Racial Justice Program

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YouTube Videos Addressing Racial Justice:

Please see below for video lectures and interviews focused on racial justice issues and awareness.

Videos of Racial Justice Actions, Events and Discussions in Vermont:

January 22, 2016: Sacred Conversations For Racial Justice
A Panel of local experts on racism in Chittenden County and in Vermont speak on racial issues including structural racism, mass incarceration, and policy change. Hal Colston, Wanda Hines and others engage in meaningful discussion using their research.

July 7, 2015: A Community Reading of Frederick Douglass’ Essay, The Meaning Of The Fourth of July For The Negro. This event put on by the Peace & Justice Center utilizes Frederick Douglass’ essay in order to reconsider the meaning of freedom and racial justice.

January 19, 2015: Rally and March to Denounce Our Racist Injustice System
This rally was held in celebration of Martin Luther King Day and to remember where we stand in history years after the death of Martin Luther King. The rally brought many people together to stand up and speak out about racism in our country.

November 25, 2014: Community members gather after the Grand Jury failed to indict police officer Darren Wilson for trail in the killing of Michael Brown. Speakers share their frustrations and feelings as well as their experiences with racism in Vermont.

November 5, 2014: Emily Bernard; Interracial Love – Living the Difference
Emily Bernard is a professor of African American literature. She is the author of the text Black Is The Body. This program discusses Emily’s essays called Interstates which emphasizes topics of identity, race, and belonging.

September 10, 2013: Alyssa Brown, Rashad Shabazz, Kesha Ram and Rachel Siegel add to the ongoing conversation on race and racism in Burlington VT particularly after the killing of Trayvon Martin and acquittal of George Zimmerman.

April 8, 2013: Race, Criminal Justice, and Alternatives to Mass Incarceration – A Conversation with King Downing

January 21, 2013: A panel discussion on “The Disproportionate Number of Minorities Incarcerated in Vermont.” Introduction by Patrick Brown. Moderator/opening comments by Ame Lambert, Director of Diversity and Inclusion, Champlain College. Panelists include: Robert Appel, former Executive Director of the Vermont Human Rights Commissin; Eileen Blackwood, Burlington City Attorney, Jacob Bogre, Executive Director of the Association of Africans Living in Vermont, T.J. Donovan, Chittenden County State’s Attorney; Cindy Maguire, Assitant Attorney Genera; Rashad Shabazz, Professor of Geography, Black Cultural Studies and Gender Studeis at UVM; Wanda Hines, Director of Social Equity Investment, City of Burlington.

Making Whiteness Visible

Peace & Justice Center’s racial justice coalition put together two “Making Whiteness Visible” workshops in early April (2013) led by Sha’an Mouliert. This coalition is working with Conversations on Race Now (CORN), Women’s International League for Peace and Freedom (WILPF) and individuals who have been working for racial justice in the area for many years. One of the workshops was open to the public and the other was by invitation only for law enforcement officers and allies held at the Burlington Police Station. The public workshop had over 50 people in attendance and several people also stood as peacemakers outside to ensure the event was safe. The private workshop had over 20 people in attendance including representatives from seven police departments. Thank you to everyone who attended and supported these events!

For those of you who missed this event you can watch it online below. This video doesn’t have the film in it so we recommend that you get together with a group of friends to watch Sha’an’s introduction to film and agreements for the discussion that follows (the link for this is below) then watch the film “Mirrors of Privilege: Making Whiteness Visible” (you can watch it in parts on YouTube) and then go back to the video of our event and answer Sha’an’s discussion questions with your group and see what others in your community had to say. Thank you to CCTV for filming this and to everyone who shared in the discussion portion. Good luck to all who host a screening and discussion group around this event!

Click here to see results of our 2012 Racial Justice Survey


  1. Hey there-

    I was just wondering if you know about any regular discussion groups around race and racial equality in Burlington?

    -Randal PIerce

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  4. Hi there! My name is Amy and I am a junior at the University of Vermont. I am looknig to get more involved in the refugee community, but unfortunately I don’t have a lot of time on my hands. I signed up for this move-in crew, though, because it seems like something I could do and that is flexible. I would love to be of help and assistance to this community in whatever way.Sincerely,Amy Seifert

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    There are a wide variety of programs and organizations out there that may help you plug in and get involved. One of the easiest ways is to work with the tremendous variety of clubs and student organizations on campus, but you are also welcome to attend a volunteer orientation here at the PJC and sign up for our free E-News which features content from a wide variety of organizations and communities.


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