“We all should know that diversity makes for a rich tapestry, and we must understand that all the threads of the tapestry are equal in value no matter what their color.”
Maya Angelou, b.1928 d.2014
American poet, memoirist, and civil rights activist for more than 50 years
Happy Kwanzaa! Happy Holidays! Happy Solstice, WeCAN Friends! We hope you are enjoying your holiday season and are basking in some much deserved rest and relaxation. You deserve it.
As we have been discussing during the last few weeks, the Georgia Senate runoff race is happening in early January. More than 2 million early votes have been cast so far, and now is the most crucial time to reach out to disenfranchised voters who may be on the fence about casting their ballots. Here's how you can get involved this week, at a most crucial time:
Vote Save America
Team up with Vote Save America and Team Ossoff East to phone bank for Senate candidate Jon Ossoff at various times from now until January 5th, 2021. If you live in Connecticut, Delaware, District of Columbia, Maine, Maryland, Massachusetts, New Hampshire, New Jersey, New York, Pennsylvania, Rhode Island, Vermont, or Virginia, join Team Ossoff East to make calls into Georgia to elect Jon Ossoff to the US Senate.
Right now, phone banking is the best way to connect with voters and get them to the polls. Help get the word out to voters across Georgia about the upcoming election by phone banking with the Jon Ossoff Team.
At each shift time, join us on a brief Zoom call to receive campaign updates before you begin calling. If it's your first time, stay on the call to go through our quick training on all things Ossoff—once you've been trained, you can hop off after our updates and start calling! All the information will be emailed to you after you sign up, and on the morning of your phone bank shift. Thank you so much for joining Team Ossoff East. Feel free to reach out to Team Ossoff East organizer Isaac Scobey-Thal with any questions, at [email protected]
Share Your Legal Expertise
Volunteer with the NAACP in Georgia and use your legal prowess to protect voters' rights. Volunteer to work the Election Protection Hotline during the runoff elections and be a lifeline for those casting their votes in Georgia. Click on the link above for more information, to sign up, and for more volunteer opportunities with the NAACP in Georgia.
Text Bank with Georgia Dems and Lean Left VT
Georgia Democrats have a long history of fighting for change. It's never been more important for every one of us to use our voices to speak up and be heard. They are now moving into the final weeks of the election with a focus on candidates, especially down ballot candidates, and information to voters. To join the text banking initiative, get started HERE. You will need a computer or a tablet to get started, and a cellphone with earbuds may be helpful.
We encourage you to get involved in any way you can from the comfort of your home, WeCANners. We look forward to seeing you at a text banking or phone banking event soon!Read more
“You do have a choice. You don’t have to be a part of the world of the lynchers. You can join the other America.”
Anne McCarty Braden b.1934 d.2006
an American civil rights activist, Louisville journalist, and educator dedicated to the cause of racial equality
We hope you and your household are weathering December well, WeCAN friends, and enjoying the scents, sounds, and activism of the season. There are a few new entries this week, including a 2020 Virtual Abenaki Heritage event, a blood drive, a Homeless Memorial Day observation, and a historical look at American protests. Scroll down to the end to make sure you don't miss a single event. We hope to see you at a virtual gathering soon!
Showing Up for Racial Justice Georgia Senate Phone-Banking
This week, we are once again featuring ways Vermonters can encourage Georgia residents to vote in the vital runoff Senate race happening in January. Since Friday, more than 1.1 million votes have been cast during early voting and some 24,000 people who did not vote in the November general election have cast ballots in the runoff! Wow! Let's keep that momentum going by staying involved during this vital holiday week.
In the spotlight this week is the organization Showing Up for Racial Justice, which has a chapter right here in Vermont.
Showing Up for Racial Justice is teaming up with Southern Crossroads to swing Georgia left in the upcoming Senate runoff elections. Several Lost River members have been involved in their phone banking efforts and report having a great experience. Here is what SURJ says about their work: "We are building the movement of long haul grassroots organizing for collective liberation in Georgia, and our next commitment is to show up big for the Jan. 5th Run-off election. During our campaign, we will be reaching out to the 300,000 white registered democratic voters in GA both on the phones and field canvassing through door knocking."
There are opportunities for making phone calls, on the ground canvassing (share with friends in GA!), and making donations to support this work. Check out SURJ's GAining Ground page to register for any and all events happening between now and January 5th, 2021. Phone banks are running frequently for new and returning volunteers from now until January 5th as well. We hope to see you there!
"We make a living by what we get, but we make a life by what we give."
Winston Churchill b.1874 d.1965
This week's email has more than a few new ways to stay involved in Windham County during these Winter months, WeCANners. Opportunities to help your community plan and create new uses for public spaces, to help the town of Brattleboro rewrite their hazard mitigation plan, and to assist in a research study about domestic violence are all available this week. You'll also find information about the re-emergence of the DACA program and how you or someone you know can apply inside... so don't forget to scroll all the way down to the end to see how you can stay involved!
This week's Georgia runoff information comes from WeCAN member Ann Smith and Lean Left VT. Their fundraising for candidates Jon Ossoff and Raphael Warnock concluded in November, but you can still find them raising funds for four grassroots endeavors in Georgia: Georgia Shift, the GALEO Impact Fund, The Georgia Muslim Voter Project, and The Asian American Advocacy Fund.
Georgia Shift mobilizes young voters across Georgia to build independent political power. They provide voter guides, help for voting by mail, student poll worker recruitment, and tools for civic engagement.
GALEO Impact Fund is a non-partisan group that strives for a better Georgia where the Latinx community is engaged civically and its contributions and concerns are recognized.
The Georgia Muslim Voter Project was founded to address anti-Muslim rhetoric in mainstream politics and the low rates of civic engagement in the Muslim community. They actively work with local mosques and community groups to increase voter registration and mobilization.
The Asian American Advocacy Fund’s advocates for the civil and human rights of Asian Americans, Pacific Islanders, and Native Hawaiians in Georgia. They provide language support, help with registration and voter education.
A donation in any amount using this link (https://secure.actblue.com/donate/ga_grass) will be split between these four organizations, each of them helping to register and educate voters when we need them the most. If you're unable to give financially, don't worry! Here's now you can volunteer your time to each organization:
Lean Left VT: https://www.leanleftvt.org/actions-overview
Georgia Shift: https://georgiashift.com/volunteer/
GALEO Impact Fund: Send an email to [email protected].
The Georgia Muslim Voter Project: https://www.gamvp.org/volunteer
Asian American Advocacy Fund: https://www.asianamericanadvocacyfund.org/volunteer
“It can’t just be about "we want to control the Senate". Somebody who’s not engaged is going to ask why they should care about that. We have got to say we’ve got to control the Senate because healthcare is on the line, because the Voting Rights Act is on the line, because racial justice and whether or not police officers and district attorneys are able to continue to get qualified immunity when they kill black folks. That’s on the line.”
co-founder of Black Voters Matter in Atlanta, GA
As we edge nearer and nearer to the New Year, WeCAN Community, it is time to turn our attentions to the Georgia runoff race in earnest. Karl Rove and the RNC are flooding Georgia's GOP with hundreds of millions in funds, buying ad time and taking over the airwaves in Georgia this holiday season. To combat these tactics, Georgia Democrats and Progressives are attempting to head off the Republicans on two fronts: through fundraising and voter registration/education. Here's some ideas as to how you can help raise funds and awareness in the coming weeks. Please feel free to share these items on your own social media channels! Thank you.
Lin-Manuel Miranda and Eddie Vedder in Conversation, hosted by Wayne Brady
Tickets for the event can be purchased here.
Lin-Manuel Miranda and Pearl Jam are joining forces for a virtual fundraiser benefitting the Georgia Senate runoff election.
Hosted by actor and Georgia native Wayne Brady, the fundraiser will take place via the virtual venue Looped on Wednesday, December 16th, 2020 at 8:30pm. The event will feature Miranda and Pearl Jam in conversation, discussing their artistic inspirations and why it’s so important to them to use their platforms for change. With tickets selling for $10 each, all proceeds from the event will go to the Latino Victory Project, Latino Community Fund of Georgia and The Hispanic Federation. These donations will be employed to mobilize Georgia’s Latino community to vote in the runoff election by supporting text and phone banking, mailers, canvassing and bus tours through communities during early voting. “Georgia came through for America and now it’s time for America to come through for Georgia,” Pearl Jam’s Eddie Vedder said. “We — along with millions of others — are fans of Lin-Manuel for both his art and his activism and we are excited to work together to support progressive organizations Latino Victory Project, Latino Community Fund of Georgia, and The Hispanic Federation.”
Going to Georgia: A Music Compilation Album to Support Fair Fight and Mijente
From the band Wye Oak, on Facebook: We're proud to be raising funds to get out the vote in Georgia's Senate runoff election on January 5th via this new Going to Georgia compilation album, available exclusively via Bandcamp. A ton of artists from Merge Records recorded covers of artists from/songs relating to Georgia. Our selection was "Crazy" by the legendary Athens, GA band Pylon. Also check out Joyero playing drums in the Lambchop is a Band cover of a Yo La Tengo tune. The comp is available for a limited time only, and 100% of proceeds from this compilation will go to Fair Fight Action and Mijente, two organizations fighting for voting rights in Georgia and beyond. mergerecords.bandcamp.com/album/going-to-georgia
HAPPENING THIS WEEK, SUNDAY, DECEMBER 6TH, 2020
Coffee with Coffey
Sunday, December 6th, 2020, Online. 3pm-4pm.
You can access the Zoom HERE.
The legislative session begins on January 6th and if you live in my district please join me this Sunday, December 6th for "Coffee with Coffey" 3-4pm over Zoom. These monthly coffee hours (held on the first Sunday of each month) are as a way to stay connected with the issues and our neighbors. I will share my priorities for the coming session, answer questions and listen to your ideas and concerns. If you cannot make it to a coffee hour please don't hesitate to get in touch by phone or email.
Hope to see you! Be well and take good care,
Windham-1/Guilford & Vernon
email: [email protected]
home phone: 802-257-0288