Weekly Email Update 11.2.20

"I'm voting to elect leaders who will work for the people to end systemic racism. The time is over for career politicians who no longer have the best interest of our country at heart. I'm voting for change so that Breonna's death is not in vain."
Tamika Palmer, Mother of Breonna Taylor
in an interview with Marie Claire

     For so many of us, dear WeCAN community member, this week has been a goalpost in the distant future. The path to it has been littered with road blocks and unspeakable heartbreak for so many. We are here, though, at a crossroads of our shared path; this election is the best chance 'We the People' have to change the course of our nation in a substantial way since Trump took office. If you haven't voted yet, please bring your absentee ballot TO YOUR TOWN CLERK'S OFFICE ON MONDAY OR BRING IT TO YOUR POLLING PLACE ON TUESDAY. Your community sincerely thanks you for all of your efforts, large and small, that have helped us to prepare for this week. We got here together and we will go forward, together. 
     As many of us have already voted, you may be at a loss as to what to do Tuesday (and beyond) while we await the results. Here are some suggestions that may be helpful:

Prepare Beforehand
Try to limit the number of stressful things you have to do on Election Day if you are already feeling overwhelmed. Having comfort-food meals prepared or planned out beforehand is a small thing that can go a long way towards helping you feel more comfortable (consider stopping by Everyone Eats! in Brattleboro to pick up a free dinner for yourself and your family, too!) Tidy up the room where you'll be relaxing before Tuesday so that you can feel calm and undisturbed in your space. Do stressful errands on Monday if you are able and don't forget to ask for help if you need it! 

Make It a Movie Night
Forgo the election coverage stress altogether and have yourself a movie marathon, complete with leftover Halloween candy and popcorn. Enlist friends and family to watch along with you via a Watch Party app or watch it with them old-school: put each other on speaker phone, pressing play simultaneously on your devices to sync your audio. Set a theme, watch old favorites, or binge something new: there's no wrong way to do a movie night. 

Make a Plan to Continue Your Activism
No matter who wins on Tuesday, our nation is in desperate need of caring activists like you. Contemplate these questions: Where has your activism taken you in the past? Did you enjoy it? Where are you currently putting your 
energy? Is it short term or long term activism? Where do you see your activism taking you in 3 months? 1 year? 5 years? Activism is more fun with friends: how can you encourage one person in your circle to engage in activism with you? 

Be Mindful of the Amount of Network News and Social Media You Consume on Election Night
Keep in mind that by the time Election Day has rolled around and you’ve cast your vote, you can’t do anything else to change the course of the election. No amount of refreshing your news or social feed will alter the end result. So, give yourself permission to relax just a tick. Take breaks early and often and don't forget to hydrate. Resist the temptation to doomscroll (consuming endless negative news). Instead, pick a positive theme (ie liking your friends' "I Voted" sticker selfies or sending encouraging words to those still waiting in line to vote) and send your energy there. 

Talk It Out
No matter what happens this week, your mental health is crucial and shouldn't be ignored. Chat with family and friends if that feels appropriate. If you need to chat with a trained individual, Vermont has a few options:
Text “VT” to 741741 to speak with a trained Counselor
Pathways
Vermont Support Line
(833) VT-TALKS / (833) 888-2557 or text (833) 888-2557
Peer-operated Youth Hotline (877) YOUTHLINE or (877) 968-8454 (3pm-9pm Eastern)
Veterans Suicide Prevention Line (800) 273-8255, #1
National Hopeline Network (800) 442-HOPE or (800) 442-4673

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Weekly Email Update 10.26.20

"Our political leaders will know our priorities only if we tell them, again and again, and if those priorities begin to show up in the polls."
Peggy Noonan
American author, weekly columnist for The Wall Street Journal, and contributor to NBC News and ABC News

As the month of October draws to a close, we would just like to you remind you, WeCAN community, to get those absentee ballots back to your Town Clerk's office by the end of the business day on Monday, November 2nd if you are using the USPS to return your ballot or would like to hand your ballot to the Town Clerk in person. You can also return your ballot on Election Day, Tuesday, November 3rd, by bringing your ballot to your polling station and dropping it off by 7pm. If you have not received a ballot, please contact your Town Clerk immediately. If you are not yet registered to vote, don't worry! You can register all the way up to and on Election Day, with proper identification. You can find more information here: https://sos.vermont.gov/elections/voters/.
     If you are still unsure about how to make your vote count here in Vermont, check out this PSA from The Most Interesting Man in the World (who happens to be a Manchester, VT resident) where he explains how to vote in the Green Mountain State during this General Election. (Click the image below to view.) Enjoy! 

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HAPPENING TODAY, SUNDAY, OCTOBER 25th, 2020

Brattleboro Mother Up! Meet-Up
Sunday, October 25th, 2020 at Wild Carrot Farm (511 Upper Dummerston Road, Brattleboro, VT, 05301). 10am-12pm.
We're heading to Wild Carrot Farm for in-person, outdoor, distanced meet-up! Big thanks to our hosts, Caitlin, Jesse, and family. Guidelines:
* Unless eating, masks required for all adults. Masks at parental discretion for kids under age 5.
* Maintain physical distance
* Snacks (apples, cheese sticks, granola bars, hard-boiled eggs) provided
* Childcare support provided by Mikaela and Max.
* RSVP helpful but not required
We'll share gratitudes, send more postcards to NH voters, plan for what comes after the election, and end with a song. Can't wait to see some of you in person!Mother Up!: Families Rise Up for Climate Action is a project of 350 Vermont bringing together families to talk about the tough realities of climate change and to participate in the transition to a healthier and safer world. What Joanna Macy calls the “Great Turning,” or the third revolution, is this unprecedented time where we are called to stop the destruction of our world, to build new life-sustaining practices and ways of being, and to shift our collective consciousness. We especially wish to engage young parents in this vital discussion of how we can make positive changes to protect our planet for our children's future.

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Share the Harvest Stand
brought to you by Edible Brattleboro
Sunday, October 25th, 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 [email protected] Please wear a mask. 
Pick up FREE fresh veggies and/or drop off surplus from your garden to share. Please supply your own bags.  

 

 

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US National Security and the Election: What’s At Stake? with Ambassador Peter Galbraith 
Sunday, October 25th, 2020, Online. 4pm.

Zoom link: https://us02web.zoom.us/webinar/register/WN_PMdXmsGpRAW7bihkZ5pCCA
In his annual lecture for the WWAC, Amb. Galbraith will discuss how the choices US voters make will affect US national security interests with regard to the pandemic, climate change, NATO, Europe, the Near East, Iran, China, Russia, and the endless wars in Afghanistan and Iraq, and against terrorism. The talk will be followed by a community Q & A held via Zoom.

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Democracy Defenders Weekly Call
hosted by Rights & Democracy VT and Rights & Democracy NH
Sunday, October 25th, 2020
Sunday, November 1st, 2020, Online. 5pm-6:30pm.
RSVP: secure.everyaction.com/OoJE3Y_ERE66je2HMghAUQ2
Over the past few months, Rights & Democracy has been hard at work getting out the vote for the upcoming November elections. Following the first presidential debate and Trump’s concerning attempts to undermine confidence in our electoral process, we are redoubling our efforts to ensure a fair election and preparing to respond to any post-election threats to our democracy. If we want to be prepared for every scenario and defend our democracy, we must act NOW.
Please join us for our weekly Democracy Defenders call every Sunday until the election. We will strategize how to get out the vote, recruit volunteers and poll workers for Election Day, and take collective action after the election to protect our democracy and start healing our country. While we hope to celebrate victory on November 4th, these months of extreme uncertainty have taught us that our best course of action is to be united and prepared. We hope you be with us for these important planning calls.
To receive Zoom call info, please follow the links to RSVP: 
Sunday, October 25: https://secure.everyaction.com/W4DSX5fqUUuEdO44Rkzayg2
Sunday, November 1: https://secure.everyaction.com/5VrkvOg1n0evQCpfrlXviA2

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Weekly Email Update 10.19.20

"A government reflects the views of those who select it, and if people are unable to cast their ballot because the voting hours aren't convenient for them or because other hurdles have been raised too high, we get a less representative government as a result."
Nina Turner
an American politician and professor from Ohio. A member of the Democratic Party, she was a Cleveland City Councillor from 2006 to 2008 and an Ohio State Senator from 2008 until 2014

 We hope you are recharging and regenerating this weekend, WeCAN Friends, and are enjoying the foliage while you make and execute your early and absentee ballot voting plans. There are many new events listed this week and more than a couple are geared towards voter awareness. Make a plan to attend one or more of these wonderful programs and get ready to defend democracy like you never have before.  
     We urge you to return your absentee ballots, if you haven't already, and to check with your friends, family, and neighbors to make sure that they have returned theirs as well. If you have not received your ballot, please go to https://mvp.vermont.gov as soon as possible to request one. Requests for an early voter absentee ballot can be made at any time until 5pm, or by the time of closing of your town clerk's office on the last day that the clerk has regular hours before the election. The request can be made at the same time the person registers to vote.
     Please make the choice and make the time to vote in this 
election cycle, WeCAN Family, even if you have never cast a ballot before. If there was ever a time to make your voice heard, when only everything we love is on the line, it is now. We sincerely thank you for doing your civic duty. 

NOTE:
It has come to our attention that there was a misprint in prior issues of the Weekly Email Update. The Veggie Van Go food drop that takes place in Brattleboro on the 1st and 3rd Mondays of the month  runs until 11:30am, not 2pm. We sincerely apologize for any confusion. Thank you. 

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HAPPENING TODAY, SUNDAY, OCTOBER 18th, 2020

Share the Harvest Stand
brought to you by Edible Brattleboro
Sunday, October 18th, 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 [email protected] Please wear a mask. 
Pick up FREE fresh veggies and/or drop off surplus from your garden to share. Please supply your own bags.  

 

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Ridin’ With Biden Windham County Car Rally
with the Windham County Dems
Sunday, October 18th, 2020, Various locations. 12pm-4pm.
Register to join on the Ridin' with Biden Eventbrite link on this page and join: https://www.facebook.com/groups/ridinwithbidenvt for rally information and decoration ideas. 
We're looking for drivers (+ friends) to join the Windham County for a Ridin' with Biden Car Rally This is your opportunity to show your support for Joe Biden, Kamala Harris and Windham Dems up and down the ticket.
You can drive the entire 106-mile scenic route -- starting at Noon at the Guilford Country Store or you can enter the car parade at any of the 13 stops along the scenic route as we drive past Dummerston, Putney, Windham, Saxton's River, Cambridgeport, Grafton, Londonderry, Rawsonville/Bondville/Stratton, Jamaica, Wardsboro, West Dover/Mount Snow, Wilmington, Marlboro and into Brattleboro.
Can't do the drive, but want to show your support? Sign up to attend a rally in your village and do a shout out with signs as the Ridin' With Biden Car Rally drives by your town.
We're ending the event with a proper Apple Pie Social (socially-distanced, of course). And everyone is welcome. This will be a fantastic time to celebrate our candidates and county in a responsible and proactive way.

 

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David Zuckerman Virtual Get Out the Vote (GOTV) Rally with Senator Bernie Sanders
Sunday, October 18th, 2020, Online. 4pm.
Join us LIVE on YouTube or Facebook Live at https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCZW9tahkaQk_MXwjAfqINY or @zuckermanforvt. To donate, please visit zuckermanforvt.com/donate.
We are so excited for you to join our Virtual GOTV Rally tomorrow, Sunday 10/18 at 4pm. We're really looking forward to this fun event. We have 2 big updates for you. 
-First of all, we are so excited to announce our surprise guest... Senator Bernie Sanders! We are honored to have his endorsement in this race and are looking forward to his remarks.
-Secondly, we are changing the format of this event. It will no longer be a Zoom call and will instead be streamed on Facebook @zuckermanforvt and on Youtube at https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCZW9tahkaQk_MXwjAfqINYA. Please disregard the Zoom link you were sent and instead join us on Facebook or Youtube.
Thank you so much again for your loyal support of our campaign and we look forward to seeing you tomorrow at 4pm. Let's Get Out the Vote!

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Poetry and Social Justice: Five Poets in Conversation
Part of the Brattleboro Literary Festival
hosted by Chard deNiord and Diana Whitney
Sunday, October 18th, 2020, Online. 4:30pm-5:45pm.
Please register here: https://us02web.zoom.us/webinar/register/WN_HBB9wO6cR6GeDnuBzm7sYw. Expect a brief reading, lively discussion, and audience Q & A.
Join the Brattleboro Literary Festival for a conversation with five extraordinary poets on the topic of poetry and social justice. Cameron Awkward-Rich, Natalie Diaz, Carolyn Forché, Major Jackson, and Elizabeth Powell have all written memorable poetry that bears witness to injustice. We're delighted to bring them together to read from their new books and discuss questions such as:
- What is the role of poetry in our age of crisis? 
- What poems have influenced you that are timeless and topical at the same time? 
- How do your poems move from the page into the world, becoming memorable speech that brings about justice? 
- How can we learn through language to talk to each other, to listen deeply, and to envision a future of equality and diversity?

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Democracy Defenders Weekly Call
hosted by Rights & Democracy VT and Rights & Democracy NH
Sunday, October 18th, 2020,
Sunday, October 25th, 2020
Sunday, November 1st, 2020, Online. 5pm-6:30pm.
RSVP: secure.everyaction.com/OoJE3Y_ERE66je2HMghAUQ2
Over the past few months, Rights & Democracy has been hard at work getting out the vote for the upcoming November elections. Following the first presidential debate and Trump’s concerning attempts to undermine confidence in our electoral process, we are redoubling our efforts to ensure a fair election and preparing to respond to any post-election threats to our democracy. If we want to be prepared for every scenario and defend our democracy, we must act NOW.
Please join us for our weekly Democracy Defenders call every Sunday until the election. We will strategize how to get out the vote, recruit volunteers and poll workers for Election Day, and take collective action after the election to protect our democracy and start healing our country. While we hope to celebrate victory on November 4th, these months of extreme uncertainty have taught us that our best course of action is to be united and prepared. We hope you be with us for these important planning calls.
To receive Zoom call info, please follow the links to RSVP: 
Sunday, October 18: https://secure.everyaction.com/OoJE3Y_ERE66je2HMghAUQ2
Sunday, October 25: https://secure.everyaction.com/W4DSX5fqUUuEdO44Rkzayg2
Sunday, November 1: https://secure.everyaction.com/5VrkvOg1n0evQCpfrlXviA2

 

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Weekly Email Update 10.12.20

"When the last tree has been cut down, the last fish caught, the last river poisoned, only then will we realize that one cannot eat money."
Alanis Obomsawin, Abenaki
Alanis Obomsawin, CC GOQ, born in what we know as New Hampshire, is an American Canadian Abenaki filmmaker, singer, artist and activist primarily known for her documentary films

 Thank you for joining us for this issue of the Weekly Email Update, WeCANners. This week, we will observe Indigenous People's Day in Vermont and we'd like to share with you some ways you can actively participate in amplifying Native voices in Windham County and across the country. Have a great week, friends, and we look forward to seeing you online or from a distance in person. 

1) Learn About Indigenous Cultures and About the Abenaki Tribe that Lives on the Land We Call Vermont

Celebrate Indigenous Peoples Day by attending community celebrations, whether in-person or online, organized by Native people. Listen to Native organizers to learn about the food or music that makes these celebrations so great, and the role they play in the culture you’re observing. Indigenous Peoples Day is also a good time to learn about the tribes that live or lived where you live now. Native-land.ca is a web app that helps direct you to more resources about different Indigenous cultures and territories all over the world. Kids can get engaged, too! Click here to check out some kid-aged Abenaki facts, too.

2) Donate To Indigenous Rights Organizations

Opening your wallet to support groups fighting for Indigenous rights is a great way to celebrate Indigenous People’s Day. Directly supporting their missions with donations allows organizations to allocate resources wherever they’re needed most. Consider donating to the Bears Ears Intertribal Coalition, a group made up of five nations who are in a battle to preserve Bears Ears National Monument in Utah, which is being threatened by the Trump administration. Or you could support Seeding Sovereignty, an Indigenous-led collective that advocates for climate justice, informed by Indigenous practices, which has been putting its efforts behind a mutual aid program during the COVID-19 pandemic. Or, you can donate to Native Artisans that are creating in what we know as Vermont through the Vermont Abenaki Artists Association .You can donate directly to the Abenaki Tribe here

3) Attend Vigils, Rallies, Or Marches Organized By Native People

After a summer of near non-stop rallies for racial justice, keep up that momentum for Indigenous-led organizations in your area. Attending this action, taking place at the Retreat Farm in Brattleboro, is one way see what kind of solidarity is welcomed or needed in Windham County. Respect organizers’ wishes for who attends, speaks, or presents at these events, too.

4) Support Native Artisans

Another way to open your wallet is to support Native American artists and artisans by buying their work - like the work of Vermont Abenaki Artists- then proudly displaying it. Etsy is one place to connect with sellers who are indigenous, and you can also look to local artist collectives near you to see what people are making.

5) Don’t Just Celebrate Indigenous Peoples Day — Actively Disavow Columbus Day

That's right — it's time to have an uncomfortable conversation with your aunt about her Facebook posts. Don’t hesitate to talk to other non-Indigenous people about the history and legacy behind Columbus Day — and why it means we should be celebrating Indigenous Peoples Day instead.


The Abenaki Tribe Logo

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HAPPENING TODAY, SUNDAY, OCTOBER 11th, 2020

Share the Harvest Stand
brought to you by Edible Brattleboro
Sunday, October 11th, 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 [email protected] Please wear a mask. 
Pick up FREE fresh veggies and/or drop off surplus from your garden to share. Please supply your own bags.  

 

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Windham County No Mas Polimigra Campaign Meeting
Sunday, October 11th, Online, 5pm-7pm.
Contact [email protected] for information and meeting link.
Justicia Migrante / Migrant Justice is waging a statewide campaign to block communication and cooperation between local police and immigration authorities. Groups are organizing town by town and county by county, with growing success across the state.
A group formed in Windham County to advance the campaign with the County Sheriff and Brattleboro Police Department (for now). Join us to plan strategy, create public education and events, and move this key piece of police reform forward.
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