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Lots of easy things to do to support Migrants in VT and in Mexico
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PJC Educational Programs & Events

Shake Off 

Saturday, December 1, 6-11pm,
at the Train Station at Main Street Landing.
Be part of the best dance party of the year. Money goes to support VT Access to Reproductive Freedom. Cosponsored by the PJC. Suggested donation is $15-$150.
Toxic Whiteness Discussion GroupTuesday, December 4, 12-1pm, PJC. Ongoing monthly drop-in group specifically for white people. FREE
Seeing and Disrupting Racism Saturday, December 8, 2-3pm, PJC. Define racism and explore how white fragility perpetuates racism and specific ways to disrupt the cycle. FREE
Saturday, December 15, 10-12pm,
at Fletcher Free Library, Fletcher Room, Burlington. In recognition of Human Rights Day, members of the Women’s International League for Peace and Freedom (WILPF) lead a workshop for children (age 7-13). They’ll share a children’s book, watch a video, sing songs, and create a human rights quilt out of paper squares. Parents welcome to join in. Sponsored by the Burlington VT Chapter of WILPF.
 
Saturday, January 26, 2-3 pm at PJC. Explore the differences between Fair Trade Certifications, Fair Trade Membership Organizations, and Direct Trade to help us better understand the Fair Trade Movement.
Stick around after the event to learn about volunteer opportunities at PJC. FREE
For more info on these events visit Upcoming Events or contact program@pjcvt.org.

PJC Internships

We’re looking for people to join our intern team!  Find out more by
visiting our website and applying by November 29!

ACLU Job Opening

The American Civil Liberties Union of Vermont seeks a highly motivated, organized, and skilled professional with demonstrated communications experience to join their team.Visit their website to learn more. 

Donations for Burlington’s Homeless Population

Help support Burlington’s homeless population by making a donation to I AM SOMEBODY- Winter Blessings. There is one warming shelter in the Burlington area, but during the day people have to leave and have nowhere to go until 6pm. The donations raised will provide them with regular coats, raincoats, socks, undershirts, blankets, long johns, hats, gloves, jeans, undergarments, hot food, hot coffee, hot tea, and hot chocolate, and more.

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November 29, 2018

10th Annual Shake Off Dance Party!

Support reproductive rights and economic justice by attending the 10th Annual Shake Off on December 1, 6pm at Union Station, 1 Main Street, Burlington. This annual dance party raises funds for Vermont Access to Reproductive Freedom and is a mainstay of their abortion fund. Suggested donation is $15-$150. Find More Information here.

From the Blog: An Interview with Pierrevy Polyte: Coffee and community

-Alex Rose, Volunteer Coordinator and Assistant Store Manager 
Pierrevy Polyte is an artist, coffee farmer, and founder of a worker cooperative that now has more than 800 members. Pierrevy is from Haiti and has been living in Burlington, Vermont since 2016. He is one of the Peace & Justice Centers more recent vendors, selling coffee and mixed media art as a result of a direct trade partnership. I recently had the pleasure of sitting down with Pierrevy for an interview. I wanted to not only to learn more about his products, but to know more about the inspiration behind all he does.
To begin to understand how Pierrevy got to where he is today, one must first understand his homeland of Peak Macaya, Haiti. Peak Macaya is the second tallest mountain region in Haiti, and home to the country’s last area of cloud forest- characterized as a tropical and moist climate at high altitudes. This region is rich with biodiversity and extremely delicate in the shaky hands of climate change. In fact, Pierrevy and his community are still repairing from the devastation of Hurricane Matthew in 2016.

Human Rights Day

Celebrate the 70th Anniversary of the signing of the UNIVERSAL DECLARATION OF HUMAN RIGHTS with the Women’s International League For Peace and Freedom (WILPF). The UDHRs is a document forged in 1948 after the catastrophic destruction and acts of inhumanity of World War Two. In 30 articles, it defines how we “are born free and equal in dignity and rights, and should act towards one another in a spirit of brother/sister hood.”

There are a number of events happening at the Fletcher Free Library in Burlington that you can attend:

Community Calendar

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

November 28, Wednesday
December 1, Saturday
  • 10am-12pm Caroline Fund Pro Se Legal Clinic. Lawline of Vermont, 274 N Winooski Ave, Burlington. Every Saturday.
  • 6-6:30pm JUMP’s 30th Anniversary Celebration Dinner. Elks Lodge, 925 North Ave, Burlington.
December 3, Monday
December 4, Tuesday
  • 6-8pm 350VT meeting. 179 S. Winooski Ave, #201, Burlington.
  • 6-8pm Save Our Skies. PJC, Burlington.
December 5, Wednesday
December 6, Thursday
December 9, Sunday
  • 2-5:30pm Soul Food Sundays. POC Gathering. Root Social Justice Center, Brattleboro.
December 10, Monday
Dec 11, Tuesday
  • 6-8:30pm PJC board mtg at PJC.
Dec 12, Wednesday
  • 6-8pm RAD Organizing Team meeting. 423 Main St, Bennington.
  • 6-8pm Families United. The Root Social Justice Center
  • 7-8:30pm 350VT meeting. 115 Hillside St, Bennington.
December 13, Thursday
  • 5:30-7pm WILPF meeting. PJC, Burlington.

Please email us events for our google calendar and enews

Action Highlight: Support Immigrants

There is so much happening both locally and nationally to speak out against our government’s response to immigrants. Here are some things you can do to support the cause:
1. Educate yourself on Migrant Justice’s law suit against ICE:
2. Support Local Civil Disobedience:
3. Learn about the New Sanctuary Coalition and support their Sanctuary Caravan to accompany migrants and asylum seekers at the border and at ICE hearings. 
 
4. Sign this petition from Win Without War asking Sec. Mattis to reject the illegal use-of-force order, and bring the troops home now!
 
5. Donate air miles. Lawyer Moms of America has been contributing airline miles and money to people in shelters along the border.
 
6. Organize and attend local fundraisers, events, and demonstrations in support of a compassionate response to the refugees. (Shout out to the Plainfield Community Action group that hosted a Solidarity Supper last weekend and raised $2,500 for Migrant Justice and RAICES!)
 

7. Let your congressional delegation know how you feel. Visit the U.S. House of Representatives website and enter your ZIP code to find out whom to contact. To reach your U.S. senator, go to the U.S. Senate website and choose your state

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