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PJC Educational Programs & Events

People of Color in VT Affinity Group

Thursday, October 18, 6-8pm, PJC. A space for people of color to share their experiences. Open to all POC. FREE
Sunday, October 21, 3:30-5:00pm, PJC. Hear updates of our work, share your ideas, vote for Board of Directors. Open to the public. Refreshments served. FREE
Cocoa Campaign for Kids!Sunday, October 27, 2-3:00pm, PJC. Play games and activities that teach about issues of exploitation and wealth distribution within the cocoa supply chain. Games are designed for people ages 6 and up. Arrive at 1:30pm for New Volunteer Orientation. FREE
Friday, November 2. This workshop will be presented as part of the Youth Environmental Summit (YES!) in Barre. Click here for more info.
Saturday, November 3, 2-3pm, PJC. Learn the history of global trade and how it has historically come at the expense of people in the Global South. Join at 1:30pm for New Volunteer Orientation. FREE 
 
Toxic Whiteness Discussion GroupTuesday, November 6, 12-1pm, PJC. Ongoing monthly drop-in group specifically for white people. FREE 
Thursday, December 8, 2-3pm, PJC. Define racism and explore how white fragility perpetuates racism and specific ways to disrupt the cycle. FREE
For more info on these events visit Upcoming Events or contact program@pjcvt.org.

Voices from Palestine

A Tale of Two Cities: Jewish Settlers & Palestinians in Occupied Hebron -Mark Hage, Vermonters for Justice in Palestine
Ido Even-Paz, an Israeli Jew, did his tour of duty as a soldier of occupation in the early 2000s. He oppressed Palestinians in occupied Hebron in the service of Jewish settlers and Israel’s strategic objectives in the West Bank.
Today he gives tours of Hebron (in Arabic, al Khalil) on behalf of Breaking the Silence, an organization of former soldiers who have turned their backs on the occupation and its illegal settlement enterprise.
Hebron, roughly 30 kilometers from Jerusalem, is the second largest city in the West Bank and home to between 500 and 900 Jewish settlers, among the most fanatical and violent in the West Bank. They make no bones as to why they are colonizing Hebron: to cleanse it of Arabs and turn it into a Jewish city.

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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 information on membership click here.Limited supply!
Ping Chong + Company.
Thursday, Oct. 25, 10am and 7:30pm
Beyond Sacred is an interview-based theater production exploring the social challenges faced by young Muslims — at school, at work, and anywhere else. The five young performers hail from diverse backgrounds, reflecting a wide range of Muslim identities. Together, their true stories create a beautiful, funny, and intensely poignant cry for tolerance.
 
VSO Masterworks. Saturday, Oct. 27, 7:30pm
 
Vinay Parameswaran leads the VSO in a brilliant program with renowned violinist Jennifer Koh performing a concerto written specifically for her.

Program: Rossini – Overture to L’Italiana in Algeri;

VIJAY IYER – Violin Concerto, “Trouble;” BEETHOVEN – Symphony #6.
Concert preceded at 6:30pm by Musically Speaking, a free pre-concert discussion that provides entertaining insight into the evening’s program.
October 16, 2018

Abolish Ice Banner Drop

Activists across Vermont dropped banners over Routes 89 and 91 in a campaign to remind leaf peepers of the ongoing atrocities of family separation, the perverse interpretation and implementation of immigration law, and increasingly militaristic Immigration and Customs Enforcement operations.

Community members participated in coordinated banner drops and displays at nine locations across the state, including I-89 overpasses in Burlington, Waterbury, Middlesex, South Royalton, and West Hartford, and I-91 overpasses in Thetford, White River, Windsor, and Brattleboro. Click here to see more pictures and read more about the protest

From the Blog: Sexism, Intersectionality, and Action

By Rachel Siegel, PJC Executive Director
The circus of Brett Kavanaugh’s appointment process exposed that horrors of our rape culture, of misogyny, and of how much rich white men can get away with. I am distraught that he is on the Supreme Court. But even if we had stopped the appointment, we would have had work to do.

We need to continue to expose and undo sexism. To unearth it in ourselves and in our systems. And we will do a better job at this if we recognize the interconnectedness of sexual violence with other forms of oppression and violence.

Global Health, Conflict, and Social Justice

Dr. Ambaye Ogato Anata will be speaking at UVM as a part of the University of Vermont Visiting Scholar Week in Residence Lecture Series. He is an anthropologist with research interests in social justice, conflict resolution, economic development, global health, aging, Ethiopian culture and society, and cooperation among countries in the Global South. The Peace & Justice Center is excited to co-sponsor this event!
Presentations are free and open to the public and all are welcome. If you are bringing a group of people, please email number of guests to Jeanne.Shea@uvm.edu so that overflow space can be arranged if needed.
 
Mon. Oct. 29th 1:10-2:00 pm: “Global Health in Ethiopia” Fleming Museum, Room 101
 
Tues. Oct. 30th, 11:45-12:55 pm: “Conflict Resolution among the Sidama in Ethiopia” Allen House, Room 104 RSVP
Tues. Oct. 30th, 5:00-6:30 pm: Panel Discussion: Aging Populations in Low Income Settings. Kalkin Hall, Room 001
 
Wed. Oct. 31st, 4:00-5:30 pm: “Social Justice and Conflict Resolution: Examples from Africa” Davis Center, Room 419, Livak Ballroom
 
Thurs. Nov. 1st, 12:00-1:30 pm: Panel Discussion: China-Africa Engagement. Waterman Hall, Room 427A
 
Fri. Nov. 2nd, 4:00-6:00 pm: Community Meet and Greet. Old Mill Hall, Third Floor, John Dewey Lounge 

Community Calendar

This is a partial listing. See more in our public calendar.
 
October 16, Tuesday
  • 5-6:30pm Sierra Club AllRail presentation and mixer. RSVP. 28 Pitman Rd, Barre.
  • 6-8:30pm Peace & Justice Center Board of Directorsmeeting at PJC, Burlington.
  • 6-8pm 350VT meeting, 179 S Winooski Ave #201, Burlington.
  • 7-9pm Screening of Bess O’Brien’s Newest Documentary “Coming Home” at Essex Community Justice Center, 137 Iroquois Ave #101, Essex Junction.RSVP.
  • 7-8:30pm Champlain Area NAACP meeting at 427A Waterman Building, UVM, Burlington.

October 17, Wednesday

October 18, Thursday

  • 11:30am-1pm Vigil at TDBank, Woodstock.
  • 12-1pm Lunch & Learn: Revisiting the Alex Novikoff Case. Ohavi Zedek Synagogue, Burlington.
  • 7-8pm The Western Abenaki: History and Culture at United Methodist Church, Rupert.

October 19, Friday

  • 5:30-7:30pm Mother Up! monthly meet-up at North Branch Nature Center, Montpelier.
  • 5:30-9:00 Milk With Dignity One Year Anniversary Celebration Shelburne Farms. Fundraiser for Migrant Justice.
  • 6-8pm March For Our Lives: Glimmer of Hope Tour. In the days after the tragedy in Parkland, FL, Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School students strove to ensure that what happened at their school never happens again. Phoenix Books welcomes the founders of March for Our Lives as they present their book, GLIMMER OF HOPE: HOW TRAGEDY SPARKED A MOVEMENT. First UU Society of Burlington. Get tickets here.

October 20, Saturday

  • 10am-4pm The Indigenous People of the Intervale at Ethan Allen Homestead Museum, Burlington.
  • 10am-12pm Caroline Fund Pro Se Legal Clinic at Lawline of Vermont, Burlington. Every Saturday.
  • 10am-12pm Champlain Valley Amnesty International meeting at Brownell Library, Essex Junction.
  • 10am-12pm Will Miller Green Mountain Veterans For Peace, monthly meeting at Johnson Elementary School,Johnson.
  • 12-3pm UVM Slut Walk 2018, hosted by UVM’s Womyn of Color Coalition. This event is geared toward raising awareness about sexual injustice, domestic violence and gender inequality. Waterman Green, Burlington.
  • 3-5pm Third Annual Trumpkin Smashing. Hosted by Feminists Against Bullshit. Church Street, Burlington.

October 21, Sunday

  • 10am-4pm The Indigenous People of the Intervale, Ethan Allen Homestead Museum, Burlington.
  • 1:30-2:30pm Meta Peace Team Report back from the West Bank, Palestine. Fletcher Free Library, Burlington.
  • 7-8:30pm Central VT Climate Action meeting at UU Church, Montpelier.

October 22, Monday

October 23, Tuesday

October 24, Wednesday

  • 6-8pm Families United at The Root Social Justice Center, Brattleboro
  • 6:30-7:30pm Book Discussion: Black Boy by Richard Wright. Hartland Public Library, Hartland.

October 25, Thursday

  • 5-7pm I AM Art Show Opening Program & Reception. Cathedral Church of St. Paul, Burlington.

October 27, Saturday

October 29, Monday

  • Social Justice, Conflict Resolution, and Global Health Lecture Series, UVM, Burlington. (see article above)
  • 1-2pm Global Health in Ethiopia, UVM Fleming Museum, Room 101, Burlington.(see article above)
  • 7-9pm Words Matter: A Civility Cafe at Charlotte Congregational Church

October 30, Tuesday

October 31, Wednesday

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Action Highlight: Avoid Unethical Chocolate

Recent news released by the IPCC that our earth is to expect drastic environmental changes by as soon as 2040. Scientists have painted the picture of depleted coral reefs, increased wildfires, and worsening food shortages. 
As Halloween season is upon us, it’s important to look to the cocoa industry and its contribution to both the harmful environmental and the social effects that are unfolding. With 70% of our chocolate coming from West Africa, the pressure put on this part of the world has lead to tragic environmental realities. The high demand for cocoa has been lead by large corporations and countries in the Global North, which has lead to deforestation, child labor, and widespread human rights violations of farmers in the Global South. Today less than 4% of the Ivory Coast is covered by rain forest and an estimated 2 million children work in the cocoa industry. Resistance is hard but necessary in order to evoke change.

Here are some things you can do this Halloween:

  1. Buy Fair trade chocolate (available many places including the PJC)
  2. Sign this petition to stop chocolate corporations from funding this environmental crisis
  3. Download the