Posts filed under: General PJC

-by Rachel Siegel, Outgoing Executive Director I have been reflecting and dreaming as I prepare for my last two weeks in this role at PJC. When I was hired in......
-by Rachel Siegel, Executive Director [Edit: Since writing this post, a petition for the Mayor to resign has been created.]   Mayor Miro Weinberger admitted a mistake, but he did......
Join Community Voices for Immigrant Rights for a car protest on Sunday, March 14th at 1pm. Gather at the TD Bank parking lot off of 2A in Williston, Vermont. We......
We are excited to welcome three interns to our team this spring. Please help us welcome Martha MacGregor, Holly Morway, and Thomas Caswell! Here they are to introduce themselves: Hi!......
The Peace & Justice Center calls for the decarceration & demilitarization of society leading to the eventual abolition of systems of punishment. This statement is put forth by the Board......
It is with mixed emotions that we announce Kina Thorpe’s departure from her role as the PJC Educational Programming Manager. Kina joined us almost four years ago, straight out of......
We are so excited to announce that Aris Garcia has expanded her role at the PJC! She started in September, 2019 as our Volunteer Coordinator and Assistant Store Manager. In December,......
-by Joshua Oyetubo, Operations Manager Hello Vermont and Welcome to 2021! First, I would like to welcome all new members and readers and thank those of you who have renewed......
-Rachel Siegel, PJC Executive Director Like everything else that’s happened during the pandemic, the PJC’s Annual Staff Pause was different than it was in past years. We spent five days......
by Rachel Siegel, PJC Executive Director Following the hard work by activists and community members in Georgia, which resulted in the historic election of a young Jewish man, Jon Ossof,......
For Giving Tuesday, the PJC is sharing the proceeds of your donations with the Kaouritel Cooperative in Niger and US Sherpa in Nepal, two fair trade cooperatives that we work......
-Thomas Dukshire, PJC Volunteer PJC Board Members Kahlia Livinston and TJ Sangaré and PJC Executive Director Rachel Siegel share their thoughts on how the election may impact the PJC’s work......
The Ed Everts Peace & Social Justice Awards Celebration is a yearly tradition at the Peace & Justice Center. Unfortunately, due to COVID-19, we had to cancel the celebration last......
The BIPOC members of the PJC staff, board, and racial justice advisory committee spent August 28-31 at beautiful Knoll Farm in Fayston, Vermont. Knoll Farm was generous enough to donate......
As a follower of the PJC, you are aware of our work. If you are a member, thank you! If you are not yet, please help us reach our goal......
We were grateful to host the webinar on Racial Justice Work in Vermont. Being able to highlight such a range of work related to Racial Justice was inspiring. It is......
  In response to the latest senseless loss of life by police murder to go viral, the heinous killing of George Floyd in Minneapolis, as well as the murders of......
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,......
-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......
PJC staff and pets, from top left, Willow, Leo, Kina , Gavin, Rachel, Aris, Sookie, Klaus, and Amy Dear friends,   Things are changing so rapidly it is hard to keep up.......
-Rachel Siegel, Executive Director In response to the COVID-19 pandemic, the board and staff of the Peace & Justice Center have decided to temporarily close our store and center to......
-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......
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,......
By Ashley Smith, member: PJC, Democratic Socialists of America, and Community Voices for Immigrant Rights This commentary is by Ashley Smith, of Burlington, a socialist writer and activist who writes......
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......
(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......
  by Rachel Siegel, PJC Executive Director I must be very clear: racism does not harm white people the same way it harms people of color. People of color die......
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......
-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......
Don’t let the horror of what’s happening in our country paralyze you. The situation is not new (see the History of Concentration Camps in the US) but because there is......
My name is Kali M. Adams (she/her), and I’m the Racial Justice intern for Summer 2019. Growing up in Vermont, I was homeschooled for most of elementary and middle school,......
Hi, my name is Anna Shea (she/her), and I’m excited to be the new Peacework intern with the PJC for the summer! I’m a rising junior at the University of......
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......
Taylor Morgan, Volunteer Coordination Intern I first got involved with the Peace & Justice Center in November 2018, when I applied to their internship on Handshake [the UVM job board].......
In response to the Mosque shooting in Christchurch, New Zealand, we encourage you to send your words of support to the Islamic Community Center of Vermont and the Islamic Society......
Thank you to Pride Center for hosting this program. -Kina Thorpe, PJC Educational Program Manager On March 12th, PJC board, staff, and some facilitators participated in Pride Center’s Trans 101......
Vermonters who are being charged with disorderly conduct for protesting ICE family separations last summer, are being muzzled by the States Attorney. Why are they even being prosecuted? Nonviolent civil......
Hello! My name is Taylor Morgan (she/her) and I’m a Volunteer Coordinator Intern for the Spring 2019 semester! I was born and raised in Highgate, VT, and I’m currently a......
Hey! My name is Charlie Kleinfeld (he/him) and I’m the new Racial Justice intern at the Peace and Justice Center! I’m an exchange student from London, England studying Political Science......
Hi, my name is Caitlin Blanchette (she/her) and I am a new Programming Intern at the Peace and Justice Center. I am a junior at Champlain College, where I study......
Hi, My name is Charles Harper (He/Him), I am a new Programming Intern at the Peace & Justice Center. I’m A Senior Communication Major at Champlain College. I am driven......
Hi, y’all! My name is Ariane (she/they) and I am a Racial Justice Intern with a Fair Trade focus. It is my third year at the University of Vermont studying......
My name is Aidan Mulderrig, and I am a junior at Saint Michael’s College. While studying at Saint Michael’s College, my academics have been my first priority. I intend to......
– 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......
The following is one of many speeches given during the  November 8th “Nobody is Above the Law” protest in response to Jeff Sessions leaving the white house. Click here for......
-Rachel Siegel, PJC Executive Director I am anticipating this Thursday with much ambivalence. I love to be with friends and family, I love to cook and to eat, I love......
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......
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......
By Netdahe Stoddard         I don’t have to tell you that our current political leaders are promoting violence against, and denying equal rights to, People of Color, women, LGBTQIA folks......
-Rachel Siegel, PJC Executive Director When my partner, Jules, showed me the headlines Saturday morning about the murders at the Pittsburg Tree of Life Synagogue during their Shabbat service, I......
This past weekend, activists across Vermont dropped banners over Routes 89 and 91 in a campaign to remind leaf peepers of the ongoing atrocities of family separation, the perverse interpretation and implementation......
by Rachel Siegel, PJC Executive Director The circus of Brett Kavanaugh’s appointment process exposed that horrors of our rape culture, of misogyny, and of how much rich white men can......
WALK OUT ON THURSDAY, OCTOBER 4TH AT 12PM. DAVIS CENTER GREEN OUTSIDE 1ST FLOOR, UVM This week, Brett Kavanaugh could be confirmed as the next U.S. Supreme Court Justice. We......
On July 28, 2018, hundreds of people gathered in front of the Immigration and Custom Enforcement (ICE) office in Williston, VT to protest our government’s inhumane separation of children from......
Hey friends!! My name is Bridget Manning, I am a senior at Champlain College, and I am the fair trade intern at the Peace and Justice Center. Outside of school......
Hello everyone! My name is McKenzie Imhoff, I am a Sophomore at the University of Vermont, and I am one of the Racial Justice Interns this fall. I am currently studying......
Hi! I’m Cecily Breen (she/her), and I’m currently a senior at Champlain Valley Union High School. I’m so excited to work with the Peace and Justice Center because I plan......
Hi! My name is Ryan (she/her/hers), and I’m one of the Programming & Fundraising interns at the Peace & Justice Center for this upcoming fall semester. I graduated from Oberlin......
Hi, my name is Hayley Martin and I am a new programming intern at the Peace and Justice Center. As a recent graduate from the University of Vermont and a......
Hello! My name is Deanna (she/her) and I am the new Volunteer Coordinator Intern for the fall. I am from Poughkeepsie, New York and I am currently studying Community and......
Why get arrested? By Fairen Stark, Leland and Gray Union High School student Newfane, Vermont, For the children who cry out in the night for their families. Wrapped in silver......
Calls to ICE Tip Line (Williston ICE office) 1-866-DHS-2ICE   “Hello, I’m calling to report the kidnapping of immigrant children and the detention of immigrant families. The primary suspects’ names......
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......
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......
Mindfulness and similar contemplative practices have become increasingly common in activist circles in recent years. In fact, we do workshops on this topic here at the Peace & Justice Center!......
It is important for non-immigrants, especially white non-immigrants, to show up as aspiring allies and put ourselves on the line. Since the first European colonizers set foot on this continent,......
This coming Monday, July 2nd, at City Hall in Burlington we will be having our 4th annual reading of Frederick Douglass’, “What to the Slave is the 4th of July”.......
Hi, my name is Greta(she/her), and I will be a senior at Rutland High School. I am a new intern at the Peace and Justice Center, and my focus over......
There is a lot of deeply disturbing stuff going on – family separation, nuclear threat, police profiling, growing poverty. And there’s a lot to be grateful for – the people......
Hi, I’m Kathryn (she/her)! I am a recent graduate of the University of Vermont with a bachelors degree in English, with a focus in Cultural Studies and a minor in......
Hello, my name is Meryl Braconnier (she/her), and I am a new Programming Intern at the Peace & Justice Center. I am a rising junior at the University of Vermont,......
Hi! My name is Jason Dana, I use he/him/his pronouns, I am a Senior Social Work Major at the University of Vermont and I’m really excited to be a Peacework......
Hello! My name is Elizabeth McConnell and I am an incoming senior at Burlington High School. A fun fact about me is that I am a huge dog lover and......
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......
By Vicky Castillo, a student at Saint Michael’s College who co-leads the Civil Rights Alliance (CRA) through the Mobilization of Volunteer Efforts (MOVE) on campus It’s in the air. It surrounds......
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......
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 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%......
On March 24 people across the country will take to the streets to demand that politicians protect the lives of their citizens and put stricter gun control laws into place.......
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......
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.......
“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......
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......
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......
In this current political climate, discussions surrounding race-related issues can be heated and controversial. As a senior who will be leaving Vermont in just a few short months and who......
All seasoned activists know that the journey toward justice is a long one indeed, and that we need to take care of ourselves in order to avoid burnout. At the......
Join the PJC on Saturday, January 13th, 2018 from 10am – noon at the Peace & Justice Center, 60 Lake Street, Suite 1C, Burlington, VT for a special two-hour workshop.......
Just this year, three student activists at my school joined forces to form the Burlington High School Social Justice Union. The student-run group is dedicated to addressing discrimination in the......
Come join us for this two-part workshop Monday, November 27th and Wednesday the 29th from 6:30-8pm. This program explores how addressing conflict nonviolently can be a positive and effective way......
A few years ago I was invited to join an international delegation of diplomats and human rights experts as an interpreter in a Bulgarian village facing ethnic violence. I was......
On November 2, 1917, the British government made a public statement via the U.K. Foreign Secretary Arthur Balfour to Lord Rothschild, a prominent leader of the British Jewish community, concerning......
We’re excited to share that Bluebird Barbecue will be helping to raise money for the Peace & Justice Center as a part of their Community Night. On Wednesday, November 8th......
We are delighted to have Margaux Miller and Colby Yee lead a discussion on Saturday, September 30th from 2-5 at the Peace & Justice Center. Margaux was a 2017 Summer......
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......