“There is a lot of talk about returning to “normal” after the Covid 19 outbreak, but normal was a crisis…”
Greta Thunberg (b.2003)
Swedish environmental activist who has gained international recognition for promoting the view that humanity is facing an existential crisis arising from climate change
This week's email is, once again, chock full of resources that aim to help keep you informed, fed, and safe during this unique time. Moving forward, we will send out a newsletter if we receive new posts from you. This will most likely mean a bi-weekly rather than weekly e-newsletter. Send your group's on-line and virtual meetings, actions or education to email@example.com.
Should that change and/or the need to get out pertinent information becomes more immediate we will, of course, resume our regular weekly email. In the meantime, we indexed the Covid-19 resources specific to Windham County from the email newsletter of March 30th for your convenience: www.wecantogether.net/c19_resources
Thank you so very much for your continued support and readership. Stay safe.
“Loneliness, boredom and nail-biting anxiety are annoying devils we do not need right now. We need rest and peace. The best thing we can do is reach out and, if not physically touch someone, then make a virtual connection. The one thing about this pandemic, it affects every one of us. As for the economy, think of it this way: you can't have a livelihood without a life.”
via Lt. Governor David Zuckerman, overheard from a Vermont Town Clerk
This week's Weekly Email Update is chock full of information, WeCAN friends. Please take a moment to read through the items below and share them amongst your communities as needed. Thank you for your continued dedication to Windham County, now more than ever; as far apart as we may need to be, we are all in this together. Be safe, be well, and stay in touch! We are more than happy to hear from you anytime: firstname.lastname@example.org.Read more
“When things fall apart, it’s a really horrible time in the sense that there’s so much suffering, but it’s also an opportunity for us to wake up our hearts in an unprecedented way….So really the question is, how will you be with the fear and the grief? What is being called forth in you in these times? Who do you want to be? And what kind of world do you want?”
Tara Brach (b.1953)
American psychologist, author, and proponent of Buddhist meditation
Things have changed quite a bit in Vermont in the last week and we want to let you know what the WeCAN Weekly Email Update will do it's best to pass along those changes through our listings that are both user submitted and sourced by our editors and administrators from credible outlets.
If you are a group organizer, we would love to know what you and your group are up to during this period of social distancing. How are your group members connecting? How can WeCAN readers stay engaged with your cause? Send us an email at email@example.com to let us know what vital information your group members should know, straight from you. (See Mother Up! below for an example). We have had many emails asking, "What is my group doing during this time?"; this weekly newsletter is a great place to let your members know they are not alone.
We are also accepting suggestions of TOOLS FOR ACTIVISTS while we are isolated from each other. What are the how-to resources for groups who want to connect but lack on-line technical know-how? How do we continue organizing and speaking out without being able to march, meet and take direct action? Drop us an email and we'll be sure to feature your suggestions in next week's Weekly Email Update.
"When you wake up every day you have two choices: you can either be positive or negative, an optimist or a pessimist. I choose to be an optimist. It's all a matter of perspective and choice."
There are many new events in this week's email, friends. Scroll down to check out new listings that include yoga benefiting our community, tax help courtesy of United Way, and a self defense series at the Cotton Mill in Brattleboro that starts today (Sunday).
Take a look and consider alleviating your cabin fever by attending an event this week...we hope to see you there.
HAPPENING TODAY SUNDAY, FEBRUARY 4th, 2018
Starting Today: Self Defense Group
Sundays February 4th, 2018 - March 28th, 2018 at Sangha Martial Arts (74 Cotton Mill Hill, Brattleboro, VT, 05301). 4pm-7pm. Cost: $10 per class ($80 total).
Part class and part group exploration on the topics of Self Defense, Self Reliance, and Self Empowerment.
Join facilitator Matt Hoffman for 8 weeks of progressive physical and mental exercises designed to help participants change the relationship to movement and conflict in practical and accessible ways. No previous experience required. Minimum age requirement is 16 or 14 with parental involvement (permission and waivers).