!  Chack out all the things to celebrate and to protest: Scott Walker, Stonewall, Loving Day, youth activism and more!
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In This Issue
PJC Educational Programs & Events

The Hate U Give book discussion  Sunday, June 9, 12-2pm at St Albans Recreation  Center.  This is part of our Pledge to Stand for Racial Justice/Stand with Kiah book discussion series. Also happening June 12 in Montpelier and June 27 online.

Microaggression in Everyday Life book discussion Sunday, June 9, 1-3pm Bennington UU. This is part of our Pledge to Stand for Racial Justice/  Stand with Kiah book discussion series. Also happening June 10, 6-8pm online.
Youth Activist Summit, Sunday June 16, 10-4:30,  Barre Civic Center,  All day event for youth to network and learn together.

Seeing and Disrupting Racism  S unday, June 16, 3-5pm, Montpelier Senior Center.  Developed for predominantly white audiences because efforts to end racism does not fall solely on those oppressed. Explore topics like white fragility and how it perpetuates racism.  Advance registration encouraged at the Montpelier Senior Activity Center office at 58 Barre Street or by calling their office at 223-2518.

Toxic Whiteness Discussion GroupWednesday, June 19, 12-1pm,  PJC.  This space is held specifically for white folks to process how white supremacy culture is toxic to white communities and people. FREE

Thursday, June 20, 6-8pm,  PJC. Led by people of color, for POC. A monthly gathering for POC to share their experiences. You do not have had to previously to join. FREE.  

Fair Trade 101: Global Trade and RacismJune 22, 2-3:00,  at PJC. Learn about the racist history of global trade and fair trade as an alternative. Stay after to learn about volunteer opportunities at PJC. FREE.
For more info on these events visit  Upcoming Events or contact   program@pjcvt.org
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Rest in Peace Roz Payne

Vermont Revolutionary Roz Payne has passed awayShe was a film maker, journalist, Black Panther historian, communard, Green Mountain Red, revolutionary, and Richmond, Vermont constable. She will be missed.
Racial Justice Pledge

Take our  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.

Y ou 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.
  • "The Hate U Give," Angie Thomas
  • "Microaggressions in Everyday Life, Race, Gender, and Sexual Orientation," Derald Wing Sue
  • "The Fire This Time," Jesmyn Ward
  • "Black is the Body," Emily Bernard
Youth Activist Summit
Join us in Barre on June 16 for this year's Youth Activist Summit (YAS). This day-long, youth-led event supported by the Peace & Justice Center on youth activism! Whether you are already a part of social justice work or if you want to learn more about how to get involved, please come for a day of bonding, education, and more. Learn more and register here !
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May 28, 2019
Vermont Stonewall Celebration

Join Pride Center of Vermont, local LGBTQ activists, public officials, entertainers, and religious leaders on Sunday, June 2nd from 1-3pm on the lawn of the statehouse in Montpelier to celebrate LGBTQ rights and history in Vermont over the past 50 years since the 1969 Stonewall Riots in New York City!

There will be speeches and performances throughout the afternoon, as well as an open mic opportunity for LGBTQ Vermonters to share their own histories & memories of the past 50 years.
From the Blog: Migrant Children are Still Locked in Cages and Dying

- by Kina Thorpe,
 PJC Educational Program Manager 
It is appalling that children seeking refuge in the United States are still being put in cages. It's also appalling that we've seemed to have forgotten about this all the meanwhile, the Trump administration is expanding a detention center in Homestead, Florida for unaccompanied minors that will be able to hold over 3,200 children. This is completely unacceptable.

The Homestead facility is run by a for-profit corporation named Caliburn. Even when children have family in the U.S. who are willing to take them, their relatives are being scared off due to the Department of Homeland Security using their fingerprints to find and detain other undocumented family members.

These children who are seeking refuge from the violence in their home countries are now at our door, in a life or death situation at the hand of our own government.

Celebrate Love with Loving Day Vermont

Spend your lunch break with Loving Day Vermont the Davis Center Outdoor Stage at UVM on June 12,  from 12-1pm (rain location: Brennan's Pub) for local music in celebration of the anniversary of the Supreme Court decision on Loving v. Virginia, which legalized interracial marriage.

Later in the day (5-8pm) head over to Zero Gravity Brewery for the Loving Day Ale release (a portion of each pint sold will benefit Loving Day Vermont)! Both events are f amily friendly!

Loving Day Vermont organizes annual gatherings that bring together interracial, multiracial, and multicultural couples, individuals and families from across the state, along with others who want to celebrate the right to love whoever we love. 
Community Calendar
This is a parti al listing. See more in our public  calendar .
The PJC is not directly involved in all of these events. If you have questions about a non-PJC event, please reach out to the organization listed. 
May 28, Tuesday
  • Bread and Puppet Art Show through June 9. GreenTARA Space, North Hero.
  • 6-8pm 350VT meeting. 179 S Winooski Ave, # 201, Burlington.
  • 6-8pm Save Our Skies. Burlington Co-housing, 33 E Village Dr, Burlington. Every Tuesday.
May 29, Wednesday
  • 10am-2pm Conference for VT Schools Against Racism. Randolph Union High School. RSVP.
  • 12-1:30pm Bodies of Change: Embodiment and Social Change Discussion Group. The Everything Space, Montpelier. Also June 5.
  • 6-8pm RAD Organizing Team Meeting. 423 Main St, Bennington.
May 30, Thursday June 1, Saturday
  • 10am-12pm Caroline Fund Pro Se Legal Clinic. Lawline of Vermont, 274 N Winooski Ave, Burlington. Every Saturday.
  • 4-6pm "Black Fortunes" by Shomari Wills at The Clemmons Family Farm, Charlotte.
June 2, Sunday
  • 1-5pm Vermont Stonewall Celebration. State House, Montpelier.
  • 3-5pm 350VT Rutland County Meeting. Grace Church, 8 Court St, Rutland.
  • 4-6pm Soul Food Sunday. Godnick Adult Center, 1 Deer St, Rutland. Sign up here.
June 3, Monday June 4, Tuesday June 5, Wednesday
June 6, Thursday June 8, Saturday June 9, Sunday
  • Epic Skill Swap June 9-11, 2019. 124 N Wilmot Rd, Wilmot, NH.
  • 2-5:30pm Soul Food Sundays. POC Gathering. The Root Social Justice Center, Brattleboro.
June 10, Monday
  • 6-7:30pm VTJP meeting at PJC, Burlington.
June 11, Tuesday June 12, Wednsday
  • 12-1pm Live on the Lawn, Loving Day Edition featuring artist Myra Flynn. UVM, Burlington.
  • 6-8:30pm 2019 Cross Class Dialogue Circles: VIRTUAL CIRCLE #2
  • 6-8pm RAD Organizing Meeting. 423 Main St, Bennington
  • 6-8pm Families United. The Root Social Justice Center, Brattleboro.
  • 7-8:30pm 350VT meeting. 115 Hillside St, Bennington.

Please email us events for our google calendar and enews
Action Highlight: Protest Scott Walker
The VT Republican Party has invited Wisconsin's former Governor, Scott Walker, to speak at a fundraiser with some VIPs shelling out $1,000 a plate. Our own Governor, Phil Scott, plans to be there to welcome him. Here's why you should join the picket called by AFSCME, Vermont's unions, and progressive organizations :
  • Walker is a Paid Agent of the 1%
  • Walker Busted Unions
  • Walker Attacked Programs for Workers
  • Walker Privatized Public Education
  • Walker also opposes a woman's right to control her body, is against efforts to reduce racial discrimination and to guarantee equal rights for all, and opposes proactive common sense environmental policies
Check out this letter by Kristen Vrancken (Women's March Vermont Organizer and PJC memberr) speaking out against Walker and Scott.

We must not let the Vermont GOP use Walker's visit to import this reactionary agenda into our state. To endorse the picket and find out more information, contact AFSCME-VT Union Rep Dave Van Deusen at dvandeusen@afscme93.org.

You can also get updates on the Picket Protest Facebook event and on the Vermont AFL-CIO Facebook page.

All out to picket Scott Walker on May 30th and advance progressive pro-Union solutions that put working class people above profit! Unite to Stop the Anti-Union Right!
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