let's address the overlapping issues of racism at home and international warfare.

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Seasonal job opening
Join the PJC team. 
October 1 - December 31
Internships Available
We are currently accepting applications for our fall internships.
Positions being offered this semester include:
  • Fair Trade
  • Racial Justice 
  • Peacework 
  • Volunteer Program
  • Program & Fundraising 
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PJC Educational Programs and Events
Incidents in the Life of a Slave Girl Book Discussion
Wednesday, September 13, 7-8:30pm, PJC. L ed by Emily Bernard. Supported by the VT Humanities Council. Click here to sign-up . FREE

Fair Trade Labels 101 Presentation
Thursday, September 14, 12-1pm,
PJC. Come at 11:30am for PJC Volunteer
Orientation. FREE

Watching Party for "Galvanizing Social Justice Through Comics"
Thursday, September 21, 5-6:30pm, PJC. Livestream of hour-long keynote presentation, followed by a Q&A by Congressman John Lewis and co-authors of MARCH, a graphic novel. FREE 

Building Empathy and Addressing Racism
Thursdays, September 21, 28th and October 5th from 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.

For more info on these events visit the Upcoming Events page on our website or contact us at 863-2345 x6 or program@pjcvt.org

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Missing or vandalized BLM sign?
The PJC is helping to compile and maintain a list of BLM signs that have been stolen or vandalized. If you had a sign that went missing or was vandalized, please email Rachel or call 802-863-2345 x1. Let her know where, when, and what happened.
Welcome Neighbor Lawn Signs
 The signs we carry feature the greeting in Swahili, English, and Arabic. If you can't get to our Burlington location, you'd rather display different languages, or you want a free option, you can click here 
to print them in anyone combination of 20 different languages.    

September 5, 2017
Hello from PJC facilitators in Craftsbury
We're delighted introduce Kesha Medina and Netdahe Stoddard, PJC facilitators who do ongoing racial justice work in rural VT.

As a young woman of color it is incredibly important for me to break down the barriers of communication that prevent dialogue around racism. Since coming to Vermont in 2014 to start college, I have been actively engaging in the fight against racism by being a part of and helping create two social justice groups: one at a local high school in Hardwick (Stand UP) and the other in the college I attend called (ROOTs).
 by Kesha Medina

I organized my first public protest at age 11 when we walked out of grade school in Lyndonville nearly 30 years ago to stop the first war on Iraq. I'm an independent contractor and have 20 years experience engaging, and confronting, people about racism, sexism and homophobia on job sites as a builder and landscaper.
by Netdahe Stoddard 

Thursdays, September 21, 28 and October 5 
6:45-8:45pm, Sterling College, Craftsbury 
Thanks to support from Sterling College, this series is offered at no cost to participants.
From the PJC Blog: What is Really Going on in Yemen Pop-Up Performance
by Gabriella Ribeiro & Rob Persons, PJC Peacework Interns
 
In early August people from the Peace & Justice Center  performed an informative pop -up piece that gave insight into the current and looming crisis in Yemen. 
 
What is Really Going on in Yemen: A Pop-Up Performance
What is Really Going on in Yemen:
A Pop-Up Performance
 

The intention of the performance was to humanize the number of people killed and wounded in the Middle East and highlight how the United States, and all of us, play a role in the continuation of political turmoil and deterioration throughout the country today. We attempted to humanize the situation in Yemen by sharing personal stories of those who have been affected and distressed by incessant bombings, food insecurity, and the worst cholera outbreak in the world, alongside the facts and statistics that we have become so accustomed to...
Race Against Racism
 by Hope Petraro, Montpelier HS Student Organizer  
 
As creator and a leading organizer, the Race Against Racism matters to me because it's a chance to give back to my community the best gifts I can offer: love and diversity.
 
Racism in our nation has undergone a shift from blatant to subtle, but is just as frequently found within the fabric of America. Vermont, with Montpelier at its center, is considered a progressive symbol within the United States. Yet, there's still so much more we can aim for. Fighting for racial justice is an active task.
 
Once just an intriguing idea, students, teachers, and community coordinators have made the Race Against Racism a reality. The Race Against Racism is not only a physical race but a societal one: a race to eradicate racism as quickly as possible in all
our communities.    
 
   
Run, attend, and bring colleagues and friends! Support the youth who believe in a better Vermont, a better nation, and a better world.  
 
Sunday, September 17, 11:30, Montpelier High School
Register here. For more information, visit our website.  
Community Conversation with author Elizabeth Minnich
A moral philosopher and author, Elizabeth Minnich began her quest to comprehend how ordinarily decent people make "extensive evils" (genocide, slavery) and "extensive good" possible when, as Hannah Arendt's teaching assistant, she went with Arendt to defend Arendt's controversial concept, the banality of evil.

Join us at these events as Elizabeth introduces and invites discussion of her new book, The Evil of Banality: The Life and Death Importance of Thinking (Rowman & Littlefield. 2017). 

Wednesd ay, September 6, 7:00 , Kellogg Hubbard Library, Montpelier 

Thursday, September 7, PJC, Burlington,11:45 light lunch, 12:15 reading and discussion.
 
More information here or call the P&J Store at 802-863-2345 x2. 
 
Community Calendar
This is a partial listing. See more events in our public calendar.
 
September 5, Tuesday         
September 6, Wednesday
September 7, Thursday         
September 8, Friday     
  • All day. Catalysts of the Climate Economy. UVM, Burlington.
  • All day. Let's Grow Kids at Art Hop. 19 Marble Ave, Burlington.
  • 4:30pm Vermont Reads 2017 Read Aloud: Brown Girl Dreaming by Jacqueline Woodson. Blake Memorial Library, East Corinth.
September 9, Saturday         
  • All day. Let's Grow Kids at Art Hop, 19 Marble Ave, Burlington.
  • 10am-12:00pm Caroline Fund Pro Se Legal Clinic at Lawline of Vermont, Burlington. Every Saturday.
  • 1-3pm LGBTQA Center Welcome Back BBQ. UVM LGBTQA Center. 
  • 3-4pm Crossroads Mentor Orientation. PJC, Burlington.
  • 4-7pm Legal Defense Solidarity BBQ Fundraiser for #Durham Organizers! Vermont Worker's Center, Burlington.
September 10, Sunday         
  • 11am-2:30pm Out of the Darkness Community Walk, Oakledge Park, Burlington.
  • 11:30am-6pm Vermont Pride Parade: Tykes on Bikes, 187 S Winooski Ave, Burlington.
  • 12-5pm Pride Parade and Festival, Battery Park, Burlington.
  • 3-4pm Anti-Slavery Then and Now, Rokeby Museum, Ferrisburgh.
  • 5-8pm Twilight Music and Dancing Fundraiser to raise awareness of disadvantaged children in Honduras. North Hero House Restaurant.
September 11, Monday          September 12, Tuesday         
  • 5:30-8pm Volunteer drop-in, 350VT Office, Burlington. Every Tuesday.
September 13, Wednesday          September 14, Thursday         
  • 11:30am-12pm New Volunteer Orientation at PJC.
  • 12-1pm Understanding Fair Trade Labels at PJC.
  • 5:30-7:30pm WILPF meeting at PJC.
September 15, Friday          September 16, Saturday         
  • 10am-12pm Vets for Peace meeting at the Kellogg-Hubbard Library, Montpelier.
  • 12-6pm Together We Rise Training at Laughing River Yoga, Burlington.
  • 5-6pm Volunteers Needed! Champlain Area NAACP needs YOU!
September 17, Sunday          September18, Monday          September 19, Tuesday          September 20, Wednesday         
Please email events for our google calendar and enews. 
Action Highlight: Legal Defense Fund #Durham Organizers
by jas wheeler, event organizer
 
Did you "like" this video? Did you talk about the rad actions of organizers on the ground in Durham? Do you wish that you had a concrete way to support individuals on the front line of the struggle? This post and event announcement are for you.

Protesters topple Confederate statue in Durham, North Carolina
Protesters topple Confederate statue in Durham, North Carolina

D espite the fact cities like Baltimore pre-emptitvely removed their statues of confederate statues following the "unite the right" descending on #cville, brave organizers in Durham are facing multiple felonies for tearing down a symbol of white nationalism and white supremacy. 

Mutual aid and solidarity is the best solution for state repression; we demand the charges to be dropped against these freedom fighters and want to publicly send material support to let them know we support their righteous actions. While these organizers are currently out on bail, their legal battle is just beginning with their next court date being September 20.
 
Our struggles in Vermont run parallel to the state repression and resistance we're seeing across the country -- our VT comrades being caught up in mass arrests at J20 (a legal battle they're still fighting), the detainment of Migrant Justice leaders by ICE.  Racism and white supremacy are alive and well in Vermont -- Ryan Roy is just the tip of the iceberg.
 
Call the Durham DA's office and demand that the charges be dropped at (919) 808-3010. I f you're white in Vermont -- it's really the least you can do.
 
Legal Defense Solidarity BBQ Fundraiser for #Durham Organizers! 
Saturday, September 9, 4:00, Vermont Workers' Center, Burlington. 
 
If you can't attend but would like to help support their legal fund you can do so by donating here. All funds raised will go directly to the Durham Solidarity Center .
 
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