, May Day/International Workers' Day is coming! I hope you can join in one or more of these actions. 
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In This Issue
PJC Educational Programs & Events
Wednesday, April 17, 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.

"Banana Land: Blood, Bullets, & Poison" Film Screening and Discussion
Wednesday, April 17, 7-9pm,
UVM Davis Center. 
Bananas have been promoted as wholesome and healthy, but behind the smiling Miss Chiquita propaganda lies a past and present system of terrorism, worker exploitation, biological disasters, and environmental damage. After learning about the oppressive banana industry, we will discuss new perspectives and action steps. FREE

Thursday, April 18, 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. You do not have had to attend previous meetings in order to come. FREE.  

Reflections from Montgomery  Wednesday, April 24, 6:30-8pm, at Grand Isle School Library.  People from the PJC visited the Memorial for Peace & Justice and the Equal Justice Initiative: From Slavery to Mass Incarnation museum. They'll share the impact this trip has had on their work and why sites like these that hold our country accountable for its history of racial terror, is so important. FREE. Also happening on May 6 in Burlington and May 13 in Montpelier.

Banana Industry PresentationSaturday, April 27, 2-3pm,   PJC.  Learn about the oppressive banana industry. Brainstorm solutions and create tangible action steps. Stick around after the event to learn about volunteer opportunities at PJC. FREE

World Fair Trade Day, Saturday, May 11,  8am-2pm at Burlington Farmers Market Dealer.com on Pine Street. Burlington's World Fair Trade Day is a community celebration of the Fair Trade Movement. This event features ethically sourced goods from small producers in the Global South, a Fair Trade Education Station with interactive games with fabulous prizes, and a Photo Booth that's absolutely bananas! FREE.

George Lakey: How We Win. Saturday, May 11, 2-5:30pm at the UU in Burlington. In this participatory workshop led by social movement veteran George Lakey, participants will explore how to use direct action campaigns strategically. Fees vary. No one turned away for lack of funds. Space is limited. Advance registration required. Register here. 

Social Justice Symposium and Block Party  Sunday, May 19, 12-5:30,  Rutland High School.Come learn about groups working in the Rutland area that need more people power! The day will end with a Rutland-style block party from 4-5pm!  $15 general public; free under 25. No one turned away for lack of funds. Snacks included! 

Learning Nonviolence: Activism 101May 7, 7-9pm, Richmond Free Library.  Learn aspects of Kingian Nonviolence, build knowledge of successful nonviolent campaigns, explore how our own identities impact this activism, and engage in role play. FREE
For more info on these events visit Upcoming Events or contact program@pjcvt.org
Quick Links
Voices for Palestine

Far Right vs. Right; Netanyahu vs. Gantz -Mark Hage, VTJP

Jonathan Cook , an award-winning journalist and political writer who makes his home in Israel, recently wrote an illuminating and chilling piece about Israel's recent election campaign. Here are some of his observations and insights.
This election, he says, "must be the first in which a sitting Israeli prime minister has sought to win over voters by boasting about how much he insulted a president of the United States." The president in question is not the one currently residing in the White House, who relocated the U.S. embassy to Jerusalem and recognized Israeli sovereignty over the occupied Golan Height of Syria to boost Netanyahu's electoral fortunes.  The maligned former president is Barack Obama.
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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 membershipLimited supply!  

Ballet Hispanico Saturday, April 20 at 8:00pm. (Vouchers for student matinee available for Friday, April 19 at 12:00pm).  For more than 45 years, Ballet Hispánico has been a gem of the New York dance scene, bringing communities together to explore Latino cultures through dance. Known for their technically accomplished and musical dance, the company presents a bold repertory of all-Latina choreographers: Michelle Manzanales, Annabelle Lopez Ochoa, and Tania Pérez-Salas. 

Hot Brown Honey Friday, April 26 at 8:00pm.  Serving up an audacious platter of dance, comedy, striptease, and song, the sweetly acidic Hot Brown Honey harks back to the delicious clownery of Josephine Baker while packing a punch of hip-hop politics. From the simmering shores of "Polynesia," where tropical stripteases skewer dusky maiden fantasies, to the life of a single mother who just happens to be a DJ, Hot Brown Honey undresses sticky topics in an explosion of color, culture, and controversy. Fighting the power has never tasted so sweet. Recommended for ages 18 and older.

VSO Masterworks Saturday, April 27 at 7:30pm. 
The final Masterworks concert of the 2018/2019 season features violinist Pamela Frank performing Max Bruch's 1st concerto with the VSO. Bookended by Maurice Ravel's hauntingly beautiful Pavane and the thunderous second symphony of Rachmaninoff, the season ends with a bang!
April 16, 2019
Stand for Racial Justice, Stand with Kiah Morris

As Vermonters, it is crucial that we each understand and acknowledge the generational harm that systemic racism causes on the lived experiences of people of color in this state. When a moral society shuns overt acts of racism and bigotry, communities must actively work towards becoming anti-racist in all forms from daily microaggressions and microinvalidations in the workplace or in our schools to championing legal remedies that aim to eradicate inequity.
We see racism in Vermont from the overt racist and sexist harassment that led the resignation of Representative Kiah Morris from her seat to the ongoing ways that people of color in Vermont are marginalized and harmed from both overt and subtle, as well as personal and systemic forms of racism. 
Therefore, we are asking you to seriously consider taking a pledge to stand for racial justice and stand with Kiah Morris and the other people of color harmed by racism in our state.
By signing this pledge, you are pledging to do more than just give us your word. You are pledging to participate in one (or more) of the following book discussions that the PJC is hosting to kick-start or continue your journey into this work: 

Click here for details about the book discussions and to sign the pledge.

From the Blog: My Experience as a PJC Intern

-Taylor Morgan, Volunteer Coordination Intern

I first got involved with the Peace & Justice Center in November 2018, when I applied to their internship on Handshake [Champlain College job board]. I had little to no knowledge of the center prior to applying, only that it was down by the waterfront. I didn't realize the immense impact the Center has, and the levels of passion and dedication the staff, interns, and volunteers possess. I was interviewed and then offered the position of the Volunteer Coordination Intern. I accepted, thus beginning my relationship with the PJC.

Prospective Facilitator Gathering
From Craftsbury to Manchester, St Albans to Barre, we did 89 educational programs in nine Vermont counties last year.
You could be a part of that.  Come to our next Prospective Facilitator Gathering on April 29 from 5:30-6:45 at the PJC to learn more.
Below Tanaisha Coleman shares what inspired her to become a PJC facilitator:
"Being a woman of color navigating complex spaces has helped me cultivate awareness of how privilege and oppression can flex, so I want to help others with their social justice journey. Since high school, advocating for others and being a part of organizations that embrace differences has been a passion for me. Additionally, the climate of our country and world has motivated me to make proactive strives to shift norms and develop equitable practices. Thus, being a facilitator for the Peace & Justice Center is another intentional move to educate others and build adaptable inclusive communities." - Tanaisha Coleman
Email  Program@PJCVT.org   to sign up. Facilitators are needed throughout the state. Video conference participation available. Click here to see a listing of the educational programs we offer.
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.
Click here to find out more about the position and to apply. Applications are being accepted until the position is filled.
Community Calendar
This is a parti al listing. See more in our public  calendar .
April 16, Tuesday
April 17, Wednesday
April 18, Thursday
April 20, Saturday
  • 9am-3pm 2019 Cross Class Dialogue Circles - IN-PERSON CIRCLE, White River Junction
  • 10am-12pm Caroline Fund Pro Se Legal Clinic, Lawline of Vermont, Burlington. Every Saturday.
  • 10am-12pm Will Miller Green Mountain Veterans For Peace, Chapter 57 Monthly meeting. Hunger Mountain   Co-op, Montpelier.
April 21, Sunday
  • 7-8:30pm Central VT Climate Action meets, UU church, Montpelier VT
April 23, Tuesday
  • 6-8pm SURJ-BTV, First Unitarian Universalist Society, Burlington.
  • 7-9pm Vermont Reads 2019 Community Book Discussion, Waterbury Public Library.
April 24, Wednesday
  • 6:30-8:30pm Living Room Conversations About Racism, Jaquith Public Library
April 27, Saturday
  • 10am-12pm Champlain Valley Amnesty International Monthly Meeting, Brownell Library, Kolvoord Room
April 30, Tuesday
  • 5-6pm Queer & Trans People and Title IX, the Chittenden room, Davis Center, UVM, Burlington
  • 6-8pm Burlington 350VT node meeting, 350VT Office
  • 6 - 8pm Save Our Skies, Burlington Co-housing.
May 1, Wednesday
  • 12-1:30pm  Bodies of Change: Embodiment & Social Change Discussion Group. T he Everything Space, Montpelier.
  • 6-8pm Families United, The Root Social Justice Center
  • 6-8pm Bennington RAD Organizing Team Meeting, 423 Main St.

Please email us events for our google calendar and enews
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Action Highlight: 2019 Rally for the Planet

Join the Vermont Youth Lobby on Wednesday, May 1st from 9am-1:30pm as they rally for CLIMATE, JOBS, AND JUSTICE! 

This youth-led event is open to all who wish to fight for a livable planet, a just transition to clean energy, and a thriving Vermont economy. The main goal this year is to let lawmakers know that Vermont needs to take a much stronger leadership role in the global fight against climate change!

The pace of change taking place in Montpelier to address climate change is not fast enough to meet the challenges we are confronted with, as highlighted in the most recent IPCC report that gives humanity 10-12 years to make dramatic cuts in greenhouse gas emissions if we are to avoid some of the most serious and irreversible impacts of climate change.

Learn more about this legislation, chat with your local lawmakers, and visit some of the many booths that will be showcasing youth activism from around the state. Visit their website for more information and to register for the Rally as an individual, small group, or school today!
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