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By Richard Czaplinski “I’m for peace, but not your kind of peace.” So said a man as he came up close to me while I led the Vermont Veterans For Peace (VFP) “Budget Banner” down State Street during the July...
I’ve never been a marcher. I don’t like to feel used by anyone. But this time, I marched and wore black as requested. I marched because I am grieving for those 30 murdered young people. I never thought that our...
For six months in 2011 I lived in East Jerusalem, in the neighborhood of Wadi Joz, just adjacent to the Old City, and to Silwan where this boy’s story took place.  Silwan has been a Palestinian village for at least...
I am writing in support of a remarkable organization that deserves our attention and support. Planting Hope (PH) was started in 2001 by by Beth Merrill of Montpelier and is based in Montpelier and Matagalpa, Nicaragua. It has expanded to...
Mindfulness and similar contemplative practices have become increasingly common in activist circles in recent years. In fact, we do workshops on this topic here at the Peace & Justice Center! Mindfulness practices have a lot to contribute to activists, however,...
It is important for non-immigrants, especially white non-immigrants, to show up as aspiring allies and put ourselves on the line. Since the first European colonizers set foot on this continent, children have been torn from their parents. It is not...
This coming Monday, July 2nd, at City Hall in Burlington we will be having our 4th annual reading of Frederick Douglass’, “What to the Slave is the 4th of July”. The Vermont Humanities Council is supporting groups and communities statewide...
Hi, my name is Greta(she/her), and I will be a senior at Rutland High School. I am a new intern at the Peace and Justice Center, and my focus over this summer will be the youth activist symposium! I have...
There is a lot of deeply disturbing stuff going on – family separation, nuclear threat, police profiling, growing poverty. And there’s a lot to be grateful for – the people who show up for rallies and marches, who call and...
I was born in a Palestinian refugee camp in Lebanon 12 years after my parents were forced to flee the Upper Galilee in historical Palestine. They lost their home, land, livelihood, and my mother lost her father to a bullet...