“It can’t just be about "we want to control the Senate". Somebody who’s not engaged is going to ask why they should care about that. We have got to say we’ve got to control the Senate because healthcare is on the line, because the Voting Rights Act is on the line, because racial justice and whether or not police officers and district attorneys are able to continue to get qualified immunity when they kill black folks. That’s on the line.”
co-founder of Black Voters Matter in Atlanta, GA
As we edge nearer and nearer to the New Year, WeCAN Community, it is time to turn our attentions to the Georgia runoff race in earnest. Karl Rove and the RNC are flooding Georgia's GOP with hundreds of millions in funds, buying ad time and taking over the airwaves in Georgia this holiday season. To combat these tactics, Georgia Democrats and Progressives are attempting to head off the Republicans on two fronts: through fundraising and voter registration/education. Here's some ideas as to how you can help raise funds and awareness in the coming weeks. Please feel free to share these items on your own social media channels! Thank you.
Lin-Manuel Miranda and Eddie Vedder in Conversation, hosted by Wayne Brady
Tickets for the event can be purchased here.
Lin-Manuel Miranda and Pearl Jam are joining forces for a virtual fundraiser benefitting the Georgia Senate runoff election.
Hosted by actor and Georgia native Wayne Brady, the fundraiser will take place via the virtual venue Looped on Wednesday, December 16th, 2020 at 8:30pm. The event will feature Miranda and Pearl Jam in conversation, discussing their artistic inspirations and why it’s so important to them to use their platforms for change. With tickets selling for $10 each, all proceeds from the event will go to the Latino Victory Project, Latino Community Fund of Georgia and The Hispanic Federation. These donations will be employed to mobilize Georgia’s Latino community to vote in the runoff election by supporting text and phone banking, mailers, canvassing and bus tours through communities during early voting. “Georgia came through for America and now it’s time for America to come through for Georgia,” Pearl Jam’s Eddie Vedder said. “We — along with millions of others — are fans of Lin-Manuel for both his art and his activism and we are excited to work together to support progressive organizations Latino Victory Project, Latino Community Fund of Georgia, and The Hispanic Federation.”
Going to Georgia: A Music Compilation Album to Support Fair Fight and Mijente
From the band Wye Oak, on Facebook: We're proud to be raising funds to get out the vote in Georgia's Senate runoff election on January 5th via this new Going to Georgia compilation album, available exclusively via Bandcamp. A ton of artists from Merge Records recorded covers of artists from/songs relating to Georgia. Our selection was "Crazy" by the legendary Athens, GA band Pylon. Also check out Joyero playing drums in the Lambchop is a Band cover of a Yo La Tengo tune. The comp is available for a limited time only, and 100% of proceeds from this compilation will go to Fair Fight Action and Mijente, two organizations fighting for voting rights in Georgia and beyond. mergerecords.bandcamp.com/album/going-to-georgia
HAPPENING THIS WEEK, SUNDAY, DECEMBER 6TH, 2020
Coffee with Coffey
Sunday, December 6th, 2020, Online. 3pm-4pm.
You can access the Zoom HERE.
The legislative session begins on January 6th and if you live in my district please join me this Sunday, December 6th for "Coffee with Coffey" 3-4pm over Zoom. These monthly coffee hours (held on the first Sunday of each month) are as a way to stay connected with the issues and our neighbors. I will share my priorities for the coming session, answer questions and listen to your ideas and concerns. If you cannot make it to a coffee hour please don't hesitate to get in touch by phone or email.
Hope to see you! Be well and take good care,
Windham-1/Guilford & Vernon
email: [email protected]
home phone: 802-257-0288
“Bad officials are elected by good citizens who do not vote.”
George Jean Nathan b.1882 d.1958
American drama critic and magazine editor
We hope you and yours have had some time to relax and reflect this holiday weekend, WeCAN friends. We are so appreciative of your support and readership these last 4 years; you have encouraged and supported this small-but-mighty group through your words and actions and we couldn’t be more grateful for all that you do. Thank you!
With Georgia’s runoff election one week closer, it is imperative that we help increase voter turnout in whatever way we can. Tonight, Sunday, November 30th, you can learn how you can help the Environmental Voter Project, a nonprofit that focuses on mobilizing non-voting environmentalists, in a one-of-a-kind Zoom call. EVP targeted 1.8 million never-voted-before environmentalists in the 2020 presidential election and helped get over 600,000 of them to vote early (including 69,332 in Georgia). Now, they're raising funds to scale up their efforts for the Georgia US Senate runoff elections and have identified 382,844 environmentalists who are unlikely to vote in the January 5th runoff. This call will feature EVP Founder and Executive Director Nathaniel Stinnett, who will explain EVP's methods and results before answering questions.
Join Piper Perabo, actor and activist (Coyote Ugly & Covert Affairs), Laura Hillenbrand New York Times best-selling author (author of Sea Biscuit among other notable works), Daniel James Brown, New York Times best selling author, Rebecca Skloot, New York Times best selling author (The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks), Tim Guinee, actor & activist (Iron Man), and Nathaniel Stinnet, Founder & Executive Director of the Environmental Voter Project, among others, this evening in an effort to raise funds and voter awareness in Georgia! We hope to see you there.
To RSVP, please click HERE.
“I think it is the Republicans' [election] to lose, but as we know from what’s happened in 2010 and 2012, Republicans can do that.”
Dr. Charles S. Bullock, University Professor
speaking about the upcoming Senate race in Georgia to USA Today. Dr. Bullock is the Chair of the Political Science Department at the University of Georgia.
This week's email has quite a few event changes, WeCAN Community. Some previously listed events have been cancelled or postponed due to Covid 19, so please take a moment and scroll all the way through the email to see what's different. New Covid19 protocols from our Governor have been highlighted and the latest statistics are available further down in this email as well. We urge you to stay home unless traveling for work/school or for essentials, wear a mask when out in public, keep a 6 foot distance from other humans you aren't quarantining with, and wash your hands regularly.
As you may remember, we are featuring a unique way to get involved in the Georgia Senate race in each Weekly Email Update until the election on January 5th, 2021. This week's suggestion comes via Instagram user @coach_evil and encourages you to get up and get moving order to support change! The Georgia on my Mind 5k is an at-home virtual 5k that you can complete in your own time, wherever you are, before December 19th, 2020. Your donation will be split between both Jon Ossoff and Reverend Raphael Warnock and Stacy Abram's voting rights organization, Fair Fight. For more information, registration, and to donate, please click HERE.
NEW COVID 19 STATEWIDE GUIDELINES Effective Saturday, November 14th, 2020 at 10pm
State Officials Clarify Ban on Social Gatherings
At Friday’s (11.20.20) press conference, Governor Phil Scott added further clarification to the state’s prohibition of social gatherings in the newest executive order. Under the order, you are not allowed to gather with people you don’t live with. This includes all inside and outside social, recreational and entertainment gatherings, and in public and private spaces.
There is an exception for people who live alone. They may gather with people who live in one other household. Gov. Scott announced additional allowances Friday:
• People can take in and shelter those from another household who are living in a dangerous, unhealthy or otherwise unsafe situation.
• You can do outdoor fitness activities with one other person from another household. However, both of you must stay at least 6 feet away from each other and wear a mask at all times. For example, you can bike, hike, walk or run with one of your neighbors.
As daily cases of COVID-19 continue to reach new heights, Health Commissioner Mark Levine, MD, said we can still contain the virus, but we need Vermonters’ help.
“Avoiding social gatherings, limiting non-essential travel, quarantining when necessary, and taking prevention steps will help stem this rising tide — but only if Vermonters follow the guidance,” Dr. Levine said. “It’s too soon to see the impact... But with a little patience, and a lot of compliance, I am hopeful we can make a difference.”
EDITOR'S NOTE: Last week we listed an event, "Stop Climate Denial in Town Government at the Brattleboro Select Board Meeting
Tuesday, November 17th, 2020, Online. 6:15pm", but failed to mention that it was an event hosted by Brattleboro Common Sense. We apologize for any confusion or inconvenience.
HAPPENING TODAY, SUNDAY, NOVEMBER 22nd, 2020
Ecodharma, A Buddhist Path for the Climate Crisis: A Talk with David Loy
hosted by the VT Insight Meditation Center (VIMC)
Sunday, November 22nd, 2020, Online. 1pm-4pm.
Registration and scaled fee are required by contacting the VIMC at https://vermontinsight.org. Zoom log-in details will be emailed to all registrants.
The Vermont Insight Meditation Center (VIMC) will host via Zoom a talk by activist, writer and Zen teacher David Loy, on the subject of “Ecodharma, A Buddhist Path for the Climate Crisis.”
Many people have suggested that the ecological crisis is as much a spiritual challenge as a technological and economic one. Does Buddhism offer any special perspective on this imminent catastrophe? Loy argues that Buddhist teachings have important implications for how to understand and respond to the greatest challenge that humanity has ever faced. His talk will focus on the parallels between the usual Buddhist predicament of personal liberation while pointing the way to resolving our collective dilemma.
A national and international lecturer and prolific author, David Loy’s latest book is Ecodharma: Buddhist Teachings for the Ecological Crisis. Many of his writings, as well as audio and video talks are available on the web. He is also one of the co-founders of the Rocky Mountain Ecodharma Retreat center near Boulder, Colorado. For more information: www.davidloy.org.
"I want to be clear: we're in a new phase of this pandemic. The days of low-risk are over. Given our recent case growth, we have no choice but to restrict social gatherings, whether at a home, in a bar or in a parking lot after a game."
Vermont Governor Phil Scott
Covid 19 Press Conference, November 13th, 2020
With Covid 19 cases surging in Vermont and across the country, we will be bringing back our weekly Covid 19 updates in the second half of the Weekly Email Update. You will be able to find recent amendments to the Governor's Stay At Home orders as well as updated statistics and resources pertaining to Covid 19 in Vermont in the listings below.
As we promised last week, WeCAN Family, we will be dedicating our brief Weekly Email Update intro for the rest of this year to ways we can assist helping Georgia voters get to the polls during their upcoming special election. This week, we have 3 ways you can get involved, right from your computer here in Windham County. Take a look:
-Text Bank, Phone Bank, and Write Postcards
Voter suppression is the number roadblock in Georgia’s upcoming election, but you can help combat misinformation and gerrymandering:
Put your general election phone and text banking skills to use to help folks register to vote and spread the word about the runoffs from the comfort of your own couch. Work with Fair Fight Action by texting FAIR to 70700, or Flip the West's phone banking and post-card writing session, or through the Democratic Volunteer Center's phone and text banking programs.
PSA: Georgia has a long and rampant history of voter suppression and any help in getting voters to get their ballots in will go a long way. In local elections like state senate, winners can be decided by a handful of votes.
-Help 'Vote Forward Georgia' Register Voters:
Their mission is to empower grassroots volunteers to help register voters from under-represented demographics and encourage them to vote. They build tools to enable Americans, wherever they may be, to encourage fellow citizens to participate in our democracy. You can sign up here for their letter writing campaign https://votefwd.org and find out how to host a virtual party here: https://votefwd.org/vote-forward-party-kit-virtual.pdf
-Donate Your Time to Voter Protection and Human Rights Organizations that Directly Impact Georgia:
- Fair Fight
- Common Cause Georgia
- Black Voters Matter
- New Georgia Project
- Asian Americans Advancing Justice
- ProGeorgia State Table
NEW COVID 19 STATEWIDE GUIDELINES Effective Saturday, November 14th, 2020 at 10pm
TRAVEL: All non-essential travel to and from Vermont now requires quarantine. Vermonters should limit non-essential travel.
PREVENTION: People from different households should not gather. Stay home when you're sick (and even when you're not sick) and check out these prevention tips.
TESTING: Learn who should get tested and find testing locations throughout Vermont. (More information on Brattleboro testing locations is located below in this email)
MULTIPLE HOUSEHOLD SOCIAL GATHERINGS SUSPENDED: Attendance at all public and private social, recreational and entertainment gatherings, indoor and outdoor, including large social gatherings incidental to ceremonies, holiday gatherings, parties and celebrations, shall be limited to participation with only members of a single household. For the sake of clarity, nothing in this Order prohibits the gathering of members living in the same residence. Individuals who live alone may gather with members of their immediate family residing in a different household.
CONTACT TRACING COMPLIANCE: To preserve the public health and safety, to ensure the health and safety of the State, and to prevent the spread of COVID-19, Vermonters are directed to comply with requests made by the VDH Contact Tracing Team.
RECREATIONAL SPORTS: All recreational sports programs, including organized and/or informal recreational youth and adult league sports, practices, games and tournaments, are hereby suspended. This suspension shall not apply to school-sponsored sports activities which are subject to applicable Agency of Education Guidance.
RETURNING COLLEGE STUDENTS: All students who are returning home from a college or university, in-state or out of state, shall quarantine at home for fourteen days, with a test for COVID-19 strongly encouraged, or quarantine for no less than seven (7) days at which time they must be tested for COVID- 19.
TELEWORK: All businesses, not-for-profit entities and municipal government entities in the State shall reinstitute, to the maximum extent possible, or reemphasize to the extent necessary, telecommuting or work from home procedures. In person meetings are strongly discouraged and all meetings should be held by telephone or electronically to avoid in person meetings whenever possible.
BARS AND SOCIAL CLUBS: Closed to in-person service beginning Saturday, November 14th, 2020 at 10pm. Curbside and delivery services are allowed.
RESTAURANTS: Restaurants must close in-person dining at 10pm, but may provide curbside and delivery service after 10pm. For in-person dining, restaurants must seat only one household per table, in accordance with existing capacity limits and the new restriction on multi-household gatherings.
IN CASE YOU NEED SUPPORT: www.CovidSupportVT.org is offering a wellness Zoom group every Tuesday at 1pm and 5pm. These Zooms will feature self-care strategies for coping and relaxing. The Zoom link is available on their website.