Weekly E-mail Update 7-17-17

“Always maintain the attitude of a student. If you think you’re done learning, bitterness sets in. But, if you have more to achieve every day, in any arena, that makes each morning’s awakening full of potential and cherry portent.”
Nick Offerman


Hello and Happy Sunday weCANers! There are a lot of events happening this week, so let's get right to it:


Creative Maladjustment Day
Sunday, July 16th, 2017 at The Express Fluency Storefront (8 Flat St, Brattleboro, VT 05301-3246). 
sponsored by The Hive Mutual Support Network

After celebrating Creative Maladjustment Week (July 7-14), join The Hive for a day of free hour-long workshops on Sunday July 16th. Location is downtown Brattleboro (Express Fluency storefront) & parking will be free (it's Sunday!) Venue is accessible. Accessible bathroom available in building upon request -- we apologize for this inconvenience. If you need childcare or transportation, contact The Hive ASAP info@hivemutualsupport.net


10AM-11:30AM Compassionate Harm Reduction Strategies for Opiate Addiction 
Join Emily Megas-Russell, mother Susan Bullen and stepfather Joseph Ramirez in a discussion exploring opiate addition and compassionate ways to support loved ones in reducing harm associated with opiate use. We will focus on the value of open communication, compassionate curiosity, and accurate information to minimize stigma associated with opiate use and to explore ways to identify risks of use and reduce harm. 

11:45AM-12:45PM Going Sane -- local artist & poet Pamela Spiro Wagner presents personal stories & discussion of surviving the psychiatric system

12:45PM- 1:45PM LUNCH BREAK (various activities)

1:45PM-2:45PM Dissociative Identity Disorder or Diversity, Individuality, and Democracy -- Krystale will share with us "what learning to live with many in my head has taught me about living in the world with its many folk"

3:00PM- 4:00PM Acting for Social Justice
Join Spark Theater Collective to explore street theater as a tool for raising consciousness in our communities by interrupting “business as usual.” The collective works together to create political statements through theater in order to oppose capitalism and exploitation. We will use the workshop to walk participants through our process of creating a play while they create their own, emphasizing the importance of shaping a political statement through study and discussion. We will discuss, where do our ideas come from? and, how does our analysis affect our actions? During this workshop we will investigate these questions, as we collaborate in crafting theater pieces. Participants will leave with not only a concrete tool for action, but also with tools of analysis for more effectively opposing imperialism.

4:15PM- 5:15PM Peerly Human 
Learn about Peerly Human, a community practice which sees individual and social well-being as inextricably linked. Peerly Human uses the general outline of traditional 12-step programs but allows participants to bring their own beliefs and values to the process to support themselves and others through life's challenges. 

5:30PM- 6:30PM Healthcare is a Human Right presents Healthcare Stories 
Vermont Worker's Center Healthcare is a Human Right campaign is collecting personal stories of what works and what doesn't work about the healthcare system, and explores alternatives. 

"Creative maladjustment is a natural human response to oppression, an organic and highly adaptable way to oppose injustice".


Share the Harvest Stand 
Sunday, July 16th, 2017 at the Elliott Street Park from 11am-2pm.
Edible Brattleboro is launching its weekly “Share the Harvest” Stand on Sunday, July 16. In addition to produce from our gardens, we are accepting donations of fresh produce from local gardeners and farmers. The stand will be set up at the Elliott Street Park from11am-2pm. Everything is available to the community at no cost. Please drop off your surplus to our stand as close to 11am as possible.

share the harvest 


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Weekly Email Update 7.10.17

"Activism, not Slacktivism:
We don't want you to only give 5 minutes. We want you to always give five minutes."
The DailyGrabBack.com

With so many days of action, marches, and planned protests happening every day we at weCAN wanted to give you a few more resources (besides this email) to find  events that may interest you both in our region and nationally. Here's a few of our favorites:



Lost River, BLM-South, and POC Caucus Regular Meeting
Monday, June 10th, 2017 at The Root Social Justice Center (The Whetstone Studio of the Arts, 28 Williams Street, Brattleboro, VT, 05301) on the First Floor. 
6pm-8pmChildcare provided. Fragrance & nut free space.  


Public Video/Telephone Call on Healthcare Reform in Vermont
Tuesday, July 11th, 2017. Online at www.zoom.us6:00pm.
Register for link/call for information.To get the call/video links, reply to https://zoom.us/meeting/register/8f2b6eb1f60998add746f627e8486654 
Whether it's Medicaid cuts, attempts to privatize the Veteran's Administration, defunding Planned Parenthood, or unconscionable rate hikes on the individual ("exchange") plans, we are all affected by a system that treats our health as a commodity. Join this call to learn about the healthcare landscape in Vermont, the upcoming Green Mountain Care Board hearings, and the movement to fully implement Act 48.


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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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