Weekly Email Update 3.15.21

"We long to have a home where civil freedoms are respected, where our children will not be subject to mass surveillance, abuse of human rights, political censorship and mass incarceration. We stand with all the free peoples of the world and hope you stand with us in our quest for justice and freedom."
-Joshua Wong b.1996
Hong Kong activist and politician. He served as secretary-general of the pro-democracy party Demosistō until it disbanded following the implementation of the Hong Kong national security law on 30 June 2020

   Hello WeCAN readers and Happy Sunday! When you are finished perusing this week's Email, friends, we'd like to encourage you to take on a small, easy activism action. Community Voices for Immigrant Rights would like to remind Vermonters that CBP (Customs and Border Patrol) is still taking public feedback about its plans to install surveillance towers in Northern VT communities; CVIR and we here at WeCAN encourage you to submit an email to CBP TODAY.

From Community Voices for Immigrant Rights' Facebook page:
“Anyone who doubts the impact that surveillance towers would have on Vermont communities can look to the other border regions where similar towers—accompanied by Border Patrol checkpoints, roving patrol stops, surveillance drones, and other increasingly intrusive measures—have profoundly deteriorated the quality of life and resulted in widespread abuses to the point where these communities are virtually unrecognizable. Vermonters should not allow the federal government to do the same thing to our communities under the false pretense of ‘border security’.” (ACLU VT)

There is still time to submit a public comment and tell CPB that Vermont rejects further border militarization. Click here for more information and to email CBP: https://www.cbp.gov/.../environment.../draft-ea-swanton-rvss
Proposed activities would occur along the northern borders of Champlain, New York and Highgate Center, Franklin, Richford, Derby Line, and North Troy, Vermont. To ensure consideration, comments must be received by March 15, 2021.

                                                                                                           

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EDITOR'S NOTE:
Some Covid 19 resources have been relocated to a permanent home on our website, HERE. If you have questions, please don't hesitate to contact us at [email protected] Thank you. 

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HAPPENING TODAY, SUNDAY, MARCH 14th, 2021

Community Conversations with Representative Emilie Kornheiser
Sunday, March 14th, 2021, Online. 11am.
Please register in advance for this meeting: https://us02web.zoom.us/meeting/register/tZEtce-grD4rGNxo9FEE3R8zKpRSj_qBTz03 . After registering, you will receive a confirmation email containing information about joining the meeting.
Emilie Kornheiser, State Representative for Windham 2-1, invites you to join her weekly office hours: Sundays at 11am. We’ll talk about what’s happening in the legislature and in our town. Open conversation format-- come for the full hour or just stop by for a few minutes to share a particular concern or question. 

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Community Voices for Immigrant Rights: Honk Protest at the ICE Data Center in Williston
Sunday, March 14th, 2021. Meet at the TD Bank Parking Lot (2300 St George Rd, Williston, VT 05495). 1pm.
The Immigration Customs Enforcement (ICE) Data Center in Williston is central to Washington’s racist system of mass incarceration and empire of borders. It has the gall to celebrate that in 2019 it received 1.61 million biometric and biographic inquiries from law enforcement agencies; managed 323,000 criminal warrants from I.C.E; confirmed 4,870 National Crime Information Center matches; and responded to 108,000 calls from police across the country. These activities violate the spirit of Vermont’s Fair and Impartial Policing Policy (FIPP). As Vermonters, we have an important role to play in protesting I.C.E. because we house the data center that ICE uses to coordinate hundreds of thousands of unjust deportations each year. 
We must draw attention to the existence of this data center. Join us for a honk protest on March 14th at 1pm, starting at the TD Bank parking lot in Williston. 

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Weekly Email Update 3.8.21

“What is clear is that the way we treat electoral politics, candidates, and (elected officials) from marginalized identities in Vermont is unacceptable."
-Kiah Morris
Politics director for the advocacy group Rights & Democracy and creator of a documentary video project about racism in Vermont

     This week's email has an abundance of new items, so we'd like to encourage you to take a few moments and read this email on through to the end, especially if you haven't had the opportunity to fully peruse Windham County's latest offerings in prior weeks. This week, you'll find new events concerning Guilford values mapping, being a BIPOC artist in Vermont, police-free schooling, restorative justice, wild kitchen fare with Missisquoi Abenaki chef Jessee Lawyer, as well as two easily accessible community support opportunities.  

     Earlier this week, the Associated Press published an article about Black women who are leaders in Vermont and we felt compelled to share it with you in this week's Email. We hope you take a moment to read it. Thank you. 
"Black Women Persevere to Lead in Vermont Despite Harassment", Lisa Rathke, Associated Press. Published March 4th, 2021


Mia Schulz
                                                                                                                    

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HAPPENING TODAY, SUNDAY, MARCH 7TH, 2021

Community Conversations with Representative Emilie Kornheiser
Saturday, March 7th, 2021, Online. 11am.
Please register in advance for this meeting: https://us02web.zoom.us/meeting/register/tZEtce-grD4rGNxo9FEE3R8zKpRSj_qBTz03 . After registering, you will receive a confirmation email containing information about joining the meeting.
Emilie Kornheiser, State Representative for Windham 2-1, invites you to join her weekly office hours: Sundays at 11am. We’ll talk about what’s happening in the legislature and in our town. Open conversation format-- come for the full hour or just stop by for a few minutes to share a particular concern or question. 

 

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Weekly Email Update 3.1.21

“Study the past if you would define the future.”
-Confucius

     We hope you all have a purposeful and proactive start to March, WeCAN Readers! This week, we would like to bring your attention to a specific ACLU action that concerns Vermont. Customs and Border Protection is adding new surveillance towers in Vermont and, for a short time, are opening up public comments. If you would like your voice to be heard, please consider contacting your local and state representatives through the ACLU website. Details are below. 

IMMEDIATE ACTION NEEDED: 

SAY NO TO BORDER PATROL SURVEILLANCE IN VERMONT COMMUNITIES:
Write Your Representatives Now and Tell Border Patrol We Don’t Need Surveillance Towers in Our Communities
Border Patrol has been and remains a notorious, rogue agency – with a toxic internal culture, a track record of heinous human rights abuses, and no meaningful oversight or accountability.
In just the past few years, we’ve seen Border Patrol agents abducting protesters off of American streets, forcibly separating thousands of children from their parents, and routinely violating the rights and liberties of countless travelers.
Now, U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) is planning to build eight surveillance towers in northern Vermont, at sites across the towns of Derby, Franklin, Highgate, Richford, and Troy, along with two sites in Champlain, New York.
Make no mistake, these surveillance towers would accelerate the militarization of our region and threaten the privacy, civil liberties, and safety of countless local residents.
CBP is accepting public comments and needs to hear from Vermonters that we value civil liberties and that we reject this proposal. Make your voice heard HERE. Please note: this action is time sensitive so do not delay in visiting the ACLU site if you are able. Thank you. 

 

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TOWN MEETING DAY

REMINDER: TOWN MEETING DAY IS TUESDAY, MARCH 2nd. PLEASE REMEMBER TO RETURN ABSENTEE BALLOTS TO YOUR TOWN CLERK OR VOTE IN PERSON IF YOU ARE ABLE. THANK YOU! 

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HAPPENING TODAY, SUNDAY, FEBRUARY 28TH, 2021

Community Conversations with Representative Emilie Kornheiser
Sunday, February 28th, 2021, Online. 10am.
Please register in advance for this meeting: https://us02web.zoom.us/meeting/register/tZEtce-grD4rGNxo9FEE3R8zKpRSj_qBTz03 . After registering, you will receive a confirmation email containing information about joining the meeting.
Emilie Kornheiser, State Representative for Windham 2-1, invites you to join her weekly office hours: Sundays at 11am. We’ll talk about what’s happening in the legislature and in our town. Open conversation format-- come for the full hour or just stop by for a few minutes to share a particular concern or question. 

 

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Weekly Email Update 2.22.21

"Service is the rent that you pay for room on this Earth."
Shirley Chisholm
American politician, educator, and author

     New additions to this week's Weekly Email Update include a Youth 4 Change event, the VT House Speaker's Soiree, information on VT Town Meeting Day, and a vigil for Fukushima, ten years later. Take a moment to scroll through to the end to see how you can be a part of positive change here in Windham County. Until next week...

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HAPPENING THIS WEEK, MONDAY, FEBRUARY 22nd, 2021-SUNDAY, FEBRUARY 28th, 2021

Everyone Eats! 
Monday, February 22nd, 2021-Thursday, February 25th, 2021 at the C.F Building (80 Flat Street, Brattleboro, VT, 05301). 4pm-6pm. Masks required. PLEASE DO NOT ARRIVE EARLY.  If you have any questions visit https://www.brattleboro.com/everyoneeats/ or contact Frances Huntley [email protected]. Organizational ordering information is listed under our Free and Nutritious Food in Windham County section further along in this email. 
Everyone Eats! is a program which will distribute meals from Brattleboro restaurants to anyone in need who lives in Brattleboro, Dummerston, Guilford, Putney, or Vernon, free of charge, through December 11th. There will be 850+ meals/day available Monday through Thursday to serve our community during the COVID-19 pandemic.
Pick up for individuals will be at the C.F. Church Building at 80 Flat St in Brattleboro and group/institution orders can be picked up at Mama Sezz in West Brattleboro. All meals are available Monday-Thursday between 4pm and 6pm until supplies run out.
If you have extra produce from your garden, there will be a wheelbarrow you can drop it off in on your way out of the pickup site. Participating restaurants will use the donated produce in making more meals.
The meals are free, but if you would like to make a monetary contribution to help make more meals possible for others, it will be gratefully received. The base cost of each meal is $10 but any amount will be appreciated.
Each restaurant will contribute meals two or more days a week. You will receive one individually packaged cold ready-to-eat or heat & serve dinner for each person you request a meal for. Meals will be distributed cold, so if you are driving a distance, delivering to other households, or distributing through your organization, consider bringing a cooler if you can.

 

Everyone Eats in Putney
hosted by Putney Mutual Aid
Monday, February 22nd, 2021 at Putney Community Center (10 Christian Square, Putney, VT 05346). 5pm-5:30pm.
UPDATED TIME FOR DISTRIBUTION!! Putney Mutual Aid brings Everyone Eats meals to Putney! You can come to the Putney Community Center to pick up a meal from 5:00-5:30 on Monday evenings. If you need delivery in Putney, that can be arranged. For more information about Everyone Eats (and to learn about how to access meals on other days of the week in Brattleboro), check their website: https://www.brattleboro.com/everyoneeats/

 

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