Weekly Email Update 9.17.18

"I speak not for myself but for those without voice... those who have fought for their rights... their right to live in peace, their right to be treated with dignity, their right to equality of opportunity, their right to be educated."
Malala Yousafzai

     We'd like to let you know, Friends, about an event happening in Burlington, Vermont that may be of some interest to you WeCAN Family.

On Sunday, September 23rd, 2018 the Let Equality Bloom Festival: Power to the Polls, hosted by Women's March Vermont, will take place in Burlington's Old North End from 12pm-8pm. A day-long empowerment and voter education festival that takes place in many different venues, spend the day amongst guest speakers, live music, performance art, interactive workshops, group art projects, food trucks, and, of course, voter registration. The festival will introduce new and future voters to the diverse and exciting social justice movements brewing here in Vermont and across the country. It will be held at venues across the Old North End of Burlington from Noon to 8 p.m. Performances, speakers, headquarters, and finale celebration will be based at O.N.E. Community Center. In addition to inspirational speeches, the festival will include a slate of interactive workshops. New York Times best-selling Young Adult author Maureen Johnson will team up with Young Writers Project, Inc.'s visionary Artistic Director Rajnii Alexander Gibson Eddins to co-host an empowerment workshop based on How I Resist, a recently published collection of essays about activism and hope that Johnson edited.
You can find more information at letequalitybloomfestival.com/. If you do attend, please be sure to send some of your pictures to admin@wecantogether.net and we'll post them in a future Weekly Email Update! Have a great week!



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Weekly Email Update 9.10.18

“If I were an octopus, things would be so much easier. I’d have one arm to wipe Aurora’s nose. Two more for holding both kids’ hands when I pick them up from the Head Start bus stop to keep Bryce from wandering into the street after some rock he’s spotted. One to hold Hector and his diaper bag on the afternoons when my mom works at the Pizza Pit. One to adjust my shirt because it doesn’t really fit and it can get too revealing if I’m not paying attention, and I don’t want to be “that girl.” One so I could do my homework at least some of the time if I wanted. One to pick up Cheerios that are always on the floor. And the last one to swipe a can of Easy Cheese from the Cumberland Farms convenience store. Because little snowmen out of Easy Cheese are the most magical thing little kids have ever seen.”
Ann Braden,
The Benefits of Being an Octopus


There's lots to get to this week, Windham County Neighbors. Join us for free veggies, vigils, lectures, workshops, meetings, and even a book launch - all happening this week. The change in seasons is the perfect time to step out of your comfort zone and attend a meeting or workshop that may be new for you. We can't wait to see you there. 

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Weekly Email Update 9.3.18

"Fight for the things that you care about, but do it in a way that will lead others to join you."
Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg
Supreme Court Justice and co-founder of the Women’s Rights Project of the ACLU

     As you enjoy this Labor Day with family friends (or at work, like many of us), we'd like to share with you some facts about this holiday in the hopes that you'll take this knowledge and spread it far and wide:

THE FIRST LABOR DAY CELEBRATION WAS SEPTEMBER 5, 1882 IN NEW YORK CITY. On that Tuesday, 10,000 citizens marched for labor rights down the streets of Manhattan. During this time the average American worked 12 hours a day, six days a week. It wasn't until the Adamson Act passed on September 3, 1916 that our modern eight-hour work day was established.

LABOR DAY IRONICALLY CAUSES SOME OF THE LONGEST WORKING HOURS FOR RETAIL WORKERS. Labor Day weekend is notorious for having crazy sales, but unfortunately, this means retail workers (a faction that makes up 6% of the country's employment system) have to work longer hours on a day specially dedicated to labor appreciation. In fact, many other professionals are expected to work on Labor Dayas well including correctional officers, police officials, firefighters, nurses, and more. While most people interpreted this as recognizing the day as a national vacation, Congress’ proclamation covers only federal employees.* It is up to each state to declare its own legal holidays.+

LABOR DAY CONTROVERSY. There’s some controversy as to who started Labor Day. Some say it was Peter J. McGuire, general secretary of the Brotherhood of Carpenters and Joiners. Other say it was Matthew Maguire a member of International Association of Machinists. The controversy continues with no declared official winner. What we do know is that President Grover Cleveland signed it into law in 1894.  By the way, Labor Day came about more than two decades BEFORE the US Department of Labor existed.#

WHITE AFTER LABOR DAY? Historians say the expression “no white after Labor Day” comes from when the upper class would return from their summer vacations and stow away their lightweight, white summer clothes as they returned back to school and work.^

16.3 million The number of wage and salary workers age 16 and over represented by a union in 2016. This group included both union members (14.6 million) and workers who reported no union affiliation but whose jobs were covered by a union contract (1.7 million). Among states, New York continued to have the highest union membership rate (23.6 percent), and South Carolina had the lowest rate (1.6 percent).~

* https://www.townandcountrymag.com/leisure/arts-and-culture/a10318921/history-of-labor-day/
+ http://theconversation.com/have-we-forgotten-the-true-meaning-of-labor-day-64526
# https://www.adoramapix.com/blog/2016/09/05/15-fun-facts-about-labor-day/
^ https://www.dosomething.org/facts/11-facts-about-labor-day
~ https://www.thespectrum.com/story/news/2017/09/04/labor-day-numbers/630958001/

Have a happy and safe Labor Day, friends! We look forward to seeing you at an event soon. 


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Weekly Email Update 8.27.18

“The genius of impeachment lay in the fact that it could punish the man without punishing the office.”
Arthur M. Schlesinger, Jr.,
Pulitzer Prize winning American historian, social critic
, and public intellectual


When we asked you to show up and vote in the August 14th Primaries, fellow Vermonters, you sure did show up! 

-107,637 votes were cast in this year's August Primary in Vermont for all parties
-over 70,600 votes were cast for Democratic or Progressive candidates
17,128 absentee ballot votes were cast by Vermonters who were out of state at the time of the Primary
-Approximately 1 out of every 4 registered voters in Vermont voted in this year's State Primary
- While this turnout was much higher than anticipated, Vermont Secretary of State, Jim Condos, believes we can do more:
     "While we’re encouraged that Primary voter turnout this year has been among the highest in recent years, we always think that there’s opportunity to do better and get more voters engaged in our democratic process! #VT" (Jim Condos, via his official Twitter account)

Thank you for all that you've done to contribute to our Democratic process, Windham County Voters! We can't wait to see you at the polls in November.


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