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Internships Available
We are currently accepting applications for our fall internships.
Positions being offered this semester include:
  • Fair Trade
  • Racial Justice 
  • Peacework 
  • Volunteer Program Development
  • Program & Fundraising 
Click here for details.
PJC Educational Programs and Events
White Fragility Discussion
Saturday, August 24, 3:30-4:30pm, PJC . Come at 3pm for PJC Volunteer Orientation. FREE

Incidents in the Life of a Slave Girl Book Discussion
Wednesday, September 13, 7-8:30, PJC. L
ed by Emily Bernard. Supported by the VT Humanities Council. Click here to sign-up and stop by to get a free book.

Understanding Fair Trade Labels Presentation
Thursday, September 14, 12-1pm,
PJC. Come at 11:30am for PJC Volunteer
Orientation. FREE

Building Empathy and Addressing Racism
Thursdays, September 21st, 28th and October 5th from 6:45-8:45pm at Sterling College in Craftbury. Led by Kesha Medina and Netdahe Stoddard.

Cocoa Campaign Presentation
Saturday, September 23, 3:30-4:30pm,
PJC . Come at 3:00 for a New Volunteer Orientation. FREE

Tuesday, August 22, 12-1pm, PJC. Also September 26. FREE

Mindfulness for Activists September 28, 6- 8pm. This program focuses on ways to utilize mindfulness for nonviolent social justice and peace work. Emphasis is on developing skills in deep listening, and what Gandhi called "soul force." CVU High School, Hinesburg. Register online.
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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Sunday: 9am-4pm

Hours are subject to change. Call 802-863-2345 x2 to confirm.
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Burlington's Waterfront.
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Volunteer needed
Do you have drafting skills? The PJC can use your help! We are looking into some projects and would love to have drawings for them. Please email Rachel or call her at 802-863-2345 x1 if you or someone you know if available.
Missing or vandalized BLM sign?
The PJC is helping to compile and maintain a list of BLM signs that have been stolen or vandalized. If you had a sign that went missing or was vandalized, please email Rachel or call 802-863-2345 x1. Let her know where, when, and what happened.

Seasonal job opening
Join the PJC staff as a store clerk and organizational ambassador in our Fair Trade and Local Store on Burlington's waterfront. Position starts October 1 and ends December 31. Please see more information here.
August 22, 2017
Hope for Haiti
Robin Lloyd presents a videocassette of Black Dawn to President Jean-Bertrand Aristide in 1991 during the first weeks of his Haitian presidency.

Following Hurricane Sandy in 2010, the Obama administration changed the the visa application process for tens of thousands of Haitians to allow them a waiver to enter the US. Now, out of fear that President Trump will not renew their special visas, many Haitians in the US are relocating or considering relocating to Canada.

In order to provide insights into the unique history and lively culture of the Haitian people, we are holding this special panel discussion
on history, politics and culture on Wednesday, August 23, 5:30 to 7:30 pm at the Champlain College Art Gallery.  Panelists include:  
  • Moise St Louis, Associate Dean of Students, Director of Multicultural Student Services, is a member of the Haitian community of Vermont.
  • Zach Niles, American producer of the Haitian band Lakou Mizik, has also influential in the formation of an Artists Institute and School in Jacmet, Haiti.
  • Robin Lloyd, publisher of Toward Freedom, worked on the Animated film Black Dawn in Haiti in the '70s, and returned to produce several documentaries on Haitian culture and economy.
  • Doreen Kraft, Director of Burlington City Arts, worked with Robin on Black Dawn will facilitate the panel.
For more information, read this article in Seven Days.  
From the PJC Blog
Reading Mumia Abu-Jamal's "We Want Freedom: A Life in The Black Panther Party" (2016) felt like embarking on an extensive and enriching conversation with a respected friend; page after page, I experienced an unfolding story, told by Abu-Jamal himself, about his life, the life of his peers in the Black Panther Party, and the vast knowledge he holds about the Party in relation to histories of Black resistance and existence in the United States. We Want Freedom was written from a barren cell in a Pennsylvania prison, where Abu-Jamal has been confined since 1982. Through podcasts and various other publications, Abu-Jamal has acted as an activist behind bars, delivering to audiences important and difficult truths about America's prison system and what it means to be a brown or black person in the United States, among other issues....

blog post by Margaux Miller, PJC Racial Justice Intern

Continue reading this post here.
Read more posts on our website.
Sister Lucy Kurien
Vermonters are fortunate to have Sister Lucy Kurien of Maher Industries visiting from India. Below is an interview that we did with Sr Lucy in 2015. You can see her speak Tuesday in Bristol, Wednesday in Essex Junction, and Thursday in Burlington (details in calendar below).

Sr Lucy Kurien, founder and director of Maher, an incredible NGO based in Pune, India. Maher has loving, supportive homes for children (37 homes housing >870 children), crisis support centers for women, homes for disabled and elderly adults and much more. Maher is interfaith, caste-free, women-led and staffed by >160 locals.

2015 interview of Sr Lucy Kurien at PJC
Community Calendar
This is a partial listing. See more events in our public calendar.
August 22, Tuesday         
August 23, Wednesday          
  • 5:30-7:30pm Retrospective with Robin Lloyd and Doreen Kraft. 375 Maple St. Hopes for Haiti; Moise St Louis, director of Multicultural Student Services at Saint Michael's College, will lead a discussion on Haitian politics.
  • 6:30-9:30 Art of Maher, art, food and fundraising with Sister Lucy, Main Street Studio, Essex Jct.
August 25, Friday         
  • 12:30-2pm Burlington Women Veterans Book Group. 128 Lakeside Ave, Ste 260, Burlington.
August 26, Saturday         
  • 10am-12pm Caroline Fund Pro Se Legal Clinic. Lawline of Vermont, 274 N Winooski Ave, Burlington. Every Saturday.
  • 1-3pm Champlain Valley Amnesty International monthly meeting. Kolvoord Room, Brownell Library, Essex Junction.
  • 3-3:30pm New Volunteer Orientation at PJC.
  • 3:30-4:30pm White Fragility Talk at PJC.
August 28, Monday         
  • 7-8:30pm Burlington Node Mtg. 350VT, Burlington.
August 29, Tuesday         
  • 5:30-8pm Volunteer drop-in. 350VT, Burlington. Every Tuesday.
August 30, Wednesday          August 31, Thursday          September 1, Friday         
  • 9:30-11pm Hari Kondabolu at Vt Comedy Club.
September 2, Saturday         
  • 12:30-1:30pm Greater Bennington Peace & Justice Center Vigil. At Four Corners, Bennington.
  • 9:30-11pm Hari Kondabolu at Vt Comedy Club.
September 3, Sunday         
  • 12-1pm Vets for Peace live call-in TV show. VCAM, Channel 15.
September 4, Monday          
  • 6:15-8pm Burlington-Bethlehem-Arad Sister City Committee meeting. Miller Center, Burlington.
September 6, Wednesday
  • 5:30-7:30pm Retrospective: Robin Lloyd and Doreen Kraft. 375 Maple St, Burlington.
  • 5-6:30pm VA Combat Veterans Book Group. 215 N Main St, White River Junction.
  • 6:30pm  Book Discussion: The Constitution of the United States. 111 Lower Waterford Rd, Lower Waterford.
September 8, Friday      
Please email events for our google calendar and enews. 
Action Highlight: Make Trump's Fair Trade Promise Reality
The Trump administration has officially notified Congress of intent to renegotiate NAFTA - the North American Free Trade Agreement.Trump campaigned on a promise of fair trade and has already withdrawn from the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP). But leaked documents outlining Trump's trade plans have indicated the new NAFTA will be anything but fair. It is time for all of us to speak up! A strong and truly fair trade agreement will meet multiple needs and priorities. To see the priorities and sign the petition, click here.
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