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PJC Events & Registration Info
Frederick Douglass Community Reading Tuesday, July 12, from 5:30-7pm,  at Burlington City Hall, the Church Street side. We will be using the medium length version. To request to read a particular portion of the speech e-mail

Nonviolent Activism 101
Saturday, July 16, 12-5pm, Pride Center VT, 255 S. Champlain St., Burlington. Donations accepted. Click here to RSVP!

Tuesday, August 9 from 7-8:30pm,  at Burlington Waterfront.
Bring instruments for community singing of peace and justice folk songs.

Frederick Douglass Book Discussion Group
Wednesday, August 24 from 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. To register call 863-2345 x6. 

Building Empathy and Addressing Racial Oppression
Tuesdays, September 13, 20, & 27, 6:30-8:30pm, Kellogg-Hubbard Library, Montpelier.
or call 863-2345 x6. FREE!

Saturday, September 24, from 10am to 3pm, at Manchester Community Library, 138 Cemetery Ave, Manchester Center. FREE!
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June 21, 2016
"It is with a heavy heart and renewed commitment to a better future that we recognize those whose lives were taken or touched by the senseless murders in Orlando on June 12. We will not forget the lack of safety that so many of us in the Latino, queer, immigrant, and/or Muslim communities feel here in the United States. We will work to educate, advocate and agitate for healthier, more peaceful lives for all. We will not let your lives be in vain."
- Rachel Siegel, PJC Executive Director

"An Afghan-American Muslim walks into a gay club in Florida on Latin night during Pride Month. In my dreams, that is the beginning of another great story of remix, tolerance and coexistence that is possible only in America. In reality, it's the start of a nightmare massacre fueled by hatred and perpetrated by a man from a group already scarred by a generation of suspicion and surveillance."

-  Bilal Qureshi, a freelance journalist, former NPR producer
and editor, and an American Muslim, New York Times op-ed.
(Hear Bilal interviewed on the Code Switch podcast.)
Artist Nomi Kane, friend of PJC:  

Frederick Douglass Community Reading
Tuesday, July 12, 5:30-7pm
Burlington City Hall, Church St side
Community Read of "What to the Slave is the Fourth of July?"

In 1852, Frederick Douglass, one of our nation's greatest orators and abolitionists, was asked to speak at an event commemorating the signing of the Declaration of Independence. In his provocative speech, Douglass refused and said, "This Fourth of July is yours, not mine. You may rejoice, I must mourn." And he asked, "Do you mean, citizens, to mock me, by asking me to speak to-day?"

Instead, he delivered his powerful condemnation of American hypocrisy - "What to the slave is the 4th of July" - on July 5. Douglass's speech remains emotionally powerful, thought-provoking and relevant more than a century and a half after he gave it.

The Vermont Humanities Council is supporting groups and communities statewide to organize public participatory readings of his compelling speech on or close to July 4 each year. See full list of locations here.

This Burlington event is put on by PJC with the support of many individuals and organizations. If you or your organization would like to get involved email Kyle or call her at 863-2345 x6.
  2015 Community Reading in Burlington
Fact vs Fiction: Media Coverage of Latin America and the Trial of Victor Jara
Mark Cook, American journalist and former correspondent for Democracy Now! will be talking about the reality of life in parts of Latin America - most specifically Venezuela and the need for media watchdogs - Wednesday, June 29 at noon at the PJC.

Mark was at the first week of hearings last week for the civil trial for Victor Jara's survivors. See more on the trial here. To contribute to the fund for lawyers' fees, go to Center for Justice & Accountability (CJA).  

CJA's case is against a former Pinochet officer, and long-time Florida resident, accused of the torture and murder of iconic singer, Victor Jara in 1973. It is an enormously moving experience to listen to Joan Jara, Victor's widow, and their daughter, Manuela, describe what Victor meant to them and to the people of Chile. It is also chilling to hear the testimony of former conscripts and other witnesses describing the dark, awful days of the Pinochet coup, the violence done to the people, and to Victor in particular. The trial is likely to go to the jury  on June 27.  

  Victor Jara was a Chilean folk singer. 
Other Community Events
Wednesday, June 22
  • 6-8pm. Candidate Forum on Social Justice for Washington County to discuss Social Justice Issues and Policies in Vermont. The issues: Racial disparities in the criminal justice system; Mass incarceration; Criminal justice reform. The candidates: Anthony Pollina, Ann Cummings, Ashley Hill, Francis Brooks. Location: Unitarian Church, Montpelier. More info on Facebook and website or contact Mark A. Hughes.
  • 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. Suggested $5 - $10. Every Wednesday.
Saturday, June 25
  • 3-4pm Interested in volunteering for the Peace & Justice Center?  We hold orientations on the second and fourth Saturday of each month at 3:00pm or by appointment. Volunteers will learn about the history of the Peace & Justice Center and our current state wide projects. There will be a Fair Trade vs. Free Trade presentation.  We'll talk about how you can use your skills and interests to help the PJC's mission in the community. Contact Kristen Connors at for more information.
  • 6:30pm.  Muslim Girls Making Change (MGMC) and Friends Perform. This celebration of community is hosted by AT&T and The Poetry Experience, and will benefit the Young Writers Project Slam Project Fund, which has been created to fund MGMC's preparations for and participation in Brave New Voices Festival in Washington DC, July 2016. Featured artists include MGMC, Randee Eddins, Rajnii Eddins, Denise Casey, Lizzy Fox, Cleo Rohn, Bless the Child and NYT. Location: Burlington Town Center (Cherry St exit adjacent to Macy's).
Sunday, July 3
  • 12-1pm Vets for Peace live call-in TV show. VCAM, Channel 15.
Wednesday, July 6
  • 3:30pm Global Poverty Advocacy and Action Workshop. Every child should have the chance to grow up health and strong, go to school, and reach their full potential. RESULTS advocates are working across the country to make this vision a reality. Hear how you can become a local advocate in our global movement. Location: PJC.

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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