Weekly Email Update 10.24.22

“If we know, then we must fight for your life as though it were our own-which it is-and render impassable with our bodies the corridors to the gas chamber. For if they come for you in the morning, they will be coming for us that night.” 
James Baldwin
American writer. helped to raise public awareness of racial and sexual oppression. His honest portrayal of his personal experiences in a national context challenged America to uphold the values it promised on equality and justice. He garnered acclaim across various mediums, including essays, novels, plays, and poems.

     This week's email has a handful of new entries, so please take a few moments and scroll on through to the bottom to see what's happening this week and beyond in Windham County. As always, we are so thankful for your support and readership. Have a great week! 

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Lean Left Action of the Week

NEW HAMPSHIRE 

Time to get out the vote! Democracy is in the balance. Margins of victory up and down the ballot are very slim. The state legislature flipped to red by just over 1300 votes. Maggie Hassan, Annie Kuster, and Chris Pappas must return to Congress if we are going to hold a majority. The state House of Representatives, which selects the Secretary of State, has to flip back BLUE. 

  • Organize New Hampshire is making calls almost everyday throughout the day. You can SIGN UP HERE
  • Make some calls with the Dems and then join us on the Sunday PowerHour from 3-5 PM. We’ll use the phone bank application OpenVPB and provide support.SIGN UP HERE If you are new to phone banking, see this guide, and if you have questions, contact Rebecca

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HAPPENING TODAY,
SUNDAY,OCTOBER 23rd, 2022

Share the Harvest Stand
brought to you by Edible Brattleboro
Sunday, October 23rd, 2022 at the Corner of Elm Street and Frost Street, Brattleboro, VT, 05301. 11am-1pm.
Questions or need a different time to drop off veggies? Email Marilyn at [email protected].
Pick up fresh, local veggies for free! 
Do you have extra veggies from your garden? Drop them off at the stand between 10:30am-11:30am to share with your community!
Vegan/GF Everyone Eats! meals will be available as well, first come, first served.

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Art Show and Book Talk
hosted by Community Asylum Seekers Project (CASP)
Sunday, October 23rd, 2022 at Centre Congregational Church (193 Main Street, Brattleboro, VT, 05301). 6:30pm-8:30pm.
Please register via: https://snwbl.it/JKEEiS
The Community Asylum Seekers Project and Susan Mills invite you to an art show and book discussion event.
Please join us on Sunday evening, October 23rd, for an evening of music, art, light refreshments, and to hear from a local author and former asylum attorney.
As a Spanish-speaking immigration attorney for twenty years, Susan Mills prepared asylum cases for thousands of immigrants from Central America, with a focus on unaccompanied minors. Her new novel, On the Wings of a Hummingbird, follows a 15-year-old Guatemalan girl who draws on Mayan mythology to help her carve a future out of a childhood scarred by gang violence. The story explores forgiveness, redemption and healing, how to find a future of integrity with friends and community who have participated in atrocities. In the words of Junot Diaz, "There is poetry and hardship to spare in Mills' mesmerizing novel... a profound meditation on the human capacity for repair, for regeneration.”
Susan will give a talk about the novel and its connections to asylum support in Southern Vermont, and we will also hear from CASP staff about what the Community Asylum Seekers Project is doing to support our new neighbors - and why.
The evening will also feature art for purchase from local artists and artisans, as well as music provided by local musicians. It's a great opportunity to gather with friends and neighbors to celebrate and support good work, and we hope to see you there!
Check out our online art auction: https://givebutter.com/c/CASP-ArtShow/auction

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Weekly Email Update 10.17.22

“I've found the cure for depression is action.”
-Yvon Chouinard
founder of Patagonia & climate activist

 

     There are just a couple of new entries this week, Friends, but they are mighty! The Ethiopian Community Development Council is hosting an open house, art exhibition, and reception on Monday, October 17th and it promises to be a day filled with community, joy, and culture. Also new this week, Milk with Dignity has started their Month of Action by gathering to protest at Hannaford in Brattleboro to demand dignified working conditions and and respect for human rights. Grab a sign and join them this Saturday, October 22nd at 3pm. 
     A reminder to our organizers and leaders: get your Fall and Winter events in TODAY to [email protected] Remember: the longer events run in the newsletter, the more chances eyes will have to see it. Thank you for your support, as 
always, and we look forward to seeing you at an event, meeting, or open house soon! 

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Lean Left Action of the Week

NEW HAMPSHIRE 

Poll Observer recruitment is in full swing. On election day, these are volunteers, along with the Poll Workers, who will protect the vote. These are easy and rewarding calls to dedicated Dems. NH needs 150 to 200 more poll observers to be trained. 

  • Read more about these calls here, and then join us on Sunday PowerHour. If you don’t have an  OpenVPB account (the platform used to make these calls), check out this guide. Get up to speed and then join us on Sunday for the PowerHour or make calls on your own. For the phone bank link or assistance, contact Rebecca.

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HAPPENING TODAY,
SUNDAY,OCTOBER 16th, 2022

Share the Harvest Stand
brought to you by Edible Brattleboro
Sunday, October 16th, 2022 at the Corner of Elm Street and Frost Street, Brattleboro, VT, 05301. 11am-1pm.
Questions or need a different time to drop off veggies? Email Marilyn at [email protected].
Pick up fresh, local veggies for free! 
Do you have extra veggies from your garden? Drop them off at the stand between 10:30am-11:30am to share with your community!
Vegan/GF Everyone Eats! meals will be available as well, first come, first served.

 

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Weekly Email Update 10.10.22

"...Every day we should stop to think about our country’s beginning and that the United States would not exist if not for a great deal of sacrifice, blood, and tears by Indian Tribes across the country.”
– Secretary of the Interior Deb Haaland,
member of the Laguna Pueblo tribe and an American politician serving as the 54th United States Secretary of the Interior

 

     This Monday, October 10th, 2021, Vermont will again formally recognize Indigenous Peoples Day. We believe this is a small step in the right direction as we aim to center Indigenous People throughout the land now known as the United States and North America. Recognition honors Indigenous Peoples continued presence and contributions to our shared society, as well as attempts to reconcile a history of injustices such as mass genocide, forced removal from land, forced sterilization of women, forced assimilation and murder of Native American children, and subsequent income, health, and education disparities (which we, at WeCAN, acknowledge can never truly be reconciled).     
     We hope you will join us here at WeCAN in taking a moment or two this Monday to reflect on the significance of Indigenous Peoples Day and how you can amplify Native voices in your own activism. 

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Lean Left Action of the Week

NEW HAMPSHIRE

Down-ballot candidates and hope in the hills. Many of you probably recall the New York Times story about Croydon, N.H. This small town woke up one day to find its school budget cut by 53% by the far-right. Well, the citizens in Croydon and other towns in Sullivan County are wide awake now and have candidates running for the State House of Representatives who believe in public education, among other important issues. As candidate Hope Damon said, “What happened in Croydon could happen anywhere, and it happens when people don’t participate.” 

  • State House of Representatives Candidates need our help! Take one morning or afternoon and sign up to canvass with the Sullivan County Team. Sign up here, and someone will be back in touch with all the details. 

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HAPPENING TODAY,
SUNDAY,OCTOBER 9th, 2022

Share the Harvest Stand
brought to you by Edible Brattleboro
Sunday, October 2nd, 2022 at the Corner of Elm Street and Frost Street, Brattleboro, VT, 05301. 11am-1pm.
Questions or need a different time to drop off veggies? Email Marilyn at [email protected].
Pick up fresh, local veggies for free! 
Do you have extra veggies from your garden? Drop them off at the stand between 10:30am-11:30am to share with your community!
Vegan/GF Everyone Eats! meals will be available as well, first come, first served.

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Film Screening & RLA Discussion of Break the Silence: Reproductive and Sexual Health Stories
hosted by the Women’s Action Team
Sunday, October 9th, 2022 at The Latchis Theatre (50 Main Street, Brattleboro, VT, 05301). 6pm.
Suggested donation $20. NOTAFLOF. All proceeds will support the RLA (Reproductive Liberty Amendment).
Join us at the Latchis Theatre for a special, one-time-only screening of the locally made 1-hr documentary BREAK THE SILENCE: REPRODUCTIVE & SEXUAL HEALTH STORIES, created by Willow O'Feral in collaboration with the Women's Action Team.
Following the film screening, VT State Rep. Emilie Kornheiser and Sam Donnelly (Campaign Manager, VT for Reproductive Liberty) will discuss the Reproductive Liberty Amendment (Article 22) which is on our ballot this fall!
About the Movie:
Featuring raw, powerful interviews with 18 diverse cisgender and transgender women from the Brattleboro area and environs about their sexual & reproductive health histories. Challenging social taboo with unflinching candor, vulnerability, and often great humor, BREAK THE SILENCE kickstarts vitally important community conversations around sexual education, health, autonomy, pleasure, and human rights. Filmmaker Willow O'Feral co-created this documentary with the grassroots collective tWAT (the Women's Action Team), using a reproductive justice praxis. WINNER - Best Documentary Feature Award at La Frontera Queer Film Festival, WINNER - PPNNE Choice Champion Award.
"This documentary should be seen and digested by anyone with a pulse." - Donna Macomber of the Women's Freedom Center
"Through an intersectional approach, [BREAK THE SILENCE] invites us to consider how our own personal experiences are embedded within the larger social structures of class, ethnicity and justice."- Global Health Film Days, University of Copenhagen, Denmark
"Incredibly intimate, thoughtful, moving. I hope this is seen in many, many more communities as a tool for change."- Green Mountain Film Festival
About the RLA (Reproductive Liberty Amendment):
The Reproductive Liberty Amendment, previously Prop 5, will be a ballot measure in Vermont's 2022 General Election. If passed, it would amend Vermont's constitution to protect every person's right to make their own reproductive decisions, like whether and when to become pregnant, use temporary or permanent birth control, or seek abortion care.
The RLA article itself reads: "That an individual’s right to personal reproductive autonomy is central to the liberty and dignity to determine one’s own life course and shall not be denied or infringed unless justified by a compelling State interest achieved by the least restrictive means."
MORE INFO about the RLA: www.reprolibertyvt.org

 

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Weekly Email Update 10.3.22

"Information helps you to see that you're not alone."
-Maya Angelou
American memoirist, popular poet, and Civil Rights activist

     We hope you are staying warm on this chilly and rainy Sunday, WeCAN community. We were asked recently by a WeCAN member if we could provide some resources, aside from this email, where someone in Windham County could get regularly updated information about marches, vigils, and gatherings.
     Here are a few resources we here at WeCAN use regularly to help stay up-to-the-minute informed about marches and vigils that are planned without much notice to the community: 

-WeCAN Facebook Group: Open to Facebook members, this group is an extension of this email blast and is moderated and administered by local group and community leaders. Here you can find event postings in real time with the option to create your own events listings as well. This is the best place to find daily updates on marches, gatherings, and initiatives in real time. 
-The Rapid Response Text System by Song and Solidarity
: This system, run by the local group Song and Solidarity, texts members to alert of locally occurring protests, marches, postcard campaigns, and more. Directions for signing up are on WeCAN's website, here: https://www.wecantogether.net/rapid_response.
-Brattleboro.com Event Calendar:  A comprehensive list of goings-on in Brattleboro that is updated daily.

     If you are aware of other resources, please don't hesitate to share them with us at [email protected] Stay safe and have a wonderful week!

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From the Reproductive Liberty Amendment Campaign

This is an important week for the Reproductive Liberty Amendment. THIS WEEK - Vermonters in every part of the state will start receiving their ballots in the mail. We have been working hard to build awareness and support for the Amendment, but there are still thousands of Vermonters we need to talk to before they return their ballots. That’s where we need YOUR help. 
Please join us over the next couple of weeks at one of our virtual phone banks! Just one hour of your time helps us talk to over 100 Vermont voters about the Reproductive Liberty Amendment. What could be more satisfying than that! The best part? You can do it from the comfort of your home. Can you join us for one of our virtual phone banks?  
Our team will give you all the background, training, coaching, and guidance you’ll need.  This work is crucial. Each of us should be able to make our own decisions in life – no matter who we are, where we live, or the amount of money we have. Reproductive decisions included. Sign up and learn more about these opportunities here! 

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Lean Left Action of the Week

New Hampshire
What could be more exhilarating than walking through a New England town in autumn with a mission to win an election? Join Vermonters and other New Englanders who are crossing the state and talking with voters about what they are concerned about and asking them to support candidates up and down the ballot. Have questions about canvassing? Contact Janet Savage here.

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HAPPENING TODAY,
SUNDAY,OCTOBER 2nd, 2022

Share the Harvest Stand
brought to you by Edible Brattleboro
Sunday, October 2nd, 2022 at the Corner of Elm Street and Frost Street, Brattleboro, VT, 05301. 11am-1pm.
Questions or need a different time to drop off veggies? Email Marilyn at [email protected].
Pick up fresh, local veggies for free! 
Do you have extra veggies from your garden? Drop them off at the stand between 10:30am-11:30am to share with your community!
Vegan/GF Everyone Eats! meals will be available as well, first come, first served.

 

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