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In This Issue
PJC Educational Programs & Events
Reflections from Montgomery Wednesday, May 6, 5:30-7pm, at PJC. 
People from the PJC visited
Equal Justice Initiative's National Memorial for Peace & Justice and Legacy Museum . They'll share the impact this trip has had on their work and why sites like these that hold our country accountable for its history of racial terror, is so important. FREE. Also happening  May 13 in Montpelier. 

Learning Nonviolence: Activism 101, May 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
 
World Fair Trade Day, Saturday, May 11,  8am-2pm, Burlington Farmers Market Dealer.com, Pine Street. Burlington's World Fair Trade Day is a community celebration of the Fair Trade Movement. This event features ethically-sourced goods from small producers in the Global South, a Fair Trade Education Station with interactive games with fabulous prizes, and a Photo Booth that's absolutely bananas! FREE.
 
George Lakey: How We Win. Saturday, May 11, 2-5:30pm, Burlington UU.  In this participatory workshop led by social movement veteran George Lakey, participants will explore how to use direct action campaigns strategically. Fees vary. No one turned away for lack of funds. Space is limited. Advance registration required. Register here. 

Toxic Whiteness Discussion Group Wednesday, May 15, 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.
 
A People's History book discussion, Wednesday, May 15, 5:30-7:30pm at Sterling College, Craftsbury. This is part of our Pledge to Stand for Racial Justice/Stand with Kiah book discussion series. Click here to sign the pledge and register for a book discussion.  

POC in VT Affinity Group  Thursday, May 16, 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.  
 
Social Justice Symposium and Block Party Sunday, May 19, 12-5:30,  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!  Suggested donation $15; free under 25. No one turned away for lack of funds. Snacks included! 
 
Film Screening: The Way Home: The Way Women Talk About Race in America, May 21, 7-9pm Montpelier Senior Activity Center. Sixty-four women representing a cross-section of cultures came together to share their experience of racism in America. FREE.
 
For more info on these events visit  Upcoming Events or contact   program@pjcvt.org
PJC Job Opening
The PJC is looking for a part-time Community Engagement Manager. The Community Engagement Manager is responsible for the overall community outreach and programmatic engagement of the Peace & Justice Center.

Click here to find out more about the position and to apply. Applications are being accepted until the position is filled.
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Voices for Palestine
Gaza's Courage, Netanyahu's Crimes & An Israeli Doctor's Fight for Justice
 

March 30 marked the one-year anniversary of the Great March of Return campaign in Gaza.  Tens of thousands of Palestinians protested, as they had for the past 12 months, at the demarcation fence with Israel, to remind their oppressors that they still existed.  That they had not surrendered their rights or humanity.

Israel snipers responded by killing 3 unarmed young men and wounding more than 300.  Over the past year, up to that point, Israeli occupation forces had killed 266 protestors and injured another 30,000.

The UN's Commission of Inquiry found that Israel's attacks on the protesters "may constitute war crimes or crimes against humanity."
Gaza is home to approximately 1.9 million people, of whom 1.4 million are refugees. Israel's land, air and sea blockade of the territory entered its 12th year in June, 2018.

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Racial Justice Pledge
We are asking you to seriously consider taking a 
pledge to stand for racial justice and stand with Kiah Morris and the other people of color harmed by racism in our state.

By signing this pledge, you are pledging to do more than just give us your word.

Y ou are pledging to participate in one (or more) of the following book discussions that the PJC is hosting to kick-start or continue your journey into this work.
  • "The People's History of the United States," Howard Zinn
  • "The Hate U Give," Angie Thomas
  • "Microaggressions in Everyday Life, Race, Gender, and Sexual Orientation," Derald Wing Sue
  • "The Fire This Time," Jesmyn Ward
  • "Black is the Body," Emily Bernard

Good Samaritan Job Opening
Good Samaritan Haven Executive Director, Barre VT.  The Executive Director is responsible for building and maintaining community and donor support for the Good Samaritan Haven homeless shelter and its mission in central Vermont, as well as overseeing shelter operations. Visit their website for more information and to apply.
Center Hours  
Monday-Friday: 10am-6pm
  
Store Hours
Monday-Saturday: 10am-6pm
Sunday: 10am-5pm
 
Hours are subject to change. Call (802) 863-2345 x2 to confirm.
  
Location
60 Lake Street, Suite 1C
Burlington's Waterfront.
(Next to Skinny Pancake) 
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 info on membership. Li

Vermont Youth Orchestra Spring Concert. Sunday,
May 5 at 3pm
This high-energy spring concert also previews their 10-day concert tour of Spain and Portugal with music from Falla's La Vida Breve, and features violinist Sabrina Chiang as soloist in the fiery final movement from Bruch's famous G minor violin concerto.
 

Me...Jane. Tuesday, May 7 at 12 noon.
Anecdotes taken from Jane Goodall's autobiography and based on the book
Me...Jane, by Patrick McDonnell, this very true story becomes accessible for the very young-and young at heart.


Diary of a Worm. Friday, May 10 at 12 noon.
Diary of a Worm, A Spider, and a Fly is the coolest ever rock-n-roll romp in a bug's world, capturing all the droll humor and whimsy of the wildly popular books.
 
April 30, 2019
Rutland Social Justice Symposium


We're bringing our social justice symposium to Rutland! Come learn about groups working in VT that need more people power. Groups that you can hear from include:
  • 350Vermont
  • Let's Grow Kid
  • Rutland Area NAACP
  • Vermont Women's March
  • Veterans for Peace
  • Castleton Indivisible
  • Rights and Democracy
  • Vermont Legal Aid
  • and more!
Now featuring a keynote speech from Kiah Morris! The day will end with a Rutland-style block party from 4-5pm.
 

 Representative Kiah Morris, keynote speaker 
 
Sunday, May 19, 12:30-5:00
Rutland High School  
Suggested donation $15; free under 25. No one turned away for lack of funds. Snacks included! 
 
 
Thank you to the 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.
From the Blog: George Lakey and How We Win

The following is an excerpt from George Lakey's book "How We Win". George Lakey will be facilitating his How We Win workshop on Saturday, May 11 from 2-5:30pm in Burlington. 
Viking Economics: How the Scandinavians Got It Right-and How We Can, Too 
are available for purchase at the Peace & Justice Store.

Nonviolent direct action is a set of tactics that go outside conventional means of advocacy, like running for office, going to the courts, doing media campaigns, and the like. Community organizers sometimes call nonviolent direct action "street heat"-- blocking entrances, boycotting, fasting, tree-sitting, planting gardens where a pipeline is supposed to go, and hundreds of other kinds of actions.
Today, teenagers for gun control, women for equality, African Americans for safety from unaccountable police, Indigenous people for respect for their land and traditions, teachers and other workers for a living wage, grandparents for climate justice, and more -- millions of people -- are going beyond lobbying to insist on change.
Direct action flourished in the 1960s. Martin Oppenheimer and I were then graduate sociology students active in the civil rights movement, and Marty went on to a distinguished career as a teacher and writer led by concerns for justice. In 1963, he and I noticed that some activists were learning very rapidly from others' experience. Others were not, sometimes making mistakes that were dangerous and even fatal.
World Fair Trade Day!
 
 
Burlington's World Fair Trade Day is just one of the 1,000s of events taking place worldwide this May 11th. In partnership with the World Fair Trade Organization , the Peace & Justice Center will bring this global celebration to life through a Fair Trade Education Station with interactive games that teach about fair trade and conventional supply chains. This event creates an intentional space to educate and activate participants to create lasting change in their local and global community. So join us at the farmers market on Pine street from 8am-2pm to enjoy  games with fabulous prizes, a photo booth, and vendors from around the world to celebrate fair trade!
Community Calendar
This is a parti al listing. See more in our public  calendar .
 

April 30, Tuesday
May 1, Wednesday
  • 8:30am-1:30pm 2019 Rally for the Planet, State House, Montpelier.
  • 12-1:30pm Bodies of Change: Embodiment and Social Change discussion group.  The Everything Space, Montpelier.
  • 4-6pm Abenaki Culture and Recognition Week - a new state house exhibit, drumming, dancing and singing. Statehouse lawn. Montpelier.  
  • 5-9pm Primo Maggio Celebration. 6pm dinner. 7pm "Bread and Roses, Too" by Katherine Paterson talks about her young adult historical novel inspired by the pictures of children of the 1912 Lawrence textile strikers on the steps of the Old Labor Hall. Socialist Labor Party Hall, Barre.
  • 5:30-7pm Join the VT Workers' Center and Migrant Justice as we celebrate International Workers Day in Montpelier! See action highlight below.
  • 6-8pm RAD Team Meeting. 423 Main St, Bennington
  • 6-8pm Families United. The Root Social Justice Center, Brattleboro.
  • 7-9 pm Courage and Compassion at the Southern Border: Solidarity with the Central American Exodus. Central Vermont Refugee Action Network is hosting  a panel and discussion on Vermonters' experience with the humanitarian crisis on the southern border. Migrant Justice leader Beto Sanchez, recently released after months in immigration detention, will speak. Unitarian Church of Montpelier.
May 2, Thursday
May 3, Friday
May 4, Saturday
  • 9am-3pm 2019 Cross Class Dialogue Circles - IN-PERSON CIRCLE. White River Junction
  • 9am-3pm Multicultural Youth Leadership Conference. Champlain College, Burlington.
  • 10am-12pm Caroline Fund Pro Se Legal Clinic. Lawline of Vermont, 274 N Winooski Ave, Burlington. Every Saturday.
  • 2-4pm John Brown Day. John Brown Farm, Lake Placid, NY.
  • 7-9pm For the Love of Pete: Concert. Anything Goes (Ben Koenig & Mark Greenberg) celebrates the 100 Anniversary of Pete Seeger's birth with a rousing concert and sing-a-long. Tickets: $12, $10 for seniors, students, union members.Socialist Labor Party Hall, Barre.
May 5, Sunday
  • 2- 5pm Henia Lewin: A Survivor's Mission: Preserving Yiddish Language and Literature. Ohavi Zedek Synagogue, Burlington.
May 6, Monday
  • 5:30-8pm Youth for Change. The Root Social Justice Center, Brattleboro.
May 7, Tuesday
  • 6-9pm Reclaiming Our Ancestors: The First 12,000 Yrs of Abenaki History. Ethan Allen Homestead Museum, Burlington.
  • 6:30-8:30pm Discussing the Burlington-bound F-35. Unitarian Universalist of Upper Valley. See more info below.
  • 6:30-8:30pm The Browning of America: Reconciliation or Retribution. Good Shepherd Lutheran Church, Jericho.
May 8, Wednesday
  • 6-8pm Families United. The Root Social Justice Center, Brattleboro.
  • 7-8:30pm 350VT meeting. 115 Hillside St, Bennington.
May 9, Thursday
  • 5:30-7pm WILPF meeting. Peace & Justice Center, Burlington.
May 10, Friday
May 11, Saturday
May 12, Sun
May 13, Monday
  • 6-7:30pm VTJP meeting at PJC, Burlington.
May 14, Tuesday

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Action Highlight: No Nuclear Bombers in Vermont!
The Keep Vermont Nuclear Bomber Free Resolution S.R. 5, is under review in the Senate Committee on Government Operations, and it could stop there- so we need a surge of calls today!

If you've already made calls to the Statehouse, thank you; this is different- call again today! Now, Senator White needs to hear the voices of the people and hold a hearing on SR-5.   Please leave her a message immediately at the Sargent at Arms office at (802) 828-2228.

Calls take just a few moments.  Please call and ask:
"Please hold hearings on S.R. 5, the resolution to keep Vermont nuclear bomber free, and please vote the resolution out of committee, take testimony, and hold a vote."


Related events:
 
Discussing the Burlington-bound F-35
May 07, 6:30-8:30 PM
Unitarian Universalist of Upper Valley, 320 US-5, Norwich, VT. More info here.
Panel and Q&A with:
  • Rosanne Greco, retired Air Force Colonel
  • Ira Helfand, Co-chair, Nuclear Weapons Abolition Committee, Physicians for Social Responsibility
  • Rachel Siegel, Executive Director, Peace & Justice Center
24 Hour Meditation Protest for Peace
May 8, 3:00-May 9, 4:00, Vermont Statehouse. More info here.

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