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In This Issue
PJC Educational Programs & Events
Talking with Kids about Racism  Tuesdays, November 13, 27, and December 11, from 7-9pm at Zenbarn Studio, Waterbury. A program for parents, families, neighbors, caregivers, teachers, or anyone concerned about racisms' effect on children. Register here.
 
POC in VT Affinity Group Thursday, November 15,  6-8:00pm,  PJC. Join Song Nguyen in exploring how people of color can be heard and build community in a predominately white state. This monthly meeting is for all people of color. FREE
 
Shake Off Saturday, December 1, 6-11pm, 
at the Train Station at Main Street Landing.  Be part of the best dance party of the year. Money goes to support VT Access to Reproductive Freedom. Cosponsored by the PJC. Suggested donation is $15-$150. 
 
 
Toxic Whiteness Discussion Group Tuesday, December 4, 12-1pm, PJC. Ongoing monthly drop-in group specifically for white people. FREE
 
Seeing and Disrupting Racism Saturday, December 8, 2-3pm PJC. Define racism and explore how white fragility perpetuates racism and specific ways to disrupt the cycle. FREE
 
For more info on these events visit Upcoming Events or contact program@pjcvt.org.
Abolish ICE Legal Fees

On July 28, 13 protesters participated in civil disobedience and were arrested outside the ICE offices in Williston. Two of the protesters were minors.

It would be great if civil disobedience was a tactic more people could utilize regardless of economic status. Most of the people who were arrested are able to pay for their share and more. Others are not able to do so easily. 
 
Help those who can't afford the fees and other immigrant rights efforts by contributing to this Go Fund Me .
Keep Families Together Harvest Supper Fundraiser
Saturday, November 17 at the Monteplier UU, 5:30-9pm.
 
Delicious food, live music, and information on how to help. Proceeds to benefit frontline communities resisting ICE family separation and deportation. $10-$25 donation, no one turned away.
 
To volunteer contact solidaritysupper@gmail.com.
Voices from Palestine
Anti-Semitism and Boycott, Divestment and Sanctions (BDS) - Kathy Shapiro, VTJP



The call for Boycott, Divestment, Sanctions (BDS) came in 2005 from 170 civil society groups representing unions, women's organisations, churches, political parties, refugee networks and others within Palestine. It is a nonviolent strategy that asks people of conscience to take action in solidarity with the people of Palestine and put pressure on the Government of Israel until it meets its obligation to recognize the Palestinian people's right to self-determination and full compliance with international law.

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From the Blog: Reflection on Medea Benjamin
-By Ryan Murphy, PJC Programming Intern
On Wednesday, September 26th, peace activist  Medea  Benjamin  joined us at the Peace & Justice Center to give a talk about the subject of her new book,  Inside Iran: The Real History and Politics of the Islamic Republic of Iran The book itself is an approachable, general-audience guide to U.S.-Iran relations. It deconstructs inflammatory American rhetoric and myth-making, but also speaks about the way in which Iranian citizens' everyday lives have been harmed by pseudo-diplomatic sanctions.
US Official's Iran Speech Interrupted: How Did the War With Iraq Turn Out?
US Official's Iran Speech Interrupted: How Did the War With Iraq Turn Out?

Just a few days before the talk,
  a video of Medea had gone viral .   Brian Hook, the State Department's Special Representative for Iran, had just finished giving a speech in front of a prominent right-wing think tank called the Hudson Institute. Before Hook has even made his way to the armchair that awaits him next to the podium, a woman in a hot pink T-shirt walks onto the stage. "That is the most ridiculous thing I have seen," she begins. A security guard tries to apprehend her as she continues her speech. A second security guard comes, then a third. Eventually, we watch them forcibly carry her out. She never stops speaking, and we can still hear her after she's down the hallway and out of sight. You can watch that here. It's pretty brilliant, and seems surreal, almost like a scene from an apocalypse movie.
PJC Internships
   
We want you to be one of our interns! Our internship offerings include: Racial Justice, Fair Trade, Peacework, Programming/Fundraising, and Volunteer Development. 
 

Make our dream come true by visiting our website to learn more and apply by November 29!
The Greatest Silence: Rape in Congo


The Vermont Ibutwa Initiative  invites you to join them in the Film House at Main Street Landing on November 17 at 7pm for a screening of "The Greatest Silence: Rape In Congo". This is an insightful documentary has inspired many current Ibutwa advocates to break the silence about the sexual violence that is connected to our electronic devices. Conflict minerals are just one part of the problem.   Find more information here
   
The Greatest Silence: Rape in The Congo (Official Trailer)
The Greatest Silence: Rape in The Congo (Official Trailer)
Community Calendar
This is a parti al listing. See more in our public  calendar .
  
November 13, Tuesday November 14, Wednesday
  • All Day Basic Meditation Fall Workshop. Champlain College, Burlington.
  • 12 - 1pm, March on ICE! / Marcha contra la Migra!
    Migrant Justice / Justicia Migrante 179 S. Winooski Ave, to 11 Elmwood Ave, Federal Building Burlington 6-8pm Bennington RAD Organizing Team meeting, 423 Main St, Bennington.
  • 6-8pm Families United. The Root Social Justice Center, Brattleboro.
  • 6-8pm Interrupting Hate & Addressing Unintentional Bias. Unitarian Church Of Montpelier
  • 6:30-7:30pm Book Discussion: In My Father's House by Ernest J. Gaines. South Burlington Public Library, located in University Mall, South Burlington.
  • 7-8:30pm 350VT  Meeting. 115 Hillside St, Bennington.
November 15, Thursday November 16, Friday
November 17, Saturday
November 18, Sunday
  • 1-3:30pm, Common Ground for Climate Action
  • 7-8:30pm, Central VT Climate Action meets at the Montpelier UU Church, 130 Main St, Montpelier
November 19, Monday November 20, Tuesday
  • 6-8pm, Burlington 350VT node meeting, 350VT Office, 22 Church St, Burlington
  • 6-8pm, Save Our Skies meets at the PJC, Burlington November 21, Wednesday
  • 6-8pm, Families United, The Root Social Justice Center, Brattleboro
November 24, Saturday
  • 8:30-10pm, LGBTQLOL at Higher Ground in Burlington
November 27, Tuesday
  • 6 - 8pm, SURJ-BTV at the First Unitarian Universalist Society, Burlington
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Action Highlight : Yemen & Saudi Arabia
Art from   
Noting that the humanitarian crisis in Yemen "has only worsened and our complicity become even greater" since the Senate voted in March to block a resolution (SJ Res. 54)-introduced by Sanders, Sen. Mike Lee (R-Utah), and Sen. Chris Murphy (D-Conn.)-to end military support for the Saudis, Sanders wrote that he will bring the measure back to the floor next month.

"I very much hope that Congress will act, that we will finally take seriously our congressional duty, end our support for the carnage in Yemen, and send the message that human lives are worth more than profits for arms manufacturers." - Sen. Sanders in NYT op-ed. Sen. Sanders will be re-introducing the resolution right after Thanksgiving if not before. 

Contact our elected officials to show your support of Joint Resolution 54 which demands an end to US complicity in the Saudi war on Yemen.  A similar joint resolution is being introduced by Rep. Ro Khanna in the House, so Welch should also be called about this as well. Click here for further information.
  • Call Senator Sanders to let him know that you support his efforts to bring back the resolution: (202) 224-5141.
  • Call Senator Leahy urging him to also support and vote for this same joint resolution: (202) 224-4242.
  • A similar joint resolution is being introduced by Rep. Ro Khanna in the House, so Rep. Welch should be called and asked to work with her or at least support what she brings forward: (202) 225-4115.
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