10th Annual Social Justice Award Celebration
March 19 @ 6:00 pm - 9:00 pm$25
Celebrate the work of Wendy Coe, co-founder of the PJC, and Vermont Coalition for Ethnic and Social Equity in Schools at the 10th annual Ed Everts Social Justice Award Celebration. Enjoy a chili dinner, cash bar, and silent auction!
Wendy is one of the founding members of the Peace & Justice Center (formerly known as the Burlington Peace Coalition). She has been with the organization for 41 years, and throughout all of them her devotion to the center and its mission never wavered. From being on the front lines of the civil disobedience at Vermont Yankee in 1979 to providing support to other activist groups around the state through PJC’s Allied Group program, Wendy has done it all, and done it with the goal of making the world a more peaceful place for all. She continues her work outside of the PJC as the Ward 2 Elections Clerk and the site leader of Burlington’s Tommy Thompson Community Garden.
Vermont Coalition for Ethnic and Social Equity in Schools
The Vermont Coalition for Ethnic and Social Equity in Schools (VCESES) is a statewide coalition led by a multicultural and multigenerational group including: people of color from various racial and ethnic groups; anti-poverty, disability rights advocates; and LGBTQIA advocates. The coalition includes elders, students, parents, educators, and organizations.
In late 2017/early 2018 the VCESES began its groundbreaking work of drafting the Ethnic Studies and Social Equity Working Group bill (H.794). The bill was introduced by Representatives Kiah Morris, Selene Colburn, and Kevin “Coach” Christie, and quickly gained momentum and popularity as a priority piece of legislation for individuals, educators, and families statewide. The bill narrowly missed passage in the 2017-2018 legislative session but passed the house and senate unanimously in 2019 and was signed into law in March 2019!