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In This Issue
PJC Educational Programs & Events
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, at 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.
 
Fair Trade 101: Global Trade and Racism Saturday, February 23, 2-3pm at PJC.  Learn the history of global trade and how it has historically come at the expense of marginalizing native nations. Stick around after the event to learn about volunteer opportunities at PJC. 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, February 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.
 
Learning About Nonviolence: The Childrens March  Friday March 15, 5:30-7:30pm at the Richmond Free Library, Richmond.   Enjoy a One Pot Meal at the library followed by a program for the whole family, ideal for age eight and older. Appropriate for people of all ages as long as they are with family and/or friends who can continue the conversation. Participants will watch and discuss excerpts from  Mighty Times: The Children's March , a film about the 1963 actions in Birmingham to learn about Kingian Nonviolence and the power of working together to take on big problems as a whole community. FREE
 
Talking with Kids About Racism Wednesdays March 20, 27, and April 3, 6:30-8:30pmat Lund, 50 Joy Drive, South Burlington. This discussion group, facilitated by Hal Colston and Marianne Hunkin, is designed for all who are concerned about the impact of racism and/or white privilege on our children. Talking about race and racism can be difficult - especially with children. But that does not mean we shouldn't have these conversations. This three part discussion group addresses the impact of racism on our children. It is designed to help white people discuss these issues with children in a meaningful and age-appropriate way. It includes resources, discussion, and role playing. Fees vary no one turned away for lack of funds.  Register online. 

Ed Everts Activist Award Celebration , Thursday, March 28, 6-9:30 at ECHO Center, Burlington. Join us to celebrate the work of both Robin Lloyd and Loving Day Vermont. Chili dinner, cash bar, silent auction, and dance party with DJ Craig Mitchell. Suggested donation $25. No one turned away for lack of funds.  Tickets available now online.
 
Saturday April 6, 10-5:00, Youth Activist Summit , Barre Civic Center. More details to come.
 
Sunday, May 5, 12-5:30, Social Justice Symposium and Block Party , Rutland High School. More details to come.
 
For more info on these events visit Upcoming Events or contact program@pjcvt.org
Quick Links
Voices for Palestine
The Boycott Divestment & Sanctions Movement: Against Israeli Occupation, Settler-Colonialism & Apartheid 
- by Mark Hage,  VTJP.



The international BDS movement was launched in 2005 by 170 Palestinian unions, political parties, refugee networks, women's organizations, professional associations, popular resistance committees and other civil society groups.  Thirteen years later, the movement is still growing, successfully mobilizing activists and institutions across the world, from South Africa to Vermont, in solidarity with the Palestine national liberation struggle.
 
Vermonters for Justice in Palestine endorsed the BDS movement at its inception, and has been leading a campaign since 2013 calling on
Ben & Jerry's to stop the sale and catering of its peace & love ice cream by its Israeli franchise in illegal, Jewish-only settlements in Occupied Palestine.  BDS is "an inclusive, anti-racist human rights movement that is opposed on principle to all forms of discrimination   , including  anti-semitism and Islamophobia." It is calling for sustained, nonviolent pressure on Israel until it complies with three demands enshrined in international law.
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Candoco  
Thursday, February 21, 10am  Friday February 22, 8pm
   
A unique chance to engage with a mixed ability, cutting edge dance company from the United Kingdom. This engagement is possible due to the Flynn's participation in a major social justice movement led and supported by the Ford Foundation's Art for Change program, focused on presenting and developing artists with a disability.    
Storm Large
Saturday, March 9, 8pm
Pink Martini's not-so-secret weapon, Storm Large is a bawdy force of nature. Whether leading the beloved loungers in a swinging affair or building an army of devotees on CBS's Rock Star: Supernova, Storm stuns with her larger-than-life voice, silver screen charisma, and enduring cool. Recently, Storm and her band Le Bonheur released a record designed to capture their sublime-yet-subversive interpretations of the American Songbook. Her live show features these tortured and titillating love songs: beautiful and familiar, yet twisted . . . much like the lady herself. 
February 19, 2019
PJC Job Opening

The Peace & Justice Center 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. They will work with the Executive Director and other staff to develop a vision for community engagement, and will play a lead role in implementing this vision.
 
Click here to find out more about the position and to apply. Applications are being accepted until the position is filled.
From the Blog: On Military Intervention In Venezuela
- by Charlie Kleinfeld, PJC Racial Justice Intern



Minutes after the Venezuelan opposition leader Juan Guaidó declared himself the legitimate president of Venezuela, the Trump administration announced their official backing of him. The events of the past week appear to be yet another example of the United States intervening in a Latin American country, pushing, along with other western nations, for regime change in the region.

To the average reader in the United States, the situation in Venezuela appears to be dire; images of empty grocery stores and mass protests met with violent pushback from the police fill the media, selling the idea of intervention to American citizens. The current president, Nicolás Maduro, is portrayed as a ruthless, unaccountable dictator who must be overthrown. The rhetoric pushed by the Trump administration  appears to mirror the rhetoric pushed by the Bush administration prior to the invasion of Iraq, as well as the images pushed by Eisenhower, Kennedy, Johnson, and Nixon during the Vietnam war. As the situation develops, military intervention in Venezuela appears to become increasingly likely.

POC in VT need TLC
-by Kina Thorpe, Educational Program Manager 
 
 
As an activist, the topic of mental health and self-care is something that comes up a lot as a conversation that needs to be had more, but it often falls to the side. Especially as a person of color doing anti-oppression work, I've found it's hard to dedicate time to taking care of myself because I am always doing this work. Even within the POC (people of color) in VT Affinity Group that I facilitate at the PJC, I've found that I haven't made a strong effort to dedicate time within that space to purposeful healing and care despite it being something that I've wanted to do. There's always so much happening in the world, so much to respond to and discuss, that it gets swept to the side.
 
That is why I was so glad when Dr. Marissa N. Coleman reached out to us about the possibility of offering her guidance and insight to the POC in VT Affinity Group. Dr. Coleman is a licensed clinical psychologist of color who runs her own private practice out of Burlington. Being able to speak with a psychologist is a privilege, but being able to speak to one whose similar background to yours enables them to better understand where you're coming from (and thus not having to disrupt problematic behavior while seeking help) is a privilege of its own. It's a privilege that many people of color in Vermont do not have.
 
I am very thankful to Dr. Coleman for being willing to spend a session with us to answer questions and offering us guidance. All people of color are welcome and encouraged to join us at the meeting on February 21st from 6-8pm at the Peace & Justice Center. 
Community Calendar
This is a parti al listing. See more in our public  calendar .

February 19, Tuesday
  • 5-7pm Vermont Reads Community Book Discussion. Winhall Memorial Library, Bondville.
  • 6-8pm 350VT meeting. 179 South Winooski Ave, Suite 201, Burlington.
  • 6-8pm Save Our Skies. Burlington Co-housing, 33 E Village Dr, Burlington VT
  • 7-9pm What Truth Sounds Like: discussion on racism. St Michael's College, Colchester.
  • 7-8:30pm Champlain Area NAACP meeting. 427A Waterman Building, UVM, Burlington.
  • 7-8:30pm Eyewitness Palestine Event. A talk by Nancy Murray, co-leader of a recent Eyewitness Palestine delegation to the West Bank and Israel AND delegate Hubert Murray, who will describe the account of meetings with farmers, activists, and refugees. Living/Learning E166, UVM, Burlington.
February 20, Wednesday
  • 12:30-2:30pm Planned Parenthood "Pink Wave" at the State House, Montpelier.
  • 6-9pm 350VT New Volunteer Training. 179 S Winooski Ave, Burlington.
  • 6-8pm A+D Film Series: The Black Museum. Free. City Hall, Burlington.
  • 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.
February 21, Thursday
February 23, Saturday
  • 8am-8pm Vermantra. Vermont Hindu Temple, 20 Allen St, Burlington.
  • 10am-12pm Caroline Fund Pro Se Legal Clinic. Lawline of Vermont, Burlington. Every Saturday.
  • 10am-12pm Champlain Valley Amnesty International meeting. Brownell Library, Essex Junction.
February 24, Sunday
February 25, Monday
  • 3:30-5:30pm March: Book One Book Discussion. Gilbert Hart Library, Wallingford.
February 26, Tuesday
  • 2-5pm RALLY 4.0. One year ago hundreds of UVM students, faculty, and staff occupied Waterman building for 10 hours. Come join us to rally and celebrate all that has been accomplished and fight for what still needs to be done! Waterman, UVM, Burlington.
  • 6-8pm Save Our Skies. Burlington Co-housing, 33 E Village Dr, Burlington.
  • 6-8pm SURJ-BTV. First Unitarian Universalist Society, Burlington.
  • 6:30-8pm Prison Abolition movie viewing: The Prison in 12 Landscapes. 294 N Winooski Ave, Burlington.
February 27, Wednesday
March 4, Monday
March 5, Tuesday
  • TOWN MEETING DAY -- GO VOTE!
  • 6-9pm Reclaiming Our Ancestors: The First 12,000 Yrs of Abenaki History. Ethan Allen Homestead Museum, Burlington.
  • 6-8pm 350VT meeting. 179 South Winooski Ave, Suite 201, Burlington.
  • 6-8pm Save Our Skies. Burlington Co-housing, Burlington.
March 6, Wed
  • 6-8pm RAD Organizing Team Meeting. 423 Main St, Bennington.
  • 6-8pm Families United. The Root Social Justice Center, Brattleboro.
March 7, Thursday
March 8, Friday

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Action Highlight: Local Family Separation Protesters Muzzled
13 Vermonters, including two minors, were arrested last July protesting family separation and ICE. The court cases have dragged on and the protesters ar e currently awaiting a trial at which they have been denied the right to use the Necessity Defense and denied the right to talk about why they were utilized nonviolent civil disobedience -- ie, we can't talk about ICE, family separation, or the crisis at the US/Mexican border. Read our update here.  
 
Why has the state not dropped charges like in most Vermont CD cases? Why are we being muzzled?  
 
To take action, please do the following three things:

1) Contact Chittenden County State's Attorney Sarah George to ask, "Why you are continuing to spend time and resources to prosecute the nonviolent protesters who were arrested last summer in Williston? Why will you not allow them to use the necessity defense, and why are they not allowed to talk about family separation in their court case?" 
sarah.george@vermont.gov
802-863-2865

2) Reach out to our Congressional delegation to say, "Thank you for continuing to oppose the separation of children from their families at our southern border and for speaking up against the bogus, unconstitutional "state of emergency" that Trump has proclaimed."
(800) 339-9834
Senator Patrick Leahy https://www.leahy.senate.gov/contact 
1-800-642-3193
Representative Peter Welch https://welch.house.gov/contact 
1-888-605-7270

3) Contribute to the legal costsof the CD case. We are helping to offset the cost of civil disobedience for the members of the group who do not have the means to do this otherwise. We are attempting to make this tactic more accessible to more people. If we reach our fundraising goal, we will share it with groups that are active at the southern border.Please give here if you are able.  
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