"In cold weather states like Vermont, where the weather can get to 20 below zero, home heating assistance is critically important. In fact, it is a life and death issue."
Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-VT)
We hope you are having a restful and relaxing weekend, WeCAN friends. This week's Weekly Email Update has a few new entries as well as a two separate notices for Organizers and Group Leaders. Take a moment to scroll through to the bottom, grab your calendar, and make some plans! We look forward to seeing you at a meeting or event in near future.Read more
"I ran for the presidency, despite hopeless odds, to demonstrate the sheer will and refusal to accept the status quo. The next time a woman runs, or a black, a Jew, or anyone from a group that the country is 'not ready' to elect to its highest office, I believe that he or she will be taken seriously from the start."
Shirley Chisholm (b. Nov.30, 1924, d. Jan.1, 2005)
American politician, educator, and author. In 1968, she became the first black woman elected to the United States Congress and she represented New York's 12th congressional district for seven terms from 1969 to 1983
There are a few new items this week, WeCAN readers, so please take a moment during this chilly and snowy Sunday to scroll through to the end of the email and pick a few items that interest you. We would also like to remind our wonderful group organizers to start sending in your January and February events, too, as the New Year will be here before we know it. Have a fantastic week, Friends, and stay safe and warm. We hope to see you at a meeting or event soon!Read more
"Every minute of every hour of every day you are making the world, just as you are making yourself, and you might as well do it with generosity and kindness and style."
Rebecca Solnit (b.1961)
Rebecca Solnit is an American writer that has written on a variety of subjects, including feminism, the environment, politics, place, and art
We'd like to extend a thank you to all those who wrote in this past week to tell us how much they appreciated our Tips for Winter Activism piece in last week's Weekly Email Update. Our neighbor, John Hagen, is currently enrolled in Zoom (a webinar and video chat application) with a subscription that allows the delegates of the Windham Democratic Committee to attend committee meetings via video; he would like extend his access to the WeCAN community organizers for use. The Committee is actively promoting this video based alternative to reduce the carbon footprint of activities and to highlight the idea of seeking alternatives to driving to events.
If there is a group that would like to test out Zoom, John would be happy to set up information sessions and orientations to make this a comfortable and practical alternative. You can contact John at email@example.com, call him at 802-251-0777, or text him at 802-380-9756 to take him up on his wonderful offer!
We thank John so much for his generosity of resources and time and if your group or organization does take him up on his offer, please let WeCAN know so we can include the link to your Webinar in our Weekly Email Update.
Have a wonderful week, WeCAN friends. We look forward to seeing you at an event or meeting in the near future!
"The activist is not the man who says the river is dirty. The activist is the man who cleans up the river."
H. Ross Perot (b.1930 d. 2019)
Henry Ross Perot was an American business magnate, billionaire, philanthropist, and politician
As we approach Winter here in Windham County, WeCAN Brothers and Sisters, activism often becomes more cumbersome due to unpredictable weather, cold conditions, and less daylight. Here are some tips that may be useful in keeping your activism feeling more exciting and less stressful this Winter season.
1) Carpool/Travel Together to Events and Meetings
It's getting darker earlier and lighter later and that can make some people uncomfortable behind the wheel, on a bike, or taking public transport. If you're interested in attending a meeting, use the WeCAN Facebook page to ask if a neighbor is attending and would like to carpool/travel with you. Plus, it's one more environmentally conscious action you can take and every action helps towards the goal of reducing emissions.
2) Attend the Event Virtually
Does the weather or cold keep you in front of the wood stove? Make contact with the organizers or other attendees and ask if it is possible for you to attend the meeting virtually through a video conferencing app like Zoom or Go To Meeting, Facebook Live, FaceTime, Google Chat, or Skype. Offer to share the live feed on your social media accounts so that the content has a wider reach, too.
3) Volunteer for Behind-the-Scenes Work
If you live in a rural area or don't have the ability to travel in inclement weather, volunteer for a behind-the-scenes role, like data entry, with an organization that you connect with. You can do an awful lot with an internet connection and a few hours of time during a snow storm! Virtual tasks might include research, calling and texting volunteers, entering data, assisting with event planning, and bookkeeping.
4) Educate Yourself
Learning about a cause you care about can happen anytime and anywhere through books, documentaries, articles, social media, and internet research. Enlighten yourself and bring that newfound knowledge to meetings and events come Springtime.
5) Engage in Activism From Home
Grab your phone, computer, and pen and settle in for a few hours of contacting your Representatives about the issues that you care about. Email, call, and write postcards from the comfort of your home -- and don't forget to spread the love, too! Check out Local Love Brigade on Facebook and send postcards to those who could use a little love.