we can't be the change we want to see if we are chronically stressed. Mindfulness for Activists is coming up.

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PJC Educational Programs and Events
Watching Party for "Fierce Femininity & Fandom"
Thursday, September 21, 5-6:30pm, PJC. Watch this amazing event from this year's Schomburg Black Comic Book Fest. FREE 

Building Empathy and Addressing Racism
Thursdays, September 21, 28 and October 5, 6:45-8:45pm, Sterling College, Craftbury. Led by Kesha Medina and Netdahe Stoddard. Register. FREE

Cocoa Campaign Presentation
Saturday, September 23, 3:30-4:30pm,
PJC . Come at 3pm to join our PJC Volunteer Orientation. FREE

Tuesday, September 26, 12-1pm, PJC. FREE

Mindfulness for Activists Thursdays, September 28 and October 5, 6- 8pm, CVU High, Hinesburg. Led by Rachel Siegel and Ginny Sassaman. Register. $35 
Addressing Exclusion in the Backcountry: a guided discussion
Saturday, September 30, 2-5pm, PJC. Led by the co-coordinators of the UVM Outing Club's Social Justice program, Margaux Miller and Colby Yee. Register. FREE

Poverty in an Unequal Economy - and what we can do about it!
Thursday, October 12, 9am-2:30pm, Main Street Landing Gallery, 60 Lake St, Burlington. Facilitated by Equity Solutions. Main Street Landing is host sponsor. $5-$100 individuals, $100 institutions. Register.

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September 19, 2017
Mindfulness for Activists
-Rachel Siegel, PJC Executive Director
I believe fully that we cannot "be the change we want to see" if we are chronically stressed. Our dominant cultures laud extreme busy-ness and most activists are harried by the unending work. It is so valuable for me to connect with other people looking to create a sense of wellness while we continue our activism from climate justice to animal rights, health care reform to racial justice.

For this reason, we are once again offering the two-part Mindfulness for Activists workshop -- this time in Hinesburg on September 28 and October 5. I am excited to co-facilitate with Ginny Sassaman from Gross National Happiness.

Click here for more information on the workshop and on Ginny. Whether you are a mindfulness practitioner with no activist background or an activist with no mindfulness practice, all are welcome. One past participant said, "Being mindful, I believe, helps keep one able to continue the marathon work of an activist."
From the Blog: Veterans for Peace in Palestine
-Ellen Davidson and Tarak Kauff, Veterans for Peace

On our most recent solidarity delegation to Occupied Palestine, we visited popular nonviolent resistance forces and leaders in Bilin, Nabi Salah, Hebron, Al Masara, Bethlehem, often staying overnight in Palestinian homes. Always we were welcomed with the warmest hospitality. You could not enter a Palestinian dwelling without being fed, no matter how poor the people were, the best that they could offer, which was always sumptuous. Palestinians are a hospitable people and it did not matter that three members of the delegation were Jewish. We were human beings and we were guests.

Veterans For Palestine: a docu-series (trailer)
Veterans For Palestine: a docu-series (trailer)
We marched in nonviolent protests, were fired at and had to duck tear gas canisters, which can and have killed people, we confronted members of the Israeli police and IDF with our rebuke as veterans to what they were doing, what they were part of. We visited scores of homes that were bulldozed in the middle of the night, families having only minutes to vacate...
Ellen and Tarak will be speaking and sharing videos from their trip on September 30, in West Barnet. See more info in calendar listing.
Piece of Cake for Peace!
This is a h istoric milestone in the fight to ban nuclear weapons: On September 20th many high-level officials are expected at the UN in New York to sign The Treaty on the Prohibition of Nuclear Weapons. The document was adopted in July by 122 nation states following weeks of intensive negotiations and years of conferences and events outlining the danger nuclear weapons pose to humanity. With 14,900 warheads in the world possessed by the US, Russia, the UK, France, China, India, Pakistan, Israel, and North Korea, the treaty's ultimate goal is for all those arms to be destroyed. Austria, Mexico, and Norway have played major role in the process leading to the adoption of the treaty. 

To find out more about the treaty (and enjoy some cake and music!) come to our celebration this Wednesday between 12 PM-2 PM at Burlington City Arts on Church Street.  
Community Calendar
This is a partial listing. See more events in our public calendar.
September 19, Tuesday
  • 5:30-8pm Volunteer drop-in. 350VT Office. Every Tuesday.         
  • 6-8pm Center for Crime Victim Services listening forums. Rutland Regional Medical Center.        
  • 7-8:30pm Champlain Area NAACP meeting. 427A Waterman Building, UVM, Burlington.
September 20, Wednesday
  • 12-2pm Celebrate the historic UN peace initiative for the  abolishment of nuclear weapons. BCA, 135 Church St, Burlington. Come share cake!
  • 6:30-8pm Coalition for a Livable City meeting at PJC.
September 21, Thursday
  • 5-6:30pm Watching Party "Fierce Femininity & Fandom" at 2017 Schomburg Black Comic Book Fest. Click here.
  • 6:30-7:30pm CNV Action: Candlelight Procession at Manchester Town Green, Route 7 and Center Hill.
  • 7pm Candlelight Vigil to Honor the International Day of Peace at the Rotary in Winooski. Bring candles or glow sticks. Sponsored by the City of Winooski and the Winooski Peace Initiative.
  • 7-8:30pm Marxism and the fight against racism. Speaker: Pranav Jani, associate professor of English at Ohio State University. 210 Lafayette Hall, UVM.
September 22, Friday         
  • 7-10pm. No War 2017: War and the Environment. Livestream here.
  • 12:30-2pm Burlington Women Veterans Book Group. Register. 128 Lakeside Ave, Suite 260, Burlington.
September 23, Saturday         
  • 9am-9pm. No War 2017: War and the Environment. Livestream here.
  • 10am-12pm Caroline Fund Pro Se Legal Clinic. Lawline of Vermont, 274 N Winooski Ave, Burlington. Every Saturday.
  • 3-3:30pm New Volunteer Orientation at PJC.
  • 3:30-4:30pm Cocoa Campaign at PJC.
  • 8-10pm Vermont Sings for Peace. Chapel of St Michael Archangel, St Michael's College, Colchester.
September 24, Sunday         
  • 9am-1pm. No War 2017: War and the Environment. Livestream here.
  • 3-4pm Eliza Marsh's Book of Sentiments with Kevin Thornton. Eliza Marsh collected the autographs of leading abolitionists in the 1840s. Historian Kevin Thornton will share his research on her life and labor. Rokeby Museum, Ferrisburgh.
September 25, Monday         
  • National Day of Action for Milk With Dignity Campaign.
  • 7-8:30pm Burlington Node Mtg. 350VT office, Burlington.
September 26, Tuesday         
  • 12-1pm Toxic Whiteness Bag Lunch Discussion Group at PJC.
  • 6-8pm Standing Up for Racial Justice. First Unitarian Universalist Society, Burlington.
  • 6-8:30pm An Evening With Starhawk. UU Church, Montpelier.

September 27, Wednesday          September 28, Thursday       
September 30, Saturday         
  • 2-5pm Addressing Exclusion in the Backcountry: a guided discussion at PJC about the impact of privilege on the outdoor community and how people can strive to make the backcountry more inclusive. Created and facilitated by the co-coordinators of the UVM Outing Club's Social Justice program.
  • 7-9pm Vets for Peace in Palestine report back. Ellen Davidson and Tarak Kauff were part of a team that went to the West Bank and the Negev in winter 2017. Included in the team were Vietnam era veterans, veterans who served in Iraq and Afghanistan and Miko Peled, author of The General's Son, who was in the Israeli Defense Force. Brookview R&R, 612 W. Main St, West Barnet.
October 1, Sunday    
  • 11am-1pm Kids Out Loud! Song for a Strong Vermont. Top of Church St, Burlington.
  • 12-1pm Vets for Peace live call-in TV show. VCAM, Channel 15.
October 2, Monday         
  • 6:15-8pm Burlington-Bethlehem-Arad Sister City Committee meeting. Miller Center, 130 Gosse Ct, Burlington.
October 3, Tuesday         

Please email events for our google calendar and enews. 
Action Highlight: Stand Against Racism in New Hampshire
A couple weeks ago, an eight year old biracial boy in Claremont, New Ha mpshire was harassed by a group of white teenagers and then hung from a tree. Thankfully the little boy survived but the response from the Claremont Police Department was less than satisfactory, focusing on protecting the perpetrators rather than the victim.
You can help by contacting any or all of the following people and demand that they respond to this as a hate crime (which so far they have not):  
It's important that we also put pressure on our local and state politicians too. We need everyone to call Senator Bernie Sanders office and urge him to denounce the hate crime/violence against this black child, Quincy, in NH.
Sen. Sanders Office: (802)-862-1505
This page from GLAD's website is a great resource for understanding hate crime laws in New Hampshire. It would be helpful if people could look more into how the state of NH has to legally respond.
Another helpful task people can do is to continue to publicize it both to your personal social media accounts but to national news sources. The case has been receiving national coverage but still,needs more. This requires also sharing updated news to the media outlets. Stay informed and please NETWORK.
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