Free Screening of “Indivisible: Love Knows No Borders”

burlington-3Join us this Thursday (September 22) at 7pm at Main Street Landing Film House, 60 Lake St. in Burlington for a screening of Indivisible: Love Knows No Borders, a documentary about the fight to reunite families separated by deportation. Imagine growing up in the country you call home without legal status. Or not seeing your family for years because they were deported. Renata, Evelyn, and Antonio were young children when their parents brought them to the U.S. in search of a better life; they were teenagers when their families were deported. Today, they are known as Dreamers. Indivisible takes place at a pivotal moment in their lives, as they fight for a pathway to citizenship and a chance to be reunited with their loved ones. With the future of immigration reform uncertain, will they see their families again? Director Hilary Linder will answer questions following the screening. For more information, visit www.indivisiblefilm.com.

Indivisible Trailer from Indivisible on Vimeo.

Medea Benjamin Book Tour

Kingdom of the Unjust: Behind the U.S.–Saudi Connection

October 26th, 4:30-6:30pm at the Peace & Justice Center.
Book talk followed by Q&A and a call to action!

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In seven succinct chapters followed by a meditation on prospects for change, Benjamin—cited by the L.A. Times as “one of the high-profile members of the peace movement”—shines a light on one of the most perplexing elements of American foreign policy. What is the origin of this strange alliance between two countries that seemingly have very little in common? Why does it persist, and what are its consequences? Why, over a period of decades and across various presidential administrations, has the United States consistently supported a regime shown time and again to be one of the most powerful forces working against American interests? Saudi Arabia is perhaps the single most important source of funds for terrorists worldwide, promoting an extreme interpretation of Islam along with anti-Western sentiment, while brutally repressing non-violent dissidents at home.

With extremism spreading across the globe, a reduced U.S. need for Saudi oil, and a thawing of U.S. relations with Iran, the time is right for a re-evaluation of our close ties with the Saudi regime.

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Meet the Author!

Medea Benjamin is the co-founder of the women-led peace group CODEPINK and the co-founder of the human rights group Global Exchange. She has been an advocate for social justice for more than 40 years. Described as “one of America’s most committed — and most effective — fighters for human rights” by New York Newsday, and “one of the high profile leaders of the peace movement” by the Los Angeles Times, she was one of 1,000 exemplary women from 140 countries nominated to receive the Nobel Peace Prize on behalf of the millions of women who do the essential work of peace worldwide.

She is the author of nine books, including Drone Warfare: Killing by Remote Control and Kingdom of the Unjust: Behind the U.S.-Saudi Connection, and her articles appear regularly in outlets such as The Huffington Post, CommonDreams, Alternet, The Other Words, and TeleSUR.

Cocoa Campaign Presentation

 

Thrusday, October 27th 5-6pm at the Peace & Justice Center.
chocolateThis presentation focuses on the issue of child slavery and human trafficking in the cocoa industry. It is designed to educate, brainstorm solutions and create tangible action steps that fit within the comfort zone of each participant. Each of us can become advocates of Fair Trade by making mindful decisions. For more information call 802-863-2345 x3.

One Bead at a Time Book Release and Signing

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Tuesday, November 155-7:30pm at the Peace & Justice Center. This Book Release and Signing includes Q&A with the author and light refreshments.

One Bead at a Time is the oral memoir of Beverly Little Thunder, a two-spirit Lakota Elder from Standing Rock, who has lived most of her life in service to Indigenous and non-Indigenous women in vast areas of both the United States and Canada. Transcribed and edited by two-spirit Métis writer Sharron Proulx-Turner, Little Thunder’s narrative is told verbatim, her melodious voice and keen sense of humour almost audible overtop of the text on the page.

Early in her story, Beverly recounts a dream from her early adulthood, “I stared at these lily pads for the longest time and I decided that there was one part of the pond that had lots of lily pads and no frogs. I said, ‘I want to go there because there’s lots of lily pads but no frogs and I like creating community.’” And create community she does. Little Thunder established the first and today, the only all-women’s Sundance in the world, securing a land base in the Green Mountains of Vermont for future generations of Indigenous women’s ceremony. She was active in the A.I.M. movement and she continues to practice and promote political and spiritual awareness for Indigenous women around the world. She is a truly remarkable visionary.

When she was forced to leave her spiritual community 20 years ago because she was a lesbian, Beverly founded the Women’s Sundance over 20 years ago to continue teaching the traditions and ceremonies of her heritage. She currently works with women and children from her Vermont home by teaching leadership skills through the Lakota Sundance ceremony, the sweat lodge ceremony, awareness of and respect for the animal and natural worlds, community talking circles, communication workshops, personal retreats, vision quests and spiritual counseling.

Beverly serves as the Chair of the Peace & Justice Center’s Board of Directors.

For more information about this event, please call 802-863-2345 x3.

Book Reading & Signing: Pitkin Kids Learn About Recycling!

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Friday, November 18th, 5-6pm at the Peace & Justice Center.

 Curious about where recyclables go after you put them on your curb to be picked up? Author John Powell and Illustrator Rob Blum share the adventures of the Pitkin Kids as they visit a local Materials Recovery Facility. Throughout this book, the group of kids share unique ideas and knowledge on how to recycle and why it’s important. This free event features an upcycling art activity for kids and light refreshments! For more information, please call 802-863-2345 x3 or Check out the Facebook Event