“We cannot be antiracist if we are homophobic or transphobic… All Black lives include those of poor transgender Black women, perhaps the most violated and oppressed of all the Black intersectional groups.”
Happy Pride Month, friends!! From our WeCAN family to yours, we wish you the happiest, safest, most liberating Pride Month ever. Are you organizing local Pride events or are you attending ones yourself in June? Send us the details at [email protected] and we'll be sure to list them in upcoming Weekly Email Updates this month. We look forward to partying and protesting with you!
This week's new entries include volunteer opportunities, a state senate candidate forum, free Summer food in Putney, a Sing Out the Vote concert to benefit progressive initiatives, a Pride family potluck, and so much more. Scroll on through to the end of this email to see all the amazing ways you can connect with Windham County and make a difference. Until next week, friends...
VOLUNTEER CHEFS NEEDED
Groundworks Collaborative is seeking donations of prepared food at our shelter at 54 South Main Street, Brattleboro, VT for the following evenings this month:
We have 34 people staying with us each night. Meal drop off typically occurs between 5pm-6pm, however if you need an earlier drop off time, our staff will warm it at dinner time.
To contribute please contact Karli at [email protected] or 802-257-5415.
Thank you so much for your support!
COMMUNITY ACTION OF NOTE:
SCOTUS Abortion Rights Decision Day Rallies with Planned Parenthood of Northern New England
(We're) sure you’ve been unable to escape the news about the imminent threat to our constitutional right to abortion. The official Supreme Court opinion is expected to drop any day now. At Planned Parenthood, we are bracing for bad news, and along with it, a second surge of public outcry against such a harmful and politically driven disregard of human rights.
To prepare, we are planning events for the public to come together on Decision Day.
On Decision Day, Planned Parenthood of Northern New England and Planned Parenthood Vermont Action Fund will host the following rallies:
- Burlington: Unitarian Universalist Church, 152 Pearl Street at 5 p.m.; if on a Wednesday, the start time will be pushed to 6 p.m.
- Montpelier: Federal Building, U.S. Post Office and Courthouse, 87 State Street at 5 p.m.
- Bennington: Bennington Four Corners at 5 p.m.
- Brattleboro: at 4pm in location still TBD (WeCAN will do our best to bring you information as it happens via Weekly Email Update, Emergency Response Email, FB Post, and/or Rapid Response Text)
"Schools are scared to death/ The truth us, one education/ under desks,/ Stooped low from bullets;/ That plunge when we ask/ Where our children/ Shall live/ & how/ & if.
It takes a monster to kill children./ But to watch monsters kill children again/ and again and do nothing/ isn’t just insanity—it’s/ inhumanity. The truth is, one nation under guns.
What might we be if we only tried./ What might we become if only we’d listen."
Untitled, by Amanda Gorman
American poet and activist. National Youth Poet Laureate.
Merry greetings and platitudes seem woefully insufficient this week, beloved WeCAN Community. Nevertheless, here we are. We, this beautiful community, who are prepared to give of ourselves in the hope of creating something better than what we have. We gather together, we organize, and we dare to forge a world where all are safe from harm and all voices are heard, equally. Our efforts are needed now more than ever, so let's get right to it.
For inspiration and comfort this week, we turn to poet and activist Amanda Gorman* and her response to the latest school shooting in Texas:
* Amanda Gorman is an American poet and activist. Her work focuses on issues of oppression, feminism, race, and marginalization, as well as the African diaspora. Gorman was the first person to be named National Youth Poet Laureate. She published the poetry book The One for Whom Food Is Not Enough in 2015.
From Everytown for Gun Safety:
Turn your outrage into action. Here are some actions you can take NOW to protect our communities from gun violence and hold lawmakers and the gun industry accountable after Uvalde, Buffalo, and continuing daily gun violence.
Looking to get involved at the local level? Gunsense VT is eager for you to volunteer. Sign up here: https://www.gunsensevt.org/get_involved and help advocate for common sense gun laws that will save lives.
Lean Left VT Action of the Week
Volunteer in New Hampshire
Like to take walks? Walking through New Hampshire to talk to voters is starting in June! Our approach will be to use "deep canvassing" techniques to listen to voters' concerns and help hone the issue message for the campaign and begin to measure candidate support. If you haven't taken the "deep canvassing" training from Swing Blue Alliance, we urge you to sign up here.
- Let us know if you're interested in canvassing. Our first canvassing opportunity is in Keene in June, but we will be adding more towns as campaign offices open up on the western side of the state. By filling out this form we’ll know if you interested in Keene and future notices about specific canvassing opportunties. Fill out this form!
“We don’t have time to sit on our hands as our planet burns. For young people, climate change is bigger than election or re-election. It’s life or death.”
also known by her initials AOC, is an American politician and activist. She has served as the U.S. representative for New York's 14th congressional district since 2019, as a member of the Democratic Party.
There's lots to get to this week, Windham County Neighbors. Join us for a plant walk, to rally for Medicare, to meet activist Bill McKibben, and to bike for climate justice - all happening this week. This is the perfect time to plant seeds of change and to step out of your comfort zone by attending a meeting or workshop that may be new for you. You can donate your time to a community farm, subscribe to a soupscription and participate in change while you nourish yourself, or meet new political candidates that are stepping into the spotlight who may need volunteers. We can't wait to see what you do next!
Lean Left Action in New Hampshire
Each political party is responsible for appointing more than 1,100 ballot inspectors in towns and wards. Ballot Inspectors (also known as Poll Workers) are community members who maintain the integrity of our elections: marking the checklist, handing out ballots, helping voters in need at the ballot booths, and more. Ballot inspectors serve two-year terms (starting in August 2022) and are responsible for all state and local elections.
- Make recruitment calls and protect the vote in New Hampshire with the NH Voter Protection Team. These are very rewarding calls to make. We're talking to people who have been and will be on the frontline in November. Contact Rebecca here.
Soup for Change: Sign Up for Your Southern VT Sister District Soupscription Today!
Editor's Note: I am a Sister District Chef and was the Soup Recipe Coordinator for the past year. This program is AMAZING and the soups are delicious, vegan, and made with hope and love. If you are able, please considering signing up for a subscription for your own household, to gift to a friend, or to donate to neighbors who need it via the Putney Food Shelf or Brattleboro Groundworks/Foodworks.
SUNDAY, MAY 22nd, 2022
Plant Walk with SUSU commUNITY Farm
Sunday, May 22nd, 2022 at 94 River Road, Newfane, VT, 05345. 2pm-4pm.
Please be aware: You will be sitting on the grass —bring a chair if you need it. It is tick season and dress for the outdoors. Open to all. $15-$30 per person, includes funds to cover costs of materials plus a donation to SUSU. Participants are asked to bring cash or a check to the event.
Join Food Connects and SUSU commUNITY for a hands-on plant walk.
Intros, somatic plant meditation, plant walk, intentional harvest, medicine making, questions, closing.
Michelle’s Souper Supper
hosted by Rep Michelle Bos-Lun
Sunday, May 22nd, 2022 at 94 CCC Road, Bellows Falls, VT, 05101. 5:30pm-7pm.
Event by Donation: you can contribute at https://secure.actblue.com/donate/michelle4windham4
Come enjoy live music, homemade soups, salads, cornbread and desserts and a chance to connect with Michelle and help her raise funds for her re-election campaign for the VT House of Representatives.
You can donate online or bring a check book (we can't accept cash due to campaign finance guidelines). Join us to raise funds to send Michelle back to Montpelier for two more years!
"Sharing knowledge is not about giving people something, or getting something from them. That is only valid for information sharing. Sharing knowledge occurs when people are genuinely interested in helping one another develop new capacities for action; it is about creating learning processes."
Peter Senge b.1947
Peter Michael Senge is an American systems scientist who is a senior lecturer at the MIT Sloan School of Management, co-faculty at the New England Complex Systems Institute, and the founder of the Society for Organizational Learning.
New events in this week's Weekly Email Update include a plant walk at the Susu commUNITY Farm, a Critical Mass bike ride, and a visit from Bill McKibben of 350.org fame in Brattleboro. Take a moment or two to scroll on through this email and find an event to attend that calls to you. Scroll on through past the "Happening This Week" section below and you'll find listings for reoccurring happenings, community announcements, job opportunities, Justice initiatives, and much more. If you find the information in our weekly email valuable, please feel empowered to forward it on to family and friends in Windham County who may want to join you in learning about future rallies and protests, lectures, group meetings, book clubs, and community supported free food/supplies. Thank you so much for your continued involvement in making Windham County a more just and equitable place!
SUNDAY, MAY 15th, 2022
Virtual Cooking Event
hosted by Edible Brattleboro
Sunday, May 15th, 2022, Online. 4pm.
You can access the free class here: https://www.youtube.com/c/BrattleboroCommunhttps://www.youtube.com/watch?v=VLCsJ3PukfYityTV
Beans are a magical super food. Inexpensive, loaded with protein and fiber, they provide a healthy, fat-free alternative to meat, and taste great! In this video class, you can interact live with Edible Brattleboro "chefs" while they demonstrate two recipes - Roasted Sweet Potato Black Bean Salad and Creamy Cannellini Bean Pasta. Recipes will be posted on our website. The video will not be available until its launch on 5/15 at 4pm.