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Screening of Oriented
Wednesday, August 3, 6:30pm, at Big Picture Theater 48 Carroll Rd. in Waitsfield.
Call or stop by to get FREE tickets. More info here.
Tuesday, August 9, 7-8:30pm, at Burlington's Waterfront, near the boathouse. Bring instruments for community singing of peace and justice folk songs.

Book Talk and Signing of "Rising to the Challenge" by Ruah Swennerfelt
Thursday, August 18, 6-7:30pm at the PJC Store.

Frederick Douglass Book Discussion Group
Wednesday, August 24, 6-8pm at the PJC. This program is designed and led by Dr. Emily Bernard and is supported by the Vermont Humanities Council. Pick up a free copy of Narrative of the Life of Frederick Douglass, an American Slave at the Center. Sign up here to get more recommended reading to prepare for this discussion.

Building Empathy to Address Racial Oppression
Tuesdays, September 13, 20, & 27, 6:30-8:30pm, Kellogg-Hubbard Library, Montpelier. Sign-up here or call us. FREE! Facilitators TBA.

Mindfulness for Activists
Mondays, September 19, and 26, from 6-8pm, at the PJC. Led by Rachel Siegel and Judy Yarnall. Sign-up online or call us at 863-2345 x6. 
Saturday, September 24, from 10am to 3pm, at Manchester Community Library, 138 Cemetery Ave, Manchester.
Sign up here or call us. FREE!

Building Empathy and Addressing Racism
Mondays October 3, 10, and 17, 6:45pm-8:45pm, Sterling College in Simpson 3, 16 Sterling Dr, Craftsbury Common. Sign up here
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August 2, 2016
Songs for Hope August 9

Come join us at the Burlington Waterfront for our annual Songs for Hope event Tuesday August 9 from 7-8:30pm. Sing peace and justice folk songs ( click here for the song sheet) and light candle boats in remembrance of those killed during the US dropping of the atomic bombs on Hiroshima (Aug 6 at 8:15am) and Nagasaki (Aug 9 at 11:04am) 71 years ago. Please bring instruments to play and sing along!
Film: The Ultimate Wish
Saturday, August 6 from 2-4pm, Documentary film The Ultimate Wish and Panel Discussion, at BCA Gallery, 135 Church Street, Burlington. This film illuminates the largely unrecognized connection between nuclear weapons and nuclear power, and the growing global movements to abolish both. Discussion moderated by Arnie & Maggie Gundersen.
Rising to the Challenge Book Signing and Talk

Meet the author! Ruah Swennerfelt will be reading a few excerpts from her new book Rising to the Challenge: The Transition Movement and People of Faith followed by an open discussion. August 18, 6-7:30pm at the Peace & Justice Store.

Rising to the Challenge chronicles the history of the Transition Movement (transitioning to a carbon free world) and shares stories from around the world of people involved with Transition, some of whom discuss how their faith led them to the Movement. Rob Hopkins, the founder of the Transition Movement, wrote the foreword and the book includes endorsements by Bill McKibben, Starhawk, Stephanie Kaza, Rabbi Arthurs Waskow, and Brian Tokar.
Information about the movement :   or
For more information about this free event, call (802)863-2345 x3. Facebook event page. PJC website.

Other Community Events
Wednesday, August 3  
  • 6-8pm Justice For All and Black Lives Matter VT, will be holding a Senatorial Candidate Panel for Chittenden County.  8 Senatorial Candidates have confirmed and only one will not be able to attend. Two moderators will ask a series of questions focused on Police Stop Data released in VT, as well as mass incarceration and racial disparities in schools and law enforcement. At the First Unitarian Universalist Society of Burlington.  Facebook event page.
Thursday, August 4
  • GunSense Vt Rally for Universal Background Checks Senator Phil Baruth and other political leaders are organizing this rally for Universal Background Checks on the Statehouse steps on Thursday, August 4th. The timing of the rally is still being determined, RSVP here to be notified of the time. Statehouse, Montpelier
Saturday, August 6
  • 8-8:30am Hiroshima Day: Vermont Action for Peace Vigil to honor the Hibakusha and abolish nuclear weapons. Corner of Main and So Prospect Sts, Burlington. The bomb was dropped on Hiroshima at 8:15am August 6, 1945.
  • 2-4:00 "The Ultimate Wish" film screening and panel for Hiroshima Day. Burlington City Arts Gallery, 135 Church St, Burlington. See above for more info or email Robin
  • 3-4pm New Volunteer Orientation and Fair Trade vs Free Trade Presentation. Learn about the history and current projects of the PJC. We'll talk about how you can use your skills and interests to help the PJC's mission in the community. Email Kristen Connors  for more information.
  • 8pm Benefit Concert: Bob Stannard & Those Dangerous Bluesmen for JUMP (Joint Urban Ministry Project). Doors open 7pm at the Black Box Theater, Main Street Landing, 60 Lake St., Burlington All tickets $21.75. Every individual, regardless of age, requires a ticket. Direct ticket link

Monday, August 8

  • 6-8pm Vermonters for a Just Peace in Palestine/Israel mtg at PJC. For more information, e-mail
Tuesday, August 9
  • 11-12:00 Nagasaki Prayer Vigil. Sponsored by Pax Christi Burlington and Sisters of Mercy, NE Community. Cathedral Bell Tower at the corner of St Paul and Cherry Sts, Burlington. The bomb was dropped on Nagasaki at 11:04am August 9, 1945.
Wednesday, August 10
  •  6pm Join the Fight for Fifteen! A Vermont coalition wants to move Vermont minimum wage to $15 per hour. Join us as we plan strategies and take action. At the Fletcher Free Library, Burlington. Contact Charles Winkleman for more information.
Thursday, August 11
  • 5:30pm Women's International League of Peace and Freedom meeting. All are welcome to attend. More info: Robin Lloyd 862-4929.

Please tell us about other community events in Vermont. If they are mission-aligned, we are happy to list them in our google calendar and in this publication. Please email us.
Peace & Justice Store
Sadako Sasaki was a Japanese girl living in Hiroshima when the atomic bomb was dropped on Japan (August 6, 1945). In 1955, at age 11, Sadako was diagnosed with leukemia, a type of cancer caused by the atomic bomb.
While in the hospital, Sadako started to fold paper cranes. There is a belief that if you fold 1000 paper cranes, your wish will come true. Sadako spent 14 months in the hospital, folding paper cranes with whatever paper she could get. Paper was scarce so she used the paper from medicine bottles, candy wrappers, and left over gift-wrap paper. Her wish was that she would get well again, and that the victims of the world would attain peace & healing.
Sadako died on October 25, 1955. She was 12 years old and had folded over 1300 papercranes. Sadako's friends and classmates raised money to build a memorial in honor of Sadako and other atomic bomb victims. The Hiroshima Peace Memorial was completed in 1958 and has a statue of Sadako holding a golden crane. At the base is a plaque that says:
This is our cry.
This is our prayer.
Peace  in the world.

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