Weekly Email Update 4.19.21

Weekly Email Update 4.19.21

“Many invoke my father to call for false or negative peace, which is solely about tension, protests, and inconvenience going away. But, as he said, 'True peace is not merely the absence of tension; it is the presence of justice.'
We can get to true peace together.”
Bernice King (@BerniceKing), Daughter of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. 
Tweeted Wednesday, April 14th, 2021
     

     There has never been a better time to get involved in creating a more just Windham County, WeCAN readers. This week alone there are 7 new events happening in our area, with many more new events listed in the coming weeks as well. Take a moment, grab your calendar, and put your hands and heart to work creating the change you wish to see in our community. With so much going on in America right now, getting involved can often seem like an insurmountable task. Start small and think local: your community needs you and your voice now more than ever. We can't wait to see you at an event soon! 

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HAPPENING TODAY, SUNDAY, APRIL 18th, 2021

Weekly Community Conversation with Rep. Emilie Kornheiser
Sunday, April 18th, 2021, Online. 11am.
Please sign up in advance for this meeting and we’ll send you an email with the zoom link. https://us02web.zoom.us/meeting/register/tZEtce-grD4rGNxo9FEE3R8zKpRSj_qBTz03
Emilie Kornheiser, State Representative for Windham 2-1, invites you to join her weekly community conversations: every Sunday 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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Outside of Windham County
Spring Into Abolition Festival!
hosted by Northampton Abolition Now (NAN)
Sunday, April 18th, 2021, Pulaski Park (240 Main St, Northampton, MA 01060). 12:30pm-3:30pm.
Rain or shine. Masks are required and the event will be socially distanced.
The uprising in defense of Black Lives last summer demanded a radical reimagining of public safety—one that divests from violent and racist policing and invests in community initiatives for helping, healing, and sustaining people. A growing number of cities across the United States are transforming their municipal budgets to reduce their reliance on police and move towards meeting the real needs of people in their communities.
Here in Northampton, Mayor Narkewicz will present his proposed budget by May 18th, one week before the first anniversary of the murder of George Floyd by police. We have a historic opportunity, right now, to win a concrete local victory in defense of Black Lives by divesting from policing and investing in a bold new vision of community safety in Northampton.
Come celebrate spring in community, deepen your analysis of policing and abolition, and connect with fellow activists and community members!
SCHEDULE:
12:30pm-Start
1pm-1:45pm Speakers/presenters/artists
2pm-3:30pm Trainings: Communications for Abolition
*tabling and educational displays throughout!
We’ll listen to music, share focaccia slices by Belly of the Beast, and learn about Communications for Abolition training.

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For the Love of Baskets: Spring Fundraiser for the United Way of Windham County
Sunday, April 18th, 2021-Sunday, April 25th, 2021, Online at www.32auctions.com/fortheloveofbaskets.

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HAPPENING THIS WEEK, MONDAY, APRIL 19th, 2021-SUNDAY, APRIL 25th, 2021

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, 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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Everyone Eats! 
Monday, April 19th, 2021-Thursday, April 22nd, 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.

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Emerging Vermont Voices Reading
Tuesday, April 20th, 2021, Online. 7pm-8pm.

Online: us02web.zoom.us
Poets Shanta Lee Gander, Jad Yassine, and Desmond Peeples read from their work in this program cosponsored by the Sundog Poetry Center and the Poetry Society of Vermont. They will participate in a Q&A after the reading.
Shanta Lee Gander is the winner of Diode Editions’ full-length book contest for her debut poetry compilation, GHETTOCLAUSTROPHOBIA. Desmond Peeples is the founding editor of Mount Island, a literary magazine for rural LGBTQ+ and POC voices. Jad Yassine’s writing has appeared in Francis House, Bellevue Literary Review, and Portrait of New England. 

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Artist and Curator Conversation: Children of the Sun
hosted by Brattleboro Museum & Art Center
Wednesday, April 21st, 2021, Online. 7pm.
This event will take place via Zoom and Facebook Live. Register for this free online event: https://us02web.zoom.us/.../reg.../WN_YI82AUGGTU-PR03kBmLkjg
For more information please go to www.brattleboromuseum.org
In this live Zoom presentation, Jennifer Mack-Watkins, David Rios Ferreira, and fayemi shakur discuss Mack-Watkins’s exhibit CHILDREN OF THE SUN, on view at BMAC through June 13, 2021.
Inspired in part by "The Brownies’ Book," a groundbreaking magazine for Black children co-edited by W.E.B. Du Bois in 1920-21, and by the life and legacy of Daisy Turner (1883-1988), a storyteller, poet, and activist from southern Vermont, CHILDREN OF THE SUN celebrates the beauty, importance, and complexity of positive representation of African American children. The exhibit was curated by David Rios Ferreira and includes the poem “just as lovely as the others” by fayemi shakur.

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Vermont Food Bank Food Drop
hosted by the Putney Foodshelf
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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Celebrate Earth Day with a Plant/Seed Swap!
hosted by Edible Brattleboro, Retreat Farm, and Brooks Memorial Library
Thursday, April 22nd, 2021-Saturday, April 24th, 2021 at Brooks Memorial Library (224 Main Street, Brattleboro, VT, 05301). 12pm-5pm.
Join Edible Brattleboro, Retreat Farm, and Brooks Memorial Library as we share seeds and plants with our community. We will have a variety of seeds, annual starts and perennial plants to share. You may bring your extra seeds and/or plants to add to the mix.  Bring your extra seeds or plants to add to the mix! We look forward to seeing you there. 

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Marlboro Community Food Share
hosted by the Marlboro Community Center
Thursday, April 22nd, 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: NEW LOCATION!
Thursday, April 22nd, 2021 (and every Thursday) at the Guilford Fairgrounds (163 Fairground Rd, 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].
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.

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A Silent Vigil of Loving Kindness
Thursday, April 22nd, 2021 at Wells Fountain (298-250 VT-30, Brattleboro, VT 05301). 5pm-6pm. Please mask and observe social distancing. For further information and to be on the mailing list for future Loving Kindness vigils, please contact Tim Stevenson [email protected].
For a few minutes or the entire hour, we welcome everyone to join us in extending loving kindness to family and friends, neighbors and strangers, kindred spirits and adversaries, human and non-human beings, alike. And to ourselves, as well.
Standing, kneeling, or sitting in a chair that you bring, we are a silent, meditative presence under a banner that reads “Holding a Space of Loving Kindness for All Living Beings”.

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Just Transition in Vermont
hosted by 350 Vermont
Thursday, April 22nd, 2021, Online. 6pm-8pm.
You can access the Zoom chat HERE.
Transition is inevitable. Justice is not. Join 350VT for an Earth Day workshop about the idea of a Just Transition and collectively imagine what it would look like in Vermont and what it would take to get us there. Plus hear about the rest of our Spring Asynchronous Mobilization and how it is building the world we need, and sign up for a tree planting, workshop, action, or event in the coming weeks.
What is a Just Transition? It involves shifting from dirty energy to energy democracy, from funding highways to expanding public transit, from incinerators and landfills to zero waste, from industrial food systems to food sovereignty, from gentrification to community land rights, and from rampant development to ecosystem restoration. Workers and communities impacted first and worst must lead the transition to ensure it is just. We are indebted to the Climate Justice Alliance and Movement Generation for providing us with this framework.

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Stop Collaboration Between Police and Immigration Authorities!: A No Más Polimigra Webinar
hosted by Community Voices for Immigrant Rights and Migrant Justice
Thursday, April 22nd, 2021, Online. 6pm-7:30pm. Register now: https://zoom.us/meeting/register/tJMkduCppzIrHtYENNTyzW5FTaqurBZxODkLAfter registering, you will receive a confirmation email containing information about joining the meeting.
Under Vermont’s current Fair and Impartial Policing Policy (FIPP), the police can share undocumented immigrants' status with immigration authorities. This puts immigrants in jeopardy of deportation when they interact with the police.  But many Vermont towns and cities—including Brattleboro-- have strengthened their local policies to bar collaboration between the police and immigration authorities. There is an ongoing campaign to include the rest of Windham County.
In this webinar, Migrant Justice and other speakers will:

  • explain the problems with the state FIPP
  • refute the common counter-arguments against strengthening your local FIPP, and
  • lay out how to set up a No Más Polimigra campaign in your town.  

Activists from cities and towns across the state will also share lessons from their successful campaigns. Other speakers who are in the midst of organizing will report on what’s working and the challenges they are facing. 
The goal of the webinar is to help activists connect with each other and launch new  campaigns in towns and cities to stop collaboration between the police and immigration authorities.  New local Fair and Impartial Policing Policies can do it!
You’ll hear from Burlington, South Burlington, Richmond, Shelburne, Windham County, and more rural parts of the state. 
Connect with activists in your town and launch your campaign this spring!  You’ll learn exactly what makes a campaign successful. It’s you, and people like you.

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Pop-Up Book Club: All We Can Save: Truth, Courage, and Solutions for the Climate Crisis by Ayana Johnson
with Southern Vermont Young Professionals
Thursday, April 22nd, 2021, Online. 7pm.
Please register for the event HERE.
We will be discussing the first four chapters of All We Can Save by Ayana Johnson. The book is a provocative collection of essays and poems from women who are at the forefront of the climate movement. We hope this will be an engaging and inspiring discussion about the climate crisis and how we can help actively move humanity forward.
We have five hardcover copies available for free to YP members. Registrants should email [email protected] to receive pick-up instructions. The book is also available in audio and e-book formats. 

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2nd Annual Windham County NAACP Virtual Freedom Fund Dinner
Friday, April 23rd, 2021, Online. 7pm-8:30pm.

Tickets can be purchased online at the following link: https://www.eventbrite.com/e/2nd-annual-freedom-fund-dinner-tickets-143866022145. For questions, please email: [email protected] 
This year’s Freedom Fund Dinner will be a very special evening, which includes a keynote address by Vermont State Senator Kesha Ram, the first woman of color and the youngest woman in history to serve in the Vermont State Senate.  Special music will be provided by St. Louis Songstress Olivia Neal whose voice is described as “A sound that is mixed with soul and inspiration.” Also, the poem, “The African American Challenge” will be read by its author, Wylene Branton Wood, and the Windham County NAACP Branch will present its annual Unsung Hero Award.

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Putney Foodshelf Weekly Open Hours
Saturday, April 24th, 2021, at 10 Christian Square, Putney, VT, 05346. 9am-11am.
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.

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Outside of Windham County
Great River Survival Walk: A 2021 Earth Week Event
hosted by the Traprock Center for Peace & Justice and co-sponsored by Citizens Awareness Network
Saturday, April 24th, 2021, beginning at Dorsey Road in Erving, MA (east of Turner’s Falls, MA). 10:30am-12:30pm.
Rain or shine. Children most welcome. Covid 19 precautions in place; please bring masks, water and snacks will be available. Please no pets. For more information contact: [email protected]
Environmental justice for the Connecticut River will be the focus of a community walk through the beautiful French King Gorge to the intake tunnels of the Northfield Mountain Pumped Storage Project up river. The walk will start at 10:30 on Dorsey Road in Erving, in the shadow of the French King Bridge, and proceed 1-1/2 miles along the Franklin County Bikeway to the intake tunnels. It then returns to the bridge starting point, around 12:30 pm.
The Traprock Center for Peace & Justice and co-sponsor Citizens Awareness Network (http://nukebusters.org/) invite all interested to walk or bike along this beautiful section of the river, while learning about the ecological dangers that make it so treacherous for fish and aquatic life.
Along the route, energy experts and community leaders will discuss problems caused by the Northfield Mountain Pumped Storage Station, which daily forces masses of Connecticut River water up to a reservoir for later release for electrical generation. Tens of millions of fish and aquatic animals are killed annually, reports journalist and relicensing stakeholder Karl Meyer. Meyer will be one of the speakers along the route. 

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Community Building and Reconciliation Circles for Putney, VT:
Community Reconciliation
hosted by Restorative Justice of Southern VT
Saturday, April 24th, 2021, Online. 3pm-5pm.

In April, we plan to facilitate a series of four circles, all free, each addressing different aspects of community, both in Putney and in the United States as a whole. We invite anyone who is interested in having these conversations to join us every Saturday in April and talk about how to strengthen communities in times of trauma and unrest. Dates and descriptions for these circles are provided below. Please message us on Facebook or email [email protected] if you are interested and we will be happy to provide you with the Zoom link and any relevant resources for the circles!
- Do current tensions in the community make you uneasy?
- Do you have ideas and/or experiences regarding Black Lives Matter, Antifa, White Supremacy, or Donald Trump and his adherents which make it difficult to trust your neighbors' intentions or fear their actions?
- Are you willing to participate in a restorative process that will allow you to articulate your feelings in a way that others can hear, and to hear the concerns and feelings of others?
Join RCJSVT for one or both of our community reconciliation circles, in which we can work through these challenging tensions in a safe and constructive manner, intended to help communication and respect flourish even where there is disagreement.
For these circles, we will ask you to confirm your participation in advance, so that you can have an "intake" or individual conversation with an RCJSVT facilitator prior to the circle. This helps to ensure that all participants are well prepared to express themselves and to actively listen to others in the circle.
Any outcome of these circles will be determined by the collective wisdom of the participants. RCJSVT will be there to ensure that the process is safe, equitable, and focused on the issues and relationships at hand.
Participation in our first two community circles is not required to attend these reconciliation circles, but it is strongly encouraged, especially for those without prior experience sitting in circle.
All circles will be facilitated by Dan DeWalt, Laurie Rabut, and/or Claire Summers. We hope you will join us and feel free to reach out with any questions!

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Putney Anti-Racism Book Group: Stamped
hosted by the Putney Central School Leadership Council and the Putney Public Library
Sunday, April 25th, 2021, Online. 7pm-9pm.

For zoom info to join or for more information, contact [email protected] or 603.504.2906 -- you can also send a message through FB messenger.
Please join the Putney Central School Leadership Council and the Putney Public Library for a continuation of an anti-racism book group for all Putney families and community members.
Join us for a discussion of Stamped-Racism, Antiracism and You, written by Jason Reynolds and Ibram X. Kendi

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UPCOMING EVENTS

Community Meeting to Rename Negro Brook with facilitation by Steffen Gillom
cosponsored by Windham County NAACP, Peace & Justice Center, and Rename Negro Brook Alliance
Monday, April 26th, 2021, Online. 6pm-8pm.
Registration is required. Please register below: https://secure.lglforms.com/form.../s/z5i8dQTHryIRtt0uIJjcPw Please join us to learn more and get involved in this effort regarding a brook that runs through Townsend State Park. 
From the Rename Negro Brook Alliance:
We came to the name "Susanna Toby Brook" through working with Dr. Elise Guyette, a historical researcher and author of Discovering Black Vermont, who's been helping us research the history of early Black Vermonters in and around Townshend. Unfortunately, the origins of the brook's name are unknown, but historically, race-based place names across the U.S. have almost always originated from a relationship that a particular racial or ethnic group had with the associated land. Therefore, we are committed to centering an early Black Vermonter from the area in the renaming, and so of the 3 Black families living in the area in the early 19th century we chose to honor the Huzzys (Susanna's married name). As Dr. Guyette uncovered Susanna's story, and that of her courageous husband James, we believed that her story deserved to be told and that she is the most fitting candidate to rename Negro Brook after.
We invite you to watch or listen to a short video from Elise about Susanna and the Huzzy family: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=L1oPvMd2jcI.
Fast forward: After countless conversations, tons of outreach from farmer's markets to the Black Experience march on July 4th, hundreds of pages of primary source material submissions, hundreds of signatures from across 7 of Vermont's 14 counties, we submitted our petition to the Board of Libraries Geographic Renaming Committee in late 2020 and had our first hearing on December 8th. During that hearing, some questions and differences of opinion came up, and so we, as the petitioners, are seeking to bring some of these questions to the community and hear their input. We want to hear your feelings, perspectives, desires, and reflections so that we can integrate them into decisions surrounding our petition's future.

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Seeing and Disrupting Racism
hosted by the Peace and Justice Center
Monday, April 26th, 2021, Online. 6pm-8pm.
Registration is required https://secure.lglforms.com/form.../s/S5zjD8Rln--4uAQXGUgFxg
Suggested donation $25 for residents of Vermont, $30 for those outside of Vermont, no one turned away for lack of funds. Not sure if you should pay less, nothing, or more? Check our Sliding Scale document for guidance. If you cannot donate, put 0. If you have any questions please contact Arima Minard [email protected] or 802.863.2345 x105.
This introductory-level workshop defines racism and white fragility, explores how white fragility perpetuates racism and its harmful impacts on Black, Indigenous, and People of Color, 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 and encouraged to attend. Space is limited, registration is required (register below). These workshops are not recorded.

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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, 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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Building Power Happy Hour: Building a Strong Democracy 2021-2022 Kick-Off
hosted by Lean Left Vermont
Wednesday, April 28th, Online. 4:30pm-6pm. 
Join Lean Left Vermont for a Happy Hour kick-off to 2021/2022. Together, we’ll share our thoughts about our work in 2020, and the Lean Left Team will lay out the 2021/2022 strategy for building power and strengthening our democracy.
Bring your favorite beverage and join us on zoom for a toast to YOUR work!
Make your reservation here!

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Critical Mass Bicycle Ride
hosted by 350 Brattleboro and VBike
Friday, April 30th, 2021 at the Brattleboro Common (Park Place, Brattleboro, VT, 05301). 5:30pm-6:30pm. Questions? Email [email protected]
Image credit: Hugh D'Andrade
We're restarting our Critical Mass Rides! We will adhere to physical distancing recommendations and masks are required.
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!
Agenda:
5:30pm: We'll be starting AND ending at the Brattleboro Common. We'll begin by getting organized, signing in, decorating bikes, and going over our route.
6:00pm: Begin Critical Mass ride. This will be a high-visibility downtown route!
6:30pm: End ride back at the Brattleboro Common.

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Flow: For the Love of Water: A Virtual Film + Discussion Event
Friday, April 30th, 2021, Online. 7pm.

Join Zoom Meeting https://us02web.zoom.us/j/84021455483. Sign up here if you want an email reminder before the event!  
Join the Spark Teacher Education Institute for our Solidarity Film Series. This month we will be watching and discussing the documentary, Flow: For the Love of Water. Nearly two million people die each year from water-borne diseases worldwide, caused by overproduction, chemicals and privatization. Can anyone really own water? A case against the growing privatization of the world's dwindling water supply. What can be done to fight back?  

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Green Up Day Brattleboro
Saturday, May 1st, 2021. 8am-12pm.
A Vermont tradition. All are welcome! Please wear masks and gloves. Please practice social distancing.
Bags are available at:
Brattleboro Food Coop (2 Main St)
Brattleboro Suburu (Putney Rd)
Turning Point (Elm and Flat St)
West Brattleboro Fire Station (16 South Street)
Brown and Roberts (Main St)
Chamber of Commerce (Main St)

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May Day Worker Solidarity Rally & Milk with Dignity Action/ ¡Acción Primero de Mayo!
hosted by Rights & Democracy, Vermont AFL-CIO, Vermont-NEA, 350 VT, Migrant Justice, the Black Perspective, VT Workers' Center, and the Champlain Valley and Central Vermont DSA Chapters
Saturday, May 1st, 2021, at the Vermont State House (115 State St, Montpelier, VT 05633). 12pm-3pm.
RSVP to receive event updates and reminders! https://www.mobilize.us/rightsdemocracy/event/383716/
(abajo en español)
Join a coalition of labor, community, and environmental organizations as we rally on May Day in solidarity with Vermont Workers!
We are standing with farmworkers, essential workers, teachers, state employees, and ALL Vermont workers to protect workers' rights and public pensions, and to call for a jobs guarantee and healthcare for all.
12pm-1:30pm -- Solidarity Rally at the Montpelier State House
1:30pm-2pm -- Drive to Hannaford Supermarket (456 S. Barre Rd., Barre, VT) 
2pm -- Action to support dairy workers' Milk with Dignity campaign in front of Hannaford
Workers milking cows on Vermont's dairy farms are still fighting for basic labor rights and protections that others take for granted: a minimum wage, one day off per week, basic health and safety protections, and protection against retaliation. You can support Migrant Justice's campaign calling on Hannaford to protect the rights of the workers behind their store-brand milk by joining the Milk with Dignity Program.
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Este primero de mayo, una coalición de organizaciones laborales, comunitarias, y del medio ambiente se unen para tomar acción en solidaridad con lxs trabajadores de Vermont!
Luchemos por lxs trabajadores agrícolas, esenciales, maestrxs, empleadxs públicos... toda la clase trabajadora en Vermont. Tomemos acción para proteger los derechos laborales y las pensiones y para demandar trabajos dignos para todxs y salud universal.
12pm-1:30pm -- Manifestación en frente del capitolio en Montpelier
1:30pm-2pm -- Manejar a Hannaford Supermarket (456 S. Barre Rd., Barre, VT) 
2pm -- Acción en frente de la tienda de Hannaford para exigir Leche con Dignidad
La comunidad de trabajadores ordeñando vacas en Vermont sigue luchando por derechos y protecciones básicos: un sueldo mínimo, un día libre, protecciones de salud y seguridad, y protección contra represalias. Hannaford tiene que tomar responsabilidad por los derechos de lxs trabajadores en su cadena de abastecimiento!
El evento está patrocinado por: Rights & Democracy, Vermont AFL-CIO, Vermont-NEA, 350 VT, Justicia Migrante, the Black Perspective, VT Workers' Center, and the Champlain Valley and Central Vermont DSA Chapters.

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Black Representation in Children’s Literature
Tuesday, May 4th, 2021, Online. 7pm.
For more information go to www.brattleboromuseum.org. This event will take place via Zoom and Facebook Live. Register for this free online event: https://www.brattleboromuseum.org/.../black.../
Rio Cortez is the New York Times bestselling author of "The ABCs of Black Histor"y (Workman, 2020) and" I Have Learned to Define a Field as a Space Between Mountains" (Jai Alai Books, 2015). She is a Pushcart-nominated poet who has received fellowships from Poet’s House, Cave Canem, and Canto Mundo Foundations. Rio has been the recipient of the Sarah Lawrence College Lucy Grealy Prize in Poetry, the Poets & Writers Amy Award, and a Jerome Foundation grant. She was a finalist for the 2018 June Jordan Fellowship at Columbia University. Born and raised in Salt Lake City, she now lives, writes, and works in Harlem.
Daniel Minter is an American artist known for his work in the mediums of painting and assemblage. His overall body of work often deals with themes of displacement and diaspora, ordinary/extraordinary blackness; spirituality in the Afro-Atlantic world; and the (re)creation of meanings of home. Minter works in varied media – canvas, wood, metal, paper. twine, rocks, nails, paint. This cross-fertilization strongly informs his artistic sensibility. His carvings become assemblages. His paintings are often sculptural. Minter has illustrated over a dozen children’s books, including "Going Down Home with Daddy," which won a 2020 Caldecott Honor, and "Ellen’s Broom," which won a Coretta Scott King Illustration Honor. He was also commissioned in both 2004 and 2011 to create Kwanzaa stamps for the U.S. Postal Service.
Javaka Steptoe is a Caldecott and Coretta Scott King Illustrator award-winning artist, designer, and illustrator. His debut picture book, "In Daddy’s Arms I Am Tall," won the Coretta Scott King Award, and "Jimi: Sounds Like a Rainbow" (written by Gary Golio) received a Coretta Scott King Honor. He has also illustrated "Do You Know What I’ll Do?" by Charlotte Zolotow, "A Pocketful of Poems" by Nikki Grimes, "Amiri and Odette: A Love Story" by Walter Dean Myers, "Rain Play" by Cynthia Cotten, and "Hot Day on Abbott Avenue" by Karen English, which received the Jane Addams Children’s Book Award. He is also the author and illustrator of "The Jones Family Express," as well as the Caldecott Award-winning "Radiant Child: The Story of Young Artist Jean-Michel Basquiat." 

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Singalong Concert with Annie Patterson and Peter Blood to Benefit the Community Asylum Seekers Project (CASP)
Saturday, May 8th, 2021, Online. 7pm. Admission is by freewill offering, with suggested donations of $10, $20 (supporter) or $50 (patron). Concertgoers can register on line at https://www.riseupandsing.org/events/repairing-breach-brattleboro and will be sent a Zoom link and a song sheet to sing along with Patterson and Blood. Further information about the concert is available by contacting Ursula Nadolny at [email protected]
BRATTLEBORO – Songs to repair the breach and support asylum seekers is the focus of an online singalong concert by Annie Patterson and Peter Blood Saturday, May 8 at 7p.m. 
   The benefit concert will support the work of the Windham county-based Community Asylum Seekers Project (CASP) and is part of a tour that encourages the pursuit of social justice and charity within communities. A song sheet will be provided to participants so that they can sing along with performers from home. Tickets can be purchased at www.riseupandsing.org/events. 
   According to Patterson and Blood, Repairing the Breach, Songs for the Journey is inspired by the Rev. Dr. William Barber II and the Poor People’s Campaign and will focus on the specific theme of immigrants and asylum seekers among us, using music as a path to justice, spreading hope and putting a spotlight on the value of working together for a better world. 
   Patterson is an accomplished folk performer, recording artist and jazz vocalist, and a member of the swing band Girls from Mars. She performs regularly with The O-Tones and at folk venues in the U.S. and abroad. She carries with her a suitcase of incredible song knowledge and a repertoire that includes more than 2400 songs from many genres, including Americana, contemporary folk, ballads, gospel, country and jazz. She is a master song interpreter, accompanying herself on guitar and banjo. 
  Blood was publications director of Sing Out, the nonprofit publisher of Sing Out! Magazine, from 1988 to 1993. He edited Pete Seeger’s autobiography, Where Have All the Flowers Gone: A Singalong Memoir. He currently divides his time doing songbook, social justice, and interfaith work. 
   The duo has played a central role in creating a singing movement in North America and abroad with their songbooks Rise Up Singing and Rise Again. Together, have led hundreds of singalong concerts and workshops across North America, New Zealand and the UK, and have made it their lifelong mission to help create change for peace and justice through song. They accompany their songs with guitars, banjo, mandolin, autoharp, African drum and pennywhistle.
CASP provides basic needs and a supportive community for those in the process of seeking asylum in the U.S., including local host homes, financial support, legal aid, and other daily needs. Its largely volunteer-based network assists seekers while they navigate the asylum claim process and make the necessary connections to settle into the community.
   More information about CASP is available by contacting them online at caspvt.org or [email protected]

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Red Cross Blood Drive at the Winston Prouty Campus
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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Putney Anti-Racism Book Group: White Rage
hosted by the Putney Central School Leadership Council and the Putney Public Library
Sunday, May 23rd, 2021, Online. 7pm-9pm.
For Zoom info to join or for more information, contact [email protected] or 603.504.2906 -- you can also send a message through FB messenger.
Please join the Putney Central School Leadership Council and the Putney Public Library for a continuation of an anti-racism book group for all Putney families and community members.
Join us for a discussion of White Rage-The unspoken truth of our racial divide, written by Carol Anderson.

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Putney Anti-Racism Book Group: Caste
hosted by the Putney Central School Leadership Council and the Putney Public Library
Sunday, June 20th, 2021, Online. 7pm-9pm.
For Zoom info to join or for more information, contact [email protected] or 603.504.2906 -- you can also send a message through FB messenger.
Please join the Putney Central School Leadership Council and the Putney Public Library for a continuation of an anti-racism book group for all Putney families and community members.
Join us for a discussion of Caste-The Origins of Our Discontents, written by Isabel Wilkerson.

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COMMUNITY SUPPORT OPPORTUNITIES

Vermont Prison System Vaccinations
1 minute action to make a difference: Please call Governor Scott at (802) 828 3333 and ask that Prisoners in Vermont's system get vaccinated NOW. These folks are in a congregate system, many have underlying conditions with little to no control over their environment. Save a life today and make the call please. You can also email him HERE

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COVID 19 RESOURCES: VERMONT

CURRENT COVID19 CASE INFORMATION as of 12pm, April 2nd, 2021

New cases: 141 (21,803)
Currently Hospitalized: 26 
Hospitalized in ICU: 3
Hospitalized Under Investigation: 1
Deaths: 242 (+14 since last week!)

Vaccine Data
Total received one dose: 
279,422
Total received both doses: 186,511

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Vermonters age 16, 17 & 18 can make their vaccine appointments starting Saturday

(April 17) at 10 a.m.; All Vermonters age 16 and up will be eligible on Monday
State officials announced at Friday’s press conference that Vermonters who are age 16, 17 and 18 can now make appointments for the COVID-19 vaccine starting tomorrow (Saturday, April 17) at 10 a.m.
In addition, on Monday, April 19, all remaining age groups - from age 16 and up - will be able to make vaccine appointments as originally planned, but at an earlier time than usual — starting online at 6 a.m.
The 16-18 age group was moved up two days ahead of schedule to allow 16- and 17-year- olds greater opportunity to get appointments for the Pfizer vaccine, which is the only vaccine they can receive. Eighteen-year-olds can get Pfizer or Moderna, but were included in the group since many are high school seniors, officials said.
“As you know, I’ve made getting kids back into school a priority,” said Governor Phil Scott. “This step will help give those kids the opportunity to register for Pfizer doses a bit earlier, which is their only vaccine option at this time, and possibly enjoy the end of the school year in a more normal way.”
You can make an appointment by visiting healthvermont.gov/MyVaccine. Learn what 16- and 17-year-olds need to know about making an appointment: https://apps.health.vermont.gov/COVID/faq/#4849.
Help us spread the word about these changes, especially if you have a teenager in your life!

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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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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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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 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! 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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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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Take care of yourselves, WeCAN Family. If you need help, please reach out or text "VT" to 741741 from anywhere in the USA, anytime, about any type of crisis. You are not alone and we are so glad you are part of our community. Until next week...

 

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