“I believe that every American should have stable, dignified housing; health care; education - that the most very basic needs to sustain modern life should be guaranteed in a moral society.”
Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez b.1989
Also known by her initials AOC, Ocasio-Cortez is an American politician and activist. She has served as the U.S. representative for New York's 14th congressional district since 2019, as a member of the Democratic Party.
April is fair-housing month in Vermont*, WeCAN friends, and we wanted to share some info on what our Brave Little State is doing to acknowledge how far we've come since 1968 and the passage of the Fair Housing Act...and how much further we still need to go to ensure ALL in Vermont (and, indeed, the USA) have livable housing, free from discrimination.
"Fair Housing" is the right to equal opportunity in housing choice and the right to rent, buy, finance, and live in a home free from discrimination or harassment. The federal Fair Housing Act prohibits discrimination concerning the sale, rental, and financing of housing based on race, color, religion, national origin, sex, and as amended, disability and family status. This also covers harassment, including sexual harassment. Vermont has additional protections based on age, marital status, sexual orientation, gender identity, receipt of public assistance, being a victim of domestic violence, sexual assault, or stalking, and denial of development permitting based on the income of prospective residents. For more information about Fair Housing in Vermont, visit www.cvoeo.org/FHP. To learn more about Thriving Communities: Building a Vibrant Inclusive Vermont, a statewide collaboration to raise awareness about the economic and social benefits of affordable, inclusive housing, visit www.thrivingcommunitiesvt.org.
To access the Fair Housing Events Calendar for the month of April, please go to https://fairhousingmonthvt.org/event-calendar. Have an urge to create art in response to our housing crisis? Enter this Art Contest (https://fairhousingmonthvt.org/asw-x-cvoeo-art-contest) for a chance to win a cash prize and have your art included in the state-wide Opening!
Grant Opportunity for Vermont Non-Profits
Ben & Jerry’s Foundation 2022 Vermont Equity & Justice Grant Funding Announcement
Process: Proposals may be submitted through our on-line application process by May 2nd for review in July.
Learn More & Apply!
If you have any questions, please contact Becca Golden, [email protected].
The Ben & Jerry’s Foundation is very pleased to announce the opening of our 2022 Vermont Equity & Justice Grant (formerly the Vermont Economic Justice Grant) program with an allocation of $300,000. Beginning this summer, the Ben & Jerry’s Foundation will offer competitive grants of up to $20,000 to Vermont-based, non-profit organizations working to address economic, social and environmental disparities in the state. Grant decisions are made by a team of Ben & Jerry’s employees from each of our three Vermont office and manufacturing sites.
We will seek out innovative programs that are taking a holistic approach in their work to create fundamental change for low-income and BIPOC Vermonters. Grant applicants should demonstrate that they approach their work through the lens of social justice and equity. This program is not intended to fund projects that solely provide direct services to individuals.
Areas of interest include:
- equity in education
- access to safe and affordable housing
- criminal justice reform
- access to jobs with livable wages
- workers rights
- access to affordable health care
- access to healthy and affordable food
We will prioritize programs that work to involve and give voice to constituents most impacted by the problem they seek to address.
"I think if everyone embraced their humanity, the whole world would blossom."
A new Brattleboro resident from Afghanistan, writing in an issue of the Brattleboro Reformer this past week.
When we asked you to submit your upcoming Spring events, WeCAN activists, you did not disappoint. Thank you! With ten new events added this week alone, we can confidently say that there is something enticing to everyone in this email, no matter your Covid comfortability, schedule, or justice interests. So what are you waiting for? Grab your calendar, a refreshing beverage, and a comfy seat. Let's get scheduling...
Putney Foodshelf Needs Volunteers
We are looking for volunteers to fill out the following teams as soon as this week:
Open Hours (Fridays 1-4 p.m. and Saturdays 8:30-11 a.m.)
VT Foodbank: pick up, unload, and restock (Fridays 7:45am-8:30 a.m.)
If you, or anyone you know, might be interested in volunteering, we'd love to hear about it!
Start by filling out this form and we'll be in touch. Volunteering can be a fun and gratifying way to connect to the community.
If you are already a Foodshelf volunteer and would like to sign up for one of these shifts, please let us know asap by signing up through our regular signup portal or emailing [email protected] Thank you!
HAPPENING THIS WEEK:
MONDAY, APRIL 4th, 2022-SUNDAY, APRIL 10th, 2022
Vermont Food Bank’s Veggie Van Go Upcoming Schedule
The First and Third Mondays of Every Month in the parking lot across the street from the main entrance to Brattleboro Union High School (131 Fairground Road, Brattleboro, VT, 05301). 10am-11am.
Veggie Van Go is a program through the Vermont Foodbank that gives out free produce and local food for people to take home.
April 4th, 2022
April 18th, 2022
May 2nd, 2022
May 16th, 2022
- Drive through model- please stay in your vehicles
- If you are walking there: see a Vermont Foodbank associate but please make sure to stay 6 feet back.
- There are no income requirements, registration or paperwork to participate
- You do not need to be present to get food: you may ask someone to pick up on your family's behalf.
“If humans are to survive, we will have learned to take a delight in the essential differences between (ourselves) and between cultures. We will learn that differences in ideas and attitudes are a delight, part of life’s exciting variety, not something to fear.”
Creator of Star Trek; Army Air Force pilot during WWII, then a pilot for Pan Am before joining the Los Angeles Police Department as a speech writer
New offerings in this week's Email include a Rally for Yemen happening today, Sunday, in Brattleboro, discussing The Great Falls and an Abenaki Relationship with Place in Bellow's Falls, and Green Burial: The Natural Way to Go, presented by Living Earth Action Group. We hope you can take a few moments and read through the rest of the offerings and make a plan to get involved. Until next week...
SUNDAY, MARCH 27th, 2022
Rally for Yemen
organized by Action Corps Vermont
Sunday, March 27th, 2022 at Pliny Park (corner of High Street and Main Street, Brattleboro, VT, 05301). 2pm-3pm.
The war in Yemen is entering its eighth year. Vermont’s Congressional delegation has said they support ending US complicity in this war, but have yet to introduce a Yemen War Powers resolution. Come any time between 2 and 3. There will be signs to share and people are encouraged to have your photo taken holding one of the signs. The collection of photos will go to the Vermont Congressional delegation, telling them that it’s time to make good on their commitment and introduce a Yemen War Powers Resolution.
"All of the great social justice advances that we ever had in this country have come not from people with big titles and not from people at the top, but just from everyday people getting together and saying, “Enough is enough. I’m going to change this, and I’m going to get involved, and I am going to be engaged.”
Nina Hudson Turner is an American educator and politician. A member of the Democratic Party, she was an Ohio State Senator from 2008 until 2014. She is currently running for Congress.
Happy Sunday WeCANners! Consider this your weekly reminder and invitation to Resist, Persist, and Insist.
- Resist those ideologies that go against equality, equal opportunity, inclusion, and fairness.
- Persist in conversations with legislators, in solving problems, in your daily actions for change, and
- Insist on justice, accountability, and a voice for ALL, especially those that are often unheard.
We look forward to seeing you at an event or meeting this week!
WeCAN Community Member Needs Assistance
Brenda Siegel, our dear friend and WeCAN community member, is recovering from surgery and in need of community support. You can use THIS LINK to access her meal train website where there are both food and light housework slots that need to be filled in the coming weeks. If you are able, please sign up! Check out the "Review All Instructions" yellow tab on Brenda's meal train homepage for more information on specific needs, allergies, and suggestions. Thank you!Read more