Weekly Email Update 6.21.21

Weekly Email Update 6.21.21

"Slavery occurred at an intersection of racism, homophobia, and negative attitudes towards sexuality, largely influenced by Christian ideology. Juneteenth, therefore, celebrates the end of an inherently heteronormative, sexphobic system of racial oppression. There are intersections here."
Gabrielle Alexa Noel, 
author of "How to Live with the Internet", essayist, software developer, and sex-positive content creator

   As this Summer Solstice weekend unfolds, we mark the longest day of the year, the first time Juneteenth is federally recognized, and the continuation of Pride month... it's quite a weekend, WeCAN readers! We would like to share with you an enlightening excerpt from "Black & Queer: What It Means to Celebrate Juneteenth and Pride in the Same Month" by Gabrielle Alexa Noel, an author, essayist, and sex-positive content creator, who is also Black and Queer. We hope this piece helps all of us to better understand what it means to identify as both BI&POC and LGBTQIA2+ during the month of June and the social intricacies that are woven into the identity of any person straddling two communities. You can learn more about the author here: https://gabriellealexa.com.

     "Every year on June 19th, we celebrate the ending of slavery in the United States. Although the Emancipation Proclamation was signed on January 1st, 1863, it took more than two years for news to reach the enslaved in Texas. Juneteenth, aka Freedom Day, acknowledges that delay and is observed as a day of pride and reflection. Juneteenth also sits directly in the middle of LGBTQ+ Pride month, which was established in 1969 to commemorate the Stonewall Uprising. Both are celebrations of important milestones for Black and LGBTQ+ liberation. And yet, as a Black queer person, this overlap sometimes splits my identity in half.
     In Black spaces, where Juneteenth is primarily celebrated, there is a perception that being LGBTQ+ is antithetical to Blackness. Other Black people tell me all the time that queerness was constructed by white people, although there is so much evidence to disprove that, and that it’s an intentional endeavor to weaken Black families and communities. My celebration of Pride is met with scorn by other Black people who wonder why there is seemingly more support for LGBTQ+ liberation than for Black liberation. At the very least, I’m told I should endeavor to be Black “first.” Liberation movements do not occur in succession, and I don’t have to pick one aspect of my identity to focus on. They all simultaneously exist and inform how I am marginalized. And yet, as I’m fielding questions about why I gave up on Black men or why I’m actively going against nature, it does feel like they’re trying to incentivize me to choose a side.
     On the other hand, LGBTQ+ spaces can be notoriously racist, evidenced by the phrase that has decorated gay bars and dating app profiles alike: “No fats, no femmes, no Asians, no blacks.”
     I’m used to both rejection and fetishization. White queers have said everything to me from, “I’m not attracted to Black girls,” to “I just love Black skin, it makes you so attractive.” But there is also overt and systematic discrimination. Mainstream LGBTQ+ organizations have even advocated for policies that were ultimately harmful to QTPOCs. In that context, Pride feels more like a celebration of white queerness. When LGBTQ+ movements neglect to center or uplift Black and Brown people, they are centering white supremacy instead; their silence creates some of the problems we see today, like the severe rates of poverty and homelessness amongst Black queer folks.
     It’s also ironic that we neglect to center QTPOCs when the Stonewall riots were incited by Black and Brown drag queens and trans women as a reaction to police violence. Considering the particular way in which the police harass, assault, and re-victimize Black trans women, it is impossible to extract race from our conversations about Stonewall. But, somehow, we ended up with a historical Stonewall film that follows a white, cis gay man in their place.
     Similarly, when we talk about slavery, it’s important to note the presence of Black queerness and its impact on perceptions of Black bodies. When the Portuguese arrived on the continent of Africa, representations of queerness and gender fluidity reified ideas that Black people were inferior and sexually indiscriminate. Slavery occurred at an intersection of racism, homophobia, and negative attitudes towards sexuality, largely influenced by Christian ideology. Juneteenth, therefore, celebrates the end of an inherently heteronormative, sexphobic system of racial oppression. There are intersections here. And in not talking about them, homosexuality has been reframed as un-African and a “white disease,” even though there are countless examples of homosexuality across cultures.
     When I hear people refer to the LGBTQ+ community and the Black community as two separate entities, black queer folks like me learn that we cannot belong in either camp. “Safe spaces” are never quite safe for us. We forfeit safety from homophobic violence in exchange for safety from racial violence and vice versa. White LGBTQ+ people and cis Black folks do not have to make the same critical decisions. And this complicates my celebrations of both.
     The LGBTQ+ community and the Black community have intentionally been positioned as rivals, even though their liberation movements overlap. During the Bush administration, government funding was intentionally diverted to Black religious organizations that were most likely to vote against same-sex marriage. Meanwhile, in the 1960s, a lot of LGBTQ+ advocacy groups referred to gay as “the new Black.” Gay right’s activist Frank Kameny even stated, “Now that it is becoming unfashionable to discriminate against Negros, discrimination against homosexuals will be on the increase.” He considered homosexuality to be the last major area where prejudice and discrimination were prevalent, minimizing the struggle for Black liberation in this country.
     In the quest for stricter anti-discrimination laws, LGBTQ+ organizations failed to realize how the criminal justice system was harming the exact people they had set out to protect via mass incarceration.
     Recognizing how Black issues in this country are often sidelined, celebrating our collective freedom on Independence Day—and not Juneteenth, when all ethnicities were freed—is off-putting. But to also share a month with LGBTQ+ Pride, which started a hundred years after Juneteenth, has drawn the ire of the Black community. By commemorating important days in our history, it keeps us educated about this country’s mistakes. Otherwise, those mistakes end up happening again. The fact that so many people are aware of Pride but don’t have the same energy for Juneteenth reflects the role of white supremacy in the structure of this country.
     These are the issues that complicate my experience as a queer Black woman. I want to celebrate all of the facets of my identity. I want to recognize the struggles my many communities have had to overcome and not be forced to pick between marginalized communities. The quote “Until we are all free, we are none of us free” by poet Emma Lazarus rings true.”

Gabrielle Alexa Noel
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HAPPENING TODAY, SUNDAY, JUNE 20th, 2021

Abenaki Heritage Weekend
co-hosted by Vermont Abenaki Artists Association and Lake Champlain Maritime Museum, with support from: New England Foundation for the Arts, National Endowment for the Arts Vermont Humanities Council
Ending today, Sunday, June 20th, 2021, Online. 1pm.
More details coming soon. We invite you to contact us with specific questions and comments. Email [email protected] or call 802-579-0049 after 5pm.
A 5-day FREE virtual celebration of Abenaki heritage. Meet Abenaki culture bearers and gain a richer experience and understanding of the Abenaki contribution to life in the Champlain Valley. Enjoy conversations and demonstrations with artists from participating tribes who invite you to share their indigenous arts, traditions, stories, language, and more.
Register in advance for Zoom sessions that will be announced shortly.
Sessions themed for all ages, with special programs for young audiences Pre-K to Grade 2, Grades 4 and up.
June 20, 1 pm - Abenaki Music and Crafts

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The Abenaki Canoe Build
hosted by VT Abenaki Artists Association and Lake Champlain Maritime Museum
Sunday, June 20th, 2021, Online. 5pm.
*CLICK LINK TO REGISTER FOR THIS PROGRAM: https://forms.gle/MKWkL7o14sqVZ8FK8
*After registering you will receive a confirmation email with the Zoom link.
Free, donations appreciated. Open to adults, families, scout troops with children fourth grade and up.
Virtual Abenaki Heritage Weekend presents The Abenaki Canoe Build, chronicling how Abenaki basketmaker Bill Gould teamed up with artist and toolmaker Reid Schwartz to build a birchbark canoe from start to finish. The screening will be followed by a live Q & A and discussion with Gould and Schwartz. Recommended for High School students and adults.
A lumberman by trade, Bill Gould is a master artist of the Vermont Abenaki Artists Association, a citizen of the Nulhegan Band of the Coosuk Abenaki, and a juried member of the League of New Hampshire Craftsmen. Reid Schwartz is a non-indigenous artist with a BFA from Massachusetts College of Art and Design who creates handmade woodcarving tools and miniature bark canoes, and has taught and assisted courses for Plymouth Craft and the Penland School of Craft.
Designing, building, and launching their first full-sized birch bark canoe was a new adventure for these experienced woodworkers. “We learned so much,” says Gould, “and we have already started work on our next canoe!
This program will be recorded by VAAA/AAEC and published on the Abenaki Arts & Education YouTube channel.
Funded in part by Vermont Humanities Council, New England Foundation for the Arts, and the National Endowment for the Arts.

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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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HAPPENING THIS WEEK, MONDAY, JUNE 21st, 2021-SUNDAY, JUNE 27th, 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, 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, June 21st, 2021-Thursday, June 24th, 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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Free Meals for Children 18 and Younger in Vermont!
Begins on Monday, June 21st, 2021 and runs until Friday, August 20th, 2021.
Got questions? Reach out to Ali West at [email protected] for help.
It’s Summer and the living is easy….especially where you sign up for FREE Summer meals!
The following sites are open to any child 18 years and younger to pick up breakfast and lunch daily. Begins on June 21st, 2021and runs until August 20th, 2021.

  • Dummerston Town Office Monday - Friday 10:30am - 11am
    ● Guilford Public Library Monday - Friday 9:30am - 10am
    ● Putney Public Library Monday - Friday 10:30am - 11:15am
    ● Vernon Fire Department Monday - Friday 10:45am - 11:15am

Please use this link: https://forms.gle/L1Wq6iwQK8U1cpi57 to sign up for meals at your preferred site.

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Northshire Live: A Poetry Reading with Shanta Lee Gander and Bianca Stone
Tuesday, June 22nd, 2021, Online. 6pm.

Tickets are available here: https://www.eventbrite.com/e/154455479497/. If you have questions about this or any Northshire event, please e-mail us at [email protected]
Join us for a poetry reading in celebration of Shanta Lee Gander’s debut full-length collection Ghettoclaustrophobia.
To celebrate the publication of Shanta Lee Gander’s debut full-length collection Ghettoclaustrophobia, Northshire Bookstore is hosting a special virtual reading with Shanta and Northshire staff favorite Bianca Stone.
“Shanta Lee’s poems are adamant and stirring. They have incredible force and intimacy, the sound hit every part of me. ‘Some sounds invite eavesdropping to all / the befores. Before all the gates of / never return, before tongues couldn’t / be trained in what they no longer are’ she writes in the poem ‘Black Book of Creation,’ which mimics the experience of reading this book. This is an incredible book. A complex multiverse of language, nightmares, visions, history, the forgotten, the painful—but also that incredibleness of human resilience and togetherness. In this book there is conversation with both the reader, with history, with family, the very stars themselves. I feel the presence of the mother, the mother’s mothers, and on and on—all the way back to the first mother, the first stardust. And because of that, this is a book I will return to again and again.” —Bianca Stone, author of Gertrude and The Mobius Strip Club of Grief

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Vermont Food Bank Food Drop
hosted by the Putney Foodshelf
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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Marlboro Community Food Share
hosted by the Marlboro Community Center
Thursday, June 24th, 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, June 24th, 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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Parents in Recovery Book Club: Flight of the Puffin by Ann Braden
sponsored by the New Moms Support Network and Turning Point
Starting Thursday, June 24th, 2021 and continuing on Thursday Evenings at Turning Point Recovery Center (39 Elm Street, Brattleboro, VT, 05301). 7pm-8pm.
The book will be provided for free. Join us in person, or call (802) 802-618-0006 for the ZOOM link.
PARENTS IN RECOVERY!!! (including grandparents, family members, and other folks in recovery that are raising other's kids):
Join our book club-you'll read a great book, connect with other parents in recovery, AND you can bring your kids--snacks provided! This time we are reading Flight of the Puffin by local author Ann Braden.  Our first meeting will be 7-8pm on Thursday the 24th at Turning Point. Spread the word!

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Critical Mass Bicycle Ride
hosted by 350 Brattleboro, VBike, and 350 Vermont
Friday, June 25th, 2021, at The Brattleboro Common (Park Place and Route 30, Brattleboro, VT, 05301). 5pm-6pm.
Questions? Email [email protected]
We're continuing with Critical Mass Rides on the last Friday of every month! We will adhere to physical distancing recommendations and masks are recommended.
Kids and families welcome! Critical (and "Kidical") Mass rides have a unique way of energizing folks around bike mobility, transportation solutions, and amplifying our collective ability and power to begin reclaiming our streets and communities. We need this, and we need YOU!
Agenda:
5pm: We'll be starting at the Brattleboro Common. We'll get organized, decorate bikes, and go over our route.
5:15pm: Begin Critical Mass ride. This is a high-visibility downtown route!
5:45pm: Join Solidarity Fridays rally at Pliny Park or continue back to the Common. [Visit Solidarity Fridays event page at https://www.facebook.com/events/370889857598308/ ]
Image credit: Hugh D'Andrade

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Solidarity Fridays
Friday, June 25th, 2021, Pliny Park (corner of High Street and Main Street, Brattleboro, VT, 05301). 5pm-6pm. Please observe Covid 19 safety protocols and social distancing. Brattleboro Coalition contact: [email protected]
You may have seen the Solidarity Friday demonstrations on the Pliny Park corner that began last Summer and continued into the Fall. In-person actions were paused due to COVID restrictions, but we continued meeting via Zoom, learning about our shared concerns and building our coalition. In the ongoing work to gain more participation in and deepen the understanding of our actions, the involved organizations wanted to explain our purpose for Solidarity Fridays in preparation for starting again. 
Four Brattleboro-based organizations - Brattleboro Solidarity, The Root Social Justice Center, Lost River Racial Justice, and The Tenants Union of Brattleboro came together last summer during the Black Lives Matter uprisings. Later, we were joined by 350 Brattleboro, the VT Debt Collective, Youth 4 Change, and Out in the Open (supporting remotely). Together, we recognized that, while we were witnessing the streets come alive across the country against police brutality, the streets must stay alive in order to enact the level of broad changes across struggles that are urgently needed - for humans, animals, and the planet. 
The coalition acts with these shared principles:  

  1. Everyone should have what they need. 
  2. People’s lives over profit. 
  3. All of our struggles are tied together. 

We believe that the basic necessities for a healthy life are non-negotiable. There is no excuse for hunger, homelessness, or death from curable diseases anywhere in the world. All of our struggles are tied together. We believe that the struggle for Black liberation and against police brutality and racism is also a struggle against the exploitation of poor working people. We see how those with power benefit from the divisions that they sow amongst us. We acknowledge and address our diverse struggles while we assert that we have more commonalities than differences. We are stronger together.
We are on the street on Fridays because we believe that being united in our struggles is important in paving a new path forward. We choose not to fight against or react to those who disagree with us, but rather invite them to talk with us so that we may find our common interests and beliefs. Being on the streets together raises our spirits, breaks isolation, and helps build a network of people who want to do this work together. We invite you to join us weekly on Fridays to make connections - both with other people and between struggles! - and to take a stand for a more just world.

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NEW TIME: Putney Foodshelf Weekly Open Hours
Saturday, June 26th, 2021, at 10 Christian Square, Putney, VT, 05346. 9am-10:30am.
Message us on our FB page HERE, call 802.387.8551, or email [email protected] with questions. www.putneyfoodshelf.org.
Curbside Open Hours. All are welcome - we just ask you to provide your town of residence and number in household for our data tracking purposes.
Stay in your car, please. Volunteers will take your order and bring out boxes of food, including nonperishable items, fresh produce, paper goods, meat, and dairy products.

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Red Cross Blood Drive at the Winston Prouty Campus
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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Can You Hear Us Now: Film Screening and Panel Discussion
hosted by Lean Left Vermont
Virtual Film Showing:
Sunday, June 27th 2021-Wednesday, June 30th, 2021
Panel Discussion:
Wednesday, June 30th, 2021, Online. 6pm.
Please register here: https://watch.showandtell.film/watch/llv
Through the stories of four determined Wisconsin women, the documentary Can You Hear Us Now, unravels the way years of one-party control has eroded democracy. As extreme partisanship has become the norm, Wisconsin voters find their lives are increasingly irrelevant to state lawmakers.
Lean Left Vermont is proud to host this special screening of a powerful new film that shows the personal and political impact in Wisconsin of anti-democratic policies and one of the most gerrymandered state legislative maps in the country.
The film is particularly relevant for us in 2021 when redistricting, at federal and state levels, looms large in states around the country. Our post-screening panel will feature activists from the film, along with Doug Poland, a lawyer fighting for fair maps in Wisconsin.
At the post film panel, you will hear how activists are fighting back in Wisconsin through elections, redistricting, and the courts. Join Lean Left Vermont's post-screening panel to hear about how activists are fighting back against gerrymandering and other anti-democratic measures in Wisconsin. Lean Left Vermont's Ann Smith will lead a conversation with Law Forward's Doug Poland, film subjects Rebecca Clarke and Sheila Plotkin, and filmmakers Jim Cricchi & Susan Peters.
This event is free to join but we strongly encourage you to make a donation that will raise funds for two organizations that are leading the fight in Wisconsin. You can donate here to Law Forward and Citizen Action of Wisconsin.

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UPCOMING EVENTS

America on Fire: The Untold Story of Police Violence and Black Rebellion by Elizabeth Hinton
hosted by the Social Justice Committee of St. Michael's and the Windham County NAACP, and Everyone’s Books
Monday, June 28th, 2021, Online. 6pm.

Access the discussion HERE.
Elizabeth Hinton, discusses her new book America on Fire: The Untold History of Police Violence and Black Rebellion Since the 1960s on Monday, June 28 at 6pm. 
Please do join us for what promises to be an informative and possibly provocative conversation.

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Parenting for Liberation Virtual Chat Series
hosted by Parenting 4 Racial Justice
Tuesday, June 29th, 2021
Tuesday, July 6th, 2021, Online. 7pm-8:30pm.
You can reserve your spot in the series by signing up for the event at https://www.eventbrite.com/.../parenting-for-liberation-a...
Join Amber and Angela and a group of parents to share joys and challenges of parenting for social and healing justice. We'll hold space for grief, laughter, ideas and resource sharing, begin to practice somatic embodied skills, and heal together. We are all carrying so much, let's support each other in making the load lighter and building the resilience and resources necessary to parent in a way that aligns our actions with our embodied values.
We recommend coming to all three sessions, but welcome people to sign up if they can come to at least two sessions. 
Our cost is $0-$100 per week, sliding scale. To choose what you will pay please see our sliding scale guide (https://docs.google.com/.../1apg7.../edit...). We value EVERYTHING each person brings to the workshop, not just financial support. AND: we gotta get paid to keep putting on workshops. We do a lot of unpaid racial justice and healing work, and facilitating these workshops is our paid work. We charge using a sliding scale. It isn’t a perfect way to correct for the unfair, harmful economic system we live in, but it’s a start.
This chat series is limited to 20 participants. Register today at https://www.eventbrite.com/.../parenting-for-liberation-a...
We hope to see you at this chat series. If you are interested, and can't make it to these dates, let us know so we can get another series scheduled soon.
For justice! For healing! For liberation!

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People’s Hearing on the Right to Healthcare
hosted by the VT Workers’ Center
Wednesday, June 30th, 2021, Online. 6pm-8pm.
Free. Click here to register and receive the Zoom link: https://www.workerscenter.org/calendar/2021/06/30/peoples-hearing-on-the-right-to-healthcare
Do you have a healthcare story? You are not alone!
Come to this People’s Hearing to share your experience or to listen to others’ stories, as we share the effects of the healthcare crisis on our families and communities and talk about what we need from our healthcare system. Right now, thousands of people in Vermont are unable to get the healthcare we need -- and yet drug and health insurance companies are reporting massive profits, enabled by policy decisions that elevate profit over human life. 

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Report Back from Treaty People Gathering to Stop Line 3
Wednesday, June 30th, 2021 at Rich Earth Institute (355 Old Ferry Road, Brattleboro, VT, 05301) and Online. 6:30pm-8pm.
This event will be hybrid in person and remote. Register in advance to join via Zoom - https://us02web.zoom.us/.../tZ0lc...
Join Nancy Braus, Chandra Bossard, and Bert Picard for a report back from their time in Anishinaabe territory of northern Minnesota for the Treaty People Gathering to stop Line 3, a proposed expansion of a disastrous Enbridge tar sands pipeline. They'll share reflections, photos, songs, and ways to take solidarity action, either from afar or by joining the frontlines!
Read more about their journey at https://350vermont.org/vermont-residents-in-minnesota-in.../ and at https://www.reformer.com/.../article_f94c103a-cacb-11eb...
Learn more at stopline3.org

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2nd Annual Southern VT Sister District Blue States USA Croquet
Saturday, July 3rd, 2021 and Sunday, July 4th, 2021, in Putney Village. 9am-4pm.

Sign up for a tee time here: https://www.signupgenius.com/go/904044fa4aa29a4f58-blue
Southern VT Sister District will host our 2nd annual, 4th-of-July-weekend, croquet fundraiser for our Virginia candidates. Held in Putney village, this family-friendly, COVID-conscious event is a BLAST! 
Bring your friends and family and enjoy how the local artists and activists capture this year's theme, Hopes for our Future, with their whimsical wickets.
Last year we raised over $2000. This year we aim for over $3000. Donations collected at the event.

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Brattleboro Premiere of Sisters Rising
presented by Windham World Affairs Council
Thursday, July 8th, 2021 at 118 Elliot Gallery (118 Elliot Street, Brattleboro, VT, 05301). 7pm.
Pre-register for the film at https://www.eventbrite.com/.../wwac-presents-sisters...
The event will be held Thursday, July 8, 2021, 7:00 pm at 118 Elliot. Like all WWAC events, the screening of Sisters Rising is free and open to the public. A suggested $10 donation will be accepted at the door. Capacity is limited. Folks who have not received the Corona Virus vaccine are required to wear a mask during this event.
As a part of the celebration of the 60th anniversary of Windham World Affairs council, Sisters Rising tackles the global issue of violence against indigenous women as a powerful feature documentary about six Native American women reclaiming personal & tribal sovereignty. Q&A with the filmmakers will follow the screening.
Native American women are 2.5 times more likely to experience sexual assault than all other American women. 1 in 3 Native women report having been raped during her lifetime and 86% of the offenses are committed by non-Native men. These perpetrators exploit gaps in tribal jurisdictional authority and target Native women as ‘safe victims’. Sisters Rising follows six women who refuse to let this pattern of violence continue in the shadows: a tribal cop in the midst of the North Dakota oil boom, an attorney fighting to overturn restrictions on tribal sovereignty, an Indigenous women’s self-defense instructor, grassroots advocates working to influence legislative change, and the author of the first anti-sex trafficking code to be introduced to a reservation’s tribal court. Their stories shine an unflinching light on righting injustice on both an individual and systemic level.
Sisters Rising was directed and produced by Brattleboro filmmakers, and Marlboro College alumni Willow O’Feral and Brad Heck who respectively directed and co-produced the award-winning documentary Break the Silence: Reproductive & Sexual Health Stories. Sisters Rising was coproduced by Jaida Grey Eager (Oglala Lakota), with executive producer Tantoo Cardinal (Cree/Metis).
"The abhorrent violence that is a constant in the lives of Indigenous peoples impacts Indigenous women first,” says Co-producer Jaida Grey Eagle (Oglala Lakota), “We are on the frontlines of an ongoing legacy of violent colonization, and it is vitally important that the world see and hear us.”
Sisters Rising is the recipient of the Best Film Award - Women’s Voices Now Film Festival - 2021; Best Documentary Feature Award - American Indian Film Festival - 2020; Thaddeus Stevens Award - Middlebury New Filmmakers Festival - 2020; Honorable Mention Big Sky Award - Big Sky Film Festival – 2020.
"In a portrait of six brave participants who refuse to let a pattern of violence against Native women continue on in the shadows, this film shines an unflinching and ultimately uplifting light onto righting injustice on both an individual and systemic level." - Big Sky Jury Statement about Sisters Rising.
Windham World Affairs Council is celebrating its 60th year bringing topics and issues of global importance to the people of Windham County with free, high-quality programming. WWAC is the smallest member of the national organization World Affairs Councils of America, and the only one run entirely by volunteers. Annual memberships support the operating costs of the WWAC. If you are interested in learning more about 
WWAC find further information on the website: https://www.windhamworldaffairscouncil.org.
Join the Sisters Rising afterparty with Willow and Brad by becoming a member or renewing your WWAC membership at https://www.windhamworldaffairscouncil.org/join-wwac.../
WWAC presents Sisters Rising is sponsored in part by Mocha Joe’s and Creative Catalyst Communications.
PANELISTS
Willow O’Feral, Director/Producer
Brad Heck, Director/Producer

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Poetry + Film Weekend!
Friday, July 16th, 2021 at Epsilon Spires (190 Main Street, Brattleboro, VT, 05301). 7pm-10pm.
Tickets: $20. You can purchase tickets here: https://www.epsilonspires.org/event-info/poetry-film-weekend.
Epsilon Spires presents a special Backlot Cinema event featuring artist Shanta Lee Gander in addition to cinematic treats, Hey Little Black Girl and The Fits.
A Celebration of Black Girlhood with Poetry, Film, Food & Chocolate in our Outdoor Cinema! Featuring the films Hey Little Black Girl and The Fits, and poetry read by Shanta Lee Gander from her new debut book, GHETTOCLAUSTROPHOBIA: Dreamin of Mama While Trying to Speak Woman in Woke Tongues. 
Shanta Lee will be doing a short reading prior to each of these features throughout the weekend from her debut poetry book, GHETTOCLAUSTROPHOBIA: Dreamin of Mama While Trying to Speak Woman in Woke Tongues (Diode Editions June 2021). The range of art forms paired together share an exploration of self, time, and what it means to take space within Black girlhood and womanhood in America.
As a part of this celebratory event for Shanta Lee’s book launch, special dishes and treats inspired by the poems within GHETTOCLAUSTROPHOBIA will be a part of this special experience.

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Raised on Rock: Raising Funds for Westminster Church and VT Meals on Wheels
hosted by Strange Brew Tattoo and Body Piercing
Sunday, August 1st, 2021 at 18 Metcalf Drive (off VT Rt 5), Wesminster, VT 05158. 2pm-8pm.
10$ donation requested.
Strange Brew Tattoo welcomes you to enjoy live music & home cooked BBQ at our annual outdoor and socially distanced event. As last year’s event was a success in raising funds that delivered PPE for our local healthcare workers as well as helped our local community, we will again be following state Covid protocols to make this year’s event even more successful! We encourage everyone to be safe and we look forward to seeing you all again! Tattoos will be done first come first served out of our Get What You Get machine. Bands are to be announced, and updates will be given as we get closer to August 1st. We hope to see you there!

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COMMUNITY SUPPORT OPPORTUNITIES

From Lean Left Vermont:
The Fight Is On For Voting Rights
Senator Manchin has said he will vote against the For the People Act. It is time to fight like hell.
In 1964 it took standing strong during a 54-day filibuster by Southern Senators to pass the Civil Rights Act. Senator Schumer and the Democrats have to stick to their beliefs and have the courage to put the For the People Act up for a vote on June 21 as scheduled!
Let the filibusters begin. 

  • Call, text, or email anyone and everyone you know in New York and ask them to contact Senator Schumer’s office and tell him not to waver on bringing the bill up for a vote. Here is his website and his Washington office number (202) 224-6542
  • Call  or email our senators, Bernie and Pat, and tell them to stick with it, speak out, and not let Schumer let this go. 
  • Take action. Keep checking the website for current actions. These will be changing as our partner groups figure out the best way to put pressure on the hold-out Senators.
  • Use your social media -- Facebook, Instagram, or Twitter -- for democracy and get the facts out there. Find these great graphics and messages at Voting Rights Lab.
  • Stay up to date on the latest information by attending the End Citizens United/Let America Vote Thursday lunch events.

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Full Plates VT Announcement
The USDA has announced that May will be the final month of the Farmers to Families program. However, the Vermont Foodbank is excited to announce the launch of Full Plates VT. Full Plates VT will distribute food boxes at drive-thru style distributions throughout all fourteen counties in Vermont. The program is currently scheduled to run from June – September, 2021.
To keep wait times to a minimum, reservations will be required for the distributions. Registration will go live on May 24th and new dates will be added to the registration website every two weeks. To register and see the dates and locations, please visit vtfoodbank.org/gethelp or call 833-670-2254 for assistance. 
Each reservation will receive fresh produce along with other fresh and self-stable products.
Each household must register for their own food box and self-certify that they meet the income guidelines. You will not be asked for proof of income.
If you are unable to attend the event in person, you may register for a food box and designate another person to pick it up from the distribution. https://www.vtfoodbank.org/coronavirus-services-for...

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Health Equity and BI&POC Vaccine Clinics in Vermont: Now Registering 12 years and up!

The Vermont Professionals of Color Network created this amazing website to promote Health Equity and BI&POC vaccine clinics in Vermont. Their new site offers upcoming events, latest press, demonstrates their collaborative work, and even has a playlist of clinic jams to celebrate life preserving vaccine! Check it out at https://www.vermonthealthequity.org/
Vermont Health Equity Initiative -VHEI

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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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   Please remember to check with your event prior to in-person arrival to clarify their masking and distancing policies. Thank you! 

Your Friendly WeCAN Admins,

Joanna and Sam 

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