Ed Everts Activist Award Celebration
Thank you to all who joined the Peace & Justice Center and our friends, on Thursday, March 15th, as we celebrated a new generation of movers and shakers. This year the PJC awarded Isaiah Hines and Muslim Girls Making Change (Kiran Waqar, Hawa Adam, Lena Ginawi, and Balkisa Abdikadir) with the Ed Everts Social Justice Activist Award.
Thank you to CCTV Channel 17 for videoing this event:
5:30 Doors open, cash bar, and auction
6:00 Chili dinner served
7:00 Award Ceremony and performance by Muslim Girls Making Change
8:00 Dance Party with DJ Brunch and Crystal Jonez
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About The Recipients
Isaiah Hines is a recent graduate of South Burlington High School (SBHS). While attending South Burlington High, he was a student representative to the South Burlington School Board. He also helped create the Student Diversity Union which seeks to bring students of different backgrounds together to challenge racism and prejudice. Most notably, Hines is known for helping lead a campaign that influenced the school to rid itself of the nickname Rebels. A name that was tied to a history of racism and was no longer befitting for the school. In 2017, Hines was named Vermonter of the Year by the Burlington Free Press and received the David Goldberg Child and Youth Advocacy Award from Voices for Vermont’s Children for his efforts in combating racism. South Burlington High School has since taken on a new name, and Hines a new school. He is currently in his first year at Columbia University.
Muslim Girls Making Change is an ensemble of four unique high school students with a love of poetry. They are Kiran Waqar, Hawa Adam, Lena Ginawi, and Balkisa Abdikadir- all really close friends and seniors at Burlington and South Burlington High Schools. Since 2016, these young women have been using slam poetry to bring about discussions of racism, sexism, Islamophobia, among other topics that are close to home. They have have competed at international levels, won numerous awards, and have helped lead several local and nation wide initiatives. Muslim Girls Making Change were also included in the Huffington Post’s list of 17 Muslim American Women Who Made America Great in 2016. The following year they were awarded by Rights and Democracy VT with Humanitarian Awards for their work fighting for social justice. Kiran, Hawa, Lina, and Balkisa continue to inspire groups of all ages across the state of Vermont as they organize locally and globally.
The award celebration was held at the ECHO Center located by the waterfront in downtown Burlington.
“We love everything about the Peace and Justice Center from its ceaseless efforts to engage the community to holistic and inclusive focus on justice and equity, so to be acknowledged by this organization is an absolute honor” — Muslim Girls Making Change
“My search for the resources I needed to make The Student Diversity Union at So Burlington High School successful brought me to the PJC. They offered their guidance, instruction, and mentorship. Inspired by them, I applied for an internship the following summer. It was one of the most educational and meaningful experiences I have had. The PJC has been monumental in helping me develop my voice and greatly uplifted my efforts to address and rid the school of the Rebel name. Receiving the 2018 PJC Social Justice Activist Award is particularly meaningful as the Peace & Justice Center is one of the most effective organizing hubs in the state of Vermont and I feel hugely lucky to be recognized by them with this honor.” -‒ Isaiah Hines
Ed Everts (1919-2013), was a decades long supporter and member of the PJC. During his service in WWII, Ed had a near death experience and began to question war. He was a union organizer and all his work was informed by the need for workers’ rights and solidarity. Ed was a world traveller and met the love of his life, Raven Davis, in Japan in 1965. They settled in Charlotte in 1973 and Ed devoted the second half of his life to turning swords into ploughshares working for justice and peace through the Peace and Justice Center in Burlington, the VT chapter of the American Friends Service Committee and the local Veterans for Peace. He produced over 660 hour-long shows for the Peace and Justice Review on Vermont Community Access Media’s Channel 15.