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Upcoming Events
Building Empathy and Addressing Racism
Mondays October 3, 10, & 17, 6:45-8:45pm, Sterling College, Simpson 3, Craftsbury Common. Led by Alyssa Chen and Rachel Wilson. Sign up here or call.

Border of Light Global Vigil
Saturday, October 8, 6-7pm,  PJC (60 Lake St), Burlington. See article for more information. 
 
Saturdays, October 15, 22 & 29, 3-5pm, PJC. Discussion group facilitated by Traci Griffith and Rachel Siegel. Sign up here or call.

Peace & Justice Center Prospective Facilitator Gathering

Thursday, October 20, 7-8:30pm, PJC. Light refreshments. E-mail or call.

Peace & Justice Center Annual Membership Meeting
Sunday, October 23, 3-5pm, PJC. Overview of current work, voting on new board members, and more.

"Kingdom of the Unjust: Behind the U.S.-Saudi Connection" by Medea Benjamin, Book Tour
Wednesday, October 26, 4:30-6:30pm, at the PJC.

Cocoa Campaign Talk
Thursday, October 275-6pm, PJC. Led by Amy Crosswhite.

"Agents of Change" Film
Thursday, October 27, 7:30-10pm, at Main Street Landing (Film House), 60 Lake St, Burlington. Film Fest. schedule released October 5.

Nonviolent Activism 101
Thursdays, November 3 & 10, 6-8, Mount Mansfield Union High School, 211 Browns Trace Rd, Jericho. Sign up online or to waive the fee please call PJC.


PJC Volunteer Orientation
Saturday, November 5, 3-4pm. Led by Kristen Connors, includes a presentation on Fair Trade vs Free Trade. Email or call 863-2345 X9

"One Bead at a Time" by Beverly Little Thunder, Book Release and Signing
Tuesday, November 15, 5-7:30pm, at the PJC.

 "The Pitkin Kids Learn About Recycling!" by John Powell, Book Reading and Signing 

Friday, November 18, 5-6pm, at the PJC. 
Flynn Center 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.

Available next week. Limited supply! Email to confirm availability.
 
10/7 at 8pm : Rennie Harris  Puremovement encompasses rich African-American traditions voiced by a new generation, providing a sincere view of the spirit of hip-hop.


10/14 at 8pm
: Esperanza Spalding: Emily's D+Evolution. "A fresh artistic vision for the four-time Grammy winner, a daring tapestry of music, vibrant imagery, performance art, and stage design." -Ebony  

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If you would like an event listed, please email calendar@pjcvt.org  
Join us on Mon, Oct 10, 5pm for Indigenous People's Day. 
 
March and rally in solidarity with Standing Rock's struggle against the Dakota Access Pipeline. We will meet on the green outside of the upper entrance to the UVM's Davis Center and march to the DoubleTree Hotel in South Burlington, where a major public Vermont Gubernatorial debate is being held, to push for a "Clean and Green New Deal" for Vermont. More information. More info here.
September 27, 2016
Border of Lights
The first annual Border of Lights vigil took place in 2012 at the border of Haiti and the Dominican Republic to remember the 1937 Haitian Massacre where thousands were murdered. This year, the PJC and other groups around the world will host satellite events to create a global vigil.

Join the Burlington Border of Lights Vigil in front of the PJC on Saturday, October 8, 6:00pm to light candles and stand in solidarity with those at the Haiti-DR border.

Additionally, at 8:45 p.m. there will be a live Twitter/Facebook Q&A session with Border of Lights. See info about that here.
 
Another Migrant Justice Leader Arrested
Last week, undercover agents with Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) arrested Migrant Justice leader Miguel Alcudia. One of many Vermont immigrant dairy workers targeted by ICE in recent months, Miguel was arrested after agents staked out his farm and followed him as he drove to the bank to deposit a hard-earned paycheck.



Click here to read more about the case and sign the petition for his release. Join us on Saturday, October 1, 12:00 outside the Federal Building in Burlington (152 Pearl St.) to demand freedom for Miguel and an end to state violence against communities of color! 

World Beyond War Conference Report 

PJC co-founder, Robin Lloyd, along with St. Michael's professors Laurie Gagne and John Reuwer, attended the World Beyond War conference in Washington DC last weekend. The event brought together non-violence advocates and anti-war activists and organizations in an intense sharing experience that included 21 arrests for civil disobedience at the Pentagon.

We will give a report back on this conference to the Burlington community on Thursday, Sept 29 at 4:30 at the PJC. All are invited. Future steps are solicited.  Please spread the word.



Some of us realized, even as activists, that we have been affected by the widespread apathy and cynicism that pervades our country. But speakers gave us reason for hope. John Dear, former director of the Fellowship of Reconciliation said that "We are not powerless. A public action campaign of nonviolence is essential. A new world is coming. We must recover from the blindness that comes from killing."

Former Representative Dennis Kucinich, rebuffed from trying to limit military spending in Congress, stated, "War is a racket. We have to stop this racket. We have to reclaim our country." And Ira Helfand, co-president of the International Physicians for the Prevention of Nuclear War  pleaded that we face a stark choice: begin steps to ban nuclear weapons, or face the risk of accelerated conflict due to climate change leading to a 'nuclear exchange' that could permanently damage the human race and the earth.

We were inspired and unsettled by the world view presented by our speakers and confirmed during the energetic question and answer session that followed each presentation. We hope to see you on Thursday.
 
    
Heartfulness Meditation

"The best and most beautiful things in the world cannot be seen or even touched. They must be felt with the heart.'' - Helen Keller   

Heartfulness Meditation is a health and wellness program that offers a simple and practical way for relaxation and  heart-based meditation.

Join us for a informational session at the PJC on Sunday, October 2 or Monday, October 3 at 6:00. More information at Heartfulness.org.

  
Mercy Peace Initiative Grants
Do you have a great idea for a peace-building project that just needs a little money to get off the ground? If so, the Sisters of Mercy Peace Initiative Awards Committee would like to hear from you. We are accepting applications until October 10.

The committee is looking for applications which reflect 1) a commitment to principles of non-violence; 2) democratic organization; and 3) diversity or a commitment to diversity. All proposals must involve the wider community and special attention will be given to projects which focus on youth.

For more information and to receive an initial application form, please e-mail Laurie Gagne .

Other Community Events
Wednesday, September 28
  • 11:30am Raise the Wage Press Conference & Speak Out, Christ Episcopal Church, 64 State St. Montpelier. Launching the Raise the Wage campaign to win a $15 minimum wage by 2020.  Followed by a community speak out about the need for living wages for all workers in Vermont.

Thursday, September 29

  • 4:30-6pm A report back on the World Beyond War Conference at PJC. See above.
     
  • 7pm A Legacy of Love: Teaching Non-Violence to Heal a World Consumed by Violence with Gandhi's grandson, Arun Gandhi. McCarthy Arts Center, St Michael's College, Colchester, VT
Saturday, October 1
  • 12 noon. Join Migrant Justice outside the Federal Building in Burlington to demand freedom for Miguel Alcudia. See above.
  • 7pm Ethiopean Feast & Boogie Benefit to benefit ONE LOVE THEATER: educating about AIDS and gender equality in rural Ethiopia. Come dance to the New Nile Orchestra & Band of the Land. Ethiopian arts & crafts for sale. Burnham Hall, 52 E River Rd, Lincoln, VT. $10 (kids under 12 free). Ethiopian food: $10 a plate, $5 for kids. Tickets at the door or call 802-453-6195.
Sunday & Monday, October 2 & 3
Monday, October 3
  • 6:15pm Burlington-Bethlehem-Arad Sister City Committee meeting at Miller Center, 130 Gosse Court, Burlington.
Wednesday, October 5
  • 7pm. Is War Necessary? A Conversation with David Swanson and Mark Allman. David Swanson, author of War is a Lie and founder of World Beyond War, and Mark Allman, author of Who Would Jesus Kill? and Professor of Christian Social Ethics at Merrimack College, will bring their different perspectives to bear on the issue of just war vs. pacifism in the 21st century. McCarthy Arts Center, St Michael's College.
Saturday, October 8
  • 6pm Border of Lights Global Vigil at PJC. See above.
Monday, October 10
  • 5pm Indigenous People's Day March and Rally for People and the Planet Over Profit. More information.
  • 6pm Vermonters for a Just Peace in Palestine/Israel meeting at PJC.
Tuesday, October 11
  • 7pm Champlain Area NAACP meeting at 427A Waterman Building, UVM. Meetings are every second Tuesday of the month. More information.
Thursday, October 13
  • 5:30pm The Women's International League of Peace and Freedom meeting at PJC. All are welcome to attend. More info: Robin Lloyd 862-4929. 
Please tell us about other community events in Vermont. If they are mission-aligned, we are happy to list them in our google calendar and in this publication. Please email us.
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