Weekly Email Update 3.22.21

"...(T)he racial violence happening across the country is concerning. Especially when the tragedy in Atlanta happened this week— that really scared us and most of (my fellow) Asian women. So that is a concern we do have. And we really don’t have to live in fear just because of where we are from.”
Lan Luo
attendee at the Burlington, VT #StopAsianHate rally, 3.20.21

     This week has been more difficult than most, WeCAN friends. From grief over yet another hate crime against the AAPI community and a bloody coup in Myanmar, to NeoNazis on our streets in Brattleboro this weekend, it is safe to say that emotions are riding close to the surface for many of us right now.
     In times of strife or in moments of uncertainty, like now, it is often productive to put your mind and body to work creating the environment and culture you wish to see, to help friends and neighbors stay safe, and to stand up for what you believe in loudly and boldly. WeCAN is an informational hub that can help you do just that. This week's email has plenty of ways you can become involved in our community, in whatever ways suit you best. 
     When Ann Braden and I created the WeCAN Weekly Email Update over 4 years ago, we envisioned it as a way to help guide our community: to show our friends and neighbors that their unique talents and skills, their individuality, could help bring about deep and meaningful change here in Windham County. Whether you are a long time reader of this email or this is your first time joining us (welcome!), we implore you to take a moment to think about how your YOU-NESS, your uniqueness, fits into these events listed below. Your YOU-NESS, your ideas, and your time is needed now more than ever. We sincerely hope you can make a plan to join us at an event or meeting soon where our collective uniqueness can create the change we wish to see in Windham County. Together, WeCAN. 

With deep gratitude and hope,
Joanna Wilson Phillips
(Editor, WeCAN’s Weekly Email Update)

Editor's Note:
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HAPPENING TODAY, SUNDAY, MARCH 21st, 2021

Community Conversations with Representative Emilie Kornheiser
Sunday, March 21st, 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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Happening Outside Windham County
#StopAsianHate Rally: Concord New Hampshire
Sunday, March 21st, 2021, The NH State House (107 N Main Street, Concord, NH, 03301). 1pm.
Masks and maintaining social distance is mandatory. PPE will be provided for those in need. 
The NH Asian American Pacific Islander (AAPI) caucus of the NH Democratic Party in conjunction with the Kent Street Coalition NH is holding a peaceful rally to stand in solidarity with our AAPI community who are terrorized and in pain, and to condemn any and all discriminatory actions against AAPIs.
We mourn the lives of the six Asian women lost following the mass killing in Atlanta last Tuesday. This is yet another manifestation of Donald Trump’s racist rhetoric against China and the COVID-19 pandemic. It is crucial we say the names of the six Asian women: Soon Chung Park, Hyun Jung Grant, Suncha Kim, Yong Ae Yue, Xiaojie Tan, Daoyou Feng. They were not only the victims of anti-Asian hate, but also of systemic racism, xenophobia, sinophobia, gender-based violence, misogyny, and white supremacy.
Last year, 3,800 hate incidents against Asian Americans were reported. The United States has a long history of national and foreign policies fueled by racism that systematically oppress marginalized and working-class communities, especially women. We call upon our NH-elected officials to denounce anti-Asian racism, racism in all forms, and such policies including NH House Bill 266 and House Bill 544. 
The United States is a melting pot of immigrants from all over the world and our strength lies when we stand united regardless of our race, gender, identity, and class.
Walter King
NH AAPI Democrats - Cora Quisumbing-King & Sumathi Madhure (Co-Chairs) 

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Happening Outside Windham County
Speaking Up: Histories of American Protest and Activism (Part of the 2021 Virtual Winter Lecture Series)
presented by Historic Deerfield
Sunday, March 21st, 2021, Online. 2pm.
Gain access here: zoom.us/webinar/register/WN_4eJ8JhtvSc2UsQkgsZ2M7g. Free, registration is required. This lecture series will be presented live via Zoom webinar. The link to the webinar will be sent to registrants prior to the event. Webinars will be recorded and available to registrants for viewing for two weeks after the live event.
Protest and dissent are an integral part of American political and cultural identity. Join us this winter for three virtual webinars devoted to exploring vibrant, lesser-known histories of American activism including the radical abolition movement of the 19th century, how women of color transformed the women’s suffrage movement, and the raucous electoral politics of the post-Civil War era.

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Harm Reduction Week of Action Event: Teach-In on the Overdose Crisis and History of the War On Drugs
hosted by National Harm Reduction Coalition, Drug Policy Alliance, and VOCAL NY
Sunday, March 21st, 2021, Online. 4pm-5:30pm. Register Here: Teach-in on the Overdose Crisis and the History of the War on Drugs led by VOCAL-NY and other members of the Overdose Crisis Cohort. 
This is like no other teach-in on how we got to this place with the Overdose Crisis, where our friends and family dying and very little being done to stop this. Even for those who understand the disease, this perspective really changes how we advocate and make change. Local advocate, Brenda Siegel will be a guest speaker at this event. Other incredible speakers from across the country will share their story and where we need to go from here.
Please join the National Overdose Crisis Cohort with People's Action and Organizations/Leaders Across the Country for the Harm Reduction Week of Action coming up next week - find all the details and RSVP links here 
In 2020, it’s estimated that at least 100,000 people died from preventable overdoses - the worst year in recorded history. The War on Drugs created this crisis, and pharmaceutical and insurance corporations have exacerbated and expanded the scope of the catastrophe. 
With our allies from National Harm Reduction Coalition, Drug Policy Alliance and VOCAL NY we're hosting a series of educational and action-focused events to fight for compassion and science-based solutions OVER criminalization and stigma. 

 

 

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Weekly Email Update 3.15.21

"We long to have a home where civil freedoms are respected, where our children will not be subject to mass surveillance, abuse of human rights, political censorship and mass incarceration. We stand with all the free peoples of the world and hope you stand with us in our quest for justice and freedom."
-Joshua Wong b.1996
Hong Kong activist and politician. He served as secretary-general of the pro-democracy party Demosistō until it disbanded following the implementation of the Hong Kong national security law on 30 June 2020

   Hello WeCAN readers and Happy Sunday! When you are finished perusing this week's Email, friends, we'd like to encourage you to take on a small, easy activism action. Community Voices for Immigrant Rights would like to remind Vermonters that CBP (Customs and Border Patrol) is still taking public feedback about its plans to install surveillance towers in Northern VT communities; CVIR and we here at WeCAN encourage you to submit an email to CBP TODAY.

From Community Voices for Immigrant Rights' Facebook page:
“Anyone who doubts the impact that surveillance towers would have on Vermont communities can look to the other border regions where similar towers—accompanied by Border Patrol checkpoints, roving patrol stops, surveillance drones, and other increasingly intrusive measures—have profoundly deteriorated the quality of life and resulted in widespread abuses to the point where these communities are virtually unrecognizable. Vermonters should not allow the federal government to do the same thing to our communities under the false pretense of ‘border security’.” (ACLU VT)

There is still time to submit a public comment and tell CPB that Vermont rejects further border militarization. Click here for more information and to email CBP: https://www.cbp.gov/.../environment.../draft-ea-swanton-rvss
Proposed activities would occur along the northern borders of Champlain, New York and Highgate Center, Franklin, Richford, Derby Line, and North Troy, Vermont. To ensure consideration, comments must be received by March 15, 2021.

                                                                                                           

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EDITOR'S NOTE:
Some Covid 19 resources have been relocated to a permanent home on our website, HERE. If you have questions, please don't hesitate to contact us at [email protected] Thank you. 

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HAPPENING TODAY, SUNDAY, MARCH 14th, 2021

Community Conversations with Representative Emilie Kornheiser
Sunday, March 14th, 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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Community Voices for Immigrant Rights: Honk Protest at the ICE Data Center in Williston
Sunday, March 14th, 2021. Meet at the TD Bank Parking Lot (2300 St George Rd, Williston, VT 05495). 1pm.
The Immigration Customs Enforcement (ICE) Data Center in Williston is central to Washington’s racist system of mass incarceration and empire of borders. It has the gall to celebrate that in 2019 it received 1.61 million biometric and biographic inquiries from law enforcement agencies; managed 323,000 criminal warrants from I.C.E; confirmed 4,870 National Crime Information Center matches; and responded to 108,000 calls from police across the country. These activities violate the spirit of Vermont’s Fair and Impartial Policing Policy (FIPP). As Vermonters, we have an important role to play in protesting I.C.E. because we house the data center that ICE uses to coordinate hundreds of thousands of unjust deportations each year. 
We must draw attention to the existence of this data center. Join us for a honk protest on March 14th at 1pm, starting at the TD Bank parking lot in Williston. 

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Weekly Email Update 3.8.21

“What is clear is that the way we treat electoral politics, candidates, and (elected officials) from marginalized identities in Vermont is unacceptable."
-Kiah Morris
Politics director for the advocacy group Rights & Democracy and creator of a documentary video project about racism in Vermont

     This week's email has an abundance of new items, so we'd like to encourage you to take a few moments and read this email on through to the end, especially if you haven't had the opportunity to fully peruse Windham County's latest offerings in prior weeks. This week, you'll find new events concerning Guilford values mapping, being a BIPOC artist in Vermont, police-free schooling, restorative justice, wild kitchen fare with Missisquoi Abenaki chef Jessee Lawyer, as well as two easily accessible community support opportunities.  

     Earlier this week, the Associated Press published an article about Black women who are leaders in Vermont and we felt compelled to share it with you in this week's Email. We hope you take a moment to read it. Thank you. 
"Black Women Persevere to Lead in Vermont Despite Harassment", Lisa Rathke, Associated Press. Published March 4th, 2021


Mia Schulz
                                                                                                                    

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HAPPENING TODAY, SUNDAY, MARCH 7TH, 2021

Community Conversations with Representative Emilie Kornheiser
Saturday, March 7th, 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 3.1.21

“Study the past if you would define the future.”
-Confucius

     We hope you all have a purposeful and proactive start to March, WeCAN Readers! This week, we would like to bring your attention to a specific ACLU action that concerns Vermont. Customs and Border Protection is adding new surveillance towers in Vermont and, for a short time, are opening up public comments. If you would like your voice to be heard, please consider contacting your local and state representatives through the ACLU website. Details are below. 

IMMEDIATE ACTION NEEDED: 

SAY NO TO BORDER PATROL SURVEILLANCE IN VERMONT COMMUNITIES:
Write Your Representatives Now and Tell Border Patrol We Don’t Need Surveillance Towers in Our Communities
Border Patrol has been and remains a notorious, rogue agency – with a toxic internal culture, a track record of heinous human rights abuses, and no meaningful oversight or accountability.
In just the past few years, we’ve seen Border Patrol agents abducting protesters off of American streets, forcibly separating thousands of children from their parents, and routinely violating the rights and liberties of countless travelers.
Now, U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) is planning to build eight surveillance towers in northern Vermont, at sites across the towns of Derby, Franklin, Highgate, Richford, and Troy, along with two sites in Champlain, New York.
Make no mistake, these surveillance towers would accelerate the militarization of our region and threaten the privacy, civil liberties, and safety of countless local residents.
CBP is accepting public comments and needs to hear from Vermonters that we value civil liberties and that we reject this proposal. Make your voice heard HERE. Please note: this action is time sensitive so do not delay in visiting the ACLU site if you are able. Thank you. 

 

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TOWN MEETING DAY

REMINDER: TOWN MEETING DAY IS TUESDAY, MARCH 2nd. PLEASE REMEMBER TO RETURN ABSENTEE BALLOTS TO YOUR TOWN CLERK OR VOTE IN PERSON IF YOU ARE ABLE. THANK YOU! 

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HAPPENING TODAY, SUNDAY, FEBRUARY 28TH, 2021

Community Conversations with Representative Emilie Kornheiser
Sunday, February 28th, 2021, Online. 10am.
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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