-- Events and actions in Montpelier, Colchester, and Montgomery, Alabama.
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PJC Educational Programs & Events
Saturday, January 26, 2-3 pm, PJC. Explore the differences between Fair Trade Certifications, Fair Trade Membership Organizations, and Direct Trade to help better understand the Fair Trade Movement. Stay after to learn about volunteering at the PJC. FREE
Privilege & Accountability  for Aspiring Allies  Jan 29, Feb 5, 12, & 19, 6:30-8:30pm, St Michael's College, Colchester. Increase your skills to effectively build support with colleagues, neighbors, and other community members to address racial oppression. Participants will explore their own identities and practice taking action to address microaggressions and interrupt oppression in real time. supported by the Civil Rights Alliance through the MOVE office at St. Mike's. Sign-up here 
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. Purchase your ticket here.

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, 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.

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, January 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.

For more info on these events visit Upcoming Events or contact program@pjcvt.org
Quick Links
Voices for Palestine
Occupied Palestine: 2018
-Mark Hage, VTJP

2018 for millions of Palestinians in the occupied West Bank, East Jerusalem and Gaza marked another year of brutal military occupation and siege, denial of civil and human rights, daily attacks by Isreali soldiers, police and settlers, home demolitions, increased poverty and deprivation, land confiscations, and high rates of incarceration.

Here are the facts from Occupied Palestine for the year that is gone, most of which did not draw attention, scrutiny or condemnation from the American media or government. The Israeli occupation grinds on in 2019. So does resistance to it.

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Flynn Vouchers
Pick up a voucher for this show at PJC and pay $2 cash at the door. For current PJC members and volunteers. For info on membership click here.   Limited supply!
Bassem Youssef
Friday, January 25 at 8pm  
Bassem Youssef, dubbed "the Jon Stewart of the Arab World." Youssef brings his signature biting political satire in standup format.

Vermont Symphony Orchestra Masterworks
Saturday, January 26 at 7:30pm  Program:  HAYDN: Symphony No. 88
STRAVINSKY: Concerto in Eb, "Dumbarton Oaks"
SCHUMANN: Symphony No. 2  
Sonia De Los Santos 
Monday, January 28 at 10am MATINEE   
Born and raised in Mexico, Sonia tours the world sharing her songs, sung in both English and Spanish, reflecting her experiences growing up in Mexico, moving to another country, learning about other cultures, and in the process, feeling closer to her own heritage. 
January 22, 2019
Becoming an Accountable Ally

The PJC is working with the Social Justice Alliance at St Michael's College to bring you Privilege & Accountability for Aspiring Allies! Join us in exploring how to work within our workplaces, neighborhoods, families, and ourselves to become more effective racial justice allies. We currently do not have enough people registered to run this program. If we don't get another five people by tomorrow we will have to cancel this program. Secure your spot by registering here
From the Blog: You Can't be Neutral on a Moving Train
-By Deb Ellis, Co-Producer of "You Can't be Neutral on a Moving Train"

"As Vermont filmmakers, we are thrilled to share  Howard Zinn: You Can't Be Neutral on a Moving Train with a home state audience! Zinn's message is as rich today as it was when we made the film. And, most importantly, Zinn's message is positive - every little bit of resistance helps. And, real change happens from the bottom up. It's such a powerful message, and so important right now. The film re-charges - even us! So, after we watch, we look forward to talking about how Zinn's message resonates and carries meaning today."  - Deb Ellis

PJC Visits Alabama
Legacy Museum

On January 25, a group of PJC staff and board members, facilitators, and others involved in social justice work from around the state will be heading to the  Equal Justice Initiative Museum and Memorial  in Montgomery, Alabama. The Legacy Museum: From Enslavement to Mass Incarceration is "located on the site of a former warehouse where black people were enslaved in Montgomery, Alabama, this narrative museum uses interactive media, sculpture, videography and exhibits to immerse visitors in the sights and sounds of the domestic slave trade, racial terrorism, the Jim Crow South, and the world's largest prison system". The site also features the National Memorial for Peace and Justice which pays honor to the more than 4,400 African American men, women, and children who were hanged, burned alive, shot, drowned, and beaten to death by white mobs between 1877 and 1950 as well as the millions more that the South as refugees from racial terrorism, profoundly impacting the entire nation.
These impactful yet heartbreaking sites that we visit will meaningfully inform the way that the Peace & Justice Center continues it's mission to inform Vermonters about the history of racism, how these atrocities continue today, and why it's important for white people to actively work to sacrifice their comfort in order to eradicate racism.
Follow our journey through Montgomery on Facebook and Instagram. We'll be sharing photos, videos, and going live. When we return, we will be presenting report back presentations for groups that are interested in sharing our learning and healing. Let us know if you are interested. 
National Memorial for Peace and Justice 
Tell ICE: Freedom for Beto!

On December 31, Cruz Alberto Sanchez-Perez, known to his friends as Beto, was arrested by Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) agents during a court appearance in Middlebury, VT. After spending New Year's Day in ICE custody, Beto was transferred to a detention center in New Hampshire where he is being held without bail. This Thursday, Beto is scheduled to appear before an immigration judge.

Beto is a leader within the LGBTQ immigrant farmworker community in Vermont.  He came to the United States fleeing persecution based on his sexual orientation in his home country of Mexico. Beto has lived in Vermont for three years, working on dairy farms around the state and becoming involved in Migrant Justice, the Pride Center of Vermont, and other organizations. He has helped to lead a survey of fellow dairy workers on occupational health and safety risks, contributing valuable knowledge about a notoriously dangerous industry. Beto has also been involved in workshops on the needs of the community of LGBTQ immigrant farmworkers.

If you are near Montpelier on Thursday and can make it, there is a hearing on Fair and Impartial Policing in the Judiciary Committee of the Legislature. If you can join Migrant Justice, they are hoping to fill the committee room from 9-11:30.
Community Calendar
This is a parti al listing. See more in our public  calendar .

January 22, Tuesday
  • 4-5:30pm Ben Jealous: activist, civil rights leader, community organizer. Ira Allen Chapel, Burlington.
  • 6-8pm The Women's International League for Peace and Freedom (WILPF) invites you to a POTLUCK and DISCUSSION as part of the final event of our month-long exhibit celebrating the 70th Anniversary of the UN's Universal Declaration of Human Rights. Fletcher Free Library, Burlington.
  • 6-8pm Save Our Skies. Co-housing, Burlington.
  • 6-8pm SURJ-BTV. First Unitarian Universalist Society, Burlington.
January 23, Wednesday
  • 5:30-7pm 2019 MLK Health Equity Lecture. UVM Larner College of Medicine, Burlington.
  • 6-8pm RAD Organizing Team meeting. 423 Main St, Bennington.
  • 6:30-8:30pm An evening with Steffen Gillom/MLK
    commemoration. Randolph Union High School.
January 26, Saturday
  • 10am-12pm Caroline Fund Pro Se Legal Clinic. Lawline of Vermont, Burlington. Every Saturday.
January 29, Tuesday
  • Peace & Justice Store Closed for Inventory.
  • 6-8pm Save Our Skies. Co-housing, Burlington.
February 4, Monday
February 5, Tuesday
  • 7:30-9:45am A breakfast with Ted Bunch, internationally recognized activist, educator and co-founder of A CALL TO MEN, an organization dedicated to changing the story for women by promoting healthy, respectful manhood. Buy Tickets here. UVM Davis Center, Burlington.
  • 6-8pm 350VT meeting. 179 South Winooski Ave, Burlington.
  • 6-8pm Save Our Skies. Co-housing, Burlington.

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Action Highlight: Keep the Park Green
Despite Keep The Park Green gathering far more than the required number of signatures to put the question of Burlington's City Hall Park on the ballot, the Mayor and some City Councilors have said they plan to deny the people their right to vote on the future of this important community resource. Stand those in our community at this decisive City Council

Meeting on 
Monday, January 28th at 7 pm in Burlington's City Hall. 
Get the details here. 
Email the Mayor and City Council NOW (and copy Keep the Park Green, too)! Urge them to put it on the ballot and let the people vote!
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