"Let the globe, if nothing else, say this is true,
that even as we grieved, we grew,
that even as we hurt, we hoped,
that even as we tired, we tried,
that we'll forever be tied together, victorious.
Not because we will never again know defeat,
but because we will never again sow division."
National Youth Poet Laureate and the youngest inaugural poet in U.S. history
We hope that everyone enjoyed President Biden and Vice President Harris' Inauguration Week...and enjoyed a bit of Bernie mitten memeing as well! We have more than a few new events inside this week's Weekly Email Update, so please take a moment and scroll on through to the end of this email. We look forward to seeing you at a Zoom event in the near future!
HAPPENING TODAY, SUNDAY, JANUARY 24th, 2021
Vaccine Conversations with Susanna Shapiro
presented by Marlboro Community Center
Sunday, January 24th, 2021, Online. 3pm-4pm.
Join with link: https://us02web.zoom.us/j/84005187353
On Sunday we will hold a special session of the Community Center Coffee Hour to learn about the Covid Vaccine.
Come talk with your neighbors and friends and town health officer, Susanne Shapiro.
Some of your questions may include: When is it your turn? Where will you get your vaccine? What do you worry about and, perhaps, what do you look forward to?
Speaking Up: Histories of American Protest and Activism (Part of the 2021 Virtual Winter Lecture Series)
presented by Historic Deerfield
Sunday, January 24th, 2021 at 3pm
Sunday, February 28th, 2021 at 3pm
Sunday, March 28th, 2021 at 3pm
Gain access here: zoom.us/webinar/register/WN_4eJ8JhtvSc2UsQkgsZ2M7g. Free, registration is required. This lecture series will be presented live via Zoom webinar. The link to the webinar will be sent to registrants prior to the event. Webinars will be recorded and available to registrants for viewing for two weeks after the live event.
Protest and dissent are an integral part of American political and cultural identity. Join us this winter for three virtual webinars devoted to exploring vibrant, lesser-known histories of American activism including the radical abolition movement of the 19th century, how women of color transformed the women’s suffrage movement, and the raucous electoral politics of the post-Civil War era.
“Change does not roll in on the wheels of inevitability, but comes through continuous struggle. And so we must straighten our backs and work for our freedom. A man can't ride you unless your back is bent.”
– Reverend Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.
HAPPENING TODAY, SUNDAY, JANUARY 17th, 2021
The Intersectionality of Gender-Based Violence
sponsored by Windham World Affairs Council
Sunday, January 17th, 2021, Online. 4pm-5:30pm.
Register for this event: https://us02web.zoom.us/.../reg.../WN_bhVmY1XTSZSR_2zMDDlShQ. This talk is free and everyone is welcome to attend.
The Windham World Affairs Council is pleased to announce an online Zoom panel discussion by five panelists – Willow O’Feral (Haptic Pictures), Aida Oualate (Justice and Dignity for the Women of Sahel), Patricia Pedroza González (Keene State College), Mei-Ling Ellerman (Brandeis University), and an advocate of the Women’s Freedom Center. They will dialogue about the intersectionality of gender-based violence (GBV), answering the questions:
How do patterns of social injustice, marginalization, discrimination and cultural bias shape GBV? How have these dynamics shifted in the context of the pandemic?
Examined through multiple lenses – race/ethnicity, refugee, LGBTQ, religion, and rurality/urbanity, panelists share their stories, perspectives and experiences. We hope you will join us for this important and timely discussion. The panel will begin promptly at 4:00 PM and last until 5:30 PM. A recording will be shared on WWAC social platforms.
The Women’s Freedom Center is a Brattleboro-based domestic and sexual violence resource organization, representing Windham & southern Windsor counties. They support survivors of gender-based violence of all genders, and have been doing this work in our community for 46 years.
We welcome your donations to support our panelists. Please especially consider donating to Justice and Dignity for the Women of Sahel, and The Women’s Freedom Center. Donations to WWAC can be made on our website.
"Let it have been us, People of Color, our blood would be dripping in the nation's Capitols' streets."
in reference to the storming of our nation's Capitol on January 6th, 2021
This week has been one of the craziest weeks in recent memory, Friends. Windham County Action Network stands with our activist community in condemning the actions of those that stormed and rioted at our nation's Capitol on January 6th. In addition to condemning the actions, we recognize that the level of policing on Wednesday was egregious when compared to the inflated number of officers present at BLM, Environmental, or Health Care related events. A thorough investigation must be mounted immediately.
This quote, from Ocean-Miracle Morris, a World History and African American Studies teacher at Thurgood Marshall Academy in Washington, D.C., highlights the differences between BLM protests and the Capitol storming that took place this week, without much police intervention, perfectly:
"(My students and I) reviewed the police presence in the Black Lives Matter movement [in comparison] to the Capitol protests," said Morris. "(My) students, a lot of them said 'Black Lives Matter was us fighting for basic human rights and for people not to be killed because of their skin color. The Capitol riot was just because they didn't get what they wanted as white people.' We all know that history repeats itself ... but to fully understand the importance of us educating our own, my own people, I must continue to create conversations around Black world history, our history."
While we look forward to the many positive changes that will happen in the coming weeks and months with a Biden/Harris presidency, we remain ever-ready to organize and fight for justice in Windham County, together.
"In every community, there is work to be done. In every nation, there are wounds to heal. In every heart, there is the power to do it."
former candidate for US President, American author, spiritual leader, politician, and activist
We sincerely hope you and yours had a restful and rejuvenating New Year, WeCAN Family. May 2021 bring us all the health, hope, and happiness we deserve. Happy New Year!
This week marks the last week before the Georgia Senate runoff race on January 5th, 2021. As we've done in previous weeks, we'd like to share with you two ways you can contribute in this crucial final stretch, if you are able.
Rides to the Runoff
Rides to the Runoff is a group of volunteers dedicated to providing safe, free rides to the polls to anyone who needs transportation for the Georgia Senate Runoff. Based in Atlanta, Rides to the Runoff is working hard to ensure ALL Georgians who need a ride and a voting plan will be serviced. To help them accomplish their goal of getting every eligible GA voter to the polls, please head over to this website to make a donation if you can: https://www.ridestotherunoff.com/donate.
Get Out the Vote: A Conversation with Jordan Peele and Bradley Whitford
Sunday, January 3rd, 2021, Online. 7pm.
Chip in any amount, if you can, to join Jordan Peele and Bradley Whitford for a LIVE virtual conversation on the making of Get Out, the politics of horror films, and how Georgia is leading the way to change this country for the better. We can get rid of monsters like Mitch McConnell. Your donation will be used to GET OUT the vote in Georgia and flip the Senate. Donate today to gain access to this amazing conversation and help turn our Senate blue.