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Please join us Thursday, June 8 from 11am-12 noon at the Peace and Justice Center (60 Lake Street Suite 1C Burlington, VT 05401) to learn about the the supply chain of the cocoa industry and fair trade. Like most agricultural goods in the...
Sunday May 7th from 2:00 to 4:00 pm hosted at the Barn House on the Clemmons Family Farm on 2122 Greenbush Road in Charlotte. Explore the planning and implementation of the Children’s March of 1963 in Birmingham, AL. In between watching...
More than 350 people participated in this year’s Penny Poll. Thanks to members of the Burlington Chapter of Women’s International League for Peace and Freedom for tabling with us and to all who join in this activity! It was a...
Saturday, May 6th from 8:30 am to 5:00 pm at Champlain College on 163 South Willard St, 05401. Open to youth ages from 14 to 24, hosted for the youth and by the youth. Our multi-regional conference includes youth and...
We are hiring two positions: Program Assistant and Seasonal Store Clerk. The Program Assistant supports the the Program Managers on events and campaigns. This includes Racial Justice, Fair Trade, Peace, and miscellaneous programming. 15-25 hours a week. The Store Clerk...
Science is being mis-characterized as a partisan issue and it has given policymakers permission to reject overwhelming evidence, undermining the rigorous standards of research conducted by the scientific community. This is a critical and urgent matter. It is time for...
Building A World Beyond War: What Will It Take? Conference Funding provided by the U.S. Women’s International League for Peace and  Freedom (WILPF), the Mercy Peace Initiative, and member groups of the Vermont Stands for a World Beyond War Coalition...
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...
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...
Now, as much as ever, your support makes a difference. Please give today, on #GivingTuesday and #FairTuesday, and join the nationwide movement to support local efforts. Memberships start at $15. Please click here to see all the benefits and 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....
In preparation for family and community gatherings that are ripe for racist renditions of our country’s origin, we suggest these three articles: The Suppressed Speech of Wamsutta: 350 Years after invading this continent, in 1970, Wamsutta James, a Wampanoag Man. was...
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...
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...
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...
The head of Champlain College’s Office of Diversity & Inclusion, Amé Lambert, was recently on a hiatus to finish her PhD dissertation. This caused a temporary halt in some of the work of the Office including many activities that are...
Today is a day that reminds us of the importance of our commitment to nonviolence and civil rights. The work we, together, have done and will continue to do prepares and supports people to take meaningful action around a multitude...
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...
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...
We are posting this information from an e-mail we received and it includes: * Info on the upcoming Standing Rock Solidarity Evening and supply drop off in Montpelier Nov 12 * Background on NoDAPL and Standing Rock * Other ways to get involved and...
It was such a pleasure to see Medea Benjamin last week at the Peace & Justice Center. Those present learned about Afghanistan, ways in which we can affect change through education and activism relating to Afghanistan, and more. We are...
Education is an essential building block for effective nonviolent activism and conflict intervention. Many people know about nonviolent leaders such as Mahatma Gandhi, Martin Luther King Jr., Nelson Mandela, and Cesar Chavez but how often do we learn about the...
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...
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...
Deputy Nick Palmier, who shot and killed Jesse Beshaw in Winooski last month, acted in accordance with law enforcement protocols. This was determined by the State’s Attorney’s office, and agreed upon by the “Voice of the Free Press” and others...
Thursday, October 27th 5-6pm at the Peace & Justice Center. 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 within...
Kingdom of the Unjust: Behind the U.S.–Saudi Connection October 26th, 4:30-6:30pm at the Peace & Justice Center. Book talk followed by Q&A and a call to action! About the Book: In seven succinct chapters followed by a meditation on prospects for change, Benjamin—cited by...
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...
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...
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...
by Judy Dow For years I’ve been interested in how parents and teachers work to protect children from knowing the truth about topics they are uncomfortable discussing. I’ve heard all the excuses; “They’re too young to know the truth,” “I...
Sunday, October 23, from 3-4:30pm, Peace & Justice Center Annual Membership Meeting at the PJC. This event includes overviews of our current work, voting on new board members, and time for you all to offer input into the work we...
PJC co-founder, Robin Lloyd, along with St. Michael’s professors Laurie Gagne and John Reuwer, attended the World Beyond War conference in Washington DC last weekend. The event brought together non-violence advocates and anti-war activists and organizations in an intense sharing experience that...
Border of Lights is a collective coming together to commemorate, collaborate and continue the legacy of hope and justice. It is an annual event at the border of Haiti and the Dominican Republic. October, marks the anniversary of the 1937...
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...
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...
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...
If we are to believe Gandhi when he says “If we adhere to complete nonviolence in thought, work and dead, freedom is assured,” then it is imperative that we notice negative, self destructive thoughts. Therefore, if we root our nonviolent activism...
By Kristen Connors, PJC Volunteer Coordinator August 9-14th I had the privilege to attend the 15th World Social Forum (WSF) in Montreal with 10s of thousands of others. The WSF is the largest gathering of civil society organizations and activists...
“I hope that Oriented can help people unlearn their defensive and divisive behavior and ’embrace the grey’ of the complex human stories that may lead us to a reconstructive attitude in forging a shared future,” said Jake Witzenfeld, Director/Producer of...
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...
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...
Come join us at the Burlington Waterfront for our annual Songs for Hope event, sing peace and justice folk songs (click here for the song sheet) and light candle boats in remembrance of those killed during the US dropping of the...
Come join us at The Big Picture Theater and Cafe in Waitsfield on August 3rd from 6:30-8:30pm for a screening of the documentary Oriented followed by a meaningful discussion.  The film follows the lives of three Palestinian friends who explore their national, sexual...
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....
The sit-in on the floor of the U.S. House of Representatives protesting Congress’ inaction on gun violence was something I never in a million years thought I would do. But since 20 children were slaughtered in Newtown, there have been...
Meet the author! Ruah Swennerfelt will be reading a few excerpts from her new book Rising to the Challenge: The Transition Movement and People of Faith followed by an open discussion. THURSDAY AUGUST 18th 6:00-7:30pm at the Peace & Justice...
It is with a heavy heart and renewed commitment to a better future that we recognize those who’s lives were taken or touched by the senseless murders in Orlando. If you are near Burlington, please join the community tonight at...
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...
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...
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...
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 proud to co-sponsor this amazing event by renowned pianist Michael Arnowitt. Arnowitt will be performing specially selected works from a variety of Syrian musical traditions, prose, and poetry in addition to special performances by...
The New Jim Crow by Michelle Alexander, examines institutional racism in the United States and how it relates to and has evolved from previous oppressive laws, such as slavery and Jim Crow policies. The New York Review of Books describes...
Click here to fill out out a form for a Black Lives Matter sign to be delivered to your lawn for you. These signs will all be delivered once enough people have signed up and based on our delivery volunteer’s...
Come join the Peace & Justice Center to celebrate Fair Trade around with world at Burlington’s first outdoor Farmer’s Market of 2016! Come support and celebrate Fair Trade with free ice cream, kids activities and games, bike-powered smoothies, Fair Trade...
The poet sits at the edge of a precipice, the water licks away the words as she writes . She shouts but there is no echo. She has lost the catalogue of extinctions. – Alexis Lathem, The Book of the Sixth...
More than 250 people participated in this year’s Penny Poll. Thanks to the Will Miller Chapter of Green Mountain Veterans for Peace for tabling with us and to all who join in this activity! It was a beautiful day to...
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...
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...
Come join us on Church Street this Friday, April 15 for our Tax Day Penny Poll and tell us how you think your taxes should be spent! What would you prioritize? Health care? Agriculture? Education? The Penny Poll is your...
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,...
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,...
Have you signed up for our upcoming workshop at the Brownell Library on May 25th? Building Empathy and Addressing Racial Oppression strives to give participants the opportunity to build skills and knowledge to engage in conversations about oppression with the...
As we begin gearing up for our workshop Building Empathy and Addressing Racial Oppression we’d like to share this eye-opening TED talk by the one and only Michelle Alexander.     There’s still time to RSVP for our March 15 workshop coming...
In one week (Friday, March 18th) from 1:00pm to 4:00pm at the Burke Mountain Room in Lyndon State, we are hosting this workshop to explore violence, types of power, and practice diffusing heated interpersonal conflicts nonviolently. Participants will be encouraged...
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...
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...
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...
We are excited to offer a Surveillance Drones Presentation on Thursday, March 3rd from 7:00-8:00pm,  at Kellogg Hubbard Library, 135 Main St, Montpelier, VT 05602. This presentation offers a basic overview of the history of surveillance in the U.S., how it is currently...
Last fall, a subgroup of the Vermont Justice Coalition, which is convened by VCJR (Vermonters for Criminal Justice Reform) developed several bills for introduction to the VT Legislature this past January.These are savvy people, directors of the ACLU-Vt., Human Rights Commission, Prisoners’...
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...
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...
We are so excited to be offering our Nonviolent Activism 101 workshop in Winooski in partnership with the O’Brien Community Center on two consecutive Thursday evenings this month. This program was piloted in September and is designed to help people...