Weekly Email Update 2.22.21

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

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

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

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

 

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

 

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Seeing and Disrupting Racism
presented by the Peace & Justice Center
Monday, February 22nd, 2021, Online. 6pm-8pm.
Suggested fee is $10 for Vermonters, $15 from those out of state. No one will be turned away for lack of funds. Those under 25 are not expected to contribute financially. Not sure if you should pay less, nothing, or more? View our Sliding Scale document on the registration form to choose an amount that feel appropriate to you.
This introductory-level workshop defines racism and white fragility, explores how white fragility perpetuates racism, and challenges participants to consider what steps they can take to disrupt racism at every level. This workshop was developed for predominantly white audiences, but all are welcome. Space is limited, registration is required (register below). These workshops are not recorded.

 

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Panel Discussion: Recovering Black History in NH
hosted by Historical Society of Cheshire County, Warner Historical Society and Monadnock Center for History and Culture
Monday, February 22nd, 2021, Online. 6pm-8pm. Please click HERE to register.
Three NH historical organizations, in partnership with the NH Black Heritage Trail of Portsmouth, have embarked upon a research and documentation project to recover black history in their respective counties. Join the Historical Society of Cheshire County (Keene), the Monadnock Center for History and Culture (Peterborough), the Warner Historical Society, and the NH Black Heritage Trail (Portsmouth) to learn more about their projects.
Each organization is in a different stage of their work. Each organization is seeking virtual volunteers to assist them with documenting the lives of black individuals and families living in Cheshire, Hillsborough, and Merrimack Counties. All of the results from this multi-year project will be used to create new educational programming and to assist NH educators in their efforts to integrate more black local history into their curriculum.

 

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Youth 4 Change Says NO to School Resource Officers at BUHS
hosted by The Root Social Justice Center
Tuesday, February 23rd, 2021, Online. 6pm-8pm.

Youth 4 Change, a youth activist program of The Root Social Justice Center will be attending both the Selectboard Candidate Forum and the Windham Southeast School District public forum on the 2022 school budget from 6-8pm on Tuesday February 23rd to speak on their campaign to remove School Resource Officers from Brattleboro Union High School
Members of Youth 4 Change are in agreement with many of the nation's youth that SRO’s do not make their schools safe, and argue that instead their presence causes direct harm to the youth of this community. That is why Y4C wants all local representatives to know that youth voices matter even when they can’t vote and that they are saying no to SRO’s.
Trynity, a youth leader of Y4C states “There’s such a focus on the misbelief that we need SRO’s to respond to threats such as school shooters, instead of addressing the actual root issues that cause people to act out, or even harm themselves or others. Whether it be mental health related, a stressful/unsafe home life, lack of resources to address any problems, etc. We shouldn’t wait for the worst case scenario when we may be able to help them before. This help doesn’t come in the form of someone with a gun.”
Please support the youth of this community by showing up to these meetings and letting the WSESD Schoolboard members and Brattleboro Selectboard candidates know that you stand with youth in removing SRO's from their schools!

WSESD School Board Public Forum on the proposed 2022 budget: https://zoom.us/j/99954964185... 
Meeting ID: 999 5496 4185 
Passcode: 590pVQ

Brattleboro Selectboard Candidate Forum:
https://us02web.zoom.us/j/89971580245...
Meeting ID: 899 7158 0245
Passcode: u6DjDK

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Vermont Food Bank Food Drop
hosted by the Putney Foodshelf
Thursday, February 25th, 2021
Thursday, March 25th, 2021
Thursday, April 22nd, 2021
Thursday, May 27th, 2021
Thursday, June 24th, 2021 at Putney Meadows (17 Carol Brown Way, Putney, VT 05346). 9:30am-10:15am.
Everyone is welcome. No questions asked!
The Vermont Foodbank will be bringing food to Putney. There will be lots of produce along with other nonperishable food. The Vermont Foodbank truck will park on the side of the road in the big U (Alice Holway Drive).
Drivers: Shoppers will stay in their cars until called. Until further notice, shoppers can pick up for no more than two households.
Walkers: Stay tuned for instructions.
If you have never participated in this before, volunteers will be available to explain how it works!

 

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Statewide LGBTQ+ Town Hall Series: Youth
a collaborative project series with the LGBTQIA+ Alliance of VermontOutright VermontPride Center of Vermont, and the Rainbow Umbrella of Central VT
Thursday, February 23rd, 2021, Online. 7pm. For more information and registration go to pridevt.com. To sign up, please click HERE
Join for a Statewide LGBTQ+ Town Hall Series starting on January 21st and going through March 2nd. There will be weekly Town Hall Sessions on- Health Justice, Housing, Rural Queerness, Youth, Aging, and Racial Justice. We'll be culminating the series with a Statewide LGBTQ+ Town Meeting.
Join to share what is important to you and explore ways we can build together across the state! We're looking forward to seeing you there.

 

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Marlboro Community Food Share
hosted by the Marlboro Community Center
Thursday, February 25th, 2021, and every Thursday, at the Marlboro Community Center (524 South Road, Marlboro, VT, 05344). 4:30pm-5:30pm.
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)

 

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Guilford Cares Food Pantry
Thursday, February 25th, 2021 (and every Thursday) at Broad Brook Community Center (3490 Guilford Center Road, Guilford, VT, 05301). 5pm-6pm. 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]
The Guilford Cares Food Pantry will continue to operate during the COVID-19 pandemic to ensure food security for all our citizens and vulnerable populations. They are well stocked with the staples you need for your family and are following viral guidelines to limit risk.
They ask that shoppers to remain in their car. A volunteer will greet you and give you a "shopping list" for you to  mark with the items you would like. Another volunteer will fill your bag  and bring it to porch where you will be asked to pick it up. Please  bring a bag for the items and a pen to fill out the shopping list. If you have questions, concerns or would like to donate groceries or monetary gifts please contact Pat Haine 257-0626
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.

 

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House Speaker’s Soiree
hosted by the VT House Democrats
Thursday, February 25th, 2021, Online. 6:30pm.
Here’s a link to purchase tickets or make a donation. Questions: contact Representative Leslie Goldman or the event coordinator Spencer Dole at [email protected]. There is a suggested donation of $35, but donate whatever you can, no amount is too small.
Support Your Democratic House Representatives and Meet Some Amazing People!
Your presence is requested at the Vermont Democratic Party’s Annual Speaker Soirée on Thursday, February 25 from 5:30 to 6:30 PM taking place on Zoom. We will be celebrating the new Speaker of the House Rep Jill Krowinski along with current and former House Democrats, former Speakers of the House, the new chair of the DNC and 2020 U.S. Senate Candidate from South Carolina Jaime Harrison, former Vermont Governor Madeleine Kunin, Congressman Peter Welch, and most importantly, YOU.
All the money raised from this event goes to the Vermont House Dems Campaign Committee. Now is the time to build the structure that will grow the House Democratic Caucus in 2022. Your contributions for this event will go to training candidates and supporting their campaigns. When Democratic candidates win, then we all win!
After the main event celebrating Speaker Krowinski, we are having an informal gathering from 6:30pm-7:30pm with House Leadership, Chairs and Members to thank our event “Friends“, “Hosts“ and “Sponsors“ for their tremendous support. 
Please pass this invitation on to invite your friends! Zoom information will be sent out the week of the event.

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Online Forum: Inspiring Change for 2021
hosted in collaboration with Brooks Memorial Library and The Women’s Freedom Center
Thursday, February 25th, 2021
Thursday, March 4th, 2021, Online. 7pm-8pm.
For more information on how to register, call the WFC at 802-257-7364, email [email protected], or contact Brooks Memorial Library at 802-254-5290 or [email protected]. Free and open to all.
The Women’s Freedom Center is hosting a month-long dialogue focused on reimagining and shaping a world where everyone is valued and everyone is safe to thrive.
We’ll outline the scope of our anti-domestic and sexual violence work in a broader social context, and invite your questions and best thinking throughout the series. Highlighting how different oppressions function in tandem, we’ll discuss various systems of power and their impact, not just on survivors of domestic and sexual violence, but on our whole community. The main focus will be on honing skills for the everyday social justice work facing us all.
The topics include aiming for economic and legal justice, media literacy across the lifespan, bystander empowerment to address all forms of oppression, and domestic and sexual violence.
The WFC bills itself as “a feminist organization working toward ending men’s violence against women while offering support and advocacy to all survivors of domestic and sexual violence, as well as prevention and educational activities to help create a community in which violence is not tolerated.”
The four-part series is an opportunity to learn how people can safely advocate for their families and friends, but it’s also about how the culture minimizes violence against women.
Part of the lens of the discussion will be about how we can be more informed to know exactly what survivors are up against.

 

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Author Damon Centola Discusses “Change: How to Make Big Things Happen”
presented by The Living Earth Action Group
Friday, February 26th, 2021, Online. 5pm-6:30pm. To join this call, email [email protected]. Guy will send you the link on the morning of the talk. To receive the Living Earth News, email [email protected].
The Living Earth Action Group presents Dr. Damon Centola to speak about his new groundbreaking book, Change: How to Make Big Things Happen.  Dr. Centola went for his undergrad at SIT and Marlboro, making many lasting friends in the area. He and his wife and baby have recently moved back to Vermont.
Centola's new book Change: How to Make Big Things Happen  promises to be a very important.  LEAG member Cheryl Charles, a change-maker for many decades and founder of the Children and Nature network, https://www.childrenandnature.orgsays Change is one of the most important books she has read! Cheryl and I are happy to say it is also very readable, with some surprising conclusions! I highly recommend it to all of us who are engaged in making serious change in our world.  Watch Damon give an exciting 3-minute description of what he has discovered: https://youtu.be/hFijjJmndG8.  

 

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Putney Food Shelf
Saturday, February 27th, 2021 (and every Saturday until April 4th, 2021) at 10 Christian Square (Putney, VT, 05346). 9am-11am.
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.

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Winter Farmers' Market Online Shop
Saturday, February 27th, 2021 at the C.F. Church Building, 80 Flat Street, Brattleboro ,VT, 05301). For the most up to date info on current market operations or other market information go to www.brattleborowinterfarmersmarket.org, or sign up for our newsletterOrder Monday through Thursday morning for Curbside Pick up from the Brattleboro Winter Farmers' Market. 
The Brattleboro Winter Farmers’ Market is home to a diverse mix of market vendors bringing local farm produce, meats, syrup, fresh baked goods, local cheeses, fruits, cider, pickles, preserves, handmade soaps and artisan crafts. 
SNAP/EBT customers can turn $10 into $40 each week through January with market match coupons thanks to grants from NOFA-VT, C&S Wholesale Grocers, New England Grassroots Fund, Brattleboro Savings & Loan, and gifts from caring community members.  
Due to COVID19 the market is currently NOT open for in-person shopping.  However, you can select from a wide variety of farm products, locally produced foods and other goods from over 20 local producers in one convenient place. While the shopping experience is different, you still go home from your curbside pick up with all the same wonderful local goods market customers are used to! 
For more information, visit their website at https://www.brattleborowinterfarmersmarket.org

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Red Cross Blood Drive at the Winston Prouty Campus
Saturday, February 27th, 2021
Saturday, March 27th, 2021
Saturday, April 17th, 2021
Saturday, May 22nd, 2021
Saturday, June 26th, 2021
Saturday, July 24th, 2021
Saturday, August 28th, 2021
Saturday, September 25th, 2021
Saturday, October 23rd, 2021
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:
https://www.redcrossblood.org/give.html/drive-results?zipSponsor=

 

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Community Conversations with Representative Emilie Kornheiser
Saturday, February 27th, 2021, Online. 10am.
Please register in advance for this meeting: https://us02web.zoom.us/meeting/register/tZEtce-grD4rGNxo9FEE3R8zKpRSj_qBTz03 . After registering, you will receive a confirmation email containing information about joining the meeting.
Emilie Kornheiser, State Representative for Windham 2-1, invites you to join her weekly office hours: Sundays at 11am. We’ll talk about what’s happening in the legislature and in our town. Open conversation format-- come for the full hour or just stop by for a few minutes to share a particular concern or question. 

 

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All We Can Save Book Discussion with 350 Brattleboro 
Saturday, February 27th, 2021, Online. 3pm-4:30pm.
Pre-registration required. After registering, you will receive a confirmation email containing information about joining the meeting. Come early at 2:30 pm for extra time to mingle.
Join 350 Brattleboro and friends for a discussion of the book All We Can Save: Truth, Courage, and Solutions for the Climate Crisis. Read parts or all & stay tuned for which essays we will feature. Come with your ideas & inspiration, and we'll discuss ways we can take action locally!
Thank you to Nancy Braus and Everyone's Books for offering 25% off of print copies of the book!

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Speaking Up: Histories of American Protest and Activism (Part of the 2021 Virtual Winter Lecture Series)
presented by Historic Deerfield
Sunday, February 28th, 2021 at 3pm
Sunday, March 28th, 2021 at 3pm
Gain access here: zoom.us/webinar/register/WN_4eJ8JhtvSc2UsQkgsZ2M7g. Free, registration is required. This lecture series will be presented live via Zoom webinar. The link to the webinar will be sent to registrants prior to the event. Webinars will be recorded and available to registrants for viewing for two weeks after the live event.
Protest and dissent are an integral part of American political and cultural identity. Join us this winter for three virtual webinars devoted to exploring vibrant, lesser-known histories of American activism including the radical abolition movement of the 19th century, how women of color transformed the women’s suffrage movement, and the raucous electoral politics of the post-Civil War era.

 

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UPCOMING EVENTS

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-11:30am. 
Veggie Van Go is a program through the Vermont Foodbank that gives out free produce and local food for people to take home.
Monday, March 1st, 2021
Monday, March 15th, 2021
Monday, April 5th, 2021
Monday, April 19th, 2021
Monday, May 3rd, 2021
Monday, May 17th, 2021
Monday, June 7th, 2021
Monday, June 21st, 2021

Important information:

  • 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.

For questions, please contact the WSESU VVG Program Coordinator:
Kira Sawyer-Hartigan, WSESU
53 Green Street
Brattleboro, VT 
[email protected]
(802)254-3730

 

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Town Meeting Day and Windham Southeast School Elections
Tuesday, March 2nd, 2021

Register to Vote: Register to vote using the online registration page at olvr.vermont.gov or by contacting your town clerk at the number listed below.
Vote Absentee: All voters are encouraged to visit their My Voter Page (mvp.vermont.gov) to update their registration address, including physical AND mailing addresses, and request an absentee ballot be mailed to them. If you encounter problems logging into your My Voter Page, please contact your town clerk.
Note: There will be no on-person early voting in Brattleboro. 
Town Clerk Telephone Numbers:
Brattleboro 251-8157
Dummerston 257-1496
Guilford 254-6857
Putney 387-5862 ext 13

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Coffee with Coffey
Sunday, March 7th, 2021, Online. 3pm-4pm.
You can access the Zoom HERE. 
The legislative session begins on January 6th and if you live in my district please join me Sundays for "Coffee with Coffey" 3pm-4pm over Zoom. These monthly coffee hours (held on the first Sunday of each month) are as a way to stay connected with the issues and our neighbors. I will share my priorities for the coming session, answer questions and listen to your ideas and concerns. If you cannot make it to a coffee hour please don't hesitate to get in touch by phone or email. 
Hope to see you! Be well and take good care, 
Sara Coffey 
State Representative 
Windham-1/Guilford & Vernon 
email: [email protected] 
home phone: 802-257-0288

 

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Blues Legacies and Black Feminism: Gertrude “Ma” Rainey, Bessie Smith, and Billie Holliday by Angela Y. Davis
presented by the Pioneer Valley Project Racial Justice Book Group
Monday, March 8th, 2021,
Monday March 22nd, 2021
Monday April 12th, 2021
Monday, April 26th, 2021, Online. 7pm-8:30pm.
The book group is free for PVP members. We request a $25 donation (or other amount that works for you) from non-members. Please register here: https://forms.gle/ihScrVQ3Ydjh5ZNm6.
We invite you to join this multi-racial and anti-racist, liberty filled space to learn, share and build community. "From one of this country's most important intellectuals comes a brilliant analysis of the blues tradition that examines the careers of three crucial black women blues singers through a feminist lens. Angela Davis provides the historical, social, and political contexts with which to reinterpret the performances and lyrics of Gertrude "Ma" Rainey, Bessie Smith, and Billie Holiday as powerful articulations of an alternative consciousness profoundly at odds with mainstream American culture."

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Fukushima 10 Vigil
sponsored by the Safe and Green Campaign http://www.safeandgreencampaign.org 
Thursday, March 11th, 2021, Pliny Park (at the intersection of High Street and Main Street, Brattleboro, VT 05301). 4:30pm-5:30pm. This will be a Covid safe event; wear a mask, stay socially distant, and bring a poster if you wish. Contact: Leslie Sullivan Sachs, [email protected]
March 11th, 2021 marks ten years since Japan was hit by an earthquake and tsunami, destroying 85,000 homes and businesses. By 2021 the country could have rebuilt but for a disaster that continues today: the meltdown of three nuclear reactors in Fukushima, on the shore of the Pacific Ocean. The reactors were Mark 1 boiling water reactors, the same type and age as Vermont Yankee. In 2014, Vermont Yankee shut down; today, its 900 tons of nuclear waste remains on site, beside the Connecticut River.
We will honor the 130,000 nuclear refugees, and the land, air and water contaminated by radiation which to this day cannot be cleaned up. Please join us.
For information on the current status of Fukushima, read our Voices essay in the Commons: The Catastrophe is Far From Over Look for more essays in the Commons between now and the March 11th vigil. For past Safe & Green Campaign actions marking Fukushima anniversaries, go to: Solidarity with Fukushima, Japan

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I Am…2021: Behind Creation: Discussing the Creative Process
Thursday, March 18th 2021, Online. 7pm.
Please register for this event HERE. For more information and to pre-register, visit vermontartscouncil.org/iam2021. Closed captioning will be provided for these events. We invite you to contact us with specific accommodations you need to facilitate your participation in the workshop. We will make every effort to honor your requests when they are made two weeks prior to the event. Contact Michele Bailey, 504/ADA coordinator at [email protected]
Five featured artists take us “behind the scenes” in a discussion of their creative process. Artists will share the good, the bad, the uncomfortable, and more on the journey from conception to completed work.
Nineteen artists from the I am a Vermont Artist series will exhibit work in our new online gallery from Feb. 16 through April 30, and on the third Thursday of each month we will host a Zoom gathering so that audiences can engage with the artists directly.
The virtual exhibit will consist of a group gallery with select work from each featured artist and individual galleries with up to five pieces from an artist. 
Part of the Vermont Art Council’s mission is to expand access to the arts for all people, regardless of background. Vermont is not often thought of as a diverse state, but people of every stripe call this place home, and the different experiences they bring make our communities rich and vibrant.
To celebrate Vermont’s diversity and deepen our state’s creative identity, the Council began publishing the I am a Vermont Artistinterview series in early 2019. Two years on from the series’ launch, the Council has published over 30 interviews with artists, exploring how their creative expressions reflect their experiences of ethnicity, gender identity, religion, disability, or age—and the group continues to grow.

 

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I Am…2021: The Business of Creativity: Getting Our Work Into the World
Thursday, April 15th, 2021, Online. 7pm.
Please register for this event HERE. For more information and to pre-register, visit vermontartscouncil.org/iam2021. Closed captioning will be provided for these events. We invite you to contact us with specific accommodations you need to facilitate your participation in the workshop. We will make every effort to honor your requests when they are made two weeks prior to the event. Contact Michele Bailey, 504/ADA coordinator at [email protected]
Five featured artists discuss how they bring business and strategy to their creativity. Left brain meets right brain in this conversation about the partnership between art and the business of making art.
Nineteen artists from the I am a Vermont Artist series will exhibit work in our new online gallery from Feb. 16 through April 30, and on the third Thursday of each month we will host a Zoom gathering so that audiences can engage with the artists directly.
The virtual exhibit will consist of a group gallery with select work from each featured artist and individual galleries with up to five pieces from an artist. 
Part of the Vermont Art Council’s mission is to expand access to the arts for all people, regardless of background. Vermont is not often thought of as a diverse state, but people of every stripe call this place home, and the different experiences they bring make our communities rich and vibrant.
To celebrate Vermont’s diversity and deepen our state’s creative identity, the Council began publishing the I am a Vermont Artistinterview series in early 2019. Two years on from the series’ launch, the Council has published over 30 interviews with artists, exploring how their creative expressions reflect their experiences of ethnicity, gender identity, religion, disability, or age—and the group continues to grow.

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RESEARCH STUDY OPPORTUNITY

Research Study: Intimate Partner Violence Seeking Participants
Please contact Anna at 802.275.4505 (talk to text) or email [email protected].  inquiries and participation are confidential.
Looking for women (cis an trans) and non-binary femme people 18 years and older with experiences of intimate partner violence who are willing to share their story and vision for an end to violence. Abuse must have occurred in rural New England to be eligible. Includes: Short questionnaire and 60 minute audio-recorded interview via phone or Zoom.

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COMMUNITY ANNOUNCEMENTS  

Petition: Invest in Community Support, Not Psychiatric Incarceration!
At a time of deep public reckoning over the harm done by punitive and carceral institutions, from Black Lives Matter to Britney Spears and Paris Hilton, a massive expansion of the most punitive and the most carceral elements of Vermont's mental health infrastructure (namely: restraint, seclusion and forced drugging) is precisely the wrong direction to be going. We need to shift resources away from this infrastructure and toward housing and community supports. This petition is directed to the Vermont Legislative Joint Fiscal Office, Vermont House Committees on Appropriations on Healthcare, Corrections, and Institutions.

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From State Representative Emilie Kornheiser:
The legislative session begins on January 6th and I will be sworn in remotely from the same spot in my house that I’ve been sitting since we came home on March 13th, 2020. I’m glad we made the decision to continue remotely for the sake of our community’s health and the health of all the incredible people who work to support the legislative process. Unfortunately it also means that our work will be slower, less collaborative, and good compromise might often be hard to reach. 
The renewed transparency makes it almost worth the awkwardness: you have more opportunities to follow our work without driving up the highway! You can watch any committee hearings or floor sessions via youtube (here) and testifying is easier. If there is an issue that you’re knowledgeable about— either because of your life experience or your work— please let me know. I also know that figuring out what’s happening in the legislature is a full time job and you probably have some other things to do. To keep you updated:

  • I’ll be hosting weekly conversations registration link here); 
  • Unpacking legislation with Olga Peters on the Montpelier Happy Hour each Friday; and
  • Sending out regular newsletters as well as updating my social media feeds. 

Please let me know if there is a topic of particular interest to you and I’ll do my best to keep you informed.
Please keep in mind, too, I’m still available for help navigating any services (or lack) with you: unemployment insurance, housing challenges, health care. I know that it’s really hard right now, and I’m humbled to be right here in it with all of you. Call, email, message my website-- whatever works.
All my contact information and links can be found at emiliekornheiser.org

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COMMUNITY SUPPORT OPPORTUNITIES

MILKWEED FARM NEEDS A NEW HOME

Dear Friends of Milkweed Farm, 
We are writing to put the word out that we are looking to purchase a farm and forever home for our family and vegetable farm, Milkweed Farm. We are a small diversified vegetable and flower operation. We are people-powered and community oriented to our core. We grow organically produced vegetables for our CSA and sell to local grocers and wholesalers in the Brattleboro Area. We are sweet and cute and fun and hardworking - we would love to be your neighbors! 
After several years of leasing and searching and getting our financials in order, we are finally ready to take the plunge - we just need the right spot. Maybe you can help us find it? We are now in a bit of a time crunch as we are on the third year of a three year land lease in Guilford that we recently learned will not be renewed. 
Here are the details: 
-We need a minimum 3-5 acres of FLAT open farmable ground, more than 5 is totally cool and we would be happy to steward a larger parcel that includes wooded land
-We currently live and farm in Guilford and would like to remain in the Guilford/Brattleboro area, but we would consider other places in Windham County and southern Windsor County or *maybe* even southwestern Cheshire NH county if it was the right thing. 
-A house and outbuildings are desirable, but not necessary, we would buy raw land if it was in the right place at and at the right price point. 
Please connect us with any possibilities you might know of for land/farm purchase. 
We love and miss you all! Please spread the word far and wide! 
Love, 
Jonah, Emily and Simon 
Milkweed Farm 
Sign up for our CSA!!! 

 

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LGTBQIA+ Resources via Out in the Open

Out in the Open is offering a lot of resources & virtual spaces for rural LGBTQ folks in this time, friends. We have a Community Care Offers & Asks list, and a list of Rural New England Mutual Aid opportunities, with specific resource links for LGBTQ and QTPOC folks. Out in the Open also has a Slack channel for rural LGBTQ folks to share resources and connect outside of social media. Email [email protected] for more information.

 

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120 Birge Street Collective
The 120 Birge St.  collective is a group of local artist/musician/poets/builders etc that have been sharing a collective art/music space in one of the old Estey buildings. It has been a wild year; Winter is on it's way and although there are so many causes we all need to be giving to in this world, we could definitely use a bit of help to keep our space alive and come out the other side of this all ready to host and promote and foster and keep the lights and heat on! People can donate via Venmo @minions. Thanks for your consideration/support!

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Rise Fund

The RISE fund (Resilience and Independence in State of Emergency) was created to help people with disabilities remain as independent as possible during the COVID-19 pandemic. Since everyone’s situation is unique, the program was designed to be broad and flexible. The fund can only be used for needs that are directly related to the pandemic, and the cost must be reasonable. If you lost your job and now have bills or other needs you can’t pay for, RISE may be able to help. The fund may be used for:

  • Computers for telehealth and remote learning.
  • Cleaning supplies for staying healthy.
  • Utility payments.
  • Other equipment and services to mitigate isolation.

You may apply by contacting us using the information below. There are no income requirements and no co-pays. The maximum amount is $2,500. The RISE fund was created with money from CARES Act grants, and the program will end on Sept. 30, 2021, or sooner if all the money is spent.

For more information, contact the RISE Fund: 1-800-639-1522 or [email protected]

 

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Social Justice Resources

ROOT SOCIAL JUSTICE CENTER MUTUAL AID & SUPPORTIVE NETWORK
The Root Social Justice Center is collecting a list of contacts and resources to help support and assist with the needs of their Root community members. Join if you are in need or are able to help.

 

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COVID 19 RESOURCES: VERMONT

CURRENT COVID19 CASE INFORMATION as of 12pm, February 19th, 2021

New cases: 97 (14,251 total) (-65 from last week)
Currently Hospitalized: 37 (-10)
Hospitalized in ICU: 13 (+2)
Hospitalized Under Investigation: 2 (0)
Deaths: 193 (+4)

 

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Covid 19 Pop-Up Testing

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

Register for Pop-Up Testing Here

 

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NEW COVID 19 VACCINE INFORMATION

Covid Vaccine Sites in Vermont
Fellow Vermont resident Wendy Rice has compiled a map with basic registration information for all places in the state where you can get a COVID-19 Vaccination. If you click on a pinhead for particular location, you will get the address, the link to register, information about transportation, ASL, ESL resources and qualifications. 
*Please note this information is all from the Vermont Department of Health, compiled into one map.

 

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Officials announce change in travel rules for vaccinated people, guidance for long-term care facilities

Gov. Phil Scott said at Friday’s press conference that fully vaccinated people who travel to and from Vermont will no longer need to quarantine, effective Feb. 23. Travelers must be able to prove they have been fully vaccinated, he said. Fully vaccinated means it’s been at least two weeks since your final dose. Gov. Scott acknowledged there are many areas that will be impacted and questions to be answered. “It’s important for Vermonters to know, we are currently working through how vaccinations can impact multi-household gatherings,” Gov. Scott said. “We’re also looking at returning to a ‘trusted household’ policy and we hope to have further updates next week.” “This is encouraging news,” he added. “It means the light at the end of the tunnel is getting bigger and brighter. We’re one step closer to returning to more normal routines, and as more and more Vermonters receive their vaccine, and hospitalizations and fatalities continue to go down, and stay down — we’ll continue to be able to turn the spigot.”
Human Services Secretary Mike Smith also announced new guidance for long-term care facility residents effective Feb. 26.
Facilities that have no COVID-19 outbreaks will be encouraged to use full vaccination status as a factor in planning for things such as eating together and participating in other group activities within guidelines. The guidance will also include considerations for safe physical contact and indoor visits.

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New Sites and Appointment Times Added for Age 70 and Older Vaccination

We're adding new sites and appointment times for COVID-19 vaccines for those who are 70 and up!
New sites and times have been added in Essex Junction, St. Johnsbury, Rutland, Brattleboro and St. Albans next week. There are also plenty of slots left in Randolph and Hardwick next week on Feb. 24. If you haven’t made an appointment yet, please visit our website at healthvermont.gov/MyVaccine.
If you have a later appointment and wish to reschedule your appointment for an earlier one, or need assistance making an appointment, please contact our call center at 855-722- 7878. To speak with someone in a language other than English, call this number, and then press 1.

 

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Free In-Home Covid19 Testing
sponsored by United Way of Windham County
People who are in need of a covid test and do not have transportation should call VT Public Transit at 802-442-0629 or toll free at 1-833-387-7200. VT Transit will contact your provider to confirm and get necessary info. They are using an ambulance service thru VT Department of Health which will do FREE IN-HOME testing and then transport your specimen to a local lab. VT Transit takes initial info and contacts the local EMS and VDH.

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Statewide Mutual Aid
organized by Brenda for Vermont
Localized Mutual Aid has been organized in Brattleboro and Putney and hyper local neighborhoods in Marlboro.  If your community does not have mutual aid or you can't find it, please sign up to volunteer or if you are in need of help.  All of us will likely be on the side of being able to help and needing help at times.  Please don't hesitate to ask for help.
Sign up here if you would like to help your neighbors or are in need of help:https://www.brendaforvermont.com/cms/help-your-neighbor/
The links below will take you directly to the mutual aid forms. 
To Volunteer: https://docs.google.com/forms/d/e/1FAIpQLSfkRnbDKtNX_SacVaHWPyIAnsSXDGLsDMZE8vys25nzTgUo5A/viewform
If You Need Help: https://docs.google.com/forms/d/e/1FAIpQLSfw7gg12KNq6n4s7SDUxf1ghMx-0MD3S0RCWQtxqmPTJQI8QA/viewform

 

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Online Religious Services

All Souls U.U. Sunday Services
Sunday Mornings at 10am. 
To get the current information on an upcoming service or vespers check the All Souls web page at www.ascvt.org.

 

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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-11:30am. 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 BBCC (3940 Guilford Center Road, Guilford, VT, 05301). 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! at the C.F Building (80 Flat Street, Brattleboro, VT, 05301). 4pm-6pm. Masks required. PLEASE DO NOT ARRIVE EARLY.  If you have any questions visit https://www.brattleboro.com/everyoneeats/ or contact Frances Huntley [email protected]. Organizational ordering information is listed under our Free and Nutritious Food in Windham County section further along in this email. 
Everyone Eats! is a program which will distribute meals from Brattleboro restaurants to anyone in need who lives in Brattleboro, Dummerston, Guilford, Putney, or Vernon, free of charge, Monday-Thursday through June 2021. 
Pick up for individuals will be at the C.F. Church Building at 80 Flat St in Brattleboro and group/institution orders can be picked up at Mama Sezz in West Brattleboro. All meals are available Monday-Thursday between 4pm and 6pm until supplies run out.
If you have extra produce from your garden, there will be a wheelbarrow you can drop it off in on your way out of the pickup site. Participating restaurants will use the donated produce in making more meals.
The meals are free, but if you would like to make a monetary contribution to help make more meals possible for others, it will be gratefully received. The base cost of each meal is $10 but any amount will be appreciated.
Each restaurant will contribute meals two or more days a week. You will receive one individually packaged cold ready-to-eat or heat & serve dinner for each person you request a meal for. Meals will be distributed cold, so if you are driving a distance, delivering to other households, or distributing through your organization, consider bringing a cooler if you can.

 



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Food Discount Programs

Food Resources at Brattleboro Food Coop 
Our Shareholder Assistance Grant supports community members who could not otherwise afford to be a Shareholder at the Co-op. It covers $60 of the $80 cost of a Brattleboro Co-op Share. By joining the Co-op and paying the remaining $20 over the course of a year, a community member can enjoy all the benefits of being a Co-op Shareholder and qualify for our 10% Food for All discount. https://www.brattleborofoodcoop.coop/join/become-a-shareholder/shareholder-assistance-grant/

Food for All is our needs-based discount program. It gives eligible Shareholders a 10% discount on all food at the Co-op, with a few exceptions (such as alcohol). Food for All can apply to anyone that fits the criteria - WIC, 3 Squares Vermont, SSI, EBT, referral letter from a local organization. https://www.brattleborofoodcoop.coop/shop/food-for-all-program/ 

Contact the Shareholder Services department at the Brattleboro Food Co-op for assistance at 802-246-2821 or [email protected]

 

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Vermont WIC is Responding to Covid 19
We are moving to phone appointments to align with social distancing efforts. If you have opted in to email and text notifications, you will receive important program updates, including information about local office hours and changes in operations. Our website will be kept up-to-date as well. Contact your local office with any questions about breastfeeding, nutrition or shopping. Call 1-800-649-4357 or email [email protected] with any questions about WIC nutrition services and enrollment.

P-EBT (Pandemic EBT) is Available in VT
Many families in Vermont were notified that they would be receiving a food benefit called Pandemic EBT (or P-EBT). P-EBT is loaded on a card and can be used to purchase the groceries at many grocers and farmers markets. If you have school-aged kids, contact your school district to apply for free school meals. If approved, you'll automatically receive P-EBT. 
If you’ve already received P-EBT and also participate in WIC, use your WIC benefits first, as WIC benefits do not rollover month-to-month. dcf.vermont.gov/press-releases/P-EBT

 

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ADDITIONAL COVID 19 RESOURCES CAN BE FOUND AT THEIR PERMANENT HOME ON OUR WEBSITE, HERE: https://www.wecantogether.net/covid19_resources

 

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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.

  

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ONGOING EDUCATIONAL PROGRAMMING 

Indigo Radio
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

 

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Thank you so much for your on-going support, WeCAN readers. Until next week...

Your Friendly WeCAN Admins,

Joanna and Sam

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