The election is near. Regardless of which way the election goes, there needs to be a conversation around what we want America to look like and stand for. Many events are happening (starting tonight) that address this.
-Kina Thorpe, PJC Educational Program Manager
Click here to for the quarterly Peace & Justice Center Newsletter
In This Issue (in order)
- Welcome, TJ!
- What Happens After November 4?
- Internalized Racism
- Action Highlights: VOTE, Count Every Vote, AND Experience and Retention of Educators of Color in Vermont
October 20, 2020
Views expressed by entities outside of the Peace & Justice Center do not necessarily represent the views of the PJC.
Welcome to the PJC Board, TJ!
My name is Tiemogo Sangaré, but most people call me TJ. I am currently a sophomore at St. Michael’s College where I am double majoring in Sociology and Public Health, and minoring in Peace and Justice. My drive to be a part of the PJC stems from my passion for social justice work and my ambition to see the liberation of folk from all marginalized communities. When I’m home, in Upstate NY, I can be found organizing with the All of Us Community Action Group; a grassroots organization uniting people through community events, actions, education, and mobilization-with the ultimate goal of ensuring equitable prioritization of issues and allocation of resources for communities with the greatest need.
I am thrilled to be part of the PJC. I cannot wait to work with my colleagues, learn from the members of the PJC, and contribute to the amazing work being done by this organization. I strive to lift the voices of the unheard, abolish this nation’s systems of oppression, and encourage individuals to think outside of the confines that society has held us in.
Join us this Sunday for our Annual Meeting! We will share updates on our work including how we’re responding to the COVID pandemic and the uprisings. Members will have an opportunity to vote on by-law changes and board elections. Registration required, register here.
What happens after November 4th?
While keeping people focused on a strong, robust election process where everyone votes and everyone’s votes are counted is a must, many of us are also thinking about November 4th. What happens AFTER election day? We’re hoping for a landslide and a peaceful transition, but we are also preparing for a contested election or something much worse.
Join 350Vermont, the Peace & Justice Center, and many other groups from around the state for an interactive workshop to discuss the main scenarios that national movement groups think are the most possible outcomes and to brainstorm with our communities about what we’d want to do right here in Vermont. Ideas may range from direct action to mutual aid and healing circles to protests in the street — we don’t know what we’ll come up with (or what will happen) but we do know we’ll need some way to be in community for it.
Please come with your affinity group or others you’d want to organize with – or by yourself with your ideas! Start thinking about what you will need in that chaotic time and connect with others who are thinking similarly.
Please note: 350VT is also hosting this workshop for the Brattleboro area on 10/22. Click here for details.
More events happening around the election:
- Thursday, Oct 22: 350VT What Happens AFTER the Election? (for Brattleboro area) (6-8 pm)
- Saturday, Oct 24:Nonviolent Direct Action Training (online) with 350VT and Climate Disobedience Center
- Sunday, Oct 25 – RAD Democracy Defense Planning Call (5-6pm)
- Sunday, Nov 1 – RAD Democracy Defense Planning Call (5-6pm)
- Wednesday, Nov 4 – Protect the Results & Defend Democracy Vigil (4pm), State House Lawn. Honk and Wave 4pm, Vigil after (5-530?)
- Thursday, Nov 5th and 6th: Honk and Waves (4pm)
- Saturday, Nov 7 – Protect the Results & Defend Democracy Rally (Noon)
“Just as racism results in the system of structural advantage called white privilege for white people and their communities, internalized racism results in the system of structural disadvantage called internalized racism for peoples and communities of color.” –Donna K. Bivens
This month’s BIPOC (Black, Indigenous, and people of color) Affinity Group will focus on the topic of internalized racism. We will discuss how we (BIPOC) perpetuate internalized racism against ourselves, members of our own racial groups, and other BIPOC, what the impact of internalized racism is, and why it’s important to confront it when we see it. This is a free event, but registration is required.
All of the events listed below are happening online unless otherwise stated. This is a partial listing of event. See more in our public calendar. The PJC is not directly involved in all of these events. If you have questions about a non-PJC event, please reach out to the organization listed.
Tuesday, October 20
- 6-7:30pm Wabanaki Ethnobotany
- 6-8pm 350 VT: What Happens On November 4th?
- 6:30-7:30pm Race Conversations
- 7-8:30pm Kunsi Keya Speaks: Living INTERtribally Teaching Series
- 7-8:30pm Racial Justice in Vermont: Three Black Perspectives
- 7-9pm Rooted and Rising: Celebrating 10 Years of HEART Registration
Wednesday, October 21
- 9:30-10:30am New to Medicare Classes (every Wednesday)
- 5:30-7:30pm Bystander Intervention
- 5:30-7pm VT Women’s Mentoring Program: Mentor Training at Mercy Connections (every Wednesday)
- 6-8pm Brattleboro 350VT Local Group Meeting
Friday, October 23
- All Day: VT International Film Festival: The Black Press: Soldiers Without Swords
- 1-6pm Burlington Climate Strike! University Green
- 5-5:45pm Pride Center We Wake Up Like This Tender, Brave Meditation Community (every Friday)
- 6-8pm What Happens AFTER the Election? (for Brattleboro area)
- 6:30 – 8:30pm Pride Center Friday Night Group (every Friday)
Saturday, October 24
- 10am-12pm Caroline Fund Pro Se Legal Clinic Lawline of Vermont, 274 N Winooski Ave, Burlington
Sunday, October 25
- 1-1:30pm Cathedral Church of St. Paul: Silent Vigil/Witness, Burlington (every Sunday)
- 3–5pm Soul Food Sundays (every Sunday)
- 5-6pm RAD Democracy Defense Planning Call (also on November 1)
Sunday, November 1
- 6:30-7:30pm Vets for Peace TV show- First Sunday of every month on channel 15
All events are happening online. Registration is required
What Happens on November 4th? Tuesday, October 20, 6-8pm.
Join 350Vermont for an interactive workshop to discuss the main scenarios that national movement groups think are the most possible outcomes and to brainstorm with our communities about what we’d want to do right here in Vermont. Ideas may range from direct action to mutual aid to healing circles to protests in the street – we don’t know what we’ll come up with (or what will happen) but we do know we’ll need some way to be in community for it. Co-sponsored by the Peace and Justice Center. Click here to register. FREE
Bystander Intervention Wednesday, October 21, 5:30-7:30pm.
Join trainers from the PJC, Central Vermont Showing up for Racial Justice (SURJ), and the Vermont Human Rights Commission (HRC) to learn about the tools needed to effectively intervene as a bystander. Reflect on the specific tactics that work and what you need more of, and find places where you can continuously engage in this work. Click here to register. FREE
BIPOC Affinity Group Friday, October 23, 6-7:30pm.
This program is led by BIPOC (Black, Indigenous, and people of color), for BIPOC. This month’s session will focus on internalized racism. We will discuss how we perpetuate internalized racism towards ourselves, members of our own racial groups, and other BIPOC, and explore why it’s important to confront internalized racism when we see it. Click here to register (required). FREE
Chocolate & Modern Slavery Saturday, October 24, 2-3pm. The cocoa industry generates over $130 billion a year. So why do companies like Hershey and Nestle still use exploitative child labor?During this discussion, we will explore the cocoa industry’s lack of accountability, and how wealth distribution practices perpetuate generational poverty and enable modern slavery. Register here.
PJC Annual Meeting October 24, 3:30-5pm. Join us for our Annual Meeting! We will share updates on our work including how we’re responding to the COVID pandemic and the uprisings. Members will have an opportunity to vote on by-law changes and board elections. Click here to register (required).