Weekly Email Update 9-25-17

"A higher rate of urgency does not imply ever-present panic, anxiety, or fear. It means a state in which complacency is virtually absent."
John P. Kotter


Happy Autumn fellow WeCANners! As we enter a new season we'd like to offer some tips and tricks that may help you deal with anxiety or stress that can arise due to global current events, Seasonal Affective Disorder*, or every day hurdles.

A few questions to ask yourself when feeling anxious or unsure include:(+)
1) If the event or circumstance were to happen in the future, how would worrying about it now help? 
2) What is the difference between cautious, fearful, and worried? How do you define each of these terms for yourself? Which do you most want to feel in this situation? What action(s) will help you achieve the desired feeling?
3) What is the information that is being presented to you and how valid is the resource delivering the information? Is it from a first person boots-on-the-ground perspective? Is it second hand accounts? Is it third person conjecture? What qualifications does the person, expert, or pundit giving you the information hold in the field in which they are speaking? How are they compensated for their opinions or what are they trying to gain from the conversation? 

Whatever your answers may be to the above questions  please know that you're not alone in the experience of anxiety or uncertainty. Don't be afraid to seek comfort in others (your community!) who feel the same way. Stay connected with the people you care about and reach out to those who give you support. 

* For more information please visit: https://www.nimh.nih.gov/health/topics/seasonal-affective-disorder/index.shtml. For 24/7 help call the National Alliance on Mental Illness (NAMI) at 1-800-950-NAMI (1-800-950-6264).
(+) For more information please click here

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HAPPENING TODAY, SUNDAY, SEPTEMBER 24th, 2017

Share the Harvest Stand 
sponsored by Edible Brattleboro
Sunday, September 24th, 2017 at the Elliott Street Park (on Elliot Street in Brattleboro, VT, 05301) from 11am-1pm.
You are invited to participate in Edible Brattleboro’s Share the Harvest stand where we will be sharing produce from our gardens as well as donated produce from local farmers and gardeners. The stand is set up at the Elliot Street Park every Sunday from 11am - 1pm; rain location - in front of Experienced Goods / Transportation Center on Flat Street. Everything is available to the community at no cost. 
We are happy to accept your donations from your garden - please drop off your surplus to our stand on Sundays as close to 11amas possible. We also need volunteers to keep this going throughout the season. Please visit http://signup.com/go/GmYCbae to sign up for a spot. It’s real easy to sign up, and your contact information is never shared. We need teams of two to glean at the Farmers’ Market on Saturdays or to operate the stand on Sundays. Brief descriptions of the tasks are on the sign-up site, and complete directions are provided via email. Brattleboro Time Traders can earn hours, too!
URGENT CALL FOR VOLUNTEERS: If we do not have sufficient volunteers in the coming weeks, we will not be able to continue to offer fresh produce every Sunday through October. I urge you to look over the schedule online and commit to offering several hours in the coming weeks so we can continue to provide this much appreciated service. We're using SignUp.com to organize our upcoming SignUps.'
Here's how it works in 3 easy steps:
1) Click this link to see our SignUp on SignUp.comhttp://signup.com/go/GmYCbae
2) Review the options listed and choose the spot(s) you like.
3) Sign up! It's Easy - you will NOT need to register an account or keep a password on SignUp.com.
Note: SignUp.com does not share your email address with anyone. If you prefer not to use your email address, please contact me and I can sign you up manually.
Come Grow and Share with Us!




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HAPPENING THIS WEEK MONDAY, SEPTEMBER 25th, 2017-MONDAY, OCTOBER 2nd, 2017




Town of Brattleboro Democratic Reorganization Meeting
Monday, September 25th, 2017 at the Winston Prouty Center, Holton Hall, Top Floor, at 130 Austine Drive, Brattleboro, VT. 6pm (Before the Windham County Democratic Committee meeting at 7pm) 

The Agenda:

  1. Election of Town Committee
  2. Election of Officers by the Town Committee
  3. Election of County Committee Member
  4. New Business

The stronger an organization we have, the more prepared we'll be for the 2018 election. Come be part of the solution.



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Letters To Editors Drop-In Party for Healthcare Justice
Monday, September 25th, 2017 at the Putney Library (55 Main St., Putney, VT.)6pm-8:30pm. For more information please email Windham@workerscenter.org.
Drop-In space to come by and work out a letter to the media in support of implementing universal healthcare in Vermont. We need a steady drumbeat of public voices in the media, and local and state L.T.E. banks are building. Handy will be an LTE template based on personal stories, updates about Vermont healthcare initiatives and legislation, and folks to help work out the letter. 


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Weekly Email Update 9-18-17

“I am not here for your understanding of who I am. I am here for your understanding of who you are. I am your mirror. How you feel about me, what you see in me, the thoughts that arise from your encounter of me, the judgements you hold about me are all reflections of you. They have nothing to do with me.”
Emily Maroutain


There are a number of new entries this week, WeCAN Family, so please scroll through the listings with fresh eyes. We encourage you, too, to bring a friend or loved one to an event this week and start a conversation with them about how we can work to improve Justice in our towns, county, and state. We are truly reflections of each other and weCAN strive to be the best reflections we can possibly be, together. 


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HAPPENING TODAY SUNDAY, SEPTEMBER 17th, 2017

VENUE CHANGE -- No Retreat- A Putney Huddle Mini Retreat - VENUE CHANGE!
Sunday, September 17th, 2017, at The Putney Public Library (55 Main Street, Putney, VT). 10am-2pm. 
The Putney Huddle presents a day of relaxed learning, fun, food, and connection. Whether you have been a part of the Huddle or are just interested in partaking, you are welcome to join us as we explore through listening and activity many aspects of being involved in local politics and activism, guided by those deep in the movements.
Featuring Vermont All Stars
-Poet, Activist, and Guilford Selectboard Member, Verandah Porche
-Senator Rebecca Balint
-Activist and Author, Ann Braden
-Environmental Activist and Contender for Governor James Ehlers
Along with representation from Rights and Democracy, Sister District, The Putney Democrats, The Local Love Brigade, and many more.
Chair Massages from Collin Leech, Tacos By Tito or brown bag lunch.

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Weekly Email Update 9-11-17

"Don’t just teach your children to read, teach them to question what they read. Teach them to question everything."
George Carlin


There's a lot of opportunities this week, WeCAN Friends, so let's get right to it:


HAPPENING TODAY, SUNDAY, SEPTEMBER 10th, 2017

Community Rights Awareness Workshop
presented by the Community Environmental Legal Defense Fund (CELDF) and sponsored by Post Oil Solutions & Rights and Democracy
Sunday, September 10th, 2017 at the Brattleboro Food Coop (2 Main Street, Brattleboro, VT, 05301) in the Community Room (please use the entrance at 7 Canal Street). 10am-1pm.  FREE, but registration required: bereal@vermontel.net. Refreshments will be provided. 
In this workshop, we take an in-depth look at how political and legal structures have been set up to protect the interests of an elite wealthy minority, at the expense of the majority of people and community self-government. We’ll look at how corporations have received more rights and protections than real people living in communities. Most importantly, we’ll look at how communities have pushed back against these oppressive structures to reclaim democratic self-government in their communities, and at the state level with a proposed Community Rights Amendment.


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Share the Harvest Stand 
sponsored by Edible Brattleboro
Sunday, September 10th, 2017 at the Elliott Street Park (on Elliot Street in Brattleboro, VT, 05301) from 11am-1pm.
You are invited to participate in Edible Brattleboro’s Share the Harvest stand where we will be sharing produce from our gardens as well as donated produce from local farmers and gardeners. The stand is set up at the Elliot Street Park every Sunday from 11am - 1pm; rain location - in front of Experienced Goods / Transportation Center on Flat Street. Everything is available to the community at no cost. 
We are happy to accept your donations from your garden - please drop off your surplus to our stand on Sundays as close to 11amas possible. We also need volunteers to keep this going throughout the season. Please visit http://signup.com/go/GmYCbae to sign up for a spot. It’s real easy to sign up, and your contact information is never shared. We need teams of two to glean at the Farmers’ Market on Saturdays or to operate the stand on Sundays. Brief descriptions of the tasks are on the sign-up site, and complete directions are provided via email. Brattleboro Time Traders can earn hours, too!
URGENT CALL FOR VOLUNTEERS: If we do not have sufficient volunteers in the coming weeks, we will not be able to continue to offer fresh produce every Sunday through October. I urge you to look over the schedule online and commit to offering several hours in the coming weeks so we can continue to provide this much appreciated service. We're using SignUp.com to organize our upcoming SignUps.
Here's how it works in 3 easy steps:
1) Click this link to see our SignUp on SignUp.comhttp://signup.com/go/GmYCbae
2) Review the options listed and choose the spot(s) you like.
3) Sign up! It's Easy - you will NOT need to register an account or keep a password on SignUp.com.
Note: SignUp.com does not share your email address with anyone. If you prefer not to use your email address, please contact me and I can sign you up manually.
Come Grow and Share with Us!


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HAPPENING THIS WEEK, MONDAY, SEPTEMBER 11th, 2017-SUNDAY, SEPTEMBER 17TH, 2017


Inclusion Center Activities
sponsored by the Inclusion Center 
Monday September 11th, 2017 at St. Michael’s Episcopal Church (16 Bradley Avenue, Brattleboro, VT 05301). 11:30am-3:30pm
Itinerary: 
11:30am  Lunch
12:00pm  Art
2:00pm    Discussion and Games
3:00pm    Hanging out

From the Inclusion Center:
We got together a few months ago and created this entertaining ad for Inclusion Center. We wrote it, performed, filmed and edited it. I know you'll enjoy it! Please share so others can smile and learn about Inclusion Center as well! https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=VX8rk97_Lgs
 

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Windham County VT Workers' Center Organizing Committee
Tuesday, September 12th, 2017 at The Root Social Justice Center (The Whetstone Studio for the Arts, 28 Williams St., Brattleboro, VT, 05301). First Floor. 6pm-8pm. For more information please email Windham@workerscenter.org
We will review the Draft VWC 2017/2018 Campaign Plan -- to get Act 48, (VT universal healthcare), implemented with full and equitable funding -- and generate feedback for the state Coordinating Committee. Also, updates on trying to get expanded hours/services for the Brattleboro Free Clinic, and other projects. 


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Weekly Email Update 9-4-17

"Thought is the blossom; language the bud; action the fruit behind it.” 
Ralph Waldo Emerson


Happy September and Back to School, WeCAN Family. With so much news inundating our senses about all aspects of government, justice, climate science, and infrastructure (especially after the devastation of Hurricane Harvey) we wanted to share this great Critical Thinking resource from Global Digital Citizen. The questions in this cheatsheet can be applied to any conversation or situation that requires thought and logic and is great for new topics or familiar ones you'd like to revisit with a more discerning eye. You can print out the PDF here
"How Does This Cheatsheet Work?
Critical thinking is thinking on purpose. It’s clear, rational, logical, and independent thinking. It’s about practicing mindful communication and problem-solving with freedom from bias or egocentric tendency. You can apply critical thinking to any kind of subject, problem, or situation you choose. We made the Critical Thinking Skills Cheatsheet for you with this in mind."*

Critical Thinking Cheatsheet
*Taken from Global Digital Citizen (https://globaldigitalcitizen.org/critical-thinking-skills-cheatsheet-infographic). Accessed on 9.2.17. 


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HAPPENING TODAY, SUNDAY, SEPTEMBER 3RD, 2017

We Celebrate Democracy/Civil Rights For All Banner Hanging  
Sunday, September 3rd, 2017 on Main Street in Brattleboro, VT at 8am-9am. 
We are Woody Bernhard and Susan Kunhardt of Marlboro Vermont. With the help of many supporters we are thankful to have been able to make the banner and fly it over Main Street for one week  in April and in June and to carry it in the 4th of July parade. We are now fundraising to fly the banner over Main Street in Brattleboro from Sunday Sept 3rd to the 10th.
We need: A $600 Hanging Fee for hanging the banner and $50 for the Vendors Permit, for a gallery walk fundraiser for the banner raising that we held in front of Vermont Artisan Designs on August 4. We have received $55 in donations so far, so we need to raise $595, about sixty $10 donations. Any over-funding will be donated to Brattleboro Area Hospice. This time the banner will be up by itself above the center of the street. The fire company will hang the banner starting at 8 am. It takes about an hour. Come and see the banner go up. Come and show your support for continuing to make this positive statement that we stand for democracy in the face fascism and corporate tyranny. True democracy with equal civil rights for all is love and sharing and caring and helping. Join us. Stand with us to send the message: Democracy is one big valentine to all the people. Thank you for your support. To donate got to: Go fund me We Celebrate Democracy. Contact: woodyandsusan@gmail.com  or call 802 464 3154.

People gathered in front of the Civil Rights for All Banner

 

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Share the Harvest Stand 
sponsored by Edible Brattleboro
Sunday, September 3rd, 2017 at the Elliott Street Park (on Elliot Street in Brattleboro, VT, 05301) from 11am-1pm.
You are invited to participate in Edible Brattleboro’s Share the Harvest stand where we will be sharing produce from our gardens as well as donated produce from local farmers and gardeners. The stand is set up at the Elliot Street Park every Sunday from 11am - 1pm; rain location - in front of Experienced Goods / Transportation Center on Flat Street. Everything is available to the community at no cost. We are happy to accept your donations from your garden - please drop off your surplus to our stand on Sundays as close to 11amas possible. We also need volunteers to keep this going throughout the season. Please visit http://signup.com/go/GmYCbae to sign up for a spot. It’s real easy to sign up, and your contact information is never shared. We need teams of two to glean at the Farmers’ Market on Saturdays or to operate the stand on Sundays. Brief descriptions of the tasks are on the sign-up site, and complete directions are provided via email. Brattleboro Time Traders can earn hours, too!

 


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Weekly Email Update 8-28-17

"In order for the light to shine so brightly, the darkness must be present."
Francis Bacon


Happy Sunday, weCANers! There are a lot of new additions to the calendar of events this week so let's get to work. 

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HAPPENING TODAY, SUNDAY, AUGUST 27th, 2017 in KEENE, NEW HAMPSHIRE

Be The Light
Hosted by St James Keene NH and Keene Interfaith Clergy
Sunday, August 27th, 2017 at 7:30pm.
Central Square at Main Street in Keene, New Hampshire
The Keene Interfaith Clergy Association invites you to surround the city in candlelight and love in response to the events in Charlottesville, VA. On Sunday, August 27 at 7:30pm, we will gather in Central Square for a welcome from Mayor Lane, followed by a prayer.

Here are the basic nuts and bolts for Sunday night:
Come prepared to know what we'll be doing by reading these points of info, and please share with others who are coming: 
Bring a candle if you canBring extras to share with others if you can. There will be candles available on Central Square, but we hope not to run out and having too many is better than not enough. We will gather in Central Square. If there are too many people to fit on the green, please stand on surrounding sidewalks - do not stand in the road. There will be a welcome from Mayor Lane and Senator Kahn. Rev. Worth will give an introduction and explain the logistics and then there will be a prayer offered by Rabbi LoewenthalTwo groups of line leaders will be pointed out. People will follow those leaders down each side of Main Street until the whole crowd is evenly spaced through the cityWe must allow traffic to flowOnly cross busy streets with the pedestrian lights or when there is no traffic at all. It's ok to have pauses in our procession for safety's sake. Please stay on the sidewalks as we walk down Main Street. The line will have breaks in it at cross streets. We all love to talk, but for the procession, people are asked to instead listen to the unique silence that can only be experienced when shared among a group of people being silent together. So please do your best to remain quiet without talking throughout the procession and candle ceremony. Just as we all did with the eclipse, when we are gazing together at something outside of us we are fully united as a community. Silence will help us focus on things larger than one another and will deepen our experience together. Once we are all in two long lines, the light will be passed, person to personPeople will say "Be the Light" to one another as they share the flame. Once everyone's candle is lit, we will observe a few moments of silent prayer in memory of those who have died from the effects of hatred. Then, those who have volunteered to help start the singing, who will have been assigned to stand near certain cross streets so that they are evenly spread out down the line, will get a phone call from the head of the square (please put your phone on vibrate!) They'll be listening to when we start the singing up by the square so that they can sing out from their point in the line at the same time. Hopefully, this way, we'll all get singing "This little light of mine" in unison. So be listening intently for people singing so you can join in!

This Little Light of Mine (5 verses, starting on a C pitch)

This little light of mine, I’m going to let it shine...
All around Keene, I’m going to let it shine...
Hide it under a bushel - no! I’m going to let it shine...
Won’t let hatred blow it out, I’m going to let it shine...
This little light of ours, we’re going to let it shine...

We will then break into singing "Lean on Me" starting on an E pitch

Sometimes in our lives we all have pain 
We all have sorrow 
But if we are wise 
We know that there's always tomorrow
Lean on me, when you're not strong 
And I'll be your friend 
I'll help you carry on 
For it won't be long 
'Til I'm gonna need 
Somebody to lean on

You just call on me brother, when you need a hand 
We all need somebody to lean on 
I just might have a problem that you'll understand 
We all need somebody to lean on

Lean on me, when you're not strong 
And I'll be your friend 
I'll help you carry on 
For it won't be long 
'Til I'm gonna need 
Somebody to lean on

Here is probably the most challenging part: after singing that upbeat song, it's time to get quiet again. (which will be hard after singing Lean On Me - but you can do it!) Continue, then, to stand quietly as the light is extinguished one person to the next, each person turning to their neighbor as they extinguish their own candle and saying to them "You be the light." We will wait quietly until everyone's candle is out. When the whole line of candles is then extinguished, it's time to applaud and cheer! If you have brought your own candle, make sure you are careful about melted wax as you pack it up. If you got a small candle at the square, please look for our volunteers who will be wearing bring vests and carrying 5 gallon buckets to collect the candles. Please note - we told the fire chief that no one would be walking around with lit candles and that we would not put hot candles into public trash cans. Please either get your candle into a designated 5 gallon bucket or carefully take it home with you.
We hope you'll return home uplifted by the embrace of your community.


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HAPPENING TODAY, SUNDAY, AUGUST 27TH, 2017


Share the Harvest Stand 
sponsored by Edible Brattleboro
Sunday, August 27th, 2017 at the Elliott Street Park (on Elliot Street in Brattleboro, VT, 05301) from 11am-1pm.
You are invited to participate in Edible Brattleboro’s Share the Harvest stand where we will be sharing produce from our gardens as well as donated produce from local farmers and gardeners. The stand is set up at the Elliot Street Park every Sunday from 11am - 1pm; rain location - in front of Experienced Goods / Transportation Center on Flat Street. Everything is available to the community at no cost. 
We are happy to accept your donations from your garden - please drop off your surplus to our stand on Sundays as close to 11amas possible. We also need volunteers to keep this going throughout the season. Please visit http://signup.com/go/GmYCbae to sign up for a spot. It’s real easy to sign up, and your contact information is never shared. We need teams of two to glean at the Farmers’ Market on Saturdays or to operate the stand on Sundays. Brief descriptions of the tasks are on the sign-up site, and complete directions are provided via email. Brattleboro Time Traders can earn hours, too!

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Soul Food Sunday
hosted by The Root Social Justice Center
Sunday August 27th, 2017 at the Root Social Justice Center (The Whetstone Studio for the Arts, 28 Williams Street, Brattleboro, VT, 05301). 1pm-5:30pm. Free and Kid Friendly. The Root is a nut free and fragrance free space. 
This SFS join us for extended time and a BBQ potluck. Bring something for the grill or a side dish to share. For questions email us at therootsjc@gmail.com.
Soul Food Sundays is potluck gathering held once per month for people of color and their children living in or around southern Vermont to maintain a space for healing connection, solidarity and support. Because Vermont is one of the whitest states in the union, it is imperative for people of color to have a space maintained exclusively to foster resilience and vitality within their own community. Soul Food Sundays is dedicated to feeding the souls of people of color through the sharing of food, music, dance and stories and more. It is a space for us to share our hopes and dreams for the future of our community. Maintaining a gathering exclusively for people of color creates an open process of healing where we can feel safety, empathy and joy. It is open to all ages, abilities, gender and sexual preferences. Next Soul Food Sunday September 17th from 2:30pm-5:30pm.

Group of participants gathered in front of a xylophone

 



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Weekly Email Update 8-21-17

“It takes a great deal of bravery to stand up to our enemies, but just as much to stand up to our friends.”
J. K. Rowling

 

We at WeCAN encourage you to take a look at the following list of teaching resources that was pulled together by NPR following the Charlottesville attack. Regardless of your age or ability, consider sharing the information with your friends and family; open up the lines of communication, be brave. Your choices now will decide the future of our nation. 

"Just starting out

  1. More than 80 percent of public school teachers are white, while half of all students are people of color. Some teachers may never have directly talked about race or racism, particularly with younger children. Brooks suggests they start by making an "identity chart". This is a way to find commonalities as well as celebrate differences.
  2. Diverse books: Some teachers will introduce topics of racism, civil rights and diversity, especially to younger students, through books. Here is a curated list of 50 social justice books from the nonprofit Teaching for Change. Here is a second, broken down by grade level, by The National Network of State Teachers of the Year.
  3. Teaching Tolerance has lesson plans for students as young as kindergarten that cover bias and social justice.

Historical background

  1. The Graduate Student Coalition for Liberation at The University of Virginia in Charlottesville published a syllabus on Medium that includes primary and secondary historical resources on the local history of segregationism, as well as the urban renewal that displaced African-Americans in the city. There is also background on the dispute over the statue of Confederate general Robert E. Lee that was the focal point of the rally this past weekend.
  2. Facing History and Ourselves is an evidence-based social studies curriculum for middle and high school students that grounds discussions of racism and prejudice in students' own moral dilemmas.
  3. American Federation for Teachers president, Randi Weingarten, shared some collections of lesson plans from AFT's Share My Lesson platform: on racial profiling and stereotyping, on civil rights and social justice, on bullying and helping children cope with traumatic events.

Ripped from the headlines

  1. The Atlantic contributing writer Melinda Anderson created the hashtag #CharlottesvilleCurriculum on Twitter to serve as an ongoing list of resources to teach responsively to current events. Sources highlighted include the Equal Justice Initiative and the Citizenship and Social Justice Curriculum.
  2. To help make sense of the news, the Critical Media Project of the University of Southern California offers lesson plans and resources for talking about media literacy as it relates to race, ethnicity and identity."*


*Directly taken from NPR.org, accessed on 8.20.2017 (http://www.npr.org/sections/ed/2017/08/14/543390148/resources-for-educators-to-use-the-wake-of-charlottesville).

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HAPPENING TODAY SUNDAY, AUGUST 20TH, 2017

Share the Harvest Stand 
sponsored by Edible Brattleboro
Sunday, August 20th, 2017 at the Elliott Street Park (on Elliot Street in Brattleboro, VT, 05301) from 11am-1pm.

You are invited to participate in Edible Brattleboro’s Share the Harvest stand where we will be sharing produce from our gardens as well as donated produce from local farmers and gardeners. The stand is set up at the Elliot Street Park every Sunday from 11am - 1pm; rain location - in front of Experienced Goods / Transportation Center on Flat Street. Everything is available to the community at no cost. 
We are happy to accept your donations from your garden - please drop off your surplus to our stand on Sundays as close to 11amas possible. We also need volunteers to keep this going throughout the season. Please visit http://signup.com/go/GmYCbae to sign up for a spot. It’s real easy to sign up, and your contact information is never shared. We need teams of two to glean at the Farmers’ Market on Saturdays or to operate the stand on Sundays. Brief descriptions of the tasks are on the sign-up site, and complete directions are provided via email. Brattleboro Time Traders can earn hours, too!


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Weekly Email Update 8-14-17

"The opposite of love is not hate, it's indifference."
Elie Wiesel

 

Love can be stronger than hate -- but only if we show up. In light of the white supremacist rally yesterday in Charlottesville, Virginia let us come together and stand with those on the front lines of this hate. Together we can shape the narrative of this country. 
We implore you to do your absolute best to attend a vigil or rally despite what your Sunday plans may have been. Here is a current list of events happening tomorrow in and around Windham County. We hope to see you there. Your presence matters. 

All listings below are happening TODAY, SUNDAY, AUGUST 13th, 2017

1) Join the Local Love Brigade Gathering to send love postcards to the Charlottesville chapters of the NAACP and Black Lives Matter and beyond.
Brattleboro Museum and Art Center (10 Vernon Rd. Brattleboro, VT). 11:30am-1:30pm. Let's send them a wave of love even more powerful than hate that's been exposed
If you can't make it, you can send postcards on your own. Here are two key addresses:
Albemarle-Charlottesville NAACP & 
Black Lives Matter Charlottesville
P.O. Box 1522 
Charlottesville, VA. 22902

Congregation Beth Israel
301 E Jefferson St, 
Charlottesville, VA 22902

2) Brattleboro Stands with Charlottesville Vigil, Centre Congregational Church (193 Main St. Brattleboro, VT 05301). 2pm-3pm.
Brattleboro Stands with Charlottesville



3) Putney Huddle Meeting with Beth Pearce followed by a Charlottesville Solidarity Vigil. Putney Public Library (55 Main St, Putney, Vermont 05346). 1:30pm-3.30pm. 
In light of the tragic violence scene in Charlottesville, VA The Putney Huddle will hold a vigil at the conclusion of the meeting. You do not have to come to the meeting to join us for the vigil. All are welcome. We will begin at 3:00pm. Bring signs if you feel moved to. All will be welcome to share their words and feelings or just to stand together in solidarity.

4) Western Mass Stands with Charlottesville, Sunday, August 13th, 2017, Northampton City Hall, (210 Main Street, Northampton, MA 01060). 7pm-8pm. White supremacy and fascism have no place on this earth. Community members, leftists, and anti-fascist organizers have been countering a massive far-right mobilization in Charlottesville, VA. They have been facing far-right terror and violence to defend Charlottesville, with at least IWW member dead. Mourn for dead, fight like hell for the living. Come together to say no to white supremacy, racism, anti-semitism, and fascism.

5) Rutland Stands with Charlottesville Main Street Park in Rutland City (pending approval from the Rutland Recreation Department whose personnel have been quite helpful). 6pm - 7pm 
Stand with Charlottesville, stand against hate. Monday, August 14th at 6 PM, the Rutland Area Branch of the NAACP will organize a solidarity rally and vigil to protest the hate groups that infiltrated UVA this weekend. So far, the event at UVA has left one dead and 19 injured, and many more scared for their lives and general safety, including many of us in Vermont. We will overcome, love will win, and bigotry will not be tolerated. Please join us."


6) Burlington Stands with Charlottesville. City Hall Park (149 Church St, Burlington, Vermont 05401). 7pm-9pm.

7) Keene Stands with Charlottesville, Central Square, Keene, NH 03431. 2:00 PM. 
Love can be stronger than hate -- but only if we show up. Join us to stand with American against racism and for the brave anti-racism allies in Charlottesville.

8) Stand Against Hate. Field Park, Williamstown, MA 01267. 3:30pm. Please come in large numbers and stand in solidarity to use our voices against hate. If this is your first foray into activism, it doesn't matter. If you've never been to a Greylock Together meeting, it doesn't matter. If you're watching our country being torn apart by violent white supremacists and neo-Nazis in Charlottesville, VA today and know this is not the country you thought you lived in, join the majority and stand with us tomorrow. Bring signs, bring friends, bring hope, bring PEACE. Thank you for spreading the word. From one of our Greylock Together leaders: "They are literal Nazis, and they are here, and this is real, and we are the ones who have been called upon to stop them. We are standing in solidarity with Charlottesville. Join us."

9) Solidarity with Charlottesville - NO! to Racism and Fascism! Park Square, Pittsfield, MA 01201. 5pm. We are standing in solidarity with Charlottesville. Join us.


10) Other Parts of the Country: The Women's March and Indivisible has teamed up to provide a Nationwide Searchable Site to find vigils

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weekly email update 8-7-17

"There is a way out of every box, a solution to every puzzle; it's just a matter of finding it."
Captain Jean-Luc Picard, on persistance 
(words written by Nick Sagan)



Happy Sunday WeCANners! Consider this your weekly reminder and invitation to ResistPersist, and Insist

  • Resist those ideologies that go against equality, equal opportunity, inclusion, and fairness.
  • Persist in conversations with legislators, in solving problems, and in your daily and weekly actions for change, and
  • Insist on justice, accountability, and a voice for all. 


Now, let's get to work. 


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HAPPENING TODAY, SUNDAY, AUGUST 6TH, 2017

Share the Harvest Stand 
sponsored by Edible Brattleboro
Sunday, August 6th, 2017 at the Elliott Street Park (on Elliot Street in Brattleboro, VT, 05301) from 11am-1pm.
Edible Brattleboro is launching its weekly “Share the Harvest” Stand! In addition to produce from our gardens, we are accepting donations of fresh produce from local gardeners and farmers. The stand will be set up at the Elliott Street Park from 11am-2pm. Everything is available to the community at no cost. Please drop off your surplus to our stand as close to 11am as possible.
We need volunteers to keep this going through the season. Please visit http://signup.com/go/GmYCbae to sign up for a spot. It's real easy, and your contact information is never shared. Brattleboro Time Traders can earn hours, too!
In order to keep this going through the season, we need volunteers to help out with gleaning from the Farmers’ Market on Saturdays from 1:30-2:30pm, and operating the stand on Sundays from 10:40am-1:15pm. You may sign up for a time slot at http://signup.com/go/GmYCbae.

Share the Harvest information with carrots and other greens in the background


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HAPPENING THIS WEEK MONDAY, AUGUST 7TH, 2017-SUNDAY, AUGUST 13TH, 2017


Protest Vigil at TD Bank
sponsored by Post Oil Solutions
Brattleboro
Friday, August 11, 2017 (and every Friday) in front of TD Bank Brattleboro (215 Main St, Brattleboro, VT 05301). Noon-1pm. 
Signs will be provided.
TD is a major investor in Tar Sands. TD helps to fund the Dakota Access Pipeline. The State of Vermont Keeps Most of Our Cash in TD.\
What You Can You Do (besides attending the vigils):
If you’re a TD depositor, change banks!
If you’re a Vermonter, demand that state funds not be deposited with a bank investing in fossil fuels.
Contact your state legislators to support the bills in the House & Senate calling for a commission to explore the possibility of a State Bank. 
Founded in 2005, Post Oil Solutions is a 501c3 community organizing project in Southeastern Vermont whose mission is to help empower the people of the Central Connecticut River Valley bioregion to develop sustainable, resilient , collaborative, and socially just communities leading to a self- and community-sufficient post petroleum society. For more information please contact bereal@vermontel.net or 802.869.2141

 


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Weekly E-mail Update 7-31-17

"Apathy isn't it. We can do something. So flower power didn't work. So what? We start again. 
John Lennon



     Happy August fellow weCANners. We'd like to take a moment to congratulate each and every one of you for making it half way through this year; it has been less than easy, but you have proven time and time again that you are willing to work long and hard to protect and improve our way of life in Windham County and we thank you. 

     Recently we at WeCAN have noticed a slight uptick in apathetic feelings amongst those around us and we wanted to provide you with a few helpful hints to navigate conversations with those that are feeling a bit of pessimism about our collective future. 

1) Direct their attention to a goal they might pursue right now*. A tangible goal (like attending a meeting or event listed below) may be key in injecting a bit of optimism into your friend's perspective. Simple goals like calling Representatives and making postcards also provide a sense of accomplishment when they are completed and can do a lot to create a sense of optimism throughout their day.  
2) Suggest that they inject some novelty into their daily routines*. Breaking up familiar routines stimulates the brain in new ways and can break up the monotony that can lead to apathy. New sounds, new sights, new smells, and new activities stimulate the brain's problem solving centers and can increase motivation and decrease pessimism. 
3) Inquire about their diet and sleep habits+. Diets high in sugar, dairy, and wheat can impede a brain's neurotransmitter activity (how quickly and accurately your brain moves the chemicals that help it function correctly). Foods like raw nuts, dark chocolate that is 70% cacao or more, leafy greens, berries, avocado, and pumpkin seeds can all improve brain function as well as mood. Suggest that your friend eat raw nuts (if able) before bed to help relax their muscles--it may help them get a better night's sleep, decreasing cortisol levels and increasing serotonin production in their brain while they snooze.
4) Let them know you care^. When your friend says, “nothing matters,” or "nothing is going to change" what they really mean is “I don’t matter" and "nothing I do can affect change". Be sure that your friend knows how much they matter to you and that every small action they take can have big effects, even if they can't see them. Remind your friend that when they feel apathetic you are happy to lend an ear and will always remind them of just how valuable they are in the fight against hate, injustice, and intolerance. 




*https://www.psychologytoday.com/blog/evolution-the-self/201604/the-curse-apathy-sources-and-solutions
^https://www.edutopia.org/discussion/strategies-reaching-apathetic-students
+advice from Joanna Wilson Phillips, a certified Culinary Nutritionist 
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HAPPENING TODAY SUNDAY, JULY 30th, 2017

Share the Harvest Stand 
sponsored by Edible Brattleboro
Sunday, July 30th, 2017 at the Elliott Street Park from 11am-1pm.
Edible Brattleboro is launching its weekly “Share the Harvest” Stand! In addition to produce from our gardens, we are accepting donations of fresh produce from local gardeners and farmers. The stand will be set up at the Elliott Street Park from 11am-2pm. Everything is available to the community at no cost. Please drop off your surplus to our stand as close to 11am as possible.
We need volunteers to keep this going through the season. Please visit http://signup.com/go/GmYCbae to sign up for a spot. It's real easy, and your contact information is never shared. Brattleboro Time Traders can earn hours, too!

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Women Marching Forward 
Sunday, July 30th, 2017 from 4pm-6pm. Location: The Learning Collaborative in Dummerston, (471 Route 5, Dummerston, VT 0530)
All are welcome to attend what promises to be a fascinating presentation and discussion time with Michael Krasner, political scientist and professor at Queens College, City University of New York. Krasner will focus on the Trump administration, giving a brief review of how he got elected, and now how he is staying in place. Time will be spent on, broadly speaking, what the possibilities are in regards to where we go from here. We look forward to seeing you there.


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Weekly Update 7-24-17

“The orchestration of press, radio, and television to create a continuous, lasting, and total environment renders the influence of propaganda virtually unnoticed precisely because it creates a constant environment. “
Jacques Ellul


Hello Windham County friends and neighbors and Happy Sunday. This week's email is loaded with events an opportunities to be involved in your community and we are so happy to see some new groups submitting entries this week as well. Welcome to all! Now, let's get to work: 

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HAPPENING TODAY, SUNDAY, JULY 23RD, 2017

Share the Harvest Stand 
Sunday, July 23rd, 2017 at the Elliott Street Park from 11am-1pm.
Edible Brattleboro is launching its weekly “Share the Harvest” Stand! In addition to produce from our gardens, we are accepting donations of fresh produce from local gardeners and farmers. The stand will be set up at the Elliott Street Park from 11am-2pm. Everything is available to the community at no cost. Please drop off your surplus to our stand as close to 11am as possible.
We need volunteers to keep this going through the season. Please visit http://signup.com/go/GmYCbae to sign up for a spot. It's real easy, and your contact information is never shared. Brattleboro Time Traders can earn hours, too!

Edible Brattleboro poster

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Resistance Summer: Neighborhood Listening Project Canvass
Sunday, July, 23rd, 2017 at the Putney Public Library (55 Main St, Putney, VT 05346). 11:00am.
Online and in the media, it may seem that we are all hopelessly divided (or that we all agree).
But on the doorsteps, face to face, people are nuanced. They’re conflicted and have the same concerns about our shared country. And often the best way to persuade or motivate someone is to just show up and listen.
That's why this July, as Washington debates radical cuts to our health care system, progressives in all 50 states are taking to the doors to have thousands of conversations about healthcare and other issues in our country—and the solutions we need to fix it. 
Will you join us and attend a door-to-door Neighbor Listening Project event?
Never knocked doors? Don't worry! We will provide you with all the training and materials you need to be successful.
Whether you have canvassed before or this is your first time, I hope you will join in this fun action! Let's gear up for progressive issue mobilizing and upcoming elections by building canvassing skills that will help us resist, build power, and win. We will connect with our neighbors and communities. Now more than ever, it’s important to listen to each other and find common ground. We win by listening to, connecting with, empowering, and bringing people together to stand up for what we believe in. Take action to protect health care for all Americans by talking to thousands of people about their health care stories.
Sign up through this link- https://act.moveon.org/event/rs-listen/12696?referring_akid=undefined or contact Laura Chapman by phone at 802-380-4379 or by email at theputneyhuddle@gmail.com for more information. 

 

 

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