"These days I write more consciously and willingly. Sometimes I trick myself into writing to escape more daunting tasks like arranging dinner-parties or washing the kitchen floor. More often I write to expunge the memories and images I have been carrying around for years. When I succeed in putting those moments down on paper, I feel liberated from them in both positive and negative ways. It’s as if I’ve stepped outside those experiences and have objectified them so that they are no longer a part of me. I still ‘own’ them but they no longer own me."
Irish Born Poet and University of Vermont Senior Lecturer
Friends, this week has been incredibly difficult. We want to once again thank you for your continued community efforts in and around Windham County and for your core moral belief in justice and equality. At times it can feel like your presence at an event or meeting doesn't matter when so much is happening around us; take this email as a gentle reminder that your very presence at a meeting or event alters it, for the better. You are valuable, you are needed, and you matter.Read more
“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).
-when asked about her opponent, Robert G. Marshall (who proudly referred to himself as Virginia's "chief homophobe”) after her state legislature win-
Happy Sunday, WeCAN family. We have a lot going on this week so let's dive right in:
HAPPENING TODAY SUNDAY, NOVEMBER 12th, 2017
Looking at the 2nd Amendment: Politics of Disarmament
Sunday, November 12th, 2017 at St. Michael's Episcopal Church (16 Bradley Ave, Brattleboro, VT, 05301). 9am-10am.
This Forum will be led by Meg Mott, Professor of Politics, Marlboro College. The November 12 Forum on the Second Amendment is the first of two related forums; the November 19 Forum on gun regulation will be led by Ann Braden, founder of GunSense Vermont. Important enough to be given almost top billing, the right to bear arms has always played a central role in the American system of justice. Without a robust militia in the states, argued the Framers, the Federal Government could easily lean towards tyranny. While the current Supreme Court has not worried so loudly about tyranny, it has started to read this constitutional right as a fundamental liberty of individuals. What does it mean when a bulwark against tyranny becomes an individual right?
HAPPENING THIS WEEK MONDAY, NOVEMBER 13th, 2017-SUNDAY, NOVEMBER 19th, 2017
Fossil Free Windham County Launch Party
Wednesday, November 15th, 2017 at The Root Social Justice Center (The Whetstone Studio for the Arts, 28 Williams Street, Brattleboro, VT, 05301). First Floor. 6pm-8pm. The Root is fragrance and nut free.
In conjunction with 350.org, join 350 Brattleboro for a Fossil Free campaign launch party. Working together, we will end the use of fossil fuels and transition our world to 100% renewable energy for all. Find out what you can do in your town to begin the Fossil Free future we need and connect with other activists equally passionate about this work. Pizza and snacks provided. Contact: email@example.com for more information.