Are you a parent that is looking for fun, educational activities focused on empathy and nonviolence for your child(ren) to participate in this summer? Look no further. Come to the two June Kids’ Club events at the Peace & Justice Center where kids around 7-11 years old can learn how to practice empathy with the Feelings Orchestra and games like Compliment Tag. You and your kids can learn some great ways to incorporate non-violence into your life! This year’s PJC Kids’ Club will also explore some really cool ways kids have contributed to movements for social justice. Don’t miss out! This FREE event will be Saturdays June 6th & 27th, 2-4 pm at the Peace & Justice Center (60 Lake Street). Registration is not required but encouraged.
Join us as Gabriela Maj speaks about her new book:
PORTRAITS FROM THE WOMEN’S PRISONS
Thursday, May 21st at Oak 45
45 Main Street, Winooski
“Women [in Afghanistan] who run away from home to escape abuse are tracked down like criminals by the police and often end up incarcerated while their assailants go unpunished … The passionate battle waged by many conservative groups to keep women out of the classroom and the workplace ensures that women remain dependent and that an individual who is rejected by her family – a fate that befalls almost all incarcerated women – is completely vulnerable …” — Gabriela Maj
Over the course of four years (2010 – 2014), Polish Canadian photographer Gabriela Maj travelled throughout Afghanistan to collect portraits and stories from inside the country’s women’s prisons, including the most notorious penitentiary for women, Badam Bagh, located on the outskirts of Kabul. Maj’s project is the largest record documenting the experiences of incarcerated women in Afghanistan produced to date. Her hauntingly beautiful, compassionate photographs along with the accompanying personal stories of the inmates are gathered together in her first monograph Almond Garden (Daylight Books) the incongruous title of which is the English translation of Badam Bagh.
The majority of the prisoners Maj documented were incarcerated for what are known in Afghanistan as “moral crimes,” a term to describe the ways a person may be accused of “zina,” or sex between two people who are not married. The offenses these women were accused of include running away from forced marriages, being sold into prostitution, domestic slavery, physical violence generally conducted by their husbands, and rape and involuntary pregnancy. Being an independent female photographer enabled Maj to gain extraordinary access to her subjects with whom she established a rapport and trust, visiting with many of the incarcerated women featured in the book over the course of multiple visits.
At six am, I woke up and saw the scary and sad posts on Facebook. I found out that on April 25, 2015, at 11:56 p.m. (NST, Nepali time) a massive earthquake occurred in Nepal with a 7.8 magnitude which affected cities and town including; Kathmandu (capital) valley, Sindhupalchok, Kavre, Gorkha, as well as other districts. Immediately I messaged on Facebook and called my relatives and friends who are in Nepal, but I did not get any response from them. In the meantime, I was thinking about how to help victims in Nepal who lost their homes, jobs, and their loved ones. So I called Jeetan Khadka about what is happening in Nepal and how we can help them from Vermont. He told me that he already created an event on Facebook to invite friends and community members from different schools, colleges, and local organizations. Immediately I found the event and I invited my friends who live in Vermont. Even though my friends have Facebook, some of them do not check it all the time so I called and texted those friends to inform about the earthquake in Nepal and about the meeting. This meeting was the next day, we met at North End Studio to talk and to discuss about how we can help people in Nepal.
To register and for detailed information about each session, click here.
Are you passionate about racial justice issues, but are looking for a more engaging and complex dialogue about systems of oppression? Do you want to learn more about institutionalized racism and how it affects our daily lives, even subconsciously?
The Peace & Justice Center is proud to present a three part workshop on Building Empathy and Eliminating Oppression.
To register, click here.
The North Korean people are overcoming one of the greatest challenges facing humanity today. On May 8th at 5pm at the Peace & Justice Center, 60 Lake Street there will be a presentation by Liberty in North Korea. The international narrative on North Korea has created an environment of fear and isolation. This disempowers ordinary North Koreans, who have nothing to do with the political circus. Liberty in North Korea is launching an exciting NEW initiative this spring to give millions of people the opportunity to send a personal message of support TO: the North Korean people. The goal is to show North Koreans that the world is united in support for them. We need YOU to change the narrative on North Korea by adding your community’s voice of support to our collective message.