Nonviolent Activism 101 at Kellogg Hubbard Library

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Hey Central Vermont Folks! Come join the Peace & Justice Center at the Kellogg-Hubbard Library on Saturday May 28th from Noon to 5pm for our FREE Nonviolent Activism 101 Workshop in Montpelier!

We’ll be exploring systems of oppression and examining how a nonviolent strategy is effective in taking on this type of violence. We’ll also work toward building skills and strategies to lift up movements and local efforts that contribute to a just and peaceful world.

This program is designed to help people in the community access and explore the strategy of nonviolence in the hopes that this information will be used in movements locally. The first part of the workshop focuses on exploring violence and systems of oppression in order to have a meaningful understanding of how a nonviolent strategy is effective in taking on violence. In the second half of the day, participants will work together to practice developing a coordinated nonviolent response to a particular oppressive policy, institution, structure, and/or practice within the community. We are looking forward to learning with all participants and building skills and strategy to lift up movements and local efforts that contribute to a just and peaceful world. RSVP over the phone at 863-2345 x6.

 

War is a Racket!

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War is a Racket Performance and Discussion at the Fletcher Free Library, May 25 at 6pm

A lively and engaging reenactment of the prescient words of Major General Smedley Butler, War is a Racket is a one person show based on General Butler’s incisive book of the same name that outlined the military industrial complex two decades before Eisehower’s famous Cross of Iron speech.

The performance of War is a Racket 2016 is a one person show by the performance poet,artist, and Navy veteran Namaya.  The one hour performance will be followed by an open discussion.   Suggested donation of $10 info@b4peace.net. Join Veterans for Peace, and the Peace & Justice Center on Wednesday, May 25 at 6pm for this performance that connects this classic work with the militarism of corporate and political leadership in contemporary America.

Join the 3rd Annual Loving Day Vermont Event

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Please join the 3rd annual Loving Day Vermont, remembering the Supreme Court case of Loving v. Virginia (1967) which legalized interracial marriage! Nearly 50 years ago Mildred and Richard Loving contributed to an ongoing fight for racial justice. Their actions are connected to work that came before them and work that continues through today.

This year’s event will be held in collaboration with the Pride Center of Vermont and include last year’s Supreme Court decision in Obergefell v. Hodges which legalized same-sex marriage. While is it important to take time to celebrate these legal victories, with this event we hope to engage in thoughtful discussion with couples affected by both court decisions and their allies. Spend a Saturday afternoon in June enjoying light refreshments and sharing your experiences with racial justice and/or heterosexism and/or learning more about the ongoing challenges your follow community members face.

This is event is presented by Loving Day VT, Pride Center Vermont, and the Peace & Justice Center. For more information visit Loving Day Vermont or contact lovingdayvt@gmail.com.

Benefit for Syrian Refugees Concert by Michael Arnowitt Friends

The Peace & Justice Center is proud to co-sponsor this amazing event by renowned pianist Michael Arnowitt. Arnowitt will be performing specially selected works from a variety of Syrian musical traditions, prose, and poetry in addition to special performances by Caleb Bronz, Anwar Diab Agha, and Rana Bitar Jacob to raise money for Syrian refugees and welcome them to our state.

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Pianist Michael Arnowitt

Among the works to be performed are Syrian popular and traditional folk music songs,Syrian sacred music, representing Islamic, Jewish, and Syriac Christian faiths. Michael Arnowitt’s ImproVisions Jazz Ensemble will perform jazz compositions influenced by Syrian music composed specially for this concert. The performance will also include music by Syrian composers of our time, including Kinan Azmeh’s “Love on 139th St.” for clarinet, guitar, bass, and drums and music by Anwar Diab Agha, a Syrian-born musician now living in Vermont and “Lament for Syrian Victims,” a 2013 choral piece written by Yitzhak Yedid, an Israeli composer of Syrian Jewish descent, in response to the chemical weapons attacks in Damascus of that year

Click here for a full list of pieces, performers, and further information.
These two amazing performances will be held on Saturday, May 21, at 7:30pm at the Burlington First Congregational Church and on Sunday, May 22, at 3pm at the Montpelier High School Auditorium. Event also co-sponsored by the Vermont Council on World Affairs and the USCRI Vermont Refugee Resettlement Program.

Upcoming Book Discussion: The New Jim Crow at South Burlington High School

home_book_cvrThe New Jim Crow by Michelle Alexander, examines institutional racism in the United States and how it relates to and has evolved from previous oppressive laws, such as slavery and Jim Crow policies. The New York Review of Books describes The New Jim Crow as a work that will “touch the public and educate social commentators, policymakers, and politicians about a glaring wrong that we have been living with that we also somehow don’t know how to face.”

In the upcoming discussion at South Burlington High School on May 10th and 17th, two facilitators will lead discussions on the historical roots of U.S. system of mass incarceration, the War on Drugs, and the continuing affects of racism and oppresion in contemporary struggles for civil rights and a just and equitable society.

In order to get the full benefit of this program, participants are asked to read the book in it’s entirety and attend both sessions.

This program is presented in partnership with the Student Diversity Union at South Burlington High School and PACT. RSVP online or call 863-2345 x6. This program is offered at no cost to participants! If you would like a FREE copy of the book call 652-7035.