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Screening of Oriented
Wednesday, August 3, 6:30pm, at Big Picture Theater 48 Carroll Rd. in Waitsfield.
Call or stop by to get tickets. More information  here.
Tuesday, August 9, 7-8:30pm, at Burlington's Waterfront, near the boathouse. 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, 6-7:30pm at the PJC Store.

Frederick Douglass Book Discussion Group
Wednesday, August 24, 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.
Sign up here or call us. FREE!

Building Empathy and Addressing Racism
Mondays October 3, 10, and 17, 6:45pm-8:45pm, Sterling College in Simpson 3, 16 Sterling Dr, Craftsbury Common. Sign up here
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July 19, 2016


"Probably the first film about gay Palestinians

that is blissfully free of clichés." 


By Mousa Ishaq and Kristin Peterson-Ishaq, Vermonters for a Just Peace in Palestine/Israel

We recently joined PJC staff to preview the film Oriented, a feature documentary that explores the lives of three gay Palestinian friends confronting their national and sexual identity in Tel Aviv. As the Variety review stated, "The result puts a uniquely Middle Eastern spin on a classic coming-of-age tale." In making the film, first-time director Jake Witzenfeld followed the trio of real-life friends for a year and a half; the resulting 80-minute documentary has screened in festivals including the prestigious Sheffield Doc/Fest and Los Angeles Film Festival.

When we saw the film, we were struck by its honesty and the integrity of the people whom we meet -- the three protagonists, their lovers, friends, and families. Full of humor and insights grounded in reality, this is "probably the first film about gay Palestinians that is blissfully free of clichés" (+972Mag). The documentary does not present clearly defined answers to the ambiguities that swirl around the young men at its heart; rather, it offers us space for exploration and conversation.

The PJC is cosponsoring the film with Outright Vermont, Pride Center of Vermont, and Vermonters for a Just Peace in Palestine/Israel. We hope you can join us for the screening and the discussion.

Big Picture Theatre
Waitsfield, VT
Wednesday, August 3, 2016, 6:30pm
$10 suggested donation to help cover costs
No one will be turned away.
PJC Internships

Big shout-out to our amazing summer interns! Thank you Pascale, Will, Isaiah, Becca, Abby, Sophia, Grace, Natalia, and Katie. Your contributions are both meaningful and valuable. You are greatly appreciated!
We are now accepting applications for Fall Internships. Click here for more information.
Frederick Douglass Reading
When he realized he would miss the Frederick Douglass Community Read in Burlington this year, PJC member Jules Fishelman decided to take it on the road - actually, on the trail! On July 5, the anniversary of Mr. Douglass' speech, Jules was 200 miles into his end-to-end Long Trail hike on top of Mt Mansfield - Vermont's highest peak. For 30 minutes, he stood and read the speech to an audience of one -- the summit caretaker.

If you are not familiar with the speech, we encourage you to read it here. As Jules said, "He really calls out everyone."

[Full disclosure: Jules is the partner of PJC ED Rachel Siegel.]

Other Community Events
Wednesday, July 20
  •  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. Every Wednesday.
  • 6pm Join the Fight for Fifteen! A Vermont coalition wants to move Vermont minimum wage to $15 per hour. Join us as we plan strategies and take action. At the Fletcher Free Library, Burlington. Contact Charles Winkleman for more information.
Saturday July 23 
  • 3-4pm New Volunteer Orientation and Fair Trade vs Free Trade Presentation.  Learn about the history and current projects of the PJC. 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.
Saturday, July 30
  • 10am-3pm #BLM-VT Yard Sale & Summer Celebration, Winooski VT. More info here.
Monday, August 1
  • 6:30-8:30pm The Coalition for a Livable City is an alliance of Burlington community groups working together to restore threatened public processes in defense of the environment, quality of life, transparency in governance, and democratic participation to our city. Monthly meeting at PJC.
Thursday, August 4
  • GunSense Vt Rally for Universal Background Checks Senator Phil Baruth and other political leaders are organizing this rally for Universal Background Checks on the Statehouse steps on Thursday, August 4th. The timing of the rally is still being determined, RSVP here to be notified of the time. Statehouse, Montpelier
Saturday, August 6
  • 8-8:30am Vermont Action for Peace Vigil to honor hibakusha and abolish nuclear weapons. Corner of Main and So Prospect Streets, Burlington.
  • 2-4:00 "The Ultimate Wish" film screening and panel for Hiroshima Day. The film illuminates the largely unrecognized connection between nuclear weapons and nuclear power, and the growing global movements to abolish both. BCA Gallery, 135 Church St, Burlington. For more information email Robin.
Tuesday, August 9
  • 11-12:00 Nagasaki Prayer Vigil -Sponsored Pax Christi and Sisters of Mercy, NE Community. Bell Tower at the Cathedral corner of St Paul and Cherry Streets, 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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