Weekly Update 7.16.18

"Everything yields to diligence." 
Antiphanes

Woah! It's mid-July already....how did that happen, Fam?! The date on the calendar means we are putting out the call for August-October event submissions from our truly incredible leaders, organizers, and neighbors. This includes Save the Dates for future events, updates on any on-going projects, and updated group meeting times and locations.
A kind reminder: please submit all images as JPEGS and include all event information (Who, What, Where, Why, How) in text in the body of the submission email. All submissions (and any questions!) can be sent to: admin@wecantogether.net. Thank you so much for your continued readership and community support. We look forward to updates from across the County! 

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HAPPENING TODAY, SUNDAY, JULY 15th, 2018

 

Share the Harvest
sponsored by Edible Brattleboro
Sunday, July 15th, 2018  at the Turning Point Garden (the corner of Elm Street and Frost Street, Brattleboro, VT, 05301). 11am-1pm. Please bring your own bags.
Join Edible Brattleboro from 11am-1pm in our garden at Turning Point, on the corner of Elm and Frost Street (diagonally across from New England Youth Theatre) for free, locally grown veggies, herbs, and more. Please bring your own bags. All produce is free thanks to the generosity of local gardeners and farmers. We welcome donations from your garden.

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Guilford Community Picnic
hosted by Guilford Recreation
Sunday, July 15th, 2018 at Fort Dummer State Park. 12pm-3pm.
Hello Guilford Folks! 👋 We are so excited to see you all this Sunday! We have a few updates: 
-Please bring a picnic blanket or camp chairs as we will run out of table space for eating.
-We will have our Guilford Recreation shirts available to purchase if anyone would like one. Youth and Adult sizes! 
The Guilford Recreation Commission invites all Guilford Residents to attend a Guilford Community Picnic at Fort Dummer State Park on Sunday, July 15th, 2018 from 12:00pm-3:00pm. Fort Dummer State Park is donating the use of their event field for our Community Picnic! 
The Guilford Recreation Commission is providing the food for the grill: hamburgers and hotdogs (both meat and vegetarian options), condiments, beverages and utensils. Please bring a side dish or a dessert to share, if you can.
Family friendly activities will include: Badminton, whiffle ball, horseshoes, disc golf putting, giant slingshot and corn hole. 
We hope you will come and enjoy an opportunity to explore Fort Dummer State Park and socialize with your friends, neighbors and community members! Visit GuilfordRecreation.org to see what the Guilford Recreation is up to!

 

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Weekly Update 7-8-18

“Under adversity, under oppression, the words begin to fail, the easy words begin to fail. In order to convey things accurately, the human being is almost forced to find the most precise words possible, which is a precondition for literature.”
Rita Frances Dove
(An American poet and essayist from 1993 to 1995, where she served as Poet Laureate Consultant in Poetry to the U.S. Library of Congress)

 

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Weekly Update 07.02.18

“Remember, remember always, that all of us, you and I especially, are descended from immigrants and revolutionists.”
Franklin D. Roosevelt

     This Saturday approximately 500 friends and neighbors gathered on the Brattleboro Commons to decidedly declare that the Family Separation policy will not be tolerated. The Not in My Name event was hosted by The Putney Huddle, Everyone's Books, Brattleboro Solidarity, Brattleboro Rights and Democracy, and The Women's Action Team. Speakers included VT Senator Becca Balint, Steve Crofter from the Community Asylum Seekers Project, Representative Mike Mrowicki, Ezlerh Oreste, Candidate for Governor Brenda Siegel, Candidate for VT State Representative (Windham 4) Nader Hashim, and more.
The event was part of a nationwide effort to express solidarity with immigrants who are incarcerated and separated from loved ones. Take a moment to look at some of the images fellow weCAN member Laura Chapman shared after the event.
Photos courtesy of David Shaw.
Many thanks to all those who marched or rallied today, have donated time or money to immigration services and bail funds, and to those who have put their bodies and well-being on the line in front of ICE buildings or inside government buildings. Thank you, as well, to all those who care for activists by cooking their meals, watching their children, driving them to events, or posting their bail. No act is too small in the fight for justice and equality and we sincerely thank you for your efforts. 

  

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Weekly Update 06.25.18

"If you are more fortunate than others build a longer table, not a taller fence."
Unknown

Many of you have been asking for ways you can support ending the Zero Tolerance Policy locally. Here are some ideas: 

-June 25th: First Day of No School Rally, Montpelier, VT (see listing below)

-June 30th: Not in Our Name Rally on the Brattleboro Commons in Brattleboro, VT (see listing below)

-Join the Keep Families Together Postcard Avalanche
A Simple, Strong Action You Can Take Right Now organized by Laura Lynette Chapman, Laura Casey, and the Putney Huddle.
The Plan: In addition to donating funds and calling our representatives, plan to bombard the Border Patrol Offices along the Mexican border with postcards appealing directly to border patrol agents' humanity. We will use the internet to amplify our voices by photo documenting and sharing our postcards in our event on FB, on our Facebook feeds, Twitter and Instagram. Use the Hashtags #FamiliesBelongTogether #TheWholeWorldIsWatching #USBorderPatrol
Why: Ripping children from their families is deeply unethical, something associated with slave owners and Nazis. While we wait for our congress to take some action to stop these atrocities, we want to let border patrol agents know we are watching, that they have a choice, and that they can stop this by refusing to participate. Our action will also let Congress know that citizens are horrified by what our government is doing.
How: On your own or with friends and family create and send personalized postcards to the Border Patrol Offices along the Mexican border. These messages CANNOT be hateful. We may be angry, but our anger will not be effective; it will alienate us from the agents. Instead they must be appeals to the agents as human beings.
Message Ideas:
- You can stop this.
- You have a choice.
- No one can make you take a child from their family.
- Will you go home to your family tonight? These families love their children just like you love yours.
- You are brave. You are kind. You are compassionate. Please don't take children away from their families. It goes against everything you believe in.
- I'm sorry you are facing a moral dilemma
- This must go against your values
- This must be hard, don't let this harden your heart
- Please be compassionate, don't become a Nazi
- Treat others as you would wish your family to be treated
Postcards with the Families Belong Together logo and pre-addressed labels will be available for free at Everyone's Books and the Putney Co-op by Thursday, 6/21/18 or you can make your own. Simply cut a piece of cardstock into four pieces. Postcards can be 3.5” x 5.5” or 4” x 6”. Decorate the front and place the address and stamp on the back. Don't forget to photo document and share your postcard in this event, on your Facebook feed, Twitter and Instagram. Use the Hashtags #FamiliesBelongTogether #TheWholeWorldIsWatching #USBorderPatrol


Addresses-

U.S. Customs & Border Protection
IPL/CBP INFO Center
1300 Pennsylvania Avenue N.W., MS: 1345
Washington, DC 20229

U.S. Customs & Border Protection
109 Shiloh Dr., Suite 300
Laredo, TX 78045

U.S. Customs & Border Protection
2323 S. Shepherd #1200
Houston, TX 77019

U.S. Customs & Border Protection
9400 Viscount Suite 104
El Paso, TX 79925

Please share to spread the word. Here is the event link for easy sharing...
https://www.facebook.com/events/2576769782548112/?ti=cl

 

Thank you for every action you take, big or small. 

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Weekly Update 06.17.18

We must do everything in our power to keep families together, and to use common sense in our immigration laws. Children deserve better than to lose a parent because of an inflexible law.”
Representative Jose Serrano, (D-NY 15th District)

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