“Those least responsible for climate change are worst affected by it.”
Vandana Shiva b.1952
Indian scholar, environmental activist, food sovereignty advocate, ecofeminist and anti-globalization author
We've seen what climate change will look like for us here in VT during this Summer, WeCAN Friends: hazy days with a red-orange sun, poor air quality with high particulate counts from wildfires burning to the West of us, flash floods with a month's worth of rain (or more) dumped on Windham County in only a few hours, thousands of dollars in property and road damage, wild animals flushed out of their homes, looking for food and shelter. One way to cope with the stress of these abrupt climate changes is to get involved in your community, if you are able. As a centralized information hub, we offer dozens of ways to get involved below, right in this email. We encourage you to take a moment and scroll through the following events with an open mind and an open calendar. We hope to see you at an event soon!
A small reminder: please call 211 to report natural disaster damage to the state of VT so that crews can get to you as quickly and safely as possible. If you are in need of community support, please email [email protected] and we will do our best to help connect you to the resources you need.
For more information on climate change in VT, please visit these websites: https://climatechange.vermont.gov, https://350vermont.org, https://climatechange.vermont.gov/vermonts-changing-climate, https://www.healthvermont.gov/health-environment/climate-health/climate-change *, https://vtclimate.org
HAPPENING TODAY, SUNDAY, AUGUST 1st, 2021
Raised on Rock: Raising Funds for Westminster Church and VT Meals on Wheels
hosted by Strange Brew Tattoo and Body Piercing
Sunday, August 1st, 2021 at 18 Metcalf Drive (off VT Rt 5), Wesminster, VT 05158. 2pm-8pm.
10$ donation requested.
Strange Brew Tattoo welcomes you to enjoy live music & home cooked BBQ at our annual outdoor and socially distanced event. As last year’s event was a success in raising funds that delivered PPE for our local healthcare workers as well as helped our local community, we will again be following state Covid protocols to make this year’s event even more successful! We encourage everyone to be safe and we look forward to seeing you all again! Tattoos will be done first come first served out of our Get What You Get machine. Bands are to be announced, and updates will be given as we get closer to August 1st. We hope to see you there!
"Election days come and go. But the struggle of the people to create a government which represents all of us and not just the one percent - a government based on the principles of economic, social, racial and environmental justice - that struggle continues."
Vermont Senator Bernie Sanders
This week's Weekly Email Update is chock full of ways to work for justice in Windham County, WeCAN readers. New entries this week include the Vermont premiere of the filmed production of "BABYLON: Journeys of Refugees" by Sandglass Theater, Michael Mechanic and Chuck Colllins, both authors, in conversation about the surprising advantages and pitfalls of hoarding wealth in an event titled "The Rich Get Richer: How Our Quest to Accumulate Wealth Has Divided America", and "Palestine & Hiroshima: US Wars, Then and Now", a discussion of connections between U.S. policy of expansion and the occupation of Palestine by Israel. We look forward to seeing you at an event or discussion soon!
HAPPENING THIS WEEK: MONDAY, JULY 26th, 2021-SUNDAY, AUGUST 1st, 2021
County Conversations: Dover, Wardsboro, and Wilmington
hosted by Windham County Democrats
Tuesday, July 27th, 2021, Online. 6:30pm.
Please join us for this conversation on Zoom by registering HERE.
The Windham County Democratic Committee invites you to participate in a listening session to discuss improvements for our local Democratic party. If you identify as or tend to vote Democratic, we invite you to attend and to share the issues and values that are important to you. We also want to hear your perspectives on our party’s organization. This session is one in a series of listening sessions that Democratic Committee is holding around the county this summer. If you are interested in other dates and locations, you can visit the webpage at https://windhamcountyvtdemocrats.org.
“I learned that having enough food is something that a lot of people struggle with and how desperation and hunger can make people anxious and angry. I really don’t blame them. We should live in a world where food isn’t a privilege, but a right.”
13 year old Everyone Eats! program volunteer, on her time with the program in Brattleboro
We hope you are staying as dry and as safe as you can this stormy weekend, WeCAN Friends. There are reports of roads washed out all of Windham County due to the rain, so please be mindful and cautious when you set out on your journeys this week.
As we move into the latter half of July, we'd like to encourage activists, readers, group leaders, lecturers, teachers, and organizers to send in your August/September/October events to [email protected] as soon as you are able. You're welcome to issue the event listing in a "Save the Date" format if the details are still in the works; we look forward to getting the word out about your late Summer and early Fall events soon. Have a great week!
HAPPENING TODAY: SUNDAY, JULY 18th, 2021
Twenty Twenty, Twenty Twenty-One: Dance Theatre for Collective Liberation
Sunday, July 18th, 2021 at Living Memorial Park (Guilford Street, Brattleboro, VT, 05301). 6pm.
$15 General Admission, $10 Students, BI&POC “Pay what you want”; Bring your own picnic blanket! Folding chairs provided if you prefer.
Photo by @kaymccabevt
Having a hard time returning to "normal" "post" pandemic life? Come process the last year and a half with us through story, song, dance, laughter, and ritual.
"An article in VTDigger said that homeless individuals “might be camping for the summer.” With a nonchalant shrug, Vermont has turned its back on our homeless neighbors. That wording — "some Vermonters might be sleeping outside" — expresses a sense of passivity I didn’t think Vermont had. If we truly cared, we would make certain that nobody was ever on the streets again who didn’t want to be there. Instead, in our rush to get back to normal, Vermont has forgotten the empathy and care we extended toward each other and our most vulnerable in the midst of the crisis."
from "Addie Lentzner: Vermont’s So Close to Ending Homelessness — But Hasn’t" in VT Digger
commentary by Addie Lentzner of Bennington, who’s headed into her senior year in high school.
We start this week's Weekly Email Update off with a call to action, WeCAN Family. On July, 1st, 2021, our unhomed neighbors who were using Vermont's hotel voucher program were evicted from their rooms and made homeless once again. This petition, to be sent to Governor Phil Scott, calls for a reversal of those evictions and reinstatement of key, life saving programs in our state.
From the petition:
"Vermont has housed homeless individuals and families in motels throughout the pandemic. However, on July 1st, around 700 Vermonters were forced to leave the motels. Many are now sleeping on the streets, and many more will be soon without eviction protections, increasing the epidemic of homelessness in our state. This is a humanitarian crisis. Vermont has fought the battle so well against COVID and in supporting homeless neighbors; now we are leaving people on the battlefield. The Governor has the singular power to change this at this moment and he should use it.
Governor Scott, you have the singular power to keep people safe, housed, and food secure. These actions must be taken in order to do so:
1. Extend the GA motel program for Vermonters experiencing homelessness and housing insecurity until such time as those utilizing the program can be transitioned to permanent housing.
2. Continue the moratorium on evictions.
3. Safe and consistent housing is the priority, but we must also keep in place all increased food access including expanded Maximum Snap Benefits, Everyone Eats and all Food Resource programs. (This will not be adequate without housing security addressed.)
It is unconscionable when our state is flush with resources that anyone goes without shelter, without needed support and without food.
Sign onto this petition to ensure that Governor Scott takes action today to extend the motel program for all without restrictions, extend an eviction moratorium, and reinstate food/SNAP benefits and the Everyone Eats Program. Most importantly in this demand is to continue the motel program because doing so will provide a leg up for Vermont to end homelessness. Not a single person should be homeless in response to the end of the COVID emergency order. The motel program needs to continue until everyone can be transitioned into housing. Does Vermont, and does the Governor, truly want to end homelessness in our state? If so, we need to continue the motel program until the necessary permanent housing is available."
The petition can be found HERE. Please sign it and share with your family, friends, and social media networks if you are able. Thank you.