What's wrong with a parade? Plenty. Read about it and the upcoming gun legislation hearings here.

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Also in this issue:
PJC Educational Programs and Events
Film Screening "13th"
Wednesday, January 24, 6-8pm, at MMU High School Library, Jericho. Click here to read why Willoughby Carlo is bring this and other events to her school. FREE.

New Volunteer Orientation
Saturday, January 27, 11:30am-12pm, at the PJC. Learn about opportunities at the PJC and how to join our team!
Fair Trade Labels 101
Saturday, January 27, 12-1pm, PJC. Led by Amy Crosswhite. Also come early for a Volunteer Orientation at 11:30am. FREE.

Toxic Whiteness Discussion
Thursday, February 8, 12-1pm, at the PJC. This monthly event begins with a different reading, video, or audio file that sets the tone for a facilitated discussion. Also March 8. FREE.

Talking with Kids About Racism
Saturdays, February 10,17,24, 11-1pm. Kimball Public Library, Randolph. Led by Zymora Davinchi and Jade Walker. Hosted by the library and Focus on Racial Equity (FORE). FREE. Register.

Cocoa Campaign: Fair and Ethical Chocolate
Sunday, February 11, 3pm at the PJC. This event focuses on the human rights issues in the cocoa industry and some solutions helping address them. FREE.

Privilege & Accountability for Aspiring White Allies
Sundays, February 11 & 18, 4-6pm at Waitsfield United Church of Christ Village, Meeting House. Led by Ita Meno and Kyle Silliman-Smith. In collaboration with multiple Waitsfield-area groups. Register. FREE

Seeing & Disrupting Racism
Tuesday, February 13, 6-7:30pm, at MMU High School Library, Jericho. Hosted by MMU students, and MMU's After Dark Program. Register. FREE.

Gratitude for a Happier, Healthier, Better You
Saturday, March 3, 10-12pm, at the PJC. Designed and led by Ginny Sassaman, president of Gross National Happiness USA (GNHUSA), creator of the Happiness Paradigm. Register. Fees vary.

Ed Evert's Social Justice Activist Award Ceremony and Celebration
Thursday, March 15, 5:30-9pm, ECHO Center, Burlington. Join us for an upbeat event to honor the inspiring work of both Isaiah Hines at So Burlington High and the performance poetry of Muslim Girls Making Change. Ticket price varies. E-mail program@pjcvt.org for more info.

Mindfulness for Activists
Wednesdays, March 28th and April 4th, 6pm-8pm, at the Unitarian Church, 130 Main St, Montpelier. Led by Ginny Sassaman. Fees vary. Register.
Nonviolent Engagement in Conflict
Tuesday, April 10, 6-8pm,
at MMU High School Library, Jericho. Hosted by MMU students, and MMU's After Dark Program. Register here. FREE. 
For more info on these events, visit the Upcoming Events page on our website or contact us at 863-2345 x6 or program@pjcvt.org
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Flynn Center 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. Come to the Peace & Justice Store to pick up your voucher.

Jan 27, 
Conducted by Jaime Laredo featuring the VSO Chorus.

Vermont Youth Orchestra. Sunday, Jan 28, 2018, 3:00pm
Join the Vermont Youth Orchestra for its second installment of Tchaikovsky's Symphony No. 5 in E minor, Op. 64. 
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Vermont Ethnic Studies
The Vermont Coalition for Ethnic & Social Equity in Schools is drafting a bill to be introduced to legislators that would bring the histories and contributions of  non-dominant racial, ethnic, and social groups to K-12 school curriculums across the state. Find out more about the coalition and how to get involved by visiting their website.
VT Human Rights Council Job Opening
The Vermont Human Rights Council (HRC) is looking for a Coordinator. The Coordinator will work with organizations from across the state to help build the infrastructure and capacity of the HRC. Click here for more information regarding this position.

The Vermont Human Rights Council is an alliance of grassroots, membership organizations that advances racial justice, human rights and ecological justice in Vermont under the banner "One Movement for People and the Planet". Founded in 2013, the HRC has been successful in acting as a platform for its own initiatives and campaigns, as well as helping to support member organizations in their own agendas.
January 23, 2018
PJC Stakeholder Survey

We are creating an up-to-date strategic plan. Your opinion is wanted! If you have 10 minutes, we'd love to have you partake in this survey. Thank you so much for letting us know your point of view. Click here to take the survey!

Symposium Call for Presenters

We're inviting social justice groups to join us at our upcoming Social Justice Symposium. The symposium, which will take place on April 14, will serve as an opportunity for organizations and groups to share their work and mission with community members who are looking to get involved.

Click here for information on presenting or setting up an informational table at the event. Registration information for participants will be available soon.

This is will be a public event open to all. Upper middle school, high school, and college groups are encouraged to present. If you know of any organizations or groups who you think would be a good fit for the symposium please encourage them to apply!

From the Blog: Reflection on M4OF

At 1:00 on Saturday, while Women's March events worldwide were having a minute of silence for women's equality, we had a minute of yelling -- a wild rumpus! This was the kick off the March for Our Future. The youth-led event was held with the support of Women's March Vermont and highlighted the impact current events and struggles have on youth and how youth can be involved as change agents. What a day it way!

Can you help offset the costs of the event?
As the sponsoring organization and fiscal sponsor, we need a few hundred dollars more to break even. If you are able to pitch in any amount, the link to the paypal button is on the PJC website - just scroll down a little. You can also send a check to PJC, 60 Lake St, Ste 1C, Burlington, VT 05401 or call us with a cc# (802-863-2345 x8) if you want to avoid the paypal fees. Thanks!

Gunsense Hearings
The 2018 session of the Vermont Legislature opened last week, and there have been three separate bills proposing common-sense measures to prevent gun violence in Vermont.
A public hearing concerning all of these bills will take place on January 30, 2018, at 5:30 p.m. at the Vermont State House.
Things are moving fast, and we must respond quickly and in great numbers to see these critical bills move forward. There will be buses from Burlington, Brattleboro, and WRJ.  
Visit Gun Sense Vermont for more information. Make the pledge to be there. RSVP today.
Community Calendar
This is a partial listing. See more events in our public calendar.
January 23, Tuesday January 24, Wednesday
  • 6-8pm Film Screening of "13th" at Mount Mansfield Union High School, Jericho. Click here to read why Willoughby Carlo is bring this and other events to her school.
  • 6:30-8:30pm ACLU Smart Justice Campaign Launch and Celebration, ArtsRiot, Burlington.
  • 7-9pm Reflections on Community, Dion Family Student Center, St Michael's College, Colchester.
January 25, Thursday January 26, Friday January 27, Saturday
  • 10am-12pm Caroline Fund Pro Se Legal Clinic, Lawline of Vermont, Burlington. Every Saturday.
  • 11:30am-12pm New Volunteer Orientation at PJC.
  • 12-1pm Fair Trade Labels 101 at PJC.
  • 5-7pm The Newark Boys Chorus, St Michael's College McCarthy Arts Center, Colchester.
January 28, Sunday
  • Peace & Justice Center's 39th Anniversary
  • 3-5pm Militarism Study Group, Plainfield Friends Meetinghouse, Plainfield.
January 30, Tuesday
  • 7pm An Economy for All of Us: Eradicating Poverty, Building Economic Justice, Unitarian Church of Montpelier. View live stream during and after here.
February 1, Thursday February 2, Friday
  • 7:30-9:30pm "The Peacemaker" film screening, Film House, 60 Lake St, Burlington.
February 5, Monday February 6, Tuesday February 8, Thursday
  • 12-1pm Toxic Whiteness Discussion Group at PJC.
  • 5:30-7pm WILPF meeting at PJC.
  • 7pm Slavery by Another Name, Ilsley Public Library, Middlebury.
Please email events for our google calendar and enews.
Action Highlight: Everyone Loves a Parade Petition
Everyone Loves a Parade mural, downtown Burlington
Everyone Loves a Parade mural, downtown Burlington

Do they? Does everyone love  this  parade? No, not everyone has loved the parade of the last 400 years in Burlington. And not everyone loves this mural. A grassroots campaign has developed to work toward getting rid of the mural on the Church St Marketplace in Burlington. The mural whitewashes the history of Burlington and excludes countless voices and experiences of people of color and other marginalized groups.

In addition to signing the petition, feel free to call or email:

Miro Weinberger, Mayor of Burlington:

miro@burlingtonvt.gov(802) 865-7272


Ron Redmond, Director Church St Marketplace: 

RRedmond@burlingtonvt.gov(802) 863-1648

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