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In This Issue
Wanted: Music!
The stereo in our store has bit the dust. Do you have a stereo with an auxiliary jack and/or speakers that you can donate?
PJC Educational Programs & Events
Wednesday,September 5, 5-9pm. Bluebird BBQ will donate 10% of the entire evening's sales to the PJC. Call Bluebird to make a reservation 802-448-3070 or at bluebirdbbq.com.
 
Understanding Fair Trade Labels
Saturday, September 8, 2-3pm , PJC. Learn about the Fair Trade Movement, and differences between various certifications. Join Volunteer Orientation at 1:30pm. FREE.
 
Sunday, September 9, 10am-5pm , at Barre Civic Center, See article in this issue for more information.
 
Seeing and Disrupting Racism Sunday September 17, 6 7:30pm,  at the Unitarian Church, Montpelier. In partnership with NASW VT. This program was developed for white audiences because efforts to end racism do not fall solely on the oppressed. Learn how white fragility upholds racism and specific ways to disrupt that cycle. FREE.
 
Wednesday, September 19 7-9pm , Davis Center, UVM, Burlington . Atomic bomb survivors from Hiroshima and Nagasaki will join disarmament educators on a panel. This group will discuss the historic, ethical, human and environmental consequences of nuclear weapons and efforts including ratifying the UN treaty to prohibit nuclear weapons.    
 
Thursday, September 20, 6-8pm, PJC. A space for people of color to share their experiences. Open to all POC. FREE.
 
Banana Industry Presentation, Saturday, September 22, 2-3pm, PJC.
Learn how millions of residents in the banana lands, banana production means social upheaval, violence and pesticide poisoning. FREE.
 
Inside Iran: Author Talk with Medea Benjamin  Tuesday, September 26, 6pm , PJC. This book highlights the heroic efforts of Iranians to live in a more open, more democratic society free of outside interference. It also traces how Western sanctions have affected life in Iran and delves into Iran's tumultuous relationship with the U.S. and its neighbors. FREE .
 
Talking with Kids about Racism, Tuesdays, September 26, October 2, and 9, 6:30-8:30pm, at St. Mike's College, Colchester. ´╗┐This event is designed to help people see and address racism with children in an age-appropriate and dynamic way. It is facilitated by Hal Colston and Emma Redden. FREE for youth, no one turned away for lack of funds.
 
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August 21, 2018
Thank You Muslim Girls Making Change


The incredible slam poetry group Muslim Girls Making Change held their final performance before heading off for college. We were humbled to learn that they had decided to double their performance as a fundraiser for the Peace & Justice Center. Through their time together, these four incredible individuals have inspired people around the country -- including us! -- to have open hearts and open minds. We wish Kiran, Hawa, Lena, and Balkisa nothing but luck with their journey through college. We know that they will continue to do amazing things.

Click here to watch MGMCs final performance.

MGMC was the recipient of many awards including the PJC's Ed Evert's Peace and Social Justice Award. Read about it here.
From the Blog: Veterans for Peace
 - by  Richard Czaplinski, President  Will Miller Green Mountain Veterans For Peace (Chapter 57)
 
"I'm for peace, but not your kind of peace." So said a man as he came up close to me while I led the Vermont Veterans For Peace (VFP) "Budget Banner" down State Street during the July 3, 2018, Montpelier Parade.  
 
My mind went somewhat blank, not even thinking of responding. As we continued down the street, my mind began working again, thinking, questioning; "Hmm! Different kinds of peace? What kind of peace is he for? What kind of peace does he think VFP is for? What kind of peace is VFP for?" 

Veterans for Peace's banner demonstrates how much of the federal budget supports war. See the flag in the Montpelier Labor Day Parade.  Email Richard if you want to be involved.
 
Refugee Resettlement Program Clothing Drive
Shopping for new clothes is a staple of the back to school season but not everyone is able to do it. You can help kids heading back to school by donating gently used or new clothes to the clothing drive organized by the Vermont Refugee Resettlement Program. There is a drop off box at the Peace & Justice Center.

No One is Above the Law


Groups around Vermont are poised to take action should Trump act definitively to disrupt Mueller's investigation. Learn more about the plan here.

Please sign up to receive a message if these protests are called for. Click here to find the protest closest to you and sign up to come.

If you are in the Burlington-area, we are expecting 1000s of participants should this occur. Please sign up to volunteer and help us make this a safe and meaningful event. Some of these events can be done in advance and some are for the day of.

Let's hope we don't need to host these protests AND let's be ready if we do!
Community Calendar
This is a partial listing. See more in our public calendar .

August 21, Tuesday
August 22, Wednesday
August 23, Thursday
August 25, Saturday
August 28, Tuesday
  • 6-8pm SURJ-BTV at First Unitarian Universalist Society, Burlington.
August 30, Thursday September 3, Monday September 4, Tuesday
  • 6-8pm 350VT meeting, 22 Church St, Burlington.
September 5, Wednesday
  • 6-8pm RAD Organizing Team Meeting. 423 Main St, Bennington.
  • 6-8pm Families United at The Root Social Justice Center, Brattleboro.
September 6, Thursday September 7, Friday
  Please email us events for our google calendar and enews.
 
Sunday, September 9th in Barre.  Gather, bond, and learn at this youth-led event.  Visit our website to learn more and register. Youth presenters are still needed. If you are interested in presenting, please indicate it on your registration. 
 
Action Highlight: Ban Confederate Flags at VT State Fair

The Confederate flag represents the long, painful history of racism and slavery in America. This flag has no place in Vermont and it especially has no place at the Vermont State Fair.  Sign this petition
to tell the Vermont State Fair to ban the sale and display of Confederate flags and merchandise because everyone deserves to feel safe and welcome at the fair.  
 
Meanwhile, the Champlain Valley Fair posted the following on facebook: "We have received inquiries with regards to the sale of Confederate flags at the Champlain Valley Fair. It has been our practice and will continue to be our practice not to allow the sale of any items with the Confederate flag on it. We will remain proactive with our concessionaires and vendors to ensure this practice continues." Please fb message them, or email, to say "Thank you for your practice of not allowing the sale of items with the Confederate flag on them. Please ensure that this becomes a written policy." The Executive Director is Tim Shea and he can be reached at info@cvexpo.org.
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