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-Michaela Compo, PJC Fair Trade Intern The term environmental racism was coined by Benjamin Chavez to refer to the movement developed in the 1970’s and 80’s, but the idea can be traced back over 500 years to when the Europeans...
-By Mark Hage, Vermonters for Justice in Palestine The community of Sur Bahir, in occupied East Jerusalem, experienced its worst fears on Monday, July 22, when Israeli soldiers, accompanied by bulldozers and other heavy machinery, arrived at about 2:15 a.m....
– Tim Nyhus, former PJC Intern Meeting Ms. Sasamori and Mr. Yamashita and hearing them speak about their lives was profoundly emotional for me. I was already fairly knowledgeable of the politics that orchestrated the terror hibakusha endured, the quantitative aspects...
-Mark Hage, Vermonters for Justice in Palestine   Joe Biden fared very poorly in a recent candidates’ debate that featured Kamala Harris, to her credit, taking him to school on the difference between civil rights and states’ rights.  But it...
-Mark Hage, Vermonters for Justice in Palestine Eight weeks ago, in the occupied West Bank, Israeli soldiers, full armed, descended on an elementary school for Palestinian kids in the city of Hebron.  They abducted a nine-year-old named Zein.  (The arrest was captured on...
-Rachel Siegel, PJC Executive Director There has been a clear uptick in overt White Nationalism in Vermont. Off the top of my head I know of Patriot Front fliers posted in St Albans, Richmond, and Winooski, a large Patriot Front...
-Kina Thorpe, PJC Educational Program Manager It is appalling that children seeking refuge in the United States are still being put in cages. It’s also appalling that we’ve seemed to have forgotten about this all the meanwhile, the Trump administration...
– By Mark Hage, Vermonters for Justice in Palestine   Texas Court Victory for Free Speech in the U.S. & the Palestinian BDS Movement A Federal Court in Texas handed down an important ruling Thursday, April 26, preliminarily blocking enforcement...
  -Rachel Siegel, PJC Executive Director Remind yourself: “It is not my job to be a good white person and fix the world. It is my job to be part of the movement to get us the fuck out of...
-Mark Hage, Vermonters for Justice in Palestine   Still Marching & Dying for Freedom: One-Year Anniversary of The Great March of Return in Gaza March 30 marked the one-year anniversary of the Great March of Return campaign in Gaza.  Tens...
The following is an excerpt from George Lakey’s book “How We Win”. George Lakey will be facilitating his How We Win workshop on Saturday, May 11 from 2-5:30pm in Burlington. Learn more about the program and register online here. Copies...
-By Mark Hage, Vermonters for Justice in Palestine Jonathan Cook, an award-winning journalist and political writer who makes his home in Israel, recently wrote an illuminating and chilling piece about Israel’s recent election campaign.  Here are some of his observations...
Join us for a screening of “Banana Land: Blood, Bullets, & Poison” on Wednesday, April 17, 7-9pm at the UVM Davis Center from 422. -Ariane Goldsmith, Fair Trade Intern After studying environmental justice for a few years, I have come...
– By Marc Estrin, Vermonters for Justice in Palestine “Israel has launched air attacks on Gaza hours after rockets were allegedly fired near Tel Aviv, raising fears of a major escalation in the Israeli-Palestinian conflict.”  No matter what the provocation...
-By Mark Hage, Vermonters for Justice in Palestine A prominent Palestinian human rights activist and politician, Khalida Jarrar, 56, was released from an Israeli prison on Feb. 28. She had been incarcerated for 20 months without a single charge brought against...
-Kathy Shapiro, Vermonters for Justice in Palestine An atmosphere of hate and discrimination against oppressed minorities flourishes under the current administration.  We’ve seen a 17% rise of hate crimes in 2017 according to the FBI, 59% of which were race-based,...
-Rachel Siegel PJC Executive Director “The goal is not to be a better white person. The goal is to build the movements we need to create the world we want to live in.” -Dylan Cooke, Catalyst Project trainer   I...
– By Mark Hage, Vermonters for Justice in Palestine The international BDS movement was launched in 2005 by 170 Palestinian unions, political parties, refugee networks, women’s organizations, professional associations, popular resistance committees and other civil society groups.   Thirteen years later, the movement is...
We are greatly concerned about the uptick of antisemitic and other forms of hate crimes and violence in our country. We seek to ally with individuals, organizations, and congregations against these acts and towards a more just society. Peace &...
– By Wendy Coe, PJC Founder & Gene Bergman, former Board Chair Organizations as dynamic as the Peace & Justice Center activate many people, year after year. Quite often, people involved now know nothing of what happened before their time....
A few weeks ago, employees at HOPE Works, the rape crisis center in Burlington, expressed their frustration their leadership, specifically their Executive Director Cathleen Barkley. Following the organizing, an individual was fired — seemingly in retaliation. Since then, they have written an...
Khalid Myshkin and Kat O’Donnell In 2005, a Palestinian collective of trade unions and active members of Palestinian civil society called for BDS — Boycott, Divestment, and Sanctions — against the State of Israel. Inspired by South Africa’s struggle against...
-by Jeanne Keller, PJC member   Obstruction of Justice: an act that “corruptly or by threats or force, or by any threatening letter or communication, influences, obstructs, or impedes, or endeavors to influence, obstruct, or impede, the due administration of...
— by Kina Thorpe, PJC Program Coordinator There are a lot of things that we agree with Bernie Sanders on. While he leans left on many things, there are positions that are abhorrent to our organization and who we are...
I am a poet. I am a water protector. I’m also a being with memory. An enormous watershed of memory. I’m also a white person in America evaluating the values I hold. Better to evaluate how I Walk, not what...
Note: This piece is being published as part of a regular series to bring under-reported Palestinian voices to Vermonters. Razan Ashraf Abdul Qadir al-Najjar, 21 was killed on June 1 by Israeli sniper fire as she ran in her white...
Since Bernie ran for president, there has been nationwide talk about our desperate need to get Big Money out of our elections, and the need for public financing of campaigns.  Ironically, back home in Vermont, the Attorney General has set back...
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