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PJC Educational Programs & Events
Wednesday, April 18, 12-1pm,  PJC. Ongoing monthly drop-in group specifically for white people. FREE.

Montpelier Tuesday, May 1, 4:30-6pm.  Join us for an afternoon of music, poetry, street theater and art as we rally to advance pressing issues for human rights and to celebrate working class power and unity. More details to follow.
Saturday, May 12, 9:30-4:30 at St. Joseph School, Burlington. Keynote by Beata Tsosie-Peña of Tewa Women United, more info coming soon. 
Cocoa Campaign Sunday, May 13, 3pm, PJC. This event focuses on issues in the cocoa industry. Arrive at 2:30 for New Volunteer Orientation. FREE

World Fair Trade Day Saturday, May 19, 10:00-2:00, City Hall Park, Burlington. Celebrate ethics in business with kids' activities, vendors, Jeh Kulu West African Dance and Drumming Company, free Ben & Jerry's, and more! FREE

Fair Trade Labels 101 Saturday, May 26, 12pm, PJC. This Event breaks down the differences between fair trade labels to help us better understand the Fair Trade Movement. Volunteer Orientation at 11:30. FREE

Nonviolence Training: Building the Nonviolence Movement Sunday, June 9 10am-5pm & Saturday, June 10, 9am-4pm. Led by Sal Monteiro and PJ Fox, from the Institute for the Study and Practice of Nonviolence
For more info on these events visit Upcoming Events or contact program@pjcvt.org.
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April 17, 2018
Vermont Peace  Conference 2018

The aims of this conference include disarmament and ending war, while supporting racial, economic, social, and climate justice. Featuring keynote speaker Beata Tsosie-Peña from Santa Clara Pueblo, NM, a performance poet and an environmental health activist informed by living next to a nuclear weapons complex.

From the Blog: Why We March
by Willoughby Carlo,  Mount Mansfield High School student

I have never been inspired more than when I was a March for Our Lives in D.C. shouting with 850,000 other people that "Enough is enough" and we need to "Vote them out!" (A reference to the politicians taking money from the NRA.) About a month prior, I had received a text from a friend notifying me of a rally on the steps of the Statehouse and asking if I wanted to participate. The next day, five of my friends and I traveled to Montpelier to encourage our legislature to pass bills S.6, H.422, and S.221. Since then I helped gain approximately 200 signatures for petitions for these bills at my school, I helped organize a walkout at my school, and I helped organize the very successful and extremely inspiring trip to Washington, D.C. with the Peace & Justice Center.

March for Our Lives Vermont
Vermont march, filmed by Justin and Ezra,  Middlebury High School students

March for Our Lives, Washington DC, filmed by Sylvan Zeitlyn
Washington DC march, filmed by Sylvan Zeitlyn, Burlington High School student
Pipeline Petition
Fabulous news on the pipeline front! The Public Utility Com
mission has called for a comprehensive, independent investigation of the construction, performance and safety of the pipeline. This is important because it delayed expansion of fossil fuel infrastructure, including a gate station in Monkton. It also shows that the PUC is siding with the public, and breaking from their usual course of action, which is to side with  the Department of Public Service-- and slap Vermont Gas with a minimal fine. This investigation is also exactly what Protect Geprags Park -- the grassroots group working to decommission the project -- wanted!  
Sign here to thank the PUC! 
Community Calendar
This is a partial listing. See more events in our public calendar.

April 18, Wednesday
  • 6-8pm Families United at The Root Social Justice Center, Brattleboro. Every Wednesday.
  • 6:30-8pm Coalition for a Livable City meeting at PJC.
April 19, Thursday
April 21,Saturday
  • 10am-12pm Caroline Fund Pro Se Legal Clinic. Lawline of Vermont, Burlington. Every Saturday.
  • 10am-12pm Champlain Valley Amnesty International meeting. Brownell Library, Essex Junction.
  April 21, Saturday
April 22, Sunday
  • 2-3pm "Across the Abyss: How a Former Anti-Semite and a Former Jewish Extremist Are Changing the Muslim-Jewish Relationship." Ohavi Zedek Synagogue, Burlington.
April 24, Tuesday
  • 6-8pm Stand Up for Racial Justice (SURJ-BTV). First Unitarian Universalist Society, Burlington.
April 27, Friday
  • 6pm 350Vermont's Building Ground Leadership Training. Sliding scale $50-$175. No one turned away. Waitsfield. 
April 28, Saturday
  • All day 350Vermont's Building Ground Leadership Training. Waitsfield.
  • 10am-1pm Nonviolent Moral Fusion Direct Action training, Barre.
  • 10am-12pm Burlington Breakfast Connection: the ONE Good Deed Fund invites you to meet your neighbors and connect over breakfast! The event is free, but pre-registration is required. Child care will be provided. North End Studios, Burlington.
  • 10am-12pm Will Miller Green Mountain Veterans For Peace, Chapter 57 monthly meeting at Kellogg-Hubbard Library, Montpelier.
April 29, Sunday
  • All day till 4pm 350Vermont's Building Ground Leadership Training. Waitsfield.
May 1, Tuesday
  • 4:30-6pm May Day Rally at the Statehouse, Montpelier. Music, poetry, street theater and art as we rally to advance pressing issues for human rights and to celebrate working class power and unity.
May 2, Wednesday
  • 6-9pm Champlain College 4 day Basic Mediation Workshop. Burlington.

Please email events for our google calendar and enews
Action Highlight: Raise the Wage and May Day Rally!

Join the Human Rights Council to celebrate International Worker's Day -- May Day -- on Tuesday, May 1, 4:30-6:00 at the Statehouse. Find details here.

And support workers by taking action to support S.40, the bill that will raise the minimum wage to $15/hour. You can join an event on Monday in Montpelier and/or make phone calls/emails from home.

Join Vermont Interfaith Action on Monday, April 23rd from 6:30-7:45PM at Christ Church Episcopal in Montpelier (64 State Street) as we listen to our neighbors who seek livable wages for the long hours they work,parents and children who deserve to make ends meet while they care for their loved ones, and the steps being taken towards a more transparent budget. At the end of our time together, we will ask Gov. Scott to sign the minimum wage as well as the family and medical leave bills when they come to his desk. To register for the event, go to the Vermont Interfaith Action Facebook page, or call (802) 651-8889.
Contact your state representatives. Below is a sample script or email text you can use.Find your representative's contact info here.
"Dear Representative ____, I'm writing [calling] to ask you to support S. 40 and a $15/hr wage for Vermonters. By supporting this legislation, you are directly impacting the lives of over 70,000 Vermonters who would benefit from making a livable wage, a majority of whom are adult, full time workers. In addition, workers earning higher wages are better able to contribute to their local economies. Raising the wage in Vermont will improve purchasing power in our communities, bolster our small businesses, and grow the economy. Please do the right thing by Vermonters and support S. 40."
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