call to Peter Welch to tell Trump to halt the Saudi Arms deal. We can make a difference. See Action Highlight at the end of this enews.

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Also in this issue:
PJC Educational Programming
Wednesday, June 14, 12-1pm, PJC. Led by Rachel Siegel and Kyle Silliman-Smith.

Thursday, June 15, 6:30-9pm, ArtsRiot, Burlington. Held in partnership with Loving Day Vermont and with the support of ArtsRiot. Sliding scale admission. Proceeds will support racial justice programs at the Peace & Justice Center and the Clemmons Family Farm.

Saturday, June 24, 3-4pm, PJC. Led by Amy Crosswhite.

Tuesday, July 11, 5:30-7pm, Burlington City Hall on the Church Street side.

Fair Trade vs. Free Trade Presentation
Thursday, July 13, 12-1pm,  PJC. Led by Amy Crosswhite.

Monthly Toxic Whiteness Discussion Group 
Tuesday, July 25
,12-1pm, PJC. This discussion group was previously on the second Wednesday but we have switched it to the fourth Tuesday of the month for July, August, & September.

Songs for Hope
Sunday, August 6, 7pm,
Burlington. Join the Peace & Justice Center and Women's International League for Peace and Freedom in remembering Hiroshima and Nagasaki

All programs are FREE unless otherwise noted. 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
Quick Links
Sisters of Mercy Peace Initiative Grant
Do you or your organization have a great idea for a peace-building project that just needs a little money to get off the ground? If so, the Sisters of Mercy Peace Initiative Awards Committee would like to hear from you. We are accepting initial-round applications until July 7.
         
For more info or to receive an initial application form, interested individuals should e-mail Laurie Gagne or call her at 802-338-0551.

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June 14, 2017
Join the Milk with Dignity March this Saturday
On December 22, 2009, young farmworker José Obeth Santiz Cruz, from Chiapas, Mexico, was killed in a horrific--and wholly preventable--workplace accident on a Vermont farm that supplies milk to Ben & Jerry's.
Protesting Ben & Jerry's and demanding worker's rights.

On Saturday June 17, farmworkers are calling for a march from the State House to the Ben & Jerry's factory and global public relations center in Waterbury. The 13-mile march begins at 7am. You can also join the rally at 2:00. Register here.
 
Loving Day


June 12 was the 50th Anniversary of of the supreme court case that legalized interracial marriage!

Join us for dessert and dancing from 6:30-9:00 with a short open mic at 7:00. Youth are especially encouraged to share what Loving Day means to them.

DJs Melo Grant, Inconceivable, and Not Ted will be spinning New Wave, Reggae, International, Vinyl Jazz, Funk, Soul, and Disco tunes. More info on facebook.
Can the Bomb be Banned?
 
By Robin Lloyd, PJC member and founder 
 
Together with other grassroots peace groups, WILPF is organizing a Women's March to Ban the Bomb, to be held in New York City on Saturday, June 17, 2017, during negotiations of a nuclear weapon ban treaty.
 
These historic negotiations -- to be held June 15 to July 7, 2017, at the United Nations, will lead to an international agreement prohibiting nuclear weapons at an urgent time in international tensions. Over 130 governments participated in the first round of negotiations in March 2017. We anticipate that the treaty will be concluded by July 7th. The Women's March to Ban the Bomb -- including men and women -- will raise public awareness of the negotiations, highlight women's leadership in the campaign to abolish nuclear weapons, and promote feminist peace through disarmament.
 
We see this initiative as following from the Women's March on Washington and the 600+ sister marches around the world, as well as being related to the recent March for Science and Climate March, and other public mobilizations and initiatives. The momentum to stand up and demand a more equitable, peaceful, just world is growing more than ever in the current political and economic climate. We envision the Women's March to Ban the Bomb and related events being not just about banning nuclear weapons, but about stigmatizing war and violence and promoting equity amongst nations.
 
The event will include a rally at the NY Public Library in Bryant Park in New York City, a march to Dag Hammerskjold Park, and a second, longer rally there. It may be led by Bread and Puppet's Earth Mother! John Reuwer (540-267-4317) and Robin Lloyd (802-355-3256) will be going from Burlington. Contact us if you'd like to attend.  For more info.
Community Events
This is a partial listing. See more events in our public calendar.
 
June 15, Thursday        
  • 6:30-9pm Loving Day Family Dance Party. ArtsRiot, Burlington.
June 16, Friday        
  • 5-5:30pm Peace Vigil. Top of Church St, Burlington. Every Friday.
  • 7pm Democracy Summer Kickoff! Bill McKibben, Shannon Jackson, of Our Revolution, Ali Dieng, and more. Live at North End Studios, Burlington and simulcast at a dozen locations statewide.
June 17, Saturday        
  • 7am-4pm March for Milk with Dignity. Montpelier to Waterbury!
  • 10am-12noon Caroline Fund Pro Se Legal Clinic. Lawline of Vermont, 274 N Winooski Ave, Burlington. Every Saturday.
  • 10am-12noon Vets for Peace meeting. Kellogg-Hubbard library, Montpelier.
  • 4:30-6:30 VRRP Benefit Concert for the Famine in Somalia Jeh Kulu, Mahler Festival Chorus, Bread & Puppet. Tickets at Flynn Box Office. Elley-Long Music Center, Colchester.
June 18, Sunday        
  • 9-10:30am Peer-Led Mindfulness Meet-Up for Teens. Stillpoint Center, 7 Kilburn St. Suite 305, Burlington.
  • 7-8:30pm Cental VT Climate Action meets at UU church, Montpelier.
  • 7-10pm Raising Hell: Songs of Labor & Protest. $15. Kids free. Reservations and more information or (802) 479-5600. Old Labor Hall, Barre
June 19, Monday         June 20, Tuesday        
  • 5:30-8pm Volunteer drop-in. 350VT Office. Every Tuesday.
  • 7-8:30pm Champlain Area NAACP meeting. 427A Waterman Building, UVM, Burlington.
June 21, Wednesday           June 22, Thursday         June 24, Saturday        
  • 2:30-3pm PJC New Volunteer Orientation
  • 3-4pm Understanding Fair Trade Labels. FREE Presentation. PJC, Burlington.
  • 5-7:30pm Loving Day VT Family Picnic. Clemmons Family Farm, Charlotte.
June 26, Monday        
  • 7-8:30pm Burlington Node Meeting. 350Vermont office.
  • 7-8:30pm "Warehoused" film documentary on the forgotten refugees of Dadaab, donations benefit famine relief in Africa. 1 Scale Ave, Rutland
June 27, Tuesday        
  • 6-8pm SURJ-BTV (Showing Up for Racial Justice). First Unitarian Universalist Society, Burlington.
June 30, Friday        
 
Please email events for our google calendar and enews. 
Action Highlight - Saudi Arms Deal
"Hello. I'm Congressman Ted Lieu. It's very important to call your members of Congress and Senators to tell them about the devastation happening in Yemen and the unlawful airstrikes on civilians. And the United States should not be helping in that. We should not be selling weapons [to the Saudis] that are then being used by the coalition to drop bombs on civilians. I've been working on this issue, and we do have bipartisan support."



From Code Pink: Trump's authorization of $110 billion in weapons sales to Saudi Arabia is unacceptable. For three years the Saudi-led coalition has been using US arms to bombard Yemen. It has resulted in the death of thousands of civilians and a humanitarian crisis so severe that every 10 minutes a Yemeni child dies from malnutrition and the effects of war.

You can contact Vermont Representative Peter Welch at (802) 652-2450.

To learn more, you can read about it here and you can stream Medea Benjamin's talk at the Peace & Justice Center last winter on her book tour for "Kingdom of the Unjust: Behind the U.S.-Saudi Connection." We were honored to host her.

Medea Benjamin talks at the Peace & Justice Center
Medea Benjamin talks at the Peace & Justice Center


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