How to Talk to Children about Racism

Talking about race and racism can be a difficult discussion especially with children. That doesn’t mean that we shouldn’t be having these discussions. Check out Rachel Siegel and Denise Dunbar talking with WCAX about why having these discussions are imperative for our society. Join us for our four part series on How to Talk to Kids about Racism at the Fletcher Free Library in Burlington. Please contact andi@pjcvt.org to register.

Stand Against the Militarization of Vermont Police

Militarization of the police has negative impacts on both the relationship between the public and the police as well as security and safety concerns. Vermont is arming our police forces in our own backyard with assault riffles and other weapons. The Will Miller Green Mountain Veterans for Peace has created a petition to start the conversation with legislators on beginning to change these laws and create regulation around these weapons. Please join us in signing the petition to demilitarize police in Vermont.

Police in Newport, VT

The Experience of Drone Pilots Presentation at The Peace & Justice Center

Wednesday, January 21st at 6:30pm The Experience of Drone Pilots at the Peace & Justice Center, 60 Lake Street, Burlington, VT.

We are excited to launch a new presentation about the people who operate unmanned aerial vehicles. Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) is higher among drone operators than onboard pilots in war zones. This event is an excellent ways to become more knowledgeable about drones and the impact they have on individuals and communities in the United States and beyond. Michaela Herrmann will lead the presentation and discussion that follows. For more information or if you would like this event to travel to your community contact Kyle Silliman-Smith at program@pjcvt.org or call her at 802-863-2345 x6. This is a FREE event.

PJC JOB OPENING

Fair Trade Program and Store Manager

Earn a living wage while promoting fair trade in a retail setting.  The Fair Trade Program and Store Manager plays a key role for the Peace & Justice Store. The store is the mainstay of our Fair Trade Program and an integral part of our Center as a whole.  The store gives local and visiting consumers an ethical option, educates those who are new to fair trade concepts, and introduces shoppers to the full scope of our statewide, membership-based non-profit organization and the programs we have.  The Store Manager assists the Volunteer Coordinator in supervising volunteers who work as store clerks.  The Fair Trade Program also expands beyond the store and has included our Cocoa Campaign for elementary school students, presentations on Free Trade vs Fair Trade, and local campaigns to encourage local retailers and colleges to ethically source their products.

Full Time – retail hours including some weekends and holidays.  Application deadline Monday, January 19, 2015, 9:00am.

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Peace Activist Kathy Kelly Heads to Prison for Protesting U.S. Drone War

Check out this story and video from Democracy Now! Peace activist Kathy Kelly is about to begin a three-month prison sentence for protesting the U.S. drone war at a military base in Missouri earlier this year. Kelly, along with another activist, was arrested after offering bread and an indictment against drone warfare. Kelly is the co-coordinator of Voices for Creative Nonviolence, a campaign to end U.S. military and economic warfare.