Weekly Update 01.14.18
“Over the past few years I have been gravely disappointed with the white moderate. I have almost reached the regrettable conclusion that the Negro’s great stumbling block in his stride toward freedom is not the White Citizen’s Councilor or the Ku Klux Klanner, but the white moderate, who is more devoted to “order” than to justice; who prefers a negative peace—which is the absence of tension—to a positive peace—which is the presence of justice.”
Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.
“Letters From Birmingham City Jail”, 1963
In celebration and recognition of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Day we've compiled a collection of lesser known MLK facts for your edification and enlightenment.
Don't forget, too, to pop into the Brattleboro Food Co-op (2 Main Street, Brattleboro) on Monday, January 15th to chat with local social justice and activist groups from 10am-6pm throughout the store. We'll see you there!
-Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. experienced an accelerated education. He skipped two grades in high school, 9th and 11th, and entered college (Moorehouse College) at the tender age of 15 in 1944. By 19, he received a bachelor’s degree in sociology.
- King convinced “Uhura” on Star Trek, Nichelle Nichols (who incidentally later went on to work for NASA), to continue on with the role after the first season. Nichols stated he told her not to leave the show because she was not only playing a black person as a main character on TV, but she was also playing a character that didn’t conform to the stereotypical black person of the day, usually portrayed. Rather, Uhura was portrayed as an intelligent member of the crew and an equal to those around her.
-It wasn’t until the year 2000 that all 50 states officially observed Martin Luther King Jr. Day. The last states to join up where Arizona in 1992, New Hampshire in 1999, and Utah in 2000. The holiday itself was originally signed into federal law by President Ronald Reagan in 1983, with the first MLK holiday on January 20, 1986.
-116 k-12 schools bear Dr. King's name in this country and approximately 900 streets in the Unites States are named after him, too, with one such street in almost every major city. Researchers at the University of North Texas have found that these streets tend to be poorer than others with the same racial demographics, though, and there has been concern recently with the crumbling conditions of the named roads nationwide.
-Dr. King got a C in public speaking at seminary school. In his first year of seminary school in Chester, Pennsylvania, one of Dr. King’s professors gave him a C in a public speaking course! In his third and final year, Dr. King was valedictorian with straight A's.
-Picking tobacco revealed to him a more open society. When King was 15, and again when he was 18, he worked summers harvesting tobacco in Simsbury, Connecticut, not far from Hartford. His experience as a middle-class son of a prominent black family from Atlanta's prosperous "Sweet" Auburn Avenue performing menial labor in Yankee territory helped shape his future. "On our way here we saw some things I had never anticipated to see,” he wrote his father in astonishment. “After we passed Washington there was no discrimination at all. The white people here are very nice. We go to any place we want to and sit anywhere we want to.” In a correspondence to his mother, he continued the theme, “I never thought that a person of my race could eat anywhere but we ate in one of the finest restaurants in Hartford. And we went to the largest shows there.”
-Between 1957 and 1968, he traveled more than 6 million miles and spoke at more than 2,500 events.
HAPPENING TODAY SUNDAY, JANUARY 14th, 2018
Civil Rights Banner Songs for Peaceful Revolution: A Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Day Banner Raising Invitation
Sunday, January 14th, 2018 on Main Street in Downtown Brattleboro, VT. 8am.
You are invited to come to the Martin Luther King Day "We Celebrate Democracy / Civil Rights For All" banner raising on Main Street in Brattleboro on Sunday, Jan 14th. at 8 a.m. MLK day is the 15th. The Fire Department will begin to hang the banner at 8 a.m. or a little later. Hanging takes about an hour. The banner will be up for one week. Group singing and music on Sunday mornings is not permitted by the Town. But you are welcome to say a few words, or maintain a silent vigil, in King’s honor.
If there is a large crowd, please do not block the side walk or street. All people who attend this event agree to be non violent in word and in deed.We are raising $300 for the banner hanging fee paid to the Town for a solo flight of the banner. Please make a small donation on line to We Celebrate Democracy Banner @ Go Fund Me or send a check to "WCD/CRFA" POB 6231, Brattleboro Vt 05302.
The Putney Huddle Organizing and Action Meeting
Sunday, January 14th, 2018 at the Putney Public Library (55 Main St, Putney, VT 05346). 1:30pm-3:30pm.
It's time to Huddle up and own 2018 as our year to paint the country blue! This month we will set the annual agenda with local leaders and partake in an important Sister District Campaign Activity; this week the new chair of the Vermont Democratic party, Terje Anderson, who will be joining us to speak and partake. Join us!
"The most important political office is that of the private citizen." -Louis D. Brandeis
HAPPENING THIS WEEK MONDAY, JANUARY 15th, 2018-SUNDAY, JANUARY 21st, 2018
Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Day at Brattleboro Food Co-op
Monday, January 15th, 2018 at the Brattleboro Food Co-op (2 Main Street, Brattleboro, VT, 05301). Tables will be set up throughout the store. 10am-6pm.
The Brattleboro Food Co-op is holding its second annual Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Day event this year on Monday, January 15th. From 10am-6pm local social justice and activist groups will be present throughout the store. We are also further increasing our allotment for how many community volunteer hours Co-op owners can use towards their working shareholder discount. We hope that by offering our Shareholders the opportunity to get something back for lending a hand to the work you do, the Co-op is able to send some support and inspiration your way to help you continue your work and achieve your goals.
The Co-op did a lot to broaden our local connections over the last year, and we hope to continue deepening those roots as much as possible in 2018! We invite any and all WeCAN affiliated groups to participate. Call or email Ruth in Shareholder Services at 802-246-2821 or [email protected] to schedule your time ASAP!
Healthcare Testimonies: Preparation & Practice for Testifying at the State House
Tuesday, January 16th, 2018 at the Root Social Justice Center (the Whetstone Studio for the Arts, 28 Williams St., Brattleboro, VT, 05301). First Floor. 6:30pm-8:00pm.
Handicap accessible, nut free and fragrance free space. If you want help preparing but can’t make that meeting, or if you have other questions, please contact [email protected] or 257-4436. Childcare available upon prior request.
If you’d like to testify at the Jan. 23 healthcare hearing in Montpelier and want help preparing, this is the place for you! The Windham Organizing Committee of the VT Workers’ Center is holding a prep and practice session with simple outlines and people on hand to provide whatever background information you need and to help you turn your own experience into a 2-minute testimony.
PUC Public Hearing on the Sale of Vermont Yankee
Thursday, January 18th, 2018 at BUHS Multi-Purpose Room, (131 Fairground Rd., Brattleboro). 6-9pm.
Public Utility Commission public hearing on the sale of Vermont Yankee from Entergy to NorthStar. 6:00 presentation, 7:00 public comments. The Public Service Dept., Entergy and NorthStar are currently in negotiations and have asked for a delay in the public hearing, so it may be postponed. Check the PUC website for details closer to the date: http://puc.vermont.gov/event/rescheduled-public-hearing-puc-case-no-8880.
Recharge Your Activist Spirit at the WeCAN Café
Thursday, January 18th, 2018 at 118 Elliot Street (118 Elliot Street, Bratleboro, VT, 05301).
The folks who gathered nearly 40 organizations and 400 people for Windham County’s WeCAN Action Fair last spring are launching their second follow-up event, a series of “WeCAN Story Hours Cafe’s” on Third Thursdays throughout the Winter. These WeCAN Cafés are designed to build community and help community activists “fill their spirits” through information sharing, celebration and connection. All activists, including anyone wishing to learn about organizations and start participating in resistance efforts, are encouraged to attend. This event is free and open to the public.
There will be storytelling, discussion, food, music, poetry and a cash bar. Each of our monthly winter WeCAN Cafés will feature a different topic-- class, healthcare, race-- and start with a story hour followed by a policy discussion led by Vermont activists. We all need laughter, tears, hope, and inspiration-- to ground our work for the year ahead. Do you have a transformative story about class, poverty, or workers rights-- a moment that helped you understand the world a bit better? Come share with us, as we explore who we are, how we got here, and where we’re going next.
There will be time to connect with representatives from different organizations, eat, chat, and enjoy local music.
Emilie Kornheiser, one of the event organizers explains, “Our goal is to bring people’s real lives into our activism, to remember why we do the work we do, and make sure that our policies are shaped by multiple stories. We hope people leave feeling connected, and inspired.”
Please join us on January 18th at 118 Elliott Street from 7:00pm–9:00pm to listen and share stories of class, money, jobs, and justice. We hope to see you there!
Protest Vigil at TD Bank
sponsored by Post Oil Solutions
Friday, January 19th, 2018 (and every Friday) in front of TD Bank Brattleboro (215 Main Street, Brattleboro, VT, 05301). 12pm-1pm. Signs will be provided.
TD is a major investor in Tar Sands. TD helps to fund the Dakota Access Pipeline. The State of Vermont Keeps Most of Our Cash in TD. What You Can You Do (besides attending the vigils):
If you’re a TD depositor, change banks!
Founded in 2005, Post Oil Solutions is a 501c3 community organizing project in Southeastern Vermont whose mission is to help empower the people of the Central Connecticut River Valley bioregion to develop sustainable, resilient , collaborative, and socially just communities leading to a self- and community-sufficient post petroleum society. For more information please contact [email protected] or 802.869.2141.
The Bi-Weekly Solidarity Vigil
sponsored by Post Oil Solutions
Friday, January 19th, 2018 at the Windham Hotel Corner (across from Flat Iron Café, Bellows Falls, VT). 1pm-2pm.
A vigil of community, solidarity and diversity.
We are one cause of peace, freedom & social justice for all living beings.
Bring signs expressing your passion and concerns.
Toxins in Our Food Supply and Environment: A Lecture
presented by Living Earth Action Group
Friday, January 19th, 2018 at Westminster West Congregational Church (44 Church St., Putney, VT 05346).
5pm-6:30pm. For more information about Living Earth Action Group and to receive our newsletter contact Caitlin Adair [email protected].
Learn more about toxins in our food supply and in our environment from Shaina Kasper, the State Director of the Toxics Action Center. Shaina will be with us to discuss banning glyphosate, Roundup, and other toxins both domestically and Internationally. Bring your friends and neighbors to this one! Don’t miss it!
Local Solidarity Marches
sponsored by local groups
Saturday, January 20th, 2018
Brattleboro: "Gathering in Solidarity with the 2018 Women's March”. Pliny Park (corner of Main Street and High Street, Downtown Brattleboro, VT, 05301). 11am-12pm.
Montpelier: "March for Our Future”. Montpelier City Hall (39 Main St, Montpelier, VT 05602). 1pm-4pm.
Greenfield: "2nd Annual Franklin County Women's Rally". Town Common & Court Square (near the Town Hall, 14 Court Square, Greenfield, MA 01301). 12pm.
Northampton: “The Women's March: Hear Our Voices, Hear Our Vote!”. Start at Sheldon Field (51 Old Ferry Road, Northampton, MA, 01060) and culminate at Northampton Town Hall. 11am-1pm.
Pittsfield: March Into Action Resource Fair & Community Forum. The Colonial Theatre (111 South Street, Pittsfield, MA, 01201). 1pm.
Sunday, January 21st, 2018
Peterborough: “We Are Still Here - #PowerToThePolls”. Peterborough Town House (1 Grove Street, Peterborough , NH 03458). 12pm.
Winter Farmers’ Market
sponsored by Post Oil Solutions
Saturday, January 20th, 2018 (and every Saturday through March) at the Robert H. Gibson River Garden (157 Main Street, Brattleboro, VT, 05301). 10am-2pm.
Area musicians will perform from 11am-1pm. No pets allowed. Metered parking available within walking distance. Restrooms and cafe seating available on site. Family friendly.
We are beginning our 12th Season! Join us every Saturday for vegetables, fruits and meat from local farms, a variety of baked goods, locally and regionally produced artisan crafts, and freshly prepared food in the beautiful River Garden building on Main Street in downtown Brattleboro.
EBT customers can turn $10 into $20 with CropCash
INFO: contact Market Manager, Sherry Maher, 802.869.2141, farmersmarket@postoilsolutions.
Local Love Brigade at the Brattleboro Museum
Sunday, January 21st, 2018 at the Brattleboro Museum and Art Center (10 Vernon St. Brattleboro, VT 05301). 11:30am-1:30pm.
Gather at the museum to make love postcards together. Supplies and refreshments will be provided - and there will be a good view of the midday Amtrak for all kids and other train lovers. All are welcome.
Mother Up! Monthly Meet-Up
Monday, January 22nd, 2018 at KidsPLAYce (20 Elliot St., Brattleboro). 5:30pm-7:30pm. A simple vegetarian meal and childcare for ages 8 and under will be provided. RSVP helpful, but not required. Contact Abby Mnookin for more info at [email protected]
Mother Up!: Parents Exchange for Change is a project of 350Vermont that brings together families to talk about the tough realities of climate change and to participate in the transition to a healthier and safer world. (Please note we're meeting on the 4th Monday as usual, but this is not the last Monday of the month.) Continuing with this year's theme of "ACTION", we'll hear highlights from January 20th's March for our Future and plan for our upcoming Lobby Day, happening at the State House on Thursday, February 15th.
Public Hearing on Access to Healthcare
hosted by the Senate Health & Welfare Committee
Tuesday, January 23rd, 2018 at the Vermont State House (115 State St, Montpelier, VT 05633). 5:30pm-8:00pm. For more information or to sign up to go & connect with a carpool, contact [email protected] or 802-257-4436.
The Vermont Workers’ Center’s Healthcare Is A Human Right Campaign is organizing preparation sessions and carpools to this public hearing.
Many of us are struggling to meet our healthcare needs or worried about losing what access we have. This is an opportunity to share your experience and to call for a system that treats healthcare as a human right. It’s important that the legislators hear a full range of experiences including those of people with disabilities, people with chronic health conditions, people who can’t afford treatment or have gone into medical debt, people kept in the ER for mental health issues, and people who are doing without needed care due to no insurance or underinsurance. We also encourage healthcare workers to testify about what they see and about issues that impact their ability to provide care, such as unsafe staffing levels. Whatever YOUR story, it is important!
We can take immediate steps to address this crisis: Finish the work of implementing Act 48, a universal publicly financed healthcare for Vermont; protect and fully fund services for people with disabilities; and ensure safe staffing levels and debt-free education for nurses and healthcare workers in our medical system. But to transform our system the legislators need to hear from lots of us!
Climate Change Café presents
a project of Post Oil Solutions
Ecopsychology: The Human Psyche with the Earth in Mind (& Body)
Tuesday, January 23rd, 2018 at Brooks Memorial Library (224 Main Street, Brattleboro, VT 05301). 6pm-8pm.
Free, light refreshments available. For more information please contact [email protected].
Regardless of who we think we are at this moment, in essence we're all ancestors of peoples and cultures that once had a profound kinship with the more-than-human world. However, right now we are living in a time of unspeakable ecological disconnection and disruption. Perhaps now more than ever, it's time to more deeply search for who we are in relationship to the Earth and all its inhabitants.
With our guide, integrative psychotherapist Dave Cohen, we will explore a broad overview of the fundamental ingredients that make up the vital work of ecopsychology. This is an approach that deeply considers us – our minds, bodies, and senses – and our felt relationships to the ecological and social worlds we inhabit, as well as the ways in which the industrial worldview is redefining who we are and perhaps even hacking into our status as human beings.
Dave Cohen is an integrative psychotherapist in Brattleboro, VT (www.davecohenccounseling.com), specializing in approaches in mind/body modalities and ecopsychology.
Citizen Emergency Preparedness Workshop in Bellows Falls
sponsored by Post Oil Solutions
Thursday, January 25th, 2018 at the Rockingham Free Public Library (65 Westminister Street, Bellows Falls, VT). 6:30pm-8pm.
The workshop is free, and light refreshments will be available. For further information, contact Tim Stevenson, [email protected] or 802.869.2141.
Post Oil Solutions will host Rich Cogliano, the Regional Emergency Management Program Coordinator of Vermont Emergency Management (VEM) for an important workshop on how citizens and communities can best prepare themselves for the kinds of catastrophic weather and other climate-related events we are increasingly experiencing, as well as other severe crises where emergency services are rendered unavailable, and people are basically on their own to take care of themselves and their neighbors.
One of the important lessons from this year’s hurricane and wildfire season is that the good people of Houston, Puerto Rico, and California would have been better served had they made preparations for such events before they occurred, and not waited until these horrors struck them and they were quickly overwhelmed.
The workshop will offer very practical steps we can all take as individuals, families and communities to making emergency and evacuation plans that can then be acted upon promptly in a time of emergency. VEM will also provide all attendees with a booklet on emergency preparedness.
A Meditative Vigil of Lovingkindness
sponsored by Post Oil Solutions
Monday, January 29th, 2018 at the Robert H. Gibson River Garden (157 Main Street, Brattleboro, VT, 05301), part of the Brown Bag Event. 12pm-1pm.
With a banner that reads “May All Beings Be Free Of Pain And Suffering, May All Beings Know Peace And Happiness. Please Join Us” Post Oil Solutions is continuing to host silent vigils of lovingkindness for the peaceful, socially just society we are all seeking.
At a time when basic values are being assaulted and ignored, it is essential that we both express and simply be our inherent heart values. Though silent, the Vigil of Lovingkindness is intended to give voice to these values—selfless love, personal integrity, service to others, moral courage, and a basic commitment to the sacredness of life--that are the foundation of a wholesome society, and to speak up for the compassionate alternative that they represent. Please join us. All are welcome to join for a few minutes or for the entire hour. People may stand, sit or kneel, as they see fit. There are chairs, but please bring a cushion, mat, or whatever you are comfortable with.
"Fossil Fuel Free Fast: The Climate Resistance" Live-Streamed Event Watch Party
sponsored by 350 Brattleboro
Wednesday, January 31st, 2018 at the Brattleboro Museum & Art Center (10 Vernon Street, Brattleboro, VT, 05301). 7:30pm-9:30pm.
This event is free and open to the public. Live-streaming begins at 8 pm. RSVP and get last-minute details at https://actionnetwork.org/events/350brattleboro-fossil-fuel-free-fast-livestream-event. Questions? Contact [email protected]
This live-streamed watch party will feature movement leaders like Senator Bernie Sanders, 350.org co-founder Bill McKibben, Reverend Yearwood, Varshini Prakash of the Sunrise Movement, and many more. These speakers will lay out their plans to resist the current administration’s ongoing attacks on our climate, win back power in the 2018 and 2020 elections, and secure the lasting change we need through local action.
Meet others in our community who want to organize to build local power and take climate action. Working together, we will end the use of fossil fuels and transition our world to 100% renewable energy for all! Find out what you can do in Windham County to begin to build the Fossil Fuel Free future we need -- and connect with other activists equally passionate about this work.
Non Violent Direct Action Training Opportunity: Call for NVDA Training Participants (REGISTRATION DEADLINE: FEBURARY 3rd, 2018)
sponsored by Post Oil Solutions and 99th Monkee Affinity Group
Saturday, February 10th, 2017 at the Brattleboro Food Co-op (2 Main Street, Brattleboro, VT, 05301) in the Community Room on the 2nd Floor. 9:30am-5pm.
TRAINERS: Cate Woolner & Carol Lewis
The workshop is free. Bagels, muffins, scones, croissants, fruit, coffee & tea will be available throughout the day. For lunch, bring your own, eat in the Co-op Café, or elsewhere in town.
Though not required, a donation of $5-$20 would be most appreciated as our way of thanking our volunteer trainers.
There are only 25 places and some have already been taken; it is advisable to register early.
For information and to register contact Tim 802.869.2141 or email him at [email protected].
Participating in this training does not mean you plan to risk arrest while involved in a non-violent direct action. It is important for all of us in the environmental, social justice, racial & gender equality, peace, and democracy movements to be well-versed in non-violence. In addition to risking arrest, we need to consider all the roles necessary to make our efforts successful, including being a support person, a legal, police or media liaison. This workshop is highly recommended for those who want to be prepared to act in support of the Poor Peoples Campaign, to resist the Keystone Pipeline across indigenous land in Nebraska, or to defend our country against a Trump-initiated coup by firing special counsel Robert Mueller.
Workshop Goals Include:
•To understand and become inspired by the spirit and history of non-violent direct action
•To prepare for participation in non-violent action that may be necessary as time goes on
•To deepen connections and build stronger community among activists in the greater Brattleboro area
•To consider joining an existing affinity group, or creating a new one.
The workshop is free. Bagels, muffins, scones, croissants, fruit, coffee & tea will be available throughout the day. For lunch, bring your own, eat in the Co-op Café, or elsewhere in town. Though not required, a donation of $5-$20 would be most appreciated as our way of thanking our volunteer trainers. There are only 25 places, and some have already been taken. So it is advisable to register early. For information and to register contact Tim 802.869.2141 or [email protected].
STANDING REGULAR MEETINGS
Lost River Racial Justice, Black Lives Matter-South, and People Of Color Caucus Regular Meeting
Reoccurring racial justice organizing meetings every 2nd Monday at The Root Social Justice Center (The Whetstone Studio of the Arts, 28 Williams Street, Brattleboro, VT, 05301) on the First Floor. 6pm-8pm. Childcare provided. Fragrance & nut free space.
Youth4Change Regular Meeting
The Root Social Justice Center (The Whetstone Studio for the Arts, 28 Williams Street, Brattleboro, VT, 05301). First Floor.
Youth4Change (Y4C), a program of The Root Social Justice Center, builds the leadership skills of youth ages 12-21, especially those from/in historically disenfranchised communities who want to use education, art, and action to address issues of racial, class, gender, queer, immigrant and indigenous justice.
Childcare as a Radical Act: Sign up to Provide Childcare!
The Family Solidarity Action Network is moving forward with their next big effort to support families in local activism: a collective of folks to provide childcare for local activist meetings or events. If you or someone you know would be able and willing to offer childcare (as a volunteer, or paid) for meetings and events please fill out this spreadsheet:
We are looking for people young and old with varying degrees of experience. Having a large pool of people to call on will make it much easier for organizers to arrange childcare for meetings, allowing for more voices of families with young children to participate in local activism! We will then be making this list available to other local organizations so we can be sure that childcare doesn't have to be a barrier to participation for anyone.
Inclusion Center is Looking for People Who are Interested in Helping our Organization Grow and Mature in Various Directions
Inclusion Center is an amazing program that works with all people who have disabilities or medical issues, and everyone else who has an interest in being with us.
The possibilities for what Inclusion Center could be in the future are endless: A drop in center within another program! Have our own space with our doors always open. Offer classes. Offer services as well as being a drop in center! And those are just a few of our ideas!
However, in order for us to grow, we need a few more people who can either come to our board meetings (the second friday of each month at 2:00), or come to a work group each month (generally Friday mornings).
At Inclusion Center we all matter. Everyone helps make decisions. It doesn't matter if you want to join the board or just drop in as often as you can. Either way, your ideas and input matter just as much as everyone else's.
Please contact us ([email protected] or 802-387-5285) to discuss how we could work together.
ONGOING EDUCATIONAL PROGRAMMING
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
WVEW 107.7FM, Brattleboro Community Radio Station
You can listen to recorded and archived episodes here: https://soundcloud.com/democracy-eventually and you can find us on Facebook here https://www.facebook.com/democracyeventually/ and on Twitter here @Democrazeee.
We are Democracy, Eventually a radio show covering local, state, and underreported national news stories from a progressive analysis. We air live on WVEW 107.7FM LP Brattleboro Community Radio Station.
Just a reminder that the next WeCAN Café is set for Thursday, January, 18th, 2018 from 7pm-9pm at 118 Elliot St, and we hope you can come! We had a good turnout at the first Café in the Fall (around 60-70 people came), and we think the upcoming Café is going to be great. If you represent an organization and would to reserve your tabling space please take a second to fill out this super quick form:https://goo.gl/forms/VucNqT5A16odhvO63.
Thank you, again, for showing up each and every week and we look forward to resetting and regrouping with you on January 18th!