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PJC Events & Registration Info
Saturday, February 6, 3-4pm, at the PJC. For more info email or call 863-2345 x3. FREE!

PJC Facilitator Gathering on Thursday, February 11, 7-8pm, at the PJC. For more info email or call 863-2345 x6. FREE!

Nonviolent Activism 101 Thursdays, February 18 & 25, 5:30-7:30pm. O'Brien Community Center, Winooski. Register online
or call 863-2345 x6.

Screening of The Black Panthers: Vanguard of the Revolution Sunday, February 21, 7pm. Location TBD. FREE!

Screening of Welcome to Leith Thursday, February 25, 6pm. Main Street Landing Film House, 60 Lake St, 3rd Floor, Burlington. This is in partnership with VTIFF.

Thursday, March 3, 7-8pm, Kellogg Hubbard Library, Montpelier. For more info email or call 863-2345 x6. FREE!

PJC Volunteer Orientation including a Fair Trade vs Free Trade Presentation Thursday, March 10, 3-4pm at the PJC. For more info or to register email or call 802-863-2345 x9. FREE!

Tuesdays, March 15, 22, & 29, 6:30-8:30pm, O'Brien Community Center, Winooski. Register online or call 863-2345 x6. 

Nonviolent Engagement in Conflict
Friday, March 18, 1-4pm. Lyndon State College, Lyndonville. Register online or call 863-2345 x6. FREE!

PJC Volunteer Orientation including a Fair Trade vs Free Trade Presentation Saturday, April 23rd, 3-4pm at the PJC. For more info or to register email or call 802-863-2345 x9. FREE!       

Wednesdays, May 11, 18, & 25, 6:30-8:30pm. Brownell Library, Essex Jct. Facilitated by Francine Serwili-Ngunga and Kyle Silliman-Smith. Register online or call 863-2345 x6. FREE! 

Building Empathy and Addressing Racial Oppression
Tuesdays, September 13, 20, & 27, 6:30-8:30pm, Kellogg-Hubbard Library, Montpelier. Register online or call 863-2345 x6. FREE!
Flynn Tix Vouchers
Pick up a voucher for these specific 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.

Friday, February 5 at 8pm

GlobalFest Live! "Creole Carnival"

Wednesday, February 24 at 7:30pm 
February 2nd, 2016
Admitting Thai Slavery, Nestlé Refutes Cocoa Victims' Testimony
Following years of pressure from human rights organizations around the world, Nestlé has recently admitted to working with fishing industry partners that utilize slavery (and given itself a pat on the back for it's own transparency). Coming on the heels of fresh charges of child slavery in the Ivory Coast, the world's largest food company's continued use of unjust supply chains has prompted multiple civil litigation suits under California's 2010 "Transparency in Supply Chains Act". 

Nestlé, according to an article in  The Guardian  " is one of the companies facing legal action in the US. Last week the company, along with Cargill and Archer Daniels Midland,  failed in its bid  to get the US Supreme Court to throw out a lawsuit seeking to hold them liable for the  alleged use of child slaves  in cocoa farming in the Ivory Coast."

Cocoa Campaign presentation, discussion, and free hot cocoa!
Join the conversation at the Peace & Justice Center on February 6th, from 3-4pm 
at 60 Lake Street:

Human trafficking, child labor, and slavery are hard topics to talk about, and these are not the first things that come to mind when you think of Valentine's Day. Unfortunately, these issues are fueled by many of our chocolate driven holidays.Join us this Saturday for a presentation about the many players within cocoa production chain and how the system perpetuates the exploitation of children.

Eight of the world's largest chocolate companies have made non-binding commitments to eradicate the worst forms of child labor and have failed to make improvements. In contrast to these corporate giants, we will take a look at cooperatives, direct trade, and the Fair Trade movement which protect human rights and empowers communities. The following discussion will provide an opportunity to talk about what we can do as consumers to create demand for ethically sourced cocoa!
Black History Month Resources
In recognition of Black History Month, the Peace & Justice Center is proud to announce its ever expanding collection of children's books now offers several works that help us to understand racism, explore the lives of Civil Rights leaders, and the essential stories of liberation in American history. Among the new titles available is  Malcom Little, the story of Malcom X as written by his daughter, Ilyasah Shabazz. Also available is Return to Sender a contemporary story of undocumented workers on a Vermont farm that draws connections to indigenous displacement, the Underground Railroad, and earlier migrants seeking refuge. Click here for further information and reviews of the new titles available at the Peace & Justice Store!

The Peace & Justice Center would also like to acknowledge that Black History should not be confined to elective courses or a single month of celebration and study.
Welcome New PJC Interns!
Mae DesTroismaisons

My name is Mae DesTroismaisons and I will be graduating from the University of Vermont's Rubenstein School this May with a major in Natural Resource Planning and a minor in Philosophy. After touching upon the importance of fair trade in some of my classes, namely Creating Sustainable Communities, Ecological Economics, World Food Population & Development, and Unlearning Consumerism, I'm really looking forward to diving deeper into the subject as this spring's Fair Trade Internship at the Peace & Justice Center. I'll be working with Amy Crosswhite primarily on the application process so that the Peace & Justice Store can become a Fair Trade Federation member. I'm excited to finally be doing something to help address some of the social, economic, and environmental costs of so-called "free" trade.

Daphne Cavanaugh

I am currently a student at Burlington College. I am a proud Winooski resident and have previously resided in East Montpelier, Vermont and Naples, Florida. I really enjoy interning at the Peace & Justice Center so far and can't wait to attend more PJC events. I decided to intern at the Peace & Justice Center because I wanted to become a positive member of the community. I am also a tutor in Winooski and a panel member at the Washington County Diversion Program.

Interested in volunteer or future internship opportunities? Contact Kristen Connors at 802-863-2345 x7 or e-mail via
Register for our February workshop on Nonviolent Strategy 
We are so excited to be offering our Nonviolent Activism 101 workshop in Winooski in partnership with the O'Brien Community Center on two consecutive Thursday evenings this month. This program was piloted in September and is designed to help people in the community access and explore the strategy of nonviolence movement building in the hopes that this information will be used in various local efforts.

The workshop is broken into two parts and there is some homework so folks are asked to register in advance and attend both parts. February 18th will focus on exploring violence and systems of oppression so that the group can see how a nonviolent strategy is effective in taking on oppressive systems. February 25th participants will select a locally inspired campaign and develop a coordinated nonviolent response to a particular oppressive policy, institution, structure, and/or practice within our community.

We are looking forward to learning with all participants and building skills and strategy to lift up movements and local efforts that contribute to a just and peaceful world. If you are involved in efforts locally that could be used as a real example for the second day of the workshop, please contact Kyle at or 863-2345 x6. To register click here or call 863-2345 x6. Also click here to see some of the things that folks shared after our September workshop.

Community Calendar

Saturday, February 6
  • 12:15-2pm Screening of Indie Lens Pop-Ups The Black Panthers: Vanguard of the Revolution. at Brattleboro Union High School. Film explores how more than 40 years after the Black Panther Party was founded in Oakland, California, the group and its leadership remain powerful and enduring figures in our popular imagination. Event is FREE and open to the public. More info here.
  • 3-4pm Cocoa Campaign Presentation at the Peace & Justice Center. This presentation focuses on the issue of child slavery and human trafficking in the cocoa industry. It is designed to educate, brainstorm solutions and create tangible action steps that fit within the comfort zone of each participant. For more information contact Amy Crosswhite via or call 802-863-2345 x3.
Sunday, February 7
  • 12-1pm Vets for Peace live call-in TV show VCAM, Channel 15, Burlington.
Monday, February 8
  • 6-8pm Vermonters for a Just Peace in Palestine/Israel meeting at Peace & Justice Center, 60 Lake Street, Burlington. We are committed to the principles of self-determination for the Palestinian people, the right of return for Palestinian refugees, and full civil and political rights for all Palestinians. For more information, e-mail
  • 6-8pm This Changes Everything Screening.Big Picture Theater, 48 Carroll Rd, Waitsfield, VT. SunCommon, Structural Engineering Corporation and the Sierra Club are teaming up to provide a free screening of the critically acclaimed documentary This Changes EverythingCall 802-355-0230 for more information or click here.
Tuesday, February 9
  • 7-8:30pm Champlain Area NAACP meeting at 427A Waterman Building, UVM, Burlington. Meetings are every second Tuesday of the month. More information here.
Wednesday, February 10
  • 6-8pm This Changes Everything Film Screening at the Middlebury Marquis, 65 Main St, Middlebury. SunCommon, Structural Engineering Corporation and the Sierra Club are teaming up to provide a free screening of this critically acclaimed documentary. Call 802-793-0662 or click here for more information.
  • 6-8pm This Changes Everything Film Screening at the Paramount Theatre, 30 Center St, Rutland. SunCommon, Structural Engineering Corporation and the Sierra Club are teaming up to provide a free screening of the critically acclaimed documentary This Changes Everything. For more info call 50-871-6758 or click here.
  • 7-8pm Screening & Discussion of Indie Lens Pop-Up's The Black Panthers: Vanguard of the Revolution at the Kellogg-Hubbard Library, 135 Main St, Montpelier. For more information click here or call 802-223-3338.
Thursday, February 11
  • 5:30-7pm Women's International League for Peace and Freedom (WILPF) Meeting at Peace & Justice Center, 60 Lake Street, Burlington. All welcome to attend.
Thursday, February 11 to Saturday, February 13

Vermont International Film Foundation is presenting the Global Roots Film Festival: The Middle East. The three-day event will be held at Contois Auditorium in  Burlington's City Hall and will feature seven films from the Middle East, visiting filmmakers, receptions and food tastings. Student price tickets are available for all films. For more detailed information, a complete listing of the program schedule, or to purchase tickets, please visit their website here.

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