Standing Rock March on Washington on Friday, March 10th

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 prayer and action in Washington D.C. from the Mall to the White House beginning at 10am. After the march, we will gather for a rally at the Ellipse. It is here we will make our demands to the new administration.

We ask that you rise in solidarity with the Indigenous peoples of the world whose rights protect Unci Maka (Grandmother Earth) for the future generations of all.
We ask you to send this email out to everyone on your contact list in Western Massachusetts, Vermont and beyond.

The time is now to stand with the water protectors who have held the line through the cold of winter and the threat of a militarized police force massed against them. Since April, they have held the line. They are calling on us now to join them in Washington DC on Friday, March 10th, to stand against the corporate polluters who have been raping our Mother Earth, polluting her healing waters, fouling the air we all must breathe, extracting our common natural resources for their private profit, desecrating and poisoning sacred land for centuries.

We must put a stop to this.

There is no time – now is the time! Come together with Native peoples. Hear their call. Stand with Standing Rock!
In order to arrange transportation via bus or train to DC from Burlington, Montpelier, White River Jct,  Brattleboro, VT, Greenfield and  Northampton, MA, and beyond, an initial count is needed of those who are definitely interested in traveling to March to the White House with the Water Protectors from Standing Rock on March 10th.
All those willing to travel from Vermont and Western Mass to Stand with Standing Rock on March 10th in Washington DC,


This week we begin our “Privilege & Accountability: Becoming an Ally” 4-part workshop

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 to truly launch it. Be a part of the first complete program! Participants will explore personal and social identities; practice new vocabulary; develop skills to be a better ally; and leave with an understanding of what it means to honor our responsibilities as conscious members of society. We hope attendees will gain an understanding that real change starts with actions we ourselves take. This is a great way to continue work from the White Fragility Talk/Discussion, Building Empathy and Addressing Racial Oppression and/or How to Talk with Kids about Racism, three very popular programs with the Peace & Justice Center that have included over 1,000 participants over the past two years.

March 9, 12, 16, & 19
Thursdays (6-8pm) and Sundays (3-5pm)
the Peace & Justice Center
60 Lake Street, Suite 1C, Burlington

Sign-up online or call 863-2345 x6

Understanding Free Trade Agreements Presentation & Discussion

Free Trade Agreements, or FTAs, can be complex and impact countries around the world and, in turn, the global economy. The impacts do not just effect the economy, however; beyond these economic impacts are a number of social and environmental consequences. This presentation will focus on various free trade agreements, ranging from NAFTA to TPP to GATT, to provide a better understanding of what these agreements mean and their implications. For context, take a look at the map at the bottom of this post showing the countries currently in trade agreements with the United States!

Come to the Peace & Justice Center on Saturday, March 25 from 3:30-4:30 pm for our “Understanding Free Trade Agreements Presentation & Discussion.” We will discuss how the intention of free trade is to boost economies around the world, but this is often not the case. The presentation will discuss how corporate greed and developmental inequality contribute to the negative social, economic, and environmental consequences associated with free trade agreements.

People are encouraged to arrive at 3:00 to participate in a PJC New Volunteer Orientation! We hope to see you there!

Fair Trade vs. Free Trade Presentation & Discussion

Free Trade Agreements like NAFTA and TPP have a number of social, economic, and environmental consequences around the world. The Fair Trade movement poses an alternative to Free Trade and attempts to, at minimum, counterbalance these negative externalities.

Come to the Peace & Justice Center on Saturday, March 11 from 3:30-4:30 to for our “Fair Trade vs. Free Trade Presentation & Discussion.” The presentation will provide basic information about globalization and how the policies and practices associated with globalization have allowed corporations to profit at the expense of people and the planet. It will also provide information about how the Fair Trade movement and principles are attempting to counteract these issues. Following the presentation, we encourage a discussion about the material covered to better understand the complex relationship between globalization, free trade, and fair trade.

People are encouraged to arrive at 3:00 to participate in a PJC New Volunteer Orientation. We hope to see you there!

White Fragility Presentation and Discussion

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 refers to the state in which even a minimum amount of racial stress becomes unbearable, triggering a range of defensive actions. The ability to name and recognize this phenomenon is a helpful way to stay engaged in discussions about racism, even if you become uncomfortable. Participants are encouraged to arrive early at 3 pm to be a part of the PJC New Volunteer Orientation.