Posts filed under: Economic Justice

-Rachel Siegel, PJC Executive Director May 13, 2020  I set out four days ago on a drive from Burlington, Vermont to Durango, Colorado, to pick up my 16-year-old daughter, Gertie. She had gone home with a friend during spring break and...
-Claire Kohler, Global Studies Student at UVM It is hard to imagine the world as it is right now- in the midst of a global pandemic- without Amazon. When your local puzzle store has closed up shop, every CVS within...
While the Peace & Justice Center’s store might appear to be a quaint gift shop, it is one of the most radical things we do. In our direct trade partnerships, we address global racism, economic injustice, climate chaos, and more....
-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...
-Hannah Stump, PJC Intern Everyone in the United States has been impacted in one way or another by the COVID-19 (Coronavirus) pandemic. Small and large companies alike are working remotely. Densely populated cities such as San Francisco have ordered residents...
-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...
-Kason Hudman, PJC Volunteer   The Halloween season is in the air! Goblins and ghouls are set to roam the streets as children get ready to dress up and go trick-or-treating. But there is a spookier side to the candy...
-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...
(AP Photo/Cedar Attanasio, File) by Ashley Smith, Democratic Socialists of America and Peace & Justice Center member After dragging its feet for months, the Democratic Party has finally launched an impeachment inquiry against Donald Trump. While this is welcome news,...
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...
-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...
By Kristen Vrancken, Organizer, Women’s March Vermont and PJC member Many Vermonters are proud of what they see as the state’s uniquely progressive politics. To be sure, it has earned some of those bona fides: Vermont was the first state...
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...
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...
“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”...
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...
Often when we think about the impact of poverty we think about things such as difficulties obtaining basic necessities (housing, food, heat), a lack of transportation, and the inability to save for your child’s college fund. These are all very...
Growing up poor in rural Vermont, I always knew that my family had less than some of my friends and the families on TV. I built assumptions based on my experiences and observations. The store clerk looked at me differently...
Growing up poor in rural Vermont, I always knew that my family had less than some of my friends and the families on TV. I built assumptions based on my experiences and observations. The store clerk looked at me differently...
Since Bernie ran for president, there has been nationwide talk about our desperate need to get Big Money out of our elections, and the need for public financing of campaigns.  Ironically, back home in Vermont, the Attorney General has set back...
Here’s a clip of the 2014 community reading of”What to the Negro is the Fourth of July”, Frederick Douglas’ provocative 1852 speech, in which he sharply and meaningfully critiqued the irony of white American’s celebration of the Fourth of July...
This presentation focuses on the issue of child slavery and human trafficking in the cocoa industry. It is designed to educate, brainstorm solutions and create tangible action steps that fit each participant. This presentation will be led by Amy Crosswhite....
Thursday, August 10 from 12-1pm, Free Trade Agreements Presentation at the Peace & Justice Center, 60 Lake Street, Burlington. U.S. Free Trade Agreements were intended to ease trade and boost economies. This is not what the impact has been. This...
Poverty impacts our communities in both big and small ways. And many of us have experienced poverty at one time or another in our lives. Equity Solutions brings people together for a deeper understanding of the root causes of poverty...
Thursday, September 14 from 12-1pm, Understanding Fair Trade Labels is a presentation that breaks down the differences between Fair Trade Certifications, Fair Trade Membership Organizations, and Direct Trade to help us better understand the Fair Trade Movement. People are encouraged...
Come check out our Mindfulness for Activists event on Thursday September 28th and October 5th from 6 to 8pm at Champlain Valley Union High School in Hinesburg, Vermont. In order to keep taking on injustice, we need to develop a...
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...
As our world has become increasingly interconnected and globalized, Free Trade Agreements, or FTAs, have been created to provide jobs and increase trade between countries. While these intentions appear to work on paper, many free trade agreements have negatively impacted...
More than 350 people participated in this year’s Penny Poll. Thanks to members of the Burlington Chapter of Women’s International League for Peace and Freedom for tabling with us and to all who join in this activity! It was a...
Saturday, April 8 from 9:00am-3:30pm at Burlington High School. [Please note: The official deadline to register was Wednesday, March 29.  You are encouraged to still sign up but because it is past the deadline, we may be less able to...
Globalization has contributed to the demand for global trade and, as a result, the creation of free trade agreements. These agreements are intended to benefit the countries involved and stimulate trade and job growth, but who has it actually benefited? Come...
 By Nathan Suter With Vermont considering joining the other states and cities that are raising their minimum wages to $15 an hour, legis- lators are beginning to look at the likely impact. Experience to date and the best economic analysis...
By Colin Bradley When I left Standing Rock at the end of November, my hands were so cold that I couldn’t move them. I had lost the gloves I got from donations. But when I first arrived, in the beginning...
By Kristen Connors, PJC Volunteer Coordinator August 9-14th I had the privilege to attend the 15th World Social Forum (WSF) in Montreal with 10s of thousands of others. The WSF is the largest gathering of civil society organizations and activists...
Sunday, August 28th 2-4pm at the Peace & Justice Center Author, organic farmer, and bottom up economy advocate Anthony Flaccavento will sign and discuss his new book, Building a Healthy Economy from the Bottom Up: Harnessing Real-World Experience for Transformative...
Thursday, September 10, 7pm, Roxy Theater, details below The documentary REUSE! Because You Can’t Recycle The Planet follows “Reuse Pro” Alex Eaves’ cross-country adventure to the 48 contiguous U.S. states. On his journey, he demonstrates the different ways people and...
The Drug War’s reach is global. As illicit drug use is on the rise in Vermont, another dimension of the Drug War is playing out with unprecedented violencesouth of the US-Mexico border. Questions of legalizing marijuana and addressing police violence have dominated political debates...
Join us on Wednesday, October 22 (6:00pm – 7:30pm) for Beyond the Peel: Fair Trade Bananas with Equal Exchange at the Peace & Justice Center. According to the USDA, the average American eats 26 pounds of bananas per year. That’s...
BY Alissa Boochever, PJC Intern The Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) continues to be secretly negotiated among certain members of the US Congress and 11 countries including Australia, Brunei, Canada, Japan, Malaysia, Mexico, New Zealand, Peru,Singapore,and Vietnam. A major agreement affecting a...
Join the Howard Center in support of positive change for its workers. For the Facebook page: click here...
Please join the Peace & Justice Center in solidarity with the Chittenden County Transportation Association’s organized bus drivers. Please contribute to the Strike fund to help pay for literature, signs and a hardship fund.  Click here to contribute and please...
“Strength of the Storm” tells the moving story of the residents of Weston park, a mobile home park in rural Vermont,  that are brought together to fight against issues of economic discrimination after losing their homes to Hurricane Irene. The...
Remember that extraordinary confrontation? When 40,000 protestors, in November of 1999, occupied Seattle and brought the World Trade Organization Conference to its knees? Well, now, another trade battle is brewing. Are we ready? You’ve probably heard about it:  The Trans...
While news outlets are obsessed with reporting on the National Security Administration’s tactics, and Edward Snowden and Chelsea Manning continue to be the subject of countless news articles, a suspiciously secretive trade agreement is being negotiated that critics are calling...
I had the great pleasure of witnessing a pivotal moment in my children’s lives at the National Zoo in Washington DC last February. We had traveled down for my partner Jules’s work and timed it so we could go to...
The Livable Wage Ordinance review process has included four committee meetings so far that were largely dedicated to better understanding this ordinance and how it is currently working. The first was on June 13th with a report back from Eileen...
Councilors Bushor, Mason and Paul, It has been very interesting hearing testimony over the last few ordinance committee meetings from the City Attorney, Jesse Bridges, Doug Hoffer and Gene Richards. We also found the discussion at the last meeting enlightening....
Join the Peace and Justice Center and the Fair Trade Burlington Network on Saturday, May 11th from 11:00am – 1:00pm in City Hall Park in Burlington for a World Fair Trade Day Celebration!  Festivities Include: Free samples from BEN &...
Happy May Day! Celebrate worker solidarity and human rights by checking in about on livable wage in Burlington and take action! The Peace & Justice Center works toward social justice and has focused on economic justice issues as a core...
The Peace & Justice Center works toward social justice and has focused on economic justice issues as a core factor in addressing social injustice.  The Center’s Vermont Livable Wage Campaign successfully reframed the debate on how to address the income...
The Peace & Justice Center works toward social justice and has focused on economic justice issues as a core factor in addressing social injustice.  The Center’s Vermont Livable Wage Campaign successfully reframed the debate on how to address the income...
Fair trade countdown to Halloween! Keep checking our Facebook page and website for new fair trade practices, facts, and recipes now until Halloween! 10/30: Inspired by “The Dark Side of Chocolate” movie and wanting to get more involved? Check out...
Guatemalan Artisan and director of UPAVIM, Angela Mercedes Bailon, is coming to not only one but TWO events this week! Make sure you stop by at least one of them! Saint Michael’s College is hosting a Fair Trade Cafe and...
The “Chocolate, Chocolate, Chocolate” event on Saturday was a big success! Thank you to all of the businesses who supported the event and everyone who was able to attend. A big thanks to all of the businesses that came: Runa...
Join us this Saturday, September 29th, for our Third Annual Fair Trade Business Forum at City Hall from 4p.m. to 6p.m.! The forum will focus on informing community members about the importance of fair trade and its positive impact on...
The Chicago Teachers Union is on strike  – show your support! They are striking for the well being, health and safety of school students, for fair working conditions for teachers, and against attacks on public education. They are standing up...
Last week at our fair trade event for children at the PJC we read stories about children in India and children who moved from India to the United States. We also talked about the importance of fair trade in India,...
Last week at our fair trade event for children we learned about the fair trade ingredients that are in Ben & Jerry’s ice cream and what countries they were grown in! Thank you Ben & Jerry’s for the delicious donated...
Stand with the 99% on November 17! Resist austerity. Rebuild the economy. Reclaim our democracy. Labor unions, community groups, and the Occupy Movement together are holding marches, rallies and protests in cities across the U.S. to highlight the nation’s crumbling infrastructure...
St. Michael’s College Professor, Bob Brenneman, shares his experience participating in the Occupy Vermont protest on October 9th in Burlington’s City Hall Park with his wife and children.  He also shares some facts and resources for those who remain skeptical...
In Vermont last Sunday, more than 100 people gathered in Burlington as part of the Occupy Wall Street political uprising, expressing their outrage about economic inequality and the excesses of banks and other economic interests. Inspired by weeks of protest...
Around 40% of the cocoa production is supplied by plantations in the Ivory Coast. In order to reduce production costs, farmers employ children in the plantations, lowering the cost of cocoa worldwide. While chocolate is a delicious treat for most...
Global Exchange is sponsoring a protest in NYC today, June 8, to shine a light on the “dark side of chocolate”. Child labor, child slave labor and forced labor should not exist anywhere, including in the supply chain for chocolate...
Vermonters are as close to winning universal health care legislation as residents of any U.S. state have ever been, but we are fighting for every inch as we near the goal line. On Tuesday, April 26th, after 2 years of...
46 South Main Street, BARRE, Vermont – NOON Contact: Jean Tong, [email protected] Heather Pipino, [email protected] In March 2006, Kai Sun Huang, a 60 year old Chinese immigrant, rented an apartment in Barre, Vermont from Daniel and Kathleen Thompson. A few...
What is democracy? This is democracy! was the chant this evening as Burlington residents rose to the call for solidarity with Wisconsinites in the fight for worker's rights. Today, over 180,000 people took to the streets of Madison, Wisconsin in what...
Are you keeping up with all the amazing people power happening across the globe? Read about the civil unrest happening in Iran, Algeria, Yemen, Morocco and China. Up-to-date info on protests in Libya, Bahrain, Yemen, Algeria, Iraq, Iran, Egypt, Jordan,...
Healthcare Is A Human Right Rally 12:30 pm, Cedar Creek Room, Statehouse, Montpelier Join the Vermont Workers’ Center to deliver thousands of petition signatures collected by the Healthcare Is A Human Right Campaign calling on Vermont to move forward with...
As the legislative session draws to a close, we wanted to give you a quick update on the H.382, the Paid Sick Days Bill that would allow all hard working Vermonters to earn up to 56 hours of paid sick...
Peace & Justice Center proud to host a special screening of the documentary about the life of Howard Zinn, “You Can’t be Neutral on a Moving Train” by Vermont Filmmaker Deb Ellis. Friday April 23rd, 7pm Contois Auditorium, City Hall,...
With 106,000 hard-working Vermonters lacking paid sick days, it is crucial to the health of our community that H.382 on Paid Sick Days gets passed. We all get sick and we all care for our loved ones who are sick....
The Peace & Justice Center has released the newest installment of the long running Vermont Job Gap Study.  The first new phase since 2006, the report is the first part of a three part Phase 10 series “Toward a New...
The Peace & Justice Store is the perfect place to find your holiday gifts for everyone on your list. And you’ll get the warm fuzzy feeling that comes from supporting Vermont businesses. On sale through December 20 are Fair Trade...