“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
from a 2015 luncheon at Harvard
With the passing of Justice Ginsburg this weekend and the danger to our Democracy becoming more and more apparent, there is no time like the present to get involved with our local Justice groups here in Windham County. If you are able, share this email or parts of it on your social media pages and do your best to awaken the desire for action in your circle of friends and family. Urge them to work on local campaigns and amplify minority voices, no matter where they live. Discuss voting plans with your circle, paying special attention to making sure they know when their absentee ballots need to be secured and returned by (www.iwillvote.com, www.vote.org, and the National Conference of State Legislators website can help you do that). Vote early and urge others to do so as well.
In the coming weeks, we are aiming to put together an Activist Resource Guide for Windham County in the hopes of making activism in our area accessible to as many people as possible. Please let us know if you would like to participate or have ideas for items you would like to see included by emailing us at email@example.com. Thank you.
HAPPENING TODAY, SUNDAY, SEPTEMBER 20th, 2020
Share the Harvest Stand
brought to you by Edible Brattleboro
Sunday, September 20th, 2020, and every Sunday during the Summer, at the corner of Elm Street and Frost Street in Brattleboro, VT, 05301. 11am-1pm. For more information please email EdibleBrattleboro@gmail.com. Please wear a mask.
Pick up FREE fresh veggies and/or drop off surplus from your garden to share. Please supply your own bags.
Close the Camps Vigil
Sunday, September 20, 2020, at Pliny Park (Corner of High Street and Canal Street,Brattleboro, VT, 05301). 1pm. Masks required and social distance measures are in place. Please contact Nancy Braus firstname.lastname@example.org with any questions or thoughts about this campaign.
One year after our last "NEVER AGAIN IS NOW" vigil, we find that the Trump administration's endless imprisonment of LEGAL asylum seekers has now taken on an even more monstrous aspect. A doctor at one of ICE’s private prison camps is involuntarily sterilizing women who are held there. This is another crime out of the playbook of the Third Reich. This time the targets are black and brown skinned people, rather than Jews, Roma, and other Nazi victims. We must refuse to accept these escalating horrors, knowing the power of our voices when come together.
Brattleboro Area Not in Our Name says, “No!”, and, with the national group Families Belong Together, we will be holding a vigil on Sunday, September 20th, 2020 at 1:00pm at Pliny Park in Brattleboro. This is also the last day of Rosh Hashanah, the Jewish New Year. Please join us in starting our new and critical year, during the Days of Awe, working and speaking out for justice.
Our Vision For A Green & Sustainable Future
hosted by the Vermont Democratic Party and David Zuckerman
Sunday, September 20th, 2020, Online. 4pm. Please use this link to access the event: https://zoom.us/meeting/register/tJwpcOyuqT4rGNeIlVyVUrMyG7G1xiS1Wbem.
Please join fellow Democrats for a virtual conversation about our environment and our commitment to addressing the climate crisis and building a sustainable and vibrant future.
This conversation is hosted by Rep. Mary Sullivan, who will be joined by Bruce Olsson, chair of the VDP, Rep. Mike McCarthy and Lt. Governor David Zuckerman, our Democratic Nominee for Governor.
The event will open with a review of the work of the Climate Solutions caucus, the importance of environmental leadership to engaging voters and growing the Blue Wave here in Vermont, and an update on the newly passed VDP environmental platform.
David Zuckerman will share his vision for building a green jobs economy that supports working Vermonters, seniors and our planet and how he will advance this as Governor. There will be time for your ideas and questions, too.
This is a campaign event, and participants will be encouraged to donate to the VDP Coordinated Campaign and/or sign up to volunteer for our GOTV events.
No Polimigra Campaign
Sunday, September 20th, 2020, Online. 5pm to 7pm
Email email@example.com for link and info. Email will be checked all the way up to the meeting.
Justicia Migrante / Migrant Justice is waging a statewide campaign to reform police departments' Fair and Impartial Policing Policies to block communication and cooperation between local departments and immigration authorities. Groups are organizing town by town and county by county, with growing success.
A group has formed in Windham County to advance the campaign county-wide and in towns with their own police departments. This meeting will start with an overview for newcomers, updates on ongoing efforts, and then dig into education materials from around the state to put together our own public education pieces and presentations. Join the movement!
Dr. Anthony Fauci
told to this year's graduating class at the College of the Holy Cross, May 2020
We hope you are enjoying your weekend, WeCANners. There are a few new entries this week, so please take a couple of moments and scroll through to the bottom of the email to check out all the current and future events that are planned for Windham County. We look forward to seeing you from a safe distance in the near future!
From the Editor:
On a clerical note, the WeCAN blog that houses past issues of this email (www.wecantogether.net) will be periodically offline in the coming weeks so that we can complete maintenance. If you have specific questions or need access to past issues, please don't hesitate to contact firstname.lastname@example.org at any time. Thank you for your patience and understanding.
Mary Kay Henry
president of the Service Employees International Union (SEIU)
Resources: https://vt.aflcio.org; https://www.refinery29.com/en-us/2020/09/10007185/labor-day-history-unions-2020; https://www.thoughtco.com/the-pullman-strike-of-1894-1773900; https://www.unionplus.org/page/labor-day-history; https://www.businessnewsdaily.com/8354-working-labor-day.html
“There’s a gap somehow between empathy and activism. Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. spoke of soul force, something that emanates from a deep truth inside of us and empowers us to act. Once you identify your inner genius you will be able to take action, whether it’s writing a check or digging a well.”
Sue Monk Kidd
With images from Saturday's gatherings and marches in our news feeds and on our minds, the Admins at WeCAN wanted to acknowledge all the hard work and effort you, fellow WeCANners, have put forward this past year. We saw you last Spring when we gathered to meet and greet after the Inauguration dust had settled. We saw you this past Thursday evening at the WeCAN Cafe sharing your raw stories, your hearts, and your activist minds. We saw you march, gather, and vigil again and again: for Charlottesville, for Women's Empowerment, for the release of migrant workers, to mourn those we have lost, and to bring hope to generations to come. We saw you in the background, too, supporting activists by watching their children, cooking and sharing meals, opening your homes to traveling strangers, and carpooling across state lines.
The long and short of it is this: positive change wouldn't happen without you. The meetings and events listed below exist because of you and your activism. Keep it up, friends and neighbors. You are the change we seek and you're doing great.