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PJC Events & Registration Info
PJC Volunteer Orientation including a Fair Trade vs Free Trade Talk Saturday, April 23, 3-4pm at the PJC. Join our team!  RSVP or call 863-2345 .

Alexis Lathem Poetry Reading  Sunday, April 24, 1pm at the PJC. For more info email or call 863-2345 x3. FREE!

Wednesday, May 4, 7-9pm at Lost Nation Theater, 39 Main Street, Montpelier. This program is presented in collaboration with Lost Nation Theater's Production of  Hairspray  Click here to RSVP or call (802) 863-2345 x6. FREE.
World Fair Trade Day Celebration  Saturday, May 7, 10am-2pm at City Hall Park, Burlington.
FREE ICE CREAM! Call (802) 863-2345 x2. FREE!
Tuesdays, May 10 & 17, 3:30- 5:30pm, at South Burlington High School. Presented in partnership with the Student Diversity Union at SBHS and PACT. Space is limited, RSVP to reserve spot. For a free copy of book: 652-7035.
Ideas on Tap:
Between the World and Me
Wednesday, May 11, 7pm, at ArtsRiot on Pine St, Burlington. Presented in partnership with VT Humanities Council. For a free copy of the book: 863-2345 x6.

Building Empathy and Addressing Racial Oppression Wednesdays, May 25, June 1, & 8, 6:30-8:30pm. Brownell Library, Essex Jct. Led by Francine Serwili-Ngunga and Kyle Silliman-Smith. RSVP or call 863-2345 x6. FREE!
Mindfulness for Activists Mondays, May 16 & 23, 6:30- 8:30pm at Mount Mansfield Union High School, Jericho. Led by Rachel Siegel and Judy Yarnall. Presented through MMU's After Dark Program, register here, $30.
Nonviolent Activism 101 Saturday, May 28, 12-5pm, Kellogg-Hubbard Library, 135 Main St. in Montpelier. RSVP 863-2345 x6 or e-mail. Presented in partnership with the Kellogg-Hubbard Library. FREE!

Saturday, June 18, 2-4pm, Pride Center VT, 255 Champlain St, Burlington. Presented in partnership with Loving Day VT and Pride Center VT. FREE!

Saturday, July 16, 12-5pm, Pride Center VT, 255 Champlain St, Burlington. RSVP at 863-2345 x6 or e-mail . Presented with Pride Center VT. Donations accepted. 

Building Empathy and Addressing Racial Oppression Tuesdays, September 13, 20, & 27, 6:30-8:30pm, Kellogg-Hubbard Library, Montpelier. RSVP  or call 863-2345 x6. Presented in partnership with the Kellogg-Hubbard Library. FREE!
Flynn Tix 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 suppy!
Wednesday, April 20, 2016, 7:30pm.  Maria Schneider  blends big-band jazz, poetry, and chamber music. In her return to Burlington, the "most important woman in jazz" (TIME) leads her 22-piece orchestra in the performance of a new work co-commissioned by the Flynn.

Friday, April 29, 2016, 8pm.
Ana Moura's voice strolls luxuriously through the Portuguese fado tradition, flirting elegantly with pop and broadening the soul-bearing genre to stunning results. Presented in association with the Office of the Vice President for Human Resources, Diversity and Multicultural Affairs through the UVM President's Initiative for Diversity.
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April 12, 2016
Alexis Lanthem Poetry Reading and Jazz Performance
Poet Alexis Lathem, guitarist Art Herttua, and percussionist Ray Carroll will present The Book of the Sixth and other works on Sunday April 24, at 4 pm at the Peace & Justice Store in Burlington. This moving multimedia performance is part poetry reading, part jazz concert, part slideshow, and part requiem for species and cultures extinct and in danger of extinction. 

The text for Book of the Sixth is selected poems from Lathem's poetry collection, Alphabet of Bones (Wind Ridge, 2015). The poems will be performed vocally over Art Herttua's lyric guitar playing and Ray Carroll's percussion with drum brushes, cymbals, chimes, bells, ringing bowls, and other instruments. 

The title poem, Alphabet of Bones, a prolonged elegy for a landscape deranged by a massive hydroelectric project in Quebec, stems from the poet's participation in the Peace & Justice Center's Hydro Quebec campaigns of the 1990's. 

Vermont Poet Laureate Sydney Lea wrote of Alphabet of Bones: "Ever conscious of extinction and threats of extinction, Lathem nonetheless gives us hope by way of her lyric clarity, her stunning eye for detail, and her moral persuasiveness. Even in her quietly apocalyptic central poem, 'Book of the Sixth,' to my mind the volume's tour de force- even - or perhaps or especially there, we think, 'This is what human sensibility remains capable of at its finest!'"

Alexis Lathem is an environmental journalist and writing instructor at the Community College of Vermont, and is the author of two poetry chapbooks. Recipient of the Chelsea Award for Poetry, a Vermont Arts Council grant, and a Bread Loaf scholarship, her poems and essays have appeared in AWP chronicle, Beloit Poetry Journal, Chelsea Review, Saranac Review, Spoon River Review, and other journals. In her reporting on the struggles of indigenous peoples to defend their lands from development, she has paddled and trekked through taiga and rainforest.

The Herttua/Carroll jazz duo perform regularly at Radio Bean and Bagitos, and have performed at many other venues. A student of legendary jazz guitar teachers Harry Leahey and Bob Devoes, Herttua's repertoire includes familiar jazz standards as well as original music, weaving melodies, rhythms and harmonies into an intimate lyrical voice. With Ray Carroll's drum brush artistry, they present a colorful mosaic of sounds rooted in the classic jazz ballads and waltzes once perfected by past masters.

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Guest Post: Vermonters for a Just Peace in Palestine/Israel

As part of their ongoing mission, Vermonters for a Just Peace in Palestine/Israel is announcing a demonstration against Ben & Jerry's Free Cone Day: TODAY, April 12, 2016 in Burlington.

This demonstration is part of a broader campaign to boycott Ben & Jerry's ice cream due to their sales of ice-cream at settlements within the Occupied Territories. Below, you'll find an article by VTJPs Mark Hage that lays out both their position as well as their goal of bringing about a truly just peace.

Vermonters for a Just Peace in Palestine/Israel began an urgent dialogue with Ben & Jerry's in 2011 over its franchise in Israel, which shares its name and social mission, and manufactures ice cream inside Israel.

But that ice cream, we discovered, is sold not only in Israel, but in illegal, Jewish-only settlements in the occupied Palestinian territory (oPt) of the West Bank and East Jerusalem.

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Get Your FREE Books for Upcoming Racial Justice Programs with PJC
New Jim Crow Book Cover
The New Jim Crow: 
Mass Incarceration in the Age of Colorblindness
Book Discussion Group at South Burlington High School
Tuesdays, May 10 and 17, 3:30-5:30pm

This book, written by Michelle Alexander, examines institutional racism in the United States and how it relates to and has evolved from previous oppressive laws, such as slavery and Jim Crow policies. This program is presented in partnership with the Student Diversity Union at SBHS and PACT. For a free copy of the book call 652-7035, space and supplies are limited, click here to RSVP and reserve your spot.

Between the World and Me book cover
Ideas on Tap: Between the World and Me
Book Discussion at ArtsRiot on Pine Street in Burlington
Wednesday, May 11th at 7:00pm

Dr. Emily Bernard leads a discussion of the landmark book by Ta-Nehisi Coates, winner of the 2015 National Book Award. Written as a letter to Coates's son, the book has garnered a huge amount of attention for its unflinching take on the legacy of racism in America. This program is presented in partnership with VT Humanities Council. For a free copy of the book call us at 863-2345 x6, supplies are limited.
Other Community Events
Wednesday, April 13 
  • 5:15-6:15pm (weekly) Mindfulness with Movement at Friends-Burlington Friends, 173 N Prospect, Burlington. An hour of guided practice including gentle movement, sitting meditation, and discussion Suggested donation $5-$10.
Thursday, April 14
  • 5:30-7:30pm Women's International League for Peace & Freedom Meeting at Peace & Justice Center, 60 Lake Street, Burlington. All are welcome to attend.
  • 7-8:30pm Trapped Film Screening & Panel Discussion at Main Street Landing Film House, 60 Lake Street, Burlington. Trapped follows the struggles of health center workers and lawyers who are on the front lines of a battle to keep abortion safe and legal for millions of American women. Trapped premiered at the 2016 Sundance Film Festival; winning Special Jury Award for Social Impact Filmmaking. Free but you must RSVP here.
Friday, April 15
  •  11am-6pm Penny Poll on Church Street. Join us on Church Street to participate in the Day of Action Against Military Spending. it is Tax Day, therefore we will be tabling all day starting to raise awareness about the national budget. We will have jars with different gov't programs (human services, agriculture, etc) and people will have the opportunity to show us where they want their tax dollars to go. You will also be entered in a raffle to win a fabulous prize. For more info contact Kyle at or call (802) 863-2345 x6.
  • Faith Climate Action Week: April 15-24. National Interfaith Power and Light's Faith Climate Action Week will be held during Earth Week in April 2016. Sign up to receive information here.
Saturday, April 16
  • 9am-5pm 350VT Activist Training at the Barre Civic Center, 20 Auditorium Hill. The Barre Cvic Center is a holding a day-long statewide training for Energy Independent Vermont activists from all over the state. It's clear we need to take our efforts to the next level, and that means giving activists like you the tools you need to start bringing more allies to this campaign and building support in your communities. RSVP here today!
  • 10am-Noon Vets for Peace Meeting at the Kellogg-Hubbard Library in Montpelier. Veterans for Peace, Will Miller Green Mountain Chapter meets monthly in Montpelier's Kellogg-Hubbard Library. More information here.
  • Democracy Awakening, 3 Days from Sat. April 16-Monday April 18. Organized by Public Citizen, the NAACP, the Communications Workers of America, Greenpeace USA, the Democracy Initiative and nearly 200 other allies, Democracy Awakening will bring thousands of Americans to Washington overturn Citizens United, move forward with SCOTUS appointment hearings, and restore the 1965 Voting Rights Act. Find a bus and learn more here.
Monday, April 18
  • 7-8:30pm A Quirky Queer Quaker Response to Climate Change at Friends-Burlington Friends, 173 N. Prospect St, Burlington. Peterson Toscano provides a lively, insightful, and hilarious presentation that helps his audiences wrap their heads and hearts around global warming. NOT your normal climate presentation. No polar bears are harmed during the performance, but we do poke fun at them. Arrive at 6pm for a potluck dinner! Contact Ruah Swennerfelt for further information.
Wednesday, April 20
  • 7-8pm China's Unhealed Wounds  at McCarthy Arts Center, Saint Michael's College, 18 Campus Rd, Colchester. Presented by Fang Zheng, a senior at Beijing Sports College in 1989 when he joined the student protest for political reform in China. After surviving twenty years of harassment and surveillance, Fang started his life in exile in 2009. He is currently the president of the Chinese Democracy Education Foundation. Click here for more information or call (802) 654-2000.
Saturday, April 23
  • 3pm-4pm New Peace & Justice Volunteer OrientationNew volunteers will learn a little bit about the history of the PJC and our current statewide projects along with how volunteers can use their skill and interests to help the PJC achieve its mission. E-mail or call 802-863-2345 x7 for more info. 
Monday, April 25
  • School of the Americas Watch Delegation to Nogales, Arizona. School of the Americas Watch will travel to the U.S./Mexico border to learn about how the continued militarization of the border harshly impacts local communities. Together we will hear testimonies of survivors who have experienced first-hand the abuse by Customs and Border Patrol agents as well as community leaders and humanitarian organizations. Interested in joining us? Contact Maria Luisa for more information. Click here to support the delegation.
Wednesday, April 27
  • 7-8pm Syria Burning at the Dion Family Student Center, 94 Place Saint Michel, Colchester. Robin Yassin-Kassab and Leila Al-Shami will explore the complicated reality of life in present-day Syria, drawing on first-hand testimonies from opposition fighters, exiles lost in an archipelago of refugee camps, and courageous human rights activists, as well as their own experiences
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