Weekly Email Update 9.21.20

“Fight for the things that you care about, but do it in a way that will lead others to join you."
Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg
from a 2015 luncheon at Harvard

   With the passing of Justice Ginsburg this weekend and the danger to our Democracy becoming more and more apparent, there is no time like the present to get involved with our local Justice groups here in Windham County. If you are able, share this email or parts of it on your social media pages and do your best to awaken the desire for action in your circle of friends and family. Urge them to work on local campaigns and amplify minority voices, no matter where they live. Discuss voting plans with your circle, paying special attention to making sure they know when their absentee ballots need to be secured and returned by (www.iwillvote.com, www.vote.org, and the National Conference of State Legislators website can help you do that). Vote early and urge others to do so as well. 
     In the coming weeks, we are aiming to put together an Activist Resource Guide for Windham County in the hopes of making activism in our area accessible to as many people as possible. Please let us know if you would like to participate or have ideas for items you would like to see included by emailing us at admin@wecantogether.net. Thank you. 

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HAPPENING TODAY, SUNDAY, SEPTEMBER 20th, 2020

Share the Harvest Stand
brought to you by Edible Brattleboro
Sunday, September 20th, 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.  

 

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Close the Camps Vigil
Sunday, September 20, 2020, at Pliny Park (Corner of High Street and Canal Street,Brattleboro, VT, 05301). 1pm.
Masks required and social distance measures are in place. Please contact Nancy Braus nancykbraus@gmail.com with any questions or thoughts about this campaign.
One year after our last "NEVER AGAIN IS NOW" vigil, we find that the Trump administration's endless imprisonment of LEGAL asylum seekers has now taken on an even more monstrous aspect. A doctor at one of ICE’s private prison camps is involuntarily sterilizing women who are held there. This is another crime out of the playbook of the Third Reich. This time the targets are black and brown skinned people, rather than Jews, Roma, and other Nazi victims. We must refuse to accept these escalating horrors, knowing the power of our voices when come together. 
Brattleboro Area Not in Our Name says, “No!”, and, with the national group Families Belong Together, we will be holding a vigil on Sunday, September 20th, 2020 at 1:00pm at Pliny Park in Brattleboro. This is also the last day of Rosh Hashanah, the Jewish New Year. Please join us in starting our new and critical year, during the Days of Awe, working and speaking out for justice.   

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Our Vision For A Green & Sustainable Future
hosted by the Vermont Democratic Party and David Zuckerman
Sunday, September 20th, 2020, Online. 4pm. Please use this link to access the event: https://zoom.us/meeting/register/tJwpcOyuqT4rGNeIlVyVUrMyG7G1xiS1Wbem.
Please join fellow Democrats for a virtual conversation about our environment and our commitment to addressing the climate crisis and building a sustainable and vibrant future.
This conversation is hosted by Rep. Mary Sullivan, who will be joined by Bruce Olsson, chair of the VDP, Rep. Mike McCarthy and Lt. Governor David Zuckerman, our Democratic Nominee for Governor.
The event will open with a review of the work of the Climate Solutions caucus, the importance of environmental leadership to engaging voters and growing the Blue Wave here in Vermont, and an update on the newly passed VDP environmental platform.
David Zuckerman will share his vision for building a green jobs economy that supports working Vermonters, seniors and our planet and how he will advance this as Governor. There will be time for your ideas and questions, too.
This is a campaign event, and participants will be encouraged to donate to the VDP Coordinated Campaign and/or sign up to volunteer for our GOTV events.

 

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No Polimigra Campaign
Sunday, September 20th, 2020, Online. 5pm to 7pm
Email sfagit@gmail.com for link and info. Email will be checked all the way up to the meeting.
Justicia Migrante / Migrant Justice is waging a statewide campaign to reform police departments' Fair and Impartial Policing Policies to block communication and cooperation between local departments and immigration authorities. Groups are organizing town by town and county by county, with growing success.
A group has formed in Windham County to advance the campaign county-wide and in towns with their own police departments. This meeting will start with an overview for newcomers, updates on ongoing efforts, and then dig into education materials from around the state to put together our own public education pieces and presentations. Join the movement!

 

HAPPENING THIS WEEK, MONDAY, SEPTEMBER 21st, 2020-SUNDAY, SEPTEMBER 27th, 2020

Everyone Eats! EXTENDED THROUGH DECEMBER 11th, 2020!!
Monday, September 21st, 2020-Thursday, September 24th, 2020 at the C.F Building (80 Flat Street, Brattleboro, VT, 05301). 4pm-6pm. Masks required. PLEASE DO NOT ARRIVE EARLY. 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, through December 11th. There will be 850+ meals/day available Monday through Thursday to serve our community during the COVID-19 pandemic.
Pick up for individuals will be at the C.F. Church Building at 80 Flat St in Brattleboro and group/institution orders can be picked up at Mama Sezz in West Brattleboro. All meals are available Monday-Thursday between 4pm and 6pm until supplies run out.
If you have extra produce from your garden, there will be a wheelbarrow you can drop it off in on your way out of the pickup site. Participating restaurants will use the donated produce in making more meals.
The meals are free, but if you would like to make a monetary contribution to help make more meals possible for others, it will be gratefully received. The base cost of each meal is $10 but any amount will be appreciated.
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.

Everyone Eats! Info From Putney Mutual Aid
Have you taken advantage of Everyone Eats? Here's how Putney folks can participate:
1. CURBSIDE PICKUP IN PUTNEY!!! We will be distributing meals in Putney for curbside pickup on Monday evening. Pick up at the Putney Community Center from 5-5:45. First come, first served. No need for advance reservations. (Be sure to drive up in your car and wait for instructions. We will bring the food to you.)
2. DELIVERY IN PUTNEY!!! Putney Mutual Aid volunteers can deliver a meal to you on Monday evenings -- PM us, comment here or email PutneyVTMutualAid@gmail.com to make arrangements
3. CURBSIDE PICKUP IN BRATT!! You can journey into Brattleboro (Mon-Thurs, 4-6) to pick up a meal. The program runs through mid-December. (more info in the link below).
4. VOLUNTEER!!! If you are interested in helping with delivery of meals as a volunteer with Putney Mutual Aid, contact us! Comment below, PM or PutneyVTMutualAid@gmail.com.
Just a reminder... this program is meant to be an economic stimulus as well as an innovative way to address food security. Please feel free to participate and grab a meal! It helps our local restaurants and gives us all delicious food. Putney Food Shelf https://www.brattleboro.com/everyoneeats/.

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Vermont Nuclear Decommissioning Citizens Advisory Panel (NDCAP) Virtual Public Meeting
Monday, September 21st, 2020, Online. 6pm-9:30pm.
The meeting will be held on Microsoft Teams: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ga64MuSlAxY
NDCAP requests (but does not require) that you register ahead of time, especially if you want to speak, by emailing PSD.NDCAP@vermont.gov.
The next (virtual) meeting of the Vermont Nuclear Decommissioning Citizens Advisory Panel (NDCAP) will be Monday, September 21, 2020 from 6PM to 9:30PM. The panel has two main roles, to advise the Vermont Legislature on decommissioning activities at Vermont Yankee, and to serve as a conduit for public education and participation. 
So far there has been almost no public outreach, and very little public participation. We'd like to change the latter side of that equation!  At the upcoming meeting, the issue of what will happen with the highly radioactive used fuel and reactor parts from Vermont Yankee will be on the agenda. For more information about the issue and NDCAP go to: https://www.safeandgreencampaign.org/decommissioning-2/2020/09/your-input-needed-at-ndcap-sept-21 

 

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Overdose Prevention and Narcan Training
hosted by Tapestry and Opioid Task Force
Wednesday, September 23rd, 2020, Online. 10am-11am. To join the zoom call please email maile@opioidtaskforce.org.
Please join Tapestry and the Opioid Task Force on Zoom for a free online overdose prevention and Narcan training.
Participants will learn how to recognize and respond to an opioid overdose as well as how to administer Narcan. All are welcome, please join us!

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Zuckerman Honk and Wave
Thursday, September 24th, 2020 (and every Thursday) at the corner of Eliot Street and Canal Street in Downtown Brattleboro, VT. 4pm-5pm.
If you do not have a sign, please come by and grab one at Everyone's Books in Brattleboro. 

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Marlboro Community Food Share
hosted by the Marlboro Community Center
Thursday, September 24th, 2020, 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 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 24th, 2020 (and every Thursday) at Broad Brook Community Center (3490 Guilford Center Road, 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 guilfordcaresvt@gmail.com.
The Guilford Cares Food Pantry will continue to operate during the COVID-19 pandemic to ensure food security for all our citizens and vulnerable populations. They are well stocked with the staples you need for your family and are following viral guidelines to limit risk.
They ask that shoppers to remain in their car. A volunteer will greet you and give you a "shopping list" for you to  mark with the items you would like. Another volunteer will fill your bag  and bring it to porch where you will be asked to pick it up. Please  bring a bag for the items and a pen to fill out the shopping list. If you have questions, concerns or would like to donate groceries or monetary gifts please contact Pat Haine 257-0626
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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Art for Social Change
sponsored by The Root Social Justice Center, River Gallery School and In-Sight Photography Project
Friday, September 25th, 2020 (and every Friday) at the River Gallery School (32 Main St #201, Brattleboro, VT 05301). 1pm-4pm. Masks are required. Drop-ins are welcome, come by and make some art on Fridays and help spread messages of transformation, unity and justice all over the town of Brattleboro. 6 person maximum in studiosFor more information: Jess Weitz, jess@rivergalleryschool.org.
River Gallery School is offering a free open art studio at 32 Main street on Fridays from 1-4pm for people to use printmaking, drawing, and painting to create art around issues of the pandemic,
social and racial justice, the 2020 election, and the climate crisis.
All materials available for free.
In addition, River Gallery School will have an art table at the
Solidarity Friday rallies in Pliny Park for art and sign making from 5pm-6:30pm.
Paste ups will be put up in town October 15 thru November 15, 2020.

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Solidarity Fridays: Our Struggles Are Connected
organized by Brattleboro Solidarity, The Root Justice Center, Tenants Union of Brattleboro, Lost River Racial Justice, and 350 Brattleboro

Friday, September 25th, 2020 (and all Fridays) at Pliny Park (the corner of High Street and Main Street, Brattleboro, VT, 05301). 5pm-6:30pm. 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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Brattleboro Mother Up! Meet-Up
Sunday, September 27th, 2020 at Retreat Farm (Farmhouse Square, Brattleboro, VT, 05301). 10am-12pm.
Join us for another in-person, outdoor, distanced meet-up at Retreat Farm! Guidelines:
* We would like to keep our group size under 25. You can respond to this FB event, but please email abby@350vt.org to confirm.
* Unless eating, masks required for all adults. Masks at parental discretion for kids under age 5.
* Maintain physical distance
* Snacks (apples, cheese sticks, granola bars, hard-boiled eggs) provided
* Childcare support provided by Mikaela.
We'll share gratitudes, walk up to the forest for an action-oriented discussion including the upcoming election, and end with a song. Can't wait to see some of you in person!
Mother Up!: Families Rise Up for Climate Action is a project of 350 Vermont bringing together families to talk about the tough realities of climate change and to participate in the transition to a healthier and safer world. What Joanna Macy calls the “Great Turning,” or the third revolution, is this unprecedented time where we are called to stop the destruction of our world, to build new life-sustaining practices and ways of being, and to shift our collective consciousness. We especially wish to engage young parents in this vital discussion of how we can make positive changes to protect our planet for our children's future.
Join us on Facebook ~ www.facebook.com/groups/1575656819412318 

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Yard Signs-Drive Thru & Pick Up
hosted by Windham County Democrats
Sunday, September 27th, 2020 at the Brattleboro Outlet Center (580 Canal St, Brattleboro, VT 05301). 12pm-3pm.
Come and get your Democratic lawn signs, just in time for voting season. Biden/Harris, Zuckerman, and other state and local candidates.
We will also provide key information on candidates and individual voting plans.
Get your picture taken with Vera and Monty, official mascots of the Windham County Democrats.

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UPCOMING EVENTS

Talk About Our Democracy: What’s So Great About Democracy
organized by We Celebrate Democracy / Civil Rights For All
Monday, September 28th, 2020, Online. 6:30pm.
Democracy is the politics of the oppressed.
Group discussion with Woody Bernhard of We Celebrate Democracy / Civil Rights For All, host of Talk About Our Democracy.
wecelebratedemocracycivilrightsforall.org

Zoom meeting information:
To join the Zoom meeting copy this URL into your search bar:
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Racial Justice In Vermont’s Food System
Tuesday, September 29th, 2020, Online. 4pm.
Contact susuheals@gmail.com or cheryl.herrick@uvm.edu for more information.
Many of Vermont’s food system organizations--from farmland access to food access--would like to address racial justice in the food system, but some are just getting into this space for the first time. There has not yet been a statewide discussion on how to move Vermont towards a racially just food system. Please join facilitators Naomi Doe Moody and Amber Skye Arnold of the Susu Healing Collective and a panel of People of Color who are part of Vermont’s farm and food system to hear about needed work to address racial inequities and injustice - and work towards a just and thriving system for all.
This virtual webinar is presented by the Susu Healing Collective with support from the UVM Extension Center for Sustainable Agriculture. Contact susuheals@gmail.com or cheryl.herrick@uvm.edu for more information. The webinar will have live captioning; if you require a disability-related accommodation in order to participate, please contact cheryl.herrick@uvm.edu so we may assist you.

 

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Southeastern Vermont Community Action (SEVCA ) Money Management Workshop
Dates Vary from Tuesday, September 29th, 2020-Wednesday, October 21st, 2020, Online. 
More information available at https://sevca.org/news/310-sevca-offers-a-free-workshop-series-on-money-management or contact Diane at dheileman@sevca.org.
SEVCA is offering a 4 workshop series on money management. This program is free to Vermont residents and those impacted by COVID are encouraged to attend. An incentive is available for participants who meet program goal of attending all three workshops on  budgeting and credit.

Assistance is also available for Vermont residents impacted by COVID 19. If you or someone you know is finding it challenging to make ends meet, SEVCA may be able to help. There are many programs currently available for income eligible Vermonters. Give us a call and make an appointment to speak with our staff, 800-464-9951.

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Bellows Falls: March for Medicaid!
hosted by Vermont Workers’ Center
Saturday, October 3rd, 2020 at 1 Hospital Court (Bellows Falls, VT, 05101). 12pm. Masks are required. For more information contact windham@workerscenter.org or (802) 257-4436.
Join us for a march and rally to demand Governor Scott expand Medicaid to everyone and cut the state's contract with OneCare, a for-profit company siphoning off millions in Medicaid funding that should be spent on people's healthcare.
This march is part of a "Medicaid March" week of action with the National Nonviolent Medicaid Army across Kansas, Pennsylvania, North Carolina, Vermont and elsewhere that will:
** Make visible a collective expression of anger and outrage at the state violence on a mass scale represented by the over 190k deaths and counting from COVID19, which are disproportionately impacting poor and dispossessed people, unhoused people, low-wage and essential workers, Black, Latinx and Indigenous people.
** Reject being treated as disposable by the ruling class while they maintain their profit as we are forced back to work and have austerity budgets, privatization and permanent elimination of jobs imposed upon us.
** Call attention to the crisis that preceded COVID with 700 people dying every day in this country due to poverty.
** Take action together united across lines of division as the leading social force that has a program to address the prolonged crisis that we are in, drawing on and from the Jubilee policy platform of the Poor People’s Campaign: A National Call for Moral Revival and using healthcare as a rallying point for our class. The platform can be found here: https://www.poorpeoplescampaign.org/about/jubilee-platform/ 

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How Are Racial Justice and Climate Justice Connected?
presented by 350 VT; It will be co-facilitated by Abby Mnookin and Hal Colston.
Sunday, October 4th, 2020, Online. 3pm-6 pm. Space is limited so click here to register today. This workshop is provided as "Pay What You Can”. Since space is limited, we require a deposit of $5 to hold your space OR please email trainings@350vt.org directly if that doesn't work for you. If you're able to financially support this work beyond that, you'll be directed to a link after registration to pay a fee of $5-$30. No one will be turned away for lack of funds.
This 350VT workshop is designed to support individuals and groups to dig into the roots of the climate crisis and explore how and why working for climate justice necessitates the dismantling of racism and white supremacy culture.
Participants will have the opportunity to reflect on their own experiences and consider next steps to support their own learning and concrete actions they can take within their own activism.

 

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Brattleboro Democracy Forum: Wither the United States-The Health of Democracy
presented by Tim Kipp, organized by We Celebrate Democracy/Civil Rights for All
Monday, October 5th, 2020, Online. 12pm. Details for the Zoom meeting are below. For information please go to wecelebratedemocracycivilrightsforall.org.
The current crises: the rise of authoritarianism under the Trump regime, the nation’s reckoning with racism, economic collapse and the pandemic has stimulated a necessary and long overdue public examination of the health of the country’s governing systems. Will this be a watershed moment leading to a rescuing and strengthening of our country or will we continue on the path of democratic decline?
Our founders effectively articulated noble values of liberty, equality and democracy. However, Jefferson’s words in the Declaration stand in brutal contrast to the realities of a country built on the colonization and near annihilation of Natives and the enslavement of Africans. Such disparities between theory and reality have always plagued our history. The Constitution itself was designed to quell the democratic impulses of the people in order to centralize power and consolidate the position of the elites who after all knew best how to run a country.
This presentation will explore fundamental weaknesses of our political economy from a structural, not a leadership and policy perspective, thus moving from a liberal complaint to a more thorough radical analysis. Identifying and examining historical flaws provides focal points for restructuring our system in order to build real democracy.
Tim Kipp is a retired history and political science teacher of 39 years and a political activist since the 1960s.

Zoom Meeting Details:
Topic: Wither the United States – the Health of Democracy.   
Time: Oct 5, 2020 12:00 PM Eastern Time (US and Canada)
To join the Zoom meeting copy this URL into your search bar: https://us02web.zoom.us/j/88555617406?pwd=MlVkVTdrYlViMlZkeHZYS3dwaW5nUT09
Meeting ID: 885 5561 7406
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17th Annual Empty Bowls Fundraiser
hosted by Empty Bowls Southern VT,  Brattleboro Community TV, and  Groundworks Collaborative
Saturday, October 10th, 2020, Online. 6pm-7pm. For more information and for tickets, please visit www.GroundworksVT.org/EVENTS.
As Vermonters continue to be discouraged from gathering in large numbers, there will not be a soup dinner at Landmark College this fall. Rather, we have designed a number of ways supporters can continue to participate without holding an in-person event:
The Empty Bowls Dinner typically raises between $25,000 and $30,000 to keep the shelves stocked at Foodworks for families and individuals in need of emergency food.
Local potters are busy handcrafting scores of bowls as they do each year for the fundraiser and sponsors continue to line up in support.
Bowls are now available for purchase online through Groundworks’ website (https://groundworks.rallybound.org/emptybowls2020/Donate/Tickets) and can be picked up curbside at one of three pickup locations in Brattleboro and Putney on the weekend of October 3rd and 4th: 
Saturday October 3rd, 9am-noon at The Memorial Park Skating Rink Lot, Brattleboro
Saturday October 3rd, 1-4pm at River Valley Credit Union on Putney Road, Brattleboro
Sunday October 4th, 1-4pm at River Valley Credit Union on Rt. 5 in Putney
Bowls picked up at these locations will be pre-packaged for curbside pick up with receipt and can also be purchased with cash or check at those locations.
Bowls are also on display and available for purchase in local business storefronts beginning September 1st—including the Brattleboro Food Co-op, Zephyr Designs, Everyone's Books, Vermont Artisan Designs, The Shoe Tree, Putney Food Coop, and the Putney General Store!
Individual bowls will be sold for $25 each and a Party Pack of 12 bowls and soup recipes will be available for $250. Party Packs are designed to allow people to “Host your own Empty Bowls” with a small group of friends and family. Party Packs come with free delivery anywhere within a 30-minute drive of Brattleboro.
On Saturday, October 10th at 6pm—the evening the dinner would have otherwise been served—Groundworks will host a livestream broadcast on YouTube and Brattleboro Community TV featuring staff, volunteers and Board, as well as music and the latest updates on Foodworks’ impact in the community.
More information about the livestream broadcast and bowl sales will be available here and on both the Groundworks Collaborative and Empty Bowls - Southern Vermont Facebook pages, as well as at GroundworksVT.org/EVENTS.
We look forward to gathering as usual once the Coronavirus pandemic is over!
“We are grateful for all of the potters, restaurants, businesses, and volunteers that come together each year to make this event possible, and to Landmark College for hosting us year after year,” said Groundworks Executive Director Josh Davis. “We will miss the opportunity to see and greet all of the familiar faces and friends of this organization who come out every year for the Empty Bowls Dinner and we are grateful for all of the ways this community is coming together to help us in supporting our neighbors when we all need the help more than ever.”
A number of sponsors have graciously and generously supported the event this year despite a challenging economic landscape, including: Silver Forest, Trust Company of Vermont, Brattleboro Food Co-op, Brattleboro Savings & Loan, Champlain Valley Dispensary, Inc., King Arthur Baking Company, Southern Vermont Wellness, Rod's Towing and Repairs, Savings Bank of Walpole, Dead River Company, Farnum Insulators, Abbiati Monuments, A.L. Tyler & Sons, Howard Printing, Inc., Sidehill Farm, The Marina, Downey, Pieciak, Fitzgerald & Co, PC, Burrows Specialized Sports, Costello, Valente & Gentry, PC, and Richmond Auto.

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Red Cross Blood Drive at the Winston Prouty School
Saturday, October 24th, 2020 at The Winston Prouty School (20 Austine Drive, Brattleboro, VT, 05301). 10am-3pm.

Winston Prouty and the American Red Cross are hosting monthly blood drives for the next three months.
Blood levels are historically low and this is our chance to help.
We have much faith in the Red Cross and their protocols and ability to help us create a safe environment for this essential event.
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=
To help make the event possible by volunteering, please contact Lisa Whitney, lisa@winstonprouty.org

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COMMUNITY SUPPORT OPPORTUNITIES

Racial Justice Lending Library: A Community Ask from Brattleboro Resident and Ally Johanna Dery
     This spring, I created a "little free library" and since the start of the George Floyd protests I have operated it as a "Racial Justice Lending Library." The books in the collection were donated by family and friends and neighbors who believe in anti-racist personal education. It is a free resource for community members to learn about systemic racism, which will inspire necessary conversations among us. After three months, the library has circulated 50 books into the community.
     The library is located on Pleasant St. in a tree stump that looks hobbit-friendly. Perhaps you have borrowed a book and read it, perhaps you have passed it on to a friend, or perhaps you borrowed one and have not been able to read it yet... That is OK! The books are meant to be in the community -- but I am writing today because after this initial collection of 50 books has gone out, the library has become sparse. Many books return only to immediately go out again; some have not yet made it back.
     I am writing with a request: If you purchased and read anti-racist literature in the wake of the uprising this summer, have finished with it and would consider donating it -- please contact me or simply leave your book(s) in the tree stump. I would like to continue this project, but I need your books!
     Here is a link to a google doc that lists all the books in circulation now, followed by the books suggested to me by local activists and scholars, and collected from anti-racist reading lists posted online.
     The books in BLACK are in circulation. The books I would like to add are in RED. Multiple copies of any book is OK!

https://docs.google.com/document/d/1Yn1vYN3rnO1yDuX59vAMQtXTjeaqDSgS-dkK-UaWR4o/edit?usp=sharing

 

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A Note from Our Southern VT Chapter of Sister District:

If you are like us, you woke this morning wondering what can we do? How can we act in a strategic and impactful way to honor the legacy of Justice Ginsberg?  How to best find ourselves remembered as she wished to be, "As someone who used whatever talent she had to do her work to the very best of her ability. And to help repair tears in her society, to make things a little better through the use of whatever ability she has." ?
We certainly know how to fund raise for the state races which become more and more important as we witness the lows our current administration is capable of. This month we are filling subscriptions for our last chance soup subscription to raise funds for Brittany Rodas in Pennsylvania.
Our wonderful local soup team has committed to making 100(!) quarts of soup/month for the October-December soup cycle. Subscribe here or email Marni Rosner if you would like to be a soup chef (recipes, labels and containers provided).  All funds raised go to Getting Out The Vote and flipping the House in Pennsylvania. You (or our local food shelf) gets the delicious soup and Brittney Rodas, our Sister District Candidate, gets an infusion of funds to get over the finish line.  A message from Brittney about our soup project: "This is amazing!! Thank you so much!  We are honored to have your support."

Other Opportunities to Make a Difference NOW
*Write personal letters to encourage PA Democrats to VOTE!  (scripts & addresses provided):  Contact Karen Kamenetzky
*Join a national Sister District sponsored phone banking team: Details and sign up here
*You can also contribute directly to Sister District Project and support their important ongoing work to support strategic and important state races here: https://secure.actblue.com/donate/sdp-website?refcode=nav-web-btn

Post Election Plans
Stay tuned for details about an early December, post-election celebration of the work that Southern Vermont Sister District has done over the last 4 years.  In the meantime, please let any of the three "team captains" (Diane Shamas, Tammy McNamara or Peg Alden) know if you are interested in taking on a leadership role in the post-election iteration of Southern Vermont Sister District.  

We will leave you tonight with some words from one of Sister District's founders Rita Bosworth, "Mourn her death, but continue moving forward. Do not let this extinguish your hope; rather, let hope burn brightly as a reminder that your actions matter, and we have the ability to continue making progress, even against all odds. She certainly did.

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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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For MASK information, please see our permanent resource here: https://www.wecantogether.net/masks

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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

Money for Past-Due Rent in Vermont During the COVID-19 Crisis
If you need help paying your rent and you have a very low income, call 211. Otherwise, contact your landlord and apply together for the Rental Housing Stabilization Program.
For help with past-due rent, Vermonters should apply for the Rental Housing Stabilization Program through the Vermont State Housing Authority (VSHA). VSHA is accepting applications from landlords and tenants, and paying landlords directly to bring the tenant’s rent account current.
The program pays up to the VSHA payment standards. If the landlord wants payment, the landlord must agree to waive rent amounts in excess of the payment standard for all the months paid for. 
When the landlord accepts the money they have to promise to: 

  • drop any eviction 
  • not start a new eviction for the same number of months (up to six months) in the future as the money pays for
  • not raise the rent before January 1, 2021, or the end of your lease term — whichever is later, and 
  • make sure the unit is up to code in 30 days.

Important: VSHA has to have applications from both the landlord and the tenant. You should talk to your landlord and agree on the amount you owe. Make sure that amount is on both applications. Apply for this rent help on the VSHA website. If you need help with your landlord, an eviction, or applying for the rent help, contact us at Vermont Legal Aid.

 

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, Monday through Thursday, through December 11th, 2020.
When? Monday – Thursday 4pm-6pm
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).
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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Food Discount Programs

Food Resources at Brattleboro Food Coop 
Our Shareholder Assistance Grant supports community members who could not otherwise afford to be a Shareholder at the Co-op. It covers $60 of the $80 cost of a Brattleboro Co-op Share. By joining the Co-op and paying the remaining $20 over the course of a year, a community member can enjoy all the benefits of being a Co-op Shareholder and qualify for our 10% Food for All discount. https://www.brattleborofoodcoop.coop/join/become-a-shareholder/shareholder-assistance-grant/

Food for All is our needs-based discount program. It gives eligible Shareholders a 10% discount on all food at the Co-op, with a few exceptions (such as alcohol). Food for All can apply to anyone that fits the criteria - WIC, 3 Squares Vermont, SSI, EBT, referral letter from a local organization. https://www.brattleborofoodcoop.coop/shop/food-for-all-program/ 

Contact the Shareholder Services department at the Brattleboro Food Co-op for assistance at 802-246-2821 or Shareholders@brattleborofoodcoop.coop

 

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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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Business Grants Available

SEVCA Microbusiness Grants Available
Grants are available for microbusinesses impacted by COVID19. Eligible business owners may apply for grant up to $5000 through the EMBRACE micro business direct grant program. More information is available at  https://sevca.org/economic-development/micro-business-development, or you may contact Denise Mason, Director of Economic Development, dmason@sevca.org or 800-464-9951.

 

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

 

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RESOURCE FOR WeCAN

Rapid Response Text Alert System

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

  

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ONGOING EDUCATIONAL PROGRAMMING 

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

 

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     Please remember to care for yourself in the coming days and weeks, WeCAN Family. If you need anything at all, email us at admin@wecantogether.net and we will do our best to assist you. 

Your Friendly WeCAN Admins,

Joanna and Sam

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