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  • Connie Evans
    commented 2021-06-27 09:57:56 -0400
    You should add to your list the summer food program. Unlike past years, this year every child is eligible for free breakfast and lunch. Susan Grabowski runs the program: 254-3730.
  • Doug Grandt
    commented 2020-12-10 15:11:57 -0500
    Please include the following in Sunday’s Weekly Email Update 12.14.20:


    A Vermont People’s Summit


    Request for WeCan member organizations to respond to the 30-second Peoples’ Summit Planning Survey

    https://docs.google.com/forms/d/e/1FAIpQLSfDHrtSDjck-C_MhxerNngFvLxOHkqtnAT1_NV3LWAmEcFweQ/viewform


    In response to the deep crises in our world, nation, and state, we have seen mass uprisings for progressive social change throughout the world and right here in Vermont.


    To help build these interconnected movements and the groups that support them, we are organizing a three-day Vermont People’s Summit to be held in early 2021 as a virtual conference with plenary speakers, focused issue sessions, and creative and artistic approaches to diagnosing and sharing strategies to overcome the most crucial problems in our society.


    The People’s Summit will serve as a way to build a movement of movements in the fight for our collective liberation.


    Summit Goals:

    1. Build solidarity among movements and activists so that we can support each other’s struggles through and after the summit.

    2. Center Black, Indigenous, People of Color (BIPOC) voices and struggles against racism.

    3. Reach out beyond existing activist circles to bring new people especially working class people into struggle and organization.

    4. Bridge divisions between issues and groups to show the intersectional nature of our struggles.

    5. Educate each other, share resources, and develop organizing skills.

    6. Help new and unaffiliated activists find organizations and struggles to join.

    7. Develop ways for movements to coordinate their campaigns throughout the state.

    8. Have fun, heal, and nourish each other.


    The Summit will occur over the course of three days, virtually, on dates yet TBD. (Subject to survey results)


    Doug Grandt

    [email protected]

    Putney – 510-432-1452
  • Doug Grandt
    commented 2020-12-09 20:53:22 -0500
    Hi Joanna and Sam, or other administrator(s),


    I am involved with a state-wide group of folks (now 14 and growing slowly) planning a People’s Summit (online), and we would like to communicate the goals and mission statement to WeCAN member organizations and invite interested people to join in the planning and outreach … this is a “visionary” endeavor and it will be explained in the [very brief] survey we will send out in the next couple of days seeking input as to possible [non conflicting] dates, format and participants.


    I suggested the People’s Summit planning group include specifically WeCAN members, and looking at the google doc, there are mainly websites and very few email addresses, so adding 48 or so email addresses to the address list would be quite a chore.


    Would it be possible to include a breif summary and a link to the Survey Monkey in Sunday’s Weekly Email Update 12.14.20?


    Our email and survey are essentially complete and will need only minor updates as a result of tonights planning meeting. I expect to be able to share it with you informally, or as a final submission Thursday or Friday after a couple of telephone conversations in tomorrow.


    What would be your deadline for submitting a paragraph for inclusion Sunday?


    Best reagards,

    Doug Grandt

    Putney

    510-432-1452
  • Lesley Dyson
    commented 2020-02-17 00:19:47 -0500
    Hi, Are there any carpools from Southern Vermont to Montpelier for the Gun Legislation currently under consideration in Vermont: Tuesday, February 18, 2020, 5:00-7:00 p.m., State House, Montpelier? From Brattleboro, Bennington, Wilmington areas? Thanks.
  • Lucy Congleton
    commented 2019-03-05 19:27:27 -0500
    Hi! I am Lucy, BUHS class of 2018. I’ve been following WeCAN’s newsletter for a few years and it’s been really inspiring.

    I’m organizing a Greta-Thunberg inspired rally for next Friday, March 15 with a few current BUHS students and some homeschoolers and would be thrilled if WeCAN would help spread the word about it!


    Across the world, youth are gathering on March 15 to focus the attention of local, state and national legislators on protecting our resources and environment. Join young people of southern Vermont to demand that lawmakers do what they can to steer us from climate disaster, and protect our frontline communities who are already suffering the consequences of it. Gather peacefully to share ideas and ensure that future generations can live to experience a healthy natural world.

    Help us make space for the voices of our students, a considerable portion of our community, many of whom are too young to vote.


    The first rally will gather in front of Brattleboro Union High School from 7:40 am- 8:45 am.


    Can’t make it in the morning? Join the following rallies on the same day:

    Noon-1 pm – Join climate school strikers at Pliny Park (they’ve been striking there on Fridays since December!)


    4 pm – 5 pm – Pliny Park climate mass action. Everyone encouraged to come and make your voice heard.


    Bring signs, songs, and knowledge. Bring your stories and passions. Bring respectful arguments, and a willingness to listen.

    Hope to see you there!
  • Francie Marbury
    commented 2018-10-11 22:16:52 -0400
    Putney Area CASP (Community Asylum Seekers Project)) will meet on Thursday, October 25, 6:30pm at the Putney Friends Meeting House. Simple potluck supper and planning/strategizing meeting.
  • nicholas biddle
    commented 2018-09-07 20:45:04 -0400
    Announcement. River Garden Bag Lunch Series — Democracy Forum, September 12, Noon to 1 pm at the River Garden, Brattleboro.

    When Do We Call It Fascism?

    Tim Kipp and Nick Biddle will review authoritarian tendencies in American history and culture with an eye toward identifying components of fascism. Widening income disparity, declining faith in democratic process, resurging racism and a shrinking middle-class induce resentment, intolerance and rage. Opportunist elites take advantage of these conditions to promote autocratic policies. The maxims of civilization — reason, dialogue and compromise — fall away. Fascistic tyranny arises. How far along that path is the United States today? Come find out what we, and you, think about this unfortunate but unavoidable question.

    Tim Kipp is a longtime activist and retired Social Studies Teacher at Brattleboro High School.

    Nick Biddle is co-owner of Artrageus1 in Brattleboro.
  • George Carvill
    commented 2018-02-24 13:56:57 -0500
    POSTPONED — Based on the weather forecast for Sunday, All Souls UU at West Village Meeting House has cancelled all activity for Sunday, Feb. 25. The church’s SEAC committee plans to show the film “Mirrors of Privilege” at a later date.
  • Spoon Agave
    commented 2017-11-26 20:04:49 -0500
    I’d like to post a notice for a meeting on December 11th but nothing I see tells me how to do that.
  • Spoon Agave
    commented 2017-11-26 20:04:49 -0500
    I’d like to post a notice for a meeting on December 11th but nothing I see tells me how to do that.
  • Woody Bernhard
    commented 2017-09-22 17:07:01 -0400
  • Woody Bernhard
    commented 2017-04-20 16:00:44 -0400
    Global Love Day is May 1st, since 2004. If the light of love fights the darkness of hate we should all check this out.
  • George Carvill
    commented 2017-04-13 09:16:26 -0400
    Song & Solidarity will NOT meet this Sunday, April 16.
  • Spoon Agave
    commented 2017-03-03 00:39:43 -0500
    Is there room for another table? I’d like to set one up for the Progressive Party
  • Vicky Senni
    commented 2017-02-20 17:31:09 -0500
    Hi! I’m wondering if Let’s Grow Kids can participate in the WeCAN Action Fair on March 19th? Either way, I’ll be there with bells on and looking forward to it!

    Thank you,

    Vicky Senni
  • Lynn Haas
    commented 2017-02-20 14:33:30 -0500
    Wondering if someone on this list knows who organized the protest at Highgate border crossing and is there some way we can support them. Seems important.
  • Spoon Agave
    commented 2017-02-08 11:45:52 -0500
    Progressive Party Quarterly Meeting; Sunday February 19th; 1-4 pm; Edmunds Elementary School; 229 Main St, Burlington. Open to all. Only members can vote.
  • Becky Karush
    commented 2017-02-07 07:12:12 -0500
    I’d love to be on the mailing list!
  • Caitlin Adair
    commented 2017-02-05 06:34:00 -0500
    We have just started a political action group for the Earth. It is so new it does not have a name. In Westminster West, meeting Fridays from 5 to 6 at the West West Library or the church if the library is not available on a given Friday. Contact person: Caitlin Adair, [email protected], 802-387-5779