 3:30 to 4:30 pm to build useful tools for addressing racism. Explore the meaning and implications of white fragility by examining the way it stifles compelling conversations on racism. White fragility refers to the state in which even a minimum amount of racial stress becomes unbearable, triggering a range of defensive actions. The ability to name and recognize this phenomenon is a helpful way to stay engaged in discussions about racism, even if you become uncomfortable. Participants are encouraged to arrive early at 3 pm to be a part of the PJC New Volunteer Orientation.


Bring the whole family to learn about nonviolence!

Nonviolence has been proven to be incredibly effective in addressing oppression even though our culture may not embrace or encourage this truth. Nonviolent activists utilize the power we have as people working collaboratively for a common good to employ a wide variety of strategies, such as rallies, marches, hunger strikes, boycotts, and much more. This one hour event uses the example of the Children’s March of 1963 in Birmingham, AL to explore the planning and implementation of a nonviolent action to address oppression. In between watching age appropriate excerpts from Mighty Times: The Children’s March, participants of all ages will talk about Kingian Nonviolence and sing. Best for people ages 5 and up.

Join this program!

  • Kellogg-Hubbard Library in Montpelier on Saturday, February 18 at 10:30am (Facebook Event)
  • Brownell Library in Essex on Wednesday, March 15 at 3:30pm

Chocolate for Valentine’s Day at who’s expense?

In 2001, eight of the largest chocolate companies signed the Harkin-Engel Protocol, which is an international agreement aimed at ending the Worst Forms of Child Labor (WFCL) and Forced Adult Labor (FAL) within their cocoa supply chains by 2005. This public certification has good intentions, but it is non-binding and has no legal ramifications. In 2005 WFCL and FAL had not been eradicated from supply chains, so the deadline for meeting standards set forth in the agreement was rescheduled. The Harken-Engel Protocol was signed again in 2005, 2008, and finally in 2010 with a deadline of 2020. Studies have shown a steady increase of children involved in the cocoa industry over the last 15 years. One can conclude that these chocolate companies have yet to prove that they can self-regulate.

When buying chocolate, we urge you to seriously consider which chocolate companies you support. At the Peace & Justice Store, we have chosen to support Divine Chocolate because their company is co-owned by the 85,000 farmer members of the Kuapa Kokoo, the cooperative in Ghana. Because they are Fairtrade Certified, we know that their products have been produced ethically, without any forms of child labor, and free of exploitation. Want to know more about Divine and Kuapa Kokoo? Click here to read a Farmer Spotlight!

This continues to be a complex issue and I heartily encourage you to be part of the conversation. Join us this Saturday for our Cocoa Campaign presentation that focuses on the issue of child slavery and human trafficking in the cocoa industry. It is designed to educate, brainstorm solutions and create tangible action steps that fit within the comfort zone of each participant.

Cocoa Campaign Presentation
60 Lake St, Burlington
Saturday, February 11, 2017
3:30-4:30 (come early to participate in a New Volunteer Orientation at 3:00)


How to Talk With Kids About Racism

I am a kid who regularly talks with adults about race and racism. I offer a unique perspective to this discussion group because of my age (I am a senior in high school) and my experiences as a youth of color living in Vermont. I know how important and helpful it was for me that my parents talked to me about racism and I want to help other parents initiate these difficult conversations. Facilitating is a great way for me to ensure that adults in my community are engaging in anti-racist parenting. Additionally, I have been leading discussions on race with middle school students for about a year and a half now. This work too has inspired me to share what I have learned.

-Isaiah Hines, co-facilitator

As a mother of a toddler and an educator in the public school system I am always looking to connect with others around how are we making anti-racist parenting and teaching part of our daily lives. We have the wondrous and abundant responsibility of raising children and they deserve to learn another way, a way that centers justice. As a white parent it is my responsibility to act in solidarity to end white supremacy and build this consciousness in our Vermont communities. But this work is too big for any one of us alone so I am grateful for the opportunity to facilitate and come together for this workshop series on how to talk with kids about racism. I am so honored to be co-facilitating with the brilliant and inspiring Isaiah Hines!

-Jade Walker, co-facilitator


We are once again hosting this impactful three-part discussion group. This time it is facilitated by Isaiah Hines and Jade Walker in Waterbury on Saturdays, February 11, 18 and 25 from 3:00 to 5:00pm.

Talking about race and racism can be difficult — especially with children. But that does not mean that we shouldn’t be having these conversations. We are offering this facilitated discussion group to help navigate and practice having these talks. The program is for anyone concerned with the influence of racism and white privilege on our kids. It includes resources, information, age-appropriate guidelines, and role playing. These three days of discussion are designed to help adults (and young adults) explore these issues in a meaningful way.

Participants are asked to come to all three sessions. Space is limited, click here to sign-up online or call 863-2345 x6.

Marches, rallies, buses

It is a busy time for activist mobilization. We are aware of four more national marches in the next few months:

We encourage you to “Buy Local” when it comes to bus tickets. A national for-profit company, Rally Bus, rented most of the buses in the state for the Women’s March and charged much more than the nonprofits.

PJC will organize buses to these events if we do not hear about other groups already doing the same. We have a call out to sister organizations so we can share accurate information with you and to determine which events we should rent buses for. We will keep you up-to-date as we learn more.

So far, we have confirmation that 350VT is organizing buses to the Climate March. The bus ticket prices will be on a sliding scale and no one is ever turned away based on need. They will have buses leaving from all across the state. Contact Katherine for more info.