Weekly Email Update 4.19.21

“Many invoke my father to call for false or negative peace, which is solely about tension, protests, and inconvenience going away. But, as he said, 'True peace is not merely the absence of tension; it is the presence of justice.'
We can get to true peace together.”
Bernice King (@BerniceKing), Daughter of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. 
Tweeted Wednesday, April 14th, 2021
     

     There has never been a better time to get involved in creating a more just Windham County, WeCAN readers. This week alone there are 7 new events happening in our area, with many more new events listed in the coming weeks as well. Take a moment, grab your calendar, and put your hands and heart to work creating the change you wish to see in our community. With so much going on in America right now, getting involved can often seem like an insurmountable task. Start small and think local: your community needs you and your voice now more than ever. We can't wait to see you at an event soon! 

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HAPPENING TODAY, SUNDAY, APRIL 18th, 2021

Weekly Community Conversation with Rep. Emilie Kornheiser
Sunday, April 18th, 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
Spring Into Abolition Festival!
hosted by Northampton Abolition Now (NAN)
Sunday, April 18th, 2021, Pulaski Park (240 Main St, Northampton, MA 01060). 12:30pm-3:30pm.
Rain or shine. Masks are required and the event will be socially distanced.
The uprising in defense of Black Lives last summer demanded a radical reimagining of public safety—one that divests from violent and racist policing and invests in community initiatives for helping, healing, and sustaining people. A growing number of cities across the United States are transforming their municipal budgets to reduce their reliance on police and move towards meeting the real needs of people in their communities.
Here in Northampton, Mayor Narkewicz will present his proposed budget by May 18th, one week before the first anniversary of the murder of George Floyd by police. We have a historic opportunity, right now, to win a concrete local victory in defense of Black Lives by divesting from policing and investing in a bold new vision of community safety in Northampton.
Come celebrate spring in community, deepen your analysis of policing and abolition, and connect with fellow activists and community members!
SCHEDULE:
12:30pm-Start
1pm-1:45pm Speakers/presenters/artists
2pm-3:30pm Trainings: Communications for Abolition
*tabling and educational displays throughout!
We’ll listen to music, share focaccia slices by Belly of the Beast, and learn about Communications for Abolition training.

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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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Weekly Email Update 4.12.21

“…(W)e owe deeper consideration to those for whom the costs of menstruation go beyond dollars and cents, but also extend to their safety—such as transgender people, those in police custody, and domestic violence survivors. Many people who need support exist outside the societal safety nets where menstrual products are currently made available. While doing so, activists and lawmakers alike should use gender-neutral language as the default in order to be inclusive of trans and nonbinary individuals when advocating for and advancing menstrual policies...It is due time for change. Menstrual equity is essential to creating a fair and just society for all.
Jennifer Weiss-Wolf
Founder, Period Equity and VP of the Brennan Center for Justice at NYU Law

     We hope this lovely Spring weather has you itching to get some work done, WeCAN Friends...and we have the perfect 5 minute social justice action to help you get your week started!
     By the end of 2020, 13 states, including MA and CT, had officially renounced their taxes on menstrual items and at least a dozen more states have legislation awaiting debate that specifically addresses the luxury tax placed on tampons, pads, cups, and other sanitary items. In January of this year, the UK officially abolished the so-called "Tampon Tax" entirely....and it's time Vermont does as well.
     Here's what you can to do help: grab your preferred device for emailing and take 5 minutes to send your State Representatives a quick note. Ask them to please Vote YES and Exempt Menstrual Products from Sales Taxes.
     Menstrual products are a necessity, not a luxury. These products are not subject to a unique or special tax, but are classified as luxury items along with other goods that are not exempted. The effects of this tax are devastating, placing menstruating individuals in situations where they cannot afford or obtain basic necessitates. Vermont’s House Ways & Means Committee is currently considering S.53 (H.53), a bill that would exempt menstrual products from the Vermont Sales and Use Tax. Do you have an opinion about whether menstrual supplies should be exempt from or subject to sales tax? Make your voice heard by contacting the committee & your representatives.
Don't know who to contact? Start here: https://legislature.vermont.gov/people/
Learn more about the issue from the @vtwomen one-page info sheet, available at women.vermont.gov/help/publications and shown below. For more information please check out: https://www.periodequity.org. 


 

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Weekly Email Update 4.5.21

"Ours is not the struggle of one day, one week, or one year. Ours is not the struggle of one judicial appointment or presidential term. Ours is the struggle of a lifetime, or maybe even many lifetimes, and each one of us in every generation must do our part." 
Representative John Lewis
Member of the U.S. House of Representatives for Georgia's 5th District
1987-2020

   Georgia has been on the forefront of many of our minds this year, WeCAN friends, and we'd like to offer an up a convenient way to help the residents of Georgia try to overturn the egregious voting bills that have been signed into law. Join Fair Fight Action and the New Georgia Project to help amplify the voices of Georgia voters right from your home in Windham County, Vermont. Details are below: 

Make Voter Protection Phone Calls with Fair Fight Action. We are talking to Georgia voters in counties with one polling location, asking them about their experiences voting and documenting irregularities. It’s one more way FFA is fighting for free and fair elections in Georgia. Sun, Tues, Wed, Thurs, and Sat phone banks: training and support provided. Sign up for a guided phone bank with Fair Fight.   /   Phone Bank Sign Up   /   Texting Sign Up*

Sign Up to Text with the New Georgia Project. They are finding creative ways to push back against voter suppression bills! They use ThruText and have excellent support on Slack. Sign up directly with New Georgia Project.*

* https://www.leanleftvt.org/state-actions-1

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HAPPENING TODAY, SUNDAY, APRIL 4th, 2021

Community Conversations with Representative Emilie Kornheiser
Sunday, April 4th, 2021, Online. 11am.
Please register in advance for this meeting: https://us02web.zoom.us/meeting/register/tZEtce-grD4rGNxo9FEE3R8zKpRSj_qBTz03 . After registering, you will receive a confirmation email containing information about joining the meeting.
Emilie Kornheiser, State Representative for Windham 2-1, invites you to join her weekly office hours: Sundays 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 3.29.21

“Every aspect of our lives is, in a sense, a vote for the kind of world we want to live in.” 
Frances Moore Lappé
author of 
Diet for a Small Planet

      This week's Weekly Email Update has more than a few new opportunities to connect with our community in Windham County, WeCAN readers. Whether your passions lie in social, environmental, racial, food, or economic justice, there is something for you in this week's offerings. Grab your calendar and pick an event or two to attend either in person (with a mask) or virtually. Don't feel like putting yourself out there all on your lonesome? That's ok! Ask a friend or family member to join you as you create positive change for your community. Until next week, friends...

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HAPPENING TODAY, SUNDAY, MARCH 28th, 2021

Community Conversations with Representative Emilie Kornheiser
Sunday, March 28th, 2021, Online. 11am.
Please register in advance for this meeting: https://us02web.zoom.us/meeting/register/tZEtce-grD4rGNxo9FEE3R8zKpRSj_qBTz03 . After registering, you will receive a confirmation email containing information about joining the meeting.
Emilie Kornheiser, State Representative for Windham 2-1, invites you to join her weekly office hours: Sundays 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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Vermont Renews Convergence
Sunday, March 28th, 2021, Online. 1pm-3:30pm.
Register now for access! Register for Vermont Renew Convergence with Mobilize. Accessibility: Closed captioning will be available. Have accessibility questions? Reply to your registration email to confirm your requirements or request more information.
On Sunday, March 28th, The Vermont Renews Coalition is hosting a mass convening for activating, exciting and educating Vermonters on the systematic change work of the VT Renews Campaign. (Think Thrive Agenda on a statewide level)
We're pushing for just, equitable solutions to the many interconnected crises we're facing through the policy framework outlined by Renew New England Alliance ( www.renewnewenglandalliance.org
Join us to learn about how our work in Vermont in connected to national and regional movements, the 2021 VT Renews legislative priorities, and to connect with fellow activists as we continue to build a movement in Vermont.
The Vermont Renews Coalition consists of Rights & Democracy, Vermont State Labor Council AFL-CIO, 350 VT, Democratic Socialists of America: Champlain Valley,  Northeast Organic Farming Association of Vermont, Migrant Justice, Community Action Works, and Justice For All.

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