"People like to say that the conflict is between good and evil. The real conflict is between truth and lies."
Don Miguel Ruiz
There is a lot to get to this week, WeCAN friends. Let's get right to it:Read more
"Rather than love, than money, than fame, give me truth. I sat at a table where there were rich food and wine in abundance, and obsequious attendance, but sincerity and truth were not; and I went away hungry from the inhospitable board."
from Walden by Henry David Thoreau
An update: the upcoming WeCAN Cafe scheduled for this Thursday evening, March 15th, has been POSTPONED. A new date will be announced shortly. Thanks for your understanding.
There's a lot to cover this week so let's get to it:
"You must make women count as much as men; you must have an equal standard of morals; and the only way to enforce that is through giving women political power so that you can get that equal moral standard registered in the laws of the country. It is the only way."
SAVE THE DATE for the next WeCAN Cafe! Clear your calendars on Thursday March 15th, 2018 from 7pm-9pm and join us at 118 Elliot (118 Elliot Street, Brattleboro, VT, 05301) for an evening of storytelling, discussion, food, music, and poetry about racial justice designed to build community and help activists “fill their spirits” through information sharing, celebration and connection. This event is free and open to the public. For more info, contact email@example.com. We hope to see you there!Read more
“Hearing my school said in the same sentence as Columbine and Sandy Hook will never stop shocking me. I don’t want Marjory Stoneman Douglas to be remembered as “the school that had the shooting”. I want it to be remembered as the school that started a revolution.”
Carly Novell, a senior at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland, FL
There are a lot of new events in this week's email so please take a moment to scroll through to the bottom to see all the new entries. Anti gun violence protests and student walkouts are included below as well and the list will be added to as events are made public. To submit an event please email firstname.lastname@example.org with your event name and date in the subject line by Friday night at 10pm (ex: "Enough! National Student Walkout, March 14, 2018"). Thank you!Read more
"You may not always have a comfortable life and you will not always be able to solve all of the world's problems at once, but don't ever underestimate the importance you can have; because history has shown us that courage can be contagious and hope can take on a life of its own."
Former First Lady Michelle Obama
Hope is a powerful tool, friends. It can indeed take on a life of its own and become contagious. The power of hope is far reaching and can spell the difference between an individual identifying as a psychological victim or a psychological survivor, according to Psychology Today. Let's break that statement down:
* Psychological victim: this term refers to individuals that are passive, pessimistic, and look to the past. They ask, "Who will help me?" They despair and are all consumed by their loss or a sad event(s), refusing to help themselves.
* Psychological survivor: these folks are active, optimistic, and look to the future. They ask, "How can I help myself or others?" They grieve, which is healthy, but they continue to persevere and fight, moving forward.
To transition from a psychological victim to a survivor it is important to restore or instill hope; to have hope is to empower yourself in order to face the toughest of times and emerge a survivor.
Here are three things that are important to that transition:
*Faith. The belief that there is something bigger and more important than you. Whether it's God, a higher power, a child, a loved one, a mission, or a cause. It is a reason to go on and it has nothing to do with just you.
*Gratitude. Focus on what you have to be thankful for not on what you don't have, what you have lost, or what you want. Remind yourself of this every day. Go one step further and create a daily ritual to help remind you.
*Love. Think about the people in your life that you love and those that love you -- family and friends, colleagues, co-workers, car pool buddies... even pets! Make it a point to connect often with each and every one. This is best accomplished in person, but as we know that is not always possible. A phone call, text or a quick email will do.
We hope that the events and meetings this week fill you with hope in a time when you may need it. Above all please remember that you are not alone in the fight for justice, goodness, inclusivity, and peace; your fellow WeCANners are right there beside you. Have a productive, hopeful week everyone and we look forward to seeing you at a meeting this week.