Posts filed under: Enews

-Amy Crosswhite, PJC Fair Trade Store & Program Manager The 1999 song Testify by Rage Against the Machine is about the US media’s misrepresentation of world events. Frontman, Zach de la......
-Submitted by Mark Hage, Vermonters for Justice in Palestine, Written by JOSH RUEBNER, Excerpted from Mondoweiss,  AUGUST 12, 2020 The Democratic Party’s pyramid of support for Israel is crumbling The Top:......
-Kina Thorpe, PJC Educational Program Manager The beautiful thing about language is that it is constantly evolving. Sometimes it is hard to keep track of what words are “in” and......
Israeli Occupation of Palestine Begins 54th Year – No End in Sight   -By BDS Committee, Vermonters for Justice in Palestine   The ice-cream brand will stop advertising on Facebook,......
–Kristen Connors, former PJC staff member Recently, I participated in the Peace & Justice Center’s Toxic Whiteness discussion group for the first time in the two years since I moved......
-By Kina Thorpe, Dayna Stimson, and Ashley Smith, Community Voices for Immigrant Rights Video: United in the Fight for Liberation. Message from people inside Mesa Verde Detention Center in solidarity......
-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......
-Hannah Stump, former PJC Intern Content Warning: Sexual assault, abuse. Though slavery’s existence precedes written records, it is not a thing of the past. It is a dehumanizing practice still......
-Submitted by Mark Hage, Vermonters for Justice in Palestine, Written by Palestinian BDS National Committee (BNC) (Excerpted)   We can’t breathe until we’re free! Palestinians stand in solidarity with Black......
-Submitted by Mark Hage, Vermonters for Justice in Palestine Israel approves 7,000 new settlement units in southern West Bank By Yuma Patel, Excerpted from Mondoweiss, May 8, 2020 Israeli Defense......
-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......
-Central VT Showing Up for Racial Justice and Sylvia Knight, VT Freedom Bail Fund and PJC member Hussien Noor Hussien, his wife, children, and extended family are loved members of......
–Submitted by Mark Hage, Vermonters for Justice in Palestine Media Reports from Occupied Palestine Number of Palestinian Child Prisoners Increases Excerpted from an article by Yumna Patel Despite the global......
-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......
–Submitted by Mark Hage, Vermonters for Justice in Palestine Israel May Block Coronavirus Respirators, Aid, to Gaza Motasem A. Dalloul, from Informed Comment In response to a humanitarian appeal launched by......
-Rachel Siegel, PJC Executive Director I hope wherever this post finds you, you and your loved ones are safe and well. I wanted to give you an update on what......
-Excerpts from an article by Jonathan Ofir in Mondoweiss, Based on an article in the Israeli newspaper Ha’aretz. Submitted by Mark Hage, Vermonters for Justice in Palestine  Soccer players in......
-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......
-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......
-Elizabeth Dunford, PJC Intern In 1869 the United States Congress passed the 15th Amendment, securing the right to vote to all United States citizens, regardless of “race, color, or previous......
Middle East Eye: Family of Palestinian mangled by bulldozer condemn Israel Belal al-Naem was appalled when he saw the footage: an Israeli bulldozer dragging, mutilating and dangling a Palestinian’s corpse......
-Compiled, Re-Titled & Adapted for Length by Mark Hage, Vermonters for Justice in Palestine   Major League Baseball (MLB) Strikes Out: Stops Running Promotions of Pink Floyd co-founder Roger Waters on......
-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......
-Mark Hage, Vermonters for Justice In Palestine January 9: Palestine Chronicle Billions of US taxpayers’ dollars will continue to be funneled into Israel in the next fiscal year, and for......
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,......
-Kristen Connors, former PJC staff I am thrilled to see more and more Fair Trade certified products on the grocery store shelves, and in other retail settings.  Not only are more Fair Trade certified......
-Betsy McGavisk and Ashley Smith, Community Voices for Immigrant Rights A powerful policing apparatus threatens the rights, livelihood and safety of undocumented immigrants in our state. The combined forces of......
It is my responsibility as the director of this organization and as a white person to do all I can to stand with the People of Color who are central......
-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......
-Rachel Siegel, PJC Executive Director   I was dismayed when I read an article in the Burlington Free Press on Thanksgiving called “Turkey Twists” that made no mention of the......
-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......
-Aris Garcia, PJC Volunteer Coordinator & Assistant Store Manager As holidays from various cultures approach, we in one way or another are preparing for the coming together of family, both......
-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......
-Mark Hage, Vermonters for Justice in Palestine After ten long years of intensifying a brutal military occupation and expanding an illegal , Jewish-only settlement regime, laying siege to and savagely......
-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......
-Jennifer Decker, PJC Member How do healthy relationships happen in movement and political spaces?  The present time has immense potential because so many activists are engaging with this question.   Healthy......
-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......
-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......
Click here for details on the Vermont Climate Strike. -Bram Moreinis, Teacher, Burlington Tech Center When Burlington School District teachers returned to work in August, after a year of training......
-Hope Petaro, Montpelier High School Student and Race Against Racism Founder At the first-ever Race Against Racism — as the runners and walkers were taking off, cheered on by a......
-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,......
-Michaela Compo, PJC Fair Trade Intern The term environmental racism was coined by Benjamin Chavez to refer to the movement developed in the 1970’s and 80’s, but the idea can......
-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......
– 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......
-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......
-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......
-Rachel Siegel, PJC Executive Director There has been a clear uptick in overt White Nationalism in Vermont. Off the top of my head I know of Patriot Front fliers posted......
-Kina Thorpe, PJC Educational Program Manager It is appalling that children seeking refuge in the United States are still being put in cages. It’s also appalling that we’ve seemed to......
– 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......
  -Rachel Siegel, PJC Executive Director Remind yourself: “It is not my job to be a good white person and fix the world. It is my job to be part......
-Mark Hage, Vermonters for Justice in Palestine   Still Marching & Dying for Freedom: One-Year Anniversary of The Great March of Return in Gaza March 30 marked the one-year anniversary......
The following is an excerpt from George Lakey’s book “How We Win”. George Lakey will be facilitating his How We Win workshop on Saturday, May 11 from 2-5:30pm in Burlington.......
-By Mark Hage, Vermonters for Justice in Palestine Jonathan Cook, an award-winning journalist and political writer who makes his home in Israel, recently wrote an illuminating and chilling piece about......
Join us for a screening of “Banana Land: Blood, Bullets, & Poison” on Wednesday, April 17, 7-9pm at the UVM Davis Center from 422. -Ariane Goldsmith, Fair Trade Intern After......
– By Marc Estrin, Vermonters for Justice in Palestine “Israel has launched air attacks on Gaza hours after rockets were allegedly fired near Tel Aviv, raising fears of a major......
-By Mark Hage, Vermonters for Justice in Palestine A prominent Palestinian human rights activist and politician, Khalida Jarrar, 56, was released from an Israeli prison on Feb. 28. She had been......
-Kathy Shapiro, Vermonters for Justice in Palestine An atmosphere of hate and discrimination against oppressed minorities flourishes under the current administration.  We’ve seen a 17% rise of hate crimes in......
-Rachel Siegel PJC Executive Director “The goal is not to be a better white person. The goal is to build the movements we need to create the world we want......
– By Mark Hage, Vermonters for Justice in Palestine The international BDS movement was launched in 2005 by 170 Palestinian unions, political parties, refugee networks, women’s organizations, professional associations, popular resistance committees and......
We are greatly concerned about the uptick of antisemitic and other forms of hate crimes and violence in our country. We seek to ally with individuals, organizations, and congregations against......
– By Wendy Coe, PJC Founder & Gene Bergman, former Board Chair Organizations as dynamic as the Peace & Justice Center activate many people, year after year. Quite often, people......
A few weeks ago, employees at HOPE Works, the rape crisis center in Burlington, expressed their frustration their leadership, specifically their Executive Director Cathleen Barkley. Following the organizing, an individual was fired......
Khalid Myshkin and Kat O’Donnell In 2005, a Palestinian collective of trade unions and active members of Palestinian civil society called for BDS — Boycott, Divestment, and Sanctions — against......
-by Jeanne Keller, PJC member   Obstruction of Justice: an act that “corruptly or by threats or force, or by any threatening letter or communication, influences, obstructs, or impedes, or......
— 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......
I am a poet. I am a water protector. I’m also a being with memory. An enormous watershed of memory. I’m also a white person in America evaluating the values......
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......
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,......
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