Weekly E-mail Update 7-02-17

Change will not come if we wait for some other person or if we wait for some other time. We are the ones we’ve been waiting for. 
We are the change that we seek."
Barack Obama

Dear Ann -- 

We at WeCAN would like to wish a very Happy Birthday to the nation we all love so dearly, the United States of America. 
In honor of the most Revolutionary of American holidays here are some little known facts about the American Revolution and the Fourth of July that you can impress your friends with this week:

  • The word “independence” never appears in the Declaration of Independence — rather, it’s titled “The Unanimous Declaration of the Thirteen United States of America.”

  •  The original Congress had strict term limits. Unlike 21st Century Washington, no delegate to the first Continental Congress could serve for more than three years during any six-year period.

  • There is more than one copy of the Declaration of Independence.
    Even though most people who see the document see the original on display at the National Archives in Washington, D.C., hundreds more were printed. These copies are known as the "Dunlop broadsides", after the owner of the shop that printed them, John Dunlop. The copies were dispatched to the colonies to be read aloud for people who could not read. Of the hundreds printed, only 26 are known to have survived, including two which were found in the last 26 years. One was found in 1989 by a Philadelphia man hidden in a picture frame he bought at a flea market for $4 and the other was found in a box of papers at the British National Archives in 2009.

  • When a Dunlop broadside was read by George Washington in New York City on July 9, 1776, the words so inspired the people listening that they started a riot. Later that day, they tore down a statue of George III, which was later melted and shaped into musket balls for the American army, according to the History Channel.

  • “The Meaning Of The Fourth Of July For The Negro”. Frederick Douglass delivered the speech on July 5, 1852 in Rochester, N.Y. at the Corinthian Hall, which was an event held by the Ladies’ Anti-Slavery Society to celebrate the signing of the Declaration of Independence. An excerpt follows:
          “What, to the American slave, is your 4th of July? I answer; a day that reveals to him, more than all other days in the year, the gross injustice and cruelty to which he is the constant victim. To him, your celebration is a sham; your boasted liberty, an unholy license; your national greatness, swelling vanity; your sound of rejoicing are empty and heartless; your denunciation of tyrants brass fronted impudence; your shout of liberty and equality, hollow mockery; your prayers and hymns, your sermons and thanks-givings, with all your religious parade and solemnity, are to him, mere bombast, fraud, deception, impiety, and hypocrisy – a thin veil to cover up crimes which would disgrace a nation of savages. There is not a nation on the earth guilty of practices more shocking and bloody than are the people of the United States, at this very hour.”



March with the The "We Celebrate Democracy/Civil Rights For All" Banner this Fourth of July
Tuesday, July 4th, 2017 starting at Brattleboro Union High School (131 Fairground Rd, Brattleboro, VT 05301).
10am-12pm.  Please RSVP to woodyandsusan@gmail.com or 802-464-3154.
Our “We Celebrate Democracy/Civil Rights for All” main street banner has been accepted in the Brattleboro Goes Fourth Parade and we’d love for you to join us!
We Need Your Help!: 
•8 people to carry the banner  and 8 alternates.
•Help figuring out the best way to carry the banner
•Lots of supporters to come out and march for democracy and civil rights. 
Meet at BUHS at 10 am. Proceed down Fairground Ave to Canal to Main to the common. End around noon. We are proposing that we sing "We love Democracy and Civil Rights. For all the people. Yes we do- civil rights for me and you", or something like it.   
If you have a problem with our current political/social situation you can likely trace it back to a failure of our democracy. Democracy and civil rights is the issue of our time, maybe all times. The dark force of fascism is trying to put out the light of democracy. The 4th, independence day, is THE PERFECT DAY  to march with the banner and show that we say "yes!" to democracy and civil rights.  


Love Postcard-Making with the Local Love Brigade
Thursday, July 6th , 2017 at the Brooks Memorial Library ( 224 Main St, Brattleboro, VT 05301) in the Community Room. 2pm-4pm.
The Local Love Brigade is excited to co-host this event with the Brooks Memorial Library Children's Room as part of their Summer Reading Program, "Build a Better World." Come and help send out buckets of love into the world. 
Facebook Event: https://www.facebook.com/events/762084477298322


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Weekly E-mail Update 6-26-17

 "We cannot stop the Winter or the Summer from coming. We can't stop the Spring or the Fall or make them other than they are. They are gifts from the Universe that we cannot refuse. But, we can choose what we will contribute to life when each arrives."
Gary Zukav

Happy Summer! As we welcome the warm weather into our area, we at WeCAN would like to gently remind you to be an active part of your community by checking on your neighbors and fellow townspeople when the temperatures rise. Some residents in need don't have anyone that is able to check on them regularly to ensure they aren't dehydrated or overheated and you may be the closest lifeline they have. News stories like this may very well be preventable when we take the practices we learn at activist meetings into our homes and neighborhoods. 

Remember: a stranger is only a friend you haven't met yet. Be bold and (safely) introduce yourself! Who knows...they may even want to accompany you to an upcoming event listed below! 



Resistance Summer Community Potluck
Sunday, June 25th, 2017 at the Putney Public Library (55 Main St, Putney, VT 05346) at 11:30am.
RSVP through the event link and comment with your dish or call Laura Chapman at 802-380-4379
Join with MoveOn, The Putney Huddle, friends, and neighbors at Putney Public Library for a Resistance Summer Community Potluck. We'll enjoy good food, spend time with friends old and new, and celebrate all we've accomplished so far in resisting the radical agenda of the Trump administration. Followed by the regular Putney Huddle Meeting with guest speaker Jaime Contois leading us in a Social Justice conversation and Isaac Grimm, lead organizer for Rights and Democracy will talk with us about their work and how we can combine efforts. All are welcome! Come for part are for all of it!
Many hands make light work! Pitch in by bringing a dish and/or drinks, helping to greet attendees, taking pictures, or tidying up after the potluck. If you can bring your own table ware to reduce waste.


Women Marching Forward 
Sunday, June 25th, 2017 at the Vermont Learning Collaborative (471 Putney Road, Dummerston, VT). 4pm-6pm. Please call 802-451-1941 or 802-579-5975 for more information. All are welcome. 
One of the activities is watching the movie, "Pray the Devil Back to Hell", just over an hour.  Here are a few words from Patti Whalen about the first time she saw the movie and why we chose it for Women Marching Forward.
"I saw this movie a few years ago at the Sarajevo Film Festival in Sarajevo. Watching it with an audience that understood the difficult divide of communicating across differences, that understood the devastating impact of feeling you do not have the power to create change and an audience that experienced similar suffering was powerful and humbling. We rose as one at the end of the movie to give respect to the women who fearlessly brought down Charles Taylor. There are lessons for us to learn here ....perhaps the most important is to value our resistance. Come see for your self and savor the inspiration. We need to hang on to this in the coming months and years."


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Weekly E-mail Update 6-19-17

"Good morning, Revolution; you're the very best friend I ever had. We gonna pal around together from now on."
Langston Hughes

We have lots going on this week in Windham County. Let's get right to it: 


Phone Banking for the Georgia Special Election
Sunday, June 18th, 2017 at the Brattleboro Food Co-Op (2 Main Street, Brattleboro, VT, 05301) in the Community Room. 
Please use the entrance at 7 Canal Street.

What’s the best possible gift for Dad?? Adding a Democrat to the House of Representatives!  The GA special election is on Tuesday so we are phone banking! (Note: this is the new and correct time for the event.)
Please join us. This is a final push before the GA election to get out the vote!  We will be calling Democrats and reminding them to vote.  We had a phone banking party earlier this week -- it was fun to do it together and we all spoke to some really great, motivated voters.  One woman said to me, "We are super excited about Ossoff and thank you for all that you are doing from so far away."  That felt good.
Please join us!  We provide snacks, technical assistance, phone bank training, hand holding (if needed!) and a good time. You bring your phone, computer and if you would like, your headphones.  

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Weekly E-mail Update 6-12-17

"I am what you make me; nothing more. I swing before your eyes as a bright gleam of color, a symbol of yourself."
 Franklin K. Lane
Secretary of the Interior, delivered a 1914 Flag Day address in which he repeated words he said the flag had spoken to him that morning

     Wednesday, June 14th we celebrate National Flag Day, an anniversary of the Flag Resolution of 1777. First celebrated in 1885, the observance of "Flag Birthday" a.k.a National Flag Day was signed into action by President Truman on August 3rd, 1949, but is still not an official federal holiday. 
Some suggested ways to celebrate Flag Day include flying a flag at your home or business, attending local flag day celebrations sponsored by the VFW or the American Legion, or celebrating with a cook-out or bbq. This year you may choose to think outside the box. Sometimes, the best way to be patriotic and channel the ideals of the Founding Generation is to resist.


Regular Putney Huddle Meeting with guest speaker, Cynthia Stoddard
Sunday, June 11th, 2017 at the Putney Public Library (55 Main St, Putney, VT 05346).1:30pm-3:30pm. 
All are welcome. RSVP here or via email ThePutneyHuddle@Gmail.Com.



Lost River/BLM VT-South Organizing Meeting
Monday, June 12th, 2017 at The Root Social Justice Center (The Whetstone Studio for the Arts, 28 Williams Street, Brattleboro, VT, 05301). First Floor. 6pm-8pm.

Fragrance and nut-free space, please! 
For childcare contact blmvt.south@gmail.com


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