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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weekly email update 8-7-17

"There is a way out of every box, a solution to every puzzle; it's just a matter of finding it."
Captain Jean-Luc Picard, on persistance 
(words written by Nick Sagan)



Happy Sunday WeCANners! Consider this your weekly reminder and invitation to ResistPersist, and Insist

  • Resist those ideologies that go against equality, equal opportunity, inclusion, and fairness.
  • Persist in conversations with legislators, in solving problems, and in your daily and weekly actions for change, and
  • Insist on justice, accountability, and a voice for all. 


Now, let's get to work. 


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HAPPENING TODAY, SUNDAY, AUGUST 6TH, 2017

Share the Harvest Stand 
sponsored by Edible Brattleboro
Sunday, August 6th, 2017 at the Elliott Street Park (on Elliot Street in Brattleboro, VT, 05301) from 11am-1pm.
Edible Brattleboro is launching its weekly “Share the Harvest” Stand! 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 from 11am-2pm. Everything is available to the community at no cost. Please drop off your surplus to our stand as close to 11am as possible.
We need volunteers to keep this going through the season. Please visit http://signup.com/go/GmYCbae to sign up for a spot. It's real easy, and your contact information is never shared. Brattleboro Time Traders can earn hours, too!
In order to keep this going through the season, we need volunteers to help out with gleaning from the Farmers’ Market on Saturdays from 1:30-2:30pm, and operating the stand on Sundays from 10:40am-1:15pm. You may sign up for a time slot at http://signup.com/go/GmYCbae.

Share the Harvest information with carrots and other greens in the background


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HAPPENING THIS WEEK MONDAY, AUGUST 7TH, 2017-SUNDAY, AUGUST 13TH, 2017


Protest Vigil at TD Bank
sponsored by Post Oil Solutions
Brattleboro
Friday, August 11, 2017 (and every Friday) in front of TD Bank Brattleboro (215 Main St, Brattleboro, VT 05301). Noon-1pm. 
Signs will be provided.
TD is a major investor in Tar Sands. TD helps to fund the Dakota Access Pipeline. The State of Vermont Keeps Most of Our Cash in TD.\
What You Can You Do (besides attending the vigils):
If you’re a TD depositor, change banks!
If you’re a Vermonter, demand that state funds not be deposited with a bank investing in fossil fuels.
Contact your state legislators to support the bills in the House & Senate calling for a commission to explore the possibility of a State Bank. 
Founded in 2005, Post Oil Solutions is a 501c3 community organizing project in Southeastern Vermont whose mission is to help empower the people of the Central Connecticut River Valley bioregion to develop sustainable, resilient , collaborative, and socially just communities leading to a self- and community-sufficient post petroleum society. For more information please contact bereal@vermontel.net or 802.869.2141

 


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Weekly E-mail Update 7-31-17

"Apathy isn't it. We can do something. So flower power didn't work. So what? We start again. 
John Lennon



     Happy August fellow weCANners. We'd like to take a moment to congratulate each and every one of you for making it half way through this year; it has been less than easy, but you have proven time and time again that you are willing to work long and hard to protect and improve our way of life in Windham County and we thank you. 

     Recently we at WeCAN have noticed a slight uptick in apathetic feelings amongst those around us and we wanted to provide you with a few helpful hints to navigate conversations with those that are feeling a bit of pessimism about our collective future. 

1) Direct their attention to a goal they might pursue right now*. A tangible goal (like attending a meeting or event listed below) may be key in injecting a bit of optimism into your friend's perspective. Simple goals like calling Representatives and making postcards also provide a sense of accomplishment when they are completed and can do a lot to create a sense of optimism throughout their day.  
2) Suggest that they inject some novelty into their daily routines*. Breaking up familiar routines stimulates the brain in new ways and can break up the monotony that can lead to apathy. New sounds, new sights, new smells, and new activities stimulate the brain's problem solving centers and can increase motivation and decrease pessimism. 
3) Inquire about their diet and sleep habits+. Diets high in sugar, dairy, and wheat can impede a brain's neurotransmitter activity (how quickly and accurately your brain moves the chemicals that help it function correctly). Foods like raw nuts, dark chocolate that is 70% cacao or more, leafy greens, berries, avocado, and pumpkin seeds can all improve brain function as well as mood. Suggest that your friend eat raw nuts (if able) before bed to help relax their muscles--it may help them get a better night's sleep, decreasing cortisol levels and increasing serotonin production in their brain while they snooze.
4) Let them know you care^. When your friend says, “nothing matters,” or "nothing is going to change" what they really mean is “I don’t matter" and "nothing I do can affect change". Be sure that your friend knows how much they matter to you and that every small action they take can have big effects, even if they can't see them. Remind your friend that when they feel apathetic you are happy to lend an ear and will always remind them of just how valuable they are in the fight against hate, injustice, and intolerance. 




*https://www.psychologytoday.com/blog/evolution-the-self/201604/the-curse-apathy-sources-and-solutions
^https://www.edutopia.org/discussion/strategies-reaching-apathetic-students
+advice from Joanna Wilson Phillips, a certified Culinary Nutritionist 
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HAPPENING TODAY SUNDAY, JULY 30th, 2017

Share the Harvest Stand 
sponsored by Edible Brattleboro
Sunday, July 30th, 2017 at the Elliott Street Park from 11am-1pm.
Edible Brattleboro is launching its weekly “Share the Harvest” Stand! 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 from 11am-2pm. Everything is available to the community at no cost. Please drop off your surplus to our stand as close to 11am as possible.
We need volunteers to keep this going through the season. Please visit http://signup.com/go/GmYCbae to sign up for a spot. It's real easy, and your contact information is never shared. Brattleboro Time Traders can earn hours, too!

4x5_Poster-Share_the_Harvest_rev.jpeg


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Women Marching Forward 
Sunday, July 30th, 2017 from 4pm-6pm. Location: The Learning Collaborative in Dummerston, (471 Route 5, Dummerston, VT 0530)
All are welcome to attend what promises to be a fascinating presentation and discussion time with Michael Krasner, political scientist and professor at Queens College, City University of New York. Krasner will focus on the Trump administration, giving a brief review of how he got elected, and now how he is staying in place. Time will be spent on, broadly speaking, what the possibilities are in regards to where we go from here. We look forward to seeing you there.


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Weekly Update 7-24-17

“The orchestration of press, radio, and television to create a continuous, lasting, and total environment renders the influence of propaganda virtually unnoticed precisely because it creates a constant environment. “
Jacques Ellul


Hello Windham County friends and neighbors and Happy Sunday. This week's email is loaded with events an opportunities to be involved in your community and we are so happy to see some new groups submitting entries this week as well. Welcome to all! Now, let's get to work: 

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HAPPENING TODAY, SUNDAY, JULY 23RD, 2017

Share the Harvest Stand 
Sunday, July 23rd, 2017 at the Elliott Street Park from 11am-1pm.
Edible Brattleboro is launching its weekly “Share the Harvest” Stand! 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 from 11am-2pm. Everything is available to the community at no cost. Please drop off your surplus to our stand as close to 11am as possible.
We need volunteers to keep this going through the season. Please visit http://signup.com/go/GmYCbae to sign up for a spot. It's real easy, and your contact information is never shared. Brattleboro Time Traders can earn hours, too!

Edible Brattleboro poster

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Resistance Summer: Neighborhood Listening Project Canvass
Sunday, July, 23rd, 2017 at the Putney Public Library (55 Main St, Putney, VT 05346). 11:00am.
Online and in the media, it may seem that we are all hopelessly divided (or that we all agree).
But on the doorsteps, face to face, people are nuanced. They’re conflicted and have the same concerns about our shared country. And often the best way to persuade or motivate someone is to just show up and listen.
That's why this July, as Washington debates radical cuts to our health care system, progressives in all 50 states are taking to the doors to have thousands of conversations about healthcare and other issues in our country—and the solutions we need to fix it. 
Will you join us and attend a door-to-door Neighbor Listening Project event?
Never knocked doors? Don't worry! We will provide you with all the training and materials you need to be successful.
Whether you have canvassed before or this is your first time, I hope you will join in this fun action! Let's gear up for progressive issue mobilizing and upcoming elections by building canvassing skills that will help us resist, build power, and win. We will connect with our neighbors and communities. Now more than ever, it’s important to listen to each other and find common ground. We win by listening to, connecting with, empowering, and bringing people together to stand up for what we believe in. Take action to protect health care for all Americans by talking to thousands of people about their health care stories.
Sign up through this link- https://act.moveon.org/event/rs-listen/12696?referring_akid=undefined or contact Laura Chapman by phone at 802-380-4379 or by email at theputneyhuddle@gmail.com for more information. 

 

 

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