Fact vs Fiction: Media Coverage of Latin America and the Trial of Victor Jara

62061529-b0d6-4462-b8b2-bb28fdb133f8Mark Cook, American journalist and former correspondent for Democracy Now! will be talking about the reality of life in parts of Latin America – most specifically Venezuela and the need for media watchdogs – Wednesday, June 29 at noon at the PJC. 

Mark was in Venezuela and Nicaragua for the first week of hearings last week for the civil trial for Victor Jara’s survivors. See more on the trial here. To contribute to the fund for lawyers’ fees, go to Center for Justice & Accountability (CJA). Mark will be joined by filmmaker,  journalist, and lecturer at UVM Dept of Economics, John Summa (The Resurrection of Victor Jara http://www.vjvive.com) who will provide an update of the trial developments. We are delighted to host both Mark and John for this special lunch time event.

CJA’s case is against a former Pinochet officer, and long-time Florida resident, accused of the torture and murder of iconic singer, Victor Jara in 1973. It is an enormously moving experience to listen to Joan Jara, Victor’s widow, and their daughter, Manuela, describe what Victor meant to them and to the people of Chile. It is also chilling to hear the testimony of former conscripts and other witnesses describing the dark, awful days of the Pinochet coup, the violence done to the people, and to Victor in particular. The trial is likely to go to the jury on June 27.
(John and Mark are also hoping to offer this presentation on Tuesday evening but the location is not yet secure. Stay tuned or contact John at jfsumma@uvm.edu for updates.)

Frederick Douglass Community Reading

Screen Shot 2016-06-13 at 1.46.32 PMCome join the Peace & Justice Center at the Church Street side of Burlington City Hall on Tuesday July 12th from 5:30pm to 7pm for the Frederick Douglass Community Reading!

In 1852, Frederick Douglass, one of our nation’s greatest orators and abolitionists, was asked to speak at an event commemorating the signing of the Declaration of Independence. In his provocative speech, Douglass said, “This Fourth of July is yours, not mine. You may rejoice, I must mourn.” And he asked, “Do you mean, citizens, to mock me, by asking me to speak to-day?”

Douglass’s speech remains emotionally powerful and thought-provoking more than a century and a half after he gave it. The Vermont Humanities Council is supporting groups and communities statewide to organize public participatory readings of his compelling speech on or close to July 4 each year.

The Vermont Humanities Council is supporting groups and communities statewide to organize public participatory readings of his compelling speech on or close to July 4 each year. See full list of locations here.

If you would like to get involved and/or request to read a particular part of the speech email Kyle or call her at 863-2345 x6.

Frederick Douglass mini bio on Biography.com:

Pride Center Of Vermont Plans Burlington Vigil In Response To Orlando Shooting

It is with a heavy heart and renewed commitment to a better future that we recognize those who’s lives were taken or touched by the senseless murders in Orlando. If you are near Burlington, please join the community tonight at a vigil at 6pm at the First Unitarian Universalist Society (152 Pearl St, at the top of Church Street). Thank you Pride Center of Vermont for organizing. Also, thank you Kim Fountain for your eloquent, informed and heartfelt interview this morning on VPR. Click here to hear more.Pride vigil

“Narrative: Ali”: Elizabeth Alexander Recites Her Poem Written from Muhammad Ali’s Perspective

Muhammad Ali, one of the most iconic figures of the 20th century, has died at the age of 74. Poet and professor Elizabeth Alexander reads her persona poem “Narrative: Ali,” written from Ali’s perspective.

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“The Lovings” by Twin Soul Poets

Watch Hamilton Graziano and Ingrid Alli (Twin Soul Poets) performing their group piece, ‘The Lovings’. A true story of Richard and Mildred Loving, an interracial couple living in Virginia in the 1950’s whose love changed history.

Want to know more about Mildred and Richard Loving? Join Loving Day Vermont 2016 on June 18th at 2pm at the Pride Center of Vermont in Burlington for refreshments and discussion.

“I am proud that Richard’s and my name is on a court case that can help reinforce the love, the commitment, the fairness, and the family that so many people, black or white, young or old, gay or straight seek in life. I support the freedom to marry for all. That’s what Loving, and loving, are all about.”
– Mildred Loving (in 2007, on the 40th anniversary of the Loving decision)