Weekly E-mail Update 4-17-17
“We all remember the BP Oil disaster in the Gulf of Mexico, the worst oil spill in United States history. What is less well known is that B.P is claiming a $9.9 billion dollar tax deduction on the money they had to spend cleaning up their own mess and paying for damages they caused. That is absurd."
This week finances might still be on your brain with Tax Day looming (on (April 18th) and the chants of Tax Day Marches ringing merrily in your ears, but we'd like to take this opportunity to encourage you to make plans to attend Earth Day celebrations, March for Science events, and Climate Change rallies happening during the next two weekends. While all the work we all do for social justice causes is vital to our society, none of it will matter if we don't have an Earth that is habitable, water that is potable, and air that is breathable. After all, there is no Planet B.
Here are 5 easy actions you can take this (and every) week to show Mother Earth that you care:
1.) Ditch That Plastic
Gravitate towards glass, wood, and metal made materials. Use mason jars or glassware to store food and phase out your Ziploc disposable plastic containers and gallon sized bags. Ditch the plastic wrap for an eco-conscious beeswax wrap (available locally at the Brattleboro Food Coop). Look for recycling symbols BEFORE you purchase new plastic to make sure you can recycle it and always aim to reuse before you recycle.
2.) Let the Breeze Dry Your Clothes
Give your dryer a break during the Summer months and string up a line outside. If you line dry your clothes just HALF OF THE TIME you can save over $60 in a year. You'll burn 450 pounds less coal and save 1150 pounds of CO2 emissions…the work of 23 Trees!*
3.) Eat Local
Take advantage of our local New England bounty and resist buying exotic fruits and veg from far off lands like Mexico, Peru, and Ecuador. Instead, stick to what is local (100 mile radius or less) and in season. Not only will you save some pennies, but you'll also help save the environment from excessive transportation emissions, help to limit food waste that incurs with excessive transporting, and support local farmers financially so that they might be able to grow a greater variety of crops-which is, in turn, excellent for the soil.
4.) Make Your Own Household Cleaner
We shouldn't have to load up our homes (and septic systems or sewers) with harsh chemicals just to get our Spring Clean on! Instead of reaching for the name brand cleaner this week, reach into your cupboard and make your own. Not only will you save your lungs and nose from chemical exposure, you'll also help to lesson the chemical load that is dumped into our soil, waterways, and farmland...a chemical load that has led to endocrine, lung, lymph, and digestive ailments nationwide.
Simple Kitchen Cleaner Recipe:
1 cup distilled white vinegar
1 cup water
3 drops tea tree oil
3 drops essential oil, your choice
Make It Like So: Put all ingredients into a 16 oz bottle with a spray nozzle and shake to mix. Spray liberally on dirty surfaces and wipe clean. Keeps for about a month.
5.) Reuse Before You Recycle
While recycling is wonderful and is preferable to trashing an item, reusing the item before you recycle it is even better. Can you reuse those water bottles and plastic take out containers as seed planters before you recycle them? Can you use the cardboard from cereal boxes to make signs for your next protest before they hit the recycling bin? Can you take those chipped glasses and cups and use them as vases for your Summer flowers? Can you cut up your excess computer printouts into scrap paper sizes to be used once again before you recycle them? Yes, WeCAN!
I bet you can think of so many more ideas of how to cut your waste and up your recycling...feel free to email us at email@example.com with suggestions! We look forward to hearing from you!
Monday, April 17th, 2017 through Sunday, April 23rd, 2017
Monday, April 17th, 2017 at The Root Social Justice Center (The Whetstone Studio for the Arts, 28 Williams Street, Brattleboro, VT, 05301). First Floor. 5:30pm-8:30pm
Youth4Change is a project of The Root Social Justice Center and is open to all youth who want to work toward racial, economic, immigrant, indigenous, gender, queer, and environmental justice. This meeting will be an art-build and strategy session for the upcoming Saturday, April 29th Climate Marches and Monday, May 1st School Walkouts and Immigrant Justice Rallies.
5:30pm: Art Build
7:00pm: Strategy Meeting
Contact firstname.lastname@example.org for more information.
“Symphony of the Soil”, a film screening
sponsored by Edible Brattleboro
Monday, April 17th, 2017 at the Brattleboro Food Co-Op Community Room (1 Canal Street, Brattleboro, VT, 05301). 5:30pm-8:00pm
Snacks at 5:30pm, screening begins promptly at 5:45pm.
From the website (http://www.symphonyofthesoil.com):"Drawing from ancient knowledge and cutting edge science, Symphony of the Soil is an artistic exploration of the miraculous substance soil. By understanding the elaborate relationships and mutuality between soil, water, the atmosphere, plants and animals, we come to appreciate the complex and dynamic nature of this precious resource. The film also examines our human relationship with soil, the use and misuse of soil in agriculture, deforestation and development, and the latest scientific research on soil’s key role in ameliorating the most challenging environmental issue of our time. Filmed on four continents, featuring esteemed scientists and working farmers and ranchers, Symphony of the Soil is an intriguing presentation that highlights possibilities of healthy soil creating healthy plants creating healthy humans living on a healthy planet.”
Brattleboro Area Interfaith Initiative (BAII) Monthly Gathering
Wednesday, April 19th, 2017 at the Center Congregational Church (193 Main Street, Brattleboro, VT, 05301), in the Parlor.
Please join us on April 19th for a gathering focused on our spiritual and secular relationship with the environment.
In our monthly meetings we witness our dynamic religious and secular identities, explore broad issues, and encourage local action. We believe in seeking a balance between personal and group exploration and activity in the larger community. We discuss local issues as well as broader concerns and issues. We also support projects of other groups.
For questions, please email email@example.com.
Protest Vigils at TD Bank
sponsored by Post Oil Solutions
Friday, April 21, 2017 (and every Friday) in front of TD Bank Brattleboro (215 Main St, Brattleboro, VT 05301). Noon-1pm. Signs will be provided.
Friday, April 21 (and every Friday) in front of the TD Bank Bellows Falls (2 Church St, Bellows Falls, VT 05101). 1pm-2pm. Please bring your own signs.
TD is a major investor in Tar Sands. TD helps to fund the Dakota Access Pipeline. The State of Vermont Keeps Most of Our Cash in TD.
What You Can You Do (besides attending the vigils):
-If you’re a TD depositor, change banks!
-If you’re a Vermonter, demand that state funds not be deposited with a bank investing in fossil fuels.
-Contact your state legislators to support the bills in the House & Senate calling for a commission to explore the possibility of a State Bank.
Founded in 2005, Post Oil Solutions is a 501c3 community organizing project in Southeastern Vermont whose mission is to help empower the people of the Central Connecticut River Valley bioregion to develop sustainable, resilient , collaborative, and socially just communities leading to a self- and community-sufficient post petroleum society. For more information please contact firstname.lastname@example.org or call 802.869.2141.
Rally for Science Brattleboro
sponsored by Positive Geek and presented in association with Patch of Sky Farm, the March for Science, and Latchis Arts
Saturday, April 22nd at Positive Geek (12 Flat St, Brattleboro, VT, 05301). 12pm-5pm. FREE, family friendly, and open to the public.
An official rally associated with The National March for Science, www.MarchForScience.com.
Homemade treats will be available.
Celebrate the quest for Science and the one planet in our solar system which can harbor life as we know it. Special events will include speakers and presentations highlighting our magnificent universe and the fragile planet on which we live.
350.org founder Bill McKibben will be addressing attendees of our Earth Day event in a special video presentation. McKibben, author of a dozen books about the environment, is one of the best-known names in the environmental movement in Vermont and around the country. Showings of his presentation will take place at 1pm, 3pm, and 5pm at Positive Geek on Flat Street.
Patch of Sky Farm of Guilford (owned by WeCAN Admin and Certified Culinary Nutrition Expert Joanna Wilson Phillips) will be sponsoring the rally and Joanna will be giving a live presentation discussing how eating locally and organically benefits the environment.
Patch of Sky Farm will be providing homemade gluten/nut free granola and free seeds for attendees.
Sunnyside Solar from here in Brattleboro will be at the Rally for Science, giving a talk on solar energy for homes, and showing off their solar-powered robot! Animals are coming to the Rally for Science Brattleboro, too. The Southern Vermont Natural History Museum will be bringing animals, including birds of prey, a snake, cockroaches, and a friendly snapping turtle to the rally! Piper is a Red-Tailed Hawk, who was hit by a car in 2003 near Tunbridge, VT and will be at the rally. This magnificent creature is at least 16 years old. This species possesses the best daytime eyesight in the world. See your way to the rally where you can meet Piper and all the other animals that will be here celebrating Earth Day! The Bonnyvale Environmental Education Center (BEEC) and the Community College of Vermont will be also participating in the Rally for Science Brattleboro. We welcome them, as well.
URGENT CALL FOR VOLUNTEERS: Help Us Rally for Science and the Environment on Earth Day! We need volunteers to help out on Earth Day, as well as putting out the word before the event on social media and hanging flyers in the area--this would be a great opportunity to rack up some Community Service hours for those who are about to graduate high school or families looking to volunteer together. Please email email@example.com if you are able to lend a hand (or two!) ASAP. THANK YOU!
Women's March Reading and Chat
sponsored by the Putney Huddle
Sunday, April 23rd, 2017 at the Putney Public Library (55 Main St, Putney, VT, 05346). 12pm.
Afterwards, for those interested in carpooling to the Vermont Democrats meeting with Tristan Toleno at Marlboro Grad Center, we will meet up in the library parking lot and leave at 1:30pm.
Windham County Democratic Meeting
Sunday April 23, 2017 at Marlboro College Graduate School (28 Vernon St, Brattleboro, VT, 05301). 2pm-4pm.
We will discuss prepping for next election cycle with Lt. Gov. David Zuckerman, VDP Chair Faisal Gill, local legislators and you! All are welcome!
A Talk with Lt Governor David Zuckerman and Brattleboro House Representative Mollie Burke
sponsored by Windham County Progressives/Vermont Progressive Party
Sunday, April 23rd, 2017 in the Brattleboro Food Co-op Community Room (1 Canal Street, Brattleboro, VT, 05301). 4pm. Please enter using the entrance on Canal Street.
Our Representatives will be speaking and meeting with constituents. We look forward to seeing you there.
Women Marching Forward Monthly Meeting and Teach-In
This Month's Topic: An Introduction to Emerge Vermont: Helping Women Get Elected
Sunday, April 23rd, 2017 from 4pm to 6pm at the Learning Collaborative, Rt 5, Dummerston.
Learn about the statewide organization Emerge Vermont, which helps prepare women to run for office, with Emerge alumni Majority Leader Becca Balint and Elizabeth McLoughlin.
Candlelight Vigil for Democracy
Sunday, April 23rd, 2017 at Pliny Park (the corner of Main Street and High Street, Brattleboro, VT, 05301). 8pm.
The WE CELEBRATE DEMOCRACY / CIVIL RIGHTS FOR ALL banner will be hung for one week over Main Street in Brattleboro beginning on Sunday morning the 23rd of April. We have called a Candlelight Vigil for Democracy under the banner for that evening and we have reserved Pliny Park. The Town of Brattleboro will accommodate a larger event if more people attend the vigil.
We believe that democracy needs all the help it can get. A large, newsworthy Vigil for Democracy is just the thing for declaring that we are concerned, worried, afraid, scared, anxious, and mortified about what is happening to democracy around the world. Stand for love in the face of hate. Stand for sharing & caring, helping & loving in the face of taking & hoarding and hurting & hating.
Please join us for democracy's sake and spread the word far and wide.
Please let us know if you can make it! firstname.lastname@example.org or the Facebook page - Candlelight Vigil For Democracy.
Mother Up! Monthly Meet-Up
Monday, April 24th, 2017 at KidsPLAYce (20 Elliot Street, Brattleboro, VT, 05301). 5:30pm-7:30pm.
Join in building solidarity amongst parents by taking action to protect the health and safety of our collective future. We'll be talking about the 4 R's of climate justice (reform, resist, re-imagine, re-create) and the April 29th People's Climate. We'll also explore ways we can participate in local, state, and national climate legislation and action. A simple vegetarian meal and childcare for ages 8 and under will be provided. RSVP helpful, but not required. Contact Abby Mnookin for more information at email@example.com.
Brattleboro Time Trade Annual Potluck
Monday, April 24th, 2017 at Brattleboro Savings and Loan (221 Main St, Brattleboro, VT, 05301) in the Community Room.
The community meeting room at BS&L is located in the basement, with access at the rear of the building to the right of the drive-up tellers. Ring the doorbell, and someone will dash up the stairs and let you in!
Please bring a main dish to share if you can! The more food the merrier. If you have any questions, you can reach the potluck committee via email at firstname.lastname@example.org or call the BTT office at 246-1199. See you there!
LINK TO EVENT:
Brattleboro: Make Your Voice Heard About Healthcare
sponsored by the Vermont Workers' Center Healthcare Is a Human Right Campaign
Wednesday, April 26th, 2017 at Brooks Memorial Library's Community Room (224 Main Street, Brattleboro, VT, 05301). 6pm-8pm.
Join with others to advocate for healthcare justice by writing letters to newspapers and representatives or by sharing your healthcare experiences on audio or video. We’ll share updates on national and statewide healthcare initiatives. Letter-writing tools, videographers, and support will be available.
Contact Windham@workerscenter.org for more info.
Regenerate Our Soils: Win-Win-Win
sponsored by Transition Dummerston
Friday, April 28th, 2017 at the Dummerston Congregational Church (1535 Middle Road, Dummerston VT, 05346), in the Basement. 6pm-8:30pm.
A talk with Edible Brattleboro’s Marilyn Chiarello & Marlene Everingham
Growing evidence shows that healthy living soil:
• draws down carbon from the atmosphere
•increases resilience against floods and drought
•improves nutritional value of food
•is critical in adopting “The New Water Paradigm” and cooling the planet.
Potluck Dinner at 6pm
Program at 7:00pm
All are welcome. The program is free and open to the public.
Questions? Please email TransitionDummerston@icloud.com.
Charter Bus to the Montpelier, VT People’s Climate March
Saturday, April 29th, 2017. The bus will leave from The Putney Park and Ride (Exit 3 off of I91) at 10:30am and will be returning at 6:00pm. $38 per seat. Payment required at time of reservation. Cash or check only.
A full size charter bus sponsored by the Putney Huddle to the Montpelier People's Climate March. Times are approximate and will be confirmed via email closer to actual date. The bus does have a bathroom. Yay!
Please call Laura Chapman 802-380-4379 to reserve your seat ASAP. ONLY 8 SEATS LEFT! When they're gone, they’re gone!
Charter Bus to the People’s Climate March on Washington, D.C.
Saturday, April 29th, 2017 in Washington, DC.
The bus will leave Brattleboro at 6am on Friday, April 28th and return overnight after the march on Saturday. Seats are available on a sliding scale and financial assistance may be available.
The time is fast approaching for the second People's Climate March. Given the hostility of the administration in Washington DC to climate science, we absolutely need to flood the streets with passionate voices for bold climate action.
Click this link to book a seat on the bus (fill in your personal information first and then the details will follow on the next page).
The bus from Brattleboro will leave at 6 am on Friday April 28th and return overnight after the march on Saturday. Seats are available at a sliding scale and no-one will be turned away due to lack of funds. If you need financial assistance please contact us!
Major! Free Community Screening
sponsored by Green Mountain Crossroads
Saturday, April 29th, 2017 at the Latchis Theater (50 Main St, Brattleboro, VT, 05301). 4pm-6pm. Admission is free.
This is the story of one woman’s journey, a community’s history, and how caring for each other can be a revolutionary act.
MAJOR! follows the life and campaigns of Miss Major Griffin-Gracy, a 73-year-old Black transgender woman who has been fighting for the rights of trans women of color for over 40 years.
This is the first screening of Major! in Vermont! Through Major!’s “Major to the People” Program, we are thrilled to offer free admission to the film.
We will also be collecting donations to be shared with Miss Major’s Circle of Care (missmajorfilm.com/circle-of-care) as well as local groups, Green Mountain Crossroads (greenmountaincrossroads.org) and The Root Social Justice Center (therootsjc.org).
This screening is being brought to you through a collaboration between Green Mountain Crossroads and Lost River Racial Justice (LRRJ) as part of LRRJ’s racial justice film series. Huge thanks to The Latchis for making this wonderful community event possible!
Miss Major’s personal story and activism for transgender civil rights, from mobile outreach and AIDS prevention to fighting the prison industrial complex, intersects LGBT struggles for justice and equality from the 1960s to today.
She is a veteran of the 1969 Stonewall Rebellion and was incarcerated at Attica months after the 1971 Uprising. Most recently, Miss Major has served as the executive director of the San Francisco-based Transgender Gender Variant Intersex Justice Project (TGIJP), a grassroots organization advocating for trans women of color in and outside of prison that is led by trans women of color.
Miss Major’s extraordinary life and personal story is one of resilience and celebration in a community that has been historically traumatized and marginalized. While mainstream gay rights and marriage equality dominate the headlines, Miss Major’s life is a testament to the fierce survivalism and every day concerns of transgender women of color, who so often live in the margin of the already marginalized.
Official trailer and more information at missmajorfilm.com.
May Day March for Dignity! / ¡Marcha para La Dignidad!
Monday, May 1st, 2017 at The Federal Building (259 N. Winooski Ave, Burlington, VT). 12pm - 1pm.
Sponsored by the Vermont Human Rights Council: Migrant Justice, Vermont Worker's Center, 350VT, Green Mountain Self-Advocates, VT Center for Independent Living, VT Interfaith Action, UE, United Academics, Pride Center, Rising Tide Vermont, Green Mountain Central Labor Council
March to Ben & Jerry's Scoop Shop to demand they implement the Milk With Dignity Program as promised nearly 2 years ago. A rally at the Federal Building to lift up Vermont voices and campaigns will follow.
Meet at the Migrant Justice/ VT Worker's Center at 12pm and we leave at 1pm sharp to march through the Old North End to Ben & Jerry's scoop shop to demand they implement the Milk with Dignity Program as promised nearly 2 years ago! (feel free to meet at us at 1:30pm at UU Church if you can't join earlier). Then we march and rally at the Federal Building (next to post office) demonstrating our unity and dignity in the face of Trump's hate and division--lifting up Vermont voices and campaigns in resistance to Trump's attacks on our communities.
This is especially crucial in the face of ICE arrests of migrant workers in Vermont. Carpools or vans from Brattleboro may be available. For more info or to sign up for a carpool or van ride please email email@example.com or call 802-257-4436. You can view the event online here: Facebook Event .
Southeastern Vermont Community Action Community Event
May, 2017 (Date TBD)
This year we will be moving from Advocacy to Activism, and – much like the WeCAN: Spring Into Action Fair - we wish to highlight different groups in the Brattleboro area who are making their voices heard on so many important issues. More information (like the date!) will follow, but please consider yourselves warmly invited!
High-Level Nuclear Waste Tour
Saturday, May 6th, 2017 at the Centre Congregational Church (193 Main Street, Brattleboro, VT, 05301), in the Parlor. 4:40pm-6pm.
Citizens Awareness Network, the Safe and Green Campaign, and the VT Yankee Decommissioning Alliance are organizing a High-level Nuclear Waste Tour in New England to address the abdication by the federal government and the nuclear industry to deal with stranded nuclear waste at reactor sites throughout the country. The tour will bring speakers who will discuss the issues of high-level nuclear waste (HLNW), Federal waste policy and environmental justice. The tour will be in Brattleboro May 6.
• Rose Gardner from Sierra Club in Texas, a resident of a community impacted by both a Texas low-level waste dump and a proposed site for HLNW in Andrews County, Texas;
• Kevin Kamps with Beyond Nuclear will address the vulnerabilities of on-site storage of HLNW and federal policy;
• Deb Katz with Citizens Awareness Network will address the issues of NorthStar, decommissioning, and hardened onsite storage at nuclear reactors. What is needed is a scientifically sound and environmentally just solution to this monstrous problem.
Contact: Leslie Sullivan Sachs firstname.lastname@example.org.
Cross Class Dialogue Circle
Sunday, May 7th, May 21st, and June 4th, 2017 (participation all 3 days is required) at The Root Social Justice Center (The Whetstone Studio for the Arts, 28 Williams Street, Brattleboro, VT, 05301). 9am-3pm.
Childcare and transportation available, light refreshments provided, and wheelchair accessible. This event is fragrance free.
The dialogue circle is funded through a cost-sharing process.
Cross-class dialogue circles are a powerful way for people across the class spectrum to come together to talk about their experiences with class, listen to each others’ stories and perspectives, better understand class as part of an economic system, and then to work together as change makers for economic justice. Sign-up today!
Climate Change Café: A Community of Concerned Citizens
SOS: Secret of the Seasons
(The Original Global Climate Change Co-Opera)
co-sponsored by Post Oil Solutions and Green Up SIT
Sunday, May 7th, 2017 at the Brooks Memorial Library (224 Main St, Brattleboro, VT, 05301) in the Main Room. 5:30pm. Free. Light refreshments available.
Based on songs written by SIT Professor John Ungerleider and Bill Conley, the SOS co-opera is a reflective, participatory musical journey that engages the audience with the external and internal challenges that global climate change is bringing to our lives.
Audience dialogue between thought provoking songs is designed to move participants from Fear and Denial to Hope and Action in response to the threat of global warming.
The title song asks about the local impact of climate change: “Will it still feel like my home, when the leaves don’t turn to red and gold, and the ice doesn’t cover the fishin’ hole?”
More more information please call 802.869.2141 or email email@example.com.
A Study Group
sponsored by Brattleboro Solidarity
Tuesdays, May 9th, 16th, 23rd, and 30th, 2017 at Flat Iron Cafe (51 Square, Bellows Falls, VT, 05101). 5pm-7:30pm. Bread and soup will be served. We are asking people to commit to all of the dates listed. Readings will be sent ahead of time. Free and open to the public.
The social construction of "race" as a way to divide people is as old as the founding of the United States. Today we are seeing an escalation of ICE raids, escalation of wars, police killings and white supremacist attacks on people of color that are directly related to the construction of whiteness. It is imperative we continue to expand our knowledge of the history of race in this country in order to fight the supremacy in our society. Brattleboro Solidarity will be hosting a study group to expand our understanding of the historical divisions along race and class lines in the U.S as a tool for economic exploitation.
Teaming with Microbes Seminar
May 15th, 2017- May 16th, 2017 at Lake Morey Resort (1 Clubhouse Rd, Fairlee, VT, 05045).
Eventbrite Link: https://www.eventbrite.com/e/teaming-with-microbes-soil-seminar-with-nicole-masters-didi-pershouse-tickets-33557437198
New Zealand Agro-ecologist Nicole Masters is on a teaching tour throughout the US and Canada this Spring and we are lucky to have her for two full days in Vermont.
Its all about your underground livestock!
Farmers, gardeners, environmental policy makers, and conservation folks: take your understanding to the next level, with this dynamic soil class, taught byNicole Masters from Integrity Soils and Didi Pershouse from the Soil Carbon Coalition. Learn practical tools and concepts to maximize nutrient cycling whilst lifting soil, plant and/or animal performance. Learn soil's important role in climate resilience and public health.
We will spend the first day overlooking the beautiful Lake Morey, (swimming anyone?) and the second day getting our hands in the soil in a variety of settings to see these principles in action.
Day 1: The Hidden Life of Soils
•Deepen your understanding of soil health and soil microbes
•The vital role of soil microbes in building farm and climate resilience
•What do microbe groups do in the soil?
•How can you feed the good guys?
•Learn how to make a lacto-bacillus serum for your farm
Day 2: Field Day
•Visual assessments for health in a variety of management settings
•Keys that biologically mediated water, carbon and nitrogen cycles are working optimally.
•Learn how to "read your weeds" and take actions to reduce pressure from weeds.
•How to track changes and share successes in soil health with an open-source map databasehttps://atlasbiowork.com/
Cost $225. A wonderful warm lunch buffet is included on the first day.
Spaces are limited.
It is strongly recommended to come for both days, but you may sign up for just one. (Day one alone is $165, Day two is $75.)
You can save us some hefty ticket fees by reserving through the mail. Send an email firstname.lastname@example.org to let us know you are coming and then send a check directly to Didi Pershouse, PO Box 277, Thetford Center, VT 05075, Please note that your space is not reserved until we receive payment.
Some scholarships may be available: Email email@example.com with a couple of sentences about your situation and how much you can afford to pay. We will let you know as funds become available.
We will have a few spaces available for sponsors/vendors to set up tables on Monday.
For questions, or to reserve a table as a sponsor/vendor, contact Didi at firstname.lastname@example.org/or Taylor at email@example.com
For rooms at Lake Morey Resort call 800-423-1211, or email: firstname.lastname@example.org
About the Presenters:
Nicole Masters is an agro-ecologist, educator and systems thinker with over 18 years’ extensive practical and theoretical experience in regenerative/holistic farming practices. She has been communicating these methods throughout Australasia and North America since 2003; helping to inspire and guide farmers in innovative ways to produce food.
Nicole has a commitment to finding win-win solutions for the wellbeing of landscapes and landmanagers. She has a proven record in supporting producers in meeting their goals through a holistic approach to soil and pasture management. As a seasoned consultant, Nicole excels at identifying and solving challenges through proactive management. Her passion for fostering the growth of these farming practices calls upon her skills in facilitation, conflict resolution, an understanding of behavioural change and science communication.
Didi Pershouse is a cross-pollinator, helping to connect the dots between soil health and human health. She is the author of The Ecology of Care: Medicine, Agriculture, Money, and the Quiet Power of Human and Microbial Communities. As the founder of the Center for Sustainable Medicine, she developed a practice and theoretical framework for systems-based ecological medicine—restoring health to people as well as the social and ecological systems around them.
After 22 years of clinical work with patients, she is now working with the Soil Carbon Coalition on a large-scale citizen-science program that engages schools, conservation districts, farmers, and the public in understanding the intersections between soil, water, public health, and climate resiliency. She teaches workshops and develops learning resources on whole systems landscape function—in particular how to measure, understand, and work with the carbon and water cycles that make life on this planet possible. Her work models strategies to build resilient networks of mutual listening, learning, self-care, and support as a way to drive environmental and social change.
Rising with Roots: Courage, Conviction, and Community in this Beautiful, Teetering Time
a Joanna Macy inspired retreat
Friday, June 2nd, 2017 - Wednesday, June 7th, 2017 at Hallelujah Farm (98-42 Bradley Rd, Chesterfield, NH, 03443). Registration due by May 1st, 2017. Cost varies and is on a sliding scale: Please click here for more information or to register.
Sign-ups now open for Joanna Macy-inspired retreat in June. Facilitated by Kirstin Edelglass and colleagues. Scholarships available for young adults (ages 18-30) who want to be part of the fourth Earth Leadership Cohort. That cohort will begin by participating in this multi-generational "Rising with Roots" retreat and then have additional trainings in facilitating the Work That Reconnects. For more information please visit http://interhelpnetwork.org/elcivprogamdescription-docx/.
Naomi Klein Study/Action Group
a Post Oil Solutions project
Post Oil Solutions is organizing a study/action group on Naomi Klein’s latest book No Is Not Enough: Resisting Trump's Shock Politics and Winning the World We Need, that will be published on June 13, 2017. We will begin the study/action group in September so as to avoid the inevitable interruptions of the summer months when people are generally away or otherwise occupied with gardens, and all kinds of summer fun.
A website for No Is Not Enough says the book “reveals, among other things, how Trump's election was not a peaceful transition, but a corporate takeover, one using deliberate shock tactics to generate wave after wave of crises and force through radical policies that will destroy people, the environment, the economy, and national security. This book is the toolkit for shock resistance, showing all of us how we can break Trump's spell and win the world we need.”
Only 2 spaces left, waiting to be claimed!
If you are interested in being a part of this study/action group, please consider the following suggestions:
•Definitely let me know by return e-mail (email@example.com) ASAP.
•Include in your message the early evenings of those days of the week that generally work best for you.
•This group would meet every other week on the evening and at the time that is finally agreed upon.
•I’m looking for no more than 12 participants; if more than that number express interest, I will try to organize a 2nd group.
•Put your order in now at Everyone’s Books for a copy; perhaps begin reading over the Summer.
•I will create a mailing list of interested parties and send updates about the the study/action group as it develops.
STANDING REGULAR MEETINGS
350Brattleboro Regular Meetings
1st and 3rd Wednesdays (Leadership Team) in the Brattleboro Food Co-op Community Room (1 Canal Street, Brattleboro, VT, 05301). 6pm-8pm.
We thank you, again, for your participation in Saturday's Tax March in Brattleboro (over 250 people! We thank you!) and we look forward to seeing you out and about this week.
Your Friendly WeCAN Admins,
Ann and Joanna