Posts filed under: Racial Justice

In October two focus groups were held at the PJC to discuss the idea of creating a nonviolent street team – a body of people who could be called upon as an alternative to the police when there is an...
The first biographical documentary about John Lewis. An inspiring portrait of one man cast into extraordinary times and his unhesitating dedication to seeking justice for the marginalized and ignored. The film spans more than half a century, tracing Lewis’ journey...
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...
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...
My response to the heinous violence in Charlottesville has become longer than I intended but I want to send you something and I don’t know what to cut out of it. I want to be part of your loving community...
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...
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...
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...
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...
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...
Through a series of interviews, university speeches, and lifelong activist work, the book Freedom is a Constant Struggle by Angela Davis gives valuable insight into the power, influence, and interconnectivity of collective freedom movements from all around the world. Davis...
Saturday, April 8 from 9:00am-3:30pm at Burlington High School. [Please note: The official deadline to register was Wednesday, March 29.  You are encouraged to still sign up but because it is past the deadline, we may be less able to...
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...
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...
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...
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...
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...
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:...
Thursday, December 15, 5-7:30pm at the Peace & Justice Center. This Book Release and Signing includes Q&A with the author and light refreshments. One Bead at a Time is the oral memoir of Beverly Little Thunder, a two-spirit Lakota Elder from Standing Rock, who...
We are once again hosting this valuable discussion group, this time in three-parts, facilitated by Traci Griffith and Rachel Siegel on Saturdays, October 22, 29 and November 5, 3-5:00. “I do this for my son,” says Traci. “I have to...
What a week of tragedy. To us at the Peace & Justice Center, it is important to remember that violence does not happen in a bubble. The cycle of violence in the systems of privilege and oppression must be understood....
Join us on July 12th at Burlington City Hall to hear public participatory readings of Frederick Douglass' speech, "The Meaning of July Fourth". ...
Please join the 3rd annual Loving Day Vermont, remembering the Supreme Court case of Loving v. Virginia (1967) which legalized interracial marriage! Nearly 50 years ago Mildred and Richard Loving contributed to an ongoing fight for racial justice. Their actions...
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...
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...
I was not introduced to an open and honest conversation about race and racial relations until my senior year of college. I enrolled in the class specifically because “Race and Ethnic Relations” was the only class offered at my school...
Conversations On Race Now (CORN) was founded six years a go by Vivian Mason and Susan Linskey as a direct result of attending a weekend seminar presented by The Peoples Institute for Survival and Beyond [organized by the Peace &...
After a year and a half, the Peace & Justice Center is happy to announce the completion and release of a new report “Racism in Vermont: A Community Assessment of the Challenges and Opportunities” that provides a partial survey of...
After a year and a half, the Peace & Justice Center is happy to announce the completion and release of a new report “Racism in Vermont: A Community Assessment of the Challenges and Opportunities” that provides a partial survey of...