Weekly Email Update 10.14.19

“If I meet someone who's Native American and I don't know anything about Indigenous People in New Jersey - which I kind of don't, which is not really good - I can learn more and more about their lives, and that makes me a more open person and a more accepting person.”
Marley Dias (b. 2005)
American activist and feminist. She launched a campaign called #1000BlackGirlBooks in November 2015, when she was in sixth grade

HAPPENING THIS WEEK, MONDAY, OCTOBER 14th, 2019-SUNDAY, OCTOBER 20th, 2019

Film Screening: Dawnland
presented by Hilltop Montessori School
Monday, October 14th, 2019 at the Hilltop Montessori School (99 Stafford Farm Hill, Brattleboro, VT, 05301) in the Arts Barn. 5pm. Free; All are welcome. This film is appropriate for most middle school aged children with parent discretion for younger children. Here is a link to the trailer: https://vimeo.com/227346667. Childcare provided.  Please RSVP for childcare or if you or your mature youth want to volunteer to help with childcare.
Please join us on Indigenous Peoples' Day for a free screening of DAWNLAND, an Emmy Award winning documentary. The feature-length film follows the Truth and Reconciliation Commission (TRC) to contemporary Wabanaki communities to witness intimate, sacred moments of truth-telling and healing. With exclusive access to this groundbreaking process and never-before-seen footage, the film reveals the untold narrative of Indigenous child removal in the United States.  
If you are interested, but unable to attend in person there is an online screening happening on 0ct.14th at 3pm. This documentary is normally not available for streaming.  Click this link to sign up for the online screening: https://ovee.itvs.org/screenings/em6ic

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Film Screening: Undeterred
co-sponsored by Brattleboro Area Not in Our Name, the Putney Huddle, and Landmark College's Center for Diversity and Inclusion
Monday, October 14th, 2019 at Landmark College (19 River Rd S, Putney, VT 05346) in the East Academic Building Auditorium. 6:30pm to 8:30pm. A panel discussion will follow the film. Admission is by donation, with all proceeds going to immigrant justice work. Refreshments will be available.
If you missed the first sold-out local screening of the film Undeterred, the Film at the Latchis Theater last Spring, you have another opportunity!
Shot during the Obama Administration, Undeterred examines the effects of increased militarization at our southern border, and the resulting humanitarian crisis. It is also a story of resistance, and how the town of Arivaca, Arizona fought back. To view the film's trailer CLICK HERE.

 

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Weekly Update 10.07.19

"The prosecution [of impeachments], will seldom fail to agitate the passions of the whole community, and to divide it into parties more or less friendly or inimical to the accused. The subjects of its jurisdiction are those offenses which proceed from the misconduct of public men, or, in other words, from the abuse or violation of some public trust, and they relate chiefly to injuries done immediately to the society itself."
Alexander Hamilton (b.1757-d.1804)
Founding Father of the United States, American statesman, politician, legal scholar, military commander, lawyer, banker and economist. 

     New editions to this week's Weekly Email Update include a listing for the New Hampshire People's Presidential Forum (featuring Bernie Sanders, Tulsi Gabbard, and Andrew Yang), two free film screenings, a climate change community conversation, and a few items that have been updated since last week's email. Please take a moment and scroll through to the end of the email to find a new meeting or event to attend this week. We look forward to seeing you there!

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Weekly Update 9.30.19

"If people have moral courage to stand up to the smallest injustice-their own and other's-it's kind of like practice for when the big ones come around."  
Colleen Kelly 

      Happy Autumn, fellow activists! This week's Weekly Email Update has plenty of new additions including a health care reform forum in Bellows Falls, a concert to benefit asylum seekers, a volunteer opportunity with The Inclusion Center, and a job opportunity with Restorative Justice of Southern VT. Grab yourself a cup of hot cider and your calendar, park yourself on the front porch, and get ready to plan this week's activism activities. We hope to see you at an event or meeting soon!

 

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Weekly Update 9.23.19

“Please save your praise, we don’t want it…Don’t invite us here to tell us how inspiring we are without doing anything about it. We don’t want to be invited to these kinds of meetings because, honestly, they don’t lead to anything.”
Climate Activist Greta Thunberg to Senator Ed Markey, as he lauded youth for putting a spotlight on the issue of climate change during a meeting on 9/17/19

       When your fellow climate activists asked WeCAN members and Windham County residents to come out in support of the Global Climate Strike this past Friday, you responded in a huge way. Estimates put attendance at September 20th's Climate Strike event somewhere in the 1000 people area, with protestors marching from Pliny Plaza to the Brattleboro Commons in Brattleboro, VT, where young people spoke and sang from the gazebo. Together, with 4 million fellow humans on this planet, we drew attention to the climate crisis that affects us all. Take a look at some of the images from Windham County's event below (courtesy of the Brattleboro Reformer). The Climate Strike continues this week. Read on for more ways to get educated and take action on this and more issues vital to our community.

   

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