Racism has a profound and long-lasting (even generational) impact on the physical, emotional, and mental well-being of children and adolescents. Just as children experience racism from a young age, children also perpetuate racism from a young age. The American Academy of Pediatrics has noted that children start recognizing the physical differences that "denote race" from infancy. This means if kids are not taught how to be anti-racist that they run the risk of (and will) perpetuating racism. Because we know that there is an impact on children of color both in the moment and for the rest of their lives, it's important that all those connected to children have the proper language to talk with them about race and racism and teach them to be actively anti-racist.
It is my responsibility as the director of this organization and as a white person to do all I can to stand with the People of Color who are central to this work and to compensate them as equitably as possible. Without them our work is bogus and perpetuates exactly what we are trying to undo -- racism and white supremacy. My co-workers deserve better than what we can currently offer them.
For #GivingTuesday this year we fundraised to better compensate People of Color we work with. We were able to raise $3,000 from 34 donors – many of whom were first time contributors to PJC.
One of our members was inspired by our #GivingTuesday campaign and offered a
We have lost staff members, board members, and facilitators because doing this work is toxic and we don't offer (or pay enough for) the level of self-care and healing that it requires. If we are to be a truly anti-racist organization, we need to be doing the internal work more rigorously than we do the external work. If we do not increase pay and add benefits, it is unlikely that those who are most impacted by oppression will work at PJC long term.
For 34 years the PJC has had a resource library available to the general public. Due to a decline in use and the need for more space, we've decided to close down our library. Starting tomorrow, December 11, through December 31, we'll be having a book sale. All book and DVDs are up for grabs for $1 each. All unsold books will be donated. Book topics include: racial, economic, environmental, and labor justice, and many more. So stop by and pick up a book (or two or three)! Check out some available titles by clicking here.
This is a partial listing. See more in our public calendar. The PJC is not directly involved in all of these events.
Toxic Whiteness Discussion Group Monday, December 16, 5:30-6:30pm, PJC. A space for white people to process how white supremacy culture is toxic to them. We hope by joining this space, they'll let the emotional needs of POC take priority in multiracial spaces. FREE
Community Voices for Immigrant Rights, Monday, December 16, 5:30-7:30pm, 241 N Winooski Ave.Join us as we work to amplify local organizing efforts in support of immigrant rights with an emphasis on Migrant Justice's No Mas Polimigra campaign. For new and seasoned organizers alike to join in defense of human rights. Free dinner from 5:30-6. Free child care available upon request, please email Women's March VT. Location is wheelchair accessible.FREE
Talking with Kids About Racism Wednesdays January 15, 22, and 29, 5:30-7:30pm Talking With Kids About Racism at The Schoolhouse, South Burlington. This 3 part program is for all concerned about the impact of racism/ white privilege on kids. Talking about racism can be hard--especially with kids, but that does not mean the conversations should be ignored. Learn tools to discuss these issues with children in a meaningful and age-appropriate way. Co-Sponsored by The Schoolhouse Learning Center. Register here.
Fair Trade Labels Presentation, January 25, 2-3pm, PJC. Explore the differences between Fair Trade Certifications, Membership Organizations, and Direct Trade better understand the Fair Trade Movement. Stay after to learn about volunteering at the PJC. FREE
VSECU's We Care 2 gives funds to nonprofits impacting Vermonters' food, shelter, environment, or financial education. Considering equity/justice when addressing these needs should be a priority in the charitable community. If not, we only risk upholding systems that created these circumstances. Visit our
We Care 2 page and write a testimonial (or like comments!) about our work and share what find important about our work, services, and impact.
Pick up a voucher for these shows at PJC and pay $2 cash at the box office. For current PJC
members and volunteers. For information on membership click here. Limited supply!
Student matinee Grades 4-12: December 12, 10am
Daniel Bernard Roumain (DBR) visits VTfor five residencies designed to connect our community, celebrate our individuality and commonality, and present a world view made richer through diversity. Hi work is genre-bending work and, as the son of a Haitian immigrant, his ability to facilitate cultural exchange in our community.
VT Abenaki Artist Association
Student matinee Grades 4-12: December 18, 9:30am
With Nikwôbi, the Abenaki word for “now,” Bryan Blanchette introduces students to Abenaki culture with a performance of traditional and modern Abenaki songs, using contemporary and traditional instruments of the Abenaki people.
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Action Alerts: Justice for Chiri,
Medical Relief for Asylum Seekers
Luis Ulloa, known to his friends as Chiri, was turned over to Boarder Patrol after a car he was in was pulled over by Chittenden County Sherriff Officer Deputy Jeffry Turner. Despite the fact that Chiri wasn't driving, Deputy Turner demanded his ID and promptly called Boarder Patrol when Chiri handed him a Mexican passport.
Deputy Turner’s actions violate his department’s “Fair and Impartial Policing” Policy, but the department stands by Deputy Turner's. Actions like these do nothing more than stoke fear in the immigrant community and emboldened all those who believe in hatred.
Migrant Justice/Justicia Migrante is asking you to call the Sheriff Department to let them know that you disagree with their actions.The department number is 802-863-4341. Here's a sample of what you can say:
"I am appalled by the Sheriff department’s defense of Deputy Turner’s collaboration with Border Patrol to detain Luis Ulloa, our farm worker neighbor. I demand a transparent investigation and full accountability for any violation of the department’s policies."
Vermont Legislator, activist, and nurse Mari Cordes, along with other health care workers with Global Response Management, is going down to this refugee camp at the end of the year to provide medical care and other relief.
Consider donating to the Go-Fund-Me to help raise money for tents, first aid supplies, and other needed items.