Songs for Hope is a week away

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Join the Peace & Justice Center on Thursday, August 6th at 6:30 p.m. for our annual Songs for Hope event. There will be community singing of peace and justice folk songs followed by candle boats set afloat in memory of those killed by the US dropping the atomic bombs on Hiroshima and Nagasaki 70 years ago.

Training to be a Recruiter for Peace

We believe that there are safer ways to pursue adventure, gain discipline, and develop job skills than joining the armed forces. All young people – no matter their socioeconomic class, race, or gender – should have access to alternatives that best suit their personalities and aspirations. Young people should be encouraged to think critically about decisions regarding the military and combat so that they can be sure it is what they really want. In addition to this we believe that for the peace movement to continue to grow, build and be sustainable it is essential that we recruit young people to participant in it.

This Fall we are offering a one day training on being a recruiter for peace. In this workshop participants will learn strategies for encouraging young people to participate in peace work and have conversations about ways to reach goals without participating in combat. This event includes introducing participants to myths and truths about the armed forces, outlining a bit of history of nonviolent resistance, conceptualizing nonviolence as powerful, practicing question formation as a tool for getting others to think deeper about serious commitments, practicing ways of encouraging and supporting youth. This is A LOT to cover so the training tends to be directed in part by the participants interests, skill sets and goals. Please fill out the registration below so we can better prepare to meet your needs and expectations. There will also be tea and desserts! Those who complete this training are encouraged to join members of the Peace & Justice Center in recruiting for peace visits at area high schools during the calendar year. To find out more contact Kyle at 802-863-2345 x6. Thanks!

Event Details:
Saturday, September 12th from 2-4pm
at the Peace & Justice Center, 60 Lake Street, Burlington, VT.

Conflict Intervention Workshop

nci_doveLooking to further your competence and understanding in conflict intervention and the theory of
nonviolence? Join us at the Peace & Justice Center on Saturday, August 1st from 2-5pm. The workshop will teach techniques to apply nonviolence in interpersonal conflicts, including how to de-escalate heated conflicts. To register click here or call Kyle at 802-863-2345 x 6. Please share this with anyone you think would be interested!

Nonviolent Action for Youth

This Saturday (July 11th) from 2-5pm at the Peace & Justice Center (60 Lake Street) young people will be getting together for a workshop that explores nonviolent action as a tool for change. Young people are an integral part of social justice movements now and have been in history here and around the globe. In this workshop participants will learn just a few techniques of nonviolent action as well as some examples of how this strategy has been and is being used in peace and justice work. If you are a young person come on Saturday, register online or e-mail to find out more. If you know young people who may be interested in this workshop, please share this information with them! Thanks!

Barre New Jim Crow Book Discussion

Slide1Join us at Aldrich Library, 6 Washington St., Barre, VT on Monday, September 14th and Tuesday, September 15th for two workshops where participants will discuss “The New Jim Crow: Mass Incarceration in the Age of Colorblindness” by Michelle Alexander. The discussion will be facilitated by Beverly Little Thunder and Nathan Suter.

This discussion will focus on the War on Drugs, how it has developed into the booming industry we see today, and how communities of color have been disproportionately and unjustly burdened by this campaign. The workshop will offer participants a chance to express their thoughts and decompress within a semi-structured conversation. Participants are asked to come to both sessions of the discussion.