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PJC Educational Programs and Events
Peace Team Youth Focus Group Tuesday, October 17, 4-6pm, PJC. Explore the idea of forming a Peace Team to serve the Burlington Area. 
Discussion for those 25 and under. Led by Marina Kisyova. FREE.
 
All-Age Peace Team Focus Group  Wednesday, October 25, 6-8pm, PJC. Explore the idea of forming a Peace Team to serve the Burlington Area. There will be an additional session on November 10 from 1-3.
 Led by Marina Kisyova. FREE. Register.

Cocoa Campaign: Fair and Ethical Chocolate FOR KIDS! Saturday, October 28, 12-1pm, PJC. Led by Amy Crosswhite. FREE. Arrive at 11:30 for
new volunteer orientation.

at the PJC. Sunday, October 29, 3-4pm. FREE.

Peace & Justice Center Annual Meeting Sunday, October 29, 4:30-6:00, PJC. Vote for Board member and much more! Light re freshments served. Open to all. FREE. 
 
Privilege and Accountability for Aspiring Allies November 2 and 7, 6:30-8:30pm, Shelburne Town Hall. Ita Meno and Kyle Silliman-Smith. Register.
 
Cocoa Campaign: Fair and Ethical Chocolate Saturday, November 4, 10-11am, PJC. Learn about the cocoa industry and action steps. FREE
 
Nonviolent Activism for Youth Saturday, November 4, 1-4pm, Kellogg Hubbard Library, Montpelier. FREE

For more info on these events visit the Upcoming Events page on our website or contact us at 863-2345 x6 or program@pjcvt.org
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Flynn Center Vouchers
Pick up a voucher for these shows at PJC and pay $2 cash at the door. For current PJC members and volunteers. For information on membership click here. Come to the Peace & Justice Store to pick up your voucher. Limited supply!
 
Sean Dorsey Dance
October 20, 8pm
While The Missing Generation is about the LGBTQ community, Dorsey projects his message to a broader audience as an invitation to reflect on past biases and identify lingering ones. 
 
Support the PJC when you shop online!




 
The New Poor People's Campaign
Do you know about the Poor People's Campaign ? Justice for All is taking the lead on a Vermont contingent of this revival of the campaign Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr started just before his assassination. If you are interested in joining, it is imperative that you compete a pledge card   to enable those at National to have visibility of our numbers. Please email Mark for more information.

Peace & Justice  Store
This Halloween, buy Fair Trade Chocolate  
at the  
Peace & Justice Store or wherever it is sold!
October 17, 2017
Peace Team Focus Groups
We are exploring the need, feasibility, and interest in creating a nonviolent street team in the Burlington-area. The idea is that this collective could help de-escalate conflict for people with immediate need, walk around the city at night and during times where visible and direct violence is likely to occur, and help prevent violence by offering community members tools to de-escalate conflict and utilize active nonviolence in their day-to-day lives.


There are three opportunities to join the discussion. Today at 4:00 is the first. See the side bar for details on all three. The discussions will be lead by Marina Kisyova, a Community Solutions Fellow from Bulgaria who is working with the PJC on this project.

To get more of a sense of what we are talking about, check out this blog archive for thoughts on Revisioning Securing written by Mica Stumpf when she presented here in Burlington a few years ago. It is still relevant.

From the Blog: Saying "Boo" to the Conventional Cocoa Industry
by Alex Rose, Fair Trade Intern 
 
The 17th and 18th centuries rung in a world that was shifting toward large scale and cheap production, with human rights tossed to the side. High production rate was often linked to slave labor and the original fair trade movement was set in motion as an anti-slavery campaign. Pamphlets and posters educated consumers about the significance of buying slave-free products, which to the shock of the conventional market, resulted in a large drop of sales (Blundell). The idea of consumer power was then a novel idea. The rise of this new concept of trade, in which a purchaser could be held accountable and responsible for what they were buying, would forever change how we look at the modern marketplace.  
 


As a Fair Trade Intern at the PJC and someone who is proud to claim Halloween as
her
favorite holiday, I find myself in a spooky situation regarding my chocolate consumption. Here in the United States, over 90 million pounds of chocolate are purchased in the weeks leading up to October 31st - more than any other holiday (Nielsen)...
 
PJC Annual Meeting
Please join us for our Annual Membership Meeting. This event includes overviews of our current work, voting on new board members, and time for you all to offer input into the work we do going forward.

Sunday, October 29, 4:30-6pm
PJC, 60 Lake St, Burlington
Refreshments will be served

The meeting is open to the public but only current members (including volunteers) can vote for by-law changes and board members. Learn more about the benefits and cost of membership here. The meeting is informal and a great way to get to know more about what we do as a whole and who is involved. RSVP if you can, or just show up.

Before the meeting, from 3-4:30pm there will be a Prospective Facilitator Gathering that you might also be interested in. There are many ways to be involved!
Community Calendar
This is a partial listing. See more events in our public calendar.
 
October 17, Tuesday    
  • 5:30-8pm Volunteer drop-in at 350VT Office, Burlington. Every Tuesday. 
  • 7-8:30pm Champlain Area NAACP meeting. 427A Waterman Building, UVM, Burlington.
October 18, Wednesday    
  • 7:45am-12:30pm Women's Health Initiative Skills-Based Training: Insertion and Removal of Long-Acting Reversible Contraception.  Vermont Health Access, Williston.
  •  6-8pm A Community Response to a Community Problem Public Forum. CCALEOVT: Community Council for Accountability With Law Enforcement Officials. Fletcher Free Library,  Burlington.  
  • 6-8pm Center for Crime Victim Services listening forums. Bennington Free Library, Bennington.
  • 7-9pm Tournees French Film Festival: National Diploma. Cheray Science Hall 111, St Michael's College, Colchester.
  • 7-8:30pm Zero Weeks Film Screening. Caledonia County: Paid Family & Medical Leave Film & Discussion Series. Catamount Arts, St Johnsbury.
October 19, Thursday          October 20, Friday          October 21, Saturday             
  • All day: Localize It! What Resilience Looks Like. 164 Chelsea St, South Royalton.
  • 9am-5pm  Non-Violent Direct Action Training. Bugbee Center, White River Junction. Hosted by Upper Valley Affinity Group. Register here.
  • 9:30am-3:30pm Nonviolence: Power for Peace & Justice. Holy Family Parish Hall, Essex Junction. Preregister here.
  • 10am-12pm Caroline Fund Pro Se Legal Clinic. Lawline of Vermont, Burlington. Every Saturday.
  • 10am-12pm Vets for Peace meeting. Kellogg-Hubbard Library, Montpelier.
  • 10am-4pm VTIPL's Conference: Building Local Resilience, Inspiring Climate Action! Deb Markowitz, Keynote Speaker. First Congo, Manchester.
  • 7:30-9pm Artists' Imperative: Immigrant. Maglianero Cafe, Burlington.
October 22, Sunday         
  • All day: Localize It! What Resilience Looks Like. 164 Chelsea St, South Royalton.
  • 3-4pm Rare and Unusual Vermont Plants with Robert Popp. Rokeby Museum, Ferrisburgh.
October 23, Monday          October 24, Tuesday         
  • 6-8pm SURJ-BTV. First Unitarian Universalist Society, Burlington.
October 25, Wednesday         
  • 6-8pm Center for Crime Victim Services listening forums. Community College of Vermont, Newport.
  • 7-8:30pm Zero Weeks Film Screening and Discussion Series. Middlebury College, Middlebury.
October 27, Friday         
  • 6-8pm Raise Up VT Forum & Discussion with Anu Partanen. Unitarian Church, Montpelier.
October 28, Saturday          October 29, Sunday         
  • 4-6:30pm Break the Silence Sneak Preview. Latchis Arts, Brattleboro.
  • 4:30-6pm PJC Annual Meeting. PJC.
October 30, Monday          October 31, Tuesday          November 1, Wednesday          November 2, Thursday         

Please email events for our google calendar and enews. 
Action Highlight: Don't de-regulate gun silencers
Last month in Congress, the House Committee on Natural Resources passed a bill, HR 3668, that would deregulate silencers on firearms. The measure passed along partisan lines, and is strongly backed by President Trump, Donald Jr., and the NRA (to boost profits). Silencers make it tougher for police to identify the sound of gun shots and locate active shooters, as they muffle the noise and mask muzzle flash. They've been regulated since the 1930's for good reason: criminals covet them.

More than 900,000 silencers are currently in private hands; this bill would allow private sales of those silencers without any background check.

Now would be a good time to call Rep. Peter Welch (202) 225-4115 asking him to oppose this.  HR 3668 puts profits above public safety.

(Thank you Bob Williamson, GunSense Vermont member, for alerting us to this action.)
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