Category Enews

Rename the Brook: Susanna Toby of Townshend, Vermont

-Elise Guyette; author, historian, and PJC member We propose to change the name of “Negro Brook” in Townshend to Susanna Toby Brook. Susanna (1750– 1855) lived in Townshend, sometimes Acton, beginning as early as 1810 for at least 40 years. She…

How has COVID-19 affected BIPOC and Mental Health?

-Moirha Smith, PJC Intern This article is about the effects of COVID-19 on students of color and their mental health. Two students are first-generation college students. The pandemic has increased the vulnerability of minorities who are already marginalized. Interviews were…

Ben & Jerry’s: Buying Almonds is Sooo Not Enough

-The BDS Committee, Vermonters for Justice in Palestine In 2013, VTJP launched an international campaign calling on Ben & Jerry’s to end its Israeli franchise’s complicity with Israel’s illegal settlement regime in Occupied Palestine. While a great deal has happened…

Leaving the Peace & Justice Center

-Rachel Siegel, PJC Executive Director My class and race privilege limit my ability to do this work with the expertise and authenticity that this organization deserves.  I came to this solid understanding after participating in the Anne Braden Anti-Racist Organizer Training…

Free Trade vs. Fair Trade

-Hannah Stumpf, PJC Intern As technology advances, it becomes easier and easier for people and companies to interact on a worldwide scale. This concept is called globalization, and it has allowed for the creation of Free Trade Agreements. Free Trade…

Spring 2020 Interns!

Every semester the Peace & Justice Center brings on interns to be a part of our work. Our interns are a crucial part of our work, and contribute so much, both on a day-to-day basis and in a long term…

The (True) Story of Thanksgiving

-Garrett Donnelly, PJC Volunteer In 1863, President Lincoln declared Thanksgiving a congenial national holiday. But the first harvest fest in 1621 would have been solely Pilgrims if not for their shooting-for-sport which spurred Osamequin, the Massasoit (monarch of the Wampanoag)…

Amazon, ICE, and Global Trade

-Kason Hudman, PJC Volunteer & Facilitator For people interested in resisting large corporations, the many sins of Amazon are discussed so often that it has almost become cliché. However, due to its unusually broad influence on the marketplace and our…

Does the Peace & Justice Center do Climate Justice Work?

-Rachel Siegel, PJC Executive Director Because there have been so many powerful, global climate justice actions1 recently, we have been asked at the Peace & Justice Center on more than a few occasions if environmental justice is part of our…