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PJC Educational Programs and Events
PJC Game Night Tuesday, November 14, 4-5pm, PJC. Play  modified versions of Jenga, Jeopardy, and BINGO to learn about the military industrial complex. FREE

Benefit Bake with American Flatbread  Monday, November 20, 5:30-11:30pm, American Flatbread, Burlington. PJC will get a slice of the sales for every pizza you buy. Make a reservation by calling:  802-861-2999

Nonviolent Engagement in Conflict Monday, November 27 & Wednesday November 29, 6:30-8pm, PJC.  Register.

Toxic Whiteness Discussion Group Friday, December 8, 12-1pm, PJC. FREE

Free Trade vs Fair Trade Presentation Sunday, December 10, 3-4pm, PJC.  Arrive at 2:30pm to join the New Volunteer Orientation. FREE

Seeing and Disrupting Racism Wednesday, December 13, 3-4pm, Shelburne Town Offices. FREE

John Lewis- Get in the Way Screening  Thursday, December 14, 7-9pm, Big Picture Theater & Cafe, Waitsfield. 

Nonviolent Activism 101  Saturday, December 16, 3-6pm, PJC. Kyle Silliman-Smith and Kina Thorpe. Register.


For more info on these events visit the Upcoming Events page on our website or contact us at 863-2345 x6 or program@pjcvt.org
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Join us for a benefit bake at American Flatbread on  November 20th . $1.75 of each small pizza and $3.50 of each large pizza will be donated to the PJC. You can make a reservation starting at 4PM by calling 802-861-2999. In the meantime, check out their menu to see all of the delicious options!

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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 information on membership click here. Come to the Peace & Justice Store to pick up your voucher. Limited supply!
 
Jazzy Ash & Leaping Lizards
Tuesday, Nov. 28 at 9:30am
Jazzy Ash's songs celebrate the magic of movement New Orleans-style, incorporating gypsy jazz, zydeco, swing, blues, and Dixieland.  
Outside
Thursday, Nov. 30, 10:00am
Outside is the story of Daniel, a teen who triumphs over homophobic bullying, depression, and suicide.   
 
Community Job Postings


Spectrum's Multicultural Youth Program (MYP) is looking for a Program Manager. Visit their website for more information.
 
 
 
Senior Advisor for Strategic Diversity, Assessment & Research.  Visit their website for more information.
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November 14, 2017
Raise the Wage!
The PJC is grateful to be part of the Vermont Raise the Wage Coalition -- a collective of activist groups working to make sure that everyday Vermonters earn a livable wage for the work that they do. 

The Coalition, with Rights and Democracy at the helm, is hosting phone banking parties on November 29. Join in making calls (and enjoy a meal!) in support of a $15 an hour minimum wage. There will be one in  Burlington from 5:00-9:00pm and one in  Montpelier from 5:30-7:30pm.

There will be a presentation on the Raise the Wage efforts followed by a phone banking party on December 12, 4-6:00 at the PJC in Burlington. Please RSVP to program@pjcvt.org.

To learn more about this effort, you can read this fact sheet and you can follow Vermont Raise the Wage on Facebook to stay up to date on the fight for a livable wage.
From the Blog: Empowering Women in Bulgaria to be Agents for Peace
by Marina Kisyova, PJC Fellow
 

The girls in a village in South Western Bulgaria receive certificates upon completing their training

A few years ago I was invited to join an international delegation of diplomats and human rights experts as an interpreter in a Bulgarian village facing ethnic violence. I was not a professional interpreter back then, nor am I now, but given the sensitive and complex situation, all the invited professionals declined the job. What happened in that small village was an isolated case of ethnic tension between Roma and ethnic Bulgarians, but sporadic ethnic tension continues to occur throughout rural Bulgaria.

I realized that someone needed to do something about it and that it would require a careful approach that wouldn't polarize society further. I'm convinced that education is the best long-term strategy to solving complex problems, so I started a non-profit which provides training for personal and professional development for girls and women in rural areas of Bulgaria.

If you want to hear my story of how I went from an accidental interpreter to become the founder of a non-profit that empowers girls and women, come to the Peace & Justice Center on the 1st of December at 5pm, where I will be a guest speaker at the monthly WILPF (Women's International League for Peace and Freedom) meeting.

Put the F35 on the Ballot


Make your voice louder than the jets: help
bring the F35 fighter jet debate to the Burlington ballot in March. We need to collect thousands of signatures from registered Burlington voters to have the question on the ballot. This petition is not a vote against the jets but rather a plea to include a question on the ballot.
  
Click here to see the full resolution, print the petition, read the supporting facts related to the resolution, and/or register to vote.
 
You can print the petition, sign it, and contact Jimmy@vermotnpatentlawyer.com to pick it up, or you can come into PJC and sign the copy we have here. You cannot sign it online.  
 
Even if you don't live in Burlington you can still help by asking your friends who do live in Burlington to sign it. And remember, you don't have to live in Burlington to collect signatures! 
Community Calendar
This is a partial listing. See more events in our public calendar.

November 14, Tuesday
  November 15, Wednesday         
November 16, Thursday         
  • 9am-6:30pm Basic Meditation Fall Workshop at Champlain College, Burlington.
  • 6-7:30pm Understanding habits to change ourselves and change the world. Dealer.com,
  • 11:30am-1pm Vigil at TDBank, Woodstock.
  • 5:30-7:30pm Mother Up! Monthly Gathering. First Unitarian Universalist Society, Burlington.
  • 6:30-8:30pm Immigration Rights. Vermont Legal Aid will be hosting an information session with Susan Sussman from Senator Patrick Leahy's office, Erin Jacobsen from the South Royalton Legal Clinic, and assistant attorney general Julio Thompson. We will discuss how Trump's executive orders have evolved, who they apply to, and how federal judges are reacting. At the Janice Couture Community Room, Community College of VT (CCV), Winooski.
  • 7-9pm Immigration Past and Future: A Panel Discussion. Jeffords Auditorium, Castleton University.
November 17, Friday         
  • 9am-6:30pm Basic Meditation Fall Workshop at Champlain College, Burlington.
  • 5:30-7:30pm Mother Up! gathering at North Branch Nature Center, Montpelier.
November 18, Saturday          November 19, Sunday         
  • 1-3pm Free Legal Clinic at First Congregational Church, Burlington.
  • 7-8:30pm Cental VT Climate Action meets at UU church, Montpelier.
November 20, Monday         
  • 5:30-11:30pm PJC Benefit Bake at American Flatbread Burlington.
  • 5:30-7:30pm Joint Justice Oversight Committee meeting at the Memorial Library, Brattleboro.
November 21, Tuesday         
  • 7-8:30pm Champlain Area NAACP meeting, 427A Waterman Building, UVM, Burlington.
November 22, Wednesday         
  • 6:30-8pm 350VT meeting at The Tutorial Center, Manchester Center.
November 25, Saturday         
  • 11:30am-12pm New Volunteer Orientation, PJC.
November 27, Monday             
  • 5:30-7:30pm Mother Up! Monthly Meet-Up KidsPLAYce, Brattleboro.
  • 7-8:30pm Burlington Node Mtg. 350VT office, Burlington.
November 28, Tuesday         
  • 6-8pm Showing Up for Racial Justice: SURJ-BTV. First Unitarian Universalist Society, Burlington.
  • 6-8pm Joint Justice Oversight Committee Meeting at the Fletcher Free Library/Fletcher Room, Burlington.
November 29, Wednesday         
  • 6:30-8pm Earth Matters meeting. The Tutorial Center, Manchester Center.
November 30, Thursday         
  • 5-6pm Champlain Area NAACP needs Volunteers.
December 1, Friday             
  • All day: 25th Annual Vermont International Festival. Champlain Valley Exposition, Essex Jct.
  • 5-7pm WILPF meeting with guest speaker Marina Kisyova de Geus of Bulgaria at the PJC.

Please email events for our google calendar and enews. 
 
Action Highlight: Medication-Assisted Treatment for Inmates


A recent article from Seven Days exposed how the Vermont Department of Corrections withholds methadone and buprenorphine (Suboxone) from inmates with heroin addictions. Thanks to this article, and work from legislators, community members, and organizations like Vermonters for Criminal Justice Reform (VCJR), we've already seen change beginning to occur. A new policy states that inmates with a prescription for these medications will receive them for up to 120 days.

While this progress is good there is still work to be done.

Contact Governor Scott right away and tell him that Vermonters need full access to medication-assisted treatment in all correctional facilities, with no arbitrary restrictions or time limits. Let him know that without full access to MAT, people are dying. 
 
Phone: ( 802) 828-3333 
Twitter: @GovPhilScott



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