LAKE CHAMPLAIN Ed Everts has made such a profound impact at the Peace and Justice Center, that the organization decided to name an annual award after the Charlotte resident.
On Sept. 29, in a Rock the Boat sunset cruise on Lake Champlain aboard the Northern Lights, the Center presented Mr. Everts with the first Ed Everts Award for Peace and Social Justice.
This award will be given every year to a person who, in the words of PJC Executive Director Serena Chaudry, meets these criteria that Ed embodies. A long-standing commitment to activism through volunteerism; an understanding of the interconnectedness of economic justice, racial justice, peace, and human rights; educating the masses about issues that the media usually ignores; working collaboratively across distinct sectors; and, inspiring others to action.
Four colleagues of Eds at the Peace and Justice Center spoke about his work and the characteristics that make him a successful activist.
Ellen Kahler, the Executive Director of the Peace and Justice Center from 1990-2002, said, The Peace and Justice Center would not be so thriving had it not been for the incredible generosity, involvement and leadership that Ed Everts has given all these years.
John Tucker, former director of the Racial Justice and Equity Project at the Peace and Justice Center, declared, Ed Everts represents whats best [in the work] that all of us do and a generation of people who did everything that they could to save the people on this earth.
Wendy Coe, founding member of the PJC and current office manager, said, Eds activism for me is defined by his vision of the interconnectedness of the issues of economic and racial justice, peace, and human rights. He is the embodiment of the PJC mission.
Mr. Everts began working with the Peace and Justice Center around the time of the Winooski-44 trial in 1984, in which 44 people, not including Ed, were arrested following their occupation of Senator Staffords office in Winooski. He is currently an emeritus member of the Board of Directors of the Center, having actively served on the board for 18 years between 1988 and 2006.