Weekly Email Update 3.28.22

“If humans are to survive, we will have learned to take a delight in the essential differences between (ourselves) and between cultures. We will learn that differences in ideas and attitudes are a delight, part of life’s exciting variety, not something to fear.”
Gene Roddenberry
Creator of Star Trek; Army Air Force pilot during WWII, then a pilot for Pan Am before joining the Los Angeles Police Department as a speech writer

    
     New offerings in this week's Email include a Rally for Yemen happening today, Sunday, in Brattleboro, discussing The Great Falls and an Abenaki Relationship with Place in Bellow's Falls, and Green Burial: The Natural Way to Go, presented by Living Earth Action Group. We hope you can take a few moments and read through the rest of the offerings and make a plan to get involved. Until next week...
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HAPPENING TODAY:
SUNDAY, MARCH 27th, 2022

Rally for Yemen
organized by Action Corps Vermont
Sunday, March 27th, 2022 at Pliny Park (corner of High Street and Main Street, Brattleboro, VT, 05301). 2pm-3pm.
The war in Yemen is entering its eighth year. Vermont’s Congressional delegation has said they support ending US complicity in this war, but have yet to introduce a Yemen War Powers resolution. Come any time between 2 and 3. There will be signs to share and people are encouraged to have your photo taken holding one of the signs. The collection of photos will go to the Vermont Congressional delegation, telling them that it’s time to make good on their commitment and introduce a Yemen War Powers Resolution.

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Weekly Email Update 3.21.22

"All of the great social justice advances that we ever had in this country have come not from people with big titles and not from people at the top, but just from everyday people getting together and saying, “Enough is enough. I’m going to change this, and I’m going to get involved, and I am going to be engaged.”
Nina Turner
Nina Hudson Turner is an American educator and politician. A member of the Democratic Party, she was an Ohio State Senator from 2008 until 2014. She is currently running for Congress.

Happy Sunday WeCANners! Consider this your weekly reminder and invitation to ResistPersist, and Insist

  • Resist those ideologies that go against equality, equal opportunity, inclusion, and fairness.
  • Persist in conversations with legislators, in solving problems, in your daily actions for change, and
  • Insist on justice, accountability, and a voice for ALL, especially those that are often unheard. 


We look forward to seeing you at an event or meeting this week! 

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WeCAN Community Member Needs Assistance

Brenda Siegel, our dear friend and WeCAN community member, is recovering from surgery and in need of community support. You can use THIS LINK to access her meal train website where there are both food and light housework slots that need to be filled in the coming weeks. If you are able, please sign up! Check out the "Review All Instructions" yellow tab on Brenda's meal train homepage for more information on specific needs, allergies, and suggestions. Thank you! 

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Weekly Email Update 3.14.22

“The president can’t change the country on his own. But what can he do? He can give an example."
President Volodymyr Zelensky
President of Ukraine; former actor and screenwriter. 


     There are quite a few new entries this week, WeCAN readers, so please take a few moments of your time to scroll through this week's Update to see what's happening in Windham County and beyond. Make a plan to get involved and consider bringing friends or family members with you--your collective time and talents are so very needed! 
     Additionally, if you or your networks are planning events/fundraisers centered around helping the Ukrainian people, please send an email to [email protected] ASAP so that we can list your event and encourage WeCAN members, and our local community, to get involved. Thank you! 

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HAPPENING THIS WEEK:
MONDAY, MARCH 14th, 2022-SUNDAY, MARCH 20th, 2022

Let’s Talk About Masks: Supporting Inclusive and Equity Centered Conversations in School
hosted by the Education Justice Coalition of Vermont
Monday, March 14th, 2022, Online. 5pm-6:30pm.
Register here: https://us02web.zoom.us/.../tZAvcOuprD4pHtS3b7JDm7l9...
On March 14th the mask recommendation is ending in VT schools. We want to honor this transition by naming the impact on vulnerable communities and continuing to center equity. We have special guests Deborah Lisi-Baker from the disability justice community and Anne Sosin from the health equity community to have this important discussion with us.
We will also discuss other equity issues regarding how COVID has impacted schools. In addition, we will be offering some resources to support you to have these conversations in your school in a way that centers health equity and builds a sense of community amongst individuals with different needs and choices. 

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Weekly Email Update 3.7.22

"If we don't end war, war will end us."
Herbert George 'H.G.' Wells
English writer. Prolific in many genres, he wrote dozens of novels, short stories, and works of social commentary, history, satire, biography and autobiography. His work also included two books on recreational war games. 

      
      This week has been exhausting for many of us: we may be worried about those in harm's way around the world and wondering how the violence that is happening in Ukraine will affect us and our life here in Vermont. Often, finding ways to help those in need can ease our anxiety while creating tangible, positive change in disastrous situations. With that said, we want to relay a list of non-profits and charities that are currently accepting donations for those affected by war in Ukraine, in Poland, and in neighboring countries that have accepted refugees. This list, compiled by the Vermont Community Foundation, is by no means complete; if you have other organizations you'd like us to share in future emails, please send them to [email protected] 

"The Community Foundation's philanthropic advising team has put together a list of resources for how you can support Ukraine during the current crisis. Please see below or reach out to Jane Kimble at [email protected]or (802) 388-3355 ext. 286 for more information on our philanthropic advising services.

The following international groups are already on the ground doing relief work in Ukraine: 

To support Ukrainian refugees in Poland:

The following groups are working on human rights challenges in Ukraine, including supporting activists and journalists, as well as minority groups like LGBTQ+ individuals and other marginalized people:

Do you want to help, but making a donation isn't what you're looking for? Here are some other ways you can support the Ukrainian efforts. 

  • Write to your Congressperson and Senator
    You can use your zip code to find your local US representative here. Click on their image to find their contact information and voice your views on the Russian invasion. You can also contact the White House. You can contact your Senator using this directory tool, too. 
  • Attend protests or volunteer
    Here is a list of forthcoming demonstrations against the invasion, including many in the US. You are also welcome to add an upcoming planned protest to the growing number listed (are there any coming up in Windham County? Mail us at [email protected] and let us know!).  
  • Support local Ukrainian journalism
    You can support the English-language Kyiv Independent and the New Voice of Ukraine directly. There is also a GoFundMe page to support Ukrainian media more broadly as journalists risk their safety.

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HAPPENING TODAY:
SUNDAY, MARCH 6th, 2022

CASP VT Reading Group
Starting Sunday, March 6th, 2022, Online. 6:30pm.

We are so excited to be launching a several weeks long reading group starting this Sunday, March 6th at 6:30pm.
Please sign up HERE to receive scheduling updates about the group. We'll be meeting on Zoom.
The Community Asylum Seekers Project is excited to be launching a several-weeks-long reading group for Vermonters who are tired of being stuck inside in the cold and NOT having a chance to dive deep into readings about asylum and its context. That ends now! 
Please join us as we endeavor to develop a collective understanding of the historical roots of asylum and the current ‘border crisis,’ and how this ongoing history influences our work with CASP. We will be digging into issues of military intervention, the relationships between race, gender, and empire, and the connections between immigrant justice and class structure in the United States. Open to all! Please join us! 

 

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