"Change or be changed, right? And what we mean by that is that climate change, if we don't change course, if we don't change our political and economic system, is going to change everything about our physical world."
Naomi Klein (b. May 8, 1970)
Canadian author, social activist, and filmmaker known for her political analyses and criticism of corporate globalization and of capitalism
This Friday, September 20th, a global Climate Strike effort gets underway with solidarity events happening right here in Windham County and around our region. Details about local events are listed below, in this week's Weekly Email Update, and we look forward to standing in solidarity with youth and our planet as we draw attention to what may be the biggest problem plaguing Earth right now: climate change and climate disaster.
For more information, please check out https://globalclimatestrike.net, https://www.greenpeace.org/international/act/global-climate-school-strike/, https://vermontclimatestrike.org, https://www.vtcha.org, http://www.youthlobby.org/join-the-youth-climate-strike/, and https://www.sunrisemovement.org.
We look forward to seeing you at an Climate Strike event in the near future!
“When artists give form to revelation, their art can advance, deepen, and potentially transform the consciousness of their community.”
Alex Grey (b.1953)
an American visionary artist, author, teacher, and Vajrayana practitioner
We would like to take this opportunity to invite you to join two NEW groups that are forming in Windham County, WeCAN readers! One is a Facebook based group, Arts and Activism, that promises to connect artists around the area and create meaningful, art-inspired responses to policies. The second is a climate writing group, Write for Climate, that will meet in person in Brattleboro on Fridays. We hope that you can take part in one (or both) of these newly formed groups and create the positive change we seek in Windham County. We look forward to seeing you there!
Arts & Actvism
Windham County Activists, recently, a Facebook group called Arts and Activism was formed and you are invited to join! This group is for everyone interested in the intersection of the arts and the causes they deeply care about. The hope is to inspire each other to make the world a better place through creativity and community, both on line and in person. You can request membership by going to this link; the administrators look forward to seeing you there! https://www.facebook.com/groups/artsandactivism/
Write for Climate
Join Abby Mnookin, Robin MacArthur, Lissa Schneckenburger, and Corey DiMario most Fridays from 9am-11am at Amy's Bakery Arts Cafe in Brattleboro, VT to Write for Climate, a collaboration between Mother Up!: Families Rise Up for Climate Action, 350 Vermont, and Word House. As Robin says, "In this rapidly shifting world we need all kinds of warriors using all kinds of skills to help keep this planet livable for future generations. This is a free gathering, open to all who want to use words to fight, grieve, protect, reflect or reimagine. All writing genres are welcome—in the past this group has generated climate-themed letters to the editor, poems, essays and pieces of fiction.”
When: Fridays, 9am-11am
Where: September 6th & 13th: Amy’s Bakery & Cafe, Brattleboro, VT; September 20th: Brattleboro Museum & Art Center; September 27th: Hooker Dunham patio & Catherine Dianich Gallery
“Hearing my school said in the same sentence as Columbine and Sandy Hook will never stop shocking me. I don’t want Marjory Stoneman Douglas to be remembered as “the school that had the shooting”. I want it to be remembered as the school that started a revolution.”
Carly Novell, a senior at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland, FL
There are a lot of new events in this week's email so please take a moment to scroll through to the bottom to see all the new entries. Anti gun violence protests and student walkouts are included below as well and the list will be added to as events are made public. To submit an event please email firstname.lastname@example.org with your event name and date in the subject line by Friday night at 10pm (ex: "Enough! National Student Walkout, March 14, 2018"). Thank you!Read more
"When you wake up every day you have two choices: you can either be positive or negative, an optimist or a pessimist. I choose to be an optimist. It's all a matter of perspective and choice."
There are many new events in this week's email, friends. Scroll down to check out new listings that include yoga benefiting our community, tax help courtesy of United Way, and a self defense series at the Cotton Mill in Brattleboro that starts today (Sunday).
Take a look and consider alleviating your cabin fever by attending an event this week...we hope to see you there.
HAPPENING TODAY SUNDAY, FEBRUARY 4th, 2018
Starting Today: Self Defense Group
Sundays February 4th, 2018 - March 28th, 2018 at Sangha Martial Arts (74 Cotton Mill Hill, Brattleboro, VT, 05301). 4pm-7pm. Cost: $10 per class ($80 total).
Part class and part group exploration on the topics of Self Defense, Self Reliance, and Self Empowerment.
Join facilitator Matt Hoffman for 8 weeks of progressive physical and mental exercises designed to help participants change the relationship to movement and conflict in practical and accessible ways. No previous experience required. Minimum age requirement is 16 or 14 with parental involvement (permission and waivers).