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!
HAPPENING TODAY SUNDAY, JUNE 25th, 2017
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."
"Good morning, Revolution; you're the very best friend I ever had. We gonna pal around together from now on."
We have lots going on this week in Windham County. Let's get right to it:
HAPPENING TODAY, SUNDAY JUNE 18TH, 2017
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.
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.
HAPPENING TODAY SUNDAY JUNE 11TH, 2017
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.
HAPPENING THIS WEEK MONDAY JUNE 12TH, 2017-SUNDAY JUNE 18TH, 2017
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 email@example.com
Happy June! As we look forward into the Summer we at WeCAN wanted to remind you to keep up those calls, petitions, emails, and postcards to our representatives both at the local and state level: call to encourage impeachment proceedings, call to encourage a livable minimum wage, call to encourage fair treatment of unions, call to demand that we as humans have rights to both a habitable environment and reasonable health care.
Representative Michael Hebert, firstname.lastname@example.org, (802) 451-9088, P.O. Box 120, Vernon, VT 05354
Representative Valerie Stuart, email@example.com, (802) 257-0249, 520 Meadowbrook Rd., Brattleboro, VT 05301
Representative Mollie Burke, firstname.lastname@example.org, (802) 257-4844, 62 West St., Brattleboro, VT 05301
Representative Tristan Toleno, email@example.com, (802) 579-5511, 33 Highlawn Rd., Brattleboro, VT 05301
Representative Carolyn Partridge, firstname.lastname@example.org, (802) 874-4182, 1612 Old Cheney Rd., Windham, VT 05359
Representative Matthew Trieber, email@example.com, (802) 376-1134, 82 Atkinson St., Bellows Falls, VT 05101
Representative David Deen, firstname.lastname@example.org, (802) 869-3116, 5607 Westminster West Rd., Putney, VT 05346
Representative Michael Mrowicki, email@example.com, (802) 387-8787, 299 South Pine Banks Rd., Putney, VT 05346
Representative Emily Long, firstname.lastname@example.org, (802) 365-7360, 239 Wiswall Hill Rd., Newfane, VT 05345
Representative Ann Manwaring, email@example.com, (802) 464-2150, P.O. Box 1089, Wilmington, VT 05363
Representative Laura Sibilia, firstname.lastname@example.org, (802) 348-7131, P.O. Box 2052, West Dover, VT 05356
Representative Oliver Olsen, email@example.com, 1320 Middletown Rd., South Londonderry, VT 05155
Congressman Peter Welch, Email Form, VT office 1-888-605-7270 or (802) 652-2450 or (888) 605-7270, 128 Lakeside Ave, Suite 235, Burlington, VT 05401
Senator Patrick Leahy, Email Form, (802) 229-0569, 87 State Street, Room 338, Montpelier, VT 05602
Senator Bernard 'Bernie' Sanders, Email Form, (800)-339-9834, 1 Church St, 3rd Floor, Burlington, VT 05401
Governor Phil Scott, Email Form, (802) 828-3333, 109 State Street, Pavilion, Montpelier, VT 05609
HAPPENING THIS WEEK MONDAY, JUNE 5TH, 2017 - SUNDAY, JUNE 11TH, 2017
Day of Action to Support the Budget and Communities - Putney Rally
SAY NO TO THE VETO!
Wednesday, June 7th, 2017 in front of the Tavern Common (Main Street, Putney, VT). 4pm-5pm.
Time to stand up for our teacher's collective bargaining rights and to protect our unions! The Putney Huddle and The Action Pod have coordinated with VT NEA, working in coalition with fellow labor unions, environmental groups, progressive business groups, and several others to push back on Gov. Scott’s planned veto of the budget and the education funding bill. We will stand with our signs along the Main Street of Putney in front of the Tavern Common to show our support of teachers and unions!
Demonstrations will also be happening that evening throughout the state in 26 other towns including Brattleboro and Bellows Falls. Info for all included in the following link or you can contact Laura at ThePutneyHuddle@Gmail.Com.
Facebook Event: https://www.facebook.com/events/1782467168730047/?active_tab=about
Day of Action to Support the Budget and Communities - Brattleboro Rally
Wednesday, June 7th, 2017 at Pliny Park (corner of Main and High Streets in Downtown Brattleboro, VT). 4:30pm-5:30pm.
Community members from across Vermont will come together on Wednesday June 7th to tell Gov. Phil Scott to stop holding the budget –- and Vermont –- hostage. The state budget invests in creating more affordable housing, increasing access to childcare, maintaining the Vermont state colleges, protecting clean water, and giving more resources to mental health workers on the front lines of the opiate crisis. This budget supports Vermonters and our communities. Gov. Scott is choosing to play politics with education, affordable housing, child care, and our waterways while pitting Vermonter against Vermonter. He also has taken steps to undermine the collective bargaining rights of teachers, starting with healthcare.
There will also be gatherings in Putney & Bellows Falls.
Sponsors: Vermont State Employees Association, Vermont AFL-CIO, Vermont-NEA, Vermont Democratic Party, Vermont Conservation Voters, Sierra Club – Vermont Chapter, Vermont Workers’ Center, Main Street Alliance Vermont, AFT-Vermont.
Can you join us? Click here for details and to RSVP: https://actionnetwork.org/events/day-of-action-to-support-the-budget-and-communities-brattleboro?source=email&
Facebook Event: https://www.facebook.com/events/1155625121249310/