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In This Issue
PJC Events & Registration Info
Thursday, March 3, 7-8pm, Kellogg Hubbard Library, Montpelier. For more info email or call 863-2345 x6.

Fair Trade vs Free Trade Presentation, with a focus on health
Monday, March 7, 5:30pm, UVM Medical Center, Burlington, specific space TBA. For more info email or call 863-2345 x3. FREE!

PJC Volunteer Orientation including a Fair Trade vs Free Trade Presentation Thursday, March 10, 3-4pm at the PJC. For more info or to register email or call 802-863-2345 x6 . FREE!

Nonviolent Engagement in Conflict  ( family friendly) 
Sunday, March 13 from 11:30-12:30pm at ECHO, Leahy Center for Lake Champlain in Burlington. Call 863-2345 x6 for more info.

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. RSVP or call 863-2345 x6. 

Nonviolent Engagement in Conflict
Friday, March 18, 1-4pm. Lyndon State College, Lyndonville. 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!
  
Wednesdays, May 11, 18, & 25, 6:30-8:30pm. Brownell Library, Essex Jct. Led by Francine Serwili-Ngunga and Kyle Silliman-Smith. RSVP or call 863-2345 x6. 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 specific 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 .

Tuesday, March 8. 7pm. This family-friendly version of Dr. Suess's classic tale is perfect for all audiences, as the Cat transforms a dull rainy day into an amazing adventure.


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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Center Hours
Monday-Friday: 10am-6pm
 
Store Hours
Monday-Saturday 10am-6pm
Sundays 10am-2pm

Hours are subject to change. Call 802-863-2345 x2 to confirm.
 
Location
60 Lake Street, 1C
Burlington Waterfront.
(Next to The Skinny Pancake)
 
If you would like an event listed, please email calendar@pjcvt.org  
March 1, 2016
XOXO: An Exhibit about Love & Forgiveness
By Nina Ridhibhinyo
Director of Programs & Exhibits
 
Currently and through May 15, ECHO is hosting the wonderful exhibit XOXO: An Exhibit about Love & Forgiveness from the Pittsburgh Children's Museum. Through facial expressions, words, movement, and art-making, this exhibit provides visitors the opportunity to think about and explore feelings. ECHO chose to host XOXO, in part, because we recognized the opportunity to extend the work we began with the powerful RACE: Are We So Different? exhibit in 2012.
 
When our internal team began talking about our goals for a series of special XOXO Sundays, which would pair with our annual MLK Jr. Day celebration, we knew we wanted the Peace & Justice Center to be involved. The result has been a partnership at three special XOXO program days at the museum, including MLK Jr. Day (which took place in January and hosted over 1200 community members), XOXO Special Sunday: Peace & Reconciliation (March 13th), and XOXO Special Sunday: Love the Earth (April 10th). During these days, PJC educators explore a history of children in movements for peace and teach families how to engage in conflict as a tool to better understand and connect to each other. PJC made these events truly meaningful community conversations, and we hope this is just the beginning of many collaborations to come.
 
To read more about this partnership and exhibit click here.

International Women's Day
On Saturday, March 12 from 1-2pm we invite you to the King Street Center, 87 King Street, Burlington, to join us and the rest of the world in celebrating and honoring the women and girls of the planet and to use this day to commit ourselves to ensuring the rights of women of all ages so they can lead secure, creative, healthy, and free lives.
 
  •  Meet and converse with the diverse women who form our community  
  • Taste international treats prepared by local women   
  • Hear about three community members being honored for their work.   
Sponsored by: Burlington College Institute for Civic Engagement, The Caroline Fund, The Laura Kate Winterbottom Memorial Fund, Zonta Club of Burlington, Hope Works, City of Burlington, and the Peace & Justice Center.

This event is FREE and all are welcome to attend.
Beyond the Seal  Interactive Documentary
If you're like us, most of what you know about your delicious bananas, comes from the colorful sticker. The exhilarating web documentary Beyond the Seal  boldly portrays the realities of the banana industry and deepens our understanding of where those Equal Exchange and Fair Trade bananas come from.

Join the PJC in celebrating  Equal Exchange Banana Month. Check out the quick video below and watch the full interactive web documentary here to go on a journey that will make you look just a little bit closer at that bunch of bananas on your kitchen counter.


Beyond the Seal: Banana Farmers Fight for Fair Trade Fruit
Beyond the Seal: Banana Farmers Fight for Fair Trade Fruit
Report Back from Winooski's Activism 101 Workshop
By Daphne Cavanaugh
PJC Spring 2016 Intern


I found Nonviolent Activism 101 to be a meaningful event. This two-part workshop brought me new insight to the topics of nonviolence and oppression and left me even more excited for Building Empathy and Addressing Racial Oppression, a three-part workshop coming up in March, which will also be in Winooski, where I live. 
 
Photo by Daphne Cavanaugh
 
The first session started with an activity to understand each participant's own privilege and the privilege of the other people in the room. Then we paired up and brainstormed systematically privileged groups and their counter-part, systematically oppressed groups. We then discussed these and build a massive list together. Once we developed a extensive list we discussed the cycle of power and how a nonviolent movement can disrupt this cycle. We then had a discussion of Kenneth E. Boulding's three faces of power, focusing on integrative power. The night ended with journaling and each participant sharing some key thoughts from the night.

The second night we spent a large portion of the evening on CLARA. CLARA is a de-escalation technique that stands for Calm and Center, Listen, Affirm, Respond, Add Information . CLARA works with all ages and is meant to be used as a tool to become closer to those you find yourself in conflict with. It is important to have tools like this when building a movement of nonviolence because many different personalities and passions come together and conflict can bring increased understanding and solutions for change as well as hardship, and often times the difference lies in the way that the conflict is approached. We concluded this program by talking through the steps of a coordinated nonviolent campaign, using a local example.
 
thoroughly suggest coming to an upcoming workshop with the Peace & Justice Center. These events are not only informational, they are exciting and designed to help people learn from all who are in the room, not just the facilitator or discussion leader.
Other Community Events
Wednesday, March 2 
  • 5:15-6:15pm Mindfulness with Movement at Friends-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.
Monday, March 7
  • 6:15-8pm Burlington-Bethlehem-Arad Sister City Committee Meeting at the Miller Center, 130 Gosse Court, Burlington. Call 802-865-7272 for more info.
  • 6:30-8:30pm Save Open Space Burlington Meeting at the Peace & Justice Center, 60 Lake Street, Burlington. Community group working to protect the land around Burlington College. Click here for further information.
  • 7-8:30pm Screening & Discussion of Makers: Women in Politics  at the Manchester Community Library, 138 Cemetery Ave, Manchester Center. View profiles of women in public office who were "firsts" in their fields. From the first woman elected to Congress in 1916 to a young woman running for Detroit City Council in 2013, the documentary explores the challenges confronting American women in politics. Free and open to the public. Call 802-362-2607 for further information.
Tuesday, March 8
  • 7-8:30pm Champlain Area NAACP meetings are every second Tuesday of the month. Click here for more information.
  • 8-9:30pm Guns and Greed: The World of International Arms Trafficking at McCarthy Arts Center, Saint Michael's College, 18 Campus Rd, Colchester. Presented by Kathi Lynn Austin, an expert presentation  of field investigations into the illegal trade of weapons, illegal resource exploitation, transnational crime, and terrorism. For further information e-mail Laurie or call 802-654-2536. 
Thursday, March 10
  • 11am-12pm New Volunteer Orientation at the Peace & Justice Center, 60 Lake Street, Burlington. New volunteers learn the history of the PJC, our current state-wide projects, and about the importance of fair trade in regard to the impact of free trade deals that effectively oppress communities around the world. Email Kristen for further info or call 802-863-2345 x7.
  • 5:30-7:30pm WILPF Meeting at the Peace & Justice Center, 60 Lake Street, Burlington. The Women's International League for Peace and Freedom. All are welcome to attend.
Friday, March 11
  • 7-8pm Brundibar: A Musical Tale at Contois Auditorium, Burlington City Hall, 149 Church Street, 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 all performance dates and times and/or more information click here or call 802-503-1132.
Saturday March 12
  • 1-3pm Burlington International Women's Day Celebration at King Street Center, 87 King Street, Burlington. We invite you to join us and the rest of the world in celebrating and honoring the women and girls of the planet and to use this day to commit ourselves to ensuring the rights of women of all ages so they can lead secure, creative, healthy, and free lives. Event is FREE and all are welcome to attend. For further information e-mail Kelli or call 802-862-6736 x102.

 

Sunday, March 13
  • 10-5pm XOXO Special Sunday: Peace & Reconciliation, $4 reduced admission day. As part of the museum's hosting of XOXO: An Exhibit About Love & Forgiveness, ECHO is offering a series of special Sundays around topics of love and forgiveness. Join us Sunday, March 13 as we explore peace and reconciliation. We will share food samples from some of Burlington's many cultural groups, explore ideas of justice, and consider ways to engage in conflict non-violently.
     
    • 10:30 Love & Forgiveness Storytime & Craft
    • 11:00 Multi-cultural Food Samples
    • 11:30 Nonviolent Engagement in Conflict with the Peace & Justice Center
    • 12:30 Repairing Harm through Restorative Practices with Community Justice Centers of Chittenden County
    • 2:00 Film Viewing: Promises: What is it really like to live in Jerusalem? We will watch excerpts from the movie Promises, which follows seven children - Palestinian and Israeli - as they think about war, peace and just growing up.
Monday, March 14
  • 6-8pm Vemonters for a Just Peace in Palestine/Israel Meeting at the Peace & Justice Center, 60 Lake Street, Burlington. Vermonters work to support the survival of the Palestinian people and to end the illegal, immoral, and brutal Israeli occupation through education, advocacy, and action. For more information e-mail vtjp@vtjp.org. All are welcome!
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