Weekly Email Update 5.17.21

"This is not a worker shortage, this is a wage shortage. The restaurant business, inherently and pre-Covid, was a toxic workplace. You had an enormous wage gap between the back of the house and front of the house; rampant alcohol and drug problems; harassment issues; you've got people living in or near poverty working hourly jobs with no guarantees.”
Saru Jayaraman,
director of the Food Labor Research Center at the University of California-Berkeley and president of One Fair Wage, an advocacy group pushing to raise the subminimum wage for tipped workers.

   There are more than a few new entries in this week's Weekly Email Update, WeCAN readers...so let's get right to it! We hope to see you at an event or meeting soon. 
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HAPPENING TODAY, SUNDAY, MAY 16th, 2021

Weekly Community Conversation with Rep. Emilie Kornheiser
Sunday, May 16th, 2021, Online. 11am.
Please sign up in advance for this meeting and we’ll send you an email with the zoom link. https://us02web.zoom.us/meeting/register/tZEtce-grD4rGNxo9FEE3R8zKpRSj_qBTz03
Emilie Kornheiser, State Representative for Windham 2-1, invites you to join her weekly community conversations: every Sunday at 11am. We’ll talk about what’s happening in the legislature and in our town. Open conversation format-- come for the full hour or just stop by for a few minutes to share a particular concern or question.

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Watch Party: “Street Gang: How We Got to Sesame Street”
hosted by Windham County Democrats
Sunday, May 16th, 2021, Online. 7:30pm-10pm.
Registration for this event is at https://events.democrats.org/event/386698/?force_banner=true&share_context=event_details&share_medium=copy_link
Join the Windham County Democrats at Building Bridges for America as we explore the urgent issues in our world through watching a documentary and having a great discussion afterwards. Our discussions are lead by a guest and our volunteers. 
May’s viewing is "Street Gang: How We Got to Sesame Street", a documentary that explores issues of race and equality and how PBS and Sesame Street played a role in the growing discussion and how it continues to open conversations with parents and children today.

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Weekly Email Update 5.10.21

“We are now struggling for a new world which is based on peace, which is based on love, which is based on justice, which is based on accountability, (which is) based on human rights.”
Tawakkol Karman, b.1979
Nobel Peace Prize Laureate
Yemeni journalist, politician, and human rights activist. She leads the group "Women Journalists Without Chains," which she co-founded in 2005. She became the international public face of the 2011 Yemeni uprising that is part of the Arab Spring uprisings. Appointed member of Facebook's oversight board. Mom to three beautiful children. 

     This week's Weekly Email Update includes new events focused on observing Disability Awareness Day 2021, discussing Parenting 4 Social Justice, orienting new members at The Vermont Workers' Center, talking about healthcare with Ady Barkin and Becca Balint, meeting Delegate Lashrecse Aird from Virginia, and speaking up against anti-Asian violence in our communities, amongst others.
     Please take a moment to scroll through to the end of this newsletter and make a plan get involved this week: your talents and time are desperately needed. We look forward to seeing you at an event, in person or virtually, soon!

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HAPPENING TODAY, SUNDAY, MAY 9th, 2021

Abenaki Recognition and Heritage Week
presented by the Ethan Allen Homestead Museum
Saturday, May 1st, 2021 at 12am-Sunday, May 9th, 2021 at 11:30pm
For tickets, please click HERE.
The Vermont Indigenous Heritage Center (VIHC)  presents an all-encompassing online film festival during Abenaki Recognition and Heritage Week; May 1st-9th, 2021.  They will take you on a startling journey through 12,000 years -- of old, new, mundane and extravagant stories and realities of the ancient, historical and modern Abenakis and their Neighbors.  Our settler partner, the Ethan Allen Homestead Museum is helping the VIHC to make the festival available to the Public.
This event will provide 20+ hours of instruction in Abenaki History, culture, and ecology.
You will be sent a link via email the day before the festival begins. The Link will take you to a private website which will contain all of the videos, watch some, watch them all! The site will be taken down on May 9th.

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Weekly Community Conversation with Rep. Emilie Kornheiser
Sunday, May 9th, 2021, Online. 11am.
Please sign up in advance for this meeting and we’ll send you an email with the zoom link. https://us02web.zoom.us/meeting/register/tZEtce-grD4rGNxo9FEE3R8zKpRSj_qBTz03
Emilie Kornheiser, State Representative for Windham 2-1, invites you to join her weekly community conversations: every Sunday at 11am. We’ll talk about what’s happening in the legislature and in our town. Open conversation format-- come for the full hour or just stop by for a few minutes to share a particular concern or question.

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Weekly Email Update 5.3.21

“I think we have to do everything that we can to end institutional racism in this country. It is not acceptable to me that the rate of childhood poverty among the African-American community is over 30 percent in this country — that is beyond belief — that African-Americans die from cancer at higher rates than whites. So we’re going to do everything we can to put resources into distressed communities and improve lives for those people who have been hurt by the legacy of slavery.”  
Senator Bernie Sanders on reparations, February 2019

   We have quite a few new entries this week, WeCAN readers, and we urge you to take a few moments and scroll through carefully as there are a few new listings sandwiched in-between older ones you may have already seen. 
     If you're in the mood to get right to work this week, here is a simple, 5 minute action that you can do whenever you have a few moments and access to your email. VT House Bill 273, an act relating to promoting racial and social equity in land access and property ownership, currently has 18 sponsors and needs your vocal support.

Here is some more information on VT House Bill 273: The Vermont BIPOC-Led Land Access and Opportunity Act
 
from @neilyjennings on Instagram

PURPOSE OF THIS ACT:

The purpose of this act is to invest in individual and collective land access and property ownership as a way to move towards greater racial and social equity in wealth distribution.
WHAT THIS ACT WILL DO:
Establish a “Vermont Land Access and Opportunity Fund,” which will be governed by BIPOC Vermonters and others appointed by various anti-racist organizations.
The Fund will award grants & funding for Vermonters who have historically suffered from discrimination and who have not had equal access to public or private economic benefits.
Funds will be directed toward:
• home purchase
• land for farming & stewardship
• financial education, wealth management, and regenerative natural resource programs
• Anti-racist mutual aid networks
• Collective ownership of land
• The Every Town Project
The Board will also work with the Vermont Housing Finance Agency and the Vermont Department of Taxes to remove barriers to home & property-ownership for BIPOC Vermonters.

Contact your representatives to encourage them to support this important legislation!
To find your VT State Representative's contact info, enter their name or your town into this search engine: https://legislature.vermont.gov/people/.

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HAPPENING TODAY, SUNDAY, MAY 2nd, 2021

Abenaki Recognition and Heritage Week
presented by the Ethan Allen Homestead Museum
Saturday, May 1st, 2021 at 12am-Sunday, May 9th, 2021 at 11:30pm
For tickets, please click HERE.
The Vermont Indigenous Heritage Center (VIHC)  presents an all-encompassing online film festival during Abenaki Recognition and Heritage Week; May 1st-9th, 2021.  They will take you on a startling journey through 12,000 years -- of old, new, mundane and extravagant stories and realities of the ancient, historical and modern Abenakis and their Neighbors.  Our settler partner, the Ethan Allen Homestead Museum is helping the VIHC to make the festival available to the Public.
This event will provide 20+ hours of instruction in Abenaki History, culture, and ecology.
You will be sent a link via email the day before the festival begins. The Link will take you to a private website which will contain all of the videos, watch some, watch them all! The site will be taken down on May 9th.

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No-Dig Garden Work Party at Mountain Home Park with Edible Brattleboro
Sunday, May 2nd, 2021 at Mountain Home Park in West Brattleboro, VT from 1pm-4pm (stay as long as you can). Email Marilyn at [email protected] for details and exact location.
Come join Edible Brattleboro volunteers as we expand the garden at Mountain Home Park in West Brattleboro. Learn how to build healthy soil and create a raised sheet-mulched bed without digging.

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Weekly Community Conversation with Rep. Emilie Kornheiser
Sunday, May 2nd, 2021, Online. 11am.
Please sign up in advance for this meeting and we’ll send you an email with the zoom link. https://us02web.zoom.us/meeting/register/tZEtce-grD4rGNxo9FEE3R8zKpRSj_qBTz03
Emilie Kornheiser, State Representative for Windham 2-1, invites you to join her weekly community conversations: every Sunday at 11am. We’ll talk about what’s happening in the legislature and in our town. Open conversation format-- come for the full hour or just stop by for a few minutes to share a particular concern or question.

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Coffee with Coffey
Sunday, May 2nd, 2021, Online. 3pm-4pm.
Access the Zoom event HERE.
Please join me Sunday from 3pm-4pm for my monthly Coffee with Coffey hour. This is a great way to connect with neighbors and discuss the issues. I’m the Co-Chair of the Women’s Legislative Caucus, and I look forward to sharing updates on some of the issues and legislation that we have been working on. I look forward to discussing the issues, answering questions and hearing about your priorities. 

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Weekly Email Update 4.26.21

“Our act of making art is our act of action. It’s a resistance.”
Jennifer Mack-Watkins
Artist and creator of Children of the Sun, an exhibit now at the Brattleboro Museum & Art Center through June 13th, 2021

     April is National Volunteer Month and we would like to take a moment to thank each and every member of this WeCAN community for your hard work and dedication in supporting your neighbors here in Windham County and throughout Vermont. If you are thinking about volunteering and sharing your talents, we encourage you to go for it! Remember: "Volunteers don't necessarily have the time; they just have the heart". 

Here are a few socially distanced ways you can support organizations or people you believe in right now, as a volunteer:

  • Design templates, flyers, or social media graphics. Free sites like Canva.com make creating available to anyone with an internet connection. 

  • Make phone calls or text to check-in with the people you serve

  • Organize files or data, input data, craft outgoing messages, or respond to emails

  • Create a daily, weekly, or monthly email newsletter that is sent to those being served
  • Draft, edit, and/or proof documents

  • Use social media to market your organization to your community and utilize guerrilla marketing techniques for free
  • Launch a peer-to-peer fundraising campaign for your organization

  • Help with research

  • Coordinate volunteers

Would you like to be matched with a local organization as a volunteer?
Do you need volunteers for your group or organization?

Email WeCAN Editor Joanna at [email protected] and let's chat! 

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HAPPENING TODAY, SUNDAY, APRIL 25th, 2021

Weekly Community Conversation with Rep. Emilie Kornheiser
Sunday, April 25th, 2021, Online. 11am.
Please sign up in advance for this meeting and we’ll send you an email with the zoom link. https://us02web.zoom.us/meeting/register/tZEtce-grD4rGNxo9FEE3R8zKpRSj_qBTz03
Emilie Kornheiser, State Representative for Windham 2-1, invites you to join her weekly community conversations: every Sunday at 11am. We’ll talk about what’s happening in the legislature and in our town. Open conversation format-- come for the full hour or just stop by for a few minutes to share a particular concern or question.

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Outside of Windham County
Voices of Black Men in Vermont: A Virtual Forum
sponsored by Second Congregational Church Mission Team, Greater Bennington Interfaith Council, Greater Bennington Peace and Justice Center, and the Bennington Performing Arts Center
Sunday, April 25th, 2021, Online. 2pm-4pm.
Stream the live event HERE.
Black men are especially vulnerable to traffic stops and interactions that can lead to arrest and sometimes death in police custody. The events of the past few years leading to George Floyd’s death and, recently, an active-duty soldier’s arrest ignited a conversation about police treatment of black men. Similarly, the rate of incarceration is significantly higher among black men compared to their white peers. Vermont’s overall incarceration rate is among the lowest in the country, but its rate of incarceration for Black men is among the highest. 
Please join us for a virtual forum on Sunday, April 25 at 2. The event will feature the lived experiences of four Black men in Vermont, Jason “Jayk” Brown, Shawn Pratt, Marion “Ghost” Russell, and Raymond “Tee Tee” Moore. Panelists will discuss their experiences with policing and incarceration. This event is the first of a mini-series.

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Putney Anti-Racism Book Group: Stamped
hosted by the Putney Central School Leadership Council and the Putney Public Library
Sunday, April 25th, 2021, Online. 7pm-9pm.

For zoom info to join or for more information, contact [email protected] or 603.504.2906 -- you can also send a message through FB messenger.
Please join the Putney Central School Leadership Council and the Putney Public Library for a continuation of an anti-racism book group for all Putney families and community members.
Join us for a discussion of Stamped-Racism, Antiracism and You, written by Jason Reynolds and Ibram X. Kendi

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For the Love of Baskets: Spring Fundraiser for the United Way of Windham County
Sunday, April 18th, 2021-Sunday, April 25th, 2021, Online at www.32auctions.com/fortheloveofbaskets.

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