Posts filed under: Peace & Nonviolence

-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......
-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......
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,......
-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......
-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......
-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......
-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......
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......
-Mark Hage, Vermonters for Justice in Palestine   November was another bloody month in Occupied Palestine. The Al Quds Center reported that Israeli occupation forces killed 43 Palestinians last month......
-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......
-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......
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......
-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......
-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......
(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 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......
-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......
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......
-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......
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......
-Anna Shea, Peacework Intern   This past week, Wayfair workers in Massachusetts walked out on the job to protest the company furnishing ICE detention facilities with $200,000 worth of furniture. This......
-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......
Approved by Peace & Justice Center Board of Directors 6/24/2019 Over the years, the Peace & Justice Center (PJC) has raised concerns over the militaristic, anti-democratic tendencies of many countries......
– 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......
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.......
– 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......
-Deb Ellis, Co-Producer of “Howard Zinn: You Can’t be Neutral on a Moving Train” As Vermont filmmakers, we are thrilled to share Howard Zinn: You Can’t Be Neutral on a Moving......
– 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......
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......
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......
There is so much happening both locally and nationally to speak out against our government’s response to immigrants. Here are some things you can do to support the cause: 1.......
-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......
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......
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......
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......
“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......
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......
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......
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......
“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......
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......
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......
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!......
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......
I have never been inspired more than when I was a March for Our Lives in D.C. shouting with 850,000 other people that “Enough is enough” and we need to......
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......
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%......
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......
  This new book is both whimsical and serious.  Put together by long-standing PJC supporters Larry and Linda Hamilton, it is now available in the PJC Store. Reading this charming book......
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.......
There are vigils happening around Vermont and the nation to commemorate the horrible tragedy at Sandy Hook Elementary School five years ago. See calendar listings here. The Vermont organizers have......
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......
In October two focus groups were held at the PJC to discuss the idea of creating a nonviolent street team – a body of people who could be called upon......
Join us this Saturday for a chance to play games on, learn about, and meet other youth committed to being involved in meaningful causes! This program is designed to help......
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......
Join us in supporting a Burlington showing for the Global Vigil hosted by Border of Lights (borderoflights.org).  We will meet in front of the Peace & Justice Center to remember......
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......
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......
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......
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......
In addition to the Peace & Justice Center’s events: Mindfulness for Activists and Nonviolence Activism 101 – make sure to check out the other amazing events all around Vermont during......
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......
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......
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......
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......
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......
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......
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......
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......
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......
Thank you to the YWCA and everyone who was a part of last week’s reading of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.’s Speech “Beyond Vietnam: a Time to Break Silence“. If......
Join us this Thursday, May 4, at Arts Riot in Burlington for this Community Reading. More details below. One of Martin Luther King Jr.’s lesser known yet equally impactful speeches,......
Sunday May 7th from 2:00 to 4:00 pm hosted at the Barn House on the Clemmons Family Farm on 2122 Greenbush Road in Charlotte. Explore the planning and implementation of the......
Join award-winning journalist Amy Goodman, host and executive producer of Democracy Now!, at the Burlington stop of North American tour: Democracy Now!: Covering the Movements Changing America. The event will take place Thursday,......
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,......
Science is being mis-characterized as a partisan issue and it has given policymakers permission to reject overwhelming evidence, undermining the rigorous standards of research conducted by the scientific community. This......
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......
The Standing Rock Sioux Tribe and Indigenous grassroots leaders call on our allies across the United States and around the world to peacefully march on Washington DC on Friday March 10.......
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......
It is a busy time for activist mobilization. We are aware of four more national marches in the next few months: Science March, April 22 People’s Climate March, April 29......