"In a moment of decision, the best thing you can do is the right thing, the next best thing you can do is the wrong thing, and the worst thing you an do is nothing."
President Theodore Roosevelt
As the end of the year approaches, WeCANners, we'd like to take a moment to remind our group leaders, coordinators, activists, and WeCAN members to send in their events and listings for December and beyond. You can send your info to [email protected] and you can find the event submission guidelines here: https://www.wecantogether.net/about_us_submission_guidelines. The longer your listing runs in the Weekly Email Update, the more opportunities it has to be seen by Windham County residents looking to get involved. We look forward to hearing from you soon!
From Lean Left:
It’s time to pass the Freedom to Vote Act! This bill will end partisan gerrymandering, ensure same-day voter registration in every state, and make Election Day a federal holiday. You’ll be calling voters in key states and patching them through to their Senators to ask them to move quickly to pass the Freedom to Vote Act. Make calls with End Citizens United // Let America Vote (training provided).
SUNDAY, NOVEMBER 21st, 2021
Brattleboro Families Rise Up Meet-up
Sunday, November 21st, 2021 at the Retreat Farm (45 Farmhouse Square, Brattleboro, VT, 05301). 10am-12pm.
Join us for another in-person, outdoor meet-up! This month, we're back at Retreat Farm, where we'll circle up in the woods around a fire.
* Snacks (apples, cheese sticks, granola bars, hard-boiled eggs) and childcare support provided
* Masks recommended when not eating or distancing
We'll share gratitudes, do a somatics grounding exercise, talk about parenting amidst the climate crisis and the COVID pandemic with winter upon us, learn about ways to take action with 350VT's Just Transition campaign, and end with a song.
This is a project of 350 Vermont bringing together families to talk about the tough realities of climate change and to participate in the transition to a healthier and safer world. What Joanna Macy calls the “Great Turning,” or the third revolution, is this unprecedented time where we are called to stop the destruction of our world, to build new life-sustaining practices and ways of being, and to shift our collective consciousness. We especially wish to engage young parents in this vital discussion of how we can make positive changes to protect our planet for our children's future.
"No being is so important that he can usurp the rights of another."
From the Star Trek: The Next Generation episode "The Schizoid Man" (23 January 1989) by Richard Manning and Hans Beimler
This week's newly posted offerings include free food and veggies, office hours with State Rep Sara Coffey, Brattleboro’s Housing Action Plan Community Workshop, a workshop focusing on predatory red flags hosted by the Women's Freedom Center, a lecture on Hollywood during the McCarthy era, and multiple climate justice events from 350 Brattleboro and 350VT....and those are only a few of the events taking place this week. Scroll on down a bit further in this email and you'll find an additional 6 new items we've added. There's lots happening in Windham County, friends, and we hope to see you at one of these crucial events very soon!
SUNDAY, NOVEMBER 14th, 2021
Rewild Vermont: Community Tree Plantings
hosted by 350 Brattleboro, 350VT, and Families Rise Up
Sunday, November 14th, 2021 at 135 Fred Houghton Road (Putney, VT.), with Kathleen Dutch and Hans Estrin. 11am.
Sunday, November 14th, 2021 at 433 River Road South (Putney, VT, see detour note below), with Gino Palmeri. 2pm.
Please contact Abby at [email protected] with questions. Please sign up here: https://docs.google.com/forms/d/e/1FAIpQLSeH4QPpR7x1P4Jixhr9v8trn_8F-kcv0s93bKJzuG87Pv_--w/viewform
Detour Info for 433 River Rd South in Putney with Gino Palmeri (2 pm). Note: To get to this location on River Road South, you have to follow a detour. Starting at the Putney General Store/Paper mill, continue north on Rte. 5 for 2.5 mi. Turn right at the bottom of a long hill onto E. Putney Falls Rd. and take it to the end. Turn right onto River Rd. S. and go 1.6 mi. til you see the sign "Amandola Farm" on the right at the top of a little hill. Park over to the left, between the greenhouse and the barn.
-Pizza and hot cider will be provided at the afternoon planting, but please bring additional food, water, work gloves, and shovels (if you have them). Plantings will take place rain or shine, so please dress for the weather and be prepared with sunblock, hats, bug spray, raincoats, etc. Gloves and long sleeves are recommended.
You’re invited to join 350 Brattleboro, 350VT, and Families Rise Up for TWO community fall tree plantings in Putney on Sunday, November 14th. We will be planting nut trees - hybrid Chestnuts and Butternuts (aka White Walnuts) - and building community resilience. We will also share information and action opportunities to support the Peoples Climate Action Plan calling for a just transition off of fossil fuels in Vermont.
This planting is part of a statewide initiative called Rewild Vermont. 350VT and our partners around the state are planting thousands of trees across Vermont by the end of 2022. Trees absorb carbon, build soil, limit erosion and are the keystones of most Vermont ecosystems. They can also feed people and ground us in the patience and commitment desperately needed in these times. Join us and help sow the seeds for a vibrant, livable future.
"The best way to find yourself is to lose yourself in the service of others. In a gentle way, you can share the world."
Mahatma Gandhi b. 1869 assassinated 1948
Mohandas Karamchand Gandhi was an Indian lawyer, anti-colonial nationalist and political ethicist who employed nonviolent resistance to lead the successful campaign for India's independence from British rule and in turn to inspire movements for civil rights and freedom across the world
This week's email has something for everyone, WeCAN friends: volunteer opportunities, a campaign launch, a writing workshop, multiple options for free and accessible food, a vigil, a talk about our Democracy, and an open house...and that's just naming a few of the vital events listed below. Grab your calendar and consider making a plan to serve your community at an event soon; we look forward to seeing you there!
New Community Volunteer Opportunity
Brattleboro Community Thanksgiving and Volunteer Opportunity
Wednesday, November 24th, 2021 at Brattleboro Union High School (131 Fairground Road, Brattleboro, VT, 05301). 11:30am.
Brattleboro Union High School, Fresh Pick Cafe, and The Pit Mistress have collaborated to ensure that we are able to hold a 2021 Community Thanksgiving meal. Food will be available for dine in, take out, and delivery.
Volunteers are needed! Please fill out this form if you are available to assist. Thank you!
SUNDAY, NOVEMBER 7th, 2021
Soup and Stories
sponsored by the Vermont Workers’ Center
Sunday, November 7th, 2021, at The Root Social Justice Center (The Whetstone Studio for the Arts, 28 Williams Street, Brattleboro, VT, 05301). 2pm.
Questions, rides, or more info: (802) 380-3903 or [email protected]
This event will be taking place outdoors, but accessible restrooms will be available.
Please join us for an afternoon of Soup & Stories!
Are you or your family currently on Medicaid (Green Mountain Care) or Dr. Dynasaur?
Are you uninsured, or on an expensive plan because you make more than the Medicaid income limit?
Do you avoid getting care because your deductible is too high?
Are you saddled with medical debt?
Do you or your loved ones have other difficulties accessing healthcare?
Come to an afternoon of soup & story sharing about how we’re affected by the healthcare system and what we can do to protect Medicaid & win healthcare for everyone in Vermont.
Free homemade soup! All are welcome, whether you have a story to share or just want to come & listen.
"The greatness of a community is most accurately measured by the compassionate actions of its members."
Coretta Scott King
American author, activist, civil rights leader, and the wife of Martin Luther King Jr. As an advocate for African-American equality, she was a leader for the civil rights movement in the 1960s. King was also a singer who often incorporated music into her civil rights work.
This week's email has more new entries than usual, Friends, so you know what to do: grab that calendar, open it up to November (!), and make plans to check out a meeting, lecture, or event in the coming weeks. As the days grow shorter and the holiday season approaches, there is often a lull in volunteer and activist activity; now is the perfect time to step up and be present, if you are able. Your presence, ideas, and actions are needed now more than ever.
In the meantime, many of us may be celebrating in the next few days--All Saints Day, All Hallow's Eve, Samhain, Halloween, Football Sunday--and we would like extend our wishes for happy and healthy celebrations to us all. We at WeCAN can't wait to see you at a meeting or event this week!
5 Minute Action from Lean Left
It's Time to Pass the Freedom to Vote Act!
-Senator Schumer, as Senate Majority Leader, represents us all.
Call : 202-224-6542 or email and tell him to support filibuster reform in order to get national voting rights protections done:
-It’s time for President Biden to put his full weight behind the Freedom to Vote Act. Email President Biden here: https://www.whitehouse.gov/contact/
-As President Pro-temp Senator Leahy has power. He needs to use it and come out for overhauling the filibuster or getting rid of it. Call his office: 202 224 4242
Let's get this bill over the finish line!
SUNDAY, OCTOBER 31st, 2021
Share the Harvest Stand (Last Harvest Stand until July 2022)
a project of Edible Brattleboro
Sunday, October 31st, 2021 in the garden at Turning Point Recovery Center (corner of Frost Street and Elm Street, Brattleboro, VT, 05301). 11am-1pm.
Fresh produce available at no cost thanks to local farmers, VT Foodbank and local gardeners. Donations accepted with gratitude. If you have surplus from your garden, please drop them off on Sundays between 10:30 and 11:15am, or by appointment (call or text Marilyn 516-298-9119).