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PJC Educational Programs & Events
Tuesday, June 12. Join Loving Day VT in celebrating the legalization of interracial marriage. Free concert with Myra Flynn, 12-1pm, Davis Center lawn, UVM. Followed by a party at Zero Gravity Brewery, 5-8pm. 
 
Seeing & Disrupting Racism Tuesday, June 19, 7-8:30pm, ZenBarn Studio, 179 Guptil Rd, Waterbury Center. Honor Juneteenth by attending this workshop designed for predominantly white audiences to learn about white fragility and how it perpetuates racism. 
 
Toxic Whiteness Discussion Group Wednesday, June 20, 
12-1pm, PJC. Ongoing monthly drop-in group specifically for white people. FREE.

POC in VT Affinity Group Thursday, June 21, 6pm, A space for Vermonters of color to come together and share their experiences. Open to all POC. FREE.
 
New Volunteer Orientation  Saturday, June 23, 11:30-12pm at  the PJC. Learn about how to join our team as a volunteer! Also on July 26 at 11:30. FREE

Banana Industry
Saturday, June 23, 12pm, PJC. Learn the truth about bananas. Arrive at 11:30am to join the 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. Bring an anti-nuclear weapons poster or a peace poster. Hosted by the PJC and WILPF's Burlington Branch.
 
Building Empathy & Addressing Racial Oppression  Thursdays, September 20th, 27th and October 4th from 6:15-8:15pm at Sterling College in Craftsbury. Participants are expected to attend all three parts of this workshop. Registration is highly recommended as space is limited to 25 people. Register here. FREE.
 
For more info on these events visit Upcoming Events or contact program@pjcvt.org.
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Voices for Palestine
Note: This piece is being published as part of a regular series to bring under-reported Palestinian voices to Vermonters.

by Khalid Myshkin &  Kathy Shapiro,  Vermonters for Justice in Palestine


"Razan Ashraf Abdul Qadir al-Najjar, 21 was killed on June 1 by Israeli sniper fire as she ran in her white uniform with a red cross clearly identifying her as a medic, to treat a protester wounded in the "Great March of Return."  She was near Khan Younis and about 100 metres from the border fence that Israel erected around Gaza. Was Razan simply a human shield for Hamas, giving up her life for a photo op as is claimed in mainstream media, or was she a full blown young person with loved ones, plans, dreams?"

Nuclear Waste
A couple weeks ago, Congressional House bill H.R. 3053 passed with Rep. Welch's support. This bill would provide funds to re-open Yucca Mountain and authorize shipping of high-level nuclear waste to sites starting with one in New Mexico.

The bill will next be going to the Senate. Contact your senators and tell them the bill is a concern to you.

Visit  Beyondnuclear.org to learn more.
Vermont Surveys
Bring a social justice lens to these surveys:
 
The City of Burlington and the Burlington Business Association want to hear from you. Click here to take a survey sharing what you like about Burlington and what could use improvement.
 
The Vermont State Police would also like your feedback. Click here to fill out the survey.
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June 12, 2018
Loving Day
 
This year marks the 51st anniversary of Loving v. Virginia, the court case that legalized interracial marriage. Loving Day Vermont will be celebrating this day with performances from Myra Flyn n and later that night at Zero Gravity Craft Brewery in Burlington featuring DJ Craig Mitchell. Loving Day Ale will be on tap and $1 from each pint will benefit Loving Day VT. All ages welcome! So join Loving Day VT for these awesome events to celebrate love and the life of all multiracial people and families.
From the Blog: Celebration of African American Poetry
by 
Judith Yarnall, Sundog Poetry Center Board Member
 
As a kid in southeastern Pennsylvania, I had my nose in a book, but I did look up from time to time, including in the summer of 1955, when 14-yr. old Emmett Till was brutally murdered in Mississippi. I had to pay attention because we were the same age, because the image of his open coffin was unforgettable and the adults weren't talking about it.
Like most people, I try to make sense out of the senseless. My perplexity in 1955 eventually led to a curiosity about slavery and its legacies. And when a close friend gave me a copy of Zora Neale Hurston's  Their Eyes Were Watching God, it was like rocket fuel. I read writer after writer, immersing my imagination in African American experience. One of these writers was Gwendolyn Brooks, who lived in Southside Chicago and wrote loving, tart poems about her children at a time when children were not considered a proper subject for published poetry. Brooks influenced my own work and it will be a special pleasure to pay homage to her June 22 nd at Clemmons Family Farm in Charlotte.
Celebrate Juneteenth


June 19, known as Juneteenth, is a day celebrated by Black Americans to commemorate the ending of slavery in the United States. It is a time for assessment, self-improvement, and for planning the future.

To honor this day, but also recognize how far we have to go, we're collaborating with Zenbarn Studio in Waterbury center o n Tuesday, June 19 from 7-8:30pm to host Seeing & Disrupting Racism

This program was developed for predominantly white audiences because efforts to end racism do not fall solely on those who are oppressed.

For any questions contact program@pjcvt.org or call 863-2345 x9. 
Community Calendar
This is a partial listing. See more in our public calendar.

June 12, Tuesday
  • 12-1pm Loving Day with UVM Live featuring Myra Flynn, Davis Center Outdoor Stage (rain location: Brennan's Pub, Davis Center), Burlington
  • 5-8pm Loving Day at Zero Gravity Brewery, Burlington.
June 13, Wednesday
  • 6-8pm RAD Organizing Team Meeting, 423 Main St, Bennington.
  • 6-8pm Families United at The Root Social Justice Center, Brattleboro. Every Wednesday.
  • 7-8:30pm 350VT Meeting, 115 Hillside St, Bennington.
June 14, Thursday
  • 5:30-7pm WILPF meeting at PJC, Burlington.
June 15, Friday
  • 5:30-7:30pm Mother Up! Monthly Meet-up (3rd Fridays) North Branch Nature Center, Montpelier.
June 16, Saturday
June 17, Sunday
  • 10am-5pm Poor People's Week Six: A New and Unsettling Force, Montpelier.
  • 4:45-9pm Poor People's Campaign training at PJC, Burlington.
  • 7-8:30pm Central VT Climate Action meeting at UU Church, Montpelier.
June 18, Monday
  • 5:30-8pm Youth 4 Change at The Root Social Justice Center, Brattleboro.
June 19, Tuesday
  • 6-8pm 350VT node meeting, Burlington.
  • 7-8:30pm Champlain Area NAACP meeting, 427A Waterman Building, UVM, Burlington.
June 20, Wednesday
  • 11-11:45am Libraries Rock! Pope Memorial Library, Danville. Author and master drummer, Saragail Benjamin, will bring drums for everyone to play. She'll teach us to play together, then we'll drum a story! Dance it! Sing it! Rock it to the moon! Creative, innovative fun for all ages!
  • 1-1:45pm Libraries Rock! St Johnsbury Public Library.
  • 6:30-8pm Coalition for a Livable City meeting at PJC, Burlington.
June 21, Thursday
  • 10-10:45am Libraries Rock! Milton Public Library. See June 20.
  • 11:30am-1pm Vigil at TDBank. Sponsored by the Upper Valley Affinity Group. For more information. Woodstock.
  • 5-7:30pm A NEW AMERICAN FAMILY: Photographs & Text. Prem and Mana Bhattarai, originally from Bhutan, now live in Winooski with their four children, Prem's mother, and granddaughter Blossom. Prem and Mana met in a refugee camp in Nepal after the Bhutanese government stripped 100,000 people of their citizenship and during 1990-1992 forced them to flee the country. O'Brien Community Center, Winooski.
  • 6-11pm The Outright Gayla, 61 Summit St, Burlington.
  • 6-8pm POC in VT Affinity Group at PJC, Burlington.
Saturday, June 23
June 26, Tuesday
  • 6-8pm Save Our Skies from the F35s meeting at PJC, Burlington.
  • 6-8pm SURJ-BTV, First Unitarian Universalist Society, Burlington.
June 27, Wednesday
  • 6-8pm Rights & Democracy/RAD Organizing Team Meeting, 423 Main St, Bennington.
June 28, Thursday

 Please email events for our google calendar and enews.
Action Highlight: CODEPINK Peace Treaty
Inspired by the Vietnam-era People's Peace Treaty, concerned U.S. peace groups have initiated a historic People's Peace Treaty with North Korea. Please sign this People's Peace Treaty. Pass it around to your friends, neighbors, and colleagues. Share it on Facebook and Twitter. Let's show Trump, Bolton, and Secretary of State Pompeo that the people of the world demand peace.

CODEPINK is part of an international women's peace delegation that is in South Korea right now. Before this announcement about the cancelled talks, they were hearing about the wonderful hopes and dreams that Korean women have been nurturing for the first time in 70 years, that they might live without the fear of war. The Koreans, especially the women, are determined to move forward making peace and backing the tremendous diplomatic efforts of their leader, President Moon. We must support them.

Sign this historic People's Peace Treaty here and get at least 10 friends to sign on. The five people who get the most signatures will all get special gifts from South Korea, where we are working with our allies to stop war on the Korean Peninsula. Top signature gatherers will be tracked on this leader board.
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