"Don't get too comfortable with who you are at any given time - you may miss the opportunity to become who you want to be."
Jon Bon Jovi (b.1962)
American singer-songwriter, record producer, philanthropist, and actor
This week is brimming with opportunities to volunteer, organize, and take part in social justice acts throughout Windham County. There is at least one event listed each day from Monday-Saturday this week, so grab your calendar and let's get to planning. We look forward to seeing you at an event or meeting soon!Read more
“He who cannot be a good follower cannot be a good leader.”
Thank you for joining us in the fight for equality this week, WeCAN friends. This week's Weekly Email Update has more than a few new entries, so settle in with your calendar and let's start making plans. We look forward to seeing you at an upcoming event or meeting soon!
HAPPENING THIS WEEK, MONDAY, FEBRUARY 17th, 2020-SUNDAY, FEBRUARY 23rd, 2020
Protest Vigil at TD Bank
sponsored by Post Oil Solutions
Friday, February 21st, 2020 (and every Friday) at TD Bank Brattleboro (215 Main Street, Brattleboro, VT). In front of the building. 12pm-1pm. Signs will be provided
TD is a major investor in Tar Sands. TD helps to fund the Dakota Access Pipeline. What You Can Do (besides attending the vigils): If you’re a TD depositor, change banks! Founded in 2005, Post Oil Solutions is a 501c3 community organizing project in Southeastern Vermont whose mission is to help empower the people of the Central Connecticut River Valley bioregion in this era of global warming and climate change to develop sustainable, resilient , collaborative, and socially just communities leading to a self- and community-sufficient post petroleum society.
Can Democracy Be Saved? (And Why Bother?)
hosted by Windham World Affairs Council
Friday, February 21st, 2020 at 118 Gallery (118 Elliot Street, Brattleboro, VT, 05301). 7pm-9pm. Coffee, tea, and conversation at 7pm, debate beings at 7:30pm.
Windham World Affairs Council (WWAC) will present a debate entitled, “Can Democracy Be Saved? (and Why Bother?). Two prominent residents of Walpole, NH, Ambassador Adrian Basora and Dr. Andrew Wilking will debate this question of urgent concern. After their debate there will be ample time for questions and dialogue.
Ambassador Adrian Basora, Trustee of the Foreign Policy Research Institute, Co-Chairman of its Eurasia Program and the Project on Democratic Transitions, and principal author of the book "Does Democracy Matter? The United States and Global Democracy Support." His earlier Foreign Service career included assignments in Prague, Latin America, Romania, France and Spain, and at the US State Department.
Dr. Andrew Wilking, recently retired Professor of Pediatrics (Emeritus) at Baylor College of Medicine in Houston, Texas. He has long been a student of history with special interests in American and English colonial history.
“Courage doesn’t always roar, sometimes it’s the quiet voice at the end of the day whispering ‘I will try again tomorrow’.”
Mary Anne Radmacher
Portland, OR born writer and artist
Courage, dear WeCAN community, can be found in places big and small, in everyone from the youngest child to the oldest person. Our beloved Windham County is full-to-the-brim with some of the most courageous and action-driven folx in Vermont; our friends and neighbors consistently show up for each other even in the face of fear, uncertainty, and deterrence. These last few years have been some of the scariest and fear inducing years in modern history, and we would like to recognize the bravery in ALL of us for enduring.
Here are a few tips that can help you find your own courage in the face of fear and adversity:
1) Consider the validity of your fear and remind yourself that fear is a chain reaction of events happening inside your body. Interrupt the chain reaction with breathing and refocusing techniques that may allow your mind to think more clearly
2) Make specific plans to overcome your fear and choose to act, following your heart and moral compass. Practice bravery with courage building exercises in which you identify your concerns and begin to make a plan to deal with them directly. The more frequently you do these exercises, the easier it may be to face your fears directly
3) Take part in an activity that engages your brain's cognition center (your prefrontal cortex, the part of your brain that reasons) and encourage your brain to work through the fear while you read a book, knit, exercise, play word/number games, or visit with friends and family
4) Name your fears. Tell a loved one, write them down, or say them out loud. Naming them can take their power away, freeing up your brain's ability to think of solutions and back-up plans
5) Meditate or exercise to stimulate endorphin production. This may directly counteract the chain reaction in your brain that produces fear as we understand it
6) Embrace your fear, then let it go. Accept it, name it, and feel it; let it pass through you, back into the air, and commit to moving forward without it
How do you practice bravery and courage? Tell us at firstname.lastname@example.org or let us know in our Facebook Group. We'd love to feature your response in an upcoming Weekly Email Update!Read more
Nobody made a greater mistake than he who did nothing because he could only do a little."
-Edmund Burke (b.1729; d.1797)
Irish political philosopher, Whig politician, and statesman
Happy Sunday and Happy February, WeCAN Community. We have a few new entries this week (including 3 entries for this coming Monday alone!), so please take your time and scroll though this week's offerings with your calendar in hand. If you're a group organizer, please consider getting your Spring events in soon--we look forward to posting them and March will be here before you know it.
Have a wonderful week and we look forward to seeing you at an event or meeting in the near future.