Weekly Email Update 8.3.20

Weekly Email Update 8.3.20

“COVID-19 will not break us; it will only reveal to us what is already broken.”
Kam Bucker, Chicago
Kam is an attorney and State Senator from Illinois.
While coming out of a hardware store and wearing a mask, Kam was stopped by an officer who asked to see his receipt and ID without provocation

 We hope you are enjoying your weekend, WeCAN Friends. As you know, our state-wide mask mandate went into effect here in Vermont yesterday. In last week's Weekly Email Update we promised to provide you with a bit more information on the particulars of the mask mandate when the details became available. The official Order is below.



From the Vermont Department of Health·
Many Vermonters are already wearing masks regularly to help protect themselves and to prevent the spread of COVID-19. Thank you. 
The new regulations are as follows:
     “Section 7(f) of the Amended and Restated Executive Order regarding Mask Use is hereby amended in its entirety to read as follows:

(f) Masks or Cloth Facial Coverings Required in Public Wherever Close Contact is Unavoidable. As of Saturday, August 1, 2020, Vermonters shall wear masks or cloth facial coverings over their nose and mouth any time they are in public spaces, indoors or outdoors, where they come in contact with others from outside their households, especially in congregate settings, and where it is not possible to maintain a physical distance of at least six feet.
Nothing in this Order or any other State health and safety guidance shall require the use of a mask or cloth facial covering when someone is engaged in strenuous exercise or activity, for anyone under the age of 2, any child or adult with a medical or developmental issue or challenge that is complicated or irritated by a facial covering, anyone with difficulty breathing or as further set forth in guidance issued by VDH.
A person who declines to wear a mask or cloth face covering because of a medical or developmental issue, or difficulty breathing, shall not be required to produce documentation, or other evidence, verifying the condition.
Businesses and non-profit and government entities shall implement measures notifying customers or clients of the requirement to wear masks or facial coverings, which may include, but shall not be limited to, posting signage stating that masks or cloth facial coverings are required and denial of entry or service to customers or clients who decline to wear masks or facial coverings.”

How do I choose a mask?
Pick a mask that’s comfortable and fits snugly against the side of your face. It should be secured with ties or ear loops and allow for breathing without restriction. Cloth masks should include multiple layers of fabric and be able to be washed and machine dried or boiled without damage or change to shape.

What’s the proper way to wear a mask?

  • Wash your hands before putting it on.
  • Be sure your mouth and nose are covered.
  • Hook loops around your ears or tie it snugly.
  • Do not touch it or pull it down while in public.
  • Keep it on until you get home.
  • Remove it without touching your eyes, nose or mouth, then wash your hands immediately.
  • Wash the mask and make sure it’s completely dry before using again. Have a few on hand so you can rotate for washing.

Learn more about the mask requirement on the Department of Health's website: https://www.healthvermont.gov/response/coronavirus-covid-19/about-coronavirus-disease-covid-19

HAPPENING TODAY, SUNDAY, AUGUST 2nd, 2020

Share the Harvest Stand
brought to you by Edible Brattleboro
Sunday, August 2nd, 2020, and every Sunday during the Summer, at the corner of Elm Street and Frost Street in Brattleboro, VT, 05301. 11am-1pm. For more information please email EdibleBrattleboro@gmail.com. Please wear a mask. 
Pick up FREE fresh veggies and/or drop off surplus from your garden to share. Please supply your own bags.  

 

COMMUNITY VOLUNTEERS NEEDED
Edible Brattleboro need YOU to help us help others. We are looking for volunteers, specifically individuals to help Saturdays from 1:50pm-2:15pm, to glean at the Farmers' Market in Brattleboro and someone to assist on Sundays starting at 10:30am until 1pm (or until all the produce is distributed) to set up and operate the Edible Brattleboro Share the Harvest stand. We have added a 1-hour shift from 10:30am-11:30am to help with the initial rush. COVID protocols are in place. Please bring a mask.
New volunteers will be paired with an experienced person. Detailed instructions will be provided.
You may sign up directly on our signup site or reply to this email with the date(s) you can help out, along with your phone number, and I will enter you into the schedule.
ABOUT SIGNUP.COM
We're using SignUp.com (the leading online SignUp and reminder tool) to organize our upcoming SignUps.
Here's how it works in 3 easy steps:
1) Click this link to access our SignUp: https://signup.com/go/JMwjGmE
2) Review the options listed and choose the spot(s) you like.
3) Sign up! It's Easy - you will NOT need to register an account or keep a password on SignUp.com.
Note: SignUp.com does not share your email address with anyone. If you have difficulty, please  contact Marilyn  directly to be signed up manually. Thank you! 

 

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Arts Unite Windham: A Benefit for The Root Social Justice Center and Brattleboro NAACP
hosted by The Root Social Justice Center, Arts Council of Windham County; Brattleboro Community Television is the media partner making it happen, with technical help from Julian McBrowne. The Arts Council of Windham County is a co-sponsor. Additional support is provided by Brattleboro School of Dance and Yellow Barn. 
Saturday, August 2nd, 2020, Online. 4pm-8pm. Link to watch the event: https://youtu.be/tQ7eJpKOidY
Seven area arts organizations have joined forces to present “Arts Unite Windham,” a unique multi-venue event which will be live streamed on Sunday, Aug. 2nd, from 4pm to 8pm and will raise awareness and money for The Root Social Justice Center and the Brattleboro NAACP.
Designed as a showcase of the quality and diversity of the area’s arts scene – and a demonstration of the creativity and determination of the organizations involved – “Arts Unite Windham,” produced by Next Stage Arts, will feature performances at New England Center for Circus Arts, Sandglass Theater, the Brattleboro Music Center, New England Youth Theatre, the Vermont Jazz Center, Next Stage Arts, and the Latchis Theatre.
Melding an old-school entertainment style with new technology, “Arts Unite Windham” is a variety show spread across seven venues in real-time. Audiences will click into a live YouTube link to enjoy performances of 10-15 minutes from each of the partners, with guest emcees keeping the whole thing glued together. 
Audiences will also have the opportunity to click a donate button, and net proceeds from the event will benefit The Root Social Justice Center and the local chapter of the NAACP.
“‘Arts Unite Windham’ involves a number of non-profit performing arts organizations in Windham County coming together in solidarity to celebrate the incredible variety and depth of what we have a really robust arts community,” said Keith Marks, executive director of Next Stage and the Pied Piper of the event. “We’re also using this as an opportunity to seize the moment and come together around civil rights and anti-racism.”
The participating organizations are also seizing a moment to step back into the spotlight since the COVID-19 pandemic forced them to cancel performances, suspend activities and pivot to new projects.

 

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HAPPENING THIS WEEK, MONDAY, AUGUST 3rd, 2020-SUNDAY, AUGUST 9th, 2020

Everyone Eats!
Monday August 3rd, 2020-Thursday, August 6th, 2020 at the C.F Building (80 Flat Street, Brattleboro, VT, 05301). 4pm-6pm. Masks required. You can pick up meals for up to three households including your own. If you have any questions visit https://www.brattleboro.com/everyoneeats/ or contact Frances Huntley frances@brattleboro.com. 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, for four weeks beginning on August 3rd. There will be 600+ 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.
Which restaurants are contributing food? A Vermont Table, Dosa Kitchen, Duo, Hazel, Indian Masala, MamaSezz, Porch Too, The Works, and Yalla. 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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Safe and Just Reopening of Vermont Schools: A Rally and Day of Action at the VT State House
organized by the Vermont School Workers Action Committee (V-SWAC) 
Monday, August 3rd, 2020 at the Vermont State House (115 State St, Montpelier, VT 05633). 5pm-6pm. Please wear a mask and physically distance. Bring your drums, pots, and pans.
We demand that Gov. Phil Scott, Secretary French, and the VT Legislature: delay the start of school, have workers at the table, protect vulnerable workers and students, support Vermont’s families, and use state-wide science-based reopening and closing criteria. Join us!

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Construction of Whiteness Study Group
facilitated by Brattleboro Solidarity
Tuesday, August 4th, 2020, On the Brattleboro Common (at the intersection of Routes 5 and 30: Park Place, Brattleboro, VT, 05301). 6pm-8pm. This is an open and free study group. Snacks will be provided. Please sign-up by contacting brattleborosolidarity@gmail.com and wear a mask while in attendance. 
The social construction of "race" as a way to divide people is as old as the founding of the United States. Today we are seeing an escalation of ICE raids, police killing, and white supremacist attacks on people of color that are directly related to the construction of whiteness. It is imperative we continue to expand our knowledge of the history of race in this country in order to fight the supremacy in our society. Brattleboro Solidarity will be hosting a study group to expand our understanding of the  historical divisions along race and class lines in the U.S as a tool for economic exploitation. 

 

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Windham County Democrats Monthly Meeting
Monday, August 3rd, 2020, Online. 6:30pm-8pm. Use this Zoom link to join the meeting: https://us02web.zoom.us/j/81621972432?pwd=K0drYXkxYTRkdUFJTnNpeFpLRzcxQT09.
In this meeting we will be going over the plans for supporting candidates and getting out the vote for the general election.  Meetings are open to public and we invite your creative ideas. 

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Teaching in Solidarity with Black Lives: Towards an Equitable Future
a Spark Teacher Education Institute learning opportunity
Wednesday, August 5th, 2020
All sessions will meet via Zoom. 4pm-6pm.
Contact SparkTeacherEdVT@gmail.com for more information! Join us! Fill out this form to apply!  Cost is $300, but contact us for sliding scale costs. 
Spark Teacher Education Institute will facilitate online learning communities aimed at building curricula that centers Black lives and equity.  With the goal of democratizing  knowledge, the expertise will come from participants as they  commit to study and reflection. We will co-construct curriculum and interrogate our pedagogy to inform our teaching practices.
You will receive 15 hours of  professional development credits (that includes meetings and independent work), with the possibility of continuing into the year for graduate credits.
There will be 3 groups to choose from:
Science/Math, Humanities, and Early Childhood/Elementary.
Why Join this PD? 
Practitioners and scholars have been urging teachers to centralize equity and Black lives in pedagogy and curricula for over two decades. Gloria Ladson-Billings, a distinguished professor of education and critical race scholar, points to the historic education debt (not “achievement gap”) placed upon Black students which is reflected in their over-representation in punishment, expulsions, and special education. Teaching in support of Black lives and equity is more than just methods or adding a social justice lesson. Teachers need to investigate and challenge white supremacy in their pedagogy and curricula to move the center.  Teaching in support of Black Lives is an opportunity for educators to connect a long history of racialized inequities to school based practices, curriculum, and broader structures of schooling. These sessions are organized to offer a place for questioning and active collaboration to forge new paths of inquiry and initiatives in your schools and broader communities.
Spark Teacher Education Institute has been working with teachers for 18 years to centralize the experiences of working people, women, and people of color, in order to teach against exploitation and build an equitable world for all. Spark Teacher Education Institute was started by Janaki Natarajan and offers teacher certification in Social Justice Education.  Teachers learn the social justice pedagogy and  political economy.  Participants work side-by-side for an entire year with a skilled mentor teacher, learning to integrate social justice and equity content into the mainstream curriculum. The program strives to instill an understanding of self and others in conjunction with the development of skills, knowledge, critical thinking and compassion required for creating an equitable and engaging learning environment for all learners.

 

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How to Create a Treatment Court in Windham County: Share Your Voice
hosted by The Root Social Justice Center and Vanessa Santana
Wednesday, August 5th, 2020, Online. 5pm-7pm. 
Join Zoom Meeting: https://us02web.zoom.us/j/87154785021.
Share your voice on how to create a treatment court in Windham County that meets the needs of most impacted people.
Families United has joined with COSU to explore establishing a Treatment Family Court in Windham County. We need your voices and would like to invite Windham County people and other impacted people from around the state of Vermont to join Families United in having a conversation with COSU around establishing a Treatment Family Court in Windham County.
Why attend this meeting?
You have questions you'd like to ask. We need the voices of people most impacted by this issue. Come share your experience with us in a supportive space. What are some changes or ideas you have for improving how family court/DCF works to support families with a history of substance use disorder or mental health challenges? Have your voice contribute to the creation of a new system that supports children and families where they are at.
Things to consider.
Have you ever felt DCF has denied your resources to help improve the lives of your families?
Do you feel as though you have been discriminated against in court/DCF because of your substance use or mental health?
Do the current systems and structures support your family?
Family treatment courts represent a shift in traditional family treatment court structures, away from a punitive model and toward a collaborative model where access to treatment and family support are at the core. In fall 2019, a group of individuals began to meet to talk about the possibility of a family treatment court in Windham County. The committee identifies a need to engage in radical rethinking of the punitive model in family court, by engaging people most impacted and community providers to understand the need for and advance the construction of a Family Treatment Court model in Windham County. This project is very much in its beginning stages, and in order to honor COSU’s values we believe in the idea of “nothing about us, and that families and individuals impacted by family court hold the wisdom and experience to know what supports they need for their families to stay and grow together. We hope to learn from the wisdom and experiences of those with lived experience in family court (especially in Windham County), and for anyone who is interested, to work together to understand and affect change that will support families impacted by substance use and/or opiate use to stay and grow together.  We also acknowledge that many children, youth, and parents experience a great deal of harm through their interactions with the family court as it currently exists. We are interested in learning more about what needs arise out of this harm, and what accountability looks like to those most impacted.  
Rosie Nevins-Alderfer: Rosie has worked with families impacted by family court for many years and in several different states. Rosie managed the Restorative Justice Programs at Youth Services from 2015-2018 and is now the Project Director of the COSU. She is a parent of a toddler and lives in Windham County.
Russell Bradbury-Carlin: Russell has also worked with families impacted by family court for many years, and has been the Executive Director of Youth Services since 2015. Russell has been chairing the family treatment court committee since the fall of 2019.
Jr Layne works as a Certified Recovery Coach, Certified Emergency room(RC) Certified Forensic Peer Recovery Specialist, and Family Restorative Justice Coordinator. Currently, he works at Turning Point Recovery Center of Springfield and Greater Falls Community Justice Center.
More about COSU:
The Windham County Consortium on Substance Use (COSU) is comprised of representatives from 13 organizations, people in recovery, and those with lived experience. COSU works across the span of prevention, harm reduction, treatment and recovery in order to understand and address the impacts of opioid and other substance use in Windham County. We seek bold, integrated and equitable responses. We elevate collaboration, improve systems and save lives for residents across the county, including those in the most rural areas with limited access to services. We value racial and class equity, vulnerability, curiosity and focus on systems change rather than personal choices. At the core of COSU’s values is to uplift and center the voices of those most impacted by SUD/OUD. People most impacted in our communities are those who are most vulnerable to be at risk for fatal overdose and/or who are most impacted by substance and opioid deaths, and other forms of permanent loss of loved ones, family, and those closest in their social circles.  Forms of permanent loss include termination of parental rights, homelessness, disconnection from families of origin, deportation, incarceration, chronic health conditions, and more. To a great extent, those who are most impacted by these forms of loss tend to be people most marginalized in terms of race, class, and/or LGBTQ identity. While COSU has a specific focus on preventing and ending opiate deaths and permanent loss in our community, COSU’s interventions also look beyond opiate use disorder, or any one substance, and seek to address the root causes of all substance use disorders through a focus on equity and the social determinants of health.

 

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Public Hearings: Law Enforcement in Vermont
Thursday, August 6th, 2020 at 1pm
Wednesday, August 12th, 2020 at 6pm
Sunday, August 16th, 2020 at 4pm
The meetings will be Live Streamed here: https://legislature.vermont.gov/committee/streaming/house-judiciary
The Social Equity Caucus is seeking community input on how police practices in the State should change, including policies on use of force, citizen oversight, use of body cameras, hiring and training of police officers, and other relevant issues.
The meetings will be held on August 6 at 1:00 p.m., August 12 at 6:00 p.m., and August 16 at 4:00 p.m. To register to give testimony at one of these hearings, please fill out the registration form here: https://legislature.vermont.gov/Links/Public-Hearing-LE
Folks can offer testimony and/or respond to a survey to share their ideas on police reforms for Vermont. Please find the links and details below.
On August 6, 12, and 16, the Vermont House Government Operations and House Judiciary Committees will be co-hosting virtual meetings to obtain input from community members on proposed changes to law enforcement in Vermont. We urge you to participate and to forward this message to anyone you think would be interested in attending.
Testimony should be limited to two minutes. Individuals will be able to access the meetings through their computers or phones.
If you are unable to attend or do not wish to speak at one of the meetings and still want to provide input, please fill out the Social Equity Caucus survey at https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/SECpolicereformsurvey.

Many thanks to Representative Sara Coffey for making this information readily available! 

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Marlboro Free Food Event
Thursday, August 6th, 2020 at the Malboro Community Center (524 South Road, Marlboro, VT, 05344). 3pm-5pm. 
All food is FREE. No registration necessary. All are welcome. Please wear a face mask. This event will follow social distancing protocols. 
In cooperation with Marlboro Cares and the Marlboro Alliance, we will be giving away grocery bags of non-perishable food such as pasta, flour, rice, bean and canned goods.
Deliveries will be made through Marlboro Cares for those needing assistance. Please call Marlboro Cares at 258-3030 in advance to arrange a delivery.

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Solidarity Fridays: Our Struggles Are Connected
organized by Brattleboro Solidarity, The Root Justice Center, Tenants Union of Brattleboro and Lost River Racial Justice

Friday, August 7th, 2020 (and all Fridays) at Pliny Park (the corner of High Street and Main Street, Brattleboro, VT, 05301). 5pm-7pm. Masks are required. 
Weekly protest at Pliny Park focusing on a variety of current local and national issues. Bring your signs, banners, chalk & noise makers to Pliny Park and rally for the world we want.
(This week we will make signs in yellow and black to promote consistency and solidarity among our coalition).
This week, we make connections between the struggles of the people on a global scale. From the annexation of land and occupation of Palestine, to brutal weaponized tactics of Federal agents against Portland protesters, to the systemic racism rampant across the world, and to local efforts toward examining police brutality and safety in Brattleboro, in the diversity of our struggles we are all united!
Show Up! Participate! Discuss!
For the safety of ourselves and others, masks are REQUIRED at Pliny Park! We will have extra masks to pass out to those without one. Hand sanitizer will also be available.
This week, consider bringing a donation for Groundworks Collaborative! See their wishlist below!
-Deodorant
-Disposable Razors
-Umbrellas
-Mens belts
-Notebooks and pens
-Playing cards and classic board games like chess
-Benadryl
-Sunblock
-Bugspray

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Community Circle
hosted by Living Earth Action Group
Friday, August 7th, 2020, Online. 5pm-6:30pm. To register, contact Guy Payne at gpaynevt@gmail.com.
Living Earth Action Group will convene a Community Circle and we would love YOU to join us! We will each say hello and perhaps share a little news, then the Main Question:  “What Are You Making?”  That could mean pickles, tinctures, new garden, jam, writing a book, building a shed for your llama, freezing Eggplant Parmesan, whatever you are making, we’d love to hear about it and even SEE it on the Zoom camera! We can’t be together in person, but we can still share our summer with each other!
Whether or not you are a ‘regular’,  ‘occasional’ or ‘first time’ member of LEAG, we’d love to see and hear from you!  
Living Earth Action Group has been meeting weekly since January 2017 in Westminster West. Now you can join in from anywhere! Sure saves on gas. To sign up to receive the Living Earth News, contact Caitlin Adair at  pcadair@sover.net.

 

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UPCOMING EVENTS

Census 2020 Pop-Up with David Longsmith
hosted by Brooks Memorial Library
Tuesday, August 11th, 2020 at Brooks Memorial Library (224 Main Street, Brattleboro, VT, 05301). 12:30pm-5pm. If you have questions please email David at David.a.longsmith@2020census.gov. Masks are required. 
t’s not too late to shape our future. Join David Longsmith in front of Brooks Memorial Library on Tuesday, August 11 from 12:30 PM to 5 PM as he answers questions and shares resources for remote completion of the 2020 Census. David Longsmith can also assist you with filling out the 2020 Census immediately if you have time. It only takes a few minutes.
You can complete the census at home: www.2020census.gov or call 1-844-330-2020
The Census is still hiring Field Enumerators - for more information go to www.2020census.gov/jobs

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What the US Constitution Offers Us: The 2nd Amendment
with Meg Mott, Ph.D, Professor of Politics Emerita, Marlboro College
Wednesday, August 12th, 2020 at Moore Free Library (23 West Street, Newfane, VT, 05345). 7pm-8:30pm.
Please wear a mask. 
An outdoor, salon-style discussion of the 1st, 2nd, 9th, and 10th amendments to the U.S. Constitution with Meg Mott, Ph.D, Professor of Politics Emerita, Marlboro College and "Constitution Wrangler." In case of severe weather, the event will be held the next day (Thursday) at the same time.
2nd Amendment: Why the need for an armed citizenry? In the 21st century, the Second Amendment took on a new life. In two recent Supreme Court rulings, the right to bear arms was transformed from a collective right of state militias to a personal right of self-defense. We will consider why the Framers wanted an armed citizenry, how the Second Amendment lost ground during the tragic failure of Reconstruction, and what the emphasis on individual self-defense tells us about the health of our democracy.

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Seeing and Disrupting Racism: A Focus on White Fragility
hosted by the Peace & Justice Center
Thursday, August 13th, 2020, Online. 1pm-2:30pm AND 5pm-6:30pm.
Register here: https://www.pjcvt.org/event/seeing-disrupting-racism-a-focus-on-white-fragility-5/. For more information please go to: www.pjcvt.org, email program@pjcvt.org or call 802-863-2345 x9. Space is limited, registration is required. Suggested donation $10, no one turned away for lack of funds.
This introductory-level workshop defines racism and white fragility, explores how white fragility perpetuates racism, and gives ways to disrupt that cycle. This workshop was developed for predominantly white audiences, but all are welcome.

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2040 Film: Virtual Community Screening
hosted by Stonewall Farm and New Hampshire Food Alliance
Tuesday, August 18th, 2020. Online, 6:30pm-8:30pm. This film is suitable for all audiences. To register and access the virtual screening and live Q&A: https://www.moniff.org/events/. Post-film live Q&A with local Monadnock region experts to be announced.
What's your 2040?
Motivated by concerns about the planet his 4-year-old daughter would inherit, Damon embarked on a global journey to meet innovators and change-makers in the areas of economics, technology, civil society, agriculture, education, and sustainability.
This screening is FREE OF CHARGE but you MUST register to access the virtual screening and live Q&A: https://www.moniff.org/events/. On the day of the screening, we’ll e-mail you the link to access the film and Q&A.
The film is ~92 minutes, and there will be a 30-minute post-film discussion live with local Monadnock region experts in the areas of regenerative agriculture, food and farming, energy, transportation and housing, equity and social justice, and cooperatives.

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Votes for All Women- Celebrating the 19th Amendment with Dr. Meg Mott
hosted by Next Stage Arts Project
Tuesday, August 18th, 2020, Online. 7pm-8:30pm. Reserve your tickets and find more information here: https://nextstagearts.org/event/next-stage-presents-a-19th-amendment-event-with-dr-meg-mott/.
Join us for a theatrical lecture with Dr. Meg Mott, Professor of Politics Emeritus of Marlboro College, on Tuesday, August 18 at 7:00 p.m. EST. There will be an opportunity for audience Q&A immediately following. 
An online-only event, examining the ambitions and aspirations of women’s suffrage in recognition of the 100th anniversary of the ratification of the 19th amendment to the US Constitution.
The 19th amendment, ratified on August 18, 1920, prohibited states and the federal government from denying citizens the right to vote on the basis of sex. Once the 19th Amendment became law, the franchise doubled. But what effect did women’s participation have on American politics? Frederick Douglass promoted women’s suffrage in 1848, claiming that it would increase the “moral power” of the nation. Did that prophecy come true?
Dr. Mott is well known for dynamic and insightful presentations about the US Constitution. Since the 2016 election, she has been traveling around the Northeast presenting on the Bill of Rights. “The point is not to lecture but to get the audience engaged in the constitutional questions of our nation,” she explains. “Just about every passage in our founding document is open to debate. The trick is to allow space for all sides in these on-going arguments.” 

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2020 Rich Earth Institute Virtual Summit: Reclaiming Urine as a Resource
hosted by Rich Earth Institute
Tuesday, September 15th, 2020-Thursday, September 17th, 2020, Online. Begins at 2pm. Admission By Donation. To RSVP: https://forms.gle/vTmFqEvBG5oW3tj7A. Proceeds will support members of the Container Based Sanitation Alliance who provide access to dignified, safe, and affordable sanitation in dense urban areas otherwise lacking in options. Please direct all queries to julia@richearthinstitute.org.
Join us to discuss the future of urine diversion and its re-use as a fertilizer!
For the past five years, the Rich Earth Institute’s annual urine diversion summit has brought together researchers, practitioners, policy makers, industry leaders, and students, catalyzing new collaborations and partnerships as we continue to grow the body of knowledge about this innovative practice.
This year, we’re bringing our conference online for the first time! We hope this will enable a much wider, global audience to participate in the discussion as we exchange ideas for the future of urine diversion. Recordings of each panel will be made available after the event to accommodate time zone differences and other scheduling conflicts. RSVP now for updates about the conference, including registration information, panel themes, topic lunches, and more. Event registration is now open!
Call For Presenters!
Have research results, a project, or other experience you want to share? Submit an abstract for a 6-8 minute lightning talk through the RSVP form.
Keynote Speaker: Dr. Nancy G. Love
Dr. Nancy G. Love is the Borchardt and Glysson Collegiate Professor of Civil and Environmental Engineering at the University Michigan, and an adjunct Professor at the Institute of Biotechnology at Addis Ababa University. In collaboration with her students, Dr. Love works at the interface of water, infrastructure and public health in both domestic and global settings. As Principal Investigator of the National Science Foundation’s INFEWS project: Advancing Technologies and Improving Communication of Urine­-Derived Fertilizers for Food Production within a Risk­ Based Framework, she will discuss this collaborative project and her vision for the future of urine diversion and reuse.

 

 

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IN SOLIDARITY...

In solidarity with our BIPOC neighbors and white allies who are actively fighting against the arrival of Democracy Prep in Marlboro, we were requested to share with our readers (by permission) a piece written by an individual who was present at the July 20th Town Meeting in Marlboro where Democracy Prep was discussed. You can read the article in it's entirety here: https://medium.com/@wearetheseeds2020/still-i-rise-b8fd67c255f9.

The Author begins:

"On July 20th, 2020, while covertly participating in the Marlboro Select Board Meeting regarding the sale of a local college campus to Seth Andrew and Democracy Builders, my identity as a member of the Black N Brown at DP collective was maliciously revealed. Two former classmates, Alize (Jay) Smith and Michael Cummings Jr., chose to state my name to the public without my consent. I have a lot of mixed emotions about this, and after taking a few days to process the hurt and the trauma, I am ready to reconcile with my new reality.

Today I want to share the importance of respecting one another and our rights to privacy.

But first, I want to reclaim my narrative and introduce myself.

My name is Lindsay Bailey. I am a member of the Black & Brown at DP Collective."

 

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COMMUNITY SUPPORT OPPORTUNITIES

A Message from Inclusion Center in Brattleboro
As you know, people who have disabilities or health concerns are struggling more than most through this time of Covid.
People have little to do, few with whom to talk, and difficult feelings wearing them down.
We want you to know 
Inclusion Center is open on Zoom 
and moving full steam ahead. 
I.C. is about bringing laughter, stimulation and connection to everyone, our focus being those who have disabilities or health issues. We now do this on-line through Zoom.
Please let your clients and friends know about us, share our calendar often and everywhere, and visit with us yourself to see just what we're all about.
What is Inclusion Center up to these days of Covid? 
---I.C. is meeting three days a week on zoom. Through the sessions we play games, dance, do Improv and have serious conversation.
---Inclusion Center has a closed facebook group which everyone is welcome to join. The group is there for support, discussion, and sharing posts. The group is closed in order to be an entirely safe space.
--- People from I.C. are meeting at the Common every Thursday. People bring a seat, wear a mask, and have a wonderful time being together from a safe distance.
--- We are making a short video on how to sign on to our zoom sessions. This video takes us through all steps connected with joining IC zoom sessions. 
--- Through our website (inclusioncenter.webs.com) you will find a number of creative projects we are continually working on.
--- I.C. is happy to open more sessions with specific activities of interest. We can have sessions at night, weekends, every day of the week... Those who attend decide our hours and activities.
--- Contact us to sign up for our weekly calendar email with the Zoom link. 
Wishing you safety and peace through this difficult time,
Julie Tamler
ENJOY OUR LATEST NEWSLETTER
https://ic2020covidtimenewsletter.webs.com/
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CHECK OUT OUR CALENDAR REGULARLY
https://inclusioncenter.webs.com/apps/calendar/

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From WeCAN Founding Member and Administrator, Ann Braden:
On July 4th Dan (Ann’s partner) suffered an inter-cerebral hemorrhage, the origins of which are still unknown. Luckily the MRI showed no tumor and he is largely his same self. It will be another 3-6 months before the blood is reabsorbed and they can find out in more detail what happened and how to treat it. For now it's all about pain management and rest.
From a Braden family friend, Katie Traeger:
Take-out meals and groceries would be greatly appreciated for the family. I'm thinking postcards would also be awesome as well, seeing as Ann is the Love Brigade postcard queen! Shower them with love and healing! You are welcome to send them grocery or restaurant gift cards from the list compiled here. All the info can be found below:
https://docs.google.com/spreadsheets/d/1jI-7I1UiV9QtHUxh9ciuQHkOd4A9reoOiDPtkx9Oon8/edit?usp=sharing

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Out in the Open Rural QTBIPOC/LGBTQIA+ Mutual Aid Fund
The Mutual Aid Fund is offering requests up to $400 and support for: Groceries, supplies, housing support, medical support, and other thriving and survival needs.
Queer Joy= Mutual Aid
Mutual Aid= Voluntary, reciprocal, participatory support among equals and being with, not for, community members.
Pride= Resistance
We are here for our community, our community is here for each other.
Ask: request funds for support weareoutintheopen.org/mutualaid
Offer: to donate, weareoutintheopen.org/donate
The Mutual Aid Fund will distribute money to LGBTQ+ folks, prioritizing QTBIPOC folks requesting funds. Priority will also be given to folks in Southern Vermont, southwestern New Hampshire, and then elsewhere in Vermont and New England, where funds of this type are critically needed. Additional priority will be given to those who live at the intersections of systematically oppressed experiences & identities.
To request funds and for more information: weareoutintheopen.org/mutualaid!
To donate, visit: weareoutintheopen.org/donate
"We Need Each Other" image credit to @itsmonicatrinidad

 

LGTBQIA+ Resources via Out in the Open

Out in the Open is offering a lot of resources & virtual spaces for rural LGBTQ folks in this time, friends. The full list and calendar is on our website hereWe have a Community Care Offers & Asks list, and a list of Rural New England Mutual Aid opportunities, with specific resource links for LGBTQ and QTPOC folks. Out in the Open also has a Slack channel for rural LGBTQ folks to share resources and connect outside of social media. Email info@weareoutintheopen.org for more information.

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Are You Sewing Masks? We have patterns and more information here: https://www.wecantogether.net/masks

Masks Needed for Local Schools by August
needed In Brattleboro, Dummerston, Guilford, Putney, Vernon 
Can you sew masks for this need? 
Can you donate cotton fabric or ⅛-¼ in. elastic? 
Can you cut out masks if given material and a pattern? 
Can you donate bandanas? 
Cloth masks will be needed for students and teachers and school staff and bus drivers for the reopening of school (in late August).Hundreds of masks are needed in all sizes, from kindergarten through adult sized. 
If you are capable of sewing masks, here are some samples of mask patterns: 
Rectangular pleated mask, adult and child sizes https://www.deaconess.com/How-to-make-a-Face-Mask/Documents-Mask/Mask-Information 
Contour face mask, several sizes https://drive.google.com/file/d/1O3IvcoVqyYqSTekwzLlnLI0t0GxSm-zA/view 
Keep in mind, please: 
1) Child size masks should have elastic loops, no ties (choking hazard). 
2) All masks should be made of at least 2 layers of fabric. 
3) Masks can be dropped off in marked bins Mon-Fri at any of these locations, and will be distributed to students and staff in the school district: 
Brattleboro: Windham Southeast Supervisory Office, 53 Green Street or Oak Grove School, 15 Moreland Ave 
Dummerston School, 52 Schoolhouse Rd 
Guilford Central School, 374 School Rd 
Putney Central School, 182 Westminster Rd 
Vernon Elementary School, 381 Governor Hunt Rd 
Please email Nurse Julia Duke (Green Street School) with questions: jduke@wsesdvt.org or contact Judy Siler if you'd like ready-made kits for sewing or if you need elastic: 802-275-2627jsilervt@yahoo.com.
Please share this information widely! Thank you! 

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Online Religious Services

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

 

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COVID 19 RESOURCES: VERMONT

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

 

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A Message to Vermonters from Senator Bernie Sanders

As a member of the United States Senate, I want to make sure that the citizens of Vermont receive all of the federal benefits and help to which they are entitled. Although I cannot guarantee a particular outcome, I want you to know that my staff and I will do our best to respond to your concerns.
To contact Senator Sanders with a question, concern or comment please use this link: https://www.sanders.senate.gov/services/casework/.
If you want to contact me about your views and concerns regarding legislation and other issues important to you please use the COMMENTS FORM
If this is an emergency, please call: 802-862-0697 (Out-of-State 800-339-9834).
Note: We are currently experiencing a high volume of inquiries. As we do our utmost to assist vulnerable Vermonters, please only complete the form above if you are requesting assistance. Go to General Comments to leave comments and opinions.

 

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Social Justice Resources

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

 

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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-2pm. 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, ccolascione@GroundworksVT.org 
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 volunteer@GroundworksVT.org if you are able to help.
Guilford Food Pantry 
Every Thursday at the BBCC (3940 Guilford Center Road, Guilford, VT, 05301). 5pm-6pm.
We know that supplemental food can make such a big difference in one's budget. That is why we are stocking our shelves for our neighbors. All are welcome to come and take home fresh produce, staples, meat, dairy. Guilford Cares welcomes anyone in need of supplemental food for themselves or their families.
NEW: “Everyone Eats!” Food Relief Program Information
If you have questions, contact Frances Huntley at frances@brattleboro.com
What is this? Everyone Eats!, a food relief pilot program in Brattleboro, leverages federal relief funds to engage local restaurants in making to-go meals for anyone in Brattleboro, Guilford, Vernon, Dummerston, or Putney whose food security has been challenged by the COVID-19 crisis due to unemployment, underemployment, homelessness, and other financial challenges.with eight Brattleboro restaurants providing 150 meals per day, Monday through Thursday, from August 3rd-27th, 2020.
When? Monday – Thursday 4pm-6pm for 4 weeks beginning August 3rd.
Where?  Individuals/households will be able to pick up meals in the parking lot of the Church Building on Flat Street on a first-come-first-served basis. Organizations will be able to pick up pre-ordered meals at Mama Sezz in West Brattleboro.
Who is eligible? Anyone whose food security has been challenged by the COVID-19 crisis due to unemployment, underemployment, homelessness, and other challenges to well-being who would get relief from receiving meals may participate.
For Individuals
When and where can I receive meals? Meal distribution for individuals is first-come-first-served. Pickup is from 4-6pm on weekdays Monday through Thursday in downtown Brattleboro (location TBA).
When does the four-week period begin? The first pick-up day will be Monday, August 3rd.
Is it free? All who would benefit from a meal are welcome to participate.
Can I give something back to help the program? There is no obligation to pay it back or forward. If what you have to offer in return is your thanks, that’s enough. But if you can share veggies from your garden, there will be a drop-off location on site for bagged or boxed contributions; as much as possible will be used in future meals. And 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. Touch-free options for donation include Venmo, Paypal, mailing a check, or providing a donation at the time of pickup.
What will I receive? You will receive one individually packaged cold ready-to-eat or heat & serve dinner for each person you request a meal for.
Do you have vegetarian or vegan/GF options? Yes, you will request your meal choice at the time of pickup.
Is there a limit to how many meals I can get? You can request one meal per person per day for each person in your household. Please note that there is a limit to how many meals will be produced each day. We hope to serve everyone who makes a request but we cannot guarantee it. Meals will be first-come-first-served.
Can I pick up meals for another household? Yes, you can pick up meals for up to three households including your own.
Will my meals be hot or cold? 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.
For Organizations
As a representative of an organization, can I request meals on behalf of my clients? Yes. We invite organizations to do bulk pickups for distribution to those they serve.
Is there a limit to how many meals I can pick up? No, but you will need to reserve meals in advance each week using this form.
What will I receive? You will receive individually packaged COLD ready-to-eat or heat & serve dinners for each person you are willing to distribute a meal to.
What options are available? You will choose how many of each type of meal (omnivore, vegetarian, vegan/GF) and which days you will pick up meals for distribution.
Who will be making the food? These meals are being made by independently-owned local restaurants.
Will I need to pick up our meals, or will you deliver to my location? You will need to pick up your requested meals and distribute them to your clients. We cannot deliver them to you.
When and where do I pick up my meals? Pickup for organizations is from 4pm-6pm on weekdays Monday through Thursday in West Brattleboro at Mama Sezz, 127 Marlboro Rd.
How do I request meals for bulk pickup? Organizations must submit their request forms two weeks before the first distribution week and one week before the second, third, and fourth distribution weeks. To get more information about participating and request a form for the first week, contact Frances Huntley at frances@brattleboro.com.
Will I receive a confirmation? After your meal request form is received, you will receive an automated email via Google Forms.
When do you need my form by? Meal request forms must be submitted by the Thursday prior to the week they are for (except for the first week, which must be submitted two weeks prior). You will need to submit a new form each week. If you have already received meals in a prior week, you will receive an email reminder for later weeks.

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

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

 

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

 

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RESOURCE FOR WeCAN

Rapid Response Text Alert System

When WeCAN began, Song & Solidarity set up a Rapid Response Text Alert System for WeCAN Groups. Directions for signing up are on WeCAN's website, here: https://www.wecantogether.net/rapid_response. We are grateful to Song and Solidarity for providing this service.

  

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ONGOING EDUCATIONAL PROGRAMMING 

Indigo Radio
Sundays at 12pm on Brattleboro Community Radio 107.7FM. To stream live, visit: www.wvew.org 
Indigo Radio, deepening understanding and making connections! IndigoRadio is a group of area educators seeking to learn through engaging with others in our community and throughout the world. We will be talking about educational and social issues both globally and locally and connecting them to our lives and Brattleboro community. Find us on Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/indigoradiowvew/. For archive recordings of past shows: https://soundcloud.com/user-654648353

 

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    We hope to see your smiling faces again soon, friends, but until then....wear a mask, keep 6 feet away from your neighbor, be aware of your surroundings, and don't forget to lead with kindness. 



Your Friendly WeCAN Admins,

Joanna and Sam

 

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