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In This Issue
PJC Educational Programs & Events
Screening of 13th  Thursday, May 10, 6-9 pm, at Vermont Commons School, South Burlington. Film screening followed by a panel with representatives from Black Lives Matter Greater Burlington, Peace & Justice Center, Vermont Commons School staff, and more.FREE
Saturday, May 12, 9:30-4:30 at St. Joseph School, Burlington. Keynote by Beata Tsosie-Peña of Tewa Women United.
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
 Wednesday, May 16, 12-1pm,  PJC. Ongoing monthly drop-in group specifically for white people. FREE 
Thursday, May 17, 6:30-7:30pm, PJC. An evening of bonding and discussion around being a person of color in Vermont. Open to all people of color. FREE.
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

Seeing and Disrupting Racism with Kids
Sunday, May 20, 2-4:00, Manchester Community Library, Manchester. Define racism and white fragility to see how it perpetuates harm and learn specific ways to disrupt that cycle. We'll also discuss age-appropriate talking with kids about racism. Cosponsored by MoveOn Manchester. By donation. 
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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Community Job Opening

Let's Grow Kids is relaunching its door-to-door canvassing campaign this summer to collect Petition signatures and they're hiring 10 part-time Grassroots Canvassers in northern and southern Vermont to support this exciting effort! Click here to see the full job description. Application due June 1.
Youth Journalism Trip
Conversations from the Open Road: A social justice documentary media crew is looking for VT high school and college students to spend two weeks traveling  to listen and learn from a community on the front lines! T he application deadline for trips to Detroit and Chicago is May 6. Click here to learn more and apply
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May 1, 2018
Vermont Peace  Conference: Register today to get  your top choice workshops

Film made by Beata Psosie-Pena, keynote speaker at conference
Film made by Beata Tsosie-Peña,
keynote speaker at conference

The conference's keynote speaker is 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. In addition to the Peace Conference, Beata will also be performing at the Voices for Change youth poetry conference the day before (see article below for more information).

Workshops include:
  • Building Empathy and Hope
  • Global Trade and Racism
  • How to Get Rid of All Nuclear Weapons
  • Pipeline Politics
  • Impacts of US Militarism and the F35
  • and many more
From the Blog:  Fair Trade Campaign Conference: A bubble burst
by Alex Rose 
former Fair Trade intern, current volunteer, and future staff member 

If you've been into the Peace & Justice Center, you know how integral the three components of Racial Justice, Peacework, and Fair Trade Education are in all they do. While each staff member has their area of expertise, the collaborative nature of the PJC facilitates an atmosphere of multidimensional learning. Therefore, as the fair trade intern I wasn't learning only about conscientious consumerism, but was pushed to take a look other factors at play like racism and colonization. Because of this, I'd say the PJC has been somewhat of a bubble for me. This bubble is far from the traditional one you'd equate with utopia like conditions of white picket fences and ever-smiling faces, but a bubble made up of people working hard to be critical and intersectional in their work.
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Alex Rose is a former Fair Trade intern who will be joining the PJC team this month as our Volunteer Coordinator and Assistant Store Manager. Learn more about her here
If you see Alex be sure to give her a warm welcome!  

Voices for Change Youth Poetry Conference

T he Young Writers Project and Muslim Girls Making Change (MGMC) is hosting Voices for Change, a free youth conference and slam poetry celebration of identity and voice.  Amir Sulaiman ,   renowned Muslim slam poet,  will be a special guest at the conference -- performing as well as facilitating a writing and performance workshop

The event free and open to all (some material might not be suitable for children under 13). Along with the workshops, the conference will also feature a Youth Speak Out: Forum on Identity,
an open mic, a free buffet dinner, and performances from MGMC, Amir Sulaima, and Beata Tsosie-Peña (who will also be the keynote speaker at the Vermont Peace Conference  on May 12). 
The event is on Friday, May 11 from 4-9pm at Contois Auditorium in Burlington City Hall. 

Community Calendar
This is a partial listing. See more events in our public calendar.

May 1, Tuesday
  • 6-8pm Burlington 350VT node meeting, 22 Church St, Burlington.
  • 7-8pm Screwnomics book discussion with author Rickey Diamond and VCW's Cary Brown. Bear Pond Books, Montpelier.
May 2, Wednesday
May 3, Thursday
May 4, Friday
May 5, Saturday
May 7, Monday
May 8, Tuesday
  • 6-8:15pm Women's Self Defense with the Safety Team. Montpelier Senior Center.
May 9, Wednesday
May 10, Thursday
  • 5:30-7pm WILPF meeting at PJC, Burlington.
  • 6-9pm Screening of "13th" at Vermont Commons School, South Burlington.
May 11, Friday
  • 4-9pm Voices for Change poetry workshop, dinner, and performance. Young Writers Project, Muslim Girls Making Change (MGMC) & Friends present Voices for Change, a youth conference and slam poetry celebration of identity and voice with special guest artist Amir Sulaiman, renowned Muslim slam poet. City Hall, Burlington. 
May 12, Saturday
  May 13, Sunday
  May 14, Monday

Please email events for our google calendar and enews
Action Highlight: Ethnic and Social Equity in Schools 
From the Vermont Coalition for Ethnic and Social Equity in Schools:  H.794 did not make the round on its own but it has been added to S.257 An act related to miscellaneous changes to education law.   You can find the language here Page 26 to page 35
  Next Action steps:   Please send letters of support to the house and senate education committee  here -- it's easy. And then spread the word on your social media, lists, and newsletters.  And on May 9, join the coalition for a community forum about the importance and benefits of Ethnic Studies. Find more information here .
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