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PJC Events & Registration Info
Frederick Douglass Community Reading
Tuesday, July 12, from 5:30-7pm,  at Burlington City Hall, the Church Street side. We will be using the medium length version. To request to read a particular portion of the speech e-mail Kyle.

Nonviolent Activism 101
Saturday, July 16, 12-5pm, Pride Center VT, 255 S. Champlain St., Burlington. Led by Kyle Silliman-Smith in partnership with people from Pride Center VT. Sign-up online, call us, or just drop in. Donations accepted.

Screening of Oriented
Wednesday, August 3, at 6:30pm, at Big Picture Theater 48 Carroll Rd. in Waitsfield.
This event is in partnership with Outright Vermont, Pride Center of Vermont, and Vermonters for a Just Peace in Palestine/Israel. Call or stop by to get tickets. More information on the film here.
Tuesday, August 9 from 7-8:30pm, at Burlington's Waterfront, near the PJC, at the bottom of College Street.
Bring instruments for community singing of peace and justice folk songs.

Book Talk and Signing of "Rising to the Challenge" by Ruah Swennerfelt
Thursday, August 18 from 6-7:30pm at the PJC Store.

Frederick Douglass Book Discussion Group
Wednesday, August 24 from 6-8pm at the Peace & Justice Center. This program is designed and led by Dr. Emily Bernard and is supported by the Vermont Humanities Council. Sign up over the phone or just drop in.

Building Empathy to Address Racial Oppression
Tuesdays, September 13, 20, & 27, 6:30-8:30pm, Kellogg-Hubbard Library, Montpelier. Sign-up here or call us. FREE! Facilitators TBA.

Mindfulness for Activists
Mondays, September 19, and 26, from 6-8pm, at the PJC. Led by Rachel Siegel and Judy Yarnall. Sign-up online or call us at 863-2345 x6. 
Saturday, September 24, from 10am to 3pm, at Manchester Community Library, 138 Cemetery Ave, Manchester.
Led by Kyle Silliman-Smith. Sign up here or call us. FREE!
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July 5, 2016
Pride Center hosts Nonviolent Activism 101


By Eliza W. Goodhue, Pride Center Volunteer
This year certainly has been an opportunity to recognize potential for growth and radical change. We have grieved the loss of local community members to violence. We have seen hate speech targeting people of color on local, public display multiple times. We have heard the national outcry at yet another domestic gun massacre, this time targeting LGBTQ and Latinx community. It seems that the cry arises almost daily: "How can this continue to be?"
We, as a community, can learn and follow ways set out by non-violent activist leaders of the past and present. Together, we can leverage momentum in our local community toward radical, positive change.
It is for these reasons that Pride Center of Vermont has partnered with the Peace & Justice Center to offer Non-Violent Activism 101, a one-day workshop designed to empower community toward action On July 16 (see sidebar).  Please join us as we enter into community-centered, non-violent action together!

Gun Violence Sit-In
By Congressman and PJC Member Peter Welch

The sit-in on the floor of the U.S. House of Representatives protesting Congress' inaction on gun violence was something I never in a million years thought I would do. But since 20 children were slaughtered in Newtown, there have been over 1,000 mass shootings. We've had 30 gun-related moments of silence in Congress. Thirty. And in those three years, every moment of silence was followed by complete inaction on the part of Congress. We didn't have committee hearings. We didn't have a debate. We didn't have a vote. We did nothing.
I returned to Congress after the Orlando tragedy completely heartsick. All of us were. Just think about the profiles we saw of people who were there -- a mother who was dancing with her son, and threw herself between the bullet and her son. She died and her son lived. That was the last act of love by this woman to her son -- and we do nothing? Many of my colleagues and I decided the status quo wasn't working and were determined to do something about it. Yes, it was unconventional. And no, legislators shouldn't be doing that. But what we should be doing is legislating, and we haven't been doing that. My point to speaker Ryan: put this bill on the floor for a vote. When Congress won't even debate the issues of enormous consequence -- after 1,000 mass shootings in the past three years -- then Congress isn't doing its job. So, following civil rights giant John Lewis, I took an extraordinary step to protest that inaction.

 Congressmen Peter Welch and John Lewis
Solidarity Healing
From the cradle to the grave, people of color in Vermont experience all forms of racism, in every facet of life. A mental health care infrastructure that meets our needs is essential. The goal of the practice I am starting, Solidarity Healing, plc, is to be an infrastructure in our community to serve people of color in a racially informed, culturally competent, and empowering manner. For more information, please visit my website.

As a native black Vermonter and Licensed Clinical Mental Health Counselor (LCMHC), I am writing to request support in obtaining the finances necessary to assist my transition to private practice and support the development of a mental health care infrastructure in our community to meet the needs of people of color.

With deep gratitude,
Vicki Garrison, MS, LCMHC

The Real Story Behind TWA Flight 800

July 8, 2016, 6:30pm, Main Street Landing Film House,
60 Lake Street, 3rd floor, Burlington, $10 at the door.

USA | Documentary | 2013 | 90 min

Director Kristina Borjesson will screen her acclaimed investigative documentary "TWA Flight 800" and reveal how regulations and procedures protect government agencies from being held accountable for engaging in cover-ups.

Twenty years after TWA Flight 800 exploded in mid-air off the cost of Long Island, NY, killing all 230 passengers bound for France, the one provable crime connected to the crash is that employees of several government agencies -- the CIA, FBI, NTSB (National Transportation Safety Board) and the Pentagon -- colluded to undermine the official investigation and hide the truth about what really happened. The possibility of a disastrous mistake made by military assets in the area has never been fully investigated.

In her documentary, "TWA Flight 800", Borjesson features six whistleblowers, former members of the official investigation who present the physical evidence showing what really happened to the jetliner. The whistleblowers also explain how officials from the National Transportation Safety Board, the FBI and the CIA stepped in to undermine their investigation.

Why have these officials not been held accountable for their malfeasance? In her talk following the film, Borjesson exposes how the procedures and regulations of different government agencies affect each other in ways that create a blanket of protection for the agencies and their employees, making accountability virtually impossible.

During discussion Borjesson will present some possibilities and pathways for reforming this institutionalized corruption.
Sponsored by WILPF, Toward Freedom, Peace & Justice Center, and Green Mountain Media.

Other Community Events
Wednesday, July 6
  • 3:30pm Global Poverty Advocacy and Action Workshop. Every child should have the chance to grow up health and strong, go to school, and reach their full potential. RESULTS advocates are working across the country to make this vision a reality. Hear how you can become a local advocate in our global movement. Location: PJC.
  • 5:15pm. Join Mindful Roots for an hour of guided practice, including gentle movement, sitting meditation, and discussion. Burlington Friends Meeting House, 173 North Prospect St, Burlington VT.  Cost: By donation. Suggested $5 - $10. Every Wednesday.
Saturdays, July 9 & 23
  • 3-4pm Interested in volunteering for the Peace & Justice Center?  We hold orientations on the second and fourth Saturday of each month at 3:00pm or by appointment. Volunteers will learn about the history of the Peace & Justice Center and our current state wide projects. There will be a Fair Trade vs. Free Trade presentation.  We'll talk about how you can use your skills and interests to help the PJC's mission in the community. Email Kristen Connors  for more information.
Monday, July 11
  • 6-8pm Vermonters for a Just Peace in Palestine/Israel meeting at PJC.
Tuesday, July 12
  • 7-8:30pm Champlain Area NAACP meeting at 427A Waterman Building, UVM. Meetings are every second Tuesday of the month. More information.
Thursday, July 14
  • 5:30-7:30pm Women's International League of Peace and Freedom meeting at PJC.
Saturday, July 16
  • 10am-12noon Veterans for Peace, Will Miller Green Mountain Chapter meeting at Kellogg-Hubbard Library Montpelier.
  • 10-11:30am Navigating the Complexities of Death with Children and Teens: Tools for supporting youth in their experiences of grief at College St Congregational Church, Burlington (other workshops all day) Email Sharon Panitch for more information. This is part of the Wake Up to Dying Project.
  • 6:30- 8:30pm Coordinate different systems of end-of-life care that may include friends, family, volunteers, professionals and existing end-of-life organizations. College Street Congregational Church, Burlington. Email Sharon Panitch for more information. This is part of the Wake Up to Dying Project.

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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