Sponsored by the Peace & Justice Center in collaboration with the VT Stands for a World Beyond War Coalition

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PROGRAM:

9:30 to 10:00 AM       Registration, Coffee, Exhibits, and Networking
10:00 to 11:00 AM     Keynote Presenter:  Beata Tsosie-Peña from Tewa Women United
11:15 to 12:15 AM     Workshop Session 1
12:15 to 1:15 PM       Lunch, Exhibits, and Networking
1:30 to 2:30 PM         Workshop Session 2
2:45 to 3:45 PM         Workshop Session 3
4:00 to 4:30 PM         Closing

KEYNOTE SPEAKER:
Beata Tsosie-Peña
is from Santa Clara Pueblo and El Rito, NM. She is a mother, poet, seed saver, and is certified in infant massage, as an educator and in permaculture design. She is also a Green For All Fellow and has served on several local community boards. The realities of living next to a nuclear weapons complex has called her into environmental health and justice work with the local non-profit organization, Tewa Women United for the last ten years. As part of her work with TWU, she is currently managing the creation of the Española Healing Foods Oasis demonstration garden. www.tewawomenunited.org

WORKSHOPS:
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Session 1

  • “North Korea – Deterrence, Preparedness or Preemption” with Andrew Schoerke. This Workshop includes the current state of military preparations to make a preemptive strike on North Korea. The educational component would provide a real time glimpse of how the branches of the U.S. military services would respond to an order to attack North Korea. The solution that would offered would describe how individual action would be the key to stopping a preemptive attack. Individual actions would include taking local action by joining active community organizations, participating in demonstrations, marches and direct non-violent actions.
  • “How to Get Rid of All Nuclear Weapons” with Timmon Wallis and Vicki Elson. Getting rid of nuclear weapons, which threaten all life on this planet, is one small step towards a world beyond war itself. This will be an interactive, participatory workshop for those who want to seriously get down to the business of getting rid of these weapons, once and for all. The International Campaign to Abolish Nuclear Weapons (ICAN) just won the Nobel Peace Prize for getting 122 countries to agree to a new treaty which finally, and definitively, criminalizes everything to do with nuclear weapons. That’s the good news! Finally there is something we can DO about these weapons. We don’t need to wait for our government to sign this Treaty. We can start right here, right now implementing the new Treaty – as citizens, as faith communities, as businesses, colleges, towns and states – just as we are doing to meet the Paris Climate Accords, despite the government’s opposition. Complying with the Nuclear Ban Treaty is about boycotting and divesting from the 20 companies who make nuclear weapons for this country, and building an unstoppable movement from the bottom up, that will finally pressure politicians to take action on this most urgent and important of issues.
  • “The Meaning of Jerusalem: The Capital Of Israel?” with Sandy Baird and Mousa Ishaq. For decades the occupation of the West Bank and Gaza by the state and armies of Israel and the support of the United States for Israel have been a major source of conflict, in the Middle East. Now, the President of the United States, Donald Trump has deepened that conflict by asserting that he will move the US embassy to Jerusalem asserting against international law that the Israeli occupation of that city is permanent. As Palestinians , the United Nations and most of the world argues, this recognition of Israel’s claims to the entire city puts an end to any hopes of a two state solution where the State of Israel and a future Palestinian state with Jerusalem as the capital of Palestine will live side by side in peace. This workshop will examine the meaning of this move by President Trump and more important ask “”What Next?”
  • “Building Empathy and Hope with Kids4Peace” with Jeff Mandell and Kids4Peace Teens. Does violent conflict in the world seem like a tangled knot without hope of solution? Kids4Peace (k4p.org) provides that hope and is training our future leaders to be peacemakers. Kids4Peace is a grassroots interfaith youth movement dedicated to ending conflict and inspiring hope in Jerusalem and other divided societies around the world. To achieve this mission, our programs build interfaith communities that embody a culture of peace and empower a movement for change. In this hour we will: Explore immediate learnings to elevate your one-on-one and group peace-building skills. Hear directly from Kids4Peace Vermont teen ambassadors who have lived and studied with kids from Israel and Palestine. One component of a world beyond war requires citizens of the world to be able to disagree with their neighbors without taking violent action or depriving them of their human rights. This capability derives from the capacity to empathize and understand opposing points of view. Kids4Peace teaches these skills to understand and problem solve, starting by gathering small groups of people with opposing views together. Participants explore their traditions and customs, share the realities of their daily lives, and work to break down the stereotypes and fears that they have of the ‘other’. Recently in Jerusalem the newest group of 140 Muslim, Christian and Jewish families met for the first time. During the initial meeting, despite their differences, a new culture of unity and bonding was formed. After attending this workshop you will have some tangible knowledge and tools for creating a culture of peace in your community.
  • “Everyday Nonviolence: A World Beyond Separation” with Catherine Cadden and Jesse Wiens. This presentation will have a focus on how to build empathic skills in the face of a world of separation and division. Whether conflict arises at work, at home or on the front lines, we always have a choice between connection and separation, between empathy and hatred. What do we need to transform within ourselves in order to make the choice that will be most life-serving? What kind of practical skills do we need to support ourselves in that choice? And then, what actions can we take? Participants will also learn how Play in the Wild! is bringing the principles of nonviolence alive in their international, multi-lingual programs, including Wild! Kids Camps, Retreats and Quests for youth and their Crossroads Mentoring Program for New American Youth. Crossroads trains mentors to support youth who have just immigrated to the United States. Created in partnership with the Vermont Refugee Resettlement Program, Crossroads offers a unique approach to dismantling systems of racism, sexism and cultural prejudice.

Session 2

  • “Economic Revolution: Five Systems to Change” with Gwendolyn Hallsmith and Henry Jacqz. The heart of the war machine beats to the drum of the economic elite – the economy needs to change substantially to build a world beyond war. Yet most of the economic systems that drive the problems we face are invisible to most of us – they operate in an unconscious and deliberately hidden world, protected by the guardians of the dominant paradigm.: This workshop will break down these systems into their component parts – Ownership, Money, Markets, Management, and Metrics – and illustrate how all over the world there are creative alternatives rising up through the cracks of the old system that point to a better future. Coops, community land trusts, public banks, complementary currencies, new markets for reformulated products, socially conscious business practices, gross national happiness, and genuine progress indicators are just a few of the alternatives that are already at work to transform the economic system to make it more just, sustainable, and happy. The workshop will feature a short skit about public banks, a game that reflects how some community currencies work, and a lively discussion about how to go about making the change we need.
  • “The Impacts of US Militarism in Okinawa and Forewarning Regarding the F-35” with Adrienne Kinne. Adrienne will be sharing her report back from a recent Veterans For Peace US delegation to Okinawa. There, she and fellow VFP US members joined VFP Okinawa and VFP Japan members to learn more about the impacts of US militarism on the island and show solidarity to the Okinawan resistance. We also learned about Okinawan history, and current movements to oppose the growing US military presence. While Okinawa comprises just 0.6% of the land that is Japan, over 62% of US military bases are located there with great cost to the Okinawan people. These impacts have included environmental damage, noise pollution, threats to the waters and bays around Okinawa, disruption of their culture and society, and possible eradication of an endangered species, the Okinawan dugong. Learn more about the movement of the Okinawan people, which also includes opposing the increasing presence of US military aircraft flying over the island, which has been fraught with countless accidents over the years – a forewarning of what may come to Vermont with the basing of the F-35.
  • “Fair Trade 101: Global Trade and Racism” with Amy Crosswhite. Trade has developed for three reasons: need, greed, or curiosity. The aim of this presentation is to give some background on the history of global trade and how trade has historically come at the expense of marginalizing people in the Global South. Capitalism is part of the many ways that exploitation is carried out. The Fair Trade Movement came about as an alternative trading system to ensure that producers in the Global South are given access to the global market, but also provided with basic human rights. The basic principles of fair trade and our role within the supply chain will be examined.
  • “Seeing and Disrupting Racism within Predominantly White Communities” Zymora Davinchi and Netdahe Stoddard. This presentation or workshop-style event was developed for predominantly white audiences. We start by defining racism. Then we walk participants through the concept of white fragility. We go over how white fragility perpetuates racism and specific ways to disrupt that cycle.
  • “From #MeToo to Global Feminism” with Robin Lloyd, Marguerite Adelman, and Peggy Luhrs. Is patriarchy about to topple? Or not? We are seeing the dangerous culmination of machismo and militarism in the person and government of Donald Trump. And women are responding not only here but around the world. This workshop will discuss some of the international movements led by women that promote peace. Women Cross the DMZ is mobilizing women globally for peace in Korea. Women are behind the Nuclear Weapons Ban Treaty, signed by 122 nations last summer. As members of the Women’s International League for Peace and Freedom we promote women at the peace table (SCR 1325), The Convention on the Elimination of All Forms of Discrimination against Women CEDAW, and support a 5th World Conference for women in 2022!. We welcome a discussion on this exciting phenomena.

Session 3

  • “The Cold War Then and Now: Cuba and Latin America” with Sandy Baird. Although the Soviet Union collapsed in 1991, anti- Russian and anti -communist hysteria still fuels American Foreign Policy. In Cuba, our socialist neighbor in the Caribbean the United States mounted an especially virulent cold war of dirty tricks, embargoes, blockades and invasions to destroy Cuba, its economy, its people and its spirit.While President Obama eased this almost 60 year old policy the Trump administration is once again attacking Cuba and seeking regime change there. In this workshop we will examine the Cold War tensions with Russia which spilled over to Cuba and examine also the new Cold War against Russia and Cuba.
  • “Social Regeneration Through Ecological Restoration” with Jon Turner. With an increase in demand for global collaboration, farmers play a vital role in sustaining healthy communities. This workshop will discuss the benefits and potential for on-farm interaction with examples of initiatives designed to improve health and well-being, while encouraging the use of appropriate agricultural practices that are adaptable in a changing climate.
  • “Lets Talk: Generations of Change” with Junior Serwili. Description coming soon…
  • “Pipeline Politics: The Shocking Truth about Endless Wars in the Middle East” with Charlotte Dennett. Ever since the U.S. invasions of Afghanistan and Iraq in the aftermath of 9/11 tragedy, the American people have been told that American soldiers have been sent to foreign soils to eradicate Islamist terrorists threatening U.S. national security. Never (or hardly ever) has the American media provided a broader context in which the conflicts have taken place, namely, feverish competition among nations to obtain and control oil and natural gas supplies. The transportation of these vital fuels to foreign markets –most commonly through pipelines — entails complex diplomatic negotiations over pipeline routes. Typically, pipeline politics enter the fray when one nation refuses to grant transit rights to another because of political and/or economic disputes, coupled with fears of pipeline sabotage. This is the stage when treachery can replace civility, when wars are started or regimes overthrown. Huge offshore oil and gas fields are now undergoing development off the Mediterranean coast of Gaza, Israel, Syria, Lebanon, Egypt, and the Arabian Peninsula, escalating tensions in the region over ownership of the fields and potential pipeline routes. Billions of dollars in arms sales have been allocated to repressive regimes in the Middle East to “fight ISIS,” when the reality is the armaments—and our troops – are being sent to safeguard pipeline routes. Using maps to illustrate this point, the workshop aims to raise “pipeline consciousness” about the wars in the Middle East and then makes the links to the struggles in the U.S. against the Dakota Access Pipeline and Tar Sands Keystone XL The goal is to drive home the need for alternative sources of energy as a moral crusade, calling for an end to horrific human suffering, displacement, and deaths in the millions.
  • “Anti-War Jeopardy” with Liam Daugherty. Are you excellent at Jeopardy? Test your knowledge (and a little bit of luck) with our version! It’s a great way to learn a bit about the military industrial complex while meeting people and having fun.
    Jeopardy categories are: Anti-War Activists, Peace Movements, U.S. International Atrocities, Police Militarization, Cost of War, and Anti-War Song Lyrics. Prizes will be a part of this program.

REGISTRATION:
Click here to register. Registration to this conference includes coffee and snacks in the morning AND lunch (catered by Nepali Kitchen) for all participants! We ask that participants contribute $25. People under 25 years old are not expected to contribute financially. If you are able, consider contributing more then the requested amount to help cover costs for those who are not able to pay for this events. The base pricing is very low thanks to sponsor organizations and groups, a grant from the Serena Foundation, and individual donors covering the bulk of the conference expenses. It is important to all involved that this program is financially accessible to everyone. No one will be turned away for lack of funds.

Vermont Stands for a World Beyond War Coalition:
This coalition includes the following peace and social justice groups: Burlington Vermont Branch of the Women’s International League for Peace and Freedom (WILPF), Peace & Justice Center, Will Miller Green Mountain Veterans for Peace, Save Our Skies VT/Stop the F35s Coalition, Vermonters for Justice in Palestine (VTJP), the Greater Burlington Multicultural Resource Center, Vermont Action for Peace, Caroline Baird Crichfield Fund, Kunsi Keya Tomakoce, Global Unity and Solidarity Club at Rice Memorial High School, Justice for All, Kids4Peace VT, and more. The purpose of the coalition is to revitalize the Vermont peace movement and focus on the financial, social, and environmental costs of war and militarism.  All interested groups are invited to join the coalition and/or sponsor the conference.  For more information, contact Robin Lloyd at 802-862-4929 or email her at robinlloyd8@gmail.com.

FOCUS OF CONFERENCE:
The aims of this conference are aligned with Coalition goals, including disarmament and ending war, while supporting racial, economic, social, and climate justice.

CONFERENCE KEYNOTE SPEAKER:
Beata Tsosie-Peña is from Santa Clara Pueblo and El Rito, NM. She is a mother, poet, seed saver, and is certified in infant massage, as an educator and in permaculture design. She is also a Green For All Fellow and has served on several local community boards. The realities of living next to a nuclear weapons complex has called her into environmental health and justice work with the local non-profit organization, Tewa Women United for the last ten years. As part of her work with TWU, she is currently managing the creation of the Española Healing Foods Oasis demonstration garden. www.tewawomenunited.org

CONFERENCE WORKSHOPS:
Workshops will be the be the content for the majority of the day. Please indicate on the registration form all of the workshops you are interested in and someone from the Peace & Justice Programming Team will get back to you about a week before the conference to let you know which programs you have been placed in. We will do our best to get folks into the programs they are most interested in. Some workshops may also have some materials to send out to participants before hand so please be sure to include an accurate e-mail address when you sign-up so you can get that information.

COALITION MEMBERS/SPONSORS:
Please note this coalition is open to new members so the info here may not be the most up to date. If you would like to join the coalition or have questions about membership contact Robin Lloyd at robinlloyd8@gmail.com

Peace & Justice Center
The Peace & Justice Center is a Vermont-based non-profit, membership organization. Our mission is to create a just and peaceful world. To this end, we work on the interconnected issues of economic and racial justice, peace, and human rights through education, advocacy, training, non-violent activism and community organizing.

WILPF Burlington Chapter
WILPF was founded in 1915 during WWI, with Jane Addams as its first president. WILPF works to achieve disarmament, full rights for women, racial and economic justice, and an end to all forms of violence. The Burlington VT Branch of WILPF has been active for 30+ years. We serve all Vermonters, working to create the political, social, and psychological conditions which can assure peace, freedom, and justice for all. Our Branch meets on the 2nd Thursday of each month at 5:30 PM at the Peace & Justice Center in Burlington. Meetings are free and open to all.

Veterans for Peace
Veterans For Peace is a global organization of military Veterans and allies whose collective efforts are to build a culture of peace by using our experiences and lifting our voices. We inform the public of the true causes of war and the enormous costs of wars, with an obligation to heal the wounds of wars. Our network is comprised of over 140 chapters worldwide whose work includes: educating the public, advocating for a dismantling of the war economy, providing services that assist veterans and victims of war, and most significantly, working to end all war.

Vermont Action for Peace
VTAFP will work as a catalyst to bring together the various groups in Vermont working on elements of a peace economy and help them create a compelling narrative depicting the benefits to communities, families and individuals of working collaboratively for a future that works for everyone, promotes peace, and preserves the natural world.

Vermonters for Justice in Palestine (VTJP) – formerly Vermonters for a Just Peace in Palestine/Israel
VTJP was founded on the belief that Justice is a necessity before Peace can be achieved. Mission Statement: Vermonters for Justice in Palestine works to support the survival of the Palestinian people and to end the illegal, immoral, and brutal Israeli occupation through education, advocacy, and action. We are committed to the principles of self-determination for the Palestinian people, the right of return for Palestinian refugees, and full civil and political rights for all Palestinians in order to promote the equality and safety of both Palestinians and Israelis

Stop the F35s Coalition
Our mission is to stop the basing of the F-35A Joint Strike Fighter at the Vermont Air National Guard Station located at the Burlington, Vermont International Airport. We oppose the basing in order to protect the over 6,000 people living around the airport from the dangers associated with its basing. Some of these include negative health impacts on children and adults, cognitive impairment in children, reduction in property values, classification of thousands of affordable homes as being unsuitable for residential use, disproportional negative impacts to minorities and people with low incomes, and risk of loss of life from crashes.

Greater Burlington Multicultural Resource Center
The Mission of the Greater Burlington Multicultural Resource Center (GBMRC) is to increase awareness and provide opportunities to celebrate, promote and support cultural diversity within our community.

The Caroline Baird Crichfield Fund
The Caroline Baird Crichfield Fund for Women in Need shall assist women in emergencies to create independent, safe, healthy and creative lives.

Kunsi Keya Tomakoce
Kunsi Keya Tamakoce (Grandmother Turtle Land) is an independent women-run, safe space community. Based on the Lakota spiritual principle of Mitakuye Oyasin, or egalitarianism and interdependence with All Our Relations, Kunsi Keya Tamakoce (KKT) preserves indigenous religious heritage and fights against racism, sexism, classism, homophobia, ageism and ecological violence experienced in tribal populations and the world at large.

Greater Bennington Peace and Justice Center
This group is committed to working cooperatively with its members and other partners to advance peacemaking both locally and globally, build understanding and solidarity among people and support peacebuilding economies. Peacemaking is to bridge the gaps that divide people, gain understanding through education, encourage non-violent forms of problem solving and promote justice and peace. Solidarity is supporting people’s efforts around the world to achieve their basic human needs, human rights, justice and a peaceful society. Peacebuilding economies are those that support conversion from war-making production and international trading in nuclear, chemical and traditional weaponry into peaceful, healthy, socially-useful and environmentally protective forms of economic productivity.

MORE INFORMATION:
On the conference: Kyle Silliman-Smith at kyle@pjcvt.org or 802-863-2345 x6
On how to join the coalition: Robin Lloyd at robinlloyd8@gmail.com

Click here for the Press Release for this event.

Click here for information on our 2017 VT Peace Conference