Weekly Email Update 1.17.22

“True compassion is more than flinging a coin to a beggar. It comes to see that an edifice which produces beggars needs restructuring.”
Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr
Beyond Vietnam, 1967

       With Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Day approaching, WeCAN readers, we have highlighted a few out-of-Windham County events taking place in this week's Email. Take a look and make a plan to get involved in events ranging from outdoor rallies and workshops to at-home streaming art celebrations; there truly is something for everyone this week!

  • An event roundup from the Daily Hamspshire Gazette (Northampton, MA area): Rally, Workshops, Virtual Gatherings to Mark MLK Day in Area
  • Stone Soup Cafe in Greenfield, MA will host its second annual Pick-Your-Own Film Festival, with a virtual discussion to be held on Martin Luther King Jr. Day, to honor the life and legacy of the iconic civil rights leader. Anyone is invited to watch any or all of the six free streaming movies selected for the event and participate in a Zoom conservation at 6:30pm on Monday to share their feelings about the films, which share a general theme of institutionalized racism within the American criminal justice system. People can register in advance for the discussion HERE
  • UVM Division of Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion Reverend Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Celebration events and lectures can be found here: https://www.uvm.edu/diversity/signature-events/mlk. 
  • Dartmouth's Year of Connection: Uniting for Equity Celebration 2022 Join us on Wednesday, January 19 at 6 PM EST for our virtual MLK Keynote featuring Dr. Robert S. Harvey. For more MLK Celebration events, please see the full schedule below or view our 2022 interactive event schedule. For more information, please go to https://www.dartmouth.edu/mlk/.  
  • Vermont Tech's MLK Day 2022 semester-long offerings can be found here: https://www.vtc.edu/mlk-day-events-2022/




Outside Windham County: Keene, NH
Voting Rights Rally
hosted by Cheshire County Democrats
Sunday, January 16th, 2022 in Central Square (Main Street, Downtown Keene, NH). 2pm-3:30pm. Please dress warmly and wear a mask.
Stand up for Voting Rights. Rally on Sunday, January 16th, 2022 at 2pm in Central Square, Keene. We can't let anti-democratic forces normalize voter suppression/subversion. Join us, and share the event.


Outside Windham County: Burlington, VT
Panel Discussion: What Would Dr. King Say If He Was Alive Today?
via The Greater Burlington’s Multicultural Resource Center
Sunday, January 16th, 2022, Online. 3pm.
You can access the panel here:
This livestream link will be active a 1/2 hour before the event starts. 
Panel: T.J. Donovan, Moise St. Louis, Chol Dhoor, Henri Sparks, and Bor Yang
Moderator: Patrick Brown
Closing Speaker: Tim Wise


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Weekly Email Update 1.10.22

“Taking a little time to stock your fridge with healthy, homemade food is an act of self-care that will serve you well while you’re busy resisting. In other words, it’s important to take care of yourself so you can better take care of the world.”
Julia Turshen
activist and author of Feed the Resistance from Chronicle Books

     As we get back to work, school, and activism in 2022, we here at WeCAN want to remind you that caring for our community and for others can’t happen unless we care for ourselves, first. One of our favorite activism books is Feed the Resistance: Recipes + Ideas for Getting Involved by Julia Turshen; it inspires the reader to use their strengths in cooking and match it to needs in the community. Matching passion with community based needs is something we have been doing for 5 years here at Windham County Action Network—no wonder we love this book!
     Here’s a peak at a quick and easy roasted broccoli meal you can enjoy while you smash the patriarchy, push for equality, and redefine rights for our neighbors. Enjoy! 

Roasted Broccoli and Quinoa with Curry Cashew Dressing (Serve immediately. Serves 4.)*

  • 1 lb fresh broccoli, tough stems removed, cut into large florets
  • 2 Tbsp olive oil
  • 1 1/2 tsp kosher salt, divided
  • 1/2 cup roasted and salted cashews
  • 1 tsp curry powder
  • 3 Tbsp freshly squeezed lemon juice
  • 2 1/4 cups water, divided
  • 1 cup quinoa

1) Preheat the oven to 425 degrees. Place a sheet pan in the oven to heat up.
2) Meanwhile, place the broccoli in a large bowl, drizzle with the olive oil and sprinkle with 1/2 tsp of the salt. Toss everything well to combine.
3) Once the oven comes to temperature, place the broccoli on the hot sheet pan in an even layer.
4) Roast the broccoli, stirring it now and then, until it’s softened, browned, and crisp on the edges, 30 minutes total.
5) Meanwhile, place the cashews in a blender along with the curry powder, lemon juice, and 1/2 cup of the water. Blend until smooth and reserve the mixture.
6) Lastly, rinse the quinoa in a fine-mesh sieve and then place it in a medium saucepan set over high heat and with the remaining 1 tsp salt and the remaining 1 3/4 cups water. Bring the mixture to a boil, decrease the heat, cover, and simmer until the quinoa has absorbed all of the water and is softened, about 12 minutes. Turn off the heat and put a kitchen towel between the pot and the lid and let the quinoa sit for 10 minutes (the towel will absorb the excess steam.)
7) Uncover the quinoa, fluff it with a fork, and divide it among serving bowls. Top with roasted broccoli, and drizzle with the cashew dressing.

*shared with permission


MONDAY, JANUARY 10th, 2022-SUNDAY, JANUARY 16th, 2022

Youth Centered Art Series with Local BI&POC Artist
hosted by The Root Social Justice Center, Youth 4 Change, and the Brattleboro Museum & Art Center
Tuesday, January 11th, 2022 at the Brattleboro Museum & Art Center (10 Vernon Street, Brattleboro, VT, 05301). 5pm-7pm.
This series is FREE for all youth participants! Food will be provided. Masks are required. Please Register and share your dietary needs at https://forms.gle/D7Mu6c6DEeN9WwsU7
Youth ages 12-22 are invited to participate in the collaborative workshop series between Brattleboro Museum & Art Center, Youth 4 Change and local BI&POC Artist Deidra Razzaque.
Youth4Change and Brattleboro Museum are excited to create space that will connect youth of our community with a local BI&POC artist as well as find ways to honor the history of art in activism. We are grateful to artist Deidra Razzaque for her eagerness to share her skillset and creativity with youth as together we share space centered on art and activism.
The next meeting in this series is 
Tuesday January 11th from 5:00-7:00pm
Followed by 
Tuesday March 15th 5:00-7:00pm
Tuesday, May 17th 5:00-7:00pm


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Weekly Email Update 1.3.22

“And now we welcome the new year. Full of things that have never been.”
Rainer Maria Rilke
Austrian poet and novelist, widely recognized as one of the most lyrically intense German-language poets. He is celebrated for his depth of insight and timeless relevance and is one of the most well-known poets of the 20th Century.

     We hope you are all enjoying this foggy first weekend of 2022, WeCAN readers. We are still taking a bit of time for ourselves with our families and friends (as we hope you are, too), so let's get right to it! Below you can find events happening this week, in and around Windham County. Happy New Year!



Vermont Food Bank’s Veggie Van Go Upcoming Schedule
The First and Third Mondays of Every Month in the parking lot across the street from the main entrance to Brattleboro Union High School (131 Fairground Road, Brattleboro, VT, 05301). 10am-11am. 
Veggie Van Go is a program through the Vermont Foodbank that gives out free produce and local food for people to take home.
January 3rd, 2022

Important information:

  • Drive through model- please stay in your vehicles
  • If you are walking there: see a Vermont Foodbank associate but please make sure to stay 6 feet back.
  • There are no income requirements, registration or paperwork to participate
  • You do not need to be present to get food: you may ask someone to pick up on your family's behalf.


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Weekly Email Update 12.27.21

“We need to immerse ourselves in the world of activism and diverse perspectives. If we only teach a child about one way to live, about the white scientists and the white politicians, they’re not going to grow up and respect the Black ones..."
-Naomi Wadler
13-year-old activist on gun violence and discrimination against African American girls

     Happy 2022, WeCAN readers! We hope you and yours are having a wonderful start to the New Year and are ready to take on all the new adventures and activism that await. There are one or two new additions to this week's email, so please take a moment to take a peek and see what's upcoming in Windham County. Again, with Covid numbers rising steadily, we would like to remind you to wear masks when gathering at events, get your free tests here, and to get your Covid 19 vaccine/booster if you haven't already. You can find a clinic or pharmacy HERE. 

Happy New Year!

Joanna and Sam



Critical Race Theory: A Lecture with Professor Etan Nasreddin Longo
sponsored by Brattleboro Common Sense
Monday, December 27th, 2021 at 193 Main Street (Brattleboro, VT, 05301).  2:30pm.
Admission free, donation requested. Bring your pencil and paper, and of course, your mask.  
Don't study on Snapchat. A serious classroom-style lecture on Critical Race Theory (CRT)  by Professor Etan Nasreddin-Longo.  
Everyone has an opinion, and no one knows the first thing about it. Critical Race Theory is a subject that deserves a serious learning environment and a qualified teacher. BCS is very happy to present Professor Etan Nasreddin-Longo, so that the people around Brattleboro can have an introductory lesson about it. Professor Longo lectures on race and CRT and has been a visiting professor at Marlboro College. He is currently director of the Vermont Legislative Panel on Racial Disparities and counsel to the Vermont State Police on officer training.  

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