"We don't even know how strong we are until we are forced to bring that hidden strength forward. In times of tragedy, of war, of necessity, people do amazing things. The human capacity for survival and renewal is awesome."
Chilean-American writer whose works sometimes contain aspects of the genre of "magical realism”.
2014 U.S. Presidential Medal of Freedom recipient
There are a few new entries in this week's Update, friends. Take a moment, grab your calendar, and do your best to make a commitment to join an event or meeting listed below. Many hands make light work and we hope that you will consider lending your hands to work worth doing in Windham County. We hope to see you at an event soon!
A Covid 19 Reminder:
Please remember that Covid 19 is still very much present in Vermont and in our neighboring states. The VT Health Department reported 189 new infections Saturday, up from 141 on Thursday. Windham County had 17 new cases Saturday and 100 new cases in the last 14 days.* 33 people are currently hospitalized with the virus, including 8 in intensive care units. 15 people have died from Covid 19 this month in our state, more than double the projected total deaths by the Health Department+. Please verify the masking policy with the entity hosting the event you wish to attend, if it is in person. When in doubt: mask up, sanitize often, and keep your distance to limit the spread of Covid 19. Thank you!
Feeling ill, even if you're fully vaccinated? Get tested, it's free! Appointments are strongly recommended: https://www.healthvermont.gov/covid-19/testing/where-get-tested
Need to get vaccinated? Choose your clinic on this statewide map: https://experience.arcgis.com/experience/17de00f700434fc8942fe1af6c36d12a
“Refugees are not terrorists. They are often the first victims of terrorism.”
-António Manuel de Oliveira Guterres
Portuguese politician serving since 2017 as the ninth Secretary-General of the United Nations. A member of the Portuguese Socialist Party, he served as prime minister of Portugal from 1995 to 2002
We hope this week's email finds you well, WeCAN reader, and ready to weather Hurricane Henri, scheduled to make landfall today, Sunday, into Monday. To stay on top of warnings and recommendations, you can sign up for VT state weather and cleanup updates via Vermont Alert here: https://vem.vermont.gov/vtalert.
This week, we would like to share with you a few volunteer and donation options that will assist our neighbors from Afghanistan who are resettling the USA. Here are some ways you can help, from Vermont Public Radio (VPR):
"Afghans who are arriving in the U.S. will be coming to the Washington, D.C., area; Houston and Fort Worth, Texas; and Seattle and Tacoma, Wash.
Here's how you can help them and organizations on the ground in Afghanistan.
Volunteer to help resettled refugees: Lutheran Immigration and Refugee Service is asking for volunteers to help refugees upon arrival with airport pickups, meal assistance, mentorship, tutoring and more. You can participate if you're in one of the areas where refugees are arriving, and there's a standby list to join for other areas too. You can also donate.
Take up a challenge: Women for Women International says a "generous member of our community" will match up to $500,000 in donations for its Afghanistan program.
Open your wallet: Consider donating to Women for Afghan Women, which says it is the largest women's group in Afghanistan; the International Refugee Assistance Project; and the Afghan Journalists Safety Committee, which works to protect journalists on the ground.
Email the White House: The International Rescue Committee has an email form through which you can urge the Biden administration to take immediate steps to ensure "vulnerable Afghans have pathways to safety." The group is also asking for donations.
Copyright 2021 NPR. To see more, visit https://www.npr.org."
To assist refugees in our local area, please consider giving of your time and/or funds to CASP: Community Asylum Seekers Project. The mission of the Community Asylum Seekers Project is to provide basic needs and a supportive community for those in the process of seeking asylum in the U.S.
What CASP does:
How YOU can help:
For more information about how you can help asylum seekers in our area, please go to https://caspvt.org/volunteering/. Thank you.
"Homeless (people) exist because billionaires exist. In polarity, there is extreme poverty and extreme wealth. Bridge the gap between the two and you will find balance and an Earth that will survive the threat of humanity’s self-imposed climate change, among other existential threats. Earth is a reflection of humanity."
author, metaphysician, and neurolinguistics programmer
We'd like to start this week by celebrating a fantastic accomplishment in our local area, readers: The 24-Hour Shelter at Groundworks Drop-In Center will be open starting this Monday, August 16th, 2021! Here's some more information from their website, https://groundworksvt.org:
"In an effort to provide overnight shelter for a number of individuals currently living outdoors in the Brattleboro area, we plan to open the new Drop-In Center for 24-hour shelter, seven days a week, starting Monday, August 16th.
The new South Main Street Drop-In Center can provide shelter for up to 34 (!) people per night. The program (formerly known as the Seasonal Overflow Shelter or “SOS”) will launch with the hope that funding will allow the shelter to remain open for overnights year-round. Increased funds were available this year from the Vermont Agency of Human Services’ Office of Economic Opportunity (OEO)—extending the duration of the shelter season. However, an ongoing funding gap will need to be filled in order to prevent the shelter’s closing in future warmer months. We remain hopeful that we can fill that gap and keep the shelter open around the clock next summer.
The 24-Hour Shelter at Groundworks Drop-In Center provides food, overnight and daytime shelter, showers, laundry, and supportive services such as Case Management and a Representative Payee service. While we are maximizing meal support from Loaves & Fishes, Brigid’s Kitchen, and Everyone Eats, we plan to re-engage the program in which volunteer Meal Teams provide dinners for shelter guests; starting with three nights each week (Saturdays, Sundays, and Mondays). If you are interested in providing meals, you can email [email protected] for more information."
Congratulations to all the staff, crew, volunteers, and legislators who made this happen. Temporary shelter housing is a vital step to permanent housing and has been shown to be effective in preventing homelessness. To get involved, check out the listing for the 12th Annual Load the Latchis in the email below and bring your donation to the Latchis Theater in Brattleboro on Thursday, August 19th, 2021! We will see you there!
FIVE MINUTE 📲 CALL TO ACTION 📲
Line 3 Activists (https://www.stopline3.org) are asking everyone to call the Army Corps of Engineers (202-761-5903 or 202-761-1878) and tell them to pull Enbridge's 404 water permit. There have already been too many permit violations, as it is, to trust the Minnesota State government to continue overseeing this project. Enbridge's Line 3 pipeline is a threat to our climate, water, and violates treaty rights.
"One spoon of soup in need has more value than a pot of soup when we have an abundance of food."
This week's Weekly Email Update includes a BBQ fundraiser, a fried chicken dinner, and free veggies for all....it must be August abundance in Vermont, WeCAN readers! As we look froward to the end of Summer and start of Fall, we would like to remind group leaders, activists, and event planners to submit their upcoming late August/September/October events to [email protected] as soon as you are able; the longer events run in the Weekly Email Update, the more opportunities fellow activists have to see your listing and join you in your endeavors. Thank you, stay safe & healthy, and enjoy your week!
HAPPENING TODAY, SUNDAY, AUGUST 8th, 2021
Curtis’ BBQ Fundraiser
Sunday, August 8th, 2021 at Curtis’ BBQ (7 Putney Landing Rd, Putney, VT 05346). 11am until they are sold out!
Cash only, limited menu. Donations welcome and encouraged.
As many of you know, Curtis’ BBQ, a BI&POC led business in Putney, was repeatedly vandalized this Summer.
Come spend the day with Curtis' BBQ this Sunday August 8th for a fundraiser event!
We will be firing up the pits once again while our friends from Marks BBQ (Essex VT) will be setting up shop and working along side us to help serve up our signature plates of Ribs, Chicken, and of course Curtis’ award winning BBQ sauce.
Event is for one day only starting at 11am-sold out!
Limited menu, cash only!
See you there!!!