Weekly Email Update 5.21.18

"Until one has loved an animal, a part of one’s soul remains unawakened…"
Anatole France

Today is National Rescue Dog Day, WeCANners, and we'd like to give a shout-out to all those who give care, love, and time to pets in need. According to the ASPCA, approximately 3.3 million dogs enter shelters every year and rescue dogs (indeed, all rescue pets) often overcome extreme obstacles and yet provide comfort, security, and friendship as family pets. Rescue dogs, in particular, are capable of much more. With training, they contribute to the independence of people with disabilities as service animals and give comfort to the elderly. In these circumstances, they become our eyes, ears, or legs as well as our best friend. Rescue dogs provide a variety of therapeutic benefits. Children, teens, and adults with autism may benefit from services provided by trained rescue dogs. As emotional support companions, rescue dogs help to relieve anxiety, depression, and PTSD among the military or those who suffer from mental illness. 
Interested in getting involved with rescue pets? There are a variety of ways to share the puppy love.

  • Volunteer at your local shelter. Taking dogs for walks, grooming and giving them plenty of affection improves their socialization.
  • Shelters always need donations. Financial donations are always welcome. Most shelters have a list of constant needs, such as blankets, bleach, toys, treats, and leashes.
  • If there is room in your life for a rescue dog, cat, or pet, consider adoption and giving one a forever home.
  • Consider fostering. Many dogs abandoned to shelters require some medical care or rehabilitation in a home setting before an adoption can take place.
  • Remember to spay and neuter your pets. Overpopulation is the number one reason shelters exist.

Is there a rescue pet in your life? Share your story with us at admin@wecantogether.com for a chance to be featured in an upcoming email! 

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Weekly Email Update 5.14.18

"The tallest oak in the forest was once just a little nut that held its ground."

There's lots to get to this week, fellow activists; so let's get right to it:



The Poor People’s Campaign: A National Call for Moral Revival 
Beginning Monday, May 14th, 2018 through Friday-June 22nd, 2018
For more information: vermont@poorpeoplescampaign.org
For local carpooling: Ellen at eschwa1@myfairpoint.net or (802) 257-4436
Starting on Monday, May 14th, 2018, the Poor People’s Campaign: A National Call for Moral Revival will launch a season of nonviolent moral direct action. By engaging in highly publicized, nonviolent moral direct action, the Poor People’s Campaign: A National Call for Moral Revival aims to bring about a serious national examination of the intertwined problems of systemic racism, systemic poverty, ecological devastation, the war economy and our distorted moral narrative. 
Each Monday, there will be a rally at the State House. People who have committed to taking direct action and been trained will engage in nonviolent direct action. If you are interested, but have not been trained, there will be a training each Sunday evening at the Church of the Good Shepherd in Barre, with solidarity housing provided. To sign up for the training contact vermont@poorpeoplescampaign.org and for solidarity housing contact Avery Book: avery.book@gmail.com.
Each Monday's actions will also include a rally that includes people who are not participating in the direct action. The rallies will be at the State House and begin at 2:00pm.
Each week has a theme, but this is a fusion campaign, meaning that we understand these problems to be joined at the root and to come from the same underlying causes. The aim is to highlight ways that systemic poverty, racism, militarism and environmental degradation impact our communities, but not to separate them into silos.

The themes are:
Week 1 (May 13-19) – Somebody’s Hurting Our People: Child poverty, Women, and People with Disabilities
Week Two (May 20-26) – Linking Systemic Racism and Poverty: Voting Rights and Immigration
Week Three (May 27-June 2) - The War Economy: militarism and the proliferation of gun violence
Week Four (June 3-9) - Ecological Devastation and the Right Health
Week Five (June 10-16) – Everybody’s Got the Right to Live: Education, Jobs, Income and Housing
Week Six (June 17-22) – A New and Unsettling Force
June 23rd – Mass rally in Washington, D.C. and Global Day of Solidarity


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Weekly Update 5.07.18

"A library is a place that is a repository of information and gives every citizen equal access to it. That includes health information. And mental health information. It's a community space. It's a place of safety, a haven from the world."
Neil Gaiman

May is National Mental Health Awareness Month, friends, and we'd like to highlight some of the Mental Health Services that are available in Vermont. 
-For Immediate Help in a Crisis Situation TEXT VT to 741741 from anywhere in the USA, anytime, about any type of crisis.  A live, trained Crisis Counselor receives the text and responds quickly.  The volunteer Crisis Counselor will help you move from a hot moment to a cool moment. Crisis Text Line serves anyone, in any type of crisis, providing access to free, 24/7 support and information via the medium people already use and trust: text. For more information please visit http://vtcrisistextline.org/.
-Health Care and Rehabilitation Services of Southeastern Vermont http://www.hcrs.org/ is recommended for Intervention and Recovery Services. Health Care and Rehabilitation Services of Southeastern Vermont (HCRS) serves Windham and Windsor counties except for the towns of Bethel, Rochester, Royalton, Sharon, and Stockbridge. 24-Hour Emergency: 1-800-622-4235
-The Agency of Human Services is committed to interagency teaming efforts to create a seamless Children’s System of Care for children 0-22. Learn more about these cross-departmental (DCF-DMH-DAIL) efforts on the Integrating Family Services website (ifs.vermont.gov).
-Vermont Care Network (VCN) is a statewide provider network of 16 non-profit community-based agencies that serve Vermonters affected by developmental disabilities, mental health conditions and substance use disorders. For more information please go to https://vermontcarepartners.org/index.php
-The Vermont Federation of Families and Children's Mental Health (https://www.vffcmh.org/category/news/
exists to support families and children where a child or youth, age 0-22, is experiencing or at risk to experience emotional, behavioral, or mental health challenges. The Federation is committed to:

  • Providing families with peer support and information in order to make informed decisions.
  • Empowering families, youth and young adults to navigate service and support systems.
  • Advocating for accessible, flexible and quality family centered and driven services on a local, state and national level.

The Federation collaborates with schools, communities, governmental, and private agencies, and other advocacy organizations to achieve these ends.
-Vermont Psychiatric Survivors' (https://www.vermontpsychiatricsurvivors.org) mission is to provide advocacy and mutual support that seeks to end psychiatric coercion, oppression and discrimination through peer support and advocacy, patient representation, support groups, and peer operated projects. 
-The Clara Martin Center (http://www.claramartin.org) provides an excellent list of Mental Health Resources on their website (http://www.claramartin.org/mental-health-resources.html). They also provide 24
 Hour Emergency Services at (800) 639-6360. 
- Brattleboro Comprehensive Treatment Center and Opioid Use Disorder Programs (https://www.brattleboroctc.com). Proudly serving the Brattleboro, Vermont community, our Methadone clinic provides adults struggling with addiction the ability to recover from heroin, oxycodone, Percocet, and other opiates. 
-Vermont Veteran and Family Outreach Hotline, available 24 Hours a Day: 1 (888) 607-8773 
-Vermont Veterans in Crisis (http://veterans.vermont.gov/veterans-crisis) can call 1 (800) 273-8255 24 hours a day to speak to a live VA counselor. To operate the national hotline, VA is partnering with the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline. Veterans can call 1-800-273-8255 and press "1" to reach the VA hotline, which will be staffed by mental health professionals in Canandaigua, N.Y.  The call is free and confidential. Some of the reasons to call are below:

  • Call to speak with someone who cares
  • Call if you feel you might be in danger of hurting yourself 
  • Call to find referrals to mental health services in your area 
  • Call to speak to a crisis worker about someone you're concerned about
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Weekly Update 4.30.18

"No man ever got very high by pulling other people down. The intelligent merchant does not knock his competitors. The sensible worker does not knock those who work with him. Don't knock your friends. Don't knock your enemies. Don't knock yourself." 
Alfred Lord Tennyson

Here's to you, here's to us! We'd like to acknowledge a small milestone for our Weekly Email Update: last week's email collection was our 75th consecutive weekly email. A big shoutout and thank you to all the groups and entities that continue to submit events and listings, to all the subscribers-turned-event-goers who open and read our little email each week (we see you and we adore you!), and to all the tireless volunteers that fight for justice each and every day. Though we look forward to a time when this email is not needed, we are grateful for the opportunity to help bring citizens of Windham County and Vermont together. Thank you. 

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Weekly Update 4.23.18

"If we are ever to halt climate change and conserve land, water, and other resources, not to mention reduce animal suffering, we must celebrate Earth Day every day - at every meal."
Ingrid Newkirk

Happy Earth Day, friends! Are you looking for an easy way to participate in the health of our planet today (and everyday)?
Here's our suggestion: Plogging (from the Swedish phrase “plocka upp,” which means to pick up)! It's the Swedish trend of picking up trash and recyclables while you exercise outdoors and it's gaining popularity amongst American runners, joggers, and walkers. 
On your next outdoor adventure bring along a pair of gloves (gardening, disposable, anything will do) and a plastic bag to collect waste (safely) along your journey. You can find more information on the trend and how to collect items safely here, here, and here.
We would love to feature some photos from your plogging adventures. Send them over to admin@wecantogether.net to be featured in the Weekly Email Update and in our Facebook group. Happy collecting!

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