Weekly E-mail Update 2-7-17

Weekly E-mail Update 2-7-17

'Every social justice movement that I know of has come out of people sitting in small groups, telling their life stories, and discovering that other people have shared similar experiences.' 
Gloria Steinem


Weekly Events February 7-13, 2017

Mother Up: Parents Exchange for Change (a project of 350Vermont) will host a film screening of Josh Fox's most recent documentary, "How to Let Go of the World and Love All The Things Climate Can't Change," 
Wednesday, February 8th, at Marlboro Graduate School (28 Vernon Street, Brattleboro, VT, 05301). Room 2D. 
A short discussion will follow. 


Black Lives Matter Day at the Statehouse: Stand with Black Lives Matter Vermont! 
Thursday, February 9, at the Vermont Statehouse (115 State Street, Montpelier, VT). 9:00am-1:00pm.

Join us at the Vermont Statehouse from 9:00 am - 1:00 pm this Thursday, February 9th to kickoff Black Lives Matter Weekend with a press conference and the reveal of the "I Am Vermont Too" exhibition inside. 

If you are interested in carpooling and are able to provide a car/drive, email [email protected] to let us know! 

Read more info on the event here!


Brattleboro Indivisible Meeting
Thursday, February 9, in the Brattleboro Co-op Community Room (2 Main Street, Brattleboro, VT). 6:30pm-8pm.

Brattleboro Indivisible is a local group working the political system to defeat the bigotry, greed and stupidity of the Trump agenda and to advance the authentic American values of social progress, equality and civil rights. Join us for our first meeting on February 9th, from 6:30 - 8pm at the Co-op in Brattleboro. The entrance to the meeting space is on Canal Street. You should expect to help decide on the kind of actions we will be doing this month, hear about other local groups, and meet face to face with other local people working to save our beloved country.

Phone a Friend: If you can think of someone who belongs on our list, ask them to send us a note. If everyone signs up just one friend we will have one hundred partners next week. Who's a populist now?
Contact: Matt Wright ([email protected])
Twitter: @BrattIndivisible

Overview of the Indivisible guide: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=P-CHZdTmBA4


Talking Across the Political Divide

Saturday, February 11th, at The Root Social Justice Center (The Whetstone Studio for the Arts, 28 Williams St., Brattleboro, VT, 05301), 9am-12noon.

All are invited for this three hour skill share. Experiential and interactive activities will help attendees learn and practice strategies for creative, compassionate, and courageous communication across the political divide.

Partnering to provide this skill share are: SIT’s Office of Diversity, ACT for Social Justice, 350 Brattleboro (a local group of 350VT), and The Root Social Justice Center. Other sponsors of the event are VBike, Post Oil Solutions, John Woolman College of Active Peace, and the Social & Environmental Action Committee of All Souls Church.

Free and open to the public. Light refreshments. Childcare will be provided. We ask that you do not eat or handle any nuts before of during the event and that you please come fragrance free.

For more information contact Angela Berkfield, Daniel Quipp, or Kara Hamilton ... [email protected][email protected] and [email protected]


Parenting for Social Justice Chat

Sunday February 12th, at the Putney Public Library. 10am-12noon.

This chat will focus on supporting each other and our children in social justice learning and action as we navigate the charged and challenging political climate of the new administration. Racial justice will be a topic of focus. 

(We will have one more chat at the Putney Library - on March 19th. A new series begins at the Brooks Memorial Library in Brattleboro from 6-8pm on March 8th, April 12th, and May 10th.)

This project is a collaboration between The Putney Public Library and ACT for Social Justice. Light refreshments. Childcare is provided for kids ages 3 and up. Please RSVP to reserve a spot for your kids. For more information or to RSVP email [email protected] or call 802.254.3400


Sunday, February 12th, 2pm - 4pm
Location: Winston Prouty (Formerly Austine Campus), Holton Hall, Top Floor
Recent news has given us all reason to be more vigilant about the security of our online communications. Between the rise of the surveillance state, widespread hacking, and increasing authoritarianism, chances are high that your private information will end up in the hands of someone who wants to use it against you. In this community workshop we will examine the vulnerabilities that exist online, then we will arm you with the tools and techniques to protect yourself. Led by a former-hacker-turned-educator-turned-software-consultant, your questions and concerns will be answered in a friendly environment open to all.


Public Hearing on the Governor's Proposed Budget

February 13 from 6-7 pm at the Windham Antique Center on the Square in Bellows Falls 
The House and Senate Appropriations committees will both be there to hear your concerns and take testimony on the Governor’s State budget proposal. Anyone interested in testifying should come to one of the hearings. Time limits on testimony may apply depending on volume of participants. If you have a story you would like to share privately with the committee members, please contact Theresa to schedule this at the end of one of the hearings.

To view or print a copy of the proposed budget, go to the Department of Finance and Management’s website by clicking here.

For more information about the format of these events, or to submit written testimony, call Theresa Utton-Jerman or Rebecca Buck, Joint Fiscal Office, 802-828-5767 or toll-free 1-800-322-5616; or e-mail: [email protected] or [email protected].


Edible Brattleboro is hosting a screening of the documentary: INHABIT: A Permaculture Perspective.

Monday, February 13 in the Brattleboro Food Co-Op Community Room (2 Main Street, Brattleboro, VT, 05301). 5:45pm.

Snacks will be served at 5:45pm; film starts promptly at 6:00pm.

INHABIT explores the many environmental and agricultural issues facing us today and examines solutions that are being applied using the ecological design process called permaculture, which uses the principles found in ecosystems to help shift our impact from destructive to regenerative. Focused mostly on the Northeastern and Midwestern regions of the US, INHABIT provides an intimate look at permaculture peoples and practices across the rural, suburban and urban landscapes. For those familiar, it will be a call to action and a glimpse into what's possible - what kind of projects and solutions are already underway. For those unfamiliar, it will be an introduction to a new way of being and a new way of relating to the Earth. For everyone, it will be a reminder that humans are capable of being planetary healing forces 


Black Lives Matter VT-South Meeting 

Monday, February 13th at The Root Social Justice Center (Whetstone Studio for the Arts, 28 Williams St. Brattleboro, VT, 05301).


Email [email protected] to arrange for childcare in advance. The Root is an accessible and fragrance free space. Read here for more info on what that means. 

We are working on being able to provide translation and interpretation at our meetings. Please contact us if you have this need or are able to provide these services.

Our meeting will have a People of Color only caucus and political education component. Please come and bring your friends! All are welcome. 



Brattleboro Solidarity presents Women Under Capitalism 4 Week Study Group

Mondays: March 6th, March 13th, March 20th, March 27th at the Putney Public Library. 6pm-8pm.

Hello All ~  We are excited to start our new 4 week study group:

Women Under Capitalism 

Mondays in March 
6-8pm, Putney Public Library
Dinner Provided

Women’s lives are under attack - from health to reproductive rights, violence, harassment, and overall sexism, women in the U.S. have much to fight for.  The derogatory rhetoric from the pre and post Trump election cycle threatened many and propelled people across the globe to join on January 21st to rally against bigotry and stand up for human rights.  The Women’s March on Washington, the day after inauguration, was to send a message in large part that women’s rights are human rights.  It was to become the largest rally in U.S. history, joined by 5 million worldwide to march and speak out.  

 The subordination of women is not new - in fact, throughout U.S. history violence against women has benefited those in power and is a necessary component to the functioning of capitalism.  

Brattleboro Solidarity is hosting a 4 week study group to explore how capitalism affects women’s lives and how we can work to fight back.

This is an open and free study group.  We ask that participants commit to all 4 Mondays.

****Please email us at [email protected] to sign up.  

Readings will be sent out by February 27th.



Black Lives Matter VT Fundraiser and Membership Drive on Tuesday, March 7th from 5pm-8pm at Elliot St. Fish, Chips & More for their "Feeding Frenzy"


Brattleboro350 Regular Meetings

Meeting Times / Locations: 1st Wednesdays (Public Forum), 6 - 8 pm, Brooks Memorial Library 2nd Floor Mtg Rm (Brattleboro); 3rd Wednesdays (Leadership Team), 6 - 8 pm, Location Varies.


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