Weekly Email Update 11.22.21
"In a moment of decision, the best thing you can do is the right thing, the next best thing you can do is the wrong thing, and the worst thing you an do is nothing."
President Theodore Roosevelt
As the end of the year approaches, WeCANners, we'd like to take a moment to remind our group leaders, coordinators, activists, and WeCAN members to send in their events and listings for December and beyond. You can send your info to [email protected] and you can find the event submission guidelines here: https://www.wecantogether.net/about_us_submission_guidelines. The longer your listing runs in the Weekly Email Update, the more opportunities it has to be seen by Windham County residents looking to get involved. We look forward to hearing from you soon!
From Lean Left:
It’s time to pass the Freedom to Vote Act! This bill will end partisan gerrymandering, ensure same-day voter registration in every state, and make Election Day a federal holiday. You’ll be calling voters in key states and patching them through to their Senators to ask them to move quickly to pass the Freedom to Vote Act. Make calls with End Citizens United // Let America Vote (training provided).
SUNDAY, NOVEMBER 21st, 2021
Brattleboro Families Rise Up Meet-up
Sunday, November 21st, 2021 at the Retreat Farm (45 Farmhouse Square, Brattleboro, VT, 05301). 10am-12pm.
Join us for another in-person, outdoor meet-up! This month, we're back at Retreat Farm, where we'll circle up in the woods around a fire.
* Snacks (apples, cheese sticks, granola bars, hard-boiled eggs) and childcare support provided
* Masks recommended when not eating or distancing
We'll share gratitudes, do a somatics grounding exercise, talk about parenting amidst the climate crisis and the COVID pandemic with winter upon us, learn about ways to take action with 350VT's Just Transition campaign, and end with a song.
This is a project of 350 Vermont bringing together families to talk about the tough realities of climate change and to participate in the transition to a healthier and safer world. What Joanna Macy calls the “Great Turning,” or the third revolution, is this unprecedented time where we are called to stop the destruction of our world, to build new life-sustaining practices and ways of being, and to shift our collective consciousness. We especially wish to engage young parents in this vital discussion of how we can make positive changes to protect our planet for our children's future.
HAPPENING THIS WEEK:
MONDAY, NOVEMBER 22nd, 2021-SUNDAY, NOVEMBER 28th, 2021
Talk About Our Democracy: Learn about the No Más Polimigra Campaign in Windham County
Monday, November 22nd, 2021, Online. 6:30pm. For information contact Francie Marbury at 802-464-5169.
To Join the meeting copy this URL into your search bar on the 22nd: https://us02web.zoom.us/j/82678353560?pwd=TDdCZ1VvbXB2U3N3bVdka1MxSEVSdz09
The meeting will be recorded and will air on BCTV and on WVEW FM .
Join the No Más Polimigra campaign to close loopholes that allow local police to act as immigration enforcers. We've succeeded in Brattleboro, and we are working to have the Windham County Sheriff's Office follow suit.
Talk About Our Democracy will host campaign organizers We're holding this public information session to explain the statewide and local campaigns, talk together about how and why to be in community solidarity, and connect interested folks to the organizing in their town, or county-wide.
We look forward to seeing you at the meeting.
Scheduled Zoom meeting:
Topic: No Más Polimigra
Time: Nov 22, 2021 06:30 PM Eastern Time (US and Canada)
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Guilford Select-board Meeting
Monday, November 22nd, 2021, Online. 6:30pm-8pm. For more information, please contact Peder Rude at [email protected].
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-Call to Order
-Recognition of Public
-Rules of Procedure
-Changes to Agenda Order
-Approval of Minutes
-Employee Pay & Retention
-Planning Commission Update
-Payroll – WE 11/14/21
-Payroll - WE 11/21/21
-Expense Warrant #2210
-Actions from Previous Meeting
-Actions to be Taken
Brattleboro Community Thanksgiving and Volunteer Opportunity
Wednesday, November 24th, 2021 at Brattleboro Union High School (131 Fairground Road, Brattleboro, VT, 05301). 11:30am.
Brattleboro Union High School, Fresh Pick Cafe, and The Pit Mistress have collaborated to ensure that we are able to hold a 2021 Community Thanksgiving meal. Food will be available for dine in, take out, and delivery.
Volunteers are still needed! Please fill out this form if you are available to assist. Thank you!
A Silent Vigil of Loving Kindness
Wednesday, November 24th, 2021 at Wells Fountain (298-250 VT-30, Brattleboro, VT 05301). 1:30pm-2:30pm.
For further information and to be on the mailing list for future vigils, please contact Tim Stevenson, [email protected].
Under a banner that reads, “Holding a Space of Loving Kindness for All Living Beings,” we will conduct a silent vigil on Thanksgiving Eve @ Wells Fountain across from Brooks Library and the Municipal Building, downtown Brattleboro
Our purpose is to serve as a living reminder of the inherent goodness of each of us, as well as our inextricable connection with one another.
For a few minutes or the entire hour, all are welcome to join us in extending sentiments of loving kindness to all living beings: to family and friends, neighbors and strangers, kindred spirits and adversaries, human and non-human beings, alike. And to ourselves, as well. People may choose to stand, kneel, or sit in a chair they bring (there are stone benches circling the Fountain).
Marlboro Community Food Share
hosted by the Marlboro Community Center
Every Thursday*, at the Marlboro Community Center (524 South Road, Marlboro, VT, 05344). 4:30pm-5:30pm. (*Please call for exact day and time during the Thanksgiving/Native American Day of Mourning week. Thank you.)
Every Thursday from 4:30pm-5:30pm the Marlboro Community Center invites you to fill a grocery bag with non-perishables and fresh local produce. No registration or eligibility required. This weekly opportunity is available for anyone who could use an extra bag of groceries or knows someone who does.
Food will be set up in the entry-way to the Marlboro Community Center. For proper social distancing, please enter one person at a time. Bring a grocery bag or use ours. Masks are required. Deliveries will be made through Marlboro Cares for those needing assistance. Please call Marlboro Cares at 802-258-3030 in advance to arrange a delivery.
To donate food:
Leave non-perishable food in the donation box at the Marlboro Post Office. It will be collected on a weekly-basis. (Please note that this box previously supplied the Deerfield Valley Food Pantry, which is now distributing food exclusively from VT Food Pantry)
Gardeners and farmers are welcome to donate produce. Wear masks and wash hands when harvesting and handling food. Fresh produce can be dropped off at the Community Center on Thursday between 1pm and 4pm. (Any leftover produce will be taken to FoodWorks the following morning)
Guilford Cares FoodPantry
Every Thursday* at the Guilford Fairgrounds (163 Fairground Rd, Guilford, VT 05301). 5pm-6pm. (*Please call for exact day and time during the Thanksgiving/Native American Day of Mourning week. Thank you.) If you have questions, concerns or would like to donate groceries or monetary gifts please contact Pat Haine 802-257-0626. For additional questions or more information call 802 579 1350 or email [email protected].
Guilford Cares Food Pantry has moved! The Pantry has moved to the First Aid building at the Guilford Fairgrounds. We will be fully stocked with all our usual grocery items.
The Fairgrounds are on Fairground Road, just off Weatherhead Hollow Road. From Guilford Center Road turn onto Weatherhead Hollow Road. Travel 1.7 miles down the road. The Fairgrounds are on the left and there will be a sign directing you up the hill for about .2 miles. The red building is on the left with a sign out in front. Please remain in your car; we’ll greet you, and give you a shopping list as we have been doing for the past year.
If the Pantry will be closed for any unexpected reason, the closure will be announced on WKVT, WTSA, and Front Porch Forum.
If you cannot come to the Pantry due to illness or high risk, you can call also call Pat to arrange for food delivery by a volunteer.
We know that supplemental food can make such a big difference in one's budget. That is why we are stocking our shelves for our neighbors. All are welcome to come and take home fresh produce, staples, meat, dairy.
Guilford Cares welcomes anyone in need of supplemental food for themselves or their families.
Friday, November 26th, 2021, Pliny Park (corner of High Street and Main Street, Brattleboro, VT, 05301). 5pm-6pm. Please observe Covid 19 safety protocols and social distancing. Please note: Solidarity Fridays have moved from weekly to monthly, on the last Friday of each month. Brattleboro Coalition contact: [email protected]
You may have seen the Solidarity Friday demonstrations on the Pliny Park corner that began last Summer and continued into the Fall. In-person actions were paused due to COVID restrictions, but we continued meeting via Zoom, learning about our shared concerns and building our coalition. In the ongoing work to gain more participation in and deepen the understanding of our actions, the involved organizations wanted to explain our purpose for Solidarity Fridays in preparation for starting again.
Four Brattleboro-based organizations - Brattleboro Solidarity, The Root Social Justice Center, Lost River Racial Justice, and The Tenants Union of Brattleboro came together last summer during the Black Lives Matter uprisings. Later, we were joined by 350 Brattleboro, the VT Debt Collective, Youth 4 Change, and Out in the Open (supporting remotely). Together, we recognized that, while we were witnessing the streets come alive across the country against police brutality, the streets must stay alive in order to enact the level of broad changes across struggles that are urgently needed - for humans, animals, and the planet.
The coalition acts with these shared principles:
- Everyone should have what they need.
- People’s lives over profit.
- All of our struggles are tied together.
We believe that the basic necessities for a healthy life are non-negotiable. There is no excuse for hunger, homelessness, or death from curable diseases anywhere in the world. All of our struggles are tied together. We believe that the struggle for Black liberation and against police brutality and racism is also a struggle against the exploitation of poor working people. We see how those with power benefit from the divisions that they sow amongst us. We acknowledge and address our diverse struggles while we assert that we have more commonalities than differences. We are stronger together.
We are on the street on Fridays because we believe that being united in our struggles is important in paving a new path forward. We choose not to fight against or react to those who disagree with us, but rather invite them to talk with us so that we may find our common interests and beliefs. Being on the streets together raises our spirits, breaks isolation, and helps build a network of people who want to do this work together. We invite you to join us weekly on Fridays to make connections - both with other people and between struggles! - and to take a stand for a more just world.
Critical Mass Bicycle Ride
Friday, November 26th, 2021 at Piny Park (corner of High & Main Streets, Brattleboro, VT, 05301). 5:30pm-6:30pm.
Questions? Email [email protected]
NOTE: Location change to Pliny Park to coincide with Solidarity Fridays! We're continuing with our Critical Mass Rides on the last Friday of the month. This month's theme is Green Friday aka Buy Nothing Day!
Masks and physical distancing recommended. Kids and families welcome.
Critical (and "Kidical") Mass rides have a unique way of energizing folks around bike mobility, transportation solutions, and amplifying our collective ability and power to begin reclaiming our streets and communities. We need this, and we need YOU!
5:30pm: We'll be starting AND ending at Pliny Park. Meet up, get organized, decorate bikes, create a costume, make and hold signs....
6:00pm: Begin Critical Mass ride. This will be a high-visibility downtown route.
6:30pm: End ride back at the Pliny Park.
Putney Foodshelf Weekly Open Hours
Saturday, November 27th, 2021, at 10 Christian Square, Putney, VT, 05346. 9am-10:30am.
Message us on our FB page HERE, call 802.387.8551, or email [email protected] with questions. www.putneyfoodshelf.org.
Curbside Open Hours. All are welcome - we just ask you to provide your town of residence and number in household for our data tracking purposes.
Stay in your car, please. Volunteers will take your order and bring out boxes of food, including nonperishable items, fresh produce, paper goods, meat, and dairy products.
Red Cross Blood Drive at the Winston Prouty Campus
Saturday, November 27th, 2021
Saturday, December 18th, 2021 at the Winston Prouty Center for Child and Family Development (Austine Drive, Brattleboro, VT, 05301). 9am-3pm. To help make these events possible by volunteering, please contact Lisa Whitney at [email protected].
Winston Prouty and the American Red Cross are hosting monthly blood drives throughout 2021.The Red Cross has over 135 years of experience providing humanitarian aid including more than 75 years of supplying blood to those in need. Each pint of blood we collect can help save up to three lives and will touch the lives of so many more. What a great way to pay it forward and make an impact on people in our community and across the country.
You can participate by donating blood or by volunteering to help support the event (set-up/clean-up, registration, parking, etc).
Sign up to DONATE blood here:
Brattleboro Winter Farmers’ Market
a project of Post Oil Solutions
Saturday, November 27th, 2021 at the C.F. Church Building (80 Flat Street, Brattleboro, VT, 05301). 10am-2pm.
For info email Sherry at [email protected], call 802-275-2835, or visit us at www.brattleborowinterfarmersmarket.org.
Weekly indoor farmers market, creating community and boosting food security every week.
All locally grown and made: farm produce, meats, syrup, fresh baked goods, cheeses, fruits, cider, preserves, handmade jewelry, pottery, soaps and more.
Accepting credit, debit and EBT. Crop Cash + Food Boost turns $10 EBT into $30 every week.
Vermont Food Bank’s Veggie Van Go Upcoming Schedule
The First and Third Mondays of Every Month in the parking lot across the street from the main entrance to Brattleboro Union High School (131 Fairground Road, Brattleboro, VT, 05301). 10am-11am.
Veggie Van Go is a program through the Vermont Foodbank that gives out free produce and local food for people to take home.
November 29th, 2021
December 6th, 2021
December 20th, 2021
January 3rd, 2022
- Drive through model- please stay in your vehicles
- If you are walking there: see a Vermont Foodbank associate but please make sure to stay 6 feet back.
- There are no income requirements, registration or paperwork to participate
- You do not need to be present to get food: you may ask someone to pick up on your family's behalf.
Coffee with Coffey Hours
Tuesday, December 2nd, 2021, Online. 6:30pm-7:30pm.
Join Zoom Meeting https://us02web.zoom.us/j/87653733300?pwd=c0pDdk9EcHJKUnUzQjY0cm0wbEw3Zz09
Communication with my constituents is a high priority for me, especially as we prepare for the 2022 session. I want you to know what I'm working on and I want to hear from you. I encourage folks to join me at one of my monthly coffee hours. I will be holding coffee hours on third Tuesday of the month.
If you would to receive my newsletters or have questions about the legislation we passed in 2021 or to talk about your priorities for 2022 please email me at: [email protected]
Your feedback is critical to my legislative work, so please do not hesitate to reach out anytime.
Take good care,
State Representative, Windham-1
Artist Talk: William Ransom
hosted by the Brattleboro Museum & Art Center
Thursday, December 2nd, 2021, Online. 7pm.
Admission: Free. To register for this free online event, visit: https://www.brattleboromuseum.org/.../artist-talk.../
William Ransom discusses KEEP UP/HOLD UP, his sculptural installation on view at BMAC, which addresses the weight the artist experiences as a Black man in America and the tensions endured by Black bodies in the face of slights and violence.
Ransom grew up on a dairy farm in Vermont, where he had a physical, working relationship with tools and materials on a daily basis. Balance has always played an important role in his life and work: as the son of a biracial union, balance between black and white; as a farm kid living in the city, balance between rural and urban, city and soil; as a diabetic, balance between a sweet tooth and insulin injections. Ransom’s work often reflects this sense of balance, suggesting flux, movement, things in a state of becoming or diminishing.
Ransom studied sculpture and architecture at Bennington College and received an M.F.A. in sculpture from Claremont Graduate University. He has shown extensively across the country in solo and group exhibitions in New York, Chicago, Detroit, and Los Angeles and elsewhere. After a decade in Los Angeles, he has returned with his family to the hills of Vermont, where he now lives and works.
Windham County Child Care Legislative Event
hosted by the Windham County’s Let’s Grow Kids Action Team
Wednesday, December 8th, 2021, Online. 6pm-7:30pm.
For more information, please contact Emily Wagner [email protected]
To register, please go to: https://letsgrowkids.org/events/windham-county-child-care-legislator-event-virtual-meeting-1568
Join the Windham County Let’s Grow Kids Action Team for a virtual conversation with Windham County Legislators and community members about child care. Together we can work towards a future in which all children have equitable access to the early childhood education opportunities they need for a strong start in life, families are able to work and thrive, and early childhood educators receive appropriate wages and benefits for their essential work. Register to join us on Zoom on the 8th!
COMING IN 2022
Lucy Terry Price: Witness, Voice, and Poetics within the American Tradition
presented by Vermont Humanities
Wednesday, February 2nd, 2022, Online. 7pm.
Register for this talk at www.vermonthumanities.org/stjohnsbury
Beginning with Vermonter Lucy Terry Prince, the first known African American poet in the US, poet Shanta Lee Gander explores creative lineage within poetics. Surveying the work of Phillis Wheatley, Laurence Dunbar, Rita Dove, and slam poet Dominique Christina, Gander considers the poetic arc from the past to the modern moment.
The Poetics of Girlhood and Womanhood in America
presented by Vermont Humanities
Wednesday, April 6th, 2022, at Brooks Memorial Library (54 Main Street, Brattleboro, VT, 05301). 7pm.
Poets and writers Diana Whitney and Shanta Lee Gander join Christal Brown, associate professor of Dance at Middlebury College, in a conversation that explores how girlhood and womanhood in America are manifested across the boundaries of poetry, dance, and lived experience.
hosted by Turning Point
Fridays at Turning Point of Windham County Recovery Center (39 Elm Street, Brattleboro, VT, 05301). 10am-11am.
Young children welcome!
Join other caregivers for connection and support of your own recovery journey or that of someone you love.
Out in the Open is hiring a Health Justice Organizer (HJO)! Our HJO will be responsible for: creating, launching, staffing, and supporting volunteers and participants in our new Rural LGBTQ+ Health Buddy Program (HBP). They will work directly with the Organizing + Programs Director as well as with other Out in the Open (OITO) staff as part of a small collaborative team building a powerful movement of rural LGBTQ+ people.
The HBP is a new OITO program where trained volunteers and/or the HJO accompany rural LGBTQ+ individuals, who live in Windham County, Vermont, in healthcare settings to offer support to the person receiving care and help push for their needs to be met by providers.
More details, including the full job description on our website. Deadline to apply November 29 at 9AM. Questions? Email us at [email protected].
COMMUNITY ANNOUNCEMENTS AND RESOURCES
In Home Covid 19 Vaccines and Boosters
If you are homebound and not able to leave your home for medical services, you can get your COVID-19 vaccination and booster in your home. Call your local home health agency or 802-863-7240 to schedule an appointment. www.healthvermont.gov/MyVaccine
417 Canal St.
Tue, Wed, Thur, Sat 2:00 pm - 6:00 pm
Testing is available for all.
If you need testing, there are a variety of options available to you: your primary care provider, pop-up test sites and pharmacies. The Test Site Finder below can help you find other testing near you.
HEALTH DEPARTMENT POP-UP TESTING LOCATIONS
Here are the steps to set up a testing appointment at a pop-up testing site:
- Register to get an account
- Receive an email with your patient ID and use that to confirm your account (check your spam folder if you don't see the email)
- Log in with your patient ID
- Set up an appointment
The Village Closet
on the Wintson Prouty Campus (60 Austine Drive, Brattleboro, VT, 05301), in Croker Hall.
Open Wednesdays from 4pm-6pm and Saturdays from 10am-12pm, or
by appointment. For more information, please email [email protected].
Your source for free baby, children, and pregnancy clothing/items. Donations of gently used items accepted. We are collecting new and "like new" children's coats and winter gear for our Kids in Coats partnership with United Way of Windham County. If you have items to donate, please stop by today if you are able!
On Wednesdays, Everyone Eats will be distributing free dinners on campus from 3:30pm-4:30pm.
FREE HEALTHY AND NUTRITIOUS FOOD IN WINDHAM COUNTY
Brigid’s Kitchen, St. Michael’s Church, 47 Walnut Street, Brattleboro 802-254-6800 or 802-558-6072
Grab-and-go lunches and fruit/nuts on Mon, Weds, Thus, and Sat, 11:30am-12:20pm.
Loaves and Fishes, Centre Congregational Church 193 Main Street, Brattleboro (802) 254-4730
Grab-and-go lunches on Tuesdays and Fridays at 12pm.
VT Foodbank and Veggie Van Go will be at Brattleboro Union High School (Fairground Ave, Brattleboro, VT, 05301), in the parking lot, on the 1st and 3rd Monday of the month, from 10am-11am. Drive up, touchless pickup. Walkers welcome, too. Call VT 211 for more information.
Foodworks, the food shelf program of the Groundworks Collaborative https://groundworksvt.org (802) 490-2412, [email protected]
Households in need of food are asked to call or email to coordinate delivery. There is an urgent need for volunteers, and Foodworks has set up protocols to keep staff, volunteers, and clients as safe as possible. Please email us at [email protected] if you are able to help.
Guilford Food Pantry
Every Thursday at the Guilford Fairgrounds. 5pm-6pm.
We know that supplemental food can make such a big difference in one's budget. That is why we are stocking our shelves for our neighbors. All are welcome to come and take home fresh produce, staples, meat, dairy. Guilford Cares welcomes anyone in need of supplemental food for themselves or their families.
Everyone Eats continues, including grab-and-go meals at these times and locations:
- Thursdays after 5pm at the Retreat Farm farm stand
- Sundays outside of Turning Point from 11am-1pm
Folks receiving services through Foodworks, Loaves and Fishes, and the Brattleboro Community Justice Center can obtain free meals through those organizations.
You can also order Everyone Eats! meals directly from participating restaurants using the Localvore App.
FOR PUTNEY RESIDENTS
From Laura Chapman: As a Putney voter and a person that has served on select-board, I am supporting the attached petition for many reasons that I would be happy to discuss further in person, here, or at town meeting. This petition will not create any change. It only enables an article to be put on our upcoming town meeting day agenda. That article would allow for us to then vote on whether or not we as a town want to increase our select-board representation from three to five members. There are pros and cons to increasing. In my personal opinion and experience, the pros far outweigh the cons, but without it being put on the agenda, the conversation is moot, so I hope you'll consider signing. If we get all the signatures we need before the end of December, it will also go into the town report, which will give the added benefit of voters being fully informed before March.
You must be a Putney voter to sign.
How to sign, you can either-
Very Helpful - Reach out to me and we can arrange you signing my copy
Unbelievably Helpful - Print out your own copy, gather signatures, reach out to me when you're done so we can get them all handed in at the same time.
You can also share this post with others.
ADDITIONAL COVID 19 RESOURCES CAN BE FOUND AT THEIR PERMANENT HOME ON OUR WEBSITE, HERE: https://www.wecantogether.net/covid19_resources
RESOURCE FOR WeCAN
Rapid Response Text Alert System
When WeCAN began, Song & Solidarity set up a Rapid Response Text Alert System for WeCAN Groups. Directions for signing up are on WeCAN's website, here: https://www.wecantogether.net/rapid_response. We are grateful to Song and Solidarity for providing this service.
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.
Covid cases are on the rise again, friends. We remind you to please mask up when gathering indoors and in large crowds outdoors. Please get vaccinated or get your booster if applicable! We can't wait to see you at an event or meeting in the near future!
Your Friendly WeCAN Editors,
Joanna and Sam