Posts filed under: Racial Justice

-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......
-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......
–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......
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......
-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......
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,......
-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......
-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......
-Bria Yazic, Community Voices for Immigrant Rights   Living in Vermont, we’ve all watched with horror as COVID-19 has spread like wildfire through the Burlington Health and Rehab Center. The......
-By Dayna Stimson and Ashley Smith Dayna Stimson, of Burlington, is a family nurse practitioner and a member of the Champlain Valley Democratic Socialists of America and Community Voices for......
-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......
-By Betsy McGavisk and Ashley Smith (PJC Member) Editor’s note: This commentary is by Ashley Smith, of Burlington, a socialist writer and activist who writes for various publications including Harpers,......
-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......
Click here to contribute to our campaign to better compensate the people of color (POC) that work with the PJC and keep our work alive! In recognition of the oppression......
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......
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......
-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......
-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......
HARTFORD, V.T.–On Wednesday, August 14th, community organizers from the group Rise! Upper Valley, along with hundreds of supporters, demonstrated outside Hartford Town Hall, Hartford, V.T. in response to the detention......
– Ashley Smith This commentary is by Ashley Smith, of Burlington, who is a socialist writer and activist. He writes for various publications including Truthout, Jacobin, and New Politics. We......
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......
-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......
  -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......
-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......
– 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......
-Shelley Vermilya, PJC Member Two small Black children in tattered clothing holding hands, ask quietly, “Have you seen our mother?” This scene of the ghostly siblings is in a hologram......
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 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......
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......
Photo: Hanging in a meeting room at the Hartford Town Offices, this image represents the “typical”, white Vermonter.   -McKenzie Imhoff, PJC Racial Justice Intern Vermont’s whiteness is not an......
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......
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......
Race has been used to justify exploitation since the beginning of colonization. From the Transatlantic Triangular Trade to Spanish conquistadors to the British East India Company, Europeans have repeatedly conquered......
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......
Hi, all… my name is Tim. I’m currently in my senior year at UVM studying Political Science with a minor in Public Policy Analysis. I’ve long been inspired by the......
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......
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”.......
I was born in a Palestinian refugee camp in Lebanon 12 years after my parents were forced to flee the Upper Galilee in historical Palestine. They lost their home, land,......
Protests and actions have sprung up in response to the Trump administration’s decision to separate children from their parents when attempting to seek asylum in the U.S.. Below is a......
Though less than 6% of Vermonters are people of color, 100% of recent U.S. Poet Laureates are, including three African American women: Rita Dove, Natasha Trethewey and Tracy K. Smith.......
There are many things about Vermont that can’t be denied: it has beautiful green mountains, the best maple syrup (don’t try to fight me on this), and an overwhelmingly white......
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......
We, the 14 members of the Saint Michael’s College men’s basketball team, want to take this opportunity to continue the discussion we hope we started on Saturday, Nov. 4, when......
Click here to read the statement from the 14 members of the Saint Mike’s men’s basketball team.   “We are all the leaves of one tree. We are all the......
When I started coming to the Peace and Justice Center’s Toxic Whiteness Discussion Group, I wasn’t sure what to expect. In my head I even scoffed at the idea of......
Over the course of my internship at the Peace and Justice Center (PJC), I have grown personally through the workshops that they have to offer and have come to realize......
“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......
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......
Do you want to be able to identify racism as it manifests in yourself and your community? Are you looking to build a tool kit of skills for taking on......
Yesterday (December 26th) marked the beginning of the Kwanzaa celebration. These next six days will serve as a time for African Americans to gather and celebrate African heritage and African......
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......
The first biographical documentary about John Lewis. An inspiring portrait of one man cast into extraordinary times and his unhesitating dedication to seeking justice for the marginalized and ignored. The......
Join CCALEOVT for a Public Forum on Community Policing at the Fletcher Free Library on October 18 from 6-8PM! Community Members, Law Enforcement and Criminal Justice Officials are being called......
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......
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......
Did you “like” this video? Did you talk about the rad actions of organizers on the ground in Durham? Do you wish that you had a concrete way to support......
We’re delighted introduce Kesha Medina and Netdahe Stoddard, PJC facilitators who do ongoing racial justice work in rural VT. Kesha Medina: “As a young woman of color it is incredibly......
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......
Reading Mumia Abu-Jamal’s We Want Freedom: A Life in The Black Panther Party (2016) felt like embarking on an extensive and enriching conversation with a respected friend; page after page, I......
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......
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......
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......
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......
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......
White Fragility is a state in which even a small amount of racial stress becomes intolerable for a white person, thus preventing conversations confronting racial issues. Recognizing and naming it......
Come by the PJC on Saturday, February 25th from 3:30 to 4:30 pm to build useful tools for addressing racism. Explore the meaning and implications of white fragility by examining......
I am a kid who regularly talks with adults about race and racism. I offer a unique perspective to this discussion group because of my age (I am a senior in......
Friends, things are changing for the worse and things are also changing for the better. The brutality of life is more visible for some of us than it was two......
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......
The first time we held this discussion group was on January 11th in the PJC community room. It was facilitated by a Rachel Siegel. The group included about fifteen multi-generational......
Read the full study for data on individual departments. This study is by Stephanie Seguino Professor Department of Economics & Fellow, Gund Institute University of Vermont Burlington, VT and Nancy Brooks Visiting Associate Professor......
The Greater Burlington Multicultural Resource Center, organizer of the annual Burlington Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Remembrance announced that Carol Moseley Braun – first African American woman to be elected to......
Explore the planning and implementation of the Children’s March of 1963 in Birmingham, AL. On Monday, January 16 from 10:30-11:30am, at ECHO, Leahy Center for Lake Champlain, 1 College St. in......
The Peace & Justice Center was recently approached by Jesse Wiens, the Board President of Baba Tree International about hosting an orientation for their Vermont Refugee Resettlement Program/Play in the Wild!......