On the anniversary of the Women's March we're supporting Vermont youth in organizing a march of their own.

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PJC Educational Programs and Events
Seeing and Disrupting Racism  Wednesday, December 13, 3-4pm, Shelburne Town Offices. FREE

John Lewis- Get in the Way Screening  Thursday, December 14, 7-9pm, Big Picture Theater & Cafe, Waitsfield. FREE. You can pick up your tickets at our store, the Joslin Memorial Library Central Library in Waitsfield, or the Warren Public Library. 
Nonviolent Activism 101  Saturday, December 16, 3-6pm, PJC. Kyle Silliman-Smith & Kina Thorpe. Register.

Building Empathy & Addressing Racial Oppression Thursdays January 11, 18, 25, 6:45-8:45, Grand Isle Library. Register.

Gratitude for a Happier, Healthier, Better You Saturday, January 13, 10-12pm, PJC. Register.

Sunday, January 14, 3-4pm, PJC. Learn about opportunities to get involved! FREE.

Free Trade vs. Fair Trade Presentation Sunday, January 14, 3-4pm, PJC. FREE.

March for Our Future. Saturday, January 20, 1-4pm, Montpelier. FREE.

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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Pick up a voucher for this show at PJC and pay $2 cash at the door. For current PJC members and volunteers. For information on membership click here. Come to the Peace & Justice Store to pick up your voucher. Limited supply!
Paige Hernandez: Havana Hop. Wednesday, December 13, 10:00am
Paige Hernandez blends dance, monologue, and poetry over the backdrop of hip-hop and R&B classics. In her Havana Hop, we meet young Yelia, who visits her grandmother in Cuba to add a salsa flavor to her own hip-hop style. In this children's tale of culture and originality, audiences dance along in dynamic participation as one actress creates three generations of lively women.

January 27, 

Conducted by Jaime Laredo featuring the VSO Chorus.

Vermont Youth Orchestra. Sunday, January 28, 2018, 3:00pm
Join the Vermont Youth Orchestra for its second installment of Tchaikovsky's Symphony No. 5 in E minor, Op. 64. Musicians perform the first movement and feature Vermont artists who have been inspired by Tchaikovsky. Senior soloist and tubist, Malachi Witt performs the third movement of Edward Gregson's Tuba Concerto. Other works include two dance favorites; Johann Strauss Jr.'s The Blue Danube and Arturo Márquez's Danzón No. 2.

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December 12, 2017
March For Our Future
On the anniversary of the inauguration, we expect crowds of Vermonters to gather to lift the voices of our youth.

Started by South Burlington's Kiran Waqar and her colleague Alisha Shaik in California, this event grew out of the Women's March and is happening in both Vermont and in a growing number of other states! For more information, see  Facebook or visit their website.
We still need more young people or allies on the organizing committee. The next meeting is on Sunday, December 17, at 3:00. For location or video-conference information, please contact Rachel@pjcvt.org.
Lastly, i f you know young performers or speakers who you think should be part of the rally, please also email Rachel@pjcvt.org.
John Lewis: Get in the Way
John Lewis: Get in the Way Official Trailer
John Lewis: Get in the Way Official Trailer

Congressman John Lewis has spent his life fighting for equality even when the odds were stacked against him. From the marches of the 1960s as an everyday citizen to the sit ins in 2016 as a member of congress, he has demonstrated his endless dedication to nonviolent action as a means for change.

Join us this Thursday, December 14, for a free screening of the documentary John Lewis: Get in the Way at the Big Picture Theater in Waitsfield. Tickets are free and can be picked up at the Joslin Memorial Library, the Warren Public Library, and at our store in Burlington. This event is sponsored by VT PBS.

From the Blog: Reflections on Gun Violence
By Rachel Siegel, PJC Executive Director 

There are vigils happening around Vermont and the nation to commemorate the horrible tragedy at Sandy Hook Elementary School five years ago. See calendar listings here.
The Vermont organizers have wisely chosen to name the events "Vigils for ALL Victims of Gun Violence." That said, the vigils are organized around the anniversary of one particular tragedy that got the mainstream media's attention. It got public attention for good reason. It was heartbreaking and overwhelming.
But it also got attention because the victims were from a wealthy and white community that does not see much physical violence. 

Welcome Our New Board Members
Please help us welcome our newest board members. We are so excited to work with Song and Anna!

Anna Boesch:
Anna's background is in Nonprofit Leadership Studies, and she is currently the Assistant Director of Volunteer Services in the MOVE office at Saint Michael's College.  She enjoys working with groups to bridge passion, longevity in the community, and systemic change. At Saint Michael's, she has the opportunity to engage with students in a service to justice model. She is able to work with passionate students, who desire to dig deeper into the roots of injustice. 

Song Nguyen:
Born and raised in Vermont by an immigrant mother and refugee father, Song was grateful for the opportunity to return to home to work with the Vermont Department of Health after spending the past nine years in Washington, DC. During her most recent four years in DC, she worked with DC Public Schools managing HIV and STI prevention programming for 111 schools in the district.  During this time, Song quickly recognize that no article, textbook, or discussion can ever prepare someone for the pain and frustration evoked in the eyes of young people who live in a cycle of unmet needs. 
Community Calendar
This is a partial listing. See more events in our public calendar.

December 12, Tuesday
  December 14, Thursday      
  • 4:30-8pm End Gun Violence Vigil, across Vermont.
  • 5:30-7pm WILPF Winter Potluck and Get Together at Robin Lloyd's home, 300 Maple Street, Burlington.
  • 7:30-11pm Roy Wood Jr.VT Comedy Club, Burlington. Also Friday and Saturday.
December 15, Friday December 16, Saturday
  • 10am-12pm Caroline Fund Pro Se Legal Clinic, 274 N Winooski Ave, Burlington. Every Saturday.
  • 5-6pm Champlain Area NAACP needs YOU!
  • 7:30-11pm Roy Wood Jr.Vermont Comedy Club.
December 17, Sunday December 18, Monday December 19, Tuesday December 23, Saturday
  • 11:30am-12pm New Volunteer Orientation at PJC.
December 26, Tuesday

Please email events for our google calendar and enews.
Action Highlight: 
Rename the Dorothy Canfield Fisher Children's Book Award
Through the research and hard work of Judy Dow, Abenaki Educator, it has come to light that Dorothy Canfield Fisher, the namesake of the prestigious youth literature award and reading program, had connections to and was aligned in beliefs with the horrific eugenics programs of Vermont. Judy and others are actively campaigning to have the name changed. So far the Vermont School Library Association has voted to change the name. The final decision, however, lies in the hands of State Librarian Scott Murphy.

If you want more information, please read these:
If you are ready to take action, please contact:
Please tell them: I support a program that encourages children to read, but not one honoring the name of a Eugenicists, racist, and elitist. I encourage you to do all in your power to change the name of this award program as soon as possible, to prevent another author from receiving an award in the name of Dorothy Canfield Fisher. 
Discussion about changing the DCF award name is on the State Library Board's agenda for their next meeting January 9, 2018 from 10 to 12 AM. The location of this meeting is the Fletcher Free Library in Burlington and the meeting is open to the public. 
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