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PJC Educational Programs & Events
Youth Activist Summit, Sunday June 16, 10-4:30,  Barre Civic Center,  All day event for youth to network and learn together.

Seeing and Disrupting Racism  S unday, June 16, 3-5pm, Montpelier Senior Center.  Developed for predominantly white audiences because efforts to end racism does not fall solely on those oppressed. Explore topics like white fragility and how it perpetuates racism.  Advance registration encouraged at the Montpelier Senior Activity Center office at 58 Barre Street or by calling their office at 223-2518.

Tuesday, June 18, 6-8pm,  PJC.  Led by people of color, for POC. A monthly gathering for POC to share their experiences. You do not have had to previously to join. FREE.  

Toxic Whiteness Discussion GroupWednesday, June 19, 12-1pm,  PJC.  This space is held specifically for white folks to process how white supremacy culture is toxic to white communities and people. FREE

Fair Trade 101: Global Trade and RacismJune 22, 2-3:00,  at PJC. Learn about the racist history of global trade and fair trade as an alternative. Stay after to learn about volunteer opportunities at PJC. FREE.

The Fire This Time book discussion June 25, 5:30-7:30pm, Malletts Bay UCC, Colchester. This is part of our Pledge to Stand for Racial Justice/Stand with Kiah book discussion series. An online video version happening on June 24, 4-5:30pm.

The Hate U Give online book discussion Thursday, June 27, 6-8pm. This is part of our Pledge to Stand for Racial Justice/Stand with Kiah book discussion series.

Frederick Douglass Reading, Saturday, July 6, 5-6pm in front of City Hall. Join us to read Frederick Douglass' most famous speech, originally delivered on July 5, 1852. Declining to speak on the 4th of July, Douglass instead castigated the United States for decades of slavery and injustice. Come and add your voice to this statewide public reading 
For more info on these events visit  Upcoming Events or contact   program@pjcvt.org
Quick Links
Racial Justice Pledge

Take our  pledge  to stand for racial justice and stand with Kiah Morris  and the other people of color harmed by racism in our state. 

By signing this pledge, you are pledging to do more than just give us your word.

Y ou are pledging to participate in one (or more) of the following book discussions that the PJC is hosting to kick-start or continue your journey into this work.
  • "The Hate U Give," Angie Thomas
  • "Microaggressions in Everyday Life, Race, Gender, and Sexual Orientation," Derald Wing Sue
  • "The Fire This Time," Jesmyn Ward
  • "Black is the Body," Emily Bernard
Youth Activist Summit
Parents! Bring your kids to Barre on June 16 our Youth Activist Summit-- a day-long, youth-led on youth activism! Whether they are already part of social justice work or want to find out how to get involved, this is the place to be.  Learn more and register here !
Celebrate Juneteenth with New Alpha Missionary Baptist Church on June 15! Juneteenth commemorates the delayed notification (on June 19, 1865) of the Emancipation Proclamation (January, 1863). Activities at the celebration include: poetry & history readings, performances, and and much more! Click here to find out more.
Vermont to Poor People's Moral Action Congress

The Poor People's Campaign is gathering in Washington DC for the Poor People's Moral Action Congress. They will launch a moral and constitutional budget, hold a forum with Presidential candidates, organize a hearing on Capitol Hill in order to force national discourse to focus on the real moral issues of our day.

A delegation of poor people from Vermont is going to DC, and could use your support to pay for the trip. Click here to learn more and to make a donation.
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June 11, 2019
The F35s Will Make Homes Unlivable 
It's now known that if the F35s come to Vermont that 2,640 homes will be affected by noise at or above 65 decibels-- that's more than the 976 outlined on sound maps for 2015. 
According to an article published in April by Seven Days , "The areas where residents will be exposed to average noise levels of more than 65 decibels will expand to the north and south, into Winooski and Williston, and tighten in the east and west, in South Burlington. The federal government considers areas with an average of more than 65 decibels 'unsuitable for residential use.'" You can plug in your address into this map to see if your home is in the noise zone. 
We already got a taste of what life with F35s will be like when they made an unexpected pit stop at the airport on May 31. Is this the life that Vermonters deserve?

Visit SaveOurSkies.org 
to learn more about the the impacts the F35s will have on our wallets, health, and children; see how you can get involved; and join their email list so you can stay up to date. 
From the Blog: Where were you for the Dandelion Run?

-Netdahe Stoddard, PJC Facilitator

I was full of positive energy and wearing a big smile as I lined up to race the 2019 Dandelion Run half marathon in Derby on May 18th. The weather was perfect for running and I was happy to be having a little stay-cation and spending my money locally in the NEK. Then I looked to my left and saw a fellow runner with a hatefully racist, violent white supremacist tattoo -- a personal billboard advocating violence against people of color in my community, in my family, and against me through association. My stomach sank and I felt strong feelings of sadness and rage. I kept my cool and informed the race director and every volunteer I saw along the route. I let them know that I was offended, that I felt personally threatened and that I expected that he would be made to leave. I was told that this would happen.

This particular race is a fundraiser for work to end interpersonal violence in our community. Yet, one of the participants was advocating violence directly and communicating support for an ideology that fuels shootings and bombings in Synagogues, Mosques, Churches, schools and other public places in our country and others.
Palestinian House of Friendship

Mohammed Sawalha of Nablus, West Bank, Palestine, is returning to Montpelier for a talk and discussion on Saturday, June 15,  7-9pm at the Unitarian Church of Montpelier.  
Mohammed is the founder and director of  the Palestinian House of Friendship (PHF), which is doing amazing work, and relies on international support.  Mohammed is a long time activist for human rights for the Palestinians, a professor, and a strong advocate of leadership roles for women and girls. He'll show photos of the West Bank and PHF activities.
Palestinian civil society has no funds for extras, as life is about finding water, food, employment and basic survival.  The U.S. has reduced its funding to UNHCR which provides services (schools, food etc.) to Palestinians in refugee camps, causing even more hardship. Mohammed will provide insight into the recent efforts of the Trump Administration to bring peace between Israel and the Palestinians.  

Donations to PHF will be welcomed, and you can donate online as well.
Community Calendar
This is a parti al listing. See more in our public  calendar .
The PJC is not directly involved in all of these events. If you have questions about a non-PJC event, please reach out to the organization listed. 
June 11, Tuesday
June 12, Wednsday
  • 12-1pm Live on the Lawn, Loving Day Edition featuring artist Myra Flynn, UVM, Burlington
  • 5:30-7:30pm A Time Bank for the White River Valley, 35 S Windsor St, South Royalton
  • 5:30-7:30pm Cancel the F-35: Planning Meeting, South Burlington Library
  • 5:30-6:30pm A Community Currency (or Exchange)? BALE Center, South Royalton
  • 6-8:30pm Over Dinner: Who's Your Person... What's Your plan?  An Advance Care Planning Presentation & Discussion, The Hive on Pine. 420 Pine St. Burlington. Tickets are $20 + a potluck dish for 10 people or $30
  • 6-8:30pm 2019 Cross Class Dialogue Circles: VIRTUAL CIRCLE #2, more info and sign up.
  • 6-8pm RAD Organizing Meeting, 423 Main St, Bennington
  • 6-8pm Families United, The Root Social Justice Center, Brattleboro
  • 7-8:30pm 350VT meeting, 115 Hillside St, Bennington
June 13, Thursday
  • 1:30-2:30pm West African Drumming with Ismael Bangoura, Clemmons Family Farm, Charlotte. Get tickets here.
  • 5:30-7:30pm Community Forum for a Hate-Free Vermont, Hartford High School, White River Junction.
June 15, Saturday June 16, Sunday June 17, Monday June 18, Tuesday
  • 10am-3pm Vermont Human Trafficking Task Force Regional Training, 204 Eastern Ave, St Johnsbury. Register here. 
  • 7-8:30pm Champlain Area NAACP meeting, 427A Waterman Building, UVM, Burlington
June 19, Wednesday
  • 6-8:30pm 2019 Cross Class Dialogue Circles - VIRTUAL CIRCLE #2, Sign up here. 
  • 6-8pm Families United, The Root Social Justice Center, Brattleboro
  • 6:30-8pm Coalition for a Livable City, Peace & Justice Center, Burlington
June 20, Thursday June 21, Friday June 22, Saturday
  • 1:30-2:30pm West African Dance with Sidiki Sylla and Ismael Bangour,. Clemmons Family Farm, Charlotte. Get tickets here. 
  • 6:30-8:30pm The Art of Loving: Celebrating 52 Years Since Loving v. Virginia Through Artistic Expression, Fletcher Free Library. Burlington
Please email us events for our google calendar and enews
Sign the petition: Demand presidential candidates oppose the first use of nuclear weapons

At any minute, the president of the United States can start a nuclear war with sole authority. There is no requirement for outside approval or a second opinion. Donald Trump's reckless behavior is shining a light on just how dangerous this situation is. But no president should have unchecked authority to destroy the world.

Right now, dozens of candidates are running to be our next commander-in-chief. We need to get them on the record now to support the No First Use of nuclear weapons. The United States should never start a nuclear war!

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