Weekly Email Update 2.14.22

Equality is treating everyone the same. But equity is taking differences into account, so everyone has a chance to succeed.”
Jodi Piccoult
Author of 27 novels, accompanying short stories, and several issues of Wonder Woman.

 
     We are so very glad you can join us this week, WeCAN community, as we share some of our favorite Black History Month and Black experience centered events happening now in Vermont and New England. We encourage you to check out the links below and explore these unique offerings. 
     Please note: Next week's submissions will be due on Thursday, February 17th, 2022 and the Weekly Email Update will be created on Friday, February 18th, 2022. No late submissions will be accepted. Submissions can be sent to [email protected] and submissions guidelines can be found here: https://www.wecantogether.net/about_us_submission_guidelines. Thank you! 

1. I am… 2021 Virtual Arts Exhibit
In 2021, the Vermont Arts Council offered a virtual stage for a diverse group of Vermont artists to showcase their work. The exhibit has been archived and is available to view virtually. Read interviews with more than 30 artists about how their work reflects their experiences in racial, ethnic and gender differences. This year's exhibit is on display at the Vermont Statehouse until Feb. 25.*

2. Read at the Rokeby
Ferrisburgh’s Rokeby Museum stewards some of Vermont’s Underground Railroad history, when Vermonters helped Black slaves from the south escape into freedom. Their exhibits include first-hand accounts of the stories of slavery and the Vermonters who helped them find freedom. This month, a virtual book group will discuss Elise Guyette’s “Discovering Black Vermont.” The Rokeby Museum also offers virtual exploration of its exhibit, “Free & Safe: The Underground Railroad in Vermont.” *

3. Plan a Trip Along the African American Heritage Trail
Vermont’s Black history is celebrated along the African American Heritage Trail, which links more than 30 beautiful and historically significant sites across the state and offers educational resources and a deep dive into Vermont’s Black history and culture. Research some of Vermont’s most important historic places as you plan for future travel.*

4. Rhyme and Reason: A Poetic Celebration of Black History for Children
This virtual theater presentation from the Fletcher Free Library in Burlington presents Black history from ancient Africa to today through music, dance and performance poetry. The performance will feature original poetry by two Houston Poet Laureates: Deborah Mouton and Emanuelee Bean, and will be recorded and accompanied by an interactive study guide.
The performance will be available online until the end of March and attendees can access the performance remotely by going to www.fletcherfree.org/rhyme.

5) Early registration is now open for Food Solutions New England 21-Day Racial Equity Habit Building Challenge. In this challenge, you commit to deepening your understanding of, and willingness to confront, racism for twenty-one consecutive days in April of 2022. The Challenge will raise your awareness, change your understanding and shift the way you behave.

 

*https://www.vermontvacation.com/vermonts-black-history; https://rokeby.org/winter-season-book-group-registration/

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Of Note:
     A proposed Vermont state constitutional amendment protecting the "personal reproductive liberty" of all Vermonters was approved by the Vermont House on Tuesday. The measure, known as Proposition 5, will now be decided by voters in a statewide referendum in November. The vote on the proposed amendment was 107 to 41. We, along with so many other Vermonters, extend a hearty THANK YOU to Vermont’s reproductive rights activists, those in legislature who have worked tirelessly, and to our neighbors and community members, who made this achievement possible.
Need to register to vote? You can do so here: https://sos.vermont.gov/elections/voters/registration/.
Need to check your voter registration? You can go to your VT My Voter Page here: https://mvp.vermont.gov.
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From Sister District VT
It's soup time! 
     Greetings from the Southern Vermont Sister District Soup Team. With our monthly soup subscription the Southern Vermont Sister District is making a difference in raising considerable funding for progressive state legislature candidates in important swing states. By subscribing to our Sister District Soup project you can be contributing to Sister District's efforts to make a difference in each and every election!
About our soups: In addition to raising $$ to help us support the national Sister District project, we are also committed to providing you the most delicious, seasonal, and locally-sourced soup that we can. All soups are vegetarian, gluten- and dairy-free, and delicious! There is no reason that you can't eat well and make a difference, too!
Soup chefs volunteer their time and donate ingredients which means that all subscription $$ goes to continue to move our political structures in the direction of sanity, compassion and justice.
The next soup cycle begins in the middle of February and goes until May. 

Check out the soupscription link for the next round starting in February.

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HAPPENING TODAY:
SUNDAY, FEBRUARY 13th, 2022

Workshops: Making a Snow Snake
hosted by the Atowi Project
Sunday, February 13th, 2022 at Retreat Farm (45 Farmhouse Square, Brattleboro, VT, 05301). 1pm-4pm.
Masks will be required, per facility public health protocols.

Please reserve a ticket in advance: www.simpletix.com/e/snow-snake-making-workshop-tickets-98912
Join the Atowi Project for a snow snake building workshop, in preparation for the upcoming snow snake competition at Retreat Farm on February 27! Snow snake is a traditional game played by Abenaki and other tribal nations where snow is prevalent in their homeland. The game consists of players throwing their wooden snow snakes, underhand, down a track.
Materials and instruction are provided - there is no cost to join, but workshop size is limited to 8 participants per session. Pre-registration is required through Retreat Farm at this link https://www.simpletix.com/.../snow-snake-making-workshop.... Power tools will be utilized during the 3 hour workshop. Participants will keep their snow snake upon completion and are invited to the snow snake games on February 27. Dress warmly! Those that do not attend this workshop can still attend the main event and snow snakes will be provided.

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Weekly Email Update 2.7.22

“Your intent vs. impact. I understand you did not intend to do that but it had an impact on me and now that you know and now that you’re aware of it, how will you change? And that’s really all that we’re asking.” 
Mia Schultz, who is featured in the project, “I Am Vermont Too”. The goal of this project is to shine a light on the experiences of Black, Indigenous and People of Color (BIPOC) in the state. The project uses photos to depict a Vermonter’s face holding a whiteboard with anything from a microaggression to something else they want to share about themselves. The exhibit will be at the VT Statehouse from February 1st, 2022 through February 25th, 2022. The exhibit is also available to travel to schools throughout Vermont.   

     New additions to this week's Weekly Email Update include soupscription information from Sister District VT, a film event at Next Stage Arts in Putney, a Zoom discussion of bullying, and a Peace and Justice Center book club meeting, among others. Please take a moment to scroll through to the end to see all the ways you can be a part of positive change here in Windham County. 
     Just a reminder to our group leaders, organizers, and activists: this month is Black History month, so please submit your local event information to [email protected] ASAP! Thank you!

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From Sister District VT
It's soup time! 
     Greetings from the Southern Vermont Sister District Soup Team. With our monthly soup subscription the Southern Vermont Sister District is making a difference in raising considerable funding for progressive state legislature candidates in important swing states. By subscribing to our Sister District Soup project you can be contributing to Sister District's efforts to make a difference in each and every election!
About our soups: In addition to raising $$ to help us support the national Sister District project, we are also committed to providing you the most delicious, seasonal, and locally-sourced soup that we can. All soups are vegetarian, gluten- and dairy-free, and delicious! There is no reason that you can't eat well and make a difference, too!
Soup chefs volunteer their time and donate ingredients which means that all subscription $$ goes to continue to move our political structures in the direction of sanity, compassion and justice.
The next soup cycle begins in the middle of February and goes until May. 

Check out the soupscription link for the next round starting in February.

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HAPPENING TODAY:
SUNDAY, FEBRUARY 6th, 2022

Film: The Ants & the Grasshopper
presented with the Middlebury New Filmmakers Festival and with generous sponsorship from Oak Meadow
Sunday, February 6th, 2022 at Next Stage Arts Project (15 Kimball Hill, Putney, VT 05346). 5pm.
Proof of vaccination or negative COVID test within 48 hours required for entry to indoor shows. Masks required while inside the venue.
Tickets: $10 and can be purchased here: https://nextstagearts.org/event/the-ants-the-grasshopper/.
Anita Chitaya has a gift; she can help bring abundant food from dead soil, she can make men fight for gender equality, and she can end child hunger in her village. Now, to save her home from extreme weather, she faces her greatest challenge: persuading Americans that climate change is real. Traveling from Malawi to California to the White House, she meets climate skeptics and despairing farmers. Her journey takes her across all the divisions shaping the US, from the rural-urban divide, to schisms of race, class and gender, to the thinking that allows Americans to believe we live on a different planet from everyone else. It will take all her skill and experience to persuade us that we’re all in this together.
This documentary, ten years in the making, weaves together the most urgent themes of our times: climate change, gender and racial inequality, the gaps between the rich and the poor, and the ideas that groups around the world have generated in order to save the planet.
Directed by Raj Patel and Zak Piper
Narrated by Anita Chitaya with Peter Mazunda

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Weekly Email Update 1.31.22

“We are the turn of this century. We are the voice of change. We are here to fix what America is falling short of.”
Mya Middleton, at age 16.
Chicago Youth Activist 

     We hope you are staying warm on this cold, snowy weekend, WeCAN community. We hope, too, that you'll take a moment to scroll through this week's offering and make plans to attend an event that grabs your attention. No matter where your talents or interests lie, there is a place for your activism in Windham County.
Don't see what you're looking for listed below? Send us an email at [email protected] and we'll help do our best to connect you to an organization that needs you. 

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From Lean Left VT

New Hampshire

Do you know what a town’s “supervisor of the checklist” does? This nonpartisan official approves every voter registration form and decides who is qualified.  With the right-wing infiltrating every nook and cranny of the NH government, it is critical we make sure that elections are fair and voters are protected. In March, New Hampshire citizens will elect their supervisors of the checklist at the Town Meeting as well as a slew of other important local officials like school board members.

  • The New Hampshire Dems Voter Protection team is recruiting voting hotline volunteers and poll observers to make sure these local elections are fair and honest. This will be an important training and testing ground for the midterm election in November. Training for the voter hotline is every Tuesday (6:00-7:00 pm) and Thursday (12:00-1:00 pm) throughout February. Sign up here for either the hotline or poll observing or both! The NH Dems will get in touch with more information and details. 
  • Build connections with voters in New Hampshire and join the Chris Pappas team’s deep-canvassing effort. You’ll engage citizens in real conversations about issues they care about. This is preparation for hitting the ground running and hopefully knocking on doors, in the next few months. Sign up here for training here. 

Join Lean Left’s New Hampshire State Team!
Contact
Rebecca for more information.

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Weekly Email Update 1.24.22

“You can sit in a dark room and think of light all you want, but that won't change the reality of the darkness around; but step up to light a candle and suddenly the dark reality turns into one filled with light.”
Abhijit Naskar, Ain't Enough to Look Human
One of the world's most famous Neuroscientists and advocate of global harmony and peace. Best-selling author of The Art of Neuroscience in Everything.

     As we walk into a new week after our national leadership has disappointed us yet again with the stoppage of the Voting Rights Act, it's easy to feel a bit down-trodden. We at WeCAN would like to remind and encourage you to use that unwavering desire you have for positive change, the appetite you have to make things better than they are now, at the local level right here in Windham County. These local groups listed below need your talents, your minds, and your bodies to do their good works--works that change the lives of our neighbors and communities for the better. Please consider giving of your time and your talents in the coming weeks and beyond; there is no time like the present to get involved. 

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For Brattleboro Registered Voters:

Are you based in Brattleboro and want to help make crucial decisions about our town?  Then become an official "representative" to be able to vote at Town Meeting! In order to be a Rep, you must contact the Town Clerk's office at [email protected] or 802-251-8157 and request a petition.  You must get 10 signatures from Brattleboro voters and hand it back to the Town Clerk's office by Monday, Jan 24.
Representatives will be voted on by paper ballot on Tues, March 2 and Representative Town Meeting will be held on Sat., March 19.  The Selectboard will decide soon if it will be in-person or not and childcare will be provided.
For more resources and updated details, you can click here.

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HAPPENING THIS WEEK:
MONDAY, JANUARY 24th, 2022-SUNDAY, JANUARY 30th, 2022

Guilford Cares Food Pantry
Thursday, January 27th, 2022 at the Guilford Fairgrounds (163 Fairground Rd, Guilford, VT 05301). 3pm-4pm. 
If you have questions, concerns or would like to donate groceries or monetary gifts please contact Pat Haine 802-257-0626. For additional questions or more information call 802 579 1350 or email [email protected]
Guilford Cares Food Pantry has moved! The Pantry has moved to the First Aid building at the Guilford Fairgrounds. We will be fully stocked with all our usual grocery items.
The Fairgrounds are on Fairground Road, just off Weatherhead Hollow Road. From Guilford Center Road turn onto Weatherhead Hollow Road. Travel 1.7 miles down the road. The Fairgrounds are on the left and there will be a sign directing you up the hill for about .2 miles. The red building is on the left with a sign out in front. Please remain in your car; we’ll greet you,  and give you a shopping list as we have been doing for the past year.
If the Pantry will be closed for any unexpected reason, the closure will be announced on WKVT, WTSA, and Front Porch Forum.
If you cannot come to the Pantry due to illness or high risk, you can call also call Pat to arrange for food delivery by a volunteer.
We know that supplemental food can make such a big difference in one's budget. That is why we are stocking our shelves for our neighbors. All are welcome to come and take home fresh produce, staples, meat, dairy.
Guilford Cares welcomes anyone in need of supplemental food for themselves or their families.

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