Weekly E-mail Update 7-17-17
Hello and Happy Sunday weCANers! There are a lot of events happening this week, so let's get right to it:
HAPPENING TODAY SUNDAY, JULY 16TH, 2017
Creative Maladjustment Day
Sunday, July 16th, 2017 at The Express Fluency Storefront (8 Flat St, Brattleboro, VT 05301-3246).
sponsored by The Hive Mutual Support Network
After celebrating Creative Maladjustment Week (July 7-14), join The Hive for a day of free hour-long workshops on Sunday July 16th. Location is downtown Brattleboro (Express Fluency storefront) & parking will be free (it's Sunday!) Venue is accessible. Accessible bathroom available in building upon request -- we apologize for this inconvenience. If you need childcare or transportation, contact The Hive ASAP [email protected]hivemutualsupport.net.
10AM-11:30AM Compassionate Harm Reduction Strategies for Opiate Addiction
Join Emily Megas-Russell, mother Susan Bullen and stepfather Joseph Ramirez in a discussion exploring opiate addition and compassionate ways to support loved ones in reducing harm associated with opiate use. We will focus on the value of open communication, compassionate curiosity, and accurate information to minimize stigma associated with opiate use and to explore ways to identify risks of use and reduce harm.
11:45AM-12:45PM Going Sane -- local artist & poet Pamela Spiro Wagner presents personal stories & discussion of surviving the psychiatric system
12:45PM- 1:45PM LUNCH BREAK (various activities)
1:45PM-2:45PM Dissociative Identity Disorder or Diversity, Individuality, and Democracy -- Krystale will share with us "what learning to live with many in my head has taught me about living in the world with its many folk"
3:00PM- 4:00PM Acting for Social Justice
Join Spark Theater Collective to explore street theater as a tool for raising consciousness in our communities by interrupting “business as usual.” The collective works together to create political statements through theater in order to oppose capitalism and exploitation. We will use the workshop to walk participants through our process of creating a play while they create their own, emphasizing the importance of shaping a political statement through study and discussion. We will discuss, where do our ideas come from? and, how does our analysis affect our actions? During this workshop we will investigate these questions, as we collaborate in crafting theater pieces. Participants will leave with not only a concrete tool for action, but also with tools of analysis for more effectively opposing imperialism.
4:15PM- 5:15PM Peerly Human
Learn about Peerly Human, a community practice which sees individual and social well-being as inextricably linked. Peerly Human uses the general outline of traditional 12-step programs but allows participants to bring their own beliefs and values to the process to support themselves and others through life's challenges.
5:30PM- 6:30PM Healthcare is a Human Right presents Healthcare Stories
Vermont Worker's Center Healthcare is a Human Right campaign is collecting personal stories of what works and what doesn't work about the healthcare system, and explores alternatives.
"Creative maladjustment is a natural human response to oppression, an organic and highly adaptable way to oppose injustice".
Share the Harvest Stand
Sunday, July 16th, 2017 at the Elliott Street Park from 11am-2pm.
Edible Brattleboro is launching its weekly “Share the Harvest” Stand on Sunday, July 16. In addition to produce from our gardens, we are accepting donations of fresh produce from local gardeners and farmers. The stand will be set up at the Elliott Street Park from11am-2pm. Everything is available to the community at no cost. Please drop off your surplus to our stand as close to 11am as possible.
HAPPENING THIS WEEK MONDAY, JULY 17TH, 2017 - SUNDAY, JULY 23RD, 2017
Youth4Change Regular Meeting
Monday, July 17th, 2017 at The Root Social Justice Center (28 Williams Street, Brattleboro, VT, 05301). First Floor.
5:30pm-8:30pm. The space opens at 5:30pm for arts and hang-out time. 6:30pm is when food arrives, and the group meeting/activity is from 7:00pm-8:30pm. For more info contact [email protected].
Youth4Change (Y4C), a project of the Root Social Justice Center, is a place where young people's voices and actions for social justice are represented, empowered and supported. Y4C uses the arts and education as a foundation in building towards action of all kinds on social, racial, economic, indigenous, immigrant, queer/trans, gender, and environmental justice issues. Our goals are to create youth-run events, actions and campaigns, while being engaged with state and national solidarity movements.
The Women's Action Team Meeting
Tuesday, July 18th, 2017, at The Winston Prouty School Campus (Austine Drive, Brattleboro, VT, 05301). Top Floor of Holton Hall. 5:30pm-8:00pm.
We'll be figuring out how to improve local access to abortion care, and strategizing next steps for the Vermont Women' s Convention, a beautiful idea born at June's WAT meeting. Bring a hearty snack to share (if possible), and let us know as soon as possible if you'd like childcare by emailing The Women’s Action Team at [email protected].
Windham County VT Workers' Center Regular Meeting
Tuesday, July 18th, 2017 at The Root Social Justice Center (28 Williams Street, Brattleboro, The Root Social Justice Center (28 Williams Street, Brattleboro, VT, 05301). First Floor.6pm-8pm.
The Vermont Workers' Center is a democratic, member-run organization dedicated to organizing for the human rights of the people in Vermont. We seek an economically just and democratic Vermont in which all residents can meet their human needs and enjoy their human rights, including dignified work, universal healthcare, housing, education, childcare, transportation and a healthy environment.
At the Windham County Organizing Committee's regular meeting, we will be finalizing our plans to travel to Montpelier to give testimony at the Green Mountain Care Board's insurance rate-hike hearings, and also presenting material on leadership development from our Regional Assembly and Coordinating Committee.
Local Love Brigade Gathering
Wednesday, July 19th, 2017 the Bradley House (65 Harris Ave, Brattleboro, VT 05301). 10am.
Join the Local Love Brigade! Drop by the Bradley House and make postcards to send out in an avalanche of love to support victims of hate. You will be part of a movement that has begun to illuminate the power of fierce love. There will be plenty of materials to make a card. All are welcome.
"Restorative Justice in the Age of Trump”
A Democracy Forum during The Brown Bag Lunch series, presented by Newfane resident Dan Dewalt
Wednesday, July 19th, 2017 at the Robert H. Gibson River Garden (157 Main Street, Brattleboro, VT, 05301). 12pm -1pm.
With the election of Donald Trump troubling values that we would like to believe are antithetical to America are seeping to the surface of our collective consciousness. Restorative Community Justice of Southern Vermont is an organization of dedicated local residents who volunteer their time to introduce and provide restorative practices to the community by talking about important issues, improving relationships, creating a peaceable climate and nurturing critical awareness of each person's valued place in their community. We will create opportunities and provide resources for people to achieve these goals.
If you are interested in working with, supporting, or making use of the services of RCJSV please contact Dan DeWalt by phone at (802)348.7701, by email at [email protected], or go to www.rcjsv.org for more information.
Dan DeWalt is a musician, woodworker and teacher who is interested in social justice and having a country that honors its Constitution. He was one of the founders of the "The Commons" and is the founder and president of Restorative Community Justice of Southern Vermont. He has worked with restorative justice for the past six years or so.
Brattleboro Area Interfaith Initiative Monthly Gathering
Wednesday, July 19th, 2017 at the Centre Church Parlor (193 Main Street, Brattleboro, VT, 05301). 12:30pm-2:00pm.
For questions please contact [email protected].
This month, as we mourn the loss of Rupa Cousins, let us come together to celebrate her life and passions.
Please note a time change in our monthly gatherings to beginning at 12:30 and running until 2:00.
Green Mountain Care Board - Insurance Rate Hike Hearing
Thursday, July 20th, 2017 at City Center, (89 Main Street, Montpelier, VT). 9:00am.
For rides and car-shares From Brattleboro, contact the Windham County VT Workers' Center here.
Blue Cross Blue Shield (BCBS) of Vermont has requested a 12.7% average premium hike for next year's Vermont Health Connect plans. While many of us are focused on the draconian healthcare legislation proposed by the Republicans in Washington, these hikes are imminent and will affect over 70,000 people in Vermont.
The Vermont Workers' Center's Healthcare Is A Human Right campaign is organizing resistance to these rate hikes. This is the time to make your voice heard! If you are on one of these plans, you can tell the GMCB how the premium hikes affect you and your family. Any Vermont resident can submit testimony, so even if you are not on a Health Connect plan you can tell the GMCB to say no to the rate hikes. You can also voice your support for universal healthcare as the solution that would transform our healthcare system by putting people before profit.
To sign up to go to the hearings, and get information on giving/getting rides: [email protected]
To submit testimony online: http://www.workerscenter.org/healthcare/share-your-story
Windham County Fights Back Forum
sponsored by the VPIRG (Vermont Public Interest Research Group)
Thursday, July 20th, 2017 at The Putney Public Library (55 Main Street, Putney, VT, 05346). 6:30pm-8pm.
Join us to collaborate with your neighbors in Windham County on how to resist the Trump administration, work with VPIRG staff on our various issue areas, and gain the skills necessary to engage with media and legislators on the local and state level!
Protest Vigils at TD Bank
sponsored by Post Oil Solutions
Friday, July 21, 2017 (and every Friday) in front of TD Bank Brattleboro (215 Main St, Brattleboro, VT 05301). Noon-1pm. Signs will be provided)
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 [email protected] or 802.869.2141
Nuclear Power: Fukushima and the Waters of the World
Friday, July 21st, 2017 at the United Church of Christ (44 Church Street, Westminster, VT, 05346).
5pm. Pizza will be available for purchase.
Acclaimed television anchor and investigative journalist, Rolland Smith, will facilitate a community conversation around “Nuclear Power: Fukushima and the Waters of the World”.
Six years after a magnitude 9.0 earthquake and tsunami hit the Fukushima Daiichi Nuclear Power Plant on March 11, 2011, causing a nuclear meltdown and permanent damage to several of its reactors, radiation leaks continue and the problem seems insoluble. But is it? Members of the Living Earth Action Group have raised the issue, believing that the ecological threat posed by Fukushima is not Japan’s problem alone: It is an issue for the world, and it raises similar concerns about waste from other nuclear power plants including our region’s own Vermont Yankee.
The Living Earth Action Group, hosted by the Congregational Church of Westminster West, will convene a community conversation on Friday, July 21, from 5pm to 6:30pm at the church. Anyone interested is encouraged to attend, with a special invitation extended to those with knowledge of the similarities between Vermont Yankee and Fukushima Daiichi.
Rigani Wood-Fired Pizza is bringing its mobile pizza oven to the Church that night from 5:30pm to 7:30pm. Those attending the community conversation will also be able to purchase and enjoy fresh pizza topped with local farm-fresh produce. All proceeds from the evening will go to the Church.
About Rolland Smith
Rolland Smith has over 50 years of broadcast and television production experience. He is former news anchor for WCBS-TV and superstation WWOR-TV in New York. Smith calls himself a storyteller, but he is the consummate broadcast journalist. His skills as an anchorman, commentator, reporter, writer and producer have earned him numerous honors. He is the recipient of eleven Emmy awards. Currently he is writing and anchoring documentaries for independent television outlets. He also writes a daily blog on topics of interest from poetry to politics at rollandgsmith.com. Among his many notable accomplishments, he anchored the international broadcast of the 1985 “Live Aid” concert for over 11 hours to an audience in excess of two billion viewers in 107 countries.
About the Living Earth Action Group
Founded in February 2017 by Caitlin Adair, the Group’s purpose is to find out what we can do to help bring our living planet back to health, and to do it. Focused on the environment that supports us all, major areas of interest and concern are climate change, energy, land and water. The Group meets most Fridays from 5pm to 6pm at the Congregational Church of Westminster West, and invites anyone interested to participate.
About the Congregational Church of Westminster West, United Church of Christ
The church is lively, progressive, thoughtful and inclusive. Interested community members are always welcomed. Pastor Susie Webster-Toleno officiates with support of an engaged congregation, inspired choir and musical accompaniment. Regular services are Sunday mornings at 10:00am, 44 Church Street, Westminster West.
Rights & Democracy Mass Statewide Canvass (all across Vermont)
Saturday, July 22nd, 2017 at The Root Social Justice Center (The Whetstone Studio for the Arts, 28 Williams Street, Brattleboro, VT, 05301). First Floor. Training from 1pm-2pm.
Rights and Democracy are doing Statewide Mass Canvass (plus training!) in Brattleboro on July 22nd. We'll be gathering at the Root Social Justice Center at 1 pm for training on movement building strategy and canvassing. Open to all levels of experience and comfort, we'll be knocking doors and checking out the local farmer's market. Training will run until 2pm and then people are welcome to participate for however long they like.
Before Homosexuals: A Prequel to Before Stonewall
Screening During the Brattleboro Film Festival
sponsored by Before Homosexuals: The Documentary and the Brattleboro Film Festival
Saturday, July 22nd, 2017 at The Latchis Theatre (50 Main Street, Brattleboro, VT, 05301). 4pm.
For ticket information, please visit www.beforehomosexuals.com. Tickets are $15 each.
Advance ticket sales are now open for the Vermont Premiere Screening of “Before Homosexuals: The Prequel to Before Stonewall” presented by the Brattleboro Film Festival.
The screening will take place July 22nd at the Latchis Theatre @ 4PM in downtown Brattleboro, VT, followed by a lively Q&A with Director John Scagliotti and members of the “Before Homosexuals” crew. After the screening and Q&A join us for a slice of the “Saving History” Cake and have a glass of sparkling cider. Click the “Pay Now” button below to be directed to PayPal to complete your purchase.
Proceeds of the screening benefit Kopkind Colony’s CineSLAM LGBT Short Film Festival.
Resistance Summer: Neighborhood Listening Project Canvass
Sunday, July, 23rd, 2017 at the Putney Public Library (55 Main St, Putney, VT 05346). 11:00am.
Online and in the media, it may seem that we are all hopelessly divided (or that we all agree).
But on the doorsteps, face to face, people are nuanced. They’re conflicted and have the same concerns about our shared country. And often the best way to persuade or motivate someone is to just show up and listen.
That's why this July, as Washington debates radical cuts to our health care system, progressives in all 50 states are taking to the doors to have thousands of conversations about healthcare and other issues in our country—and the solutions we need to fix it.
Will you join us and attend a door-to-door Neighbor Listening Project event?
Never knocked doors? Don't worry! We will provide you with all the training and materials you need to be successful.
Whether you have canvassed before or this is your first time, I hope you will join in this fun action! Let's gear up for progressive issue mobilizing and upcoming elections by building canvassing skills that will help us resist, build power, and win. We will connect with our neighbors and communities. Now more than ever, it’s important to listen to each other and find common ground. We win by listening to, connecting with, empowering, and bringing people together to stand up for what we believe in. Take action to protect health care for all Americans by talking to thousands of people about their health care stories.
Sign up through this link- https://act.moveon.org/event/rs-listen/12696?referring_akid=undefined or contact Laura Chapman by phone at 802-380-4379 or by email at [email protected] for more information.
Upcoming Local Love Brigade Gatherings
-Sunday, August 13th, 11:30am - 1:30pm at the Brattleboro Museum and Art Center (10 Vernon St, Brattleboro, VT 05301)
In the meantime, we'll keep sending out postcards to folks that need it. Here are the addresses from past week's incidents. Let's keep the love flowing.
Women Marching Forward
Sunday, July 30th, 2017 from 4pm-6pm. Location: The Learning Collaborative in Dummerston, (471 Route 5, Dummerston, VT 0530)
All are welcome to attend what promises to be a fascinating presentation and discussion time with Michael Krasner, political scientist and professor at Queens College, City University of New York. Krasner will focus on the Trump administration, giving a brief review of how he got elected, and now how he is staying in place. Time will be spent on, broadly speaking, what the possibilities are in regards to where we go from here. We look forward to seeing you there.
Racial Justice Fundraiser
Saturday, July 29th, 2017 at Superfresh Organic Cafe (30 Main St. Brattleboro, VT, 05301). 6:30pm-8:30pm.
Live performance by 11:11 Sarah West on vocals, Molly Steinmark on vocals and percussion, Lisa Newell on bass and percussion.
Delicious food available to order and BYOB.
A Fundraiser for Racial Justice Organizing (The Root, Lost River, Black Lives Matter VT)
Saturday, August 26th, 2017 at 118 Elliot Street, Brattleboro, VT, 05301. 7pm-12am midnight. $10-$30 sliding scale admission.
Do you have a talent you want to share??
Contact us to participate at [email protected]! All are welcome.
ONGOING SUMMER EVENTS
SPIKE THE HIKE! Submit Testimony Online to the Green Mountain Care Board
Now until July 28th, 2017. Online at link below.
Also, get on the July 11th, 2017 statewide call and come to the Board hearings on July 20th, 2017 - both events are listed on this calendar. Contact [email protected] for more info on everything.
Add your voice in objecting to the insurance rate hikes the GMCB is considering. (Blue Cross Blue Shield is asking for an average 12.7% hike in their rates!!) This is an opportunity to speak out about the need for universal health care in Vermont, and any capitulation to the insurance companies as a dereliction of the Board's legislated mission to move health care toward being a public good. You can submit your testimony here:https://www.workerscenter.org/healthcare/share-your-story
Vigil at TD Bank in Montpelier
sponsored by the Upper Valley Affinity Group
The Second Thursday of Each Month Through the Summer and Fall. At the Corner of State and Main Streets in Montpelier, VT.
Ride share from Exit 5 off I91N. Departs at 10am. Contact Tim at 802.869.2141or [email protected],net.
Come and stay as long as you can to peacefully protest TDBank’s huge investments in climate and water destroying pipeline infrastructure.Urge the State of Vermont and other depositors to close their TDBank accounts.Support moving swiftly to 100% renewable energy and a state bank for Vermont.\
We will be bearing witness and distributing fact sheets about TD's extensive financial support for pipelines.
Bring a sign, bring your friends, bring your neighbors, bring your lunch or just come and join us by yourself.
For more information contact Duncan Nichols at 802.281.2692 or [email protected].
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.
Lost River Racial Justice, Black Lives Matter-South, and People Of Color Caucus Regular Meetings
Reoccurring racial justice organizing meetings every 2nd Monday at The Root Social Justice Center (The Whetstone Studio of the Arts, 28 Williams Street, Brattleboro, VT, 05301) on the First Floor.
6pm-8pm. Childcare provided. Fragrance & nut free space.
SKILLED VOLUNTEER OPPORTUNITY
Childcare as a Radical Act: Sign up to Provide Childcare!
The Family Solidarity Action Network is moving forward with their next big effort to support families in local activism: a collective of folks to provide childcare for local activist meetings or events. If you or someone you know would be able and willing to offer childcare (as a volunteer, or paid) for meetings and events please fill out this spreadsheet:
We are looking for people young and old with varying degrees of experience. Having a large pool of people to call on will make it much easier for organizers to arrange childcare for meetings, allowing for more voices of families with young children to participate in local activism! We will then be making this list available to other local organizations so we can be sure that childcare doesn't have to be a barrier to participation for anyone.
VOLUNTEER AND COMMUNITY SUPPORT OPPORTUNITIES
SisterDisrict is an organization that connects you with your local home district team to work on Sister Races in Virginia, Washington State, and Georgia. The goal? To turn Red states Blue. Support these critical races by donating to them and sharing about them on social media. Or, get in on the fun by joining your local district team for even more action items!
Here is an update from the Vermont district team:
We have made a few changes to our SisterDistrict Soup project and will be offering a monthly soup subscription to benefit either SisterDistrict directly or our current candidate (subscriber's choice).
Please help us by sharing this link with friends and family who may be interested in subscribing or volunteering to help make or sell soup:https://docs.google.com/forms/d/e/1FAIpQLSfU1Vv1oJRgTBATJ8TTp8vHUaGFIz0coVCVe28gYVOrK9K-BQ/viewform?c=0&w=1 (NOTE: for more information please email [email protected]
In addition to raising money to help get our nation onto a better trajectory, we are also committed to providing you the most delicious and locally-sourced soup that we can. Vegetarian, gluten- and dairy-free options will be available. There is no reason that you can't eat well and resist at the same time!
350 VT Mother Up! Internship Opportunity
*based in Brattleboro*
Through Mother Up!: Parents Exchange for Change, 350VT engages parents to take action in both their own communities and those most affected by the fossil fuel industry. The Mother Up! Organizing Intern will work with the Mother Up! Coordinator in Brattleboro to empower and mobilize Vermont Families to participate in the Climate Movement. This person will have the chance to learn about and contribute to Mother Up! as they pursue creative new ways to grow the movement of parents and families who are fighting for the health and safety of our collective future.
•Strong interpersonal, organizational, communications skills
•Ability to assimilate campaign information into public materials
•Proficiency in social media platforms, google programs, and some database experience (i.e. CRMs, Wordpress)
•Prepare and create organizing materials and presentations for dissemination
•Find new and exciting ways to broadcast Mother Up!’s mission and work
•Support the organization work of the Mother Up! Coordinator – this could include: writing emails, monitoring the Facebook page, fundraising and meeting support, and more!
Exchange Student Hosts Wanted
PAX (Program of Academic Exchange Vermont) is looking for families who are interested in hosting a high school exchange student for Brattleboro HS and Bellows Falls for the upcoming school year. Clara is one such student, a 15 year old girl from Spin whose interests include skiing, scouting and gymnastics. Could you open your home to one of these students?
Host families come in all shapes and sizes - they represent the diversity of American culture, with varied economic, religious and racial backgrounds. Among those who truly enjoy the exchange experience are parents looking to give their families a glimpse of the world and introduce them to new customs and cultures, without having to travel the globe.
Many of our host families do not have high school age children, while others have adult children who no longer live at home. They say that hosting an exchange student gives them an opportunity to enrich their own lives and connect with their community in a whole new way.
If you've considered hosting but have questions, please contact Kimberly at [email protected] or 802-824-3792.
ONGOING EDUCATIONAL PROGRAMMING
Sundays at 12pm on Brattleboro Community Radio 107.7FM
To stream live: Visit www.wvew.org
Indigo Radio, deepening understanding and making connections!
IndigoRadio is a group of area educators seeking to learn through engaging with others in our community and throughout the world. We will be talking about educational and social issues both globally and locally and connecting them to our lives and Brattleboro community.
Find us on Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/indigoradiowvew/
For archive recordings of past shows: https://soundcloud.com/user-654648353
UPCOMING STUDY GROUP
Naomi Klein Study/Action Group
2nd Study/Action Group is Being Organized
Because the 1st group is filled, and additional people have expressed interest, Post Oil Solutions is considering a 2nd 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 was just published onJune 13.
We will need a few more people to be able to do this. I’m looking for no more than 12 participants.The study/action group will begin in September so as to avoid the inevitable interruptions of the summer months.
NOTE: This is not a book club; rather this group is intended for people who are already engaged in or wish to seriously address the climate, political, economic, and social issues of our time, and will use the latest book by respected activist and author, Naomi Klein, to both inspire and advance their activism. If you are interested, contact Tim: [email protected]
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.”
Thank you, Windham County friends and neighbors, for banding together this week like you have done so many times before. When we work together we are truly unstoppable. Have a wonderful week and we look forward to seeing you at an event soon!