Weekly Email Update 8.8.22

“I am not here for your understanding of who I am. I am here for your understanding of who you are. I am your mirror. How you feel about me, what you see in me, the thoughts that arise from your encounter of me, the judgements you hold about me are all reflections of you. They have nothing to do with me.”
Emily Maroutian
Author and poet born in Yerevan, Armenia. She moved with her family to the USA in 1989.


     There are a number of new entries this week, WeCAN Family, so please scroll through the listings with fresh eyes. We encourage you, too, to bring a friend or loved one to an event this week and start a conversation with them about how we can work to improve Justice in our towns, county, and state. We are truly reflections of each other and weCAN strive to be the best reflections we can possibly be, together. 
     A reminder, too, to VOTE THIS TUESDAY, AUGUST 9th, 2022, if you haven't done so already. Polls are open in some places from 7am onward, and others (like Guilford, for one) open later at 10am. We strongly urge you to bring a friend or family member to vote with you and to ask your circle of friends and family if they have a voting plan for Tuesday. Remember: you can register and vote on the same day in VT. If you have questions or need help getting to the polls, email [email protected] and we will get you sorted. Happy voting, Windham County! 

To find your polling location, please go to: https://sos.vermont.gov/elections/voters/polling-places/
For election night results, please go to: 
https://electionresults.vermont.gov/Index.html#/town
Windham County Local Candidate Information:
https://www.ballotready.org/vt-windham-county
Vermont Candidate Information:
https://www.addisonindependent.com/2022/08/04/vermont-primary-election-voter-guide-2022/
https://vtdigger.org/vtdigger-2022-election-guide/
https://www.sevendaysvt.com/vermont/2022-vermont-primary-candidate-lists/Content?oid=35911755

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Lean Left Action of the Week

New Hampshire 
The radical right-wing has infiltrated every nook and cranny in New Hampshire. We can be sure that they will try their hardest to disrupt the primary election on September 13th and the November 8 election. Recruiting poll observers and voter assistance hotline volunteers is crucial to seeing citizens are not harassed or stopped from voting.

  • Every Monday from 4pm to 6pm, the Dems Voter Protection team provides information about recruiting poll observers and hotline staff. Sign up here.
  • Then join us at the Sunday PowerHour on August 7th. You can drop in anytime between 3pm and 5pm. This is dedicated time spent working together to get critical election tasks done. These work gatherings will be held every week until the November election. Sign up here.  If you need more information about the Sunday PowerHour or the NH recruitment effort, please contact Rebecca

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WeCAN WEDNESDAYS

    Preparations are underway for our 5th Birthday Celebration this Fall. If you would like to be a part of the planning committee, please email us at [email protected] The date and time are still TBA, but you can check this website https://www.wecantogether.net/wecan_5th_birthday_party periodically. We will update it when the details are firmed up. Thank you!

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HAPPENING TODAY,
SUNDAY, AUGUST 7th, 2022

Share the Harvest Stand
brought to you by Edible Brattleboro
Sunday, August 7th, 2022 at the Corner of Elm Street and Frost Street, Brattleboro, VT, 05301. 11am-1pm.
Questions or need a different time to drop off veggies? Email Marilyn at [email protected].
Pick up fresh, local veggies for free! 
Do you have extra veggies from your garden? Drop them off at the stand between 10:30am-11:30am to share with your community!
Vegan/GF Everyone Eats! meals will be available as well, first come, first served.

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Weekly Email Update 8.1.22

“When you see something that is not just, not fair, or not right, you have to do something. You have to say something. Make a little noise. It's time for us to get into good trouble, necessary trouble.”
— John Lewis
leader within American Civil Rights Movements & former Congressperson

   
  Happy Sunday WeCAN friends, and a very warm welcome to the new members joining us for this week's Weekly Email Update. We were so pleased to have met you all during the WeCAN Wednesdays we co-sponsored this Summer and extend a hearty thank you for your commitment to Justice events in Windham County and beyond. We are elated to have you on board and are excited to collaborate with you at upcoming events. Welcome! 
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WeCAN WEDNESDAYS

We want to extend our sincerest thanks to Rep Emilie Kornheiser and Windham County Democrats, as well as so many others who gave of their time and resources, for all their hard work this Summer at the WeCAN Wednesday events. We had originally planned to have one more event on August 9th, but have decided to postpone our WeCAN birthday party until the Fall so that we can devote more time to planning and getting the word out about the event. If you'd like to be a part of the planning committee, please email us at [email protected] Thank you!

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HAPPENING TODAY,
SUNDAY, JULY 31st, 2022

Share the Harvest Stand
brought to you by Edible Brattleboro
Sunday, July 31st, 2022 at the Corner of Elm Street and Frost Street, Brattleboro, VT, 05301. 11am-1pm.
Questions or need a different time to drop off veggies? Email Marilyn at [email protected].
Pick up fresh, local veggies for free! 
Do you have extra veggies from your garden? Drop them off at the stand between 10:30am-11:30am to share with your community!
Vegan/GF Everyone Eats! meals will be available as well, first come, first served.

 

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Weekly Email Update 7.25.22

“Reproductive freedom is critical to a whole range of issues. If we can’t take charge of this most personal aspect of our lives, we can’t take care of anything. It should not be seen as a privilege or as a benefit, but a fundamental human right.”
― Faye Wattleton
American reproductive rights activist who was the first African American and the youngest president ever elected of Planned Parenthood Federation of America

     
    Friends, for the first time in 5 years, we missed a Weekly Email Update newsletter--we sincerely apologize to all our organizations and readers. This week's email is back, though, and full of ways to get involved and share your unique talents with our community. This week's new offerings include an upcoming WeCAN Wednesday "Dinner at the Long Table" event on July 27th, a trains and transportation celebration with Brenda Siegel, candidate for Governor, a peecycling party in Bellows Falls, and two Abenaki-centered events: one about art and one about cooking, amongst many others. We truly look forward to seeing you at an event or meeting soon!
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WeCAN WEDNESDAYS

     Exciting news: WeCAN is co-sponsoring a series of events this Summer with Brattleboro Democrats and Rep. Emilie Kornheiser! The series continues on July 13th, 2022 and runs through August. Join us at the Brattleboro Town Common where we will celebrate politics, get to know candidates new and old, and maybe even throw ourselves a 5 year birthday party...we can't wait to see you there!
You can find more information below in this email or go to https://www.wecantogether.net/wecan_wednesdays_2022, where these events will have a dedicated space on our website. 
Upcoming Schedule
Wednesday, July 27th, 2022 at 5pm: Meet the Candidates: Dinner at the Long Table. Please join us by clicking on this rsvp link to register. 
Tuesday, August 9, 2022 at 5pm: Primary Day Celebration/ WeCAN's 5th Birthday Party! (The date on the graphic is incorrect)

If you would like to volunteer or set up a table for your organization, please use the following links:

Click here to volunteer: https://www.emiliekornheiser.org/volunteer/
Click here to sign up to table or represent a candidate: https://forms.gle/4JuNT7Uw1hwQkHGp8

If you would like to sign up to help at the WeCAN table, please email us at [email protected] Thank you!

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Lean Left Action of the Week

New Hampshire
Let’s hit the road. Talking to real-live people in person IS how we can help Granite Staters win in November. We have several opportunities on the western side of New Hampshire where you can hop over in the morning, talk with voters, have lunch, and be home by the afternoon! Team up with other Vermonters!

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HAPPENING TODAY,
SUNDAY, JULY 24th, 2022

Share the Harvest Stand
brought to you by Edible Brattleboro
Sunday, July 24th, 2022 at the Corner of Elm Street and Frost Street, Brattleboro, VT, 05301. 11am-1pm.
Questions or need a different time to drop off veggies? Email Marilyn at [email protected].
Pick up fresh, local veggies for free! 
Do you have extra veggies from your garden? Drop them off at the stand between 10:30am-11:30am to share with your community!
Vegan/GF Everyone Eats! meals will be available as well, first come, first served.

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HAPPENING OUTSIDE WINDHAM COUNTY: GREENFIELD, MA
Peaceful Protest at the Greenfield Common

Organized by Zoe Naughton-O’Connor
Sunday, July 24th, 2022 on the Greenfield Town Green (2-8 Bank Row, Greenfield, MA 01301). 2pm.
To commemorate one month since the overturning of Roe v Wade, we will have a peaceful protest on the Greenfield Common. Please feel free to bring signs. Those who are moved to speak are encouraged to do so, in a peaceful manner.

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Weekly Email Update 7.11.22

"What we're witnessing wasn't a constitutional judgment, it was an exercise in raw political power. We cannot allow an out of control Supreme Court, working in conjunction with extremist elements of the Republican party, to take away freedoms and our personal autonomy."
President Joe Biden, on the striking down of Roe v. Wade

Dear {{recipient.first_name_or_friend}} --     
     Welcome to the week's Weekly Email Update, friends. Last week, we promised to provide abortion care resources, both local and national, for you to save and share with your circles and networks; the more information we have at our fingertips, the quicker that information can get to those who need it. The following organizations are by no means a comprehensive list, but they are a great place to start. 

Vermont Access to Reproductive Freedom
https://www.vermontaccess.org
Vermont Access to Reproductive Freedom provides financial assistance to help Vermonters pay for abortion through grassroots fundraising, working to equalize access and promote economic justice. To speak with someone about funding for an abortion, please call 802-371-0102.

Abortion Finder
https://www.abortionfinder.org/abortion-guides-by-state/abortion-in-vermont/providers
Different providers offer abortion through different pregnancy stages. Use our abortion provider search to find abortion care according to your specific location, age, and pregnancy stage or text “hello” to 435-334-6337. You can also browse the general list of Vermont abortion providers using the link above. 

Abortion On Demand
https://abortionondemand.org/states/vermont/
Abortion by mail on a massive scale.
AOD gets abortion pills to people who need them as quickly and safely as possible. With over two decades of collective experience in medically complex abortion care, our team knows that being pro-choice means supporting ALL the safe methods by which pregnant people choose to access abortion.
Telemedicine utilizes technology that is not yet accessible to everyone everywhere, so we built our platform to donate back to in-person clinics doing this sacred work.

SexEtc: For Teens, By Teens
https://sexetc.org/states/vermont/
Sex, Etc. is on a mission to improve teen sexual health across the country! Each year, five million young people visit Sexetc.org, and over 45,000 read our magazine to get honest and accurate sexual health information. We’ve helped teens with answers to their question about sex, relationships, pregnancy, STDs, birth control, sexual orientation and more!

Know Your Rights: The Office of the Vermont Attorney General
https://ago.vermont.gov/blog/2022/06/30/know-your-reproductive-rights-in-vermont/
The info in in the link above is intended to answer questions about your legal rights in Vermont. You should talk to a health care provider about questions regarding your reproductive health, including whether and when you can safely terminate your pregnancy.
Exercise caution when speaking with a new health care provider or searching online for health information. Do not share your personal health information except with a trusted provider.

Please take note: Some organizations may be nefarious in nature, masquerading as pregnancy centers when, in reality, they are pro-life centers. Take Care Net, for example. It runs Branches Pregnancy Center in Brattleboro (one of a few they operate here in VT) which looks like, at first glance, a post-abortion resource center. When Googled, you learn Care Net is actually an Evangelical Christian network of crisis pregnancy centers, operating primarily in the United States. As an anti-abortion organization, it's centers seek to persuade women not to have abortions. If you are unsure of a clinic, please research them and ask for assistance from trusted activists when making your decision. Please email [email protected] if you are unsure and we will work with you to get you the information you need. 

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Bans Off Our Bodies National Walkout: Wednesday, July 13th, 2022
https://www.plannedparenthoodaction.org/rightfully-ours/bans-off-our-bodies
The end of Roe is not business as usual. Stripping people of their right to abortion will have dangerous consequences. This ruling harms people of all genders, incomes, and backgrounds  — including workers, businesses, and the economy. It jeopardizes the future of work and each worker’s future. Now is the time to use your platform and your influence to support reproductive rights, and members of the business community are speaking out by walking out. If you are able to leave work, join your peers across the country in a national walkout on Wednesday, July 13.
The Bans Off Our Bodies Walkout is a national day of action to amplify the fight for abortion rights across the U.S., show support for abortion providers, and set the stage for future actions over the next few months. It will make it clear that we won’t back down — not now, not ever. 
People can participate in two different ways: 
1) Walk out from work on July 13 at 4:00 p.m. local time. For those who are able, walkout participants will turn on an out-of-office message explaining that they have joined folks across the country in leaving work early to call attention to abortion rights. On top of the out-of-office message, participants will post a graphic and caption to their social channels about the walkout. 
2) Post in solidarity with walkout participants and abortion providers. For those who are not able to leave work early, participants will post a graphic and caption to their social channels on July 13 at 4:00 p.m. local time in solidarity with walkout participants and abortion providers.
Important Legal Note:  Walking out from the job can carry legal or employment consequences, including termination of employment, depending on your employer and locale. Anyone considering participating in the Bans Off Our Bodies Walkout should consult with their employer and/or legal counsel as appropriate. 
Nothing on this site is - or is intended to be - legal advice, or a recommendation that anyone walk out of their job without carefully considering all potential consequences. 

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Endorse Vermont’s Reproductive Liberty Amendment
Have questions? Please contact Charlie Gliserman, Policy & Prop 5 Campaign Manager at [email protected] or (802) 338-6811.
The Reproductive Liberty Amendment, previously Prop 5, will be a ballot measure in Vermont's 2022 General Election. If passed, it would amend Vermont's constitution to protect every person's right to make their own reproductive decisions, like whether and when to become pregnant, use temporary or permanent birth control, or seek abortion care. 
An endorsement is a public statement of support for the Reproductive Liberty Amendment, which may be featured on the Vermont for Reproductive Liberty website (reprolibertyvt.org) and its campaign communications. 
An endorsement is a powerful way to show Vermont that you or your organization is proud to support the Reproductive Liberty Amendment. Join us in this campaign, powered by and for Vermonters, to protect reproductive freedom for all.
You can find the endorsement form HERE.
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WeCAN WEDNESDAYS

     Exciting news: WeCAN is co-sponsoring a series of events this Summer with Brattleboro Democrats and Rep. Emilie Kornheiser! The series continues on July 13th, 2022 and runs through August. Join us at the Brattleboro Town Common where we will celebrate politics, get to know candidates new and old, and maybe even throw ourselves a 5 year birthday party...we can't wait to see you there!
You can find more information below in this email or go to https://www.wecantogether.net/wecan_wednesdays_2022, where these events will have a dedicated space on our website. 
Upcoming Schedule
Wednesday, July 13rd, 2022 at 5pm: Meet the Candidates: Sit at the Long Table
Wednesday, July 27th, 2022 at 5pm: Meet the Candidates: Policy Huddles
Tuesday, August 9, 2022 at 5pm: Primary Day Celebration/ WeCAN's 5th Birthday Party! (The date on the graphic is incorrect)


If you would like to volunteer or set up a table for your organization, please use the following links:

Click here to volunteer: https://www.emiliekornheiser.org/volunteer/
Click here to sign up to table or represent a candidate: https://forms.gle/4JuNT7Uw1hwQkHGp8

If you would like to sign up to help at the WeCAN table, please email us at [email protected] Thank you!

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HAPPENING TODAY,
SUNDAY, JULY 10th, 2022

Share the Harvest Stand
brought to you by Edible Brattleboro
Sunday, July 3rd, 2022 at the Corner of Elm Street and Frost Street, Brattleboro, VT, 05301. 11am-1pm.
Questions or need a different time to drop off veggies? Email Marilyn at [email protected].
Pick up fresh, local veggies for free! 
Do you have extra veggies from your garden? Drop them off at the stand between 10:30am-11:30am to share with your community!
Vegan/GF Everyone Eats! meals will be available as well, first come, first served.

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