Weekly Email Update 7.26.21

Weekly Email Update 7.26.21

"Election days come and go. But the struggle of the people to create a government which represents all of us and not just the one percent - a government based on the principles of economic, social, racial and environmental justice - that struggle continues."
Vermont Senator Bernie Sanders

     This week's Weekly Email Update is chock full of ways to work for justice in Windham County, WeCAN readers. New entries this week include the Vermont premiere of the filmed production of "BABYLON: Journeys of Refugees" by Sandglass Theater, Michael Mechanic and Chuck Colllins, both authors, in conversation about the surprising advantages and pitfalls of hoarding wealth in an event titled "The Rich Get Richer: How Our Quest to Accumulate Wealth Has Divided America", and "Palestine & Hiroshima: US Wars, Then and Now", a discussion of connections between U.S. policy of expansion and the occupation of Palestine by Israel. We look forward to seeing you at an event or discussion soon!

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HAPPENING THIS WEEK: MONDAY, JULY 26th, 2021-SUNDAY, AUGUST 1st, 2021

County Conversations: Dover, Wardsboro, and Wilmington
hosted by Windham County Democrats
Tuesday, July 27th, 2021, Online. 6:30pm.
Please join us for this conversation on Zoom by registering HERE.
The Windham County Democratic Committee invites you to participate in a listening session to discuss improvements for our local Democratic party. If you identify as or tend to vote Democratic, we invite you to attend and to share the issues and values that are important to you. We also want to hear your perspectives on our party’s organization. This session is one in a series of listening sessions that Democratic Committee is holding around the county this summer. If you are interested in other dates and locations, you can visit the webpage at https://windhamcountyvtdemocrats.org.

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Palestine: Learning History to Address the Present
presented by Brattleboro Solidarity
Wednesday, July 28th, 2021,
Wednesday, August 4th, 2021, and
Wednesday, August 11th, 2021
In person or via Zoom. 6pm-6pm.
Email [email protected] to sign up.
Join us in our study of Palestinian History from the 1800s-present day. We will discuss the implications of US military aid to Israel and continue to find ways to work in solidarity with Palestinian people. Selected readings, videos, movies, and speakers will inform our study! Sign up today! 

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Story Slam: Destigmatize
hosted by Planned Parenthood of Northern New England
Wednesday, July 28th, 2021 at 118 Gallery (118 Elliot Street, Brattleboro, VT, 05301). 6pm-8pm. Free admission.
If you would like to share your story at the event, prior registration is required, visit this link to sign up: https://www.weareplannedparenthood.org/a/sharestoryvt2021...
We want YOU to be a part of the Brattleboro Story Slam and we want to hear your story!
We are collecting submissions now through the link above. Limited spots are available and prior registration is required.

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Full Plates VT in Brattleboro
Thursday, July 29th, 2021 at SIT (Kipling Road, Brattleboro, VT, 05301). Times vary. Please click this link to confirm availability and to register up to 3 households: 
https://www.eventbrite.com/e/full-plates-vt-tickets-151480705869
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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A Silent Vigil of Loving Kindness
Thursday, July 29th, 2021 at Wells Fountain (298-250 VT-30, Brattleboro, VT 05301). 4:30pm-5:30pm.
For further information and to be on the mailing list for future vigils, please contact Tim Stevenson, [email protected]
Under a banner that reads, “Holding a Space of Loving Kindness for All Living Beings,” we conduct a silent vigil on alternating Wednesdays and Thursdays, every other week, 4:30pm-5:30pm, @ Wells Fountain across from Brooks Library and the Municipal Building, downtown Brattleboro.
Our purpose is to serve as a living reminder of the inherent goodness of each of us, as well as our inextricable connection with one another.
For a few minutes or the entire hour, all are welcome to join us in extending sentiments of loving kindness to all living beings: to family and friends, neighbors and strangers, kindred spirits and adversaries, human and non-human beings, alike. And to ourselves, as well. People may choose to stand, kneel, or sit in a chair they bring (there are stone benches circling the Fountain).

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Marlboro Community Food Share
hosted by the Marlboro Community Center
Thursday, July 29th, 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, July 29th, 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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Solidarity Fridays
Friday, July 30th, 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: brattleborosolidari[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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Critical Mass Bike Ride
hosted by 350 Brattleboro, 350 Vermont, and VBike
Friday, July 30th, 2021 at The Brattleboro Common (Park Place, Brattleboro, VT, 05301). 5pm-6pm.
Questions? Email [email protected]
Image credit: Hugh D'Andrade
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/ ]

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Putney Foodshelf Weekly Open Hours
Saturday, July 31st, 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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Babylon: Journeys of Refugees
hosted by Epsilon Spires and Sandglass Theatre
Saturday, July 31st, 2021 at Epsilon Spires (190 Main Street, Brattleboro, VT, 05301). 7:30pm-10pm.
Vermont premiere of the filmed production of BABYLON: Journeys of Refugees by Sandglass Theater. A moving and action-packed multimedia experience that looks at the relationship of refugees to their homelands, lost and new, and the conflicts that exist within the countries to which they flee.
This event includes an artist discussion and Q&A and Somali Bantu catering by chef Said Bulle of Jilib Jiblets.
SANDGLASS THEATER’s action-packed, high-energy production is a response to the worldwide refugee crisis and it’s impact on communities in the United States. Working with the USCRI Vermont (US Committee for Refugees and Immigrants), we seek to understand the challenges that face refugees and asylum seekers. Sandglass conducted research and interviews with new residents who immigrated to the US in order to gain insight into their plight and the challenges of resettlement. Babylon looks at the relationship of refugees to their homelands, lost and new, and the conflicts that exist within the countries to which they flee. Using puppets and moving panoramic scrolls, five actor/singer/puppeteers tell refugees’ stories in original four-part choral songs. Film by Haptic Pictures.
TRAILER: https://vimeo.com/274571683
Babylon: journeys of refugees was made possible with funding by the New England Foundation for the Arts' National Theater Project, with lead funding from The Andrew W. Mellon Foundation and additional support from the Doris Duke Charitable Foundation. Additional support for Babylon was awarded from The National Endowment for the Arts, The Fresh Sound Foundation, The Jim Henson Foundation, The McKenzie Family Charitable Trust, The Vermont Community Foundation, The National Performance Network with commissions from The Flynn Center, Portland Ovations, Columbia College Chicago Center for Community Arts Partnerships. Additional touring support is provided through the generosity of The Doris Duke Foundation for Islamic Art’s Building Bridges Program and by the New England Foundation for the Arts' National Theater Project, with lead funding from The Andrew W. Mellon Foundation and additional support from the Doris Duke Charitable Foundation.

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Share the Harvest Stand
a project of Edible Brattleboro
Sunday, August 1st, 2021 and every Sunday until October 31st, 2021 in the garden at Turning Point Recovery Center (corner of Frost Street and Elm Street, Brattleboro, VT, 05301). 11am-1pm.
Fresh produce available at no cost thanks to local farmers, VT Foodbank and local gardeners. Donations accepted with gratitude. If you have surplus from your garden, please drop them off on Saturdays between 3 and 3:45pm, or Sundays between 10:30 and 11:15am, or by appointment (call or text 516-298-9119).

Edible Brattleboro’s Share the Harvest Stand Needs Volunteers
Sign-up here:
https://signup.com/client/invitation2/secure/245496458026/false#/invitation
Please consider offering the gift of your time. Time Traders, Brattleboro Food Co-op shareholders, and students can log their hours for community service credit.
We always pair up a new volunteer with an experienced one, so if you have never volunteered, don't worry. You will have guidance from an experienced person and detailed written instructions. If you value this service, I urge you to please sign up for a time slot (or two or three) so we can continue to offer fresh free produce to our neighbors through October. More on how to volunteer below.

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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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UPCOMING EVENTS

Vermont Food Bank’s Veggie Van Go Upcoming Schedule
The First and Third Mondays of Every Month in the parking lot across the street from the main entrance to Brattleboro Union High School (131 Fairground Road, Brattleboro, VT, 05301). 10am-11:30am. 
Veggie Van Go is a program through the Vermont Foodbank that gives out free produce and local food for people to take home.
Monday, August 2nd, 2021
Monday, August 16th, 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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County Conversations: Marlboro, Newfane, and Townshend
hosted by Windham County Democrats
Tuesday, August 3rd, 2021, Online. 6:30pm.
Please join us for this conversation on Zoom by registering HERE.
The Windham County Democratic Committee invites you to participate in a listening session to discuss improvements for our local Democratic party. If you identify as or tend to vote Democratic, we invite you to attend and to share the issues and values that are important to you. We also want to hear your perspectives on our party’s organization. This session is one in a series of listening sessions that Democratic Committee is holding around the county this summer. If you are interested in other dates and locations, you can visit the webpage at https://windhamcountyvtdemocrats.org.

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The Rich Get Richer: How Our Quest to Accumulate Wealth Has Divided America
co-sponsored by Everyone’s Books and 118 Gallery
Tuesday, August 3rd, 2021 at 118 Gallery (118 Elliot Street, Brattleboro, VT, 05301). 7pm.
Event limited to 50 people. Masks required if unvaccinated. Free/donations welcome.
Join Michael Mechanic and Chuck Colllins, both authors, in conversation about the surprising advantages and pitfalls of hoarding wealth. 

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SAVE THE DATE!
Film: Taking Root

presented by the Windham World Affairs Council
Thursday, August 5th, 2021, location to be announced. 7pm.
Location details and registration link to be confirmed shortly.
Windham World Affairs Council is teaming up with the Latchis Theatre Spotlight Series to present TAKING ROOT, a film by local filmmakers Lisa Merton and Alan Dater.
This year WWAC is celebrating its 60th anniversary providing a world affairs and issues forum for Windham County. As a part of this celebration, WWAC is bringing the global local by sharing enlightening work on global issues by local filmmakers.
Taking Root is the extraordinary story of Wangari Maathai who was raised on the rural highlands of Kenya and founded the Greenbelt Movement encouraging African women to plant trees as a restorative environmental measure. This work led her to become the first African woman and environmentalist to win a Nobel Peace Prize in 2004. She was also a board member at SIT.
Taking Root captures a world-view in which nothing is perceived as impossible and presents an awe-inspiring profile of Maathai's thirty year journey of courage to protect the integrally connected issues of the environment, human rights, and democracy.

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Palestine & Hiroshima: US Wars, Then and Now 
hosted by Brattleboro Solidarity
Friday, August 6th, 2021 on the Brattleboro Commons (Park Place and Route 30, Brattleboro, VT, 05301). 6pm. 
Join Brattleboro Solidarity on Friday, August 6 at 6PM at the Brattleboro Commons as we welcome Lara Kiswani, Executive Director of the Arab Resource and Organizing Center (AROC). AROC serves poor and working class Arabs and Muslims across the San Francisco Bay Area and works to overturn racism, forced migration, and militarism. Lara joins us to discuss connections between U.S. policy of expansion and the occupation of her homeland of Palestine by Israel. 
Hiroshima was bombed by the US on August 6, 1945. Seventy six years later, we come together to understand the continued military occupation and ongoing pillage of our world. Clear connections exist between Palestine and Hiroshima: intense violence, displacement, internment and demolition of communities and infrastructure, deprivation and hunger, targeting of people. The Israeli apartheid system is made possible by US funding and support - more than $100 billion USD over the last 50 years. That apartheid system is discrimination against Palestinians, land theft, home demolition, imprisonment, and many more such policies. Israel is a partner in US control and destabilization of this oil-rich region that fuels US wars across the world. 
Global liberation requires world-wide resistance. In this historical moment, Palestine sits at the center of these global struggles against militarism, climate disaster, racism, starvation, health inequity and much more.  Our efforts to defeat apartheid and resist injustice means funding housing and health. We must make strong connections between the fight against Israeli apartheid and the injustice in our own communities. 
Join us in making every effort to further international solidarity here in the US and in our own communities. 

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Summer Music Camp: Lyrics, Songs, Poems, and the World
hosted by Spark Teacher Education Institute
Monday, August 9th, 2021- Friday, August 13th, 2021 in Putney, VT.
$10 per day, sliding scale. Activities will take place outside under tents, 6 feet apart. To sign up please visit Spark Teacher Education Institute on Facebook, call 802.451.0291, or email us at [email protected]
Children ages 11yrs-17yrs are invited to participate in singing, song and poetry writing, accompanied by music with licensed teachers.

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County Conversations: Jamaica, Stratton, and Windham
hosted by Windham County Democrats
Tuesday, August 10th, 2021, Online. 6:30pm.
Please join us for this conversation on Zoom by registering HERE.
The Windham County Democratic Committee invites you to participate in a listening session to discuss improvements for our local Democratic party. If you identify as or tend to vote Democratic, we invite you to attend and to share the issues and values that are important to you. We also want to hear your perspectives on our party’s organization. This session is one in a series of listening sessions that Democratic Committee is holding around the county this summer. If you are interested in other dates and locations, you can visit the webpage at https://windhamcountyvtdemocrats.org.

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Fried Chicken Fundraiser
hosted by the Windham County Democrats
Saturday, August 14th, 2021 at 73 South St. Brattleboro, VT. 5pm.
More details and tickets are available at this website or email us at [email protected] to be added to the guest list. The requested donation is $50 per adult with all proceeds going to support Democratic candidates for the Vermont House of Representatives.
Welcome to the social event of year! It still feels wild to be reemerging into public life, and we are very excited to share this opportunity for spending time together. On Saturday, August 14, come enjoy a delicious outdoor fried chicken dinner while helping raise money for the Democrat’s House Campaign Committee. There will be swing music and dancing by Zara Bode’s Big Band, signature cocktails and drinks, yard games for the kids, and plenty of great dinner guests to socialize with including special guests - Speaker of the House Jill Krowinski and Senate Pro Temp Becca Balint. A warm summer evening in Brattleboro, delicious food, good company, and great music. This is the summer social event to come out for!
Help us maintain the Democratic majority that serves all Vermonters.  
It’s been over a year since many of us have been able to meet in person.  We look forward to coming together on this wonderful evening. 

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Red Cross Blood Drive at the Winston Prouty Campus
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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Queer Dance Party and Cabaret
hosted by The Stone Church and Brattleboro Queer Dance Parties
Friday, September 17th, 2021 at The Stone Church (Main Street, Brattleboro, VT, 05301). 9pm-1am.
Tickets are now available on a sliding scale from $5-$15. Please go here https://stonechurchvt.com/#/events?event_id=43126 to purchase tickets.
More info to come! 

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HOUSING AVAILABLE

Housing Offered for Activists in Return for Internship with Brattleboro Common Sense
Join Brattleboro Common Sense: together, our voice goes far. [email protected]  
Room and board are offered as a STIPEND for an internship with BCS. (See BrattleboroCommonSense.org, a small philanthropic organization.  501c-3)  Advance new rent control legislation and police disarmament with us as we transition to an activist half-way house.   
Living space is nice, but under remodeling.  Right now there are two five other people, a bird a cat and two dogs sharing the house and getting along well.  Two work for BCS; one is an intern.  Most of the house is furnished.  It's a pretty big house, a flexible situation.   It's two floors of an old wood-frame house, with trees and a big yard.  The downstairs conference room and parlor occasionally used (hardly used at all since COVID) by BCS.  The matters of more pets, laundry, and start date are negotiable. Send a resume including activism if you’re interested, and we will respond quickly.
Work is very flexible part time: talking, petitioning, fund-raising, survey-taking, social media communications, research, writing and promoting a climate emergency declaration. Our declaration is for all humans: church-goers, soldiers, farmers, Republicans, not just liberals and climate activists.  Our work is unique and aggressive. We aim to make a difference across the nation.
In 2010 BCS won a court order ending censorship of petitions by town government, so that Brattleboro people and other organizations can act locally on global issues. BCS has acted on nuclear power, renewable energy, election reform and climate rescue.
Who joins BCS?: Our directors, who separately started significant actions like the Bush Indictment Resolution, which was reported around the world; a plastic bag ban, which became state law, town offices of the future and sustainability, and the Youth Vote amendment, to bring the voice of youth to these and local issues and which was recently approved by the VT House of Representatives. Our S.A.F.E. Limited Police Disarmament plan may win approval in August and steer the national debate on police reform.  These things follow the conscience of Brattleboro. 

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COMMUNITY SUPPORT OPPORTUNITIES

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.

Full Plates VT 
Please click this link to confirm availability and to register up to 3 households: 
https://www.eventbrite.com/e/full-plates-vt-tickets-151480705869
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. 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 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.

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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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Your Friendly WeCAN Admin,

Joanna

 

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