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BEGINS TONIGHT Tuesdays, March 15, 22, & 29, 6:30-8:30pm, O'Brien Community Center, Winooski. Led by  Infinite Culcleasure and Kyle Silliman-Smith.
RSVP  or call 863-2345 x6.  
 
Thursday, March 17th, 6-8pm, and Saturday, March 19th, 1-4pm, in Swanton. Led by Dr. Denise Dunbar and Rachel Siegel. Click here to sign-up or call 863-2345 x6. 

Nonviolent Engagement in Conflict
Friday, March 18, 1-4pm. Lyndon State College, Burke Mountain Room. RSVP or call 863-2345 x6. FREE!

PJC Volunteer Orientation including a Fair Trade vs Free Trade Presentation Saturday, April 23, 3-4pm at the PJC. Join our team! 
RSVP or call 863-2345 x9 .

Alexis Lathem Poetry Reading
Sunday, April 24, 1pm at the PJC. For more info email or call 863-2345 x3. FREE!

Saturday, May 7, 10am-2pm at City Hall Park, Burlington. FREE ICE CREAM! Call (802) 863-2345 x2. FREE!

Tuesdays, May 10 & 17, 3:30- 5:30pm, at South Burlington High School. Presented in partnership with the Student Diversity Union at SBHS and PACT of South Burlington. RSVP 863-2345 x6 or e-mail. FREE!

Wednesday, May 11 at 7pm, at ArtsRiot on Pine St, Burlington. Presented in partnership with VT Humanities Council. FREE!

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!

Saturday, May 28, 12-5pm, Kellogg-Hubbard Library, 135 Main St. in Montpelier. RSVP 863-2345 x6 or e-mail. FREE

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. 
 
Flynn Tix 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 .


Monday, April 11. 7:30pm. Profoundly deaf since the age of 12, Evelyn Glennie is master of more than 1,000 percussion instruments from around the world and performed with countless artists ranging from Japan's Kodo drummers to  Björk; an intense and astounding live performer.
 

Thursday, April 14. 7:30pm. Eight incredible dancers mix hip-hop, samba, capoeira, and contemporary in a boldly imaginative show from Rio de Janerio. Companhia Urbana de Dança is alternately mesmerizing and rippling with adrenaline and raw energy.
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March 15, 2016
Burton Collaborates with Playboy 
"Our culture serves up an endless supply of reminders that a woman's sexuality and appearance are her currency and power. Burton's choice to produce a series of Playboy snowboards sends a message that objectifying women to sell boards is more important than focusing resources on empowering girls and women to stay grounded in their authentic selves. Burton is in a prime position to challenge porn culture with the message that women's unique beauty expands when they rip down mountains rather than being a pin-up plastered on a snowboard."
Cindy Pierce, author of Sexploitation: Helping Kids Develop Healthy Sexuality in a Porn-Driven World


Three ways you can help People for Porn Free Public Spaces:

1. Make a donation of any amount to help fund two full-page ads (goal = $3,000) in our local press, Seven Days & the Burlington Free Press.  We are working with The Vermont Network Against Domestic & Sexual Violence  to collect donations via check (preferred):  P.O. Box 405, Montpelier, VT 05601 or PayPal: Burton Response Ad The Vermont Network is a 501c3 which means your donations are tax deductible.

2. Call and/or e-mail the ski areas and ask them to ban the boards on their slopes. If they resist this request, please ask them to prohibit employees from using the boards at their recreational area and remove them from highly trafficked family-friendly areas, as was the practice in 2008.

3. Get in touch! If you'd like to be more involved email us at 
Hiroshima  
by John Hersey, Review by Dylan Kelley
Hiroshima by John Hersey.
Available at the Peace & Justice Store
Chapter 1: A Noiseless Flash

"At exactly fifteen minutes past eight in the morning on August 6, 1945, Japanese time, at the moment when the atomic bomb flashed above Hiroshima, Miss Toshiko Sasaki, a clerk in the personnel department of the East Asia Tin Works, had just sat down at her place in the plant office and was turning her head to speak to the girl at the next desk."

Thus begins the landmark text of  Hiroshima by John Hersey.   Initially published in The New Yorker   on August 31, 1946, John Hersey's  Hiroshima meticulously tells the story of six survivors of the atomic bombing of that city in the previous year. In a slim volume that awakens the consciousness on the brutality and gruesome senselessness of war, Hersey shatters the popular American understanding of the atomic bombings as a celebrated event and set down a new standard for literary nonfiction. The impact of Hersey's plain and understated prose was such that Albert Einstein personally ordered 1,000 copies for distribution.

By telling the story of the ordinary person's experience from the moment of detonation, Hersey burns the catastrophe of August 6, 1945 into the modern American psyche as we continue to follow headlines that scream about the dangers of radiation sickness from Fukushima, Vermont Yankee, and countless others.

Reviewing the book in 1946, the New York Times writes  "Nothing can be said about this book that can equal what the book has to say. It speaks for itself, and in an unforgettable way, for humanity."
 
The Peace & Justice Center observes Hiroshima and Nagasaki Days with our annual Songs for Hope gathering on August 6th. This year we will also commemorate the anniversaries with a book discussion of Hiroshima . More details to come.
Vermont Association for Middle Level Education Conference
The following comments were made at the end of a PJC workshop on White Fragility at the Beyond Bullying Conference on March 8:
  • "I understand now why reverse racism doesn't exist."
  • "I understand why it's so important to keep talking about race and racism."
  • "I can see that we are all racist in Vermont - even though that brings up some fragility for me to admit."
I was honored to co-present the workshop with Beverly Little Thunder (PJC Board Chair) at this statewide conference for 250 middle school students and educators. It was incredible to see the participants grow so much in a scant one hour workshop. 
 
We also gave the end note talk Youth Organizing for Change citing examples such as The Churchill Club in Nazi occupied Denmark, The Children's March in Montgomery during the Civil Rights era, and Burlington High School students (mostly Somali girls) who organized against racism a couple years ago.

As we closed the conference, students called out that the time to take action is "NOW!"

Democracy Spring March Set for April 2-11.
Next month, a large march and sit-in will descend on Washington D.C. to demand an end to big money in politics and ensure free and fair elections in which every American has an equal voice.



On April 2, the Democracy Spring march will begin at the Liberty Bell in Philadelphia and march to the steps of the U.S. Capitol in Washington. More than 2,000 people have pledged to join the protest and risk arrest between April 11-18 in what is hoped to be the largest act of civil disobedience in a generation with the hope of opening the door to reforms once considered impossible and reclaim democracy. On April 16-18, Democracy Awakening will continue the event with teach-ins, sit-ins, and more. 
 
 
If you are interested in helping to organize a bus from Vermont to this historic event please e-mail Rick Hubbard  for more information and details .
Other Community Events
Wednesday, March 16 
  • 5:15-6:15pm Mindfulness with Movement at Burlington Friends, 173 N Prospect St, Burlington. An hour of guided practice, including gentle movement, sitting meditation, and discussion. Suggested donation $5-$10. This is a weekly event. E-mail Lindsay or click here .
  • 6:30-8pm
    The March film 
    screening  at the Fletcher Free Library, Burlington. Celebrate the 50th anniversary of the March on Washington for Jobs and Freedom at this story told by the people who organized and participated in it. F or more information or call (802) 865-3403.
  • 7-8pm Reflecting on Issues of Race and Class in 21st Century Americ a McCarthy Arts Center - Saint Michael's College, Colchester. Harvard Sociologist William Julius Wilson revisits his landmark treatise, The Declining Significance of Race. Click here for more information or call (802) 654-2000.

  • 7:30pm A Children's Opera in the Holocaust: Staging Brundibár Main Street Landing Film House, Burlington. Dr. Anna Hájková, University of Warwick, United Kingdom, offers a historical biography of Brundibár. Examining the composer, the creatives, and especially the actors, Dr. Hájková will explore the Terezín ghetto through the lens of a children's opera, while placing the work back into the context of the ghetto, outside of redemptive narratives. Free.
Thursday, March 17
  • 6:30-7:30pm Toward a 99% Revolution: The 2016 Election and the Future of Progressive Politics  at the Fletcher Free Library, Burlington. Jonathan H. Martin and Terry Bouricius will discuss how bold progressive challenges to two-party politics as usual can flourish in 2016 and beyond -- with Vermont leading the way.  The speakers are contributors to a new book entitled "Empowering Progressive Third Parties in the United States."
  • 7-9pm Joanna Macy and The Great Turning Film Screening at All Souls Interfaith Gathering, Shelburne. The event is free and open to all. For more info, call 802-985-3819. Watch the trailer here.
Friday, March 18
  • 7pm Brundibar: A Musical Tale at Contois Auditorium, Burlington City Hall, Burlington. Theatre Kavanah and In Tandem Arts present a folktale of two children who must make their voices heard. Local artists team with children from area schools to invite you into an imaginative performance with a powerful message. Tickets $10 students/$15 general/$36 family pack of four (plus applicable service fees). For more information click here or call 802-503-1132.
    Also Saturday, March 19, 1pm AND 7pm, and Sunday, March 20, 1pm.
Saturday, March 19
  • 10am-12pm Vets for Peace Meeting Kellogg-Hubbard Library, Montpelier. Will Miller Green Mountain Chapter meets monthly. Click here for further info.
  • 2-7pm VT Amnesty International Annual Meeting & Social at Burlington Friends, 173 North Prospect St, Burlington. All welcome! 2-5 PM meeting / 5-7 PM Social. For more info please email Carolyn.
Sunday, March 20
  • 4:15pm Screening of Driving While Black Savoy Theatre, Montpelier. Driving While Black is a dark comedy, rooted deeply in reality... but not a reality that everybody is familiar with. With a script written with technical advice from the Sheriffs' Department in order to create something totally authentic, it shows the real deal about police attitudes towards driving while black and "race out of place." Co-Sponsored by VT ACLU. Click here
    for further information. Also Friday, March 25 at 8pm
Tuesday, March 22
  • 7pm She Sings to the Stars Film Screening and Q&A session at Marquis Theater, Middlebury. Award winning film values soulfulness in its glimpse into an unknown America: a Native American grandmother continues to inhabit the desert. Her half-Mexican grandson rushes to "make it big." An aging white magician finds himself lost at her doorstep. $10 General Admission, $8 Seniors. More info here. Also Wednesday, March 23 and Thursday, March 24.
Wednesday, March 23
  • 7:30pm Blood Diamond Screening UVM Davis Center, Burlington. Raising Money for Well Being Living Well's mission to help women and children in DR Congo. $5 suggested donation. Concession and raffle items available. Contact cykmeli@gmail.com, click here, or call 802-862-6736 x102.
Monday, March 28
  • 7-8pm An Indigenous People's History at the Fleming Musuem, Burlington. Roxanne Dunbar-Ortiz is a longtime feminist, native rights, antiwar and antiracist activist. She is a teacher and author of five books. Her most recent book, published in 2015 by Beacon Press is  An Indigenous People's History of the United States. Winner of the 2015 American Book Award and the *2015 PEN Oakland-Josephine Miles Award for Excellence in Literature, it is the first published history of the United States told from the perspective of the indigenous people of North America. Click here for more information or call (802) 656-0750.
Monday, April 4
  • 2016 Diversity Conference Catamount Country Club, Williston. Hosted by Greater Burlington Multicultural Resource Center, featuring Harvey Alston and Mayor Stephen Benjamin. Topics include Refugee & Minority Health, Opiates and Addiction, and Diversity in the Workplace. Register here. Call 802-657-4219 for more information.
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