“…The final straw has been the separation of children from their parents at the Southwest border. This is child kidnapping, plain and simple. Seizing children from their parents in violation of the constitutional rights of both is bad enough (mentally harmful to the children and infinitely painful to both the parents and children), but doing so without creating proper records to enable family reunification shows utter depravity on the part of the government officials involved. Although it is I who am resigning in protest against these policies, it is you who should be tendering your resignation instead. Sincerely, Elizabeth Holtzman”
a Resignation Letter from Elizabeth Holtzman, a Trump White House advisor, to the Secretary of the Department of Homeland Security Kirstjen Nielsen, July, 16th, 2018
Have you or your group considered spear-heading a Vermont Voter Registration Drive in anticipation of the November Primaries? Here is some helpful information to get you started from the Vermont Secretary of State website:
Step 1: Be Prepared!
To organize your voter registration drive:
- Set up a time and place for the drive: voter registration drives work well at large public events with lots of people such as music and art festivals, parades, community events, etc. Arrange to have a table and a video player available (if an electrical outlet is close by) for the drive. If you are a high school student, speak to your student activities or principal’s office for permission to set up the drive. Speak to the social studies department to see whether you could visit classes.
- Get voter registration forms: call 1-800-439-VOTE or email email@example.com to order voter registration forms, or contact your local town clerk.
- Order buttons, stickers, flyers, bumper stickers, videos, and other materials: call 1-800-439-VOTE or email firstname.lastname@example.org. Attach the order form to your email to place your order.
- Make sure you have all other necessary supplies: pens, clipboards, and volunteers. Don’t be shy—have some volunteers standing with clipboards and registration forms in-hand, ready to ask passers-by if they are registered to vote.
- Assist voters in filling out the voter application to the checklist. The voter must include his or her Vermont driver’s license number. If a person does not have a Vermont driver’s license number, he or she must include the last four digits of their Social Security number.
Step 2: Get the Word Out!
There are many ways to get the word out. You may contact us and we can send you a voter registration poster or you may design your own. Many local radio stations will run free public service announcements, and you can ask governmental, civic, and religious organizations to announce the drive in their bulletins and at their meetings. Also, be sure to set up in a prominent location. If you are a student, ask teachers to make an announcement to their classes and set up in a prominent location in your school!
Step 3: Have Fun!
You are helping the citizens of Vermont fulfill one of their most important civic responsibilities—feel good about what you are doing!
Step 4: After the Drive
Return completed registration forms to the town clerk where the applicant lives prior to the election. View contact information for all town clerks (Excel).
We look forward to seeing you at the polls this November 6th!Read more
"I will not have my life narrowed down. I will not bow down to someone else’s whim or to someone else’s ignorance."
(Gloria Jean Watkins, better known by her pen name bell hooks, is an American author, feminist, and social activist.)
Before we dive into this week's Email Update we'd like to send a big ol' THANK YOU to those that used their bodies and voices to protest against ICE in Williston, VT this weekend. A dozen or so activists chose to risk arrest and block the road to ICE's call center, which is located in our state. While some were arrested by a sympathetic Williston Police contingent, approximately 200 people attended the legal rally, calling attention to the dubious practices ICE has been a part of -- especially since the Trump administration took office.
Civil liberties advocates say hotlines, like the one Homeland Security operates from Vermont, can lead to racial profiling, escalate over-policing and cultivate an environment of fear*. For more information check out this story from Local 22 WVNY and mychamplainvalley.com HERE.
Thank for speaking up and speaking out for those that do not have a voice, Vermonters! You are truly inspiring.
"The Democrats do fine in presidential elections; their problem is they can't get out the vote in the midterm elections."
The Honorable Ruth Bader Ginsburg
The August Primaries are upon us and we here at WeCAN want to make sure you are registered to vote! Let the words of Justice Ginsburg inspire you to bring TWO FRIENDS to the polls with you this election season and create the change we want to see in our Brave Little State. Did you know that as of January 1, 2017 eligible persons may register to vote on any day up to and including the day of the election in the state of Vermont? Registration is available during all normal business hours of your town or city clerk's office in the days running up to the election AND during polling hours on Election Day. You may also register to vote online and you can find more information here.
Is this your first time registering by mail or online? If you are registering to vote in Vermont for the first time by mail or online, you must include a photocopy of an acceptable form of ID. Acceptable forms of ID are:
- Valid photo ID (driver’s license or passport)
- Current utility bill
- Current bank statement
- Another government document
We look forward to seeing you at the polls!
"I refuse to accept the view that mankind is so tragically bound to the starless midnight of racism and war that the bright daybreak of peace and brotherhood can never become a reality... I believe that unarmed truth and unconditional love will have the final word."
Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.
There are many new submissions for this week's email, including graduate capstone presentations, a volunteer opportunity with a local campaign, a Climate Change solidarity action, and a discussion about local economies and economics. Take a look and find a new topic to explore near you!
*JUST A REMINDER*: The last day to vote in the Vermont Primaries is this Tuesday, August 14th. Make your voice heard by casting your vote! You can find your local polling place here: 2018 Primary and General Election Polling Place Listing.Read more