BY Samantha Grise, PJC Intern
O n June 7, 2014, something truly beautiful occurred. I was moved and excited by the birth of a new celebration for Vermonters to revel in. I joined with members of our community as Vermont celebrated its first ever Loving Day. Loving Day is a national celebration of the 1967 court hearing Loving v. Virginia which made it illegal for states to have or enforce laws banning interracial marriage.
Tomorrow join the Peace & Justice Center and Women’s International League for Peace and Freedom (WILPF) for a screening of the documentary “Orgasm Inc” at the Friends Meeting House (173 North Prospect St) at 6:30 p.m. An inter-generational discussion between WILPF and younger generations of feminist activists will follow the screening. Get ready to talk about the film, and Liz Canner’s upcoming visit to UVM campus to discuss her newest film on the Dartmouth College rape cases.
On Monday, July 14th from 6pm to 7:30pm join Central Vermont WILPF and the Peace & Justice Center at the Aldrich Public Library, 6 Washington Street in Barre for an evening of education and discussion centered on drones as a political and moral issue. The evening will begin with the Peace & Justice Center’s “Drones 101 Presentation” created by Lydia Bates and presented by Michaela Herrmann.
By Andréa Martin, PJC Intern
Part of why I am so proud to call myself a Vermonter is because my state has always been a progressive leader. In July of 1777, we became the first colony to outlaw slavery. But was racial justice really addressed then and is it addressed today? Nearly 240 years later, why is it that I only just begun to realize that racism still exists?
Condoleezza Rice spoke in Northfield, Vermont this past Thursday as a part of Norwich University’s Todd Lecture Series. A delegation of activists from CODEPINK Vermont, the Will Miller Chapter of Green Mountain Veterans for Peace, The Peace & Justice Center, Raging Grannies, Central Vermont WILPF, as well as unaffiliated concerned members of the public attended to protest her presence.
Although we would all like to think of the United States as a country where liberty and justice is actually for all, in the twenty-first century this still remains only an idea. Everyday in the U.S., individuals of minority groups experience discrimination and microaggression based on their race, religious beliefs, political affiliation, sexual orientation and more. And yet, here we are in the Green Mountain State, proud of our progress toward equality and the protection of the environment.
The fourth of July has always been a staple summer time holiday for me. Growing up, the fourth meant going out on the boat, seeing family and friends, my mom’s brownies, sparklers in the driveway, and patriotic attire from Old Navy. This year, it isn’t just the parade and the fireworks that have me thinking about Independence Day. On July 5th, 1852 Fredrick Douglass presented The Meaning of July Fourth for the Negro that not only addressed the crowd present at the time of the speech, but also continued to confront and inspire reflection in millions of Americans even 162 years to come.