Weekly Email Update 9.26.22

“We are living in times in which demanding basic rights is still a revolutionary act. The global threats to women’s sexual and reproductive freedom are yet another example of how painfully slowly the world is moving towards guaranteeing full equality. Worse still, is the fragility of our past social gains, which have fallen victim to backsliding in certain advanced democracies — something quite inexplicable at this stage of the 21st century.”
Spanish Prime Minister Pedro Sánchez
at the General Assembly Gathering of World Leaders, United Nations, 9.22.22

     Happy Autumn, fellow activists! This week's Weekly Email Update has plenty of new additions including a memorial for our beloved WeCAN community member Angela Berkfield, candidate meet & greets, forums, and fundraisers, and a film screening with WeCAN member Willow O'Feral--just to name a few. Grab yourself a cup of hot cider and your calendar, park yourself under a turning Maple tree, and get ready to plan this week's activism activities. We hope to see you at an event or meeting soon!

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Lean Left Action of the Week

New Hampshire
This week the New York Times reported a study that ranks New Hampshire 50th (right below Mississippi) as a state where voters face the highest personal cost in terms of the time and effort required to get and stay registered to vote and cast a ballot. New Hampshire Public Radio recently reported how a town Supervisor of the Checklist made the arbitrary decision to send a letter out to all 25 to 35 year-old-voters telling them they would be removed from the checklist unless they proved their domicile status. The Secretary of State pointed out that this action did not follow state law.

  • Join us in making calls to recruit poll observers and voter assistance hotline volunteers. These volunteers are essential to ensuring voters who need help get it! Sign up for a training here, and then join us on any Sunday PowerHour from now until the election. 

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HAPPENING TODAY,
SUNDAY,SEPTEMBER 25th, 2022

Share the Harvest Stand
brought to you by Edible Brattleboro
Sunday, September 25th, 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 9.18.22

"If you love friends, you will serve your friends. If you love community, you will serve your community. If you love money, you will serve your money. And if you love only yourself, you will serve only yourself. And you will have only yourself."
Stephen Colbert (b.1964)
American comedian, writer, producer, political commentator, actor, and television host

     As the days become shorter and the connection we have to our communities has less daylight in which to flourish, we'd like to remind you that Autumn is the perfect time to explore new groups and meetings to keep those community connections fresh over the coming Fall and Winter months. Many of the offerings in this week's Weekly Email Update focus on building community and we urge you to scroll though this week's offering with your calendar at the ready. 
     We appreciate all that you do for Windham County and for your own local communities, big and small. We look forward to seeing you at a meeting or event in the near future. 

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Lean Left Action of the Week

New Hampshire

We’re taking to the streets. Out-of-state canvass volunteers are crucial to winning up and down the ballot in November: the first weekend in September, 20% of the canvassers in New Hampshire were from Massachusetts, Vermont, and Maine. Vermonters can go to 4 close locations on the western side of NH. Bring friends -- much more fun! An Organize New Hampshire staff will meet you and provide all your materials and a brief training before you head out.

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The Vermont for Reproductive Liberty Campaign Now Has Lawn Signs! 
Contactless pick up for lawn signs is available right near downtown Brattleboro. 
Email Tracy at [email protected]. Learn more about the proposed amendment by visiting the campaign website: reprolibertyvt.org.
You can sign up to volunteer HERE.

Our signs display this text: 
VOTE YES
REPRODUCTIVE LIBERTY AMENDMENT
Article 22

Openly displaying support for our campaign will help to educate those who are still unaware of the RLA. These signs will also help educate those who are not yet aware yet that the amendment formerly known as Prop 5, has finally made it as an article for us to vote on the general ballot this November after a four year process. If or once voted in, this amendment to the Vermont state constitution will protect the reproductive freedom we already have in this state, but at a higher level which makes it more secure for our future.

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HAPPENING TODAY,
SUNDAY,SEPTEMBER 18th, 2022

Share the Harvest Stand
brought to you by Edible Brattleboro
Sunday, September 18th, 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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Keene Pride Festival
Sunday, September 18th, 2022 in Downtown Keene, NH. 12pm-6pm.
The mission of Keene Pride is to promote the visibility of LGBTQ+ people in the Monadnock Region, create community-building programming, and develop a coalition of services, organizations and businesses that embrace and serve the LGBTQ+ population.
Keene Pride Fest is a way for the LGBTQIA+ community and our allies to come together and celebrate with activism, music, food, art and performance.
More information at www.keenepride.org/festival

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We Cry Justice: Memorial and Call to Action
hosted by Vermont Workers' Center, Nonviolent Medicaid Army and Vermont Poor People's Campaign: National Call For Moral Revival
Sunday, September 18th, 2022 at the Vermont State House Lawn (115 State St, Montpelier, VT 05633). Rain location: Unitarian Church of Montpelier (130 Main Street, Montpelier, VT). 4pm-6pm.
We will post the final location on Sunday morning. Please wear a mask if the event is indoors and stay home if you aren't feeling well. Register here: https://docs.google.com/.../1FAIpQLScW8zNw34H8rk.../viewform.
We are mourning. Over two years, a million people in the US lost their lives to a foreseeable pandemic—the impacts of which fell most harshly on those already struggling with poverty, systemic racism, and the social evils of our country.
How many lives could have been saved if politicians had not blocked universal healthcare from becoming a reality? How many family members would still be with us if our policy guaranteed access to housing and dignified work that kept people safe?At the June 18th Moral Assembly, Rev. Dr. William Barber II called on marchers to stop this “policy murder”, this state violence stemming from the abandonment of the poor.In this spirit, the Vermont Workers Center and Vermont Poor People's Campaign are holding a Memorial and Call to Action on the Statehouse Law from 4-6 pm on Sunday, September 18.
The first hour will be the memorial and call to action, with time after to break bread and talk with our fellow mourners.
By registering to attend, you'll receive email updates and an opportunity to let the planners know if there is a person you'd like to memorialize during the event.
This event is part of the Nonviolent Medicaid Army Week of Action.
All are welcome to attend. 

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Weekly Email Update 9.5.22

"Did you know unions are what brought races and genders together more than any other type of organization, including government? We’re all brothers and sisters in the union. And we don’t have to be forced into this unity. In the common struggle for a better life, a decent income and respectable retirement, the divisions fade away."
-Loren Adams, Arkansas Postal Workers Union Editor, The Arkansas Postal Worker; 2018.

 

     Thank you so much for your patience while we sorted out technical difficulties this past week, WeCAN family. Our apologies, too, to anyone that submitted an event that did not get listed. We are currently accepting Fall and Winter events right now, so please get them in to [email protected] as soon as possible.
     We hope you have a safe and relaxing Labor Day, friends. We continue to be thankful for those that suffered at their places of employment so that others might be treated more fairly. 

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UPCOMING EVENT:
Vermont Pride Week 2022 / September 9th-18th, 2022, in Burlington and Surrounding Areas

https://www.pridecentervt.org/pride/
The Mission of Pride is to celebrate Vermont for its safe, healthy, empowering community that embraces all of life’s colors. We take Pride in Vermont’s progress towards equality, and want Vermonters to know that being queer in Vermont is something worth celebrating and not only can it continue to get better, it is better.

Pride Week Schedule:

*Untapped: A Night of Burlesque & Drag // Friday, September 9th @ 8pm – 10pm
Pride Hikes: Arms Forest // Saturday, September 10th @ 1pm – 3pm
*Espresso & Eleganza: A Drag Brunch // Sunday, September 11th @ 11am – 1pm
Stowe Cider Tea Dance // Sunday, September 11th @ 2:30pm – 6pm
Dyke Night: Pride Edition // Monday, September 12th @ 7pm – 10pm
Pride Trivia Night // Tuesday, September 13th @ 7:30pm – 9pm
GLAM Pizza Party // Wednesday, September 14th @ 6:30pm – 8pm
*Pop-Up Happy Hour at Lincoln’s // Wednesday, September 14th @ 5:30pm – 7pm
*Queer Ecstatic Dance // Wednesday, September 14th @ 7pm – 9pm
LGBTQIA+ Health Provider Panel // Thursday, September 15th @ 6pm – 7:30pm
*Interfaith Pride Service // Thursday, September 15th @ 7pm – 8pm
Laugh with Alec Mapa // Friday, September 16th @ 7pm – 9pm
*PRIDE BALL 2022 // Friday, September 16th @ 9pm – 12am
*Women Who Bird: Pratt Refuge // Saturday, September 17th @ 8am – 10am
Pride Dog Park Takeover // Saturday, September 17th @ 10am – 11:30 am
*Flow With Pride // Saturday, September 17th @ 10am – 11:00 am
Queer Causeway Bike Ride // Saturday, September 17th @ 11am – 1pm
*Winooski Pride 2022 // Saturday, September 17th @ 5pm – 8pm
*Titties & Tokens: #LoveWins // Saturday, September 17th @ 8pm – 10pm

Parade
Sunday, September 18th, Morning. 
Since 1983, LGBTQ+ Vermonters have been marching the streets of Burlington to expand LGBTQ+ visibility, highlight the continued fight for equal rights and treatment, and celebrate the love that we have for each other and our community overall. Connected to our theme of ‘Metamorphosis’ this year’s festivities feature a new parade route and festival venue, as well. Our parade will start in the same location it always has — the Hood Plant — then make its way up Church St, then turn onto Bank St, and come back down on St. Paul Street past the newly erected 1983 Pride March Historical Marker. But in keeping with tradition, feel free to join the end of the parade as we make our way down Main St to the Burlington Waterfront Park for our fabulous Pride Festival and celebration. ALL AGES. Featuring surprise guests, great food and fabulous entertainment fitting for Vermont’s biggest LGBTQ celebration! Expanded family-friendly area, queer youth tent and vendors!

Festival
Sunday, September 18th, 1pm–5pm
Pride Festival at Waterfront Park // Sunday, September 18th @ 1pm – 5pm
Join us on the Watefront for performances, food & beverage vendors, activities, and celebration.

 
click the image to download the 2022 Pride Guide

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Lean Left Action of the Week

New Hampshire

Write Postcards to Flip the Executive Council! This five-member-governmental body is powerful and little understood. The Council determines state spending, approves state contracts, and confirms all state agency heads. It recently rejected $27 million in federal funds for Covid vacines, defunded Planned Parenthood, and confirmed an education Commissioner who wants to use public tax dollars for private schools. 

  • Our goal is 10,000 postcards, so we need all hands (literally) on deck for this effort. Flipping the 4 to 1 GOP majority would help Granite Staters have an Executive Council that cares about public health, reproductive rights, and education. SIGN UP HERE.

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The Vermont for Reproductive Liberty Campaign Now Has Lawn Signs! 
Contactless pick up for lawn signs is available right near downtown Brattleboro. 
Email Tracy at [email protected]. Learn more about the proposed amendment by visiting the campaign website: reprolibertyvt.org.
You can sign up to volunteer HERE.

Our signs display this text: 
VOTE YES
REPRODUCTIVE LIBERTY AMENDMENT
Article 22

Openly displaying support for our campaign will help to educate those who are still unaware of the RLA. These signs will also help educate those who are not yet aware yet that the amendment formerly known as Prop 5, has finally made it as an article for us to vote on the general ballot this November after a four year process. If or once voted in, this amendment to the Vermont state constitution will protect the reproductive freedom we already have in this state, but at a higher level which makes it more secure for our future.

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HAPPENING TODAY,
SUNDAY,SEPTEMBER 4th, 2022

Share the Harvest Stand
brought to you by Edible Brattleboro
Sunday, August 28th, 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 8.22.22

“Everything was not lost. This was the message we needed to carry forward. It’s what I truly believed. It wasn’t ideal, but it was our reality—the world as it is. We needed now to be resolute, to keep our feet pointed in the direction of progress.” 
Former First Lady Michelle Obama, Becoming    

     We hope you are enjoying these hazy days of Summer, WeCAN friends, and are perhaps beginning to think about what your Fall activism will look like. Will you spend some time helping get the word out with Planned Parenthood about the Reproduction Liberty Amendment here in VT? Will you dedicate your focus and efforts on Midterm elections in VT and in our neighboring red state of NH, with Lean Left VT? Or will you perhaps stay close to home and volunteer with one of the many local organizations that are headquartered right here in Windham County? If you’re in need of some activism inspiration, take a look at the list of events below and let them guide you to your new local passion. Your talents and efforts are needed now more than ever! 

REMINDER: Organizational leaders, please send us your Fall events ASAP! We are also accepting events for early 2023(!). Thank you. 

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Lean Left Action of the Week

New Hampshire: November Midterm Elections  

Reaching out to young people in New Hampshire to help them make a plan to vote is critical for the September 13th Primary and the November elections! We know that building the power of the youth vote is crucial to our democracy, and that starts by getting youth to the polls during midterm and local elections.

Join the NextGen America text team this week, Monday, and Wednesday & Friday from 1:00 to 3:00 PM. They will provide the script, texting platform, training, and a community to connect with other NextGen volunteers! It is a blast. SIGN UP HERE!

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HAPPENING TODAY,
SUNDAY, AUGUST 21st, 2022

Share the Harvest Stand
brought to you by Edible Brattleboro
Sunday, August 21st, 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.

Read more