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PJC Educational Programs & Events
Toxic Whiteness Discussion Group Wednesday, May 15, 12-1pm, PJC.
This space is held specifically to process how white supremacy culture is toxic to white people. The hope is that by joining this space, white people will be better able to allow for the emotional needs of people of color to take priority in multi-racial spaces. FREE.  

A People's History book discussion, Wednesday, May 15, 5:30-7:30pm at Sterling College, Craftsbury. This is part of our Pledge to Stand for Racial Justice/Stand with Kiah book discussion series. An online People's History book discussion will be happening May 15 from 3-5pm. Click here to sign the pledge and register for a book discussion.   
POC in VT Affinity Group  Thursday, May 16, 6-8pm, 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. You do not have had to attend previous meetings in order to come. FREE.
Social Justice Symposium and Block Party Sunday, May 19, 12-5:30,  Rutland High School.Come learn about groups working in the Rutland area that need more people power! The day will end with a Rutland-style block party from 4-5pm!  Suggested donation $15; free under 25. No one turned away for lack of funds. Snacks included! 

Film Screening: The Way Home: The Way Women Talk About Race in America, May 21, 7-9pm Montpelier Senior Activity Center. Sixty-four women representing a cross-section of cultures came together to share their experience of racism in America. FREE.
Film Screening: Wisconsin Rising May 22, 5:30-7:30pm  Main St Landing Film House,  Burlington.  In advance of former disgraced governor Scott Walker's visit to VT, see this documentary on his re-call.
What Pete Taught Woody May 24, 7:30-9:30pm, Burlington. Nora Guthrie (Woody Guthrie's daughter) has created this special multimedia presentation featuring rare and intimate interviews with Seeger, as he recalls his working relationship with Guthrie.
Youth Activist Summit, Barre Civic Center, June 16, 10-4:30.  All day event for youth to network and learn together.
Fair Trade 101: Global Trade and RacismJune 22, 2-3:00,  at PJC. Learn about the racist history of global trade and fair trade as an alternative. Stay after to learn about volunteer opportunities at PJC. FREE.
For more info on these events visit  Upcoming Events or contact
PJC Job Opening
The PJC is looking for a part-time Community Engagement Manager. The Community Engagement Manager is responsible for the overall community outreach and programmatic engagement of the Peace & Justice Center.

Applications are being accepted until the position is filled.
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Voices for Palestine
Palestine Report- Mark Hage,

A Federal Court in Texas handed down an important ruling Thursday, April 26, preliminarily blocking enforcement of a Texas law banning contractors from boycotting Israel. The court declared that  "plaintiffs' BDS [boycott, divestment and sanctions'] boycotts are speech protected by the First Amendment."

The decision follows two others like it by federal courts in Kansas and Arizona.

The case was brought by  Bahia Amawi, an elementary school speech pathologist in Austin, Texas, whose employment contract was not renewed because she refused to sign an oath certifying that she does not participate in boycotts of Israel.

Racial Justice Pledge
We are asking you to take this  pledge to stand for racial justice and stand with Kiah Morris  and the other people of color harmed by racism in our state. 

By signing this pledge, you are pledging to do more than just give us your word.

Y ou are pledging to participate in one (or more) of the following book discussions that the PJC is hosting to kick-start or continue your journey into this work.
  • "The People's History of the United States," Howard Zinn
  • "The Hate U Give," Angie Thomas
  • "Microaggressions in Everyday Life, Race, Gender, and Sexual Orientation," Derald Wing Sue
  • "The Fire This Time," Jesmyn Ward
  • "Black is the Body," Emily Bernard
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May 14, 2019
Scott Walker Protest and Wisconsin Rising Screening
The Vermont GOP has invited the disgraceful former Governor of Wisconsin, Scott Walker, to our state on May 30th. Join 25 Vermont Unions plus organizing groups like the PJC, as we protest his presence. Additionally, attend this screening of Wisconsin Rising to learn more and get inspired. 
In 2011, Scott Walker was notorious as the third governor in American history to face a recall election due to his efforts to decimate collective bargaining rights from the state's public employees. These efforts to suppress workers' rights prompted the largest sustained workers' resistance movement in American history. Wisconsin Risinga film by Sam Mayfield, chronicles the workers' resistance to Walker and big money interests. What did the people of Wisconsin do in the face of these perceived injustices? How did the citizens rebuild and reorganize, and what can the rest of America learn from their actions? Join us on May 22nd to find out!
The screening of this film will not be our only response to Walker's planned visit to our state. Thanks to the leadership of Vermont State Labor Council AFL-CIO and many others, there will be a picket of the GOP's event in downtown Burlington on May 30th. Hope to see you there! 
This screening is free thanks to the generosity of our sponsor  Main Street Landing Performing Arts Center . Co-sponsored by  Women's March Vermont . To learn more about the film, visit . 
From the Blog: Reflections from Anti-racism
Training (Part II of III)
 -Rachel Siegel, PJC Executive Director

Remind yourself: "It is not my job to be a good white person and fix the world. It is my job to be part of the movement to get us the fuck out of this situation." -- Braden Training
I had 21 typed pages of notes from weekend two. I have summarized it here in 8. The amount of information I am being given and the emotions I am processing are broad and deep. I have been alternating between grateful, pumped up, overwhelmed, and numbed out. There is a lot to reflect on and I've done my best to distill my experience. The parts in italics are my reflections on the content.
In weekend two, we learned about and discussed:
  • Patriarchy
  • Women of Color Feminism
  • Neoliberalism
  • Classism
  • Internationalism
  • Imperialism
  • Black Liberation Organizing
"What Pete Taught Woody" multimedia program by Nora Guthrie
Join Nora Guthrie o n May 24 at 7:30pm for a multimedia program entitled  What Pete Taught Woody . This performance will be to honor her father, Woody Guthrie's friendship with Pete Seeger on the centennial of Pete's birth. The program will highlight archival materials, photographs, and music - providing insight into their significant friendship, which ultimately played a huge role in the Folk Music Revival of the 50s and 60s. Local folk musician Rik Palieri will join Ms. Guthrie on a few of Pete and Woody's songs. 
Tickets are $15 in advance at  and $20 at the door. A Meet and Greet will follow at 9 pm. Funds from this performance will be donated to support the Hudson River Sloop Clearwater.
Community Calendar
This is a parti al listing. See more in our public  calendar .
The PJC is not directly involved in all of these events. If you have questions about a non-PJC event, please reach out to the organization listed. 
May 14, Tuesday
May 15, Wednesday
  • 6-8pm RAD Organizing Team Meeting. 423 Main St, Bennington.
  • 6-8pm Families United. The Root Social Justice Center, Brattleboro.
  • 6:30-8pm Coalition for a Livable City. Peace & Justice Center, Burlington.
  • 7-8pm Benjamin Dangl: The Five Hundred Year Rebellion Book Launch. Phoenix Books, Burlington.
May 16, Thursday
  • 6:30-8:30pm QTPOC Film Series: Mala Mala. Pride Center of Vermont, Burlington.
  • 7-8:30pm Ecotopia Burlington. Generator Makerspace 40 Sears Ln, Burlington.
  • 7-8pm Benjamin Dangl: The Five Hundred Year Rebellion Book Launch. Phoenix Books, Burlington.
May 18, Saturday May 19, Sunday
  • 1-4pm QTPOC BBQ. Oakledge Park, Burlington.
  • 2-5:30pm "Dawnland" screening. Capital Grange, Berlin.
  • 7-8:30pm Central VT Climate Action meeting. UU Church, Montpelier.
May 20, Monday
  • 5:30-8pm Youth 4 Change. The Root Social Justice Center, Brattleboro.
  • 7-9pm Lit Club Presents: Voices of Color Showcase and Book Launch! Light Club Lamp Shop, Burlington.
May 21, Tuesday May 22, Wednesday May 23, Thursday
  • 8:30pm Earth Mirth: a comedy showcase for the environment. $10 donation to support 350 Vermont.  More info.Featuring Tina Friml, Tim Bridge, Smork Bolson. Adult content.
May 28, Tuesday
  • 6-8pm 350VT meeting. 350VT Office, 179 S Winooski Ave, # 201, Burlington.
May 29, Wednesday
  • 10am-2pm Conference for VT Schools Against Racism. Randolph Union High School. RSVP.
  • 12-1:30pm Bodies of Change: Embodiment and Social Change Discussion Group. The Everything Space, Montpelier.
  • 6-8pm RAD Organizing Team Meeting. 423 Main St, Bennington.
Please email us events for our google calendar and enews
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Action Highlight: Petition against Police Brutality
Newly released Burlington Police Department body-cam footage from September of last year show  two incidents of cops knocking two black men unconscious. This comes after one of the officers involved, Cory  Campbell, was put on administrative duty after the death of 54-year-old Douglas Kilburn, a white man whom Campbell punched multiple times during in March.
" Officers Joseph Corrow, Jason Bellavance, and Cory Campbell of the Burlington Police Department have displayed a pattern of violence without provocation or just cause. We are calling for their termination from the Burlington Police Department, as their actions are a threat to the safety of the community. We also demand that they not be re-hired in Chittenden County." -BLMGB
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