Posts filed under: Anti-war

-Mark Hage, Vermonters for Justice in Palestine A 2018 report by the World Health Organization found that “there was an unprecedented number of attacks on healthcare in the Gaza Strip in the context of the Great March of Return.” Over the...
-Richard Czaplinski, President, Will Miller Green Mountain Veterans For Peace, Chapter 57   It’s been one hundred and one years since the Armistice was signed that ended the First World War. That war was so horrific that it was viewed...
By Mark Hage, Vermonters for Justice in Palestine Morton Klein, the president of the Zionist Organization of America, is riled up about recent comments about Gaza by Bernie Sanders. At the 2019 annual conference of the liberal, pro-Israel advocacy organization...
-Rosanne Greco , PJC Member and member of Save Our Skies/Stop the F-35s There is evidence that the Burlington F-35 basing selection process was corrupt.  This evidence came to light as part of a lawsuit against the Secretary of the...
-Dan Maxon, PJC Direct Trade Partner Dan Maxon runs El Billete Imports, buying Ecuadorian textiles and handicrafts directly from the weavers and artisanos, with many of the products available in the P&J Store. Below is his take on the recent...
By Ashley Smith, Democratic Socials of America and PJC member What’s the cause of the so-called migrant crisis on the US border with Mexico? The Trump administration of course avoids this question preferring to demonize the human beings trying to...
Amid growing resistance to the basing of the F-35A fighter-bomber planes at Burlington International Airport, several strategies have emerged: ongoing protests outside Senator Sanders’ office called Fridays at Bernie’s, legislative initiatives at the local and state level, larger scale protests,...
-Ashley Smith, PJC Member Trump is engaged in an all-out war on immigrants and refugees. He’s unleashed Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) and Customs and Border Protection (CBP) along the US borders and throughout the country: building the apartheid wall,...
-Mark Hage, Vermonters for Justice in Palestine In early June, over half of the 2020 presidential candidates provided videos of support for the American Jewish Committee at its 2019 Global Forum in Washington D.C..  You can view them at the...
-Ian Stokes, Vermonters for Justice in Palestine   International law is “a body of rules established by custom or treaty and recognized by nations as binding in their relations with one another” – a major aim is preventing war or...
-Mark Hage, Vermonters for Justice in Palestine According to information from a U.N. body and shared by the Israeli human rights group B’Tselem, at least 206 Palestinians have been shot dead, including 37 children, during protests along Gaza’s eastern and northern...
-By Mark Hage, Vermonters for Justice in Palestine The community of Sur Bahir, in occupied East Jerusalem, experienced its worst fears on Monday, July 22, when Israeli soldiers, accompanied by bulldozers and other heavy machinery, arrived at about 2:15 a.m....
-Andrew Schoerke, member of Peace & Justice Center and Veterans for Peace The confrontation between the United Sates and Iran is escalating daily. It began on May 8, 2018 when President Trump withdrew the U.S. from the Nuclear Arms Agreement...
– Tim Nyhus, former PJC Intern Meeting Ms. Sasamori and Mr. Yamashita and hearing them speak about their lives was profoundly emotional for me. I was already fairly knowledgeable of the politics that orchestrated the terror hibakusha endured, the quantitative aspects...
-Mark Hage, Vermonters for Justice in Palestine   Joe Biden fared very poorly in a recent candidates’ debate that featured Kamala Harris, to her credit, taking him to school on the difference between civil rights and states’ rights.  But it...
-Mark Hage, Vermonters for Justice in Palestine Eight weeks ago, in the occupied West Bank, Israeli soldiers, full armed, descended on an elementary school for Palestinian kids in the city of Hebron.  They abducted a nine-year-old named Zein.  (The arrest was captured on...
– By Mark Hage, Vermonters for Justice in Palestine   Texas Court Victory for Free Speech in the U.S. & the Palestinian BDS Movement A Federal Court in Texas handed down an important ruling Thursday, April 26, preliminarily blocking enforcement...
– Charlie Kleinfeld, PJC Racial Justice Intern Minutes after the Venezuelan opposition leader Juan Guaidó declared himself the legitimate president of Venezuela, the Trump administration announced their official backing of him. The events of the past week appear to be...
GAZA UNDER SIEGE Shattered Lives ∞ Shattered Limbs By Mark Hage Vermonters for Justice in Palestine SHOOTING TO KILL In 2018, Israeli soldiers killed 290 Palestinians living under military occupation, including 55 minors. 254 were killed in the Gaza Strip....
-Mark Hage, Vermonters for Justice in Palestine 2018 for millions of Palestinians in the occupied West Bank, East Jerusalem and Gaza marked another year of brutal military occupation and siege, denial of civil and human rights, daily attacks by Isreali...
– By Richard Czaplinski, President Will Miller Green Mountain Veterans For Peace, Chapter 5   In all the controversy and discussion about the F35s coming to Burlington (jobs, noise, dangers to surrounding homes, schools and businesses, reliability, need, cost, to name...
– Mark Hage, Vermonters for Justice in Palestine Since 2001, thousands of U.S. police and agents from the FBI, CIA, and ICE have attended special programs either in Israel or here in the U.S. with visiting Israeli military personnel.  Just weeks...
— by Kina Thorpe, PJC Program Coordinator There are a lot of things that we agree with Bernie Sanders on. While he leans left on many things, there are positions that are abhorrent to our organization and who we are...
In 2015, a Saudi Arabia-led coalition (including the USA) launched an airstrike against Yemen, the poorest country in the Middle East. This war has led to the largest humanitarian crisis on the globe today. Half of Yemen’s 28 million people...
Volunteers around Vermont started organizing a year ago with MoveOn.org to prepare rapid response protests in the event that Trump interfered with Mueller’s investigation. In firing Jeff Sessions and assigning Whittaker (not Rosenstein) as Mueller’s supervisor, Trump has crossed the...
Celebrating and Reclaiming Armistice Day Burlington, VT — ​ At the 11 th hour of the 11 th day of the 11 thmonth in 1918 World War I ended. On this 100th anniversary Burlington will call to commemorate the armistice and to abolish war with (a) church bell...
Photo from US Campaign for Palestinian Rights -Kathy Shapiro, Vermonters for Justice in Palestine   Many journalists, politicians and Zionists today accuse people who support BDS of anti-Semitism.  In the U.S. to date, laws have been passed in 25 state...
On Wednesday, September 26th, peace activist Medea Benjamin joined us at the Peace & Justice Center to give a talk about the subject of her new book, Inside Iran: The Real History and Politics of the Islamic Republic of Iran. The book itself is an...
“Whatever a soldier believes when they begin their military service, there is no way to behave ethically in the occupied territories. It’s a system in which Palestinians are always treated as inferior, always viewed as the enemy, whoever they are....
Absolute submission to Israeli authority is required of every Palestinian under military occupation. When past lessons in submission fail to induce acceptable levels of obedience, fear and collaboration, then these lessons must be relearned to please those in power. Israel’s...
YouTube issues a warning: This video may be inappropriate for some viewers.” Assurances must then be given by said viewers that they “understand and wish to proceed’’ before being permitted to watch a Palestinian child be gunned down in an...
On September 3, as we celebrated Labor Day in Vermont, the jobs of more than 30,000 Palestinians who work for the United Nations Relief and Works Agency  (UNRWA) were put at risk by the Trump administration’s sudden cancellation of U.S....
“I’m for peace, but not your kind of peace.” So said a man as he came up close to me while I led the Vermont Veterans For Peace (VFP) “Budget Banner” down State Street during the July 3, 2018, Montpelier...
Join various events around VT in recognition of the bombings of Hiroshima and Nagasaki. The atomic bombs that were dropped in Hiroshima (on August 6th) and Nagasaki (August 9th) in 1945 changed the way that we view the dangers of...
By Richard Czaplinski “I’m for peace, but not your kind of peace.” So said a man as he came up close to me while I led the Vermont Veterans For Peace (VFP) “Budget Banner” down State Street during the July...
I’ve never been a marcher. I don’t like to feel used by anyone. But this time, I marched and wore black as requested. I marched because I am grieving for those 30 murdered young people. I never thought that our...
For six months in 2011 I lived in East Jerusalem, in the neighborhood of Wadi Joz, just adjacent to the Old City, and to Silwan where this boy’s story took place.  Silwan has been a Palestinian village for at least...
I am writing in support of a remarkable organization that deserves our attention and support. Planting Hope (PH) was started in 2001 by by Beth Merrill of Montpelier and is based in Montpelier and Matagalpa, Nicaragua. It has expanded to...
I was born in a Palestinian refugee camp in Lebanon 12 years after my parents were forced to flee the Upper Galilee in historical Palestine. They lost their home, land, livelihood, and my mother lost her father to a bullet...
Note: This piece is being published as part of a regular series to bring under-reported Palestinian voices to Vermonters. Razan Ashraf Abdul Qadir al-Najjar, 21 was killed on June 1 by Israeli sniper fire as she ran in her white...
by Robin Lloyd, PJC founder and member Why do I want to take part in the Poor People’s Campaign, especially its focus this week on militarism and gun violence? I’m not a poor person, but I have an aversion to...
Guest post by By Mark Hage from Vermonters for Justice in Palestine May 15, 2018   There are more than 7 million Palestinian refugees worldwide, and greater than half remain de jure stateless.  It wasn’t until college that I learned why....
The Peace & Justice Center, and affiliated groups are proud to announce the second Vermont Peace Conference: Building a World Beyond War, on Saturday May 12 from 9:30 – 4:30 pm at the Old North End Community Center on 20...
Adrienne Kinne is a ten-year Army Veteran and an 11-year peace activist, now the Vice President of the Veterans For Peace US National Board of Directors. She has also served as the President of the Will Miller Green Mountain Veterans...
Afghan Peace Volunteers and friends celebrate International Day of Peace in Kabul, Sept 2017 March 1, 2018 Here in Kabul, as the rising sun begins to warm our chilly rooms, I hear excited laughter from downstairs. Rosemary Morrow, a renowned...
Last month, the Peace & Justice Center hosted an anti-militarism game night at the University Of Vermont Interfaith Center. It was a great success! The games included Jeopardy and Jenga with a trivia twist, incorporating questions about various different military...
As you know, our campaign to stop the F-35 from coming to Burlington scored a major victory with the passage of Ballot Item #6 last week, by a solid 55-45% margin. (It got more votes than Miro Weinberger did!)Now our...
It is not too late to stop the F35s from coming to Vermont. Other communities have made stopped a planned basing this late in the process. A strong response at the polls will get the Air Forces attention. Burlington was...
Thank you Margaret Harrington, Dr. John Reuwer and Channel 17 for this show. We are so excited for our Nuclear War and Weapons Movie Week to start tonight with the 1984 movie Threads at UVM. For more info on Dr....
Join our Nuclear War and Weapons Film Week later this month! This series is designed and supported by Dr. John Reuwer in partnership with the Peace & Justice Center’s programming team. Each film is being hosted by a different partnering group....
“Allyship is work. It’s hard, important work. As one of the facilitators for the Privilege and Accountability workshop I’m grateful for the opportunity to explicitly challenge the notion of learning being enough to dismantle oppression. For years, “knowledge is power”...
Hi all, If you haven’t heard yet, the campaign to put the F35 issue on the Burlington March ballot was a great success!  Our sincere thanks to everyone who worked on and supported this wonderful effort. Due to the steadfast work of...
At 1:00 on Saturday, while Women’s March events worldwide were having a minute of silence for women’s equality, we had a minute of yelling — a wild rumpus! This was the kick off of the March for Our Future. The...
What is militarism, how does it influence American society, economics, politics and culture? These are some of the questions we will be exploring as a study group on militarism. Vermont Action for Peace has been examining militarism in all it...
What are you afraid of?  A fairly simple question with any number of possible answers.  If I asked every person who read this post to make a list of their greatest fears, there are a few items that would appear...
Ellen Davidson and I are both active members of Veterans for Peace, and have organized two solidarity delegations to Occupied Palestine. The delegation’s intent was to join with Palestinian nonviolent resistance and oppose, vocally and simply by their presence, the...
For the last few years the Peace & Justice Center has offered a Reading Frederick Douglass Book Discussion Group led by Dr. Emily Bernard. This year Dr. Bernard proposed reading and discussing Harriet Ann Jacobs’ narrative “Incidents in the Life...
by Gabriella Ribeiro and Rob Persons, PJC Peacework Interns On August 9th, 2017 a number of Peace & Justice Center volunteers, interns, and staff members came together and performed an informative pop-up piece that gave insight into the current and...
Press release: August 4, 2017 On Sunday, August 6, marchers in Burlington will commemorate the 72nd anniversary of the US atomic bombing of Hiroshima, Japan by gathering at the top of Church St. at 7 pm and walking and singing...
The Greater Bennington Peace and Justice Center has lead a partnership of peace groups to craft the following letter. They are looking for individuals statewide to join them in contacting our Congressional delegates. Please contact our delegates through their webpages...
Interested in becoming a PJC Event Facilitator? Join us, Sunday, October 29 from 3-4:30 at the Peace & Justice Center for a Prospective Facilitator Gathering to learn about becoming a facilitator of our educational programs. The evening will include an...
Through a series of interviews, university speeches, and lifelong activist work, the book Freedom is a Constant Struggle by Angela Davis gives valuable insight into the power, influence, and interconnectivity of collective freedom movements from all around the world. Davis...
Dear Friends and Family, Yesterday was my second day attending the United Nations New York convention for a treaty banning nuclear weapons. I hope the news of the US shooting down Syrian jets and the Russians buzzing US military aircraft,...
By Rachel Siegel Before I worked at PJC, I had focused much of my activist work on anti-war ef- forts, economic justice (through job train- ing for women and healthcare access), and social justice issues (especially feminist, queer and racial...
PJC co-founder, Robin Lloyd, along with St. Michael’s professors Laurie Gagne and John Reuwer, attended the World Beyond War conference in Washington DC last weekend. The event brought together non-violence advocates and anti-war activists and organizations in an intense sharing experience that...