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PJC Events & Registration Info
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.  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.
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. Click here for more info.

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. Click here to RSVP. 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. Click here to RSVP

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!
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 25, 2016
World Fair Trade Day Celebration
Join the Peace & Justice Center to celebrate Fair Trade around with world at Burlington's first outdoor Farmer's Market of 2016! May 7th, 10am-2pm, City Hall Park.

Support and celebrate Fair Trade with kids activities, bike-powered smoothies, Fair Trade chocolate, and a special performance by Jeh Kulu!

What is Fair Trade you ask? Fair Trade is:
  • An alternative trading partnership based on the principles of economic and social justice including transparency and respect.
  • A way for consumers to support better labor rights and environmental advocacy through everyday shopping.
  • Better prices, working conditions, and wages for small producers.
  • Empowering women and other marginalized workers.
Join us in City Hall Park on May 7th to learn (and taste) more!
Hairspray   and Conversations about Intersectionality
We are pleased to join Outright Vermont, Vermont Works for Women and Christ Church in partnering with Lost Nation Theater's Production of Hairspray to present a variety of auxiliary events and discussions surrounding the show. Click here to see clips of Alaina Pinto's visit to Lost Nation Theater this morning. You may recognize PJC Board Member Nathan Suter from one of the clips.

For more information on this production click here.

The PJC is bringing two events to Montpelier as part of this  partnership: 

Tracy Turnblad's bold anti-racist actions and what we can do in present day Vermont
Sunday, May 1, panel discussion following the 2:00 matinee

Facilitated by Rachel Siegel, panelists Sha'an Mouliert, Mark Hughes, Paul Marcus, and Denise Bailey will discuss their experience and hopes for creating a more inclusive and just Vermont.

Intersectionality: What we can learn from characters in Hairspray?
Wednesday, May 4th, from 7-9pm at Lost Nation Theater.
This two-hour program is about intersectionality and the importance of solidarity. While  Hairspray is certainly about fun and entertainment, this accompanying workshop seeks to use some of the show's characters and their stories as a chance to explore ideas of privilege and oppression. For more information or to let us know you are coming, e-mail or call (802) 863-2345 x6. This is a FREE program.
Penny Poll Results
More than 250 people participated in this year's Penny Poll. Thanks to the Will Miller Chapter of Green Mountain Veterans for Peace for tabling with us and to all who joined in this activity. It was a beautiful day to talk about the national discretionary budget and what people think are meaningful ways that the National Discretionary Budget can reflect our priorities and values as a country.

Click here for the full results along with what our ACTUAL national budget looks like courtesy of National Priorities Project!
Victor Diaz
Victor Diaz marches through Burlington in 2015
Victor Diaz was arrested by plainclothes Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) agents on Thursday, April 21 outside the Green Goddess Cafe in Stowe, where he was attending a Mexican cultural event. He has now been transferred from the St. Albans ICE office to a detention facility in New Hampshire.

Community leaders visited Senator Leahy's office on Friday, April 22 to ask that the Senate Judiciary Chair urge ICE to release Victor and end his deportation proceedings. Victor is from Mexico and has worked for years on a Vermont dairy farm. Two years ago, he joined the farmworker organization Migrant Justice and organized to win back $1,800 in stolen wages. He has since led campaigns to raise wages and secure human labor conditions in an industry plagued by abuses and has shared his story with hundreds of supporters, inspiring and organizing Vermont farmworkers to secure human rights and change labor conditions in Vermont's dairy industry. In 2015, he was featured in a  New York Times article highlighting Migrant Justice's Milk with Dignity program.

It is possible that prosecutorial discretion will allow the case to be dropped. Senator Patrick Leahy is in a position to influence the prosecutor. Please call Senator Leahy at (802) 863-2525 or email his office. Ask him to do all he can to stop the prosecution against Victor Diaz.

Let's stand together to stop Victor's deportation!
Democracy Awakens Mass Protests All But Ignored
Photo by Mike Hudema (@MikeHudema)
Despite drawing 1000s of people from across the country to march from Philadelphia to Washington D.C. to demand the removal of big money from politics, the  Democracy Awakens  
demonstrations failed to garner any substantial attention from the corporate media. Even as over 900 people were arrested at the capitol dome in an unprecedented display of mass civil disobedience, corporate media provided a scant 29 seconds of broadcast coverage.

Click here for an incisive breakdown from Media Matters.
Other Community Events
Monday, April 25 
  • 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.
Saturday, April 30
  • April 30 - May 1 People's Convention & Just Transition Assembly in Montpelier. Come to workshops, create art together, have fun, meet other awesome young folks, and sharpen your understanding of how your talents can make change in the world! The Youth Activism Summit will take place at Montpelier High School as part of  the Vermont People's Convention and Just Transition Assembly. The People's Convention will feature a broad diversity of grassroots groups working for social and environmental justice. For more up to date information and to register (for free) click here.
Sunday, May 1
  • Noon-1pm Vets for Peace live call-in TV Show VCAM, Channel 15.
  • 2-4pm Stop Reckless Rail Rally - Vermonters' Safety and Environment are NOT Negotiable at Shelburne Community School, 345 Harbor Rd, Shelburne. Citizens gather to rally against the growing concern of HAZMAT rail in Vermont in present state of lack of state oversight for safety and environmental concerns. March from Shelburne Community School at 2pm, to town green or town gym. Rain or shine. Speakers, music, food. Free. For further information click here or contact Roberta via e-mail here.
Monday, May 2
  • 6:15-8pm Burlington-Bethlehem-Arad Sister City Committee Meeting at Miller Center, 130 Gosse Court, Burlington. Call (802) 865-7272. 

Saturday, May 7  

  • 9am-7pm Vermont Youth Conference at Burlington College, 351 North Avenue, Burlington. a Join a day long conference planned by youth for youth - participants will have the opportunity to connnect with their peers, address issues facing youth and enjoy a dance party! Anyone between ages 14-24 from Chittenden County is invited to join! Hosted by Spectrum's Multicultural Youth Program and Diversity Rocks! Click here for further info!
  • 10am-2pm Burlington Fair Trade Day Celebration at City Hall Park, Burlington. Celebrate World Fair Trade Day with the Peace & Justice Center and the first outdoor Farmer's Market of the year in Burlington! Yippee for ethics in business! The day's fun will include kid's activities, a smoothie bike, and performance by Jeh Kulu along with Fair Trade chocolate samples, international vendors and more! For more information contact Amy or call (802) 863-2345 x3.
Monday, May 9
  • 6-8pm Vermonters for a Just Peace in Palestine/Israel Meeting at the Peace & Justice Center, 60 Lake Street in Burlington. Vermonters for a Just Peace in Palestine/Israel works to support the survival of the Palestinian people. For more information e-mail VTJP by clicking here.
Tuesday, May 10
  • 7-8:30pm Champlain Area NAACP Meeting in room 427A, Waterman Building, UVM, Burlington. Meetings are every second Tuesday of the month. Click here for further information.
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