Join us at the Peace & Justice Center (60 Lake St, Burlington) this Thursday at 7:30pm as we hear from Meg Audette-Nikolic about her experiences living in Jerusalem and working in Palestinian territories. Ms. Audette-Nikolic will speak about the region at this moment in history, including how moderate Palestinians and Israelis are responding to a crisis fueled by extremist beliefs. The current crisis in the Gaza Strip, West Bank, and Israel is creating untold hardship for civilians.
Next Saturday the Peace & Justice Center will be flying kites on Burlington’s waterfront to celebrate an Afghani tradition. Being the best kite flyer in ones neighborhood is a very sought after and respectable achievement.
The PJC Kids’ Club continues July 26th from 2-4pm with celebrating Africa! Bring the kids for an afternoon of cultural acceptance, exploration, and fun! Francine Serwili-Ngunga will be sharing about her Rwandan culture through dance, story telling, and yummy sambusa making. Get the next stamps for your PJC passport and join us for this special afternoon at the Peace & Justice Center on Lake Street. Bring your sense of adventure to this event and to all Summer PJC Kids’ Club days: August 9th (Europe) and August 23rd (Asia)! This Summer Series is Free and open to all ages!
BY Alissa Boochever, PJC Intern
The Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) continues to be secretly negotiated among certain members of the US Congress and 11 countries including Australia, Brunei, Canada, Japan, Malaysia, Mexico, New Zealand, Peru,Singapore,and Vietnam. A major agreement affecting a third of all world trade, those partici- pating in the TPP negotiations have kept its contents a close secret.
It is arguable that environmental justice is the issue of the time. Without deep societal change, we will eventually obliterate ourselves as well as most of the earth’s ecosystems and other species. While environmental catastrophes are rising, they are impacting certain populations more than others, locally and globally. Therefore as we work to mitigate climate change, we must simultaneously work for social and economic justice. Because of the intersecting nature of all injustice, there is no absolute distinction between environmental, economic or social justice.
BY Samantha Grise, PJC Intern
O n June 7, 2014, something truly beautiful occurred. I was moved and excited by the birth of a new celebration for Vermonters to revel in. I joined with members of our community as Vermont celebrated its first ever Loving Day. Loving Day is a national celebration of the 1967 court hearing Loving v. Virginia which made it illegal for states to have or enforce laws banning interracial marriage.