Weekly Email Update 10.12.20

"When the last tree has been cut down, the last fish caught, the last river poisoned, only then will we realize that one cannot eat money."
Alanis Obomsawin, Abenaki
Alanis Obomsawin, CC GOQ, born in what we know as New Hampshire, is an American Canadian Abenaki filmmaker, singer, artist and activist primarily known for her documentary films

 Thank you for joining us for this issue of the Weekly Email Update, WeCANners. This week, we will observe Indigenous People's Day in Vermont and we'd like to share with you some ways you can actively participate in amplifying Native voices in Windham County and across the country. Have a great week, friends, and we look forward to seeing you online or from a distance in person. 

1) Learn About Indigenous Cultures and About the Abenaki Tribe that Lives on the Land We Call Vermont

Celebrate Indigenous Peoples Day by attending community celebrations, whether in-person or online, organized by Native people. Listen to Native organizers to learn about the food or music that makes these celebrations so great, and the role they play in the culture you’re observing. Indigenous Peoples Day is also a good time to learn about the tribes that live or lived where you live now. Native-land.ca is a web app that helps direct you to more resources about different Indigenous cultures and territories all over the world. Kids can get engaged, too! Click here to check out some kid-aged Abenaki facts, too.

2) Donate To Indigenous Rights Organizations

Opening your wallet to support groups fighting for Indigenous rights is a great way to celebrate Indigenous People’s Day. Directly supporting their missions with donations allows organizations to allocate resources wherever they’re needed most. Consider donating to the Bears Ears Intertribal Coalition, a group made up of five nations who are in a battle to preserve Bears Ears National Monument in Utah, which is being threatened by the Trump administration. Or you could support Seeding Sovereignty, an Indigenous-led collective that advocates for climate justice, informed by Indigenous practices, which has been putting its efforts behind a mutual aid program during the COVID-19 pandemic. Or, you can donate to Native Artisans that are creating in what we know as Vermont through the Vermont Abenaki Artists Association .You can donate directly to the Abenaki Tribe here

3) Attend Vigils, Rallies, Or Marches Organized By Native People

After a summer of near non-stop rallies for racial justice, keep up that momentum for Indigenous-led organizations in your area. Attending this action, taking place at the Retreat Farm in Brattleboro, is one way see what kind of solidarity is welcomed or needed in Windham County. Respect organizers’ wishes for who attends, speaks, or presents at these events, too.

4) Support Native Artisans

Another way to open your wallet is to support Native American artists and artisans by buying their work - like the work of Vermont Abenaki Artists- then proudly displaying it. Etsy is one place to connect with sellers who are indigenous, and you can also look to local artist collectives near you to see what people are making.

5) Don’t Just Celebrate Indigenous Peoples Day — Actively Disavow Columbus Day

That's right — it's time to have an uncomfortable conversation with your aunt about her Facebook posts. Don’t hesitate to talk to other non-Indigenous people about the history and legacy behind Columbus Day — and why it means we should be celebrating Indigenous Peoples Day instead.


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HAPPENING TODAY, SUNDAY, OCTOBER 11th, 2020

Share the Harvest Stand
brought to you by Edible Brattleboro
Sunday, October 11th, 2020, and every Sunday during the Summer, at the corner of Elm Street and Frost Street in Brattleboro, VT, 05301. 11am-1pm. For more information please email EdibleBrattleboro@gmail.com. Please wear a mask. 
Pick up FREE fresh veggies and/or drop off surplus from your garden to share. Please supply your own bags.  

 

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Windham County No Mas Polimigra Campaign Meeting
Sunday, October 11th, Online, 5pm-7pm.
Contact sfagit@gmail.com for information and meeting link.
Justicia Migrante / Migrant Justice is waging a statewide campaign to block communication and cooperation between local police and immigration authorities. Groups are organizing town by town and county by county, with growing success across the state.
A group formed in Windham County to advance the campaign with the County Sheriff and Brattleboro Police Department (for now). Join us to plan strategy, create public education and events, and move this key piece of police reform forward.
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Weekly Email Update 10.5.20

"There's a world of difference between truth and facts. Facts can obscure the truth." 
Maya Angelou
American poet, memoirist, and civil rights activist

   This week's Weekly Email Update includes a meeting discussing the intersection of racial justice and climate justice, a forum concerning the health of our democracy, free Covid 19 testing in Brattleboro, and information about the the 17th Annual Empty Bowls fundraiser, among others. We invite you to take some time and create an action plan for this week, inviting friends and neighbors to join you at an event either online or in person (socially distanced and with masks, of course). We look forward to seeing you there. 

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HAPPENING TODAY, SUNDAY, OCTOBER 4th, 2020

Share the Harvest Stand
brought to you by Edible Brattleboro
Sunday, October 4th, 2020, and every Sunday during the Summer, at the corner of Elm Street and Frost Street in Brattleboro, VT, 05301. 11am-1pm. For more information please email EdibleBrattleboro@gmail.com. Please wear a mask. 
Pick up FREE fresh veggies and/or drop off surplus from your garden to share. Please supply your own bags.  

 

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How Are Racial Justice and Climate Justice Connected?
presented by 350 VT; It will be co-facilitated by Abby Mnookin and Hal Colston.
Sunday, October 4th, 2020, Online. 3pm-6 pm. Space is limited so click here to register today. This workshop is provided as "Pay What You Can”. Since space is limited, we require a deposit of $5 to hold your space OR please email trainings@350vt.org directly if that doesn't work for you. If you're able to financially support this work beyond that, you'll be directed to a link after registration to pay a fee of $5-$30. No one will be turned away for lack of funds.
This 350VT workshop is designed to support individuals and groups to dig into the roots of the climate crisis and explore how and why working for climate justice necessitates the dismantling of racism and white supremacy culture.
Participants will have the opportunity to reflect on their own experiences and consider next steps to support their own learning and concrete actions they can take within their own activism.

 

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Weekly Email Update 9.28.20

"When you get into a tight place and everything goes against you, till it seems as though you could not hang on a minute longer, never give up then, for that is just the place and time that the tide will turn."
Harriet Beecher Stowe
American abolitionist and author. She came from the Beecher family, a famous religious family, and is best known for her novel Uncle Tom's Cabin, which depicts the harsh conditions for enslaved African Americans

 There are quite a few new entries in this week's Update, Friends. Take a moment, grab a chair and your calendar, and do your best to make a commitment to join one or more of these actions. Many hands make light work and we hope that you will consider lending your hands to work worth doing. We hope to see you at an event soon! 

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HAPPENING TODAY, SUNDAY, SEPTEMBER 27th, 2020

Brattleboro Mother Up! Meet-Up
Sunday, September 27th, 2020 at Retreat Farm (Farmhouse Square, Brattleboro, VT, 05301). 10am-12pm.
Join us for another in-person, outdoor, distanced meet-up at Retreat Farm! Guidelines:
* We would like to keep our group size under 25. You can respond to this FB event, but please email abby@350vt.org to confirm.
* Unless eating, masks required for all adults. Masks at parental discretion for kids under age 5.
* Maintain physical distance
* Snacks (apples, cheese sticks, granola bars, hard-boiled eggs) provided
* Childcare support provided by Mikaela.
We'll share gratitudes, walk up to the forest for an action-oriented discussion including the upcoming election, and end with a song. Can't wait to see some of you in person!
Mother Up!: Families Rise Up for Climate Action is a project of 350 Vermont bringing together families to talk about the tough realities of climate change and to participate in the transition to a healthier and safer world. What Joanna Macy calls the “Great Turning,” or the third revolution, is this unprecedented time where we are called to stop the destruction of our world, to build new life-sustaining practices and ways of being, and to shift our collective consciousness. We especially wish to engage young parents in this vital discussion of how we can make positive changes to protect our planet for our children's future.
Join us on Facebook ~ www.facebook.com/groups/1575656819412318 

 

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Share the Harvest Stand
brought to you by Edible Brattleboro
Sunday, September 27th, 2020, and every Sunday during the Summer, at the corner of Elm Street and Frost Street in Brattleboro, VT, 05301. 11am-1pm. For more information please email EdibleBrattleboro@gmail.com. Please wear a mask. 
Pick up FREE fresh veggies and/or drop off surplus from your garden to share. Please supply your own bags.  

 

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Yard Signs-Drive Thru & Pick Up
hosted by Windham County Democrats
Sunday, September 27th, 2020 at the Brattleboro Outlet Center (580 Canal St, Brattleboro, VT 05301). 12pm-3pm.
Come and get your Democratic lawn signs, just in time for voting season. Biden/Harris, Zuckerman, and other state and local candidates.
We will also provide key information on candidates and individual voting plans.
Get your picture taken with Vera and Monty, official mascots of the Windham County Democrats.

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Weekly Update 06.17.18

We must do everything in our power to keep families together, and to use common sense in our immigration laws. Children deserve better than to lose a parent because of an inflexible law.”
Representative Jose Serrano, (D-NY 15th District)

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