-- Believe survivors, believe the staff at HOPE Works.
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In This Issue
PJC Educational Programs & Events
Toxic Whiteness Discussion Group Wednesday, January 16, 12-1pm, PJC. This space is held specifically to process how white supremacy culture is toxic to white people. The hope is that by joining this space, white people will be better able to allow for the emotional needs of people of color to take priority in multi-racial spaces. FREE.
POC in VT Affinity Group Thursday, January 17, 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.

Jeffersonville Racial Justice Study Circle Saturday, January 19, 6-8pm, Second Congregational UCC in Jeffersonville. Facilitators will offer a brave space to explore what racism is, why it is often difficult for white communities and individuals to see it, and racial justice within the Jeffersonville community.  FREE.
Participatory Cesar Chavez Play Monday, January 21, 10:30am at ECHO. Celebrate MLK Day by learning and telling the story of Cesar Chavez, a leader who, like Dr. Martin Luther King Jr., used the strategy of nonviolence in action to organize and build power with oppressed people. A fun play will be shared by children who can make signs, and/or perform. FREE. 

Bakersfield Racial Justice Study Circle Wednesday, January 23, 6-8pm, United Church of Bakersfield & Fairfield in Bakersfield. Facilitators will offer a brave space to explore what racism is, why it is often difficult for white communities and individuals to see it, and racial justice within the Barkersfield community. FREE
Fair Trade Labels Saturday, January 26, 2-3 pm, PJC. Explore the differences between Fair Trade Certifications, Fair Trade Membership Organizations, and Direct Trade to help better understand the Fair Trade Movement. Stay after to learn about volunteering at the PJC. FREE
Jan 29, Feb 5, 12, & 19, 6:30-8:30pm, St Michael's College, Colchester. Increase your skills to effectively build support with colleagues, neighbors, and other community members to address racial oppression. Participants will explore their own identities and practice taking action to address microaggressions and interrupt oppression in real time. supported by the Civil Rights Alliance through the MOVE office at St. Mike's. Sign-up here 
For more info on these events visit Upcoming Events or contact program@pjcvt.org.
Voices for Palestine
Our Freedom of Speech Threatened
by Khalid Myshkin &  
Kat O'Donnell,  VTJP

Recently, there has been an active crackdown on freedom of expression here in the U.S. when it comes to speaking out about injustices done to Palestinians in the historic land of Palestine and abroad. Anti-boycott bills have been enacted in 23 US states and now comes an attempt to create a federal law encompassing them all...
The bill refers to the right of Americans to boycott Israel as "discriminatory activity," a ludicrous claim, since the discrimination that is actively taking place right now consists of Israeli land grabbing, house demolitions, checkpoints, the blockade and frequent bombings in Gaza, and more.

Racial Equity Job
Vermont State Agency of Administration
The Vermont State Agency of Administration is looking  for an Executive Director of Racial Equity.This position will work with State agencies and departments to identify systemic racism within and across state government and implement programs that promote racial justice reform and create a culture of inclusiveness. More info. 
Researcher for Nuclear Weapons Project
Jim Geier is looking for a researcher to help develop a booklet about nuclear weapons, a continuation of the dot chart that he published in the 80s. Please contact  Kyle Silliman-Smith  if you are interested.
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Flynn Vouchers
Pick up a voucher for this show at PJC and pay $2 cash at the door. For current PJC members and volunteers. For information on membership click here.   Limited supply!

Please note that tickets to this show are limited. People love Ms. Frizzle! Redeem vouchers early to ensure seats. Tickets might not be available on the night of the show.

December 26, 2018
End of the Year
2018 was a year of protest and mobilization. The Peace & Justice Center was here with you both proactively and responsively. We provided almost 100 educational programs and reached 1000s of Vermonters to motivate and mobilize for nonviolence, racial justice, and fair trade, and to see the intersections of these programs. We supported over 150 volunteers and interns to bring our mission further into the community and the world. And we partnered with dozens of groups statewide to uplift the great work you all are doing.

To see a full list of our activities, please check out our  Annual Report.

It's not too late to make an  end of year donation. We'd love to have you as a member and you are welcome to earmark your money for any of the following upcoming events that we are fundraising for:
Thanks for showing up, speaking out, and working with us toward a peaceful and just world! Here's to another year of resistance and to the creation of alternatives to the dominant paradigm. Together we can do what we cannot do alone.

- Rachel Siegel, PJC executive director
From the Blog: Nobody is Above the Law - Why the Protests Must Continue
- b y Jeanne Keller, PJC Member
Obstruction of Justice: an act that "corruptly or by threats or force, or by any threatening letter or communication, influences, obstructs, or impedes, or endeavors to influence, obstruct , or impede, the due administration of justice ."
(18 U.S.C. ยง 1503) 
Perhaps you heard about the Nobody Is Above the Law protests that happened across Vermont and the US in November. Maybe the back story and/or the purpose of the protests is unclear to you. Below is how things unfolded and what will happen now.
In July 2016, prior to the Democratic party's convention, WikiLeaks released more than 20,000 emails from the Democratic National Committee, creating controversy and confusion in the DNC and the party at a time when unity would be critical to victory in the November election. The FBI launched an investigation to determine who was responsible for the hacking and leaking. Early on, the FBI learned that George Papadopolous, a foreign policy advisor to the campaign of Republican candidate Donald Trump, had told a British diplomat that the Trump campaign had access to thousands of DNC and Clinton emails that were in the possession of persons connected to the Russian government. As a result, the hacking investigation became an FBI counter-intelligence investigation.
Bus to DC
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We're organizing buses to go to Washington, DC for the Women's March on January 19. If you are interested in riding down with us, you can register here. We need each individual who is riding to sign up separately. You can indicate on the registration form if you will be in need of a partial or full scholarship. Tickets cost $125. We do not expect financial contributions from high school students.

If you would like to help cover the costs for those who are unable to pay in full you can do so by making a donation.

If you have any questions contact Wendy at 802-863-2345 x8 or wcoe@pjcvt.org as soon as possible.
Community Calendar
This is a parti al listing. See more in our public  calendar .

December 26, Wednesday
  • 5:30-6:30 Report-back from the Arizona border from Vermonter Elsa Engstrom, volunteer for the organization No More Deaths.
    Plainfield Friends Meetinghouse. rwcogbill@gmail.com
  • 6-8pm RAD meeting. 423 Main St, Bennington. Also Jan. 9.
December 29, Saturday
  • 10am-12pm Caroline Fund Pro Se Legal Clinic. Lawline of VT, Burlington. Every Saturday.
January 1, Tuesday
January 2, Wednesday
  • 6-8pm Families United. The Root Social Justice Center, Brattleboro. Also Jan. 9.
January 3, Thursday
  • 6-8pm BLM White Caucus for Collective Liberation.                179 S Winooski Ave, Burlington.
January 7, Monday
January 8, Tuesday
  • 6-8:30pm PJC board mtg. PJC, Burlington.
  • 8-10pm MLK Gospel Concert presented by The Greater Burlington Multicultural Resource Center. More info. First Congregational Church, Burlington.
January 9, Wednesday
  • 7-8:30pm  350VT meeting. 115 Hillside St, Bennington.
January 10, Thursday
  • 5:30-7pm WILPF meeting. PJC, Burlington.

Please email us events for our google calendar and enews
Action Highlight: HOPE Works Staff Strike
Hope works logo
A few weeks ago, employees at HOPE Works, the rape crisis center in Burlington, expressed their frustration their leadership, specifically their Executive Director Cathleen Barkley. Following the organizing, an individual was fired -- seemingly in retaliation. Since then, they have written an open letter that you can read here and the entire staff of HOPE Works has stopped working noting that their leadership created an environment that was rife with hostility, racism, retaliation, queer/transphobia. They will not return to work until the following demands are met:
  1. Victim-survivor support services resumed by reinstating Lucy Basa as Victim Advocate.
  2. Executive Director be removed from her position and our Advocacy Director and/or Associate Director immediately be appointed to protect programs and services.
  3. Community and survivor trust in our services and agency reestablished by HOPE Works Board of Directors working with the Vermont Network to ensure that culturally competent, survivor centered community members are appointed.
Here are some things you can do if you wish to support the HOPE Works staff:

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