Upcoming PJC Events!

The following events are hosted, organized, co-sponsored, or put on in partnership with/by the Peace & Justice Center and are open to the public – we hope you can make them!  If you would like to volunteer at any of them, please email volunteer@pjcvt.org.  If you have other questions, please contact program@pjcvt.org or call (802) 863-2345 x 6. Thank you!

Thursday, February 23 from 6-7:30pm, Disrupting Violence Discussion and Practice Group at the Peace & Justice Center. This is a new monthly drop-in event currently scheduled for the fourth Thursday for three months. Other planned dates are March 23rd, and April 27th. Each discussion and practice group will include different content to help participants disrupt violence and engage in conflict nonviolently. The hope is that people will attend as many sessions as possible but there is no expectation of that. There will likely be suggested readings and continued practice offered on the night-of but it will all be optional. People of different backgrounds and skill sets encouraged to attend. If you are interested in leading an activity and/or have materials you would like to be considered for use please contact us at program@pjcvt.org or 863-2345 x6.

Saturday, February 25 from 3:30-4:30pm, White Fragility Presentation and Discussion at the Peace & Justice Center. White Fragility is a state in which even a minimum amount of racial stress becomes intolerable, triggering a range of defensive moves. Being able to name and recognize White Fragility can be a helpful way to stay engaged in discussions about racism, even when they become uncomfortable. People are encouraged to arrive at 3pm to participate in a PJC New Volunteer Orientation.

Wednesday, March 8 from 12-1pm Toxic Whiteness Discussion Group at the PJC. This is a new monthly drop-in event currently scheduled for the second Wednesday for three months. 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 racism directly benefits them. The hope is that by having a separate space to process toxic whiteness, white people will be better able to allow for the emotional needs of people of color to take priority in multi-racial spaces. This is the final planned date after this program.

Thursdays (5:30-7:30pm) and Sundays (3-5pm), March 9, 12, 16, & 19, Privilege & Accountability: Becoming an Ally 4-part Workshop at the Peace & Justice Center. Facilitated by Francine Serwili-Ngunga and Rachel Siegel. Participants will explore personal and social identities; practice new vocabulary; develop skills to be a better ally; and leave with an understanding of what it means to honor our responsibilities as conscious members of society. We hope attendees will gain an understanding that real change starts with actions we ourselves take. $150 for public, $100 for PJC members. No one turned away for lack of funds. Space is limited, sign-up online or call 863-2345 x6.

Saturday, March 11 from 3:30-4:30pm, Fair Trade vs. Free Trade Presentation and Discussion at the Peace & Justice Center. This presentation includes basic information about globalization and how policies and practices of globalization have paved the way for huge companies to profit at the expense of people and the planet. It also shows how the Fair Trade movement and principles seek to, at a minimum, counterbalance these atrocities. People are encouraged to arrive at 3pm to participate in a PJC New Volunteer Orientation.

Wednesday, March 15 at 3:30pm, Learning about Nonviolence: Children’s March of 1963 at Brownell Library in Essex. Explore the planning and implementation of the Children’s March of 1963 in Birmingham, AL. In between watching age appropriate excerpts from Mighty Times: The Children’s March, participants of all ages will explore Kingian Nonviolence (and more) through discussion and song.

Wednesdays, March 22 & 29 from 6-8pm, Nonviolence Activism 101 at the Peace & Justice Center. Nonviolence has been proven to be incredibly effective in addressing oppression even though our culture may not embrace or encourage this truth. Nonviolent activists employ a wide variety of strategies, such as rallies, marches, hunger strikes, boycotts, and much more. Participants will explore personal and social identities; learn aspects of Kingian Nonviolence, and engaging in role play. This program is designed to help unlock meaningful ways to work towards social justice and peace without perpetuating cycles of violence that permeate our culture. We ask participants to pay for this program to support our ongoing peace work. Specifically $20 for the general public and $15 for current PJC members and volunteers. People under 25 are not expected to contribute financially. No one will be turned away for lack of funds. Space is limited to ensure your spot please sign-up here or call us.

Thursday, March 23 from 6-7:30pm, Disrupting Violence Discussion and Practice Group at the Peace & Justice Center. This is a new monthly drop-in event currently scheduled for the fourth Thursday for three months. Each discussion and practice group will include different content to help participants disrupt violence and engage in conflict nonviolently. The hope is that people will attend as many sessions as possible but there is no expectation of that. There will likely be suggested readings and continued practice offered on the night-of but it will all be optional. People of different backgrounds and skill sets encouraged to attend. If you are interested in leading an activity and/or have materials you would like to be considered for use please contact us at program@pjcvt.org or 863-2345 x6.

Saturday, March 25 from 3:30-4:30pm, Understanding Free Trade Agreements Presentation and Discussion at the Peace & Justice Center. U.S. Free Trade Agreements were intended to ease trade and boost economies. However, with the combination of corporate greed and developmental inequality, it has had a devastating effects on the Global South. People are encouraged to arrive at 3pm to participate in a PJC New Volunteer Orientation.

Saturday, April 8 from 8:30am-3:00pm, Symposium for Social Justice Action Groups at Burlington High School. The Symposium is for individuals looking for ways to get involved and for groups to find new people to join their efforts. It will provide the public the opportunity to learn about local organizations and groups who are involved in social justice activities and choose ways to get involved. It is also an opportunity for groups to become aware of and familiar with each other’s work so we can support and collaborate with each other. Groups can recruit new participants/members/volunteers. Individuals who are not already involved can find ways to join grassroots work for social change. For more information contact Rachel at 863-2345 x1 or rachel@pjcvt.org

Saturday, April 22 from 9:00am-4:00pm, Building A World Beyond War: What Will It Take? at Winooski High School. The purpose of the conference is to revitalize the Vermont peace movement and focus on the financial, social, and environmental costs of war and militarism in our state. Held on Earth Day, it will bring together various social justice groups and individuals interested in understanding war and how to build a world beyond it. Speakers, workshops, panels, and actions will answer the conference’s key question: what it will take to build a world beyond war? They will do this through various focuses. We want to encourage people to participate in programming that look at this issue through a different lens then that have before. David Swanson and Pat Hynes will be speakers for the day. Organizers are still doing outreach to put together the break-out programming. If you are interested in presenting please fill out this form by February 28th. This day is being organized by Vermont Stands for a World Beyond War Coalition which currently includes, Burlington Vermont Branch of the Women’s International League for Peace and Freedom (WILPF), Peace & Justice Center, Veterans for Peace, Save Our Skies VT, Vermont Action for Peace, Stop the F35s Coalition. Click here for more info.

Thursday, April 27 from 6-7:30pm, Disrupting Violence Discussion and Practice Group at the Peace & Justice Center. This is a new monthly drop-in event currently scheduled for the fourth Thursday for three months. Other planned dates are March 23rd, and April 27th. Each discussion and practice group will include different content to help participants disrupt violence and engage in conflict nonviolently. The hope is that people will attend as many sessions as possible but there is no expectation of that. There will likely be suggested readings and continued practice offered on the night-of but it will all be optional. People of different backgrounds and skill sets encouraged to attend. If you are interested in leading an activity and/or have materials you would like to be considered for use please contact us at program@pjcvt.org or 863-2345 x6.

14 Comments

  1. It would help attendees plan if the write-up made mention about whether people should bring a bag lunch 🙂

  2. I would appreciate some information about who will lead the two mindfulness workshops you are offering. Thanks!

  3. Thank you Julia for asking! These two workshops will be led by Judy Yarnall a member of the Peace & Justice Center’s Board of Directors and Carmen Solari our interim Program Manager.

    Judy is a retired Johnson State College professor. At Johnson State College she co-developed and taught a required, interdisciplinary course called Peace and War, on the roots of violence and possibilities for nonviolence. Her essays, poems, and travel writing have appeared in many places, including Friends Journal and the New York Times. Judy’s activism goes back to the Nuclear Freeze movement and march in 1982. She is also an active member of the Burlington Chapter of Women’s International League for Peace & Freedom.

    Carmen graduated with a dual degree in English and Religion from the University of Vermont in 2011. During her time at UVM she lived in the Global Social Justice House, worked with Students Against the War, and studied in Tamil Nadu, India where she worked with the children of the village and their mothers leading women’s empowerment groups. In addition to being on staff with the Peace & Justice Center’s Fair Trade Programs for over two years, Carmen has training in message therapy, meditation, yoga and energy healing. She is also an active member of several grassroots social justice groups.

  4. Hi Jo – Thanks for writing. There is a wonderful group called Vermonters for a Just Peace in Palestine/Israel. VTJP works to support the survival of the Palestinian people and to end the illegal, immoral, and brutal Israeli occupation through education, advocacy, and action. They are committed to the principles of self-determination for the Palestinian people, the right of return for Palestinian refugees, and full civil and political rights for all Palestinians in order to promote the equality and safety of both Palestinians and Israelis. Meetings are the second Monday of every month at the PJC, 6-8:00. All are welcome. For more information, e-mail vtjp@vtjp.org

    As for uniting movements, that is what we are all about! We are always looking at the intersections and overlapping nature of the social, economic and environmental justice movements. While I do not know of any one project that exists for this end, we are working with several other groups to host a gathering this fall that looks at all the justice work being done statewide in order to support one another in any way possible. We are currently calling it The Big Picture Gathering. Stay tuned for more info on that!

    I hope you’re able to find community and move away from isolation. Please sign up for our enews if you have not already so you can hear about events and efforts you might want to join.

  5. A message from the twilight zone. I’m wishing I could go back to sleep. I am a forty year old male and a native Vermonter, I guess none of that really matters. I was sick for a few years with a lot of time on my hands. In that time I started reading, watching documentaries, sorting through lies and misinformation and learning how the world actually works. I learned that this country’s government is the biggest terror operation the world has ever known. I learned that our government’s main function is the spread and protection of the capitalist system. It doesn’t matter who dies in the process either. I learned that everything that comes out of that glowing blue box claiming to be news is a bunch of scripted lies. From the gulf of Tonkin to proxy wars in South America, it’s all lies. I could go on and on and on and on. There is not an hour that passes in which I am not aware that the US government is attacking a defenseless country somewhere in the world. I had never thought of these things before a couple years ago. I am living in some twilight zone where nobody knows of these things and in the rare instance that they are aware, they don’t care. This has knowledge has affected me in such a deep way that it is hard to explain. I’m not sure what I actually feel about all this. It is a new emotion/feeling, I don’t know what to call it. One of the worst parts for me is being told to forget about it and live life. I hear things like: there is nothing you can do about it, the world has always been like this, you are depressed, go talk to someone, the machine is so big that it can’t be changed, look at the good in the world. I can’t forget about it and go on living as I was. It is impossible, I have a conscience. Does anyone know what I am talking about or have similar thoughts. I have no idea what I can do but I know that it is to late for me to go back to sleep. I need someone to talk to, anyone. I can’t be alone, there has to be others as disgusted as I am, others who are ashamed of the way this country operates. Get in touch with me if you feel as I do or have anything to say at all about this. Tourdefrancewinner@gmail.com

  6. Hi: Are you guys organizing any event for the upcoming Israeli Apartheid Week? There are many out there but not in this neighborhood. Here’s a list of the events so far:

    #IsraeliApartheidWeek

    Each year, Israeli Apartheid Week takes place across more than 150 universities and cities. It aims to raise awareness about Israel’s ongoing settler-colonial project and apartheid policies over the Palestinian people. Panels, film screenings, and creative actions build support for the Palestinian-led Boycott, Divestment and Sanctions (BDS) movement.

    Inspired by the ongoing popular resistance across historic Palestine, we hope to make Israeli Apartheid Week 2016 a powerful contribution to the Palestinian struggle for freedom and justice.

    Please join us in making the the 12th Israeli Apartheid Week one of the biggest yet.
    http://apartheidweek.org/
    Thanks!

    UK: February 22-28
    Europe: February 29-March 7
    Palestine: March 1-10
    South Africa: March 1-10
    Arab World: March 20-26
    US: various, including March 27-April 3
    Latin America: April 10-24
    Canada: various throughout March, check with local organisers

  7. At present, the Peace & Justice Center doesn’t have anything that we’re organizing, but we have a number of allied member organizations that we work with that may be involved. Vermonters for a Just Peace in Palestine and Israel, one of our member groups, is the most likely to be working on something. Their website is http://www.vtjp.org/wordpress/. Good luck!

  8. AS far as organizations linking issue like peace work, racial justice, climate change, there is Campaign Nonviolence attempting to launch a “movement of movements” using nonviolence as the link to all the issues. Check out their website

  9. Will you be holding the workshop Tuesdays, September 13, 20, and 27 from 6:30-8:30pm, Building Empathy and Addressing Racial Oppression any time in Burlington? Thanks!

  10. Yes, we will! However, we do not yet have a date set. In the past year we have hosted it in Burlington, Winooski, and Essect Jct.. Montpelier and Craftsbury are on the schedule for September and October. We do not have our next one after that scheduled yet but will likely have a date in the next couple of weeks. We try to get our programs to as many places as possible but with so much of Vermont’s population in Chittenden County (as well as our offices), we do end up repeating programs here. Would you like us to contact you when it’s planned?

    Meanwhile, we do have a couple of programs scheduled in Burlington: A Frederick Douglass book discussion book and Mindfulness for Activists. If you are interested in those, there’s more info here on the website. Also, Do you subscribe to our enews? It’s a great way to get advance notice about our programs.

    Thank you for your interest.

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