Can you help bring youth (of all ages!) to Montpelier on January 20?

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PJC Educational Programs and Events
Building Empathy and Addressing Racism
Thursdays, January 11, 18, 25, 6:45-8:45pm, at the Grand Isle School Library. Led by Hal Coston and Lauren Layn. Fees vary. Register .
 
Thursday, January 11, 12-1pm, PJC. Led by Rachel Siegel and Kyle Silliman-Smith. FREE

Saturday, January 13, 10-12pm, at the PJC. Led by Ginny Sassaman. Fees Vary. Register.

Sunday, January 14, 2:30-3pm, PJC. Learn about opportunities to get involved! FREE.

Sunday, January 14, 3-4pm, PJC. Led by Kristen Connors. FREE.

Children in the Civil Rights Movement
Monday, January 15, 10:30- 11:30am,  ZenBarn Studio , Waterbury Center.  Explore how young people can be, and have been, leaders in social justice movements.

Monday, January 15, ECHO in Burlington.  Led by Kyle Silliman-Smith.

Saturday, January 20, 1-4pm, Montpelier. On the anniversary of the inauguration, Vermonters will gather to lift the voices of our youth. Visit their Facebook page and website for more info. FREE.

Wednesday, January 24, 6-8pm, MMU High School Library, 211 Browns Trace Rd, Jericho. Hosted as a collaboration with MMU students, MMU's After Dark Program, and PJC. FREE.
 
Saturday, January 27, 12-1pm, PJC. Led by Amy Crosswhite. Also come early for a Volunteer Orientation at 11:30am. FREE.
Talking with Kids About Racism Saturdays, February 10,17,24, 11-1pm. Kimball Public Library, 67 North Main St. in Randolph. Register.

For more info on these events, visit the Upcoming Events page on our website or contact us at 863-2345 x6 or program@pjcvt.org
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Flynn Center Vouchers
Pick up a voucher for this show at PJC and pay $2 cash at the door. For current PJC members and volunteers. For information on membership click here. Come to the Peace & Justice Store to pick up your voucher. Limited supply!
  


January 27, 
7:30pm
 Conducted by Jaime Laredo featuring the VSO Chorus.


 

Vermont Youth Orchestra. Sunday, January 28, 2018, 3:00pm
Join the Vermont Youth Orchestra for its second installment of Tchaikovsky's Symphony No. 5 in E minor, Op. 64. Musicians perform the first movement and feature Vermont artists who have been inspired by Tchaikovsky. Senior soloist and tubist, Malachi Witt performs the third movement of Edward Gregson's Tuba Concerto. Other works include two dance favorites; Johann Strauss Jr.'s The Blue Danube and Arturo Márquez's Danzón No. 2.
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RAD Job Openings
Rights & Democracy  is grassroots organization in Vermont and New Hampshire dedicated to organizing everyday people to make their voices heard and win real change for their communities. Below are links to some existing job opportunities we hope to start in January: 


NH Public Engagement Coordinator (full-time)


Burlington Office Coordinator (volunteer opportunity)

RAD is an Equal Employment Opportunity employer and actively recruits people of color, women, individuals with disabilities and members of the LGBTQ community. 
Please send cover letter, resume and three references to james@radvt.org
January 9, 2018
March for Our Future

We are so excited to support the March for Our Future on January 20 in Montpelier. The planning committee is looking for more Ambassadors to help bring groups of youth to the event. Are you connected to a group through a pre-school, a K-12 school, a college, faith-based group, any community organization? If you'd like to bring a group of youth to represent your group, please do! The speaker and musical line up is looking great. Cross your fingers for good weather! And please help spread the word. Here is the facebook event.


Martin Luther King Jr. Day


"The choice is not between violence and nonviolence but between nonviolence and nonexistence."   -Martin Luther King, Jr.
 
Celebrate the life and legacy of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. by attending one of many events happening next week: 
 
  Attend one of several showings of the film, "At the River I Stand," which documents the events of the 1968 Memphis strike, the assassination of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., and the aftermath.
January 13 (Burlington), 14 (Barre), 15 (Montpelier) 6-8pm.

Martin Luther King Remembrance featuring Louis Gossett Jr. and the Montpelier Gospel Choir. Burlington. 
January 14, 3pm.

Martin Luther King Jr. Celebration at ECHO, Burlington. Various events throughout the day. 
January 15, 10-5pm.
 
Children in the Civil Rights Movement  ZenBarn Studio, Waterbury. 
January
15, 10:30-11:30am.
 
 
MLK Day Celebration at Champlain College. Dr. T. Leon Williams 
authors of  The View from the Mountaintop: What Would Dr. King Have to Say Today? ,  will share one of the book's monologues and lead a discussion about the importance of building connection across identity and difference, especially given the state of our society today. January 15, 3:30-5pm. 

Civil Rights Panel  at the First Unitarian Universalist Society, 152 Pearl St, Burlington.  January 15, 12-2pm.
From the Blog: Reflecting on Building Empathy & Addressing Racial Oppression
-Karin Ames, PJC Member
About this time two years ago, I was walking around with a lot of questions: about race, about equity, about social justice and my responsibility as a member of a local and global community. While out in public places together, I observed how well I was treated compared to my friends with brown skin. I listened to students I tutored and mentored as they described experiencing racist remarks and acts at school. One day a friend came to me wondering if he was denied a promotion because of his brown skin or the fact that English is not his first language. Or maybe both.
How do I begin to understand these issues more deeply? What is my role, as a white American of European descent, in working to address the injustices embedded in my culture? Do I even have a role? And, how do I go about even discussing this? My daughter suggested I take the Peace & Justice Center's Building Empathy: Addressing Racial Oppression workshop to begin to explore these questions. She had attended the workshop series a few months previously and thought the content, approach and space for conversation would be helpful.
Burlington Town Meeting Day Question


Just a few hundred more signatures are needed to get a question on the Burlington ballot related to the F-35s. for more information. They cannot accept online signatures so if you want to help, please print out a petition 
or have a paper copy delivered to you. After you (and your friends) sign it, you can mail it to Charles Simpson, 83 Summit Ridge, Burlington VT 05401. Or email Charles and he can pick up the petition or deliver the paper copy to you. 

The question states:
"Shall we, the voters of the City of Burlington, as part of our strong support for the men and women of the Vermont National guard, and especially their mission to 'protect the citizens of Vermont,' advise the City Council to: 1) request the cancellation of the planned basing of the F-35 at Burlington International Airport, and 2) request instead low-noise-level equipment with a proven high safety record appropriate for a densely populated area?"

Only people registered to vote in Burilngton can sign this. The deadline for signatures is in one week! Please take action if you are a Burlington voter. If you are not, please forward this request to your friends in Burlington.
Community Calendar
This is a partial listing. See more events in our public calendar.
 
January 11, Thursday
  • 5:30-7pm WILPF meeting at PJC, Burlington.
January 13, Saturday
  • 10am-12pm Caroline Fund Pro Se Legal Clinic at Lawline of Vermont, Burlington. Every Saturday.
January 14, Sunday
  • 3-5pm Militarism Study Group, Plainfield Friends Meetinghouse, 203 Martin Meadow Rd, Plainfield.
  • 5:30-7pm WILPF meeting at PJC, Burlington
january 14-15, Sunday and Monday
Training in Creative Nonviolence. Registration is appreciated. Email graceucc@gracechurchvt.org. Grace Congregational Church, Rutland.

January 15, Martin Luther King, Jr Day
See list of events in article above.

January 16, Tuesday
  • 5:30-8pm Volunteer drop-in at 350VT Office, Burlington. Every Tuesday
  • 7-9pm Grassroots Organizer Training, Unitarian Church Of Montpelier.
  • 7-8:30pm Champlain Area NAACP meeting at 427A Waterman Building, UVM, Burlington.
  • 7-8:30pm "Race: The Power of an Illusion" film screening at Kimball Public Library, Randolph
January 18, Thursday January 20, Saturday
  • 1-4pm March for our Future at State House, Montpelier.
  • 4-6pm Julia Alvarez: A Vermont Writer from the Dominican Republic at Morristown Centennial Library
January 21, Sunday
  • 7-8:30pm Central VT Climate Action meets at Unitarian Church Of Montpelier.
January 22, Monday
  • All day: Peace & Justice Store Closed for Inventory
  • 7-8:30pm Burlington Node Mtg. 350VT office, Burlington.
January 23, Tuesday
  • 6-8pm SURJ-BTV at UU Society, Burlington
  • 7-9pm Grassroots Organizer Training, Unitarian Church Of Montpelier.
  • 7:00pm "Race: The Power of an Illusion" film screening at Kimball Public Library
January 24, Wednesday
  • 6-8pm Film Screening of "13th" at Mount Mansfield Union High School, Jericho.
 
Please email events for our google calendar and enews.
Action Highlight: Equity Commission on Systematic Racism Mitigation

Systemic racism continues to be at the heart our social and political processes and policies.  The issue was acknowledged through the enactment of legislation that asked for advice through a panel, the Human Rights Commission and the Attorney General (H.308). We must now create the Commission that has the authority to take action necessary to mitigate systemic racism in Vermont.  

S.281 is the bill being put forth to do so. The Senate Judiciary chair as been asked to take up the bill and informed the sponsor of our desire to modify the bill with our proposed language. Now is the time to call for the Senate Judiciary to take up this bill. Here is what you can do to make it happen:
  1. Communicate this call to action to your organizational network
  2. Send a note to Senate Judiciary Committee requesting that they take up the bill: vermont-senate-judiciary@googlegroups.com
  3. Call state house and ask your Senator and Chairman Sears to act now. Here is the number: 828-2228
Thanks to Justice For All for your leadership on this!
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