Weekly Email Update 4.11.22
“I believe that every American should have stable, dignified housing; health care; education - that the most very basic needs to sustain modern life should be guaranteed in a moral society.”
Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez b.1989
Also known by her initials AOC, Ocasio-Cortez is an American politician and activist. She has served as the U.S. representative for New York's 14th congressional district since 2019, as a member of the Democratic Party.
April is fair-housing month in Vermont*, WeCAN friends, and we wanted to share some info on what our Brave Little State is doing to acknowledge how far we've come since 1968 and the passage of the Fair Housing Act...and how much further we still need to go to ensure ALL in Vermont (and, indeed, the USA) have livable housing, free from discrimination.
"Fair Housing" is the right to equal opportunity in housing choice and the right to rent, buy, finance, and live in a home free from discrimination or harassment. The federal Fair Housing Act prohibits discrimination concerning the sale, rental, and financing of housing based on race, color, religion, national origin, sex, and as amended, disability and family status. This also covers harassment, including sexual harassment. Vermont has additional protections based on age, marital status, sexual orientation, gender identity, receipt of public assistance, being a victim of domestic violence, sexual assault, or stalking, and denial of development permitting based on the income of prospective residents. For more information about Fair Housing in Vermont, visit www.cvoeo.org/FHP. To learn more about Thriving Communities: Building a Vibrant Inclusive Vermont, a statewide collaboration to raise awareness about the economic and social benefits of affordable, inclusive housing, visit www.thrivingcommunitiesvt.org.
To access the Fair Housing Events Calendar for the month of April, please go to https://fairhousingmonthvt.org/event-calendar. Have an urge to create art in response to our housing crisis? Enter this Art Contest (https://fairhousingmonthvt.org/asw-x-cvoeo-art-contest) for a chance to win a cash prize and have your art included in the state-wide Opening!
Grant Opportunity for Vermont Non-Profits
Ben & Jerry’s Foundation 2022 Vermont Equity & Justice Grant Funding Announcement
Process: Proposals may be submitted through our on-line application process by May 2nd for review in July.
Learn More & Apply!
If you have any questions, please contact Becca Golden, [email protected].
The Ben & Jerry’s Foundation is very pleased to announce the opening of our 2022 Vermont Equity & Justice Grant (formerly the Vermont Economic Justice Grant) program with an allocation of $300,000. Beginning this summer, the Ben & Jerry’s Foundation will offer competitive grants of up to $20,000 to Vermont-based, non-profit organizations working to address economic, social and environmental disparities in the state. Grant decisions are made by a team of Ben & Jerry’s employees from each of our three Vermont office and manufacturing sites.
We will seek out innovative programs that are taking a holistic approach in their work to create fundamental change for low-income and BIPOC Vermonters. Grant applicants should demonstrate that they approach their work through the lens of social justice and equity. This program is not intended to fund projects that solely provide direct services to individuals.
Areas of interest include:
- equity in education
- access to safe and affordable housing
- criminal justice reform
- access to jobs with livable wages
- workers rights
- access to affordable health care
- access to healthy and affordable food
We will prioritize programs that work to involve and give voice to constituents most impacted by the problem they seek to address.
HAPPENING THIS WEEK:
MONDAY, APRIL 11th, 2022-SUNDAY, APRIL 17th, 2022
Housing for All
sponsored by Vermont Coalition for Disability Rights
Monday, April 11th, 2022, Online. 4:30pm-6:30pm.
Check out vcdr.org for updates.
This online forum is part of Disability Awareness Day 2022 and will focus on issues of affordable and accessible housing for people with disabilities. More info and registration coming soon.
Brattleboro Democracy Forum: Real Democracy with Tim Kipp and Friends
Tuesday, April 12th, 2022 at Brooks Memorial Library (224 Main St, Brattleboro, VT 05301) or Online. 6:30pm.
This meeting will be recorded and will air on BCTV, the Vermont Media Exchange and WVEW 107.7 FM Brattleboro. For more info, please call Woody at 802.258.7045.
To join the Zoom meeting go to https://us02web.zoom.us/j/84518553496?pwd=NldqT093NWxxUWxIVWR2N0V5NkQ4UT09
The United States is in a crisis of two nations. Economic instability, racial reckoning, a lingering pandemic and rising authoritarianism divide Americans by a gulf not experienced since the Civil War.
Underlying this disunion are conflicting concepts of what democracy actually is or should be. The old consensus is crumbling. Today for some, physically attacking the nation’s capitol makes sense, for others, making it harder for people to vote is a democratic act.
On the other hand many still believe in citizen responsibility in the political process. For these people government and community organizing for social justice is what democracy looks like.
Our future can and will be charted by how we conceptualize democracy itself. Understanding, expanding and sustaining democracy can perhaps lead to a bridging of this not so grand canyon of national divide.
This presentation focuses on the nature of democracy and offers a re conceptualization of this greatest of human inventions.
Tim Kipp is a retired history and political science teacher of 39 years and a political activist since the 1960s.
Produced by wecelebratedemocracycivilrihgtsforall.org - positive, nonviolent public action for democracy and civil rights for all people.
Guilford Cares Food Pantry
Thursday, April 14th, 2022 at the Guilford Fairgrounds (163 Fairground Rd, Guilford, VT 05301). 3pm-4pm.
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.
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.
April 18th, 2022
May 2nd, 2022
May 16th, 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.
A Silent Vigil of Loving Kindness
Wednesday, April 20th, 2022 at Wells Fountain (298-250 VT-30, Brattleboro, VT 05301). 4:30pm-5:30pm.
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 conduct a silent vigil every other Wednesday, 4:30-5:30, @ 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, or on one of the stone benches circling the Fountain.
Art Build for the Earth Day Celebration and Parade
hosted by 350 Brattleboro and Sandglass Theater
Thursday April 21st, 2022 at 134 Elliot Street, Brattleboro, VT, 05301. 10am-1pm.
We invite kids over 8 and those accompanied by an adult to make Trash Puppets at the old Elliot Street Café, 134 Elliot Street. With great thanks to Sandglass Theater who will guide us.
Earth Day Celebration & Parade
hosted by 350 Brattleboro
Friday April 22nd, 2022 at the Harmony Lot (Elliot Street, Brattleboro, VT, 05301). 4pm-7pm.
If you have questions or wish to join us in planning or participating please contact us at [email protected]
Join us in the Harmony Lot in Downtown Brattleboro celebrate all the ways we are working toward Climate Justice.
From 4pm we will have tabling from local environmental, social justice and conservation organizations. Learn about all the ways your friends and neighbors are working to address climate change and foster a healthy and beautiful natural world.
We will be offering three visions of ways we might use ARPA money to address the climate crisis. Come sign on--or share your own vision!
There will be food and entertainment including music, dance, and plastic-waste puppets crafted by local talent (see below!*) and guided by Sandglass Theater.
We will have music and games, and an opportunity to craft your own noise maker (drums, shakers and the like) and deck out your bike so that you may join us in a parade down Main Street at 6pm.
Spark Teacher Education Solidarity Film Series: Cowspriacy
Friday, April 29th, 2022, Online. 7pm.
Professional development credits available. For more information contact Spark Teacher Education Institute at [email protected]
Zoom Meeting ID: 829 4329 6979
This is a documentary that interrogates the meat industry’s contribution to the climate crisis. Animal agriculture is the leading cause of deforestation, water consumption, and pollution, and is responsible for more greenhouse gases than the transportation industry; it is also a primary driver of rainforest destruction, species extinction habitat loss, topsoil erosion, ocean dead zones, an virtually every other environmental ill. Yet, it goes on, almost entirely unchallenged. Optional Reading: Creating an Ecological Society: Towards a Revolutionary Transformation (Chapter 1: The Social and Ecological Planetary Emergency), by Fred Magdoff and Chris Williams.
The Wobblies: Free Documentary on May Day
Sunday, May 1st, 2022 at Epsilon Spires (190 Main Street, Brattleboro, VT, 05301). 8pm-10pm.
Tickets are free, but please RSVP here: https://www.epsilonspires.org/event-info/the-wobblies-documentary-for-may-day. Click HERE to watch the trailer.
"Solidarity! All for One and One for All!" The Industrial Workers of the World, aka the Wobblies, were one of the few unions to be racially and sexually integrated.
Newly restored by the Museum of Modern Art and recently inducted into the National Film Registry of the Library of Congress, this provocative film pays tribute to American workers who took the ideals of equality and free speech seriously enough to die for them. Directed by Stewart Bird and Deborah Shaffer in 1978, this radical documentary is a rare and challenging invitation to rethink both past and present through the eyes of an organization largely omitted from public memory.
The Industrial Workers of the World, or IWW, welcomed all workers, regardless of their trade, gender, or race. Wobblies, as they were known, came from textile mills, copper mines, logging camps, and everywhere in between, and together generated more controversy, perhaps, than any other organized-labor group in U.S. history.
"Solidarity! All for One and One for All!"
With that slogan, they took to organizing unskilled workers into one big union and changing the course of history. Along the way to winning an eight-hour workday and fair wages in the early 20th century, the IWW, one of the few unions to be racially and sexually integrated often met with imprisonment, violence, and the privations of prolonged strikes.
This award-winning film airs a provocative look at the forgotten American history of this most radical of unions. Made in 1978 yet echoing current times, THE WOBBLIES boldly investigates a nation torn by naked corporate greed and the red-hot rift between the industrial masters and the rabble-rousing workers in the field and factory. Deeply enriched by the reminiscences of IWW members, who, in their eighties and nineties, are lucid and lively on the subject of the union’s peak during the 1910s. Intercut with remarkable archival footage, their first-hand accounts of textile strikes, pitched battles over free-speech rights, lumberjack work stoppages, and the methods and theories of industrial sabotage are set to the sounds of rousing music straight from the “little red songbook.”
This free screening for May Day was organized in solidarity with other independent theaters around the US!
Green Up Day (Statewide)
Saturday, May 7th, 2022.
For more information, please go to https://greenupvermont.org.
Pick up your Green Up trash bags and get out in your community on Saturday, May 7 to clean up your neighborhood roads and waterways. As a volunteer, you make a huge difference for our environment. Please check back to the website during April for more information and for specific town information. Thank you.
Spark Teacher Education Solidarity Film Series: The Boys Who Said No
sponsored by Brooks Memorial Library
Friday, May 27th, 2022, TBD. 7pm.
Professional development credits available. For more information contact Spark Teacher Education Institute at [email protected]
Zoom Meeting ID: 829 4329 6979
This documentary profiles the young men and women who actively opposed the military draft in order to end the Vietnam War. The film shows how their personal and collective acts of nonviolent resistance, risking arrest and imprisonment for up to 5 years, were a critical part of the antiwar movement, intensifying opposition to the war and eventually forcing an end to both conscription and the war. May be in person, details available soon.
*POSTPONED UNTIL JUNE 1st, 2022 * From the Parlor to the Polling Place: Stories and Songs from the Suffragists
hosted by the VT Humanities Council
Wednesday, June 1st, 2022 at Brooks Memorial Library (224 Main Street, Brattleboro, VT, 05301). 7pm.
This talk has been postponed to Wednesday, June 1. Singer and historian Linda Radtke, in period garb and a “Votes for Women” sash, celebrates the centennial of the passage of the 19th Amendment, which gave the right to vote to white women. Linda Radtke, a classically trained singer, was a Vermont high school teacher for thirty-one years and now produces the VPR Choral Hour on Vermont Public Radio.
Third Saturday of Each Month, Online. 9:30am-10:30am.
Take good care,
Sara Coffey, State Representative,
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.
Taking Steps Brattleboro, a program of Brattleboro Area Hospice is offering Advance Care Planning Weekly Zoom Information Sessions on Wednesdays from 10am-11am.
If you are interested in attending the Zoom info session, or want more information about Advance Care Planning, please contact Ruth Nangeroni, Advance Care Planning Program Coordinator at 802-257-0775 ext 101 or [email protected]
Advance care planning ensures that your loved ones and health professionals know what you want in a medical emergency when you are unable to speak for yourself. It’s a process of creating a written health care plan(advance directive) that tells others what you would want if you couldn’t tell them yourself.
Advance Care Planning includes discussing choices about end-of-life (EOL) care with your medical provider, family and others. It involves choosing and educating your Health Care Agent and making informed decisions to complete an Advance Directive. Join us and learn more. Find out if adding a COVID-19 or Dementia provision would be beneficial to include or add to a previously completed Advance Directive.
Brattleboro Area Hospice (BAH) is an independent, non-profit organization that provides non-medical support to dying and grieving community members and volunteer-staffed assistance with Advance Care Planning. BAH is 100% locally funded, and provides services free of charge. Services are available to anyone living in southeastern Vermont or bordering New Hampshire towns.
Advance Care Planning: It’s how people care for one another.
WeCAN Community Member Needs Assistance
Brenda Siegel, our dear friend and WeCAN community member, is recovering from surgery and in need of community support. You can use THIS LINK to access her meal train website where there are both food and light housework slots that need to be filled in the coming weeks. If you are able, please sign up! Check out the "Review All Instructions" yellow tab on Brenda's meal train homepage for more information on specific needs, allergies, and suggestions. Thank you!
Putney Foodshelf Needs Volunteers
We are looking for volunteers to fill out the following teams as soon as this week:
Open Hours (Fridays 1-4 p.m. and Saturdays 8:30-11 a.m.)
VT Foodbank: pick up, unload, and restock (Fridays 7:45am-8:30 a.m.)
If you, or anyone you know, might be interested in volunteering, we'd love to hear about it!
Start by filling out this form and we'll be in touch. Volunteering can be a fun and gratifying way to connect to the community.
If you are already a Foodshelf volunteer and would like to sign up for one of these shifts, please let us know asap by signing up through our regular signup portal or emailing [email protected] Thank you!
COMMUNITY ANNOUNCEMENTS AND RESOURCES
HEART PROGRAM AT OUT IN THE OPEN
My name is Jake McBride (he/him) and I am the Health Justice Organizer at Out in the Open. I am coming to you today with some good news! This week, Out in the Open will be publicly announcing our new HEART (Health Equity & Access for Rural TLGBQ+) Program, formerly known throughout the planning process as the Health Buddy Program.
This program, made possible by funding and support from Windham County’s Consortium on Substance Use (COSU), aims to address common healthcare barriers faced by TLGBQ+ (Transgender, Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, and Queer) people living in and/or receiving care in Windham County, Vermont. A team of trained volunteers will work alongside community members as Essential Support People to ensure access to safe and supportive healthcare. Our goal is for participants to feel supported while remaining in control of their own health decisions.
We are looking forward to working in partnership with providers to ensure the needs of our community members are met. The program is now accepting volunteer applications and will begin providing support to community members in early May. Please share the good news and learn more about the HEART Program through our website or the attached PDF. Thank you for your support!
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.
- If you are in the service of a local home health agency, the agency will reach out to you to schedule an appointment.
- If you are not in the service of a home health agency, you may request an appointment by calling 802-863-7240 (toll-free 833-722-0860) Monday through Friday from 8:30am to 4:30pm.
Covid 19 Pop-Up Testing and Vaccinations
Testing and vaccinations are available for all.
If you need testing or a vaccine, there are a variety of options available to you: your primary care provider, pop-up 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]
Foodworks has open hours for curbside pickup on Mondays 11am-4pm, Wednesdays 1pm-6pm, Fridays 12pm-4pm, last Saturday of each month from 9am-12pm. Deliveries are available onTuesdays across Windham county. Please email [email protected] or call 802-490-2412 with any questions!
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.
Marlboro Community Food Share
hosted by the Marlboro Community Center
Wednesday 10am-2pm; Thursday 10am-5pm; Friday 10am-12pm; Saturday 10am-12pm at the Marlboro Community Center (524 South Road, Marlboro, VT, 05344).
The Marlboro Community Center invites you to fill a bag with non-perishable grocery items. Food is set up in the main space and is available during our open hours. Eggs and produce on Thursdays as available. No registration or eligibility required. Deliveries can be made through Marlboro Cares for those needing assistance. Please call Marlboro Cares at 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 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.
Putney Foodshelf Weekly Open Hours
Fridays at Christian Square, Putney, VT, 05346. 1:30pm-3:30pm.
Saturdays at Christian Square, Putney, VT, 05346. 9am-10:30am. (NEW HOURS!)
We also have a food drop at the Putney Meadows parking lot every 4th Thursday, from 9am-9:45am.
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.
Everyone Eats continues, including grab-and-go meals at these times and locations:
There is no longer an Everyone Eats distribution at Turning Point on Sundays, as Edible Brattleboro is dormant in the winter.
The meals at Retreat Farm are stocked in their farm stand for pick up anytime, first come first serve. We are planning to stock on Tuesdays and Thursdays.
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.
Our Place Drop-In Center at 4 Island Street, Bellows Falls, VT, 05101. Call us at 802-463-2217 for assistance. Email at [email protected] Please wear a mask to keep our employees and yourself safe.
Hours of Operation:
Saturday and Sunday: Closed
Our Place Drop-In Center operates a food pantry and meal site where they serve breakfast with to-go meals that are ready for pickup by 9am. Lunch is ready by 11:30am.
Everyone is welcome to stop by to get a meal. At this time we are allowing only employees in the building.
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 1pm 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.
We look forward to seeing you at a meeting or event soon!
Your Friendly WeCAN Editors,
Joanna and Sam