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PJC Events & Registration Info
Wednesday, May 11, 7pm, ArtsRiot, Pine St, Burlington. Presented in partnership with VT Humanities Council. For a free copy of the book: 863-2345 x6. Click here for more info. FREE!

Building Empathy and Addressing Racial Oppression Wednesdays, May 25, June 1 & 8, 6:30-8:30pm. Brownell Library, Essex Jct. Led by Francine Serwili-Ngunga and Kyle Silliman-Smith. RSVP or call 863-2345 x6. FREE!
Mindfulness for Activists Mondays, May 16 & 23, 6:30- 8:30pm at MMU High School, Jericho. Led by Rachel Siegel and Judy Yarnall. Presented through MMU's After Dark Program. Register here, $30.
The New Jim Crow Book Discussion Tuesday, May 17, 3:30-5:30pm at SBHS, South Burlington. RSVP now and get the book for free. Click here or call (802) 863-2345 x6.
Nonviolent Activism 101 Saturday, May 28, 12-5pm, Kellogg-Hubbard Library, 135 Main St., Montpelier. RSVP 863-2345 x6 or e-mail. Presented in partnership with the Kellogg-Hubbard Library. Click here to RSVP. FREE!

Saturday, June 18, 2-4pm, Pride Center VT, 255 Champlain St, Burlington. Presented in partnership with Loving Day VT and Pride Center VT. FREE!

Saturday, July 16, 12-5pm, Pride Center VT, 255 Champlain St, Burlington. RSVP at 863-2345 x6 or e-mail . Presented with Pride Center VT. Donations accepted. Click here to RSVP

Building Empathy and Addressing Racial Oppression Tuesdays, September 13, 20, & 27, 6:30-8:30pm, Kellogg-Hubbard Library, Montpelier. RSVP  or call 863-2345 x6. Presented in partnership with the Kellogg-Hubbard Library. FREE!
Flynn Center Vouchers
Pick up a voucher for these shows at PJC and redeem it at the Flynn for a $2 ticket. For current PJC members and volunteers. For more information on PJC membership click here. Limited supply!
Kenny Barron Trio feat. Vermont All State Jazz Band  Friday,  June 10, 8pm. "One of the top jazz pianists in the world" (Los Ange les Times), Kenny Barron was honored in 2012 with a DC Jazz Festival Lifetime Achievement 
Dianne Schurr & The Legendary Count Basie Orchestra
Sunday, June 12, 8pm. " Dianne Schuur's voice is, to put it very mildly, beautiful. She has a vocal range that can deliver low, grumbly laments and high, crooning wails with equal effectiveness, and wonderful vibranto" (CMJ).
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May 10, 2016
Break Free Albany 2016
In response to the expansion of fossil fuel infrastructure in the form of oil trains, gas pipelines, and other fossil fuel projects; an act of mass civil disobedience, direct action, and rally is being planned in solidarity with front-line communities in Albany, New York this Saturday, May 14, 2016. Th ousands of people will stand in the way of the fossil fuel industry in North America. View a summary of the weekend's action camp here.
Against the wishes of the people of Albany, the New York State Capital has been a key center for fossil fuel distribution and bad decisions for our economy and our futures.
For further information on how to plug in to the upcoming action camp or to sign up for information updates contact Break Free Albany 2016.
Bluebird BBQ Community Night plus Ideas on Tap at ArtsRiot!
We're pretty excited for this Wednesday night and here's why:
We are going to start o
ff right with some delicious food from  Bluebird BBQ's Community Night and support our work here at the  Peace & Justice Center. Bluebird BBQ will donate 10% of of the entire evening's sales to the PJC! Make your reservation here or call 802-448-3070.

After enjoying the amazing barbecue up at Bluebird, please join us on Pine Street at ArtsRiot for our 7pm discussion of the landmark book  Between the World and Me by Ta-N ehisi Coates .   This latest Ideas on Tap event is   presented in partnership with the Between the World and Me book cover Vermont Humanities Council and the University of Vermont's Humanities Center and will be facilitated by Dr. Emily Bernard..
It's  all happening tomorrow night so come out on the town, enjoy the springtime weather, and have a wonderful Wednesday evening!

Smedley Butler: War is a Racket!
Actor and Performance Artist Namaya as
Major General Smedley Butler
" War  is a  racket . It always has been. It is possibly the oldest, easily the most profitable, surely the most vicious. It is the only one international in scope. It is the only one in which the profits are reckoned in dollars and the losses in lives. A racket is best described, I believe, as something that is not what it seems to the majority of the people. Only a small 'inside' group knows what it is about. It is conducted for the benefit of the very few, at the expense of the very many. Out of war a few people make huge fortunes."
Smedley Butler, 1935
Have you ever heard the name "Smedley Butler?" If you haven't, you're in for a treat. In his upcoming event at the Fletcher Free Library, performance artist Namaya brings to life the decorated Major General (a two-time Medal of Honor recipient) who went on to write War is a Racket, the 1935 tome that first laid out what would come to be referred to decades later as the "military industrial complex" by President Eisenhower. Join performance artist Namaya as he breathes new life into the words of Smedley Butler on May 25th at the Fletcher Free Library at 6pm.
For further information on the event, call (802) 863-3403.
Other Community Events
Wednesday, May 11 
  • 4:30pm-9:30pm Bluebird BBQ Community Night Supports Peace & Justice Center, Bluebird Barbecue, 317 Riverside Avenue, Burlington.10% of the evening's sales will be donated to the Peace & Justice Center. Reservations encouraged onlineor call (802) 448-3070.
  • 7-8:30pm Ideas on Tap: Between the World and Me, ArtsRiot, Pine Street, Burlington. The third of three "Ideas on Tap" evening at ArtsRiot. For more info click here.
Thursday, May 12
  • 5:30-7:30pm WILPF Meeting at the Peace & Justice Center, 60 Lake Street #1C, Burlington. Meeting of the Women's International League for Peace & Freedom.
Saturday, May 14
  • 2-4pm Global Poverty Advocacy and Action Workshop, Peace & Justice Center, 60 Lake Street, Burlington. Learn about pressing global issues, develop high impact advocacy skills including: media writing, building relationships with Congress, meeting face-to-face with members of Congress, organizing your community. Click here to learn more about how you can become a local advocate in our global movement.
  • Stop the Bomb Trains mass action for climate justice all weekend. See article and links above for details.
Sunday, May 15
  • 3-5pm Dance for Resilience "Fun-raising" Event, The Old Lantern Inn and Barn, 3260 Greenbush Rd, Charlotte. A free "funraising" event to increase awareness for the Vermont Ibutwa Initiative. Come learn how the Vermont Ibutwa Initiative is making strides to improve the lives of women in the Eastern Congo. Join in the power of community and dance for resilience! Free. Click here for more info. 
Tuesday, May 17
  • 6-8:30pm PJC Board of Directors Meeting,
    Peace & Justice Center, 60 Lake Street, Burlington. Email Rachel for more information.
Saturday, May 21
  • 10am-Noon Vets for Peace Meeting, Kellogg-Hubbard Library in Montpelier.
  • 7:30-9pm Benefit Concert for Syrian Refugees: Pianist Michael Arnowitt & Friends, First Congregational Church, Burlington. Call (802) 229-0984 or e-mail No advance tickets, donations accepted at the door.
Sunday May 22
  • 3-4:30pm Benefit Concert for Syrian Refugees: Pianist Michael Arnowitt & Friends, Montpelier High School Auditorium. Call (802) 229-0984 or e-mail No advance tickets, donations accepted at the door.
Wednesday, May 25
  • 6-7:30pm War is a Racket Performance, Fletcher Free Library, 235 College St, Burlington. The multimedia performance of "War is a Racket" covers socio-cultural and economic issues drawing parallels to the Bonus Army post WWI to issues facing returning soldiers today. General Butler warned of the military industrial complex as did Eisenhower. Now with the US Military budget in excess of $1 trillion dollars, it is vital for all Americans to hear the words of the General and engage in a thoughtful discussion about the runaway cost of the US Military. Click here for more information 
  • 7:30-9pm "You Never Call! You Never Write!" The Historical Legacy of American Jewish Mothers, Ohavi Zedek Synagogue, 188 N. Prospect St, Burlington. The Jewish Mother is a continually reinvented fixture in popular culture. Professor Joyce Antler traces her evolution from the Molly Goldberg "Yiddishe Mama" to the "monster" mother mocked by Philip Roth, nagging through history to today's intrusive "helicopter mother." For further information call (802) 864-0218.


Please tell us about other community events in Vermont. If they are mission-aligned, we are happy to list them in our google calendar and in this publication. Please email us.


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