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January 2018

March for Our Future

On the anniversary of the inauguration, we expect crowds of Vermonters to gather to lift the voices of our youth. Started by South Burlington’s Kiran Waqar and her colleague Alisha Shaik in California, this event grew out of the Women’s March and is happening in both Vermont and in a growing number of other states! For more information, see Facebook or visit their website. We still need more young people or allies on the organizing committee. For location or video-conference information, please contact Rachel@pjcvt.org.…

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January 20 @ 1:00 pm - 4:00 pm
Montpelier City Hall, 39 Main St
Montpelier, VT 05602 United States
Free

Film Screening “13th”

The title of this documentary refers to the 13th Amendment of the US Constitution, which reads “Neither slavery nor involuntary servitude, except as a punishment for crime whereof the party shall have been duly convicted, shall exist within the United States…” The progression from that second qualifying clause to the current rate of mass criminalization and the state of the American prison industry is thoroughly laid out in this film. This event is being hosted as part of a series…

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January 24 @ 6:00 pm - 8:00 pm
Mount Mansfield Union High School, 211 Browns Trace Rd
Jericho, VT United States
Free

Fair Trade Labels 101

This presentation brakes down the differences between Fair Trade Certifications, Fair Trade Membership Organizations, and Direct Trade to help us better understand the Fair Trade Movement. People are encouraged to arrive at 11:30am to participate in a PJC New Volunteer Orientation.

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January 27 @ 12:00 pm - 1:00 pm
Peace & Justice Center, 60 Lake Street, Suite 1C
Burlington, VT 05401 United States
February 2018

Toxic Whiteness Discussion Group

Each discussion group will begin with a different reading, video, or audio file that sets the tone for a facilitated discussion. It is harmful to racial justice work when white people’s emotional needs are prioritized over those of people of color in multi-racial spaces. This space is held specifically for white people to help process how white supremacy culture is toxic to white communities and individuals. It seeks to help people who experience white privilege see and understand how undoing…

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February 8 @ 12:00 pm - 1:00 pm
Peace & Justice Center, 60 Lake Street, Suite 1C
Burlington, VT 05401 United States

Talking with Kids About Racism

Saturdays, February 10, 17, 24, 11-1pm Talking about race and racism can be difficult, especially with children, but that does not mean we shouldn’t have these conversations. This discussion group was developed by the Peace & Justice Center and seeks to address the impact of racism on our children. It is designed to help people discuss racial issues with children in a meaningful and age-appropriate way. It includes resources, discussion, and role playing. This three part series in Randolph will…

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February 10 @ 11:00 am - 1:00 pm

Cocoa Campaign Presentation

This 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 interest’s of each participant. For more information contact Amy Crosswhite at store@pjcvt.org or 802-863-2345 x3. People are encouraged to arrive at 2:30pm to participate in a PJC New Volunteer Orientation.

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February 11 @ 3:00 pm - 4:00 pm
Peace & Justice Center, 60 Lake Street, Suite 1C
Burlington, VT 05401 United States

Privilege & Accountability for Aspiring Allies

Sundays, February 11 & 18, 4-6pm at Waitsfield United Church of Christ Village Meeting House in Waitsfield This workshop is designed for participants to increase their skills in effectively building support with colleagues, neighbors, and other community members to address racial oppression. Participants will explore their own identities and practice take action in addressing microaggressions and interrupting oppression in real time. Led by Ita Meno and Kyle Silliman-Smith. This event is a collaboration with the Peace & Justice Center, Green…

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February 11 @ 4:00 pm - 6:00 pm
Waitsfield United Church of Christ, 4335 Main St
Waitsfield, VT 05673 United States
Free

Seeing and Disrupting Racism

This workshop-style event was developed for predominantly white audiences. We start by defining racism. Then we walk participants through the concept of white fragility. We go over how white fragility perpetuates racism and specific ways to disrupt that cycle. This event is being hosted as part of a series put together in collaboration with MMU students, MMU’s After Dark Program, and the Peace & Justice Center. This is a free event thanks to a grant from the Ben and Jerry’s…

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February 13 @ 6:00 pm - 7:30 pm
Mount Mansfield Union High School Library, 211 Browns Trace Road
Jericho, Vermont
Free

PJC Nuclear Film Week

Twenty seven years removed from the end of the Cold War, over 14000 working nuclear warheads still remain around the world today, in the possession of nine nations. The US and Russia still account for over 90% of this total, with those remaining being split between the UK, France, China, India, Pakistan, Israel, and perhaps most infamously, North Korea. Even as the International Campaign to Abolish Nuclear Weapons wins a Nobel Peace Prize in 2017 for their tireless work, conflict…

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February 19 - February 23

Banana Industry Presentation

This presentation will expose the oppressive banana industry. Poor wages, detrimental chemical use, and exploitation of labor are just some of the issues this industry is facing. Large, multinational companies primarily control the market and do not believe human and environmental rights fall into their sphere of responsibility. This talk is designed to educate, brainstorm solutions and create tangible action steps that fit each participant’s interest. People are encouraged to arrive at 11:30pm to participate in a PJC New Volunteer Orientation.

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February 24 @ 12:00 pm - 1:00 pm
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