“Corruption is when people in public office use that public office for private or selfish ends. This is one of the most central debates in the last 40 years in law, 'what is corruption?'…what we've seen in the Supreme Court is a fundamental struggle over the definitions. (The definition I just gave you) is a definition that goes back thousands of years (and) was certainly the way that the founders of our country understood corruption and they took it very seriously. In the last few decades, there's been a rising alternate definition of corruption, one that I radically disagree with…(T)he (majority of the) Supreme Court, although it used to be the minority of the Supreme Court, (advocates that) corruption is essentially when there is some kind of explicit quid pro quo exchange between someone in public office and someone else saying, "I will divert this train 'cause you're giving me 50 bucks…(T)here’s a false sense of certainty around the modern definition.”
Anti-corruption expert, American attorney, author, and Associate Professor of Law at Fordham University
We hope you all are staying warm this January, WeCAN friends. This week's email is chock full of events that will fire you up and get you motivated to create positive change here in Windham County. Grab that calendar, a pen, and make some plans to join your neighbors at an event or meeting this week. We look forward to seeing you there!Read more
“We must rapidly begin the shift from a “thing-oriented” society to a “person-oriented” society. When machines and computers, profit motives and property rights are considered more important than people, the giant triplets of racism, materialism, and militarism are incapable of being conquered.”
-Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. from “Why I Am Opposed to the War in Vietnam" (1967)
Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Day on January 20th, 2020, marks the 25th anniversary of the Day of Service call to action that celebrates the Civil Rights leader’s life and legacy. Observed each year on the third Monday in January as “a day on, not a day off,” MLK Day is the only federal holiday designated as a National Day of Service to encourage all Americans to volunteer to improve their communities. There are many opportunities listed below in this week's email that will help you get involved locally and we encourage you to take advantage of all that Windham County's activism scene has to offer. Don't hesitate to send us some pictures and details of what you accomplished during this year's Day of Service and we'll include it in next week's Weekly Email Update (email@example.com)!Read more
“Because it’s no longer enough to be a decent person. It’s no longer enough to shake our heads and make concerned grimaces at the news. True enlightened activism is the only thing that can save humanity from itself.”
This week's email boasts multiple new entries, WeCANers, so grab your calendar and take a look at what is happening in Windham County this Winter. Take your pick of a hands on cooking class, a communication lab, 2 vigils, lectures, a protest, 2 film screenings, a book club, a study group, and more! We look forward to seeing you at an event soon.Read more
"We're losing ground. This planet is losing ground...Things need to happen and they need to happen quick. Our message should be -loud and clear- there comes a time when the home needs protecting and the line needs drawing and anybody that dares cross it acts at their own peril."
Diane Wilson (b.1948)
American environmental activist, anti-war activist, and author
As we finish up the first week of 2020, dear WeCAN Friends, we invite you to double down on your efforts to effect positive, lasting change in Windham County. This increased effort could look like bringing a guest with you to a local meeting or event, adding a new monthly group meeting to your schedule, taking on more responsibility as a member of a group you are currently in, or taking the leap and starting a new group yourself. Our country and our community need YOU and your abilities now more than ever; if you don't know where to start, scroll through this week's Weekly Email Update and check out all the positive initiatives happening right here in your area. We look forward to seeing you at an event or meeting in Windham County soon!