Weekly Email Update 9.20.21

Weekly Email Update 9.20.21

“I have a tall task in raising kids, who have privilege, to move through the world honoring principles of equity and justice. I’ve aimed to center social justice in my parenting from day one. The more caregivers I can partner with on this journey, the better!”
-Angela Berkfield
author, organizer, facilitator, and consultant; WeCAN community member; a dear friend, loved one, and neighbor

     In this week’s email, WeCAN family, we would like to spend some time acknowledging the passing of our friend and beloved community member, Angela Berkfield. Angela’s work with The Root Social Justice Center, ACT for Social Justice, and Equity Solutions (just to name a few of her projects) has been vital to our community, engaging citizens with their own inner selves as well as each other. In the beautiful words of one community member, “Angela left behind so much good, so many eyes and ears opened, so much love for this place and the people who call it home. Her ripples are infinite.” They are, indeed. Angela will be so very, very missed. 

From Angela’s CaringBridge community page: 
“It is with a heavy heart and lots of love that we write this to tell you that our dear Angela passed into the spirit world at 6:35 this evening.  It was a peaceful transition, and she was surrounded by the love of her family with her mother, Rosemary, father, Frank, and Richard at her side…
We are all grieving and in shock, but also filled with gratitude for the life that Angela lived, the gifts that she gave, and the dedication she had to justice, which she lived and worked for on so many levels.  Each person in the room with her for the last two days was blessed so incredibly by her capacity to love us so well and so completely, and I know that so many of you feel that too.”

     In this week’s email, you will find two events celebrating Angela’s life and work: one is happening today, Sunday, September 19th at The Root Social Justice Center in Brattleboro and the second one is happening next Saturday, September 25th and the Amazing Planet! Farm in Williamsville. For more information, please go to https://www.caringbridge.org/visit/angelaberkfield/journal or view the listings below. We echo Angela’s circle of caregivers and ask that you refrain from contacting the family at this time. Instead, you are welcome to visit The Root’s community altar, take part in the ceremony at Amazing Planet! Farm, or say goodbye in your own meaningful way.

Thank you. 

"When families come together in a social justice community of practice they have an infinite power to alter the fabric of their families and communities."
-Angela Berkfield

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5 Minute Action via Lean Left

This Week's Action: Freedom to Vote Act 
The Senate has just introduced Manchin's compromise bill, the Freedom to Vote Act, which is a strong revision of the For the People Act--this is HUGE news! The time is now to put the pressure on passing voting rights. Marc Elias and Stacy Abrams have endorsed it. Now we need to do our part.  You and people around the country have done incredible work over the last few months. Across the country people have pushed their Senators to understand why this is essential and gotten us here. It's critical that we continue calling Senator Leahy to demand he speaks out in support for this legislation.  
  1. Call Senator Leahy:(202) 224-4242 and let him know you are in favor of this bill that will end partisan gerrymandering, ensure same-day voter registration in every state, set minimum federal standards on mail voting, and make Election Day a federal holiday.
  2. Send email messages to friends and family
  3. Post on your social media that people need to call their senators
  4. Go to the Lean Left website for actions you can take and for further information. 

 

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HAPPENING TODAY: SUNDAY, SEPTEMBER 19th, 2021

Presenté Angela: Celebration and Vigil
Sunday, September 19th, 2021 at The Root Social Justice Center (The Whetstone Studio for the Arts, 28 Williams Street, Brattleboro, VT, 05301). 1pm-3:30pm.

This is a* MASKED* gathering indoors and outdoors and there will be *NO* exceptions.
The Root Social Justice Center invites our community to hold space with us to honor our beloved friend and co-founder, Angela Berkfield, who passed away September 14, 2021.
On Sunday, September 19th from 1pm-3:30pm, The Root Social Justice Center will hold and create space for community, friends and family to remember, grieve and honor Angela. Angela had a very open and public side to her, the activist, trainer and community organizing parts of her that she so graciously shared with our community. This is the time to celebrate all her glory! Please know that her Celebration of Life, happening next Saturday afternoon September 25th, will continue to honor the personal intimate connections she had.
We invite those who would like to join us to bring something of memory, joy or connection with Angela to add to our collective community altar. This can be feathers, stones, poems, shells or any trinket that speaks to you and your relationship with Angela and/or the work she was so dedicated to. We will create a wall of remembrance with photos of her in community. We invite you to share your photos on this wall. At 2pm, we will honor Angela with a few words and a huge circle vigil. We encourage folks to bring candles and flowers to use, share and leave in the space.
Details of the Gathering:
We recognize that by gathering in spaces we pose risks to others and our community. We have limited this event content to share our grief and love, not to share/spread COVID!
To reiterate, this is a *MASKED* gathering indoors and outdoors and there will be *NO* exceptions.
Folks attending this event should respect AND not assume people’s needs and boundaries for space. Please do not get in people's personal space or try to hug without consent. To help hold this space we provide the following schedule.

Proceedings:
1pm-2pm: We invite you to walk through The Root space to add items to the wall of remembrance and/or the altar. During this early part of the gathering we encourage people who are unable, or feel unsafe, to be in a large group to be prioritized. We will space out and limit the amount of people at this time. 
2pm-3pm: We invite others to come and add to the altar, place flowers in the brook and join us in a circle candlelight vigil
3pm-3:30pm: folks who feel comfortable may hang out outside The Root.

The altar will stay up for the day outside to allow others to add to it during the day. We will bring the altar inside that evening where it will remain for some time. People are welcome to continue to leave items around the Root and if applicable they will be placed inside over time to prevent damage.
There will be no refreshments or food, again to help keep people safe, and we ask that you bring a water bottle, chair and whatever else is needed to take care of yourself during this time.
We encourage folks to wear your Root T-shirts or another organization or cause we know Angela advocated, fought for or supported during her life. 
We thank you for your love of Angela. And look forward to being in community with one another. 

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HAPPENING THIS WEEK:
MONDAY, SEPTEMBER 20th, 2021-SUNDAY, SEPTEMBER 26th, 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, September 20th, 2021
Monday, October 4th, 2021
Monday, October 18th, 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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Brattleboro Democrats to Caucus for Town Committee Reorganization
hosted by Brattleboro Dems
Wednesday, September 22nd, 2021 at Hooker Dunham Building (139 Main Street, Brattleboro, VT, 05301), in the Lobby and on the Patio. 6:30pm-7:30pm.
If you have questions or would like to participate in the committee, but cannot attend the caucus, please contact Liz McLoughlin at [email protected].
Want to help Build Back Better? Want family medical leave, affordable health care, accessible childcare, and strong communities? Want a government that trusts in our voice and our vote? Want to talk about politics AND get stuff done? Come join the Brattleboro Dems! The Brattleboro Democratic Committee provides a home base for people who want to participate in local and state governance. Come join like-minded folks who value good government - come join the Brattleboro Dems!
We will keep the meeting short and sweet. Registered voters of Brattleboro are invited to caucus to reorganize the Brattleboro Democratic Town Committee. A few organizational tasks then social hour. The reorganization caucus occurs every two years and is a fun opportunity for all Democratic voters in Brattleboro to meet, organize and begin planning events in anticipation of next year’s midterm election.

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Outside Windham County
Care and Jail Support Training
hosted by 350 New Hampshire Action and No Coal No Gas
Wednesday, September 22nd, 2021, Online. 7pm-9pm.
Register here: https://www.nocoalnogas.org/.../care-and-jail-support...
Jail support is integral to any nonviolent direct action. Often the logistical component of keeping track of those risking arrest gets primary emphasis, but this role can play a vital part in creating a safe space within the action for both potential arrestees and the many others. Join us in some training and a lot of conversation.

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A Silent Vigil of Loving Kindness
Thursday, September 23rd, 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, September 23rd, 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, September 23rd, 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, September 24th, 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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Putney Foodshelf Weekly Open Hours
Saturday, September 25th, 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, 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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Angela’s Celebration of Life!
Saturday, September 25th, 2021 at Amazing Planet! Farm (218 Depot Road, Williamsville, VT). 2pm-4:30pm.

Dear friends,
You are all invited to a celebration of life to honor Angela Berkfield next weekend, Saturday, September 25th, at Amazing Planet! Farm.
Please plan to arrive between 1:30pm and 2pm, with the ceremony beginning promptly at 2pm and continuing until around 4:30pm.
Here's what to bring & how to prepare:
-Bring a mask (and plan to wear it as soon as you exit your car)! We plan for this to be a super-spreader event of grief and love and celebration, but NOT of Covid. We'll all stay masked and reasonably distanced the whole time.
-Please know you'll be in a field, outside, the whole time. Bring a sun hat, sunscreen, umbrella-- whatever you need to be protected from the sun (or whatever weather Angela and Vermont decide to bring that day!).
-Bring something to sit on (chair or blanket) and a water bottle (if you are biking and can't bring a chair but need one, we have some on site for you).
-Bring libations for pouring (we likely won't do a toast all together, because of the need to keep our masks on, but we'll pour our libations together into the Earth). This could be wine, champagne, sparkling juice-- anything you want.
-A small piece of paper and a pen
-Money if you choose to contribute a donation to the five organizations that Angela named-- we'll have collections there and list those orgs here soon.
-In Angela's words: "I want people to come dressed in whatever they are inspired to wear - formal, informal, bright, dark, costume, glitzy, whatever people are feeling."

Other things to know:
Accessibility:
-The event will take place in a mostly flat farm field, as per Angela's wishes. There is a good-sized walk from the parking to the ceremony area (a couple hundred feet). If this is not possible or comfortable for you because of accessibility/mobility issues, please let us know by email or inform the parking helpers upon arrival, and we'll arrange accessible parking.
-If you have other accessibility needs, please email [email protected] and we will work to accommodate them! We do have an accessibility budget.

Food and drink:
-There will not be food available. Because of COVID, this is logistically difficult to arrange. Thank you for your understanding. Please bring your own hydration!

Weather:
-If rain or inclement weather becomes an issue, we'll plan on the event happening on Sunday at the same time. A change will be decided that morning by 10 and will get posted here, on Caring Bridge, as well as on Angela's Facebook page IF it's changed.
-There will be another celebration of life happening in Minnesota, with the date to be determined. If you are far away and that is a better option for you, stay tuned to Angela's Caring Bridge page and her Facebook for details for that event. https://www.caringbridge.org/.../angelaberkfield/journal...

There may be changes or edits to this as we are working hard to create this in a way that honors Angela's wishes, as well as the wishes and desires of those who love her. We'll try to communicate well in advance if there's something else you should know before the event. 
We love you, and are very much looking forward to our community coming together in this way to grieve our beloved Angela.

With love, 
from Abi, Shela, Fischer, Shea, Malaika, and the family

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Share the Harvest Stand
a project of Edible Brattleboro
Sunday, September 26th, 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 Sundays between 10:30 and 11:15am, or by appointment (call or text Marilyn 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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UPCOMING EVENTS

Window Dressers Community Build
presented by the Guilford and Brattleboro Energy Committees, in conjunction with Window Dressers
Sign up by Thursday, September 30th, 2021.
Friday, October 29th, 2021- Tuesday, November 2nd, 2021 at Winston Prouty Center for Child and Family Development (209 Austine Dr, Brattleboro, VT 05301). 5pm.
Sign up for your inserts at windowdressers.org during the month of September, or by October 6th at the latest, so your windows can be measured by one of our volunteer teams and the parts cut in time for us to assemble them together at our community build. 
For more information and to sign up for inserts, go to WindowDressers.org  or call Nancy Detra at 802-779-1006. We also need folks who can volunteer to be part of our build even if you don't need any inserts!
Drafty Windows? High fuel bills? Come to a workshop and help us make low-cost insulating window inserts, custom-built to fit your home's windows! These low-cost, attractive window inserts function as snug-fitting indoor storm windows to keep out drafts and help you stay more snug and cozy, while using less fuel.  
At the build you'll be taught one of the simple steps in the assembling of the inserts, and working as a group we are able to keep the insert prices very low, just to cover materials. You will come for one 4-hour shift for every 3 inserts you've ordered. There are 2 shifts each day with lunch provided for everyone in between. There's all kinds of tasks for all kinds of volunteers--something for everyone. 
How does it work?

  • The first step is to sign up for inserts at WindowDressers.org.
  • Once you sign up for as many inserts as you're interested in, go to Community Builds on the menu and scroll down until you see the Brattleboro build in the Vermont section. Click on SignUp.com to put yourself onto volunteer shifts.
  • Next, you'll be contacted by our measuring team, and a pair of local volunteer measurers will visit your home at a mutually agreed upon time to take precision measurements of your windows. The parts for the inserts will be pre-cut to spec at Window Dressers in Maine so they will fit snugly and be easy to install.
  • The inserts will be assembled over the days of our build by our team of volunteers, including you!

Payment is made by check at the time of measuring, (or can be made by card on line if necessary.) There is subsidy available for those who qualify for programs such as LIHEAP and SNAP benefits, so that some of our recipients can receive inserts at no cost or what they are able to contribute. See FAQs on the website.
We're warming homes – helping the environment – building community.

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Triumph Over Trauma: Safe Place 2nd Annual 5k
hosted by Windham County Safe Place Child Advocacy Center and SUSI
Saturday, October 2nd, 2021 at Harris Hill Ski Jump (Cedar Street, Brattleboro, VT, 05301). 9:30am. Please go
HERE for more information. 
All runners welcome, virtual option, too! Register: email [email protected]
This race is presented to you by Safe Place! We are raising funds to offer therapeutic support groups to child + adult survivors of sexual and physical violence. For full details about our agency, what we do and our intentions for this fundraiser, please visit our website! www.safeplacecac.net Thank you so much for your support and helping us to help others!
Your "registration" cost will be covered by your merchandise purchase. Shirts are available for purchase until 9/17. Shipping for all items is a flat rate of $5, so feel free to purchase even if you aren't running! If you are running with us on race day you'll receive your bib and medal that day. Virtual attendees will receive a bib and medal with their shirts via mail! Use the virtual option at check out!
To make a donation without purchase, choose the amount you'd like to donate and choose "donation only" at check out!    
Orders will be printed after the sale date ends on 09/17/21.

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2021 Brattleboro Buddy Walk
hosted by the National Down Syndrome Society
Saturday, October 2nd, 2021 on the Brattleboro Commons (Park Place, Brattleboro, VT, 05301). 10am.
Click here to register today.
Yes, we are planning a safe, fun, in person celebration this year at the Brattleboro town common on October 2nd RAIN or SHINE.
In addition to a one mile walk through Brattleboro this celebration will include many fun activities, lunch, prizes and games.
Check in starts at 10am at the Brattleboro Commons.

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Brattleboro Women’s March: Mobilize to Defend Reproductive Rights 
Saturday, October 2nd, 2021 at Pliny Park (corner of High Street and Main Street, Brattleboro, VT, 05301). 12pm-2pm.
Email for general inquiries: [email protected]
The march will begin down Main Street at 1pm, from Pliny Park to Plaza Park (Malfunction Junction).
Then, the rally will continue with speakers and singing at Plaza Park. 
We are seeking informed speakers for the rally at Plaza Park as well as volunteers to lead with megaphones and chanting. 

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Brattleboro: NAMI Family to Family
hosted by NAMI Vermont
Starts Thursday, October 7th, 2021, Online. 6:30pm-9pm.
Limited slots. Must pre-register here: https://namivt.org/education/family-to-family-class/
The NAMI Family-to-Family Education Program is a FREE 8-week course structured to help families and friends of individuals with a mental health condition understand and support their loved ones while maintaining their own well-being. Vermonters only, please.

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Empty Bowls Dinner—At Home! 
hosted by Groundworks Collaborative and FoodWorks
Saturday, October 9th, 2021, Online. 4pm.
Our 18th annual Empty Bowls fundraiser is virtual in 2021.  Although there will not be an in-person Empty Bowls dinner this year, we will again make the beautiful, handcrafted and locally-made bowls you've come to expect available in local business storefronts.
Handcrafted bowls made by local potters are available to buy in the following locations for $25 each:

Brattleboro Food Co-op
Everyone's Books
The Kitchen Sync
Putney Food Co-op
Putney General Store
The Shoe Tree
Zephyr Designs

You can also CLICK HERE to purchase a pre-selected 12- or 6-bowl PARTY PACK—allowing you to Host-Your-Own Empty Bowls with a small group on a date of your choice.  PARTY PACK purchases (12 bowls for $250 and 6 bowls for $125) come with pre-selected bowls and a soup recipe booklet and are delivered free within a 30-minute drive of downtown Brattleboro.
On Saturday, October 9th at 4pm, you can watch our Empty Bowls video premiere right here, on our YouTube channel, and/or on our Facebook page.
The sale of each $25 bowl allows Foodworks—the food shelf program of Groundworks Collaborative—to provide a 2-week box of food for a family of five!  Thank you for your support!

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Brattleboro Out of the Darkness Walk to Fight Suicide
hosted by the American Foundation for Suicide Prevention-Vermont Chapter
Saturday, October 16th, 2021 at the Brattleboro Common (Park Place, Brattleboro, VT, 05301). 9am-12pm.
Register, start a team, or make a donation TODAY at www.afsp.org/brattleboro
Join the movement turning HOPE into ACTION!
Walk with us at the first annual Brattleboro Out of the Darkness Walk to Fight Suicide.
Once registered, keep an eye out for an invitation to our PRIVATE walker facebook group!

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Dedication of State Historic Marker for Abijah and Lucy Terry Price: Early Landowners and First Known African American Poet
hosted by Brattleboro Words Project 
Tuesday, October 19th, 2021 at the Guilford Welcome Center ( South of Exit 1 off of Interstate 91). Time TBD.
Save the date! October 19th at the Guilford Welcome Center we will be dedicating the VT historic marker commemorating the contributions of early African American landowners Abijah Prince and the first known African American poet Lucy Terry Prince.

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COMMUNITY ANNOUNCEMENTS

Democratic Town Committee Reorganization
For additional information and updates, contact John Hagen at [email protected]
This month, Democrats are reorganizing their town committees in all 22 towns of Windham County. This reorganization occurs every two years, and this year it is especially important for voters to join their town’s committee. We are seeing a pattern of behavior from extreme right-wing groups using anger and conspiracy to dominate the civil discourse in our local and state government. Democratic town committees provide us opportunity to organize in support of candidates and policies that are committed to a Vermont that serves all Vermonters. Many towns will be holding hybrid meetings with in-person or Zoom options. Even if you cannot join the reorganization meeting, please sign up to be a member for your town’s committee.  

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COMMUNITY SUPPORT OPPORTUNITIES

Community Activist Brenda Siegel is Looking for Lived Experience Experts
Brenda Siegel is consulting on a project to try to create more support for parents going through this  process and humanize it a LOT more. She needs to talk to all of the above, especially category 2 and 3. It will be completely anonymous, only she will know whom she talked to. Please reach out to in an email to [email protected] and I can tell you more about what I am doing so you can see if you would like to connect. 100% anonymous and I want you to know I see you, love you and support you. You will be talking in a safe space completely.
If one of the below applies to you, please contact Brenda.

1. Friends who are kinship caregivers.

2. Parents who are in the dcf process or have had a tpr.

3. Adult Children who have grown up in foster care or kinship care (someone in you family raised you who isn't your parent for any reason at all)

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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 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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     With gratitude to each and every one of you. 

Your Friendly WeCAN Editors,

Joanna and Sam

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