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Upcoming Events
"Beyond the Safety Pin" Workshop,  Sunday, November 20, 2-4:00,
Have you seen articles about wearing a safety pin? Have you been wearing one? Do you want to wear one? In the wake of the national election physical and verbal assaults towards Muslims, queer folks, and people of color have increased. Many of us want to be prepared to respond and interrupt an incident if it happens around us. Come to a two hour interactive workshop to create a plan, practice nonviolent intervention skills, and increase your confidence in being a safe person.

We are delighted that Diana (pronounced Dee-ahna) Gonzalez has offered to bring this program to our space free of charge for all interested. Diana is an educator with over 15 years experience in experiential education for social change.

Participants are encouraged to arrive at 1:30 p.m. for tea and mingling, the program will begin at 2:00 p.m. Space is limited so please register online or call 863-2345 x6.

"The Pitkin Kids Learn About Recycling!" by John Powell, Book Reading and Signing, Friday, November 18, 5-6pm, at the PJC. Call 863-2345 x2 for more info.

PJC Volunteer Orientation
Saturday, November 26, 3-4pm. Led by Kristen Connors, includes a presentation on Fair Trade vs Free Trade. Email or call 863-2345 x9

"One Bead at a Time" by Beverly Little Thunder, Book Release and Signing
Thursday, December 15, 5-7:30pm, at the PJC. Call 863-2345 x2 for more info.

Save the Date:
PJC Social Justice Award Ceremony honoring  
Rising Tide Vermont with presentation by 
Bill McKibben .
Thursday, January 19, 6:00pm. Details pending.  
Flynn Center Vouchers

Pick up a voucher for these shows at PJC and redeem it at the Flynn for a $2 ticket. For current PJC members and volunteers. For more information on PJC membership click here.

Limited supply! Email to confirm availability. 
11/18 at 8pm AXIS Dance Company.   "Audien ces unaccustomed to se
eing such inventive movement generated from what could be considered limitation may find themselves re-evaluating their own ideas of artistic perfection." -Chicago Tribune   

11/29 at 9:30am Peter Rabbit matinee and 6pm Peter Rabbit evening show. 
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Hours are subject to change. Call 802-863-2345 x2 to confirm.
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November 15, 2016
Responding to Racism at Champlain College
By Brattina Fields, PJC Racial Justice Intern and
Champlain College Legal Studies Student

The head of Champlain College's Office of Diversity & Inclusion, Amé Lambert, was recently on a hiatus to finish her PhD dissertation. This caused a temporary halt in some of the work of the Office including many activities that are centered around racial justice.

In early October, a very serious racial incident occurred at Spinner Place, Champlain's off-campus apartment building: a student spray-painted "white power" on an announcement board outside of the elevator.   
Medea Benjamin's visit
Medea Benjamin book tour
Medea Benjamin book tour

We were honored to host Medea Benjamin on her book tour for "Kingdom of the Unjust: Behind the U.S.-Saudi Connection" on October 26. For those who couldn't join us, you can now watch the program here. Find out more about Medea's work with Code Pink and get involved!

 Special thanks to Channel 17 for recording the event.

In preparation for family and community gatherings that are ripe for racist renditions of our country's origin, we suggest these three articles:

The Suppressed Speech of Wamsutta
350 Years after invading this continent, in 1970, Wamsutta James, a Wampanoag Man. was asked to join in a Thanksgiving event and share his perspective. Had his speech not been censored, this is what he would have said. 

Deconstructing the Myths of Thanksgiving
Local Abenaki activist, artist and author, Judy Dow, wrote this paper to assist students, parents and teachers in thinking critically about this holiday.

Thanksgiving: A Native American View
This piece, written by Jacqueline Keeler of the Dineh Nation, speaks of hope and the possibility for healing.

Let us know how your conversations around the dinner table go!

Pitkin Kids Book Reading and Signing

Curious about where recyclables go after you put them on your curb to be picked up? Author John Powell and Illustrator Rob Blum share the adventures of the Pitkin Kids as they visit a local Materials Recovery Facility. Throughout this book, the group of kids share unique ideas and knowledge on how to recycle and why it's important.

Join us for a book reading and signing with the author plus an upcycling art activity for kids and light refreshments.

Thursday, November 17, 5-6:00, at Peace & Justice Store. For more information, call 863-2345 x2 or check out the
Facebook Event.
Other Community Events
Tuesday, November 15
  • 6-8pm "Defying the Nazis - The Sharp's War" film screening at the 1st Unitarian Universalist Society, Burlington. Join an American couple's courageous mission in 1939 to help refugees escape Nazi-occupied Europe.  A film by Ken Burns and Artemis Joukowsky. Child care provided.
  • 6-8pm Support and empowerment gathering/group for people of color. Facilitated by Vicki Garrison, MS, LCMHC, and Michael Hill Jr., MSW to provide the opportunity for people of color to hold space together, process the impact of recent social and political matters in a safe/understanding/validating forum, and be resources of support for one another. At PJC.
  • 6-7:30pm Meeting to form a Burlington Chapter of SURJ (Standing Up for Racial Justice). Focus on white people taking responsibility for racism. Fletcher Free Library, Burlington.
  • 7-8:30pm Champlain Area NAACP meeting at 427A Waterman Building, UVM. Meetings are every second Tuesday of the month. More information.
Wednesday, November 16
  • 12:00-1:00 Rally in Solidarity with Standing Rock TD Bank, 111 Main St, Burlington Join Rights and Democracy to stand in solidarity with the protectors at Standing Rock and help raise awareness of TD Bank's investment in the Dakota Access Pipeline (DAPL). More info here


6:30-8pm The Coalition for a Livable City is a an alliance of Burlington, Vermont community groups working together to restore threatened public processes in defense of the environment, quality of life, transparency in governance, and democratic participation to our city. Meet at PJC.


Thursday, November 17
  • 7-9pm Fearing the End of Privilege: Race, Violence, and National Politics with Tim Wise who is one of the most prominent national and international authors, speakers, trainers, and activists on Race and Institutional racism and White privilege in the US. Dion Family Student Center, Saint Michael's College, Colchester, VT. More info: Moise St Louis at 802-654-2663.
  •  8pm Victor Jara Tribute Band at the Light Club Lamp Shop, 12 N. Winooski Ave, Burlington. Celebrate the life and music of Chilean singer-songwriter, Victor Jara, brutally murdered following a fascist coup in 1973. 
Friday, November 18
  • 11am to noon Interfaith Clergy Speak Out Against Hate in VT press conference at the Statehouse.
Saturday, November 19
  • 10am Veterans for Peace, Will Miller Green Mountain Chapter meets monthly in Montpelier's Kellogg-Hubbard Library.
  • 12 noon-1:15pm, Presente Vigil to Protest the School of the Americas at Burlington City Hall. After a brief silent march, we will gather in a circle and remember those killed by graduates of the SOA/WHINSEC and renew our nonviolent commitment to shut it down. Join Pax Christi Burlington, Northeast Sisters of Mercy, and the Peace & Justice Center for this annual event as we remember the six Jesuit priest scholars, their housekeeper, and her teenage daughter shot to death at the University of El Salvador. We remember Archbishop Oscar Romero, a bullet pierced his heart as hecelebrated Mass in the Cathedral of San Salvador. We remember Jean Donovan and Catholic Sisters Ida Ford, Dorothy Kazel, Maura Clarke, raped and murdered on a back road in El Salvador. In every instance their murderers were trained in the United States at the U.S. Army School of the Americas.
Monday, November 21
  • 5pm Power to the Poets. Kellogg-Hubbard Library, Montpelier VT. More information.
Thursday, December 1
  • 7-8:30pm With the heart of an agitator and the soul of a storyteller, inequality expert Chuck Collins, author of  Born on Third Base, offers bold new solutions for bridging the economic divide and re-engaging the wealthy in rebuilding communities for a resilient future. Co-sponsored by 1st UU Society's Economic Justice Task Force and Chelsea Green Publishing. At the 1st UU Society, 152 Pearl St, Burlington.
Friday, December 2
  • 7-9pm 350VT benefit concert with Billy Wylder at Arts Riot, Burlington.
Saturday, December 3
  • 6:30-11:00, 8th Annual Shake Off Dance Party! to benefit Vermont Access to Reproductive Freedom (VARF) at Main Street Landing Union Station, Burlington. This best dance party of the year is a mainstay of VARF's abortion fund. Suggested donation $15-$150.
    Nobody turned away. With sponsorship from Main Street Landing. See facebook for more info..
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.
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