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. 


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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

 

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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!

 


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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. 

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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.


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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!

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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

 



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Weekly Email Update 8-21-17

“It takes a great deal of bravery to stand up to our enemies, but just as much to stand up to our friends.”
J. K. Rowling

 

We at WeCAN encourage you to take a look at the following list of teaching resources that was pulled together by NPR following the Charlottesville attack. Regardless of your age or ability, consider sharing the information with your friends and family; open up the lines of communication, be brave. Your choices now will decide the future of our nation. 

"Just starting out

  1. More than 80 percent of public school teachers are white, while half of all students are people of color. Some teachers may never have directly talked about race or racism, particularly with younger children. Brooks suggests they start by making an "identity chart". This is a way to find commonalities as well as celebrate differences.
  2. Diverse books: Some teachers will introduce topics of racism, civil rights and diversity, especially to younger students, through books. Here is a curated list of 50 social justice books from the nonprofit Teaching for Change. Here is a second, broken down by grade level, by The National Network of State Teachers of the Year.
  3. Teaching Tolerance has lesson plans for students as young as kindergarten that cover bias and social justice.

Historical background

  1. The Graduate Student Coalition for Liberation at The University of Virginia in Charlottesville published a syllabus on Medium that includes primary and secondary historical resources on the local history of segregationism, as well as the urban renewal that displaced African-Americans in the city. There is also background on the dispute over the statue of Confederate general Robert E. Lee that was the focal point of the rally this past weekend.
  2. Facing History and Ourselves is an evidence-based social studies curriculum for middle and high school students that grounds discussions of racism and prejudice in students' own moral dilemmas.
  3. American Federation for Teachers president, Randi Weingarten, shared some collections of lesson plans from AFT's Share My Lesson platform: on racial profiling and stereotyping, on civil rights and social justice, on bullying and helping children cope with traumatic events.

Ripped from the headlines

  1. The Atlantic contributing writer Melinda Anderson created the hashtag #CharlottesvilleCurriculum on Twitter to serve as an ongoing list of resources to teach responsively to current events. Sources highlighted include the Equal Justice Initiative and the Citizenship and Social Justice Curriculum.
  2. To help make sense of the news, the Critical Media Project of the University of Southern California offers lesson plans and resources for talking about media literacy as it relates to race, ethnicity and identity."*


*Directly taken from NPR.org, accessed on 8.20.2017 (http://www.npr.org/sections/ed/2017/08/14/543390148/resources-for-educators-to-use-the-wake-of-charlottesville).

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HAPPENING TODAY SUNDAY, AUGUST 20TH, 2017

Share the Harvest Stand 
sponsored by Edible Brattleboro
Sunday, August 20th, 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!


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Weekly Email Update 8-14-17

"The opposite of love is not hate, it's indifference."
Elie Wiesel

 

Love can be stronger than hate -- but only if we show up. In light of the white supremacist rally yesterday in Charlottesville, Virginia let us come together and stand with those on the front lines of this hate. Together we can shape the narrative of this country. 
We implore you to do your absolute best to attend a vigil or rally despite what your Sunday plans may have been. Here is a current list of events happening tomorrow in and around Windham County. We hope to see you there. Your presence matters. 

All listings below are happening TODAY, SUNDAY, AUGUST 13th, 2017

1) Join the Local Love Brigade Gathering to send love postcards to the Charlottesville chapters of the NAACP and Black Lives Matter and beyond.
Brattleboro Museum and Art Center (10 Vernon Rd. Brattleboro, VT). 11:30am-1:30pm. Let's send them a wave of love even more powerful than hate that's been exposed
If you can't make it, you can send postcards on your own. Here are two key addresses:
Albemarle-Charlottesville NAACP & 
Black Lives Matter Charlottesville
P.O. Box 1522 
Charlottesville, VA. 22902

Congregation Beth Israel
301 E Jefferson St, 
Charlottesville, VA 22902

2) Brattleboro Stands with Charlottesville Vigil, Centre Congregational Church (193 Main St. Brattleboro, VT 05301). 2pm-3pm.
Brattleboro Stands with Charlottesville



3) Putney Huddle Meeting with Beth Pearce followed by a Charlottesville Solidarity Vigil. Putney Public Library (55 Main St, Putney, Vermont 05346). 1:30pm-3.30pm. 
In light of the tragic violence scene in Charlottesville, VA The Putney Huddle will hold a vigil at the conclusion of the meeting. You do not have to come to the meeting to join us for the vigil. All are welcome. We will begin at 3:00pm. Bring signs if you feel moved to. All will be welcome to share their words and feelings or just to stand together in solidarity.

4) Western Mass Stands with Charlottesville, Sunday, August 13th, 2017, Northampton City Hall, (210 Main Street, Northampton, MA 01060). 7pm-8pm. White supremacy and fascism have no place on this earth. Community members, leftists, and anti-fascist organizers have been countering a massive far-right mobilization in Charlottesville, VA. They have been facing far-right terror and violence to defend Charlottesville, with at least IWW member dead. Mourn for dead, fight like hell for the living. Come together to say no to white supremacy, racism, anti-semitism, and fascism.

5) Rutland Stands with Charlottesville Main Street Park in Rutland City (pending approval from the Rutland Recreation Department whose personnel have been quite helpful). 6pm - 7pm 
Stand with Charlottesville, stand against hate. Monday, August 14th at 6 PM, the Rutland Area Branch of the NAACP will organize a solidarity rally and vigil to protest the hate groups that infiltrated UVA this weekend. So far, the event at UVA has left one dead and 19 injured, and many more scared for their lives and general safety, including many of us in Vermont. We will overcome, love will win, and bigotry will not be tolerated. Please join us."


6) Burlington Stands with Charlottesville. City Hall Park (149 Church St, Burlington, Vermont 05401). 7pm-9pm.

7) Keene Stands with Charlottesville, Central Square, Keene, NH 03431. 2:00 PM. 
Love can be stronger than hate -- but only if we show up. Join us to stand with American against racism and for the brave anti-racism allies in Charlottesville.

8) Stand Against Hate. Field Park, Williamstown, MA 01267. 3:30pm. Please come in large numbers and stand in solidarity to use our voices against hate. If this is your first foray into activism, it doesn't matter. If you've never been to a Greylock Together meeting, it doesn't matter. If you're watching our country being torn apart by violent white supremacists and neo-Nazis in Charlottesville, VA today and know this is not the country you thought you lived in, join the majority and stand with us tomorrow. Bring signs, bring friends, bring hope, bring PEACE. Thank you for spreading the word. From one of our Greylock Together leaders: "They are literal Nazis, and they are here, and this is real, and we are the ones who have been called upon to stop them. We are standing in solidarity with Charlottesville. Join us."

9) Solidarity with Charlottesville - NO! to Racism and Fascism! Park Square, Pittsfield, MA 01201. 5pm. We are standing in solidarity with Charlottesville. Join us.


10) Other Parts of the Country: The Women's March and Indivisible has teamed up to provide a Nationwide Searchable Site to find vigils

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