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Sign-up for Upcoming PJC Educational Programming
Wednesdays Feb 8, 15 and 22, 6:45-8:45, Sterling College, Craftsbury. Facilitated by Kesha Medina and Kyle Silliman-Smith. Space is limited, sign-up online.  

Saturday, February 11, 18 and 25, 3-5pm, Steele Community Room, Waterbury Facilitated by Isaiah Hines and Jade Walker. $75 for the general public / $60 for PJC members. No one turned away for lack of funds. Space is limited, sign-up online or call.
Nonviolent Activism 101
Thursday, February 16, 6-8:30pm, CVU High School, Hinesburg. 
Register online or call 802-482-7194. $10 general / $5 for people over 64 and under 18.

Privilege & Accountability: Becoming an Ally
Thursdays (5:30-7:30pm) and Sundays (3-5pm), March 9, 12, 16, & 19, at PJC, Burlington. Facilitated by Francine Serwili-Ngunga and Rachel Siegel. $150 general, $100 for PJC members, scholarship available. Space is limited, call to sign-up.

Nonviolent Activism 101
Wednesdays, March 22 & 29, 6-8pm, at the PJC, Burlington. Space is limited, sign-up or call.
Flynn Center Vouchers

Pick up a voucher for these shows at PJC and pay $2 cash at the door. For current PJC members and volunteers. For more information on PJC membership click here.

Limited supply! Email to confirm availability. 

1/27, Friday. Balé Folclórico da Bahia With infectious energy and rich pageantry, Balé Folclórico brings to life the rich culture of Bahia, a region of northern Brazil influenced by enslaved Africans as well as Portuguese, Spanish, and indigenous Native American cultures.

2/3, Friday, 12 noon. Lights, Camera, Math! Student Matinee. $2 cash only with voucher. Cahoots NI of Northern Ireland uses mind-blowing puzzles, dazzling illusions, and digital technology to demonstrate the magic of math in this fun and interactive multimedia show. Extraordinary feats of mind reading and misdirection will capture children's imaginations and inspire a fascination with math that sticks long after they leave the theater!

2/8, Wednesday, 9:30am. Mayhem Poets. Student Matinee. $2 cash only with voucher. Engaging, funny, and powerfully in tune with the real issues that students face each day, the Mayhem Poets impart a hip and positive message that inspires future generations of young people to study and write poetry in classical and contemporary forms, while embracing diversity, non-violence, and a strong sense of self. 

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Hours are subject to change. Call 802-863-2345 x2 to confirm.
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If you would like an event listed, please email  
Join us for this facilitated
lu nch hour event.
Wednesday, February 8th
12 noon - 1:00pm at PJC

Vermont teens displaying the PJC "Fight Facism" patches in DC
Thanks to a great effort of staff and volunteers and generous donations, we made 650 patches that were distributed and proudly worn. Thanks for standing together!
January 9, 2017
Week of Action for Pipeline Resistance

Join the Week of Action starting Feb 4: Resist the last leg of construction of the Vermont Gas pipeline.   
By Jason Kaye 

This fracked gas pipeline is the largest build-out of fossil fuel infrastructure in Vermont in fifty years. Over the last four years of this campaign, regular people have organized and achieved numerous successes, including the cancellation of Phase II, which would have resulted in drilling a fracked gas pipeline underneath Lake Champlain from Vermont to New York; significant delays to Phase I, which have exposed the project's mismanagement and its poor financial footing, with costs ballooning to double the originally-permitted cost estimate; and - perhaps most importantly - the forging of a deep and broadening culture of awareness and resistance and strength among everyday Vermonters.

Even still, Vermont Gas - with wheels greased by an allied Governor Shumlin administration - has constructed all of the 41-mile pipeline from Colchester to Middlebury except for one remaining parcel: Geprags Park in Hinesburg. Geprags Park had been protected by a decades-old legal covenant that assured the Geprags Family their donation of land to the Town of Hinesburg in 1991 would forever be used solely for a school or as a public park for educational and recreational purposes. A group of current Hinesburg residents have waged an exhaustive legal battle to protect Geprags Park from the Vermont Gas pipeline, but the State of Vermont has helped Vermont Gas to seize an easement through Geprags Park using the power of eminent domain. With a recent decision by the Vermont Supreme Court to allow construction to commence, Vermont Gas' machines and pipe have arrived at the north end of the park, with construction starting imminently.

Our struggles for a livable planet, for safe communities, for a healthy economy have begun to get in step. To engage in coordinated direct action together is to deepen our collective understanding; it is to practice our working relationships; it is to share skills and to learn and to empower every one of us to take action.

To join in the struggle for justice, begin with these three steps:
  • Visit here for the latest updates, and to spread the word to your friends and colleagues.
  • Join An Action: Many groups are already planning actions. To get plugged into existing plans, contact us
  • Plan An Action: Gather some friends, discuss action ideas, and deploy. Actions can take place at Geprags Park in Hinesburg, or anywhere you want to take direct action for climate justice.
We know that injustice - and our resolve to build a better future - does not end with this pipeline.

Vermonters March
We were so grateful to have been part of the millions across the world who stood together against the hateful rhetoric and actions of our incoming administration. With reports of 20,000 people in Montpelier and at least 17 buses of people going from Vermont to D.C., we are proud to be an organizing hub in this time of uprising.

Let's keep up our momentum and continue to work for peace and justice in all realms of life!

Here are a few photos of Vermonters in DC:

And a couple from the Women's March and Unity Rally In Montpelier:

Welcome to our Spring 2017 Interns!
We are delighted to welcome our Spring Interns to the Center this week. There is much work to be done and we are better able to continue all that we do with the infused energy and meaningful perspectives of this entire team!

"I joined the Peace & Justice Center because I want to do my part in encouraging peace through nonviolent activism at a time when ignorance and violence increasingly permeates everyday life." - Kira Nemeth, Peace Work Intern

Click here to hear why the other interns decided to give so much of their time to support the work of the Peace & Justice Center.

Pictured (left to right): Halle Apelgren, Chandler Loyd, Kira Nemeth, Sarah White, and Amanda Morelli.
Not pictured: Alice Urbiel, Quinn DiFalco, and Josie Colt

Community Events
If you have questions about any of the events below visit our google calendar to find links to the original post and/or direct contact information for organizer, contact, and/or host.

Wednesday, January 25
  • 5:00pm - 7:00pm World Beyond War Conference organizing meeting at the PJC, 60 Lake St, Burlington
Thursday, January 26
  • 7:00pm - 9:00pm Beyond the Safety Pin Workshop at St Michael's College, St Edmund's Hall Farrell Room, Colchester
  • 7:00pm - 9:00pm Screening of "I Am Not Your Negro"
    at Main Street Landing Film House. SOLD OUT
  • 7:00pm - 10:00pm "Divided by Diversity" Documentary Screening at St Michael's College, McCarthy Arts Center Recital Hall, Colchester
Friday, January 27
  • 8:30am - 12:00pm The Ethics of Resistance for Social Workers in the Age of Trump with Jacob Stone at Capitol Plaza Hotel & Conference Center, 100 State St, Montpelier
  • 7:00pm - 11:00pm MLK Poetry Slam at St Michael's College, McCarthy Arts Center Recital Hall, Colchester
Saturday, January 28
  • PJC's 38th Anniversary - 38% off one item in store for members (some restrictions apply)
  • 9:00am - 4:30pm Creating a New Story to Embody Love, Compassion and Inter-being at Burlington Friends Meeting, Bassett House, 173 N. Prospect St. #B, Burlington
  • 10:00am - 12:00pm Caroline Fund Pro Se Legal Clinic - Lawline of Vermont at 274 N Winooski Ave, Burlington Every Saturday.
  • 3:00pm - 3:30pm New Volunteer Orientation at the PJC, 60 Lake St, Burlington.
  • 3:30pm - 4:30pm Fair Trade vs. Free Trade Presentation and Discussion at the PJC, 60 Lake St, Burlington
Saturday and Sunday, January 28 & 29
  • Alianza para Justicia y Liberacion: Mexico y Palestina at Green Mountain College, 1 Brennan Cir, Poultney
Tuesday, January 31
  • 9:30am - 12:00pm 2017 Roe v Wade Day of Action at Vermont State House, 115 State St, Montpelier
  • 7:00pm - 10:00pm Paint & Sip with Pride Center of Vermont at Burlington Paint and Sip Studio, 29 Church St, Burlington
Wednesday, February 1
  • 10:00am - 1:00pm Saraswati Puja at 32 Malletts Bay Ave, Winooski. Happy Saraswati Puja to you all. May Goddess Saraswati bless you with Education and Wisdom. Vermont Puja Committee is proud to be organizing this event.
Saturday, February 4
  • 3:00pm - 4:00pm Of Earth and Being: The Work of Diane Elliott Gayer at the PJC, 60 Lake St, Burlington
Sunday, February 5
  • 12:00pm - 1:00pm Vets for Peace live call-in TV show at VCAM, Channel 15. This recurring event is part of a series.
Monday, February 6
  • 6:00pm - 8:00pm Bridging Studio Practice into Collaboration at New City Galerie, 132 Church St, Burlington
Please tell us about other community events in Vermont. If they are mission-aligned, we are happy to list them in our google calendar and in this publication. Please email us.
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