-- important information about the nurses' strike at the end of this email.
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PJC Educational Programs & Events
Monday, July 16, 12-1pm,  PJC. This space is held specifically for white people because ending oppression doesn't fall solely on the oppressed. Process how white supremacy culture is toxic to white communities and individuals. FREE

Talking with Kids About Racism Tuesdays, July 17, 24, and 31, 7-9pm  at ZenBarn studio, 179 Guptil Rd, Waterbury Ctr. This three part discussion group addresses the impact of racism on our children. It is designed to help people discuss these issues with children in a meaningful and age-appropriate way.

POC in VT Affinity Group  Thursday, July 19, 6pm, PJC. A space for Vermonters of color share their experiences. Open to all POC. FREE.
 
Saturday, July 21,  2-3pm PJC. Learn about the issue of child slavery and human trafficking in the cocoa industry. Brainstorm solutions and create tangible action steps that you can take. Arrive at 1:30pm for a New Volunteer Orientation. FREE.
 
Saturday, August 4, 2-3pm,  PJC. Learn damaging globalization policies and practices and how Fair Trade seeks to counterbalance this. Arrive at 1:30 for a New Volunteer Orientation. FREE.
Sunday, August 5, 6pm,
Downtown Burlington. Meet at the top of Church St. near the UU Society of Burlington, 152 Pearl St. Event ends at the Waterfront. Hosted by the PJC and WILPF's Burlington Branch.
 
Seeing and Disrupting Racism Sunday August 12, 3-4pm, PJC.  This program was developed for predominantly white audiences because efforts to end racism do not fall solely on those oppressed. Learn how white fragility perpetuates racism and specific ways to disrupt that cycle. FREE.
 
For more info on these events visit Upcoming Events or contact program@pjcvt.org.
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Voices from Palestine
Note: This piece is a part of a regular series from Vermonters for Justice in Palestine to share under-reported Palestinian voices. 
 
A.S., a 13-year old in Silwan 
 
"At 4 am, we heard a loud knock at the door. We didn't think they were coming to arrest anyone, we thought they were coming to demolish our house, as we have a pending demolition order. My father called out, asking who it was. The soldiers identified themselves and said they were coming to arrest 'Hamada'. Without opening the door, my father replied, that they had the wrong house; there was no Hamada here..."
 
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July 10, 2018
Talking with Kids About Racism
 
Join us on July 17, 24, and 31 at ZenBarn Studio in Waterbury for Talking with Kids About Racism . This three-part program addresses the difficulty of discussing race and racism with children. Explore the impact of racism on our children and learn how to talk to them about these issues in a meaningful and age-appropriate way.
 
Here's what past participants had to say:
 
LEARN
" [I learned] how to be comfortable with the uncomfortable;" and how "to become aware of my own prejudices, especially those that exist at the subconscious level."
 
"I learned that you can't solve everything in one day. But taking small steps and holding yourself accountable can take you far when undoing racism on a personal level. The discussion is never over and there's always more that you can learn in regard to race and racism."
 
PARTICIPATE
"I thought the training was well facilitated with varying levels of interaction that allowed for engagement at participants' personal comfort levels."
 
"Splitting into triads for the [roleplay] scenarios with time to debrief and work on strategies before presenting to the larger group worked best and was super helpful. I especially appreciated when the facilitators shared personal stories and examples of using strategies / making mistakes / confronting racism."
 
ACT
"I plan to have those difficult conversations when they arise and to not back away."
 
"I plan to work on not avoiding conversations about race. I want to turn interactions into an opportunity to learn whenever I can."
 
Spots are still open. Click here to register now.
From the Blog: An endless sea of blue like the Managua sky

(translated by Trish O'Kane)

I've never been a marcher. I don't like to feel used by anyone. But this time, I marched and wore black as requested. I marched because I am grieving for those 30 murdered young people. I never thought that our former heroes who fought to overthrow the Somoza dictatorship, and today who are in power, would kill so many young people in cold blood just for protesting, just because they were fed up with the abuse they live with every day.
Planting Hope is Vermont- and Nicaraguan-based organization that  raises money to support Nicaraguan communities and brings Vermonters (usually high school students) to Nicaragua. Click here to hear from Jed Lowy, a participant of this program, and to learn how you can help support this organization.
PJC Fall Internships
J oin our totally radically team as a 2018 fall intern
 
 
 The deadline is July 27. Visit our website to apply now!
Women's International League for Peace and Freedom 
Seven Days recently wrote a article about Robin Lloyd, a well known, lifelong activist (who happens to be one of the original PJC members!). You can read the article here.

Join Robin and other Women's International League for Peace and Freedom (WILPF) members on July 12 for a presentation and discussion on Militarism and Masculinity at the PJC. Click here for more information.



Happy belated birthday, Robin, and thank you for all of your work!
Community Calendar
This is a partial listing. See more in our public calendar .
 
July 10, Tuesday
  • 6-8pm Save Our Skies from the F35s at Fletcher Free Library, Burlington.
July 11, Wednesday
  • 6-8pm  RAD Organizing Team Meeting. 423 Main St, Bennington
  • 6-8pm Families United. The Root Social Justice Center, Brattleboro.
  • 7-8:30pm 350VT Local Group Meeting. 115 Hillside St, Bennington.
July 12, Thursday
July 13, Friday
Burlington July 14, Saturday
July 15, Sunday
July 17, Tuesday
  • 6-8pm 350VT meeting 350VT Office, 22 Church St, Burlington.
  • 6-8pm Save Our Skies from the F35s at PJC, Burlington.
  • 7-8:30pm Champlain Area NAACP meeting. 427A Waterman Building, UVM, Burlington.
July 18, Wednesday
July 19, Thursday
  • 11:30am-1pm Vigil at TDBank to protest pipeline investments, Woodstock.
  • 6-8pm POC in VT Affinity Group at PJC, Burlington.
  • 7am-Saturday 7am, 48 hour picket at UVM Medical Center in support of the Nurses' Union.
July 20, Friday
  • 5:30-7:30pm Mother Up! Monthly Meet-up (3rd Fridays)?, North Branch Nature Center, Montpelier.
July 21, Saturday
July 24, Tuesday
  • 6-8pm Save Our Skies from the F35s at PJC, Burlington.
  • 6-8pm SURJ-BTV at First Unitarian Universalist Society, Burlington.
July 25, Wednesday

 Please email events for our google calendar and enews.
Action Highlight: UVM Nurses Strike
On Thursday, July 12th, the Registered Nurses, Licensed Practical Nurses, and Nurse Practitioners who work at UVM Medical Center will walk off the job to demand safe staffing and to protest unfair labor practices by hospital management. This will be  a 48 hour continual picket of the main hospital starting on Thursday morning. Click here for more details. Picket line locations and times can be found on Vermont Federation of Nurses and Health Professionals page. There are also rallies set with the schedule on the page.

 
 
If you want to show your support here are a few ways you can do so:
  • There will be an Informational Picket by community supporters today, Tuesday July 10, at 6 pm at the main entrance of the UVM Medical Center.  They need people so sending out a call and email alerts.
  • Donations of food, water, snacks coolers, etc. are being collected for the strike. Visit the Food Prep for UVMMC Nurses Strike Facebook page
     for details.
  • Join the picket line any time from Thursday 7am-Saturday 7am.
  • Email knowles.meredith@gmail.com (571-225-0946) if you can help with transport (pick up and transport).
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