Weekly Email Update 9-18-17

“I am not here for your understanding of who I am. I am here for your understanding of who you are. I am your mirror. How you feel about me, what you see in me, the thoughts that arise from your encounter of me, the judgements you hold about me are all reflections of you. They have nothing to do with me.”
Emily Maroutain


There are a number of new entries this week, WeCAN Family, so please scroll through the listings with fresh eyes. We encourage you, too, to bring a friend or loved one to an event this week and start a conversation with them about how we can work to improve Justice in our towns, county, and state. We are truly reflections of each other and weCAN strive to be the best reflections we can possibly be, together. 


_____



HAPPENING TODAY SUNDAY, SEPTEMBER 17th, 2017

VENUE CHANGE -- No Retreat- A Putney Huddle Mini Retreat - VENUE CHANGE!
Sunday, September 17th, 2017, at The Putney Public Library (55 Main Street, Putney, VT). 10am-2pm. 
The Putney Huddle presents a day of relaxed learning, fun, food, and connection. Whether you have been a part of the Huddle or are just interested in partaking, you are welcome to join us as we explore through listening and activity many aspects of being involved in local politics and activism, guided by those deep in the movements.
Featuring Vermont All Stars
-Poet, Activist, and Guilford Selectboard Member, Verandah Porche
-Senator Rebecca Balint
-Activist and Author, Ann Braden
-Environmental Activist and Contender for Governor James Ehlers
Along with representation from Rights and Democracy, Sister District, The Putney Democrats, The Local Love Brigade, and many more.
Chair Massages from Collin Leech, Tacos By Tito or brown bag lunch.

Read more

Weekly Email Update 9-11-17

"Don’t just teach your children to read, teach them to question what they read. Teach them to question everything."
George Carlin


There's a lot of opportunities this week, WeCAN Friends, so let's get right to it:


HAPPENING TODAY, SUNDAY, SEPTEMBER 10th, 2017

Community Rights Awareness Workshop
presented by the Community Environmental Legal Defense Fund (CELDF) and sponsored by Post Oil Solutions & Rights and Democracy
Sunday, September 10th, 2017 at the Brattleboro Food Coop (2 Main Street, Brattleboro, VT, 05301) in the Community Room (please use the entrance at 7 Canal Street). 10am-1pm.  FREE, but registration required: bereal@vermontel.net. Refreshments will be provided. 
In this workshop, we take an in-depth look at how political and legal structures have been set up to protect the interests of an elite wealthy minority, at the expense of the majority of people and community self-government. We’ll look at how corporations have received more rights and protections than real people living in communities. Most importantly, we’ll look at how communities have pushed back against these oppressive structures to reclaim democratic self-government in their communities, and at the state level with a proposed Community Rights Amendment.


______


Share the Harvest Stand 
sponsored by Edible Brattleboro
Sunday, September 10th, 2017 at the Elliott Street Park (on Elliot Street in Brattleboro, VT, 05301) from 11am-1pm.
You are invited to participate in Edible Brattleboro’s Share the Harvest stand where we will be sharing produce from our gardens as well as donated produce from local farmers and gardeners. The stand is set up at the Elliot Street Park every Sunday from 11am - 1pm; rain location - in front of Experienced Goods / Transportation Center on Flat Street. Everything is available to the community at no cost. 
We are happy to accept your donations from your garden - please drop off your surplus to our stand on Sundays as close to 11amas possible. We also need volunteers to keep this going throughout the season. Please visit http://signup.com/go/GmYCbae to sign up for a spot. It’s real easy to sign up, and your contact information is never shared. We need teams of two to glean at the Farmers’ Market on Saturdays or to operate the stand on Sundays. Brief descriptions of the tasks are on the sign-up site, and complete directions are provided via email. Brattleboro Time Traders can earn hours, too!
URGENT CALL FOR VOLUNTEERS: If we do not have sufficient volunteers in the coming weeks, we will not be able to continue to offer fresh produce every Sunday through October. I urge you to look over the schedule online and commit to offering several hours in the coming weeks so we can continue to provide this much appreciated service. We're using SignUp.com to organize our upcoming SignUps.
Here's how it works in 3 easy steps:
1) Click this link to see our SignUp on SignUp.comhttp://signup.com/go/GmYCbae
2) Review the options listed and choose the spot(s) you like.
3) Sign up! It's Easy - you will NOT need to register an account or keep a password on SignUp.com.
Note: SignUp.com does not share your email address with anyone. If you prefer not to use your email address, please contact me and I can sign you up manually.
Come Grow and Share with Us!


_____



HAPPENING THIS WEEK, MONDAY, SEPTEMBER 11th, 2017-SUNDAY, SEPTEMBER 17TH, 2017


Inclusion Center Activities
sponsored by the Inclusion Center 
Monday September 11th, 2017 at St. Michael’s Episcopal Church (16 Bradley Avenue, Brattleboro, VT 05301). 11:30am-3:30pm
Itinerary: 
11:30am  Lunch
12:00pm  Art
2:00pm    Discussion and Games
3:00pm    Hanging out

From the Inclusion Center:
We got together a few months ago and created this entertaining ad for Inclusion Center. We wrote it, performed, filmed and edited it. I know you'll enjoy it! Please share so others can smile and learn about Inclusion Center as well! https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=VX8rk97_Lgs
 

______


Windham County VT Workers' Center Organizing Committee
Tuesday, September 12th, 2017 at The Root Social Justice Center (The Whetstone Studio for the Arts, 28 Williams St., Brattleboro, VT, 05301). First Floor. 6pm-8pm. For more information please email Windham@workerscenter.org
We will review the Draft VWC 2017/2018 Campaign Plan -- to get Act 48, (VT universal healthcare), implemented with full and equitable funding -- and generate feedback for the state Coordinating Committee. Also, updates on trying to get expanded hours/services for the Brattleboro Free Clinic, and other projects. 


______



Read more

Weekly Email Update 9-4-17

"Thought is the blossom; language the bud; action the fruit behind it.” 
Ralph Waldo Emerson


Happy September and Back to School, WeCAN Family. With so much news inundating our senses about all aspects of government, justice, climate science, and infrastructure (especially after the devastation of Hurricane Harvey) we wanted to share this great Critical Thinking resource from Global Digital Citizen. The questions in this cheatsheet can be applied to any conversation or situation that requires thought and logic and is great for new topics or familiar ones you'd like to revisit with a more discerning eye. You can print out the PDF here
"How Does This Cheatsheet Work?
Critical thinking is thinking on purpose. It’s clear, rational, logical, and independent thinking. It’s about practicing mindful communication and problem-solving with freedom from bias or egocentric tendency. You can apply critical thinking to any kind of subject, problem, or situation you choose. We made the Critical Thinking Skills Cheatsheet for you with this in mind."*

Critical Thinking Cheatsheet
*Taken from Global Digital Citizen (https://globaldigitalcitizen.org/critical-thinking-skills-cheatsheet-infographic). Accessed on 9.2.17. 


______



HAPPENING TODAY, SUNDAY, SEPTEMBER 3RD, 2017

We Celebrate Democracy/Civil Rights For All Banner Hanging  
Sunday, September 3rd, 2017 on Main Street in Brattleboro, VT at 8am-9am. 
We are Woody Bernhard and Susan Kunhardt of Marlboro Vermont. With the help of many supporters we are thankful to have been able to make the banner and fly it over Main Street for one week  in April and in June and to carry it in the 4th of July parade. We are now fundraising to fly the banner over Main Street in Brattleboro from Sunday Sept 3rd to the 10th.
We need: A $600 Hanging Fee for hanging the banner and $50 for the Vendors Permit, for a gallery walk fundraiser for the banner raising that we held in front of Vermont Artisan Designs on August 4. We have received $55 in donations so far, so we need to raise $595, about sixty $10 donations. Any over-funding will be donated to Brattleboro Area Hospice. This time the banner will be up by itself above the center of the street. The fire company will hang the banner starting at 8 am. It takes about an hour. Come and see the banner go up. Come and show your support for continuing to make this positive statement that we stand for democracy in the face fascism and corporate tyranny. True democracy with equal civil rights for all is love and sharing and caring and helping. Join us. Stand with us to send the message: Democracy is one big valentine to all the people. Thank you for your support. To donate got to: Go fund me We Celebrate Democracy. Contact: woodyandsusan@gmail.com  or call 802 464 3154.

People gathered in front of the Civil Rights for All Banner

 

______



Share the Harvest Stand 
sponsored by Edible Brattleboro
Sunday, September 3rd, 2017 at the Elliott Street Park (on Elliot Street in Brattleboro, VT, 05301) from 11am-1pm.
You are invited to participate in Edible Brattleboro’s Share the Harvest stand where we will be sharing produce from our gardens as well as donated produce from local farmers and gardeners. The stand is set up at the Elliot Street Park every Sunday from 11am - 1pm; rain location - in front of Experienced Goods / Transportation Center on Flat Street. Everything is available to the community at no cost. We are happy to accept your donations from your garden - please drop off your surplus to our stand on Sundays as close to 11amas possible. We also need volunteers to keep this going throughout the season. Please visit http://signup.com/go/GmYCbae to sign up for a spot. It’s real easy to sign up, and your contact information is never shared. We need teams of two to glean at the Farmers’ Market on Saturdays or to operate the stand on Sundays. Brief descriptions of the tasks are on the sign-up site, and complete directions are provided via email. Brattleboro Time Traders can earn hours, too!

 


______

Read more

Weekly Email Update 8-28-17

"In order for the light to shine so brightly, the darkness must be present."
Francis Bacon


Happy Sunday, weCANers! There are a lot of new additions to the calendar of events this week so let's get to work. 

______


HAPPENING TODAY, SUNDAY, AUGUST 27th, 2017 in KEENE, NEW HAMPSHIRE

Be The Light
Hosted by St James Keene NH and Keene Interfaith Clergy
Sunday, August 27th, 2017 at 7:30pm.
Central Square at Main Street in Keene, New Hampshire
The Keene Interfaith Clergy Association invites you to surround the city in candlelight and love in response to the events in Charlottesville, VA. On Sunday, August 27 at 7:30pm, we will gather in Central Square for a welcome from Mayor Lane, followed by a prayer.

Here are the basic nuts and bolts for Sunday night:
Come prepared to know what we'll be doing by reading these points of info, and please share with others who are coming: 
Bring a candle if you canBring extras to share with others if you can. There will be candles available on Central Square, but we hope not to run out and having too many is better than not enough. We will gather in Central Square. If there are too many people to fit on the green, please stand on surrounding sidewalks - do not stand in the road. There will be a welcome from Mayor Lane and Senator Kahn. Rev. Worth will give an introduction and explain the logistics and then there will be a prayer offered by Rabbi LoewenthalTwo groups of line leaders will be pointed out. People will follow those leaders down each side of Main Street until the whole crowd is evenly spaced through the cityWe must allow traffic to flowOnly cross busy streets with the pedestrian lights or when there is no traffic at all. It's ok to have pauses in our procession for safety's sake. Please stay on the sidewalks as we walk down Main Street. The line will have breaks in it at cross streets. We all love to talk, but for the procession, people are asked to instead listen to the unique silence that can only be experienced when shared among a group of people being silent together. So please do your best to remain quiet without talking throughout the procession and candle ceremony. Just as we all did with the eclipse, when we are gazing together at something outside of us we are fully united as a community. Silence will help us focus on things larger than one another and will deepen our experience together. Once we are all in two long lines, the light will be passed, person to personPeople will say "Be the Light" to one another as they share the flame. Once everyone's candle is lit, we will observe a few moments of silent prayer in memory of those who have died from the effects of hatred. Then, those who have volunteered to help start the singing, who will have been assigned to stand near certain cross streets so that they are evenly spread out down the line, will get a phone call from the head of the square (please put your phone on vibrate!) They'll be listening to when we start the singing up by the square so that they can sing out from their point in the line at the same time. Hopefully, this way, we'll all get singing "This little light of mine" in unison. So be listening intently for people singing so you can join in!

This Little Light of Mine (5 verses, starting on a C pitch)

This little light of mine, I’m going to let it shine...
All around Keene, I’m going to let it shine...
Hide it under a bushel - no! I’m going to let it shine...
Won’t let hatred blow it out, I’m going to let it shine...
This little light of ours, we’re going to let it shine...

We will then break into singing "Lean on Me" starting on an E pitch

Sometimes in our lives we all have pain 
We all have sorrow 
But if we are wise 
We know that there's always tomorrow
Lean on me, when you're not strong 
And I'll be your friend 
I'll help you carry on 
For it won't be long 
'Til I'm gonna need 
Somebody to lean on

You just call on me brother, when you need a hand 
We all need somebody to lean on 
I just might have a problem that you'll understand 
We all need somebody to lean on

Lean on me, when you're not strong 
And I'll be your friend 
I'll help you carry on 
For it won't be long 
'Til I'm gonna need 
Somebody to lean on

Here is probably the most challenging part: after singing that upbeat song, it's time to get quiet again. (which will be hard after singing Lean On Me - but you can do it!) Continue, then, to stand quietly as the light is extinguished one person to the next, each person turning to their neighbor as they extinguish their own candle and saying to them "You be the light." We will wait quietly until everyone's candle is out. When the whole line of candles is then extinguished, it's time to applaud and cheer! If you have brought your own candle, make sure you are careful about melted wax as you pack it up. If you got a small candle at the square, please look for our volunteers who will be wearing bring vests and carrying 5 gallon buckets to collect the candles. Please note - we told the fire chief that no one would be walking around with lit candles and that we would not put hot candles into public trash cans. Please either get your candle into a designated 5 gallon bucket or carefully take it home with you.
We hope you'll return home uplifted by the embrace of your community.


______


HAPPENING TODAY, SUNDAY, AUGUST 27TH, 2017


Share the Harvest Stand 
sponsored by Edible Brattleboro
Sunday, August 27th, 2017 at the Elliott Street Park (on Elliot Street in Brattleboro, VT, 05301) from 11am-1pm.
You are invited to participate in Edible Brattleboro’s Share the Harvest stand where we will be sharing produce from our gardens as well as donated produce from local farmers and gardeners. The stand is set up at the Elliot Street Park every Sunday from 11am - 1pm; rain location - in front of Experienced Goods / Transportation Center on Flat Street. Everything is available to the community at no cost. 
We are happy to accept your donations from your garden - please drop off your surplus to our stand on Sundays as close to 11amas possible. We also need volunteers to keep this going throughout the season. Please visit http://signup.com/go/GmYCbae to sign up for a spot. It’s real easy to sign up, and your contact information is never shared. We need teams of two to glean at the Farmers’ Market on Saturdays or to operate the stand on Sundays. Brief descriptions of the tasks are on the sign-up site, and complete directions are provided via email. Brattleboro Time Traders can earn hours, too!

 4x5_Poster-Share_the_Harvest_rev.jpeg


______


Soul Food Sunday
hosted by The Root Social Justice Center
Sunday August 27th, 2017 at the Root Social Justice Center (The Whetstone Studio for the Arts, 28 Williams Street, Brattleboro, VT, 05301). 1pm-5:30pm. Free and Kid Friendly. The Root is a nut free and fragrance free space. 
This SFS join us for extended time and a BBQ potluck. Bring something for the grill or a side dish to share. For questions email us at therootsjc@gmail.com.
Soul Food Sundays is potluck gathering held once per month for people of color and their children living in or around southern Vermont to maintain a space for healing connection, solidarity and support. Because Vermont is one of the whitest states in the union, it is imperative for people of color to have a space maintained exclusively to foster resilience and vitality within their own community. Soul Food Sundays is dedicated to feeding the souls of people of color through the sharing of food, music, dance and stories and more. It is a space for us to share our hopes and dreams for the future of our community. Maintaining a gathering exclusively for people of color creates an open process of healing where we can feel safety, empathy and joy. It is open to all ages, abilities, gender and sexual preferences. Next Soul Food Sunday September 17th from 2:30pm-5:30pm.

Group of participants gathered in front of a xylophone

 



______



Read more