-- Civilian oversight of law enforcement, antisemitism, MLK Day, Women's March...
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PJC Educational Programs & Events
Wednesday, January 16, 12-1pm, PJC.  This space is held specifically to process how white supremacy culture is toxic to white people. The hope is that this work help white people engage in collective liberation, rather then white savior behavior. FREE.
 
POC in VT Affinity Group  Thursday, January 17, 6-8pm, PJC.  This program is led by people of color, for people of color. It is a monthly gathering for POC to come together to share their experiences and explore their identities. You do not have had to attend previous meetings in order to come. FREE.
 
Saturday, January 19, 6-8pm, Varnum Memorial Library, 194 Main Street, Jeffersonville.  Facilitators will offer a brave space to explore what racism is, why it is often difficult for white communities and individuals to see it, and racial justice within Jeffersonville. FREE.
 
Participatory Cesar Chavez Play Monday, January 21, 10:30am at ECHO. Celebrate MLK Day by learning and telling the story of Cesar Chavez, a leader who, like Dr. Martin Luther King Jr., used the strategy of nonviolence in action to organize and build power with oppressed people. A fun play will be shared by children who can make signs, and/or perform. FREE. 
Wednesday, January 23, 6-8pm in Bakersfield (date subject to change, follow our website for up to date information).
Facilitators will offer a brave space to explore what racism is, why it is often difficult for white communities and individuals to see it, and racial justice within Barkersfield. FREE.
 
Fair Trade Labels
Saturday, January 26, 2-3 pm, 
PJC.
Explore the differences between Fair Trade Certifications, Fair Trade Membership Organizations, and Direct Trade to help better understand the Fair Trade Movement. Stay after to learn about volunteering at the PJC. FREE
 
Privilege & Accountability  for Aspiring Allies  Jan 29, Feb 5, 12, & 19, 6:30-8:30pm, St Michael's College, Colchester. Increase your skills to effectively build support with colleagues, neighbors, and other community members to address racial oppression. Participants will explore their own identities and practice taking action to address microaggressions and interrupt oppression in real time. supported by the Civil Rights Alliance through the MOVE office at St. Mike's. Sign-up here 
 
Screening of "Howard Zinn: You Can't be Neutral on a Moving Train" Sunday, February 10, 6-9pm at The Savoy Theater, 26 Main st, Montpelier. This film looks at the life of the renowned historian, activist and author, Howard Zinn. Following his early days as a shipyard labor organizer and bombardier in World War II, Zinn became an academic rebel and leader of civil disobedience fighting against institutional racism and war. Screening followed by a Q&A with the films producers, Dennis Mueller and Deb Ellis. Tickets are suggested donation $5-$20. No one turned away for lack of funds. Tickets highly recommended, space is limited and priority will be given to people with tickets. Purchase your ticket here.
 
For more info on these events visit Upcoming Events or contact program@pjcvt.org
Women's March
There is still space on the bus from VT to Washington, DC for the Women's March. Click here to get a seat. High school students are not expected to pay. If you'd like to donate to help offset the costs for those who can't afford it click here.

For information on the Women's March in Montpelier visit their Facebook. You can also click here for information on buses going from Burlington and from Rutland to Montpelier. They are looking for volunteers and donations to help everything run smoothly. Check them out!
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Flynn Vouchers
Pick up a voucher for this show at PJC and pay $2 cash at the door. For current PJC members and volunteers. For info on membership click here.   Limited supply!
 

January 10 at 6pm.  Please note that tickets to this show are limited. People love Ms. Frizzle! Redeem vouchers early to ensure seats. Tickets might not be available on the night of the show.
January 8, 2019
From the Blog: PJC Celebrates 40 Years of Vital Activism & Public Education

- By Wendy Coe, PJC Founder & 
Gene Bergman, former Board Chair
 
January 28, 2019 will mark the 40th birthday of the PJC! Very few organizations dedicated to building a more just, peaceful, and equitable world, globally and locally, live to 40; even fewer have been as vital to the health of their home locality and state over their life as the PJC. Yet here we are.
 
On January 28, 1979, the world faced a nuclear arms race: deployment of "usable" neutron bombs (that destroy people but leave buildings), short range "tactical" nuclear weapons to be used on European battlefields, mega-missiles launched from hundreds to thousands of miles away with the force of thousands of Hiroshima bombs. We were on the brink of global annihilation.
 
Statement of Concern Regarding Antisemitism
We are greatly concerned about the uptick of anti-semitic and other forms of hate crimes and violence in our country. We seek to ally with individuals, organizations, and congregations against these acts and towards a more just society.
 
Peace & Justice Center believes in human rights and dignity of all people. We support movements, and add our voices in solidarity, to groups who uphold this fundamental belief.
 
Actions (like joining the Boycott, Divest, and Sanction movement) that hold Israel accountable for acts of violence and oppression are not antisemitic, just like protesting police violence and human rights violations by the United States is neither anti-patriotic nor anti-police. Opposition to State acts of oppression by Israel are not the same as opposition to the the people of Israel and the Jewish diaspora. In fact, our society and others around the world are made more civil when people and organizations confront oppressive state actions.  
 
In "Notes of a Native Son," James Baldwin said, "I love America more than any other country in the world and, exactly for this reason, I insist on the right to criticize her perpetually."
 
MLK Day


Celebrate the life and legacy of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.. Below are some of the many MLK day events happening throughout the week of the 20th:
  • Wednesday, January 23 , 6:30pm at Randolph Union High School. An evening with Steffen Gillom of the Windham County (VT) NAACP. In commemoration of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Presented by Focu s On Racial Equality. For additional info please contact email Neil or call 802-728-347 4.
Community Calendar
This is a parti al listing. See more in our public  calendar .

January 8, Tuesday
January 9, Wednesday
  • 9:30am-1:30pm Opening Day People Power Lobby! State House.
  • 6-8pm RAD Organizing Team meeting. 423 Main St, Bennington.
  • 6-8pm Families United. The Root Social Justice Center, Brattleboro.
  • 6-8pm Film Screening: Dawnland. Schoolhouse, 8 Catkin Dr, South Burlington.
  • 7-8:30pm 350VT meeting. 115 Hillside St, Bennington.
January 10, Thursday
  • 5:30-7pm WILPF meeting. Peace & Justice Center, Burlington.
January 12, Saturday
  • 10am-12pm Caroline Fund Pro Se Legal Clinic. Lawline of Vermont, Burlington. Every Saturday.
January 13, Sunday
  • 2-5:30pm Soul Food Sundays: POC Gathering. The Root Social Justice Center, Brattleboro.
January 14, Monday
  • 6-7:30pm VTJP meeting at PJC
  • 7-8:30pm 350VT meeting. 179 S. Winooski Ave, #201, Burlington.
January 15, Tuesday
January 16, Wednesday
  • 12-1pm Toxic Whiteness Discussion Group. Peace & Justice Center, Burlington.
  • 6-8pm Families United. The Root Social Justice Center, Brattleboro.
  • 6:30-8pm Coalition for a Livable City. Peace & Justice Center, Burlington.
January 17, Thursday
January 18, Friday
January 19, Saturday
  • Women's March, Washington DC
  • 10am-12pm Will Miller Green Mountain Veterans For Peace meeting. Hunger Mountain Co-op, Montpelier.
  • 10am-12pm Women's March Vermont. Vermont State House lawn.
  • 6-8pm Racial Justice Study Circle. Second Congregational Church. Jeffersonville.
January 20, Sunday
  • 3-5:30pm Annual Burlington Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Remembrance. First Unitarian Universalist Society, Burlington. Free but tickets are needed. Tickets available at the PJC.
  • 7-8:30pm Central VT Climate Action. UU church, Montpelier.
January 21, Monday
  • 10:30-11:30am Participatory Cesar Chavez Activity. ECHO Center, Burlington.
  • 5:30-8pm Youth 4 Change. The Root Social Justice Center, Brattleboro.
January 22, Tuesday
  • 6-8pm Save Our Skies. PJC, Burlington.
  • 6-8pm SURJ-BTV. First Unitarian Universalist Society, Burlington.
January 23, Wednesday
  • 6-8pm Racial Justice Study Circle. United Church of Bakersfield.
  • 6-8pm RAD Organizing Team meeting. 423 Main St, Bennington.
  • 6:30-8:30pm An evening with Steffen Gillom/MLK commemoration. Randolph Union High School.

Please email us events for our google calendar and enews
Action Highlight: Join Justice For All's Call For Civilian Oversight of Law Enforcement
I t is imperative that civilian oversight be implemented to ensure appropriate law enforcement transparency and accountability. History has taught us that in the absence of law enforcement transparency and accountability the general public has more times than not questioned law enforcement legitimacy. We have all witnessed numerous instances where the resulting loss of public trust has stood as an obstacle to the crucial working relationship required between law enforcement and the community.

The issues at hand that require attention include use of force, failure to adapt the fair and impartial policing (FIPP) that is required by law as well as their failure to attend anti-bias training.

We can not afford to compromise community cooperation, for it is one the most vital tools at law enforcement's disposal to ensure public safety. In the absence of law enforcement transparency and accountability, the entire community is threatened, resulting in us all being less safe. Sign this petition from Justice For All to show your support for transparent and accountable policing in Vermont.
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