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PJC Educational Programs & Events
Sunday August 12, 3-4pm, PJC.  This program was developed for predominantly white audiences because efforts to end racism do not fall solely on the oppressed. Learn how white fragility perpetuates racism and specific ways to disrupt that cycle. FREE.
 
Wednesday, August 15, 2pm, PJC. Play modified versions of Jeopardy and Jenga to learn about the military industrial complex while having fun. Snacks and prizes. Fun for ages 13+. FREE 
 
Thursday, August 16, 6pm, PJC. A space for people of color to share their experiences. Open to all POC of all ages. FREE.
 
Saturday, August 18, 2-3pm, PJC. Learn the history of global trade and how it has historically come at the expense of people in the Global South. Examine Fair Trade as an alternative. Arrive at 1:30pm for Volunteer Orientation. FREE
 
Monday, August 20, 12-1pm,  PJC. This space is held specifically for white people because ending oppression doesn't fall solely on the oppressed. Process how white supremacy culture is toxic to white communities and individuals. FREE
     
Wednesday, September 5, 5-9pm. Bluebird BBQ will donate 10% of the entire evening's sales to the PJC. Call Bluebird to make a reservation 802-448-3070 or at bluebirdbbq.com.
 
Understanding Fair Trade Labels
Saturday, September 8, 2-3pm, PJC. Learn about the Fair Trade Movement, and differences between various certifications. Join Volunteer Orientation at 1:30pm. FREE.
 
Sunday, September 9, 10am-5pm, at Barre Civic Center, See article in this issue for more information.
 
Wednesday, September 19 7-9pm, Davis Center, UVM, Burlington. Atomic bomb survivors from Hiroshima and Nagasaki will join disarmament educators on a panel. This group will discuss the historic, ethical, human and environmental consequences of nuclear weapons and efforts
including ratifying the UN treaty to prohibit nuclear weapons.    

Tuesday, September 26, 6pm, PJC. This book highlights the heroic efforts of Iranians to live in a more open, more democratic society free of outside interference. It also traces how Western sanctions have affected life in Iran and delves into Iran's tumultuous relationship with the U.S. and its neighbors. FREE  
 
For more info on these events visit Upcoming Events or contact program@pjcvt.org.
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August 7, 2018
Youth Activist Summit

Sunday, September 9, 10am-5pm, Barre, VT

A daylong, youth-led event supported by the Peace & Justice Center to gather youth from around Vermont for a day of bonding, education, and more! Join us if you are part of any social justice activist work or if you want to learn more about how to get involved. Those in middle school, high school and beyond are welcome, although the programming will be geared towards the high school age group.

This event is FREE or by donation at the door. Lunch is provided, and stipends are available to offset travel costs.
Register here. For more information, email Ira or call the Center. Share the facebook event and help us spread the work on social media using #YAS!!!
From the Blog: #AbolishICE Civil Disobedience
On August 28, over 200 people gathered to protest outside the ICE offices in Williston, Vermont. 13 people were arrested. Two were minors. Check out media footage and videos from the event here and read some reflections below.
Protesters circle up outside the ICE offices in Williston, Vermont

Why Get Arrested
by Fairen Stark

I am sixteen years old. 
I sit in the street with someone 
Who is fourteen.
Sweaty hand in sweaty hand
Our first arrest...  
#AbolishICE:
My first civil disobedience and a call to action
by Rachel Siegel

Since I was young, one of the ways that I have contended with how cruel the world is, how unjust, how violent, is to work together with other people to resist, with love, and change the ways things are. This spring, as the reports of the kids in cages came in, the action I was taking was not enough. I know separations have been happening by the 1,000s (back to the days of European occupation of this land and the devastation of so many Indigenous families and communities) and that they escalated under the Obama administration. I think it was the sudden volume of separations, the detention of such young children, and the horrifying conditions of the facilities. I started to come undone emotionally. It is too much to fathom. I needed to do more...
New Member Drive Success: $10,000 and 40 new members
Thanks to a generous matching donation that doubled contributions up to $5,000 and almost 500 individual donations, we made $10,573 in our New Member Drive!

40 new members and 425 in-store donors have expanded our capacity greatly. It's not too late to become a member! Benefits include a store discount and our quarterly newsletter -- but mostly it's about joining a community of people making a difference in the world! Click here for more information.
Community Calendar
This is a partial listing. See more in our public calendar .

August 8, Wednesday
  • 6-8pm RAD Organizing Team Meeting, 423 Main St, Bennington.
  • 6-8pm Families United at The Root Social Justice Center, Brattleboro.
  • 7-8:30pm 350VT meeting, 115 Hillside St, Bennington.
August 9, Thursday
August 11, Saturday
  • 8am-4pm KidSafe's Community Yard Sale at Champlain Valley Exposition, Essex Jct. Also Sunday.
  • 10am-12pm Caroline Fund Pro Se Legal Clinic at Lawline of Vermont, Burlington. Every Saturday.
August 12, Sunday
  • New England Governors/Eastern Canadian Premiers Summit Action, Stowe. Through Tuesday. Grassroots groups working on energy-related issues will converge in Stowe on Sunday to raise our concerns about cross border issues: pipelines, transmission lines, hydro-power and fracked gas imports, RGGI, and other issues. Plans are underway for a public forum, rally, encampment, and direct action on Sunday and a press conference on Monday. More info.
  • 1-4pm Rokeby Museum Pie and Ice Cream Social, Rokeby Museum.
  • 2-5:30pm Soul Food Sundays. POC Gathering at The Root Social Justice Center, Brattleboro.
  • 3-4:30pm Solidarity Trumps Hate Rally, City Hall Park, Burlington.
August 13, Monday
August 15, Wednesday
August 16, Thursday
August 18, Saturday
  • SolarFest (Saturday and Sunday) at Stratton Mountain.
  • 8am-12pm Walks and Run for Children, Vermont State House, Montpelier.
  • 10am-12pm Champlain Valley Amnesty International monthly meeting at Brownell Library, Essex Junction.
August 19-25, Sunday-Saturday
August 19, Sunday
  • 7-8:30pm Central VT Climate Action meets at UU Church, Montpelier.
August 20, Monday
  • 5:30-8pm Youth 4 Change at The Root Social Justice Center, Brattleboro.
August 21, Tuesday
  • 5:30-7:30pm Genealogy and Slavery, Aldrich Library, Barre.
  • 6-8pm 350VT meeting, 350VT Office, Burlington.
  • 7-8:30pm Champlain Area NAACP meeting 427A Waterman Building, UVM, Burlington.
August 22, Wednesday
August 23, Thursday
August 25, Saturday
August 28, Tuesday
  • 6-8pm SURJ-BTV at First Unitarian Universalist Society, Burlington.
  Please email us events for our google calendar and enews.
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Action Highlight: Solidarity Trumps Hate
We learned last year in Charlottesville, Boston,   and San Francisco that the best way to fight the far-right is to show up in solidarity because our power (and our safety) is in numbers. 
 
On Sunday,  August 12th, the Proud Boys are organizing a "White Civil Rights" rally in Washington D.C. and we will jo in cities across the country in holding solidarity rallies to oppose fascist terror and stand for the rights of all oppressed communities. Join us Sunday, August 12,  3:00  in City Hall Park to Rally in Burlington
 
If you can't be in Burlington, there are still actions you can take to counter the White Civil Rights rally happening in DC: Promote the event to people who you think can attend; donating time or money to local or national Black Lives Matter or other civil rights groups; and check out this list of 10 Ways to Counter Hate put together by the SPLC for more ideas.
 
While the Trump administration continues it's attacks on immigrants, people of color, Muslims, women, queer and trans people, and poor people in general, the far-right continues to organize. Nia Wilson was just murdered by a white supremacist in California. Fascist rallies were held in Portland, OR and the Bay Area last week, and now, on the day that the Proud Boys are organizing a "White Civil Rights" rally in Washington D.C., we need to stand up and fight back!.
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