Weekly Email Update 9.28.20

"When you get into a tight place and everything goes against you, till it seems as though you could not hang on a minute longer, never give up then, for that is just the place and time that the tide will turn."
Harriet Beecher Stowe
American abolitionist and author. She came from the Beecher family, a famous religious family, and is best known for her novel Uncle Tom's Cabin, which depicts the harsh conditions for enslaved African Americans

 There are quite a few new entries in this week's Update, Friends. Take a moment, grab a chair and your calendar, and do your best to make a commitment to join one or more of these actions. Many hands make light work and we hope that you will consider lending your hands to work worth doing. We hope to see you at an event soon! 

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HAPPENING TODAY, SUNDAY, SEPTEMBER 27th, 2020

Brattleboro Mother Up! Meet-Up
Sunday, September 27th, 2020 at Retreat Farm (Farmhouse Square, Brattleboro, VT, 05301). 10am-12pm.
Join us for another in-person, outdoor, distanced meet-up at Retreat Farm! Guidelines:
* We would like to keep our group size under 25. You can respond to this FB event, but please email [email protected] to confirm.
* 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.
We'll share gratitudes, walk up to the forest for an action-oriented discussion including the upcoming 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.
Join us on Facebook ~ www.facebook.com/groups/1575656819412318 

 

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Share the Harvest Stand
brought to you by Edible Brattleboro
Sunday, September 27th, 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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Yard Signs-Drive Thru & Pick Up
hosted by Windham County Democrats
Sunday, September 27th, 2020 at the Brattleboro Outlet Center (580 Canal St, Brattleboro, VT 05301). 12pm-3pm.
Come and get your Democratic lawn signs, just in time for voting season. Biden/Harris, Zuckerman, and other state and local candidates.
We will also provide key information on candidates and individual voting plans.
Get your picture taken with Vera and Monty, official mascots of the Windham County Democrats.

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Weekly Update 06.17.18

We must do everything in our power to keep families together, and to use common sense in our immigration laws. Children deserve better than to lose a parent because of an inflexible law.”
Representative Jose Serrano, (D-NY 15th District)

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Weekly Update 06.25.18

"If you are more fortunate than others build a longer table, not a taller fence."
Unknown

Many of you have been asking for ways you can support ending the Zero Tolerance Policy locally. Here are some ideas: 

-June 25th: First Day of No School Rally, Montpelier, VT (see listing below)

-June 30th: Not in Our Name Rally on the Brattleboro Commons in Brattleboro, VT (see listing below)

-Join the Keep Families Together Postcard Avalanche
A Simple, Strong Action You Can Take Right Now organized by Laura Lynette Chapman, Laura Casey, and the Putney Huddle.
The Plan: In addition to donating funds and calling our representatives, plan to bombard the Border Patrol Offices along the Mexican border with postcards appealing directly to border patrol agents' humanity. We will use the internet to amplify our voices by photo documenting and sharing our postcards in our event on FB, on our Facebook feeds, Twitter and Instagram. Use the Hashtags #FamiliesBelongTogether #TheWholeWorldIsWatching #USBorderPatrol
Why: Ripping children from their families is deeply unethical, something associated with slave owners and Nazis. While we wait for our congress to take some action to stop these atrocities, we want to let border patrol agents know we are watching, that they have a choice, and that they can stop this by refusing to participate. Our action will also let Congress know that citizens are horrified by what our government is doing.
How: On your own or with friends and family create and send personalized postcards to the Border Patrol Offices along the Mexican border. These messages CANNOT be hateful. We may be angry, but our anger will not be effective; it will alienate us from the agents. Instead they must be appeals to the agents as human beings.
Message Ideas:
- You can stop this.
- You have a choice.
- No one can make you take a child from their family.
- Will you go home to your family tonight? These families love their children just like you love yours.
- You are brave. You are kind. You are compassionate. Please don't take children away from their families. It goes against everything you believe in.
- I'm sorry you are facing a moral dilemma
- This must go against your values
- This must be hard, don't let this harden your heart
- Please be compassionate, don't become a Nazi
- Treat others as you would wish your family to be treated
Postcards with the Families Belong Together logo and pre-addressed labels will be available for free at Everyone's Books and the Putney Co-op by Thursday, 6/21/18 or you can make your own. Simply cut a piece of cardstock into four pieces. Postcards can be 3.5” x 5.5” or 4” x 6”. Decorate the front and place the address and stamp on the back. Don't forget to photo document and share your postcard in this event, on your Facebook feed, Twitter and Instagram. Use the Hashtags #FamiliesBelongTogether #TheWholeWorldIsWatching #USBorderPatrol


Addresses-

U.S. Customs & Border Protection
IPL/CBP INFO Center
1300 Pennsylvania Avenue N.W., MS: 1345
Washington, DC 20229

U.S. Customs & Border Protection
109 Shiloh Dr., Suite 300
Laredo, TX 78045

U.S. Customs & Border Protection
2323 S. Shepherd #1200
Houston, TX 77019

U.S. Customs & Border Protection
9400 Viscount Suite 104
El Paso, TX 79925

Please share to spread the word. Here is the event link for easy sharing...
https://www.facebook.com/events/2576769782548112/?ti=cl

 

Thank you for every action you take, big or small. 

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Weekly Update 07.02.18

“Remember, remember always, that all of us, you and I especially, are descended from immigrants and revolutionists.”
Franklin D. Roosevelt

     This Saturday approximately 500 friends and neighbors gathered on the Brattleboro Commons to decidedly declare that the Family Separation policy will not be tolerated. The Not in My Name event was hosted by The Putney Huddle, Everyone's Books, Brattleboro Solidarity, Brattleboro Rights and Democracy, and The Women's Action Team. Speakers included VT Senator Becca Balint, Steve Crofter from the Community Asylum Seekers Project, Representative Mike Mrowicki, Ezlerh Oreste, Candidate for Governor Brenda Siegel, Candidate for VT State Representative (Windham 4) Nader Hashim, and more.
The event was part of a nationwide effort to express solidarity with immigrants who are incarcerated and separated from loved ones. Take a moment to look at some of the images fellow weCAN member Laura Chapman shared after the event.
Photos courtesy of David Shaw.
Many thanks to all those who marched or rallied today, have donated time or money to immigration services and bail funds, and to those who have put their bodies and well-being on the line in front of ICE buildings or inside government buildings. Thank you, as well, to all those who care for activists by cooking their meals, watching their children, driving them to events, or posting their bail. No act is too small in the fight for justice and equality and we sincerely thank you for your efforts. 

  

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