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In This Issue
PJC Educational Programs & Events
Seeing and Disrupting RacismTuesday, April 9,  7-9pm,  Montpelier Senior Center. Become more conscious of racial power, prejudice, and how this informs personal action. No one turned away for lack of funds.

Learning Nonviolence: Lunch Counter Sit-In Thursday, April 11, 7-8pm, Richmond Free Library.  This interactive theater presentation takes place in 1960. An African American college student (a fictional composite character) conducts a training session for people wanting to join a student sit-in to protest racial segregation. The student speaks about the recent protests in Greensboro, North Carolina, and coaches you (members of the audience) in the philosophy and tactics of nonviolent direct action. FREE
 
Wednesday, April 17, 12-1pm, PJC. This space is held specifically to process how white supremacy culture is toxic to white people. The hope is that this work help white people engage in collective liberation, rather then white savior behavior. FREE.

 UVM Davis Center. 
Bananas have been promoted as wholesome and healthy, but behind the smiling Miss Chiquita propaganda lies a past and present system of terrorism, worker exploitation, biological disasters, and environmental damage. After learning about the oppressive banana industry, we will discuss new perspectives and action steps. FREE

POC in VT Affinity Group  Thursday, April 18, 6-8pm, PJC. This program is led by people of color, for people of color. It is a monthly gathering for POC to come together to share their experiences and explore their identities. You do not have had to attend previous meetings in order to come. FREE.  

Banana Industry PresentationSaturday, April 27, 2-3pm,   PJC.
Learn about the oppressive banana industry. Brainstorm solutions and create tangible action steps. Stick around after the event to learn about volunteer opportunities at PJC. FREE

Sunday, May 19, 12-5:30, Social Justice Symposium and Block Party , Rutland High School.Come learn about groups working in the Rutland area that need more people power! The day will end with a Rutland-style block party from 4-5pm!  $15 general public; free under 25. No one turned away for lack of funds. Snacks included! The PJC is working with a Planning Team that includes organizers from: Rutland Area NAACP, Rutland Free Library, Castleton Indivisible, Rutland Unitarian Universalist Church, Grace Church, Turning Point Center, and Rutland High School.

Learning Nonviolence: Activism 101May 7, 7-9pm, Richmond Free Library.  Learn aspects of Kingian Nonviolence, build knowledge of successful nonviolent campaigns, explore how our own identities impact this activism, and engage in role play. FREE

Screening of "The Way Home: Women Talk About Race in America" Tuesday, May 21, 7-9pm at the Montpelier Senior Activity Center. Over the course of eight months, sixty-four women representing a cross-section of cultures (Indigenous, African-American, Arab/Middle Eastern, Asian, European-American, Jewish, Latina, and Multiracial) came together to share their experience of racism in America. With uncommon courage, the women speak their hearts and minds about resistance, love, assimilation, standards of beauty, power, school experiences, and more. Register in advance at the Montpelier Senior Activity Center office at 58 Barre Street or by calling 223-2518. Limited space.

 
For more info on these events visit Upcoming Events or contact program@pjcvt.org
Quick Links
PJC Summer Internships
Voices for Palestine
GOLEM
 
 
"Israel has launched air attacks on Gaza hours after rockets were allegedly fired near Tel Aviv, raising fears of a major escalation in the Israeli-Palestinian conflict." 

No matter what the provocation (if any) and no matter how disproportionate the response, the same comment will be heard from many Jewish mouths: "Israel has the right to defend itself." But concerning this, Jewish wisdom has a tale to tell - the story of The Golem.

Prospective Facilitator Gather
Interested in learning about being a facilitator for our educational programming? Come to our next Prospective Facilitator Gathering on April 29 from 5:30-6:45 at the PJC. Email Program@PJCVT.org to sign up. Facilitators needed throughout the state. Video conference participation available.
Community Job Openings

EarthWalk Vermont  is seeking a new  Executive Director EarthWalk Vermont is a non-profit community and nature-based education organization with a mission to inspire and empower children, families, and communities to reconnect with and care for one another and the Earth. Please visit  the 
Executive Director Candidate Packet  to learn more about the position. 


ACLU of Vermont
ACLU-VT is two hiring for two  new jobs: A  Campaign Director    to manage their Smart  Justice campaign and other  advocacy initiatives, and a part time  Budget & Finance Manager. Visit the respective links for more.
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April 2, 2019
CANBVT
Citizens Against Nuclear Bombers in Vermont (CANBVT) is hosting "Madder than MAD! The F-35: Pentagon's newest nuclear weapon system" public forum. L earn about the nuclear threats posed by the basing of F-35 jets at the Burlington International Airport.
 
Speakers include:
  • Ben Cohen: Co-founder of Ben & Jerry's
  • Colonel Rosanne Greco (Ret.): Former Intelligence Officer and Nuclear Weapons Expert
  • Chuck Spinney: Former Engineer and Analyst for the Office of the Secretary of Defense
  • Pierre Sprey: Co-designer of the F-16 and A-10
Friday, April 12th at 7:00 PM (doors open at 6:30 PM), First Unitarian Universalist Church, 152 Pearl Street in Burlington. This is a free event; n
o tickets needed, but donations are appreciated. If you aren't near Burlington, you can still sign the petition to stop the nuclear bombers from coming. 
From the Blog: Banana Land: Blood, Bullets and Poison
Join us for a free screening of
Wednesday, April 17, 7-9pm at the UVM Davis Center
 
-Ariane Goldsmith, Fair Trade Intern 
 
After studying environmental justice for a few years, I have come to understand that the majority of production under capitalism is exploitative and deadly. Learning about so many case studies exposing environmental injustices all over the world has ingrained the "disappointed but not surprised" attitude in my mind. Still, every time I learn about another example of how capitalism and human greed has let us down, I feel even more committed to the movement toward justice. The 2014 documentary Banana Land: Blood, Bullets and Poison exposes the atrocities committed by Chiquita Brands International and other multinational corporations like Dole Food Company and Del Monte Foods. 
 
These corporations create banana republics (countries with economies that rely on the exportation of resources for foreign corporations) in the Global South. The film begins with the story of banana plantations in Colombia in the early 20th century and the consequent Santa Marta Massacre on December 6, 1928. On this day, banana workers were protesting their unjust working conditions when the United Fruit Company (Chiquita's predecessor), the Colombian government, and the United States embassy labeled the protesters as "communists and radicals" and justified murdering over 1000 people in the crowd. This massacre set the stage for the injustices that continue today in banana republics.  
Diversity Conference


Friday, April 12, 2019 at the Hilton Hotel, 60 Battery Street, Burlington, VT

The 2019 Diversity Conference will explore the challenges and possibilities that are faced in the workplace today, and will also seek to explore the leadership roles that are exercised as we try to empower ourselves and our communities of color. The speakers will include public intellectuals and scholars who are able to address diversity and inclusion.



Featuring a keynote speech from Jim St. Germain, author of A Stone of Hope, a panel presentation on diversity in the workplace, a presentation on Opioids from a Diverse Perspectiveand more. Visit the Greater Burlington Multicultural Resource Centers website for more information. 
Community Calendar
This is a parti al listing. See more in our public  calendar .
 
April 3, Wednesday
April 4, Thursday
April 5, Friday
April 6, Saturday
April 7, Sunday
April 8, Monday
April 9, Tuesday

April 10, Wednesday
April 11, Thursday
April 12, Friday
April 13, Saturday
April 14, Sunday
  • 2-5:30pm Soul Food Sundays. POC Gathering. The Root Social Justice Center, Brattleboro.

April 15, Monday

April 16, Tuesday
  • 5-8pm Community Health and Wellness Fair. Burlington High School.
  • 6-8pm 350VT meeting. 179 South Winooski Ave, # 201, Burlington.
  • 7-8:30pm Champlain Area NAACP meeting. 427A Waterman Building, UVM, Burlington.

April 17, Wednesday
  • 6- 8pm Families United. The Root Social Justice Center, Brattleboro.
  • 6:30-8pm Coalition for a Livable City. Peace & Justice Center, Burlington.
  • 7-9pm Banana Land Documentary Screening. Room 422, UVM Davis Center, Burlington.

Please email us events for our google calendar and enews
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Action Highlight: Next Steps Climate Walk
 
 
350Vermont will join with Migrant Justice, Sierra Club-VT Chapter, Sunrise Middlebury, Vermont Racial Justice Alliance, 350.org co-founder Bill McKibben, and allied groups on the Next Steps Climate Walk . They will be walking to advocate for collective liberation through racial, economic, and migrant justice, over 200 walk ers will begin the 350 Vermont organized Next Steps Climate Solutions Walk this Friday.
 
Starting in Middlebury, they will walk for five days to the State House in Montpelier to urge legislators to pass one of the three bills that would ban or limit the expansion of fossil fuel pipes and infrastructure in Vermont: H.51, S.66 and H.175. Since the release of the IPCC report last year, grassroots groups have been working to build momentum for climate action to match the scale of the crisis.
 
Visit 350's website for more information and to learn how you can get involved.

Key Public Events during the walk:
  • Next Steps kickoff, Middlebury Town Green, April 5th @ 10am
  • Outdoor worship ceremony, Geprags Park, Hinesburg April 7th @ 10am
  • Mass Action, Montpelier, April 9th: Begins at Christ Church at 1pm, arrives at State House 1:45pm.
The walking route follows as:
  • Day 1 - April 5th, Middlebury to Bristol. Theme: Reunion - Building community and our relationships with each other, 11 miles. 
  • Day 2 - April 6th, Bristol to Hinesburg. Theme: Resistance - Bearing witness to the pipeline, 17 miles 
  • Day 3 - April 7th, Hinesburg to Richmond. Theme: Reimagine - shifting consciousness, 11 miles 
  • Day 4 - April 8th, Richmond to Middlesex. Theme: Recreate - seeking solutions, alternatives, transitions, 19 miles 
  • Day 5 - April 9th, Middlesex to Montpelier. Theme: Reform - speaking truth to power, 7 miles
If you can't join the march, consider coming to the action on the last day in Montpelier and/or sponsoring a marcher.
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