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PJC Educational Programs & Events
SOLD OUT:  Screening of "Howard Zinn: You Can't be Neutral on a Moving Train" Sunday, February 10, 6-9pm at The Savoy Theater, 26 Main st, Montpelier.
This film looks at the life of the renowned historian, activist and author, Howard Zinn. Following his early days as a shipyard labor organizer and bombardier in World War II, Zinn became an academic rebel and leader of civil disobedience fighting against institutional racism and war. Screening followed by a Q&A with the films producers, Dennis Mueller and Deb Ellis. Tickets are suggested donation $5-$20. No one turned away for lack of funds. Tickets highly recommended, space is limited and priority will be given to people with tickets. SOLD OUT. 

Toxic Whiteness Discussion Group Wednesday, February 20, 12-1pm, PJC. This space is held specifically to process how white supremacy culture is toxic to white people. The hope is that this work help white people engage in collective liberation, rather then white savior behavior. FREE.

POC in VT Affinity Group  Thursday, February 21, 6-8pm, at PJC. This program is led by people of color, for people of color. It is a monthly gathering for POC to come together to share their experiences and explore their identities. This month's meeting to be facilitated by Dr. Marissa Coleman, a licensed clinical psychologist. You do not have had to attend previous meetings in order to come. FREE.

Fair Trade 101: Global Trade and Racism Saturday, February 23, 2-3pm at PJC.  Learn the history of global trade and how it has historically come at the expense of marginalizing native nations. Stick around after the event to learn about volunteer opportunities at PJC. FREE.

Jeffersonville Racial Justice Study Circle 
Saturday, 
February 23, 6-8pm, Varnum Memorial Library, 194 Main Street, Jeffersonville. 
Facilitators will offer a brave space to explore what racism is, why it is often difficult for white communities and individuals to see it, and racial justice within Jeffersonville. FREE.

Bakersfield Racial Justice Study Circle  Wednesday, February 27, 6-8pm in Bakersfield.  Facilitators will offer a brave space to explore what racism is, why it is often difficult for white communities and individuals to see it, and racial justice within Barkersfield. FREE.

Learning About Nonviolence: The Childrens March  Friday March 15, 5:30-7:30pm at the Richmond Free Library, Richmond.   Enjoy a One Pot Meal at the library followed by a program for the whole family, ideal for age 8 and older. Appropriate for people of all ages as long as they are with family and/or friends who can continue the conversation. Participants will watch and discuss excerpts from  Mighty Times: The Children's March , a film about the 1963 actions in Birmingham to learn about Kingian Nonviolence and the power of working together to take on big problems as a whole community. FREE

Talking with Kids About Racism Wednesdays March 20, 27, and April 3, 6:30-8:30pmat Lund, 50 Joy Drive, South Burlington. This discussion group is facilitated by Hal Colston and Marianne Hunkin. It is designed for all who are concerned about the impact of racism and/or white privilege on our children. Talking about race and racism can be difficult - especially with children. But that does not mean we shouldn't have these conversations. This three part discussion group addresses the impact of racism on our children. It is designed to help white people discuss these issues with children in a meaningful and age-appropriate way. It includes resources, discussion, and role playing. Fees vary no one turned away for lack of funds.  Register online.


For more info on these events visit Upcoming Events or contact program@pjcvt.org
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Voices for Palestine
GAZA UNDER SIEGE
Shattered Lives∞Shattered Limbs - by Mark Hage  VTJP

I n 2018, Israeli soldiers killed 290 Palestinians living under military occupation , including 55 minor s . 254 were killed in the Gaza Strip According to B'Tselem , Israel's leading human rights organization :

"An analysis of the incidents in which Palestinians were killed over the last year [in Gaza and the West Bank] reveals that most were the result of the reckless open-fire policy implemented by Israel's security forces. This policy includes, among other things, shooting to kill incidents defined as "attacks", giving patently unlawful orders that permit live fire at unarmed demonstrators by the Gaza-Israel fence, and bombarding densely populated areas within Gaza. Despite the predictable lethal outcomes, Israel has refused to alter its policy."

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February 5, 2019
Ed Everts Social Justice Activist Award Celebration
This year's 9th annual Ed Everts Activist Award will be presented to Robin Lloyd and Loving Day Vermont!

Robin Lloyd - GLENN RUSSELL
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Robin Lloyd is an activist, filmmaker and philanthropist. As one of the founders of the Peace & Justice Center and the granddaughter of one of the founders of the Women's International League for Peace and Freedom, she has spent decades speaking out against war and working towards peace and the greater good for humanity.



Loving Day Vermont celebrates the Supreme Court case that legalized interracial marriage in the U.S. and the right to love who we choose. Loving Day's mission is to fight racial prejudice through education and build multicultural community.  

Chili dinner!
Cash bar!
Silent auction!
Dance party with
DJ Craig Mitchell!  
 
Suggested donation $25. Reserve your tickets now online or purchase in store. For more info email Rachel@pjcvt.
From the Blog: MERCY & Diary of Montgomery, Alabama Journey
A group of 15 PJC facilitators, staff and board members, and others close to us, traveled to Montgomery, Alabama for three days last month. We went primarily to visit the National Memorial for Peace and Justice and the Legacy Museum. Below are the thoughts from one of the group members. We will be bringing report back presentations around Vermont. If you are interested in hosting one, please contact Kina at program@pjcvt.org.


-Shelley Vermilya, PJC Member
Two small Black children in tattered clothing holding hands, ask quietly, "Have you seen our mother?"
This scene of the ghos tly siblings is in a hologram display at The Legacy Museum: From Enslavement to Mass Incarceration. I listened and then moved on to another hologram of the sister of another child taken from their mother. I went to the next gate behind which was a hologram woman talking of God and things meant to be, redemption, but her words melted in my ears and I was drawn back down the hall to the children. A hologram woman singing piercingly in an adjacent cell made listening difficult. I focused, trying to hear the question. Such a small voice. I bowed my head against the cast iron bars of the gate and suddenly sobbed. I was broken open.
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Meet the Interns


We're excited to introduce our new intern team! Learn a little more about them below and be sure to say hello if you see them at our programs!

Community Calendar
This is a parti al listing. See more in our public  calendar .

February 5, Tuesday
  • 6 - 9pm Reclaiming Our Ancestors: The First 12,000 years of Abenaki History. Ethan Allen Homestead Museum, Burlington.
  • 7pm 350VT meeting. 179 S Winooski Ave #201, Burlington.
  • 6 - 8pm Save Our Skies. Co-housing, 33 E Village Dr, Burlington. Every Tuesday.
February 6, Wednesday
  •  6 - 8pm RAD Organizing Team Meeting. 423 Main St, Bennington.
  • 6 - 8pm Families United. The Root Social Justice Center, Brattleboro. Every Wednesday.
  • 7 - 9pm We Were Eight Years in Power: An American Tragedy. UVM professor Emily Bernard discusses Ta-Hehisi Coates's most recent reflections on race, the Obama presidency, and the election of Donald Trump. Brownell Library, Essex Junction.
February 7, Thursday
February 8, Friday
  • 3 days: JAGfest 3.0. JAG Productions invite African-American theatre artists to develop a new play or solo performance. This year, all playwrights are Black women. Four staged readings Feb. 8-10. For more info, click here. Briggs Opera House, White River Jct.
  • 10:30pm - 1:30am Pleasure Principle: An LGBTQ + BIPOC Dance Party. $5. Club Metronome, Burlington.
  • 10am - 12pm Caroline Fund Pro Se Legal Clinic. Lawline of Vermont, Burlington. Every Saturday.
  • 2:30 - 3:30pm Film:  Ike to Trump. By VT filmmaker Dennis Mueller. Fletcher Free Library, Burlington.
February 10, Sunday
February 11, Monday
  • 6 - 7:30pm VTJP meeting at PJC, Burlington.
  • 7 - 8:30pm 350VT meeting. 179 South Winooski Ave, #201, Burlington.
February 12, Tuesday
February 13, Wednesday
February 14, Thursday
February 16, Saturday
February 17, Sunday
February 18, Monday
  • 5:30 - 8pm Youth 4 Change. The Root Social Justice Center, Brattleboro.
February 19, Tuesday
  • 6 - 8pm 350VT meeting. 179 S. Winooski Ave #201, Burlington.
  • 7 - 9pm What Truth Sounds Like: Discussion on Racism. Dion Family Student Center. St. Michael's College.
  • 7 - 8:30pm Champlain Area NAACP meeting. 427A Waterman Building, UVM, Burlington.
February 20, Wednesday
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Action Highlight: Montpelier Non-Citizen Voting
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The voters of Montpelier voted by a 2/3 margin to allow tax-paying non-citizens  who live in Montpelier legally (with visas) to vote on future local town issues and ordinances.  This would allow non-citizen residents to vote on town ballot issues only -- not in state or federal elections.  Cities like Takoma Park in Maryland have been allowing legal non-citizen  residents to vote on city issues for years. 
 
The people of Montpelier think that this is the right thing for Montpelier, and it is the legislature's responsibility to honor the will of the voters.  There will be a separate Montpelier voter registration form that will provide clear guidance to non-citizen voters on what their rights are when it comes to voting.
 
In order for this to become law, the legislature needs to ratify it. 
 
Email members of the House Government Operations Committee to voice your support:
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