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In This Issue
PJC Educational Programs & Events
Tuesday, July 9, 12-1pm, PJC.This space is held specifically for white folks to process how white supremacy culture is toxic to white communities and people. FREE  
 
Fair Trade 101, Wed, July 10, 6-7pm, Plainfield Coop, 153 Main St, Plainfield. Learn the history of global trade and how it has historically come at the expense of marginalized people in the Global South, and examine the Fair Trade Movement is an alternative. FREE.   
 
Thursday, July 11, 5:30-7pm, Rights & Democracy 241 N Winooski Ave, Burlington.
For far too long we've looked away. Now is the time to come together and plan ways to support both local and national efforts seeking immigrant justice. Join us to discuss how to ensure our efforts are long-term, sustained, and supportive of local and national orgs doing the work on the ground. Arrive early (5:30) for food and conversation. Childcare provided. FREE
 
Black is the Body book discussion Friday, July 12, 6:30-8:30pm at the PJC. This is part of our Pledge to Stand for Racial Justice/Stand with Kiah book discussion series. There is a wait list for this program.
 
Fair Trade Labels  Saturday, July 27, 2-3pm, PJC Explore the differences between FT Certifications, Direct Trade, and FT Membership Organizations to better understand the Fair Trade Movement. Stay after to learn about volunteer opportunities at PJC. FREE.
 
Black Beauty Sunday, August 18, 2-5pm at Center for Whole Communities, 209 Battery St, Burlington. Facilitated by Mercedes Mack and Zymora Davinchi. This program hopes to help those of the African diaspora understand the history of black beauty and how these beauty standards have evolved over time in the hands of colonization, slavery, and Jim Crow. It aims to encourage them to embrace their beauty and be proud of being black. This program was designed by and for people of African descent. FREE
 
For more info on these events visit  Upcoming Events or contact   program@pjcvt.org
Quick Links
Tech Volunteer Needed
The PJC is looking for a new tech volunteer.  We are hoping to find someone who has time and passion to support our work! Preferably someone who knows the Windows Server Operating System, PCI compliance, troubleshooting PC and ipad issues, can do remote fixes, can keep our wordpress website updated. Sound like you or someone you know? Contact Wendy Coe at wcoe@PJCVT.org!
Voices for Palestine
Palestinian Kids Don't Belong in Cages: Support HR 2407- Mark Hage,  Vermonters for Justice in Palestine 
 
Eight weeks ago, in the occupied West Bank, Israeli soldiers, full armed, descended on an elementary school for Palestinian kids in the city of Hebron. They abducted a  nine-year-old named Zein .   (The arrest was  captured on video .)
The Israeli military  routinely subjects Palestinian children to horrific treatment , including choke holds, forced detention, and violent interrogation.  
 
This systemic child abuse is sanctioned by the Israeli government and subsidized with Americans taxes.
 
A New Mosque for the VT Islamic Society

The Islamic Society of Vermont needs your help to raise the $500,000 they need to get a new mosque. You can make their dream of having a place that will be able to accommodate the growing Muslim community by donating to their GoFundMe
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July 9, 2019

Statement on Israel, Palestine, and Boycott, Divestment, and Sanctions
Approved by Peace & Justice Center Board of Directors

Over the years, the Peace & Justice Center (PJC) has raised concerns over the militaristic, anti-democratic tendencies of many countries as well as criticized U.S. foreign policy, military aid, and sales that exacerbate tensions and feed continued violence in the world.

The Israeli-Palestinian situation continues to deteriorate. The Peace & Justice Center is committed to nonviolence and seeks a world in which Palestinians and Israelis live in equality and dignity, and with national self-determination. We are both saddened and angered by the continued violence perpetrated by Hamas and the State of Israel and by United States' complicity in it all.

In this statement, we focus our concern on the State of Israel. It has the greatest military and institutional power in the region and is in a position to be a force for peaceful change. It is also the most democratic nation in the region, and the PJC is committed to its survival.
From the Blog: White Nationalism: Fight Racism and Anti-Semitism Simutaneously
-Rachel Siegel, PJC Executive Director

Image from NPR

There has been a clear uptick in overt White Nationalism in Vermont. Off the top of my head I know of Patriot Front fliers that were posted in St Albans, Richmond, and Winooski, a large Patriot Front banner dropped off a downtown parking garage in Burlington, and KKK displays in Shelburne. Multiple Synagogues have been marred with graffiti, a Hinesburg High School and a farm in Craftsbury were both defaced, and an immigrant POC-owned market as well as the Pride Center in Burlington have also been marked. The fear and stress of living as a person of color, Jewish, Muslim, queer, an immigrant, and other marginalized folks, is so palpable that people who don't live those identities can no longer deny it. Marginalized people have always been threatened. The threats are more visible to more people now.

Groups will need to band together to overcome this hatred. One of the problems we've seen on the left is the way our groups splinter. We lack the decades-long strategies and finances that conservatives have.
Fair Trade 101 in at the Plainfield Co-op


Join us for Fair Trade 101: Global Trade and Racism, at the Plainfield Community Center, located directly above the Plainfield Co-op on July 10, 6pm. In this presentation you'll learn more about the history of global trade and how it has historically come at the expense of marginalizing native nations. This hour long presentation is free and open to the public so stop by!
Community Calendar
This is a parti al listing. See more in our public  calendar .
The PJC is not directly involved in all of these events. If you have questions about a non-PJC event, please reach out to the organization listed.   

July 9, Tuesday
July 10, Wednesday
July 11, Thursday
July 12, Friday
  • 5-6pm, F-35 Weekends at Bernie's office, 1 Church St, Burlington. Every Friday
July 13, Saturday
July 14, Sunday
July 15, Monday
  • 5:30-8pm, Youth 4 Change. The Root Social Justice Center, Brattleboro
July 16, Tuesday
July 17, Wednesday
July 18, Thursday
July 20, Saturday
  • 9:30am-3:30pm, Pride Hikes: Return to Snake Mountain. Meet at Shaw's, Shelburne Rd, Burlington
  • 10am-12pm, Champlain Valley Amnesty International meeting. Brownell Library, Essex Junction
  • 10am-12pm, Will Miller Green Mountain Veterans For Peace, Chapter 57 meeting. Hunger Mountain Co-op, Montpelier
  • 9:30pm-12am, Pride Center: Whatever Floats Your Boat 3. Get tickets here. Spirit of Ethan Allen, Burlington
July 21, Sunday
  • 7-8:30pm, Central VT Climate Action meeting. UU Church, Montpelier

Please email us events for our google calendar and enews
Action Highlight: Resisting Trumps Immigration Policies
 
Don't let the horror of what's happening in our country paralyze you. The situation is not new (see the History of Concentration Camps in the US) but because there is heightened awareness, we are in a moment of possible change. Below are things that you can do to help with the humanitarian crisis created by inhumane immigration policies. This is not a time to sit back. Please do at least one of these suggestions.

 
Donate your frequent flier miles: 
         
Click here to pledge your airline miles to help get lawyers working pro bono to the border.
 
Donate money:
    1. Migrant Justice, our statewide organizing group for immigrant farmworkers in Vermont.
    2. American Civil Liberties Union is focusing on defending the rights of immigrant families
    3. The Refugee and Immigrant Center for Education and Legal Services (RAICES)  is a non-profit focused on "providing free and low-cost legal services to under-served immigrant children, families and refugees in Central and South Texas
    4. Texas Civil Rights Project (TCRP) is "helping families at the US border get legal advice and translation services," and is interviewing families to document what is happening to ensure they are reunited as quickly as possible.
    5.  The Florence Project provides free legal services to detained immigrants in Arizona.
    6. Project Corazon Travel Fund to send more lawyers (particularly Spanish-speaking immigration lawyers) to the detention centers and refugee camps where help is desperately needed.
Sign:

Please sign this petition demanding the release of Ismael Mendez, Mario Diaz, and Ubertoni Aguilar who were arrested in Derby, VT and have now been processed for deportation.

Show up:
    1. If you are in the Burlington-area, please join us for Community Voices for Immigrant Rights to plan strategies and actions. This Thursday, 5:30-7:30, 241 No Winooski Ave (Rights and Democracy's office). Dinner and childcare provided.
    2. Lights for Liberty: A Vigil to End Human Concentration Camps. July 12th is being called for as a national day of action to close the migrant and refugee camps that have been created along the US-Mexico border and inside the interior, and to let all the migrants and refugees into the country with protected status. This is also being organized under the auspices of Light of Liberty. So far, there are 12 events across Vermont.
    3. New Hampshire Immigrant Solidarity Network is planning a Solidarity Walk from Concord, NH to Dover August 21 to 24. There are other groups organizing to walk there from Boston and to bike there from Montpelier.  Sign up for the Concord leg here. They will converge in Madbury for the final part of the walk and have an action at the jail on the 24th.
       
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