In 2017, Vermont became the first state in the nation to officially recognize the courage and sacrifice of John Brown, the radical abolitionist, by naming 16 October "Vermont John Brown Day" to commemorate his 1859 raid on Harper's Ferry, VA.
In the spirit of celebrating those willing to take personal risks in the name of justice, the Woodstock Social Justice Initiative https://wsji.wordpress.com/ celebrated Brown with an anti-racism conference that proved to be deeply moving for many in attendance.
And we at WSJI are excited to welcome you to the Second Annual John Brown Day Celebration, as we search for ways to Create a Future Beyond Prisons. Mariame Kaba, a leader in the transformative justice movement, will kick things off as our keynote speaker. And representatives from the ACLU, Migrant Justice and other local groups will help us to better understand just how urgently we must begin the work of ending mass incarceration, which in many ways is tantamount to modern day slavery.