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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 of Vermont. Drop by the PJC, fill out a postcard,...
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 program. I was excited to participate in this program not...
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 disobedience cases in Vermont have typically been dropped. Do we...
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 sophomore at the University of Vermont. I’m currently majoring in...
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 at the University of Vermont for the year. I’m interested...
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 law with a minor in social justice. I enjoy playing...
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 by my passion for learning, and look forward to working...
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 environmental justice. While interning at the Peace & Justice Center...
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 graduate with a Bachelor of the Arts degree in both...
– 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 involved now know nothing of what happened before their time....
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 more information. -Guest post by Gene Bergman Good evening, I’m...
-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 a day with the wood stove going and games to...
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...
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 and all political opponents of the right. Meanwhile, every shade...
-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 was deeply rattled. I imagined being there. I imagined my...
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 of immigration law, and increasingly militaristic Immigration and Customs Enforcement...
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 get away with. I am distraught that he is on...
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 can’t let that happen. Brett Kavanaugh is a sexual predator....
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 their parents and illegal treatment of immigrants seeking asylum. Thirteen...
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 I am super passionate about the environment and how we...
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 Sociology with a concentration in Crime and Criminal Justice as...
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 College in December 2016, where I majored in both creative...
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 resident of the state for almost five years, I could...
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 International Development at the University of Vermont. I am really...
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 Mylar blankets Rather than the arms of their parents. For...
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 are Donald J Trump, Jeff Session, and Kirstjen Nielson. We...
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...
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! Mindfulness practices have a lot to contribute to activists, however,...
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, children have been torn from their parents. It is not...
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”. The Vermont Humanities Council is supporting groups and communities statewide...
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 this summer will be the youth activist symposium! I have...
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 who show up for rallies and marches, who call and...
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 History. I am excited to spend the summer working with...
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, studying Environmental Science with minors in French, Chemistry and Mathematics....
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 intern with the Peace and Justice Center this summer! I...
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 currently have four dogs. I am delighted to say that...
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...
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 us. At all times. In all places. And we can’t...
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...
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...
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. The Peace & Justice Center is organizing two buses to...
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...
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 will be meeting people from around the country and world,...
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 same time, we only have one life to live, and...
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. It’s not just being polite, or a Hallmark Card invention...
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 school community. In the last couple of years, similar groups...
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 to grow and change individually, deepen relationships, and support social...
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 not a professional interpreter back then, nor am I now,...
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 the establishment of a “national home” for the Jewish people...
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 they will be donating 10% of the entire evening’s sales...
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 Intern with us and she and Colby are the co-coordinators...
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...
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...
Just a week ago I joined the Peace & Justice Center as Community Solutions Fellow for an intensive 4 months fellowship. The Community Solutions Program is a professional development program for the best and brightest community leaders from around the...
My response to the heinous violence in Charlottesville has become longer than I intended but I want to send you something and I don’t know what to cut out of it. I want to be part of your loving community...
If you’ve ever come into our office you may have been greeted by a volunteer and if you’ve ever gone into the store you’ve most definitely interacted with a volunteer. Volunteers are a huge part of the Peace & Justice...
Vermont Speaks For Itself  is a 1973 social justice multi-media documentary project produced and distributed by the Vermont Media Project in the mid-1970s. The documentary uses extensive interviews with Vermonters, and original photography to illustrate the economic and social hardships...
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...
Growing up in an affluent, mostly white town, my exposure as a child to folks that were different me was limited. Truly, the culture of my hometown, which is about 30 miles north of Chicago, was largely homogenous in racial...
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...
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...
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...
Join us at the Peace & Justice Center on August 26th, 3:30 – 4:30 for the White Fragility Talk. White Fragility is a state in which even a small amount of racial stress becomes intolerable for a white person. Recognizing...
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...
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,...
Please join us Thursday, June 8 from 11am-12 noon at the Peace and Justice Center (60 Lake Street Suite 1C Burlington, VT 05401) to learn about the the supply chain of the cocoa industry and fair trade. Like most agricultural goods in the...
Sign up TODAY for “Introduction to your Bill of Rights in a Time of Resistance” on Tuesdays, May 9 and 16, 5:30-7:30pm. We are really excited about this two-part workshop being lead by Robert Appel. Robert is a go-to for constitutional...
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...
The Peace & Justice Center is delighted to share screenings being hosted in various places throughout Vermont next month. Each screening will be followed by a panel and/or Q&A. VT PBS, local communities and the PJC are coming together to do...
Saturday, May 6th from 8:30 am to 5:00 pm at Champlain College on 163 South Willard St, 05401. Open to youth ages from 14 to 24, hosted for the youth and by the youth. Our multi-regional conference includes youth and...
We are hiring two positions: Program Assistant and Seasonal Store Clerk. The Program Assistant supports the the Program Managers on events and campaigns. This includes Racial Justice, Fair Trade, Peace, and miscellaneous programming. 15-25 hours a week. The Store Clerk...
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...
We invite you to join us and the rest of the world in celebrating and honoring the women and girls of the planet and to use this day to commit ourselves to ensuring the rights of women of all ages...
There is still some space and a few days left to join this important program facilitated by Ita Meno and Rachel Siegel. This program was piloted a while back but we now have it more fully developed and are ready...
Nonviolence has been proven to be incredibly effective in addressing oppression even though our culture may not embrace or encourage this truth. Nonviolent activists utilize the power we have as people working collaboratively for a common good to employ a...
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...
Annual Activist Award Ceremony with presentation to Rising Tide Vermont by Bill McKibben on Thursday, January 19, 2017 from 5:30 p.m. – 10:00 p.m. at ECHO Center for Lake Champlain (1 College St. in Burlington) **** Anne Petermann and Oren Langelle...
Join us on Tuesday, January 10 for a Standing Rock Report Back Circle. See details following this article by Beverly Little Thunder, PJC Board Member and enrolled member of the Standing Rock Lakota Band. Standing Rock is my home. It...
The Peace & Justice Center is organizing buses to the Women’s March on Washington on January 21, 2017. We are also supporting a rally in Montpelier on the same day. For more information on that, please see the facebook event....
On Saturday, January 14 from 5:30-7pm, at Colchester High School enjoy a fantastic night of Zumba. Your favorite local instructors Ron B., Jaimelee, Angel, and Jessica will lead 90 minutes of high powered, peace-making, community connecting, booty shaking, music thumping,...
The Peace & Justice Center is organizing buses to the Women’s March on Washington on January 21, 2017. We are also supporting a rally in Montpelier on the same day. For more information on that, please see the facebook event....
Have you seen articles about wearing a safety pin? Have you been wearing one? Do you want to wear one? In the wake of the national election physical and verbal assaults towards Muslims, queer folks, and people of color have...
Sunday, November 13, 2016, 4:30 documentary film screening, Main Street Landing Film House This event is in honor of Veteran’s Day. Soldier’s Heart, founded in 2006, tends the invisible wounds resulting from war and military service. These wounds are now...
Sunday, November 13, 2016, 4:30 documentary film screening, Main Street Landing Film House This event is in honor of Veteran’s Day. Soldier’s Heart, founded in 2006, tends the invisible wounds resulting from war and military service. These wounds are now...
It was such a pleasure to see Medea Benjamin last week at the Peace & Justice Center. Those present learned about Afghanistan, ways in which we can affect change through education and activism relating to Afghanistan, and more. We are...
Kingdom of the Unjust: Behind the U.S.–Saudi Connection October 26th, 4:30-6:30pm at the Peace & Justice Center. Book talk followed by Q&A and a call to action! About the Book: In seven succinct chapters followed by a meditation on prospects for change, Benjamin—cited by...
Sunday, October 23, from 3-4:30pm, Peace & Justice Center Annual Membership Meeting at the PJC. This event includes overviews of our current work, voting on new board members, and time for you all to offer input into the work we...