All posts by: PJCVT

Gearing up for Halloween this year, I wanted to pause and reflect about what “fair trade” really is and why we should care. Looking briefly to the past, the concept of fair trade was introduced during the 1700’s in response...
We’re excited to share that Bluebird Barbecue will be helping to raise money for the Peace & Justice Center as a part of their Community Night. On Wednesday, November 8th they will be donating 10% of the entire evening’s sales...
Join CCALEOVT for a Public Forum on Community Policing at the Fletcher Free Library on October 18 from 6-8PM! Community Members, Law Enforcement and Criminal Justice Officials are being called upon to  demonstrate a commitment to  verifiablechange in Policing, Courts,...
Love bananas? You are not alone! Bananas are the most widely consumed fruit in the North American and Europe, but do you know what goes into the cultivation of a banana before it arrives at your home? If you’d like...
Growing up poor in rural Vermont, I always knew that my family had less than some of my friends and the families on TV. I built assumptions based on my experiences and observations. The store clerk looked at me differently...
What are you afraid of?  A fairly simple question with any number of possible answers.  If I asked every person who read this post to make a list of their greatest fears, there are a few items that would appear...
Join us in supporting a Burlington showing for the Global Vigil hosted by Border of Lights (borderoflights.org).  We will meet in front of the Peace & Justice Center to remember the 1937 Haitian Massacre where thousands of Haitians and their...
We are delighted to have Margaux Miller and Colby Yee lead a discussion on Saturday, September 30th from 2-5 at the Peace & Justice Center. Margaux was a 2017 Summer Intern with us and she and Colby are the co-coordinators...
Ellen Davidson and I are both active members of Veterans for Peace, and have organized two solidarity delegations to Occupied Palestine. The delegation’s intent was to join with Palestinian nonviolent resistance and oppose, vocally and simply by their presence, the...
Growing up poor in rural Vermont, I always knew that my family had less than some of my friends and the families on TV. I built assumptions based on my experiences and observations. The store clerk looked at me differently...
For the last few years the Peace & Justice Center has offered a Reading Frederick Douglass Book Discussion Group led by Dr. Emily Bernard. This year Dr. Bernard proposed reading and discussing Harriet Ann Jacobs’ narrative “Incidents in the Life...
Did you “like” this video? Did you talk about the rad actions of organizers on the ground in Durham? Do you wish that you had a concrete way to support individuals on the front line of the struggle? This post...
We’re delighted introduce Kesha Medina and Netdahe Stoddard, PJC facilitators who do ongoing racial justice work in rural VT. Kesha Medina: “As a young woman of color it is incredibly important for me to break down the barriers of communication...
by Gabriella Ribeiro and Rob Persons, PJC Peacework Interns On August 9th, 2017 a number of Peace & Justice Center volunteers, interns, and staff members came together and performed an informative pop-up piece that gave insight into the current and...
Just a week ago I joined the Peace & Justice Center as Community Solutions Fellow for an intensive 4 months fellowship. The Community Solutions Program is a professional development program for the best and brightest community leaders from around the...
Job Description: The Store Clerk is responsible for helping customers with shopping needs and check out, stocking inventory, creating displays, receiving product, and completing other administrative duties for the store and center.  In addition, the clerk will act as an...
If you’ve ever come into our office you may have been greeted by a volunteer and if you’ve ever gone into the store you’ve most definitely interacted with a volunteer. Volunteers are a huge part of the Peace & Justice...
Reading Mumia Abu-Jamal’s We Want Freedom: A Life in The Black Panther Party (2016) felt like embarking on an extensive and enriching conversation with a respected friend; page after page, I experienced an unfolding story, told by Abu-Jamal himself, about his...
In addition to the Peace & Justice Center’s events: Mindfulness for Activists and Nonviolence Activism 101 – make sure to check out the other amazing events all around Vermont during the Campaign Nonviolence Week of Actions this September!   Youth...
Press release: August 4, 2017 On Sunday, August 6, marchers in Burlington will commemorate the 72nd anniversary of the US atomic bombing of Hiroshima, Japan by gathering at the top of Church St. at 7 pm and walking and singing...
Growing up in an affluent, mostly white town, my exposure as a child to folks that were different me was limited. Truly, the culture of my hometown, which is about 30 miles north of Chicago, was largely homogenous in racial...
The Greater Bennington Peace and Justice Center has lead a partnership of peace groups to craft the following letter. They are looking for individuals statewide to join them in contacting our Congressional delegates. Please contact our delegates through their webpages...
Here’s a clip of the 2014 community reading of”What to the Negro is the Fourth of July”, Frederick Douglas’ provocative 1852 speech, in which he sharply and meaningfully critiqued the irony of white American’s celebration of the Fourth of July...
This presentation 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 each participant. This presentation will be led by Amy Crosswhite....
Interested in becoming a PJC Event Facilitator? Join us, Sunday, October 29 from 3-4:30 at the Peace & Justice Center for a Prospective Facilitator Gathering to learn about becoming a facilitator of our educational programs. The evening will include an...
Thursday, August 10 from 12-1pm, Free Trade Agreements Presentation at the Peace & Justice Center, 60 Lake Street, Burlington. U.S. Free Trade Agreements were intended to ease trade and boost economies. This is not what the impact has been. This...
Poverty impacts our communities in both big and small ways. And many of us have experienced poverty at one time or another in our lives. Equity Solutions brings people together for a deeper understanding of the root causes of poverty...
Join us at the Peace & Justice Center on August 26th, 3:30 – 4:30 for the White Fragility Talk. White Fragility is a state in which even a small amount of racial stress becomes intolerable for a white person. Recognizing...
Thursday, September 14 from 12-1pm, Understanding Fair Trade Labels is a presentation that breaks down the differences between Fair Trade Certifications, Fair Trade Membership Organizations, and Direct Trade to help us better understand the Fair Trade Movement. People are encouraged...
Come check out our Mindfulness for Activists event on Thursday September 28th and October 5th from 6 to 8pm at Champlain Valley Union High School in Hinesburg, Vermont. In order to keep taking on injustice, we need to develop a...
White Fragility is a state in which even a small amount of racial stress becomes intolerable for a white person, thus preventing conversations confronting racial issues. Recognizing and naming it can be a helpful way to stay engaged in discussions...
We invite you to join us and the rest of the world in celebrating and honoring the women and girls of the planet and to use this day to commit ourselves to ensuring the rights of women of all ages...
The Standing Rock Sioux Tribe and Indigenous grassroots leaders call on our allies across the United States and around the world to peacefully march on Washington DC on Friday March 10. Standing Rock and Native Nations will lead a march in...
There is still some space and a few days left to join this important program facilitated by Ita Meno and Rachel Siegel. This program was piloted a while back but we now have it more fully developed and are ready...
Free Trade Agreements, or FTAs, can be complex and impact countries around the world and, in turn, the global economy. The impacts do not just effect the economy, however; beyond these economic impacts are a number of social and environmental consequences. This...
Free Trade Agreements like NAFTA and TPP have a number of social, economic, and environmental consequences around the world. The Fair Trade movement poses an alternative to Free Trade and attempts to, at minimum, counterbalance these negative externalities. Come to...
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...
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...
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...
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...
It is a busy time for activist mobilization. We are aware of four more national marches in the next few months: Science March, April 22 People’s Climate March, April 29 Immigrants March, May 6 Pride March, June 11 We encourage...
Friends, things are changing for the worse and things are also changing for the better. The brutality of life is more visible for some of us than it was two weeks ago and surely harm is being done. However, it...
The Nonviolent Activism 101 workshop presented by the Peace & Justice Center focuses on recognizing and dismantling the various systems of oppression in our society in order to navigate the path towards peace and social justice. This program teaches participants...
The world around us is a unique, complex environment which should be appreciated and celebrated. Diane Elliott Gayer’s work, Of Earth and Being, is a journey through both space and time, highlighting the natural and built world around us, and our...
We are so delighted to welcome our Spring Interns to the Center this week! There is much work to be done and we are delighted to continue all that we do with the infused energy and meaningful perspectives of this...
The first time we held this discussion group was on January 11th in the PJC community room. It was facilitated by a Rachel Siegel. The group included about fifteen multi-generational white folks. We began by watching three minutes (16:31-19:31) of...
Read the full study for data on individual departments. This study is by Stephanie Seguino Professor Department of Economics & Fellow, Gund Institute University of Vermont Burlington, VT and Nancy Brooks Visiting Associate Professor Dept. of City and Regional Planning Cornell University Ithaca, NY...
Do you know the differences between Fair Trade and Free Trade? With our world becoming increasingly globalized, it is more important than ever to understand how our trade practices impact the world around us. Come to the Peace & Justice...
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...
The 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...
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...
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:...
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...
The Peace & Justice Center is organizing buses to the Women’s March on Washington on January 21, 2017. We are also supporting a rally in Montpelier on the same day. For more information on that, please see the facebook event....
The Peace & Justice Center was recently approached by Jesse Wiens, the Board President of Baba Tree International about hosting an orientation for their Vermont Refugee Resettlement Program/Play in the Wild! Mentoring Program. This program does not yet have an official...
On Saturday, January 14 from 5:30-7pm, at Colchester High School enjoy a fantastic night of Zumba. Your favorite local instructors Ron B., Jaimelee, Angel, and Jessica will lead 90 minutes of high powered, peace-making, community connecting, booty shaking, music thumping,...
by Ruby Perry, PJC member Tuesday, December 13, a brief introduction to and exploration of The Work That Reconnects at the Fletcher Free Library from 6:00-8:00 PM. Joanna Macy describes the three great stories of our time.  Business As Usual...
Have you seen articles about wearing a safety pin? Have you been wearing one? Do you want to wear one? In the wake of the national election physical and verbal assaults towards Muslims, queer folks, and people of color have...
Sunday, November 13, 2016, 4:30 documentary film screening, Main Street Landing Film House This event is in honor of Veteran’s Day. Soldier’s Heart, founded in 2006, tends the invisible wounds resulting from war and military service. These wounds are now...
Halloween is approaching! As the calendar nears one of my favorite holidays, I am anticipating it with a new and informed perspective that has developed into a prominent concern about chocolate production and consumption. My time here as the Fair...
Please join us on Indigenous People’s Day (formerly Columbus Day) to rally in solidarity with Standing Rock’s struggle against the Dakota Access Pipeline and then march to a major public Vermont Gubernatorial debate to push for a “Clean and Green...
Join us this Thursday (September 22) at 7pm at Main Street Landing Film House, 60 Lake St. in Burlington for a screening of Indivisible: Love Knows No Borders, a documentary about the fight to reunite families separated by deportation. Imagine...
Friday, November 18th, 5-6pm at the Peace & Justice Center.  Curious about where recyclables go after you put them on your curb to be picked up? Author John Powell and Illustrator Rob Blum share the adventures of the Pitkin Kids as...
I am Sophia from Middlebury, Vermont and a junior at Ithaca College. I am a racial justice and peacework summer intern here at the Peace & Justice Center. Before my internship started, I was asked to attend a Building Empathy and Addressing Racial...
Muhammad Ali, one of the most iconic figures of the 20th century, has died at the age of 74. Poet and professor Elizabeth Alexander reads her persona poem “Narrative: Ali,” written from Ali’s perspective. This video and language is being...
Watch Hamilton Graziano and Ingrid Alli (Twin Soul Poets) performing their group piece, ‘The Lovings’. A true story of Richard and Mildred Loving, an interracial couple living in Virginia in the 1950’s whose love changed history. Want to know more...
IMPORTANT UPDATE: The PJC agreed to co-sponsor a presentation by Ken O’Keefe based on our knowledge of him as a staunch anti-war and human rights activist. We did not expect him to speak as he did. His assault on Jewish...
Vermonters for a Just Peace in Palestine/Israel began an urgent dialogue with Ben & Jerry’s in 2011 over its franchise in Israel, which shares its name and social mission, and manufactures ice cream inside Israel. But that ice cream, we discovered,...
Saturday, March 12, from 1-3pm, Burlington International Women’s Day Celebration at King Street Center, 87 King St, Burlington We invite you to join us and the rest of the world in celebrating and honoring the women and girls of the...
ECHO is perhaps best known in the community for our live animals and hands-on science exhibits. However, ECHO’s mission also includes the exploration of historical and cultural topics within the Lake Champlain Basin. This cross-disciplinary approach can be found in...
This Saturday the Peace & Justice Center is partnering with the Burlington Film Society and Vermont International Film Festival to present a special screening and panel discussion of the feature documentary Welcome to Leith by filmmakers Michael Beach Nichols and Christopher...
The Peace & Justice Center is pleased to work in partnership with VT PBS, UVM’s ALANA Student Center, and Partnership for Change to present a FREE screening of The Black Panthers: Vanguard of the Revolution on February 21st at 7pm in...
Surveillance technology in the United States is extremely advanced, and its newest up-and-coming tool comes in the form of drones. There is relatively little legislation surrounding the private, commercial, and governmental usage of drones, and in order to keep pace...
The Peace & Justice Center will be hosting a Drone Quilt Block Making Party with a special screening of the film “Wounds of Waziristan” at the Huntington Public Library on Thursday, December 10th from 6:30 to 8:30. In addition to...
Please join us for our Annual Membership Meeting on Saturday October 24th from 1-2:30pm at 60 Lake St. Suite 1C. This event includes overviews of our current work, voting on new board members, and time for you all to offer input into...
Thursday, September 10, 7pm, Roxy Theater, details below The documentary REUSE! Because You Can’t Recycle The Planet follows “Reuse Pro” Alex Eaves’ cross-country adventure to the 48 contiguous U.S. states. On his journey, he demonstrates the different ways people and...
A big thank you to all who participated in this month’s kids clubs! Young people are an integral part of social justice movements now and have been in our history. Together at the two different events kids and adult family...
As a community, we invite you to the steps of Burlington City Hall on the 163rd anniversary of Frederick Douglass’ speech to reconsider the meaning of racial justice and freedom through a historic lens as we celebrate our nation’s independence day....
I first learned about truth and justice in first grade when my class was studying the Ten Commandments and we were on number five, “Thou Shall Not Steal”. Sr. Mary Gilbertetta told a story about a boy from a family...
Are you a parent that is looking for fun, educational activities focused on empathy and nonviolence for your child(ren) to participate in this summer? Look no further. Come to the two June Kids’ Club events at the Peace & Justice...
To register and for detailed information about each session, click here. Are you passionate about racial justice issues, but are looking for a more engaging and complex dialogue about systems of oppression? Do you want to learn more about institutionalized racism and how...
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...
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...
Thursday, 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...
Wednesday, January 21st at 6:30pm The Experience of Drone Pilots at the Peace & Justice Center, 60 Lake Street, Burlington, VT. We are excited to launch a new presentation about the people who operate unmanned aerial vehicles. Post Traumatic Stress Disorder...
Earn a living wage while promoting fair trade in a retail setting. Assistant Manager is responsible for operations; customer service; recruiting, training & supervising volunteers; visual merchandising; special events; off-site sales; and educational presentations to the public. 16 hours /...
Violinist Michael Dabroski will perform two concerts for humanitarian relief for the people of Gaza. On Wednesday, November 12, 2014, at 7pm, he will play works by J. S. Bach as well as his own Suite for Gaza at the...
  Thursday, December 4th at 7:00pm Liberty in North Korea Presentation at the Peace & Justice Center, 60 Lake Street, Burlington, VT. Three dedicated members of the LiNK team will bring our community the voices and insights of friends who have...
On Art, Pedagogy & Activism with Comedian Hari Kondabolu By: Armando Carmona Armando: “I’m from California and have been living in Vermont for a little over a year.” Hari Kondabolu: laughs, “Wow, culture shock.” Unapologetic and thought provoking, Hari Kondabolu is a...
Ever dreamed of a world with no conflict, no injustice, no cruelty, no discrimination? We do, and we dream of that world everyday. This is why the Peace & Justice Center was created, and why we dedicate our work, time...
The PJC Kids’ Club continues July 26th from 2-4pm with celebrating Africa! Bring the kids for an afternoon of cultural acceptance, exploration, and fun! Francine Serwili-Ngunga will be sharing about her Rwandan culture through dance, story telling, and yummy sambusa...
It is arguable that environmental justice is the issue of the time. Without deep societal change, we will eventually obliterate ourselves as well as most of the earth’s ecosystems and other species. While environmental catastrophes are rising, they are impacting...
The documentary film Shadows of Liberty reveals the extraordinary truth behind the news media: censorship, cover-ups and corporate control. In highly revealing stories, renowned journalists, activists and academics including DANNY GLOVER, JULIAN ASSANGE, DAN RATHER, AMY GOODMAN, DAVID SIMON, NORMON...