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Upcoming Events
"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.

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

Veteran's Day Event: "Healing a Soldier's Heart" Sunday, November 13, 3:30 reception, 4:30 film screening followed by discussion with Ed Tick, founder of Soldier's Heart.

"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.

Limited supply! Email to confirm availability.

10/27 at 8pm The Triplets of Belleville with live music.

11/1 at 10am Macbeth Matinee and 7:30pm Macbeth Evening show.
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October 25, 2016
Making Peace: Internationally, Domestically, and in all our Campaigns for Change
We are so excited to have Medea Benjamin coming to our Center tomorrow. Medea is a co-founder of CODEPINK and is known for her direct actions to interrupt military operations worldwide. She has a newly-published book, "Kingdom of the Unjust: Behind the US-Saudi Connection," and will be here for a book talk and Q&A 4:30-6:30, Wednesday, October 26.
The overt violence of military operations is visible to all. What is sometimes less easy to articulate, is the way our policies allow aggression and violent actions to persist. Below is my response to the situation in Winooski when Jesse Beshaw was shot and killed by Iraqi Vet and State Police officer Nick Palmier:

Is Abiding by Use-of-Force Protocol Enough to Exonerate a Police Killing?

Deputy Nick Palmier, who shot and killed Jesse Beshaw in Winooski last month, acted in accordance with law enforcement protocols. This was determined by the State's Attorney's office, and agreed upon by the "Voice of the Free Press" and others who saw the video footage of the death. While it was determined, conclusively, that Deputy Palmier acted within the law, it is not the end of the story.
I think we would do well to look beyond simple use-of-force protocols when investigating an "incident" that includes one human taking another human's life. Killing someone is not simple and deserves in-depth analysis so that if there is any way to do better in the future, we will... Continue reading here.
For those interested in exploring further how to utilize active nonviolence for change, we are glad to once again offer our Nonviolent Activism 101 - this time in Jericho as a two-part workshop on November 3 and 7. This program outlines how systems of power and privilege maintain oppression and create violence as well as how to plan long term strategies to overcome these systems. These strategies can be put to use for any issue area you are passionate about be it queer rights, immigrant rights, environmental justice, or another political or social movement.

The Peace & Justice Center's programs and campaigns address many issues. We truly believe that without addressing the intersecting nature of social and economic justice, peace and human rights, we will not be adequately equipped to dismantle the systems that hold us from our true potential as loving, compassionate, joyful beings. And that is our goal - to create as much peace and justice as possible so more people have a chance to live a dignified life with all our needs met including healthy relationships, valuable work, access to material needs, safety, beauty, and community connections.

I hope to see you soon, if not at Medea's talk tomorrow, then at one of our other related events in the future - and they are all related! 
Other Community Events
Tuesday October 25
  • 5:30pm Public Forums on Law Enforcement Community Interaction. Bennington Firehouse Meeting Room, 130 River St, Bennington
Thursday, October 27
  • 7pm A Vision For Fair Development. Building a Burlington that works for all and a process for Fair Development. Panelist include Shay Totten, Carina Driscoll, Senowa Mize-Fox, and Selene Colburn. More info: James Haslam or 802-272-0882.
  • 7:30 "Agents of Change," documentary film about the racialized conditions of college campuses that lead to protest movements in the 1960s. Part of the VT International Film Festival with sponsorship from PJC. Abby Ginsberg, the directing will be onsite for a Q&A. More info here.
Tuesday, November 1
  • 7pm Shaun King speaking at Mead Chapel, Middlebury College. King is an American writer and civil rights activist. He is noted for his use of social media to promote religious, charitable, and social causes, including the Black Lives Matter movement. Check out Facebook event here.
Wednesday, November 2
  • 7pm Western Bombs, Eastern Societies:  The Destruction of Nations and 'Humanitarian' Interventionism. Will Miller Social Justice Lecture Series is proud to present Vijay Prashad, Indian historian, writer, and commentator.  His most recent book is The Death of the Nation and The Future of the Arab Revolution. Livak Ballroom, Davis Ctr, UVM.
  • 7pm Chronicling the Other America: A 25 year Retrospective. Kotlowitz is an award-winning journalist /author who has been exploring issues of race and poverty in America for more than 25 years. His 1991 book, There Are No Children Here: The Story of Two Boys Growing Up in the Other America, garnered national recognition for its compassionate and "powerful portrayal of children and families who are outside the American dream." (New Leader)McCarthy Arts Center, St Michael's College. 
Friday, November 4
  • 6:30pm Documentary Screening: How to Let Go of the World and Love all the Things Climate Can't Change. Southern Vermont Arts Center, 930 SVAC Drive, W Rd, Manchester, VT. Tickets are free, but advance sign-up is appreciated.
Saturday, November 5
  • 7:30pm A Night of Middle Eastern Dance to inspire, educate, and entertain!  Free will offering to benefit VT Refugee Resettlement Program.  Refreshments available by donation.  For more info, visit Alaia Dance on Facebook or email. College Street Congregational Church, 265 College St, Burlington.
Monday, November 7
  • 6:15pm Burlington-Bethlehem-Arad Sister City Committee meeting. Miller Center, 130 Gosse Court, Burlington.


Tuesday, November 8

  • Election Day. 7am to 7pm polls open for voting in Burlington 



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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