Weekly Update 03.19.18
"People like to say that the conflict is between good and evil. The real conflict is between truth and lies."
Don Miguel Ruiz
There is a lot to get to this week, WeCAN friends. Let's get right to it:
HAPPENING THIS WEEK MONDAY, MARCH 19th, 2018-SUNDAY, MARCH 25th, 2018
Rights & Democracy Raise the Wage Phone Bank
Thursday, March 22nd, 2018 at Everyone’s Books (25 Elliot Street, Brattleboro, VT, 05301). 5:30pm-8pm.
$15 minimum wage has recently passed our Vermont State Senate, and now it's time to build pressure to assure it's success in the House! The House General, Housing & Military Affairs Committee will likely take up this bill this week. We'll help move the needle by contacting folks who've signed the Raise Up Vermont petition in support for this and other economic justice initiatives. We'll be asking them to contact their more reluctant representatives in support of this important bill to improve the lives of struggling Vermonters.
We'll begin to gather ourselves at 5:30pm, so that we can begin making phone calls at 6pm. I'll have food and beverage on hand, so don't worry if you're coming straight from work. You don't need experience, just a cell phone. We'll have talking points and scripts on hand as well.
For more information please contact: Ann Zimmerman 802-258-0275 or [email protected]. Here’s a link to RSVP on Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/events/1557980060987165/?notif_t=plan_user_invited¬if_id=1521229692009035.
Vermont Yankee: Nuclear Decommissioning Citizen Advisory Panel
Thursday, March 22nd, 2018 at Brattleboro Union High School MultiPurpose Room (131 Fairground Road, Brattleboro, VT, 05301). 6:00pm-9:00pm.
Presentations on the recent settlement and Memorandum of Understanding related to the sale of Vermont Yankee to NorthStar Group Services, and by Waste Control Services on radioactive waste disposal. Open to the public with public Q&A scheduled. For background, go to the Safe and Green Campaign website. NDCAP has posted the full agenda here.
Protest Vigil at TD Bank
sponsored by Post Oil Solutions
Friday, March 23rd, 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, March 23rd, 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.
Transition Dummerston Potluck & Program: How Childhood Trauma Affects Health Across a Lifetime and How We As a Community Can Make A Difference
Friday, March 23rd at Dummerston Congregational Church (Middle & East-West Roads, Dummerston Center, VT 05346) in the Basement. 6pm-8:30pm. All are welcome. Program is free and open to the public. For questions please email [email protected].
Transition Dummerston is part of the international Transition Town network of local initiatives that support resilient community and well-being in the face of energy, climate, and economic challenge.
· Mike Mrowicki – VT State Rep & Family Services Worker
· Lisa Newell – Private Practitioner of Body & Sensory-Focused Therapies
· Dr. Susanne Booth – Practitioner at Sojourns Community Health Clinic
· 2018 Legislative Report on Childhood Adversity: Impacts on VT Children & Families
· Adverse Childhood Experiences (ACEs) and Toxic Stress Explained
· How Toxic Stress Looks in Children & Adults
· Being Trauma-Informed Enhances Our Support to Friends, Family & Community
· Questions & Discussion
A Forum on Gun Violence
hosted by Brattleboro Reformer
Friday, March 23rd, 2018 at Brattleboro Union High School (131 Fairground Rd, Brattleboro, Vermont 05301) in the Multi Purpose Room. 6pm-8pm.
This event is free to attend. Please join us for this much needed discussion.
The Panel will consist of:
• Lyle Holiday, Superintendent of WSESU
• Steve Perrin, Principal at BUHS
• Mark Carignan, Captain at the Brattleboro Police Departent
• Louis Josephson, CEO of the Brattleboro Retreat
• Bob Thibault, Principal at Leland and Gray
• Brian Patno, CMA at Just So Pediatrics
• William Anton, Superintendent of WCSU
This forum will be moderated by Greg Sukiennik, New England Newspapers Vermont Managing Editor.
Winter Farmers’ Market
sponsored by Post Oil Solutions
Saturday, March 24th, 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 enjoying 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, [email protected]
March For Government Action Against Gun Violence/ March for Our Lives in DC
Saturday, March 24th, 2018 on The Mall (Washington DC). 10am-10pm.
We are combining our efforts with March for Our Lives on the 24th of March! For more details: https://www.facebook.com/events/157161255003456/
We have all watched too many individuals, especially children, killed by senseless gun violence. While all individuals do have the right to bear Arms, the Government needs to step up and do something. This is the Anniversary of the Columbine shooting and it feels like very little has been done in the area of gun control and protecting our citizens. Please March peacefully and show that we need change now! Visit www.saveourschools.us for more information.
March For Our Lives Montpelier, VT
Saturday, March 24th, 2018 at the Vermont State House (115 State St, Montpelier, Vermont 05602). 12pm- 2pm. Please email [email protected] if you have any questions.
Not one more. We cannot allow one more child to be shot at school. We cannot allow one more teacher to make a choice to jump in front of a firing assault rifle to save the lives of students. We cannot allow one more family to wait for a call or text that never comes. Our schools are unsafe. Our children and teachers are dying. We must make it our top priority to save these lives.
March For Our Lives is created by, inspired by, and led by students across the country who will no longer risk their lives waiting for someone else to take action to stop the epidemic of mass school shootings that has become all too familiar. In the tragic wake of the seventeen lives brutally cut short in Florida, politicians are telling us that now is not the time to talk about guns. March For Our Lives believes the time is now.
On March 24th, 2018, the kids and families of March For Our Lives will take to the streets of Washington, DC to demand that their lives and safety become a priority. The collective voices of the March For Our Lives movement will be heard.
School safety is not a political issue. There cannot be two sides to doing everything in our power to ensure the lives and futures of children who are at risk of dying when they should be learning, playing, and growing. The mission and focus of March For Our Lives is to demand that a comprehensive and effective bill be immediately brought before Congress to address these gun issues. No special interest group, no political agenda is more critical than timely passage of legislation to effectively address the gun violence issues that are rampant in our country.
Every kid in this country now goes to school wondering if this day might be their last. We live in fear.
It doesn’t have to be this way. Change is coming. And it starts now, inspired by and led by the kids who are our hope for the future. Their young voices will be heard. Stand with us on March 24. Refuse to allow one more needless death. MARCH FOR OUR LIVES!
March for Our Lives Northampton, MA
co-sponsored by Pioneer Valley high school students, the Badass Activists of the Pioneer Valley, Indivisible Northampton, Pioneer Valley Women's March, and Progressive Pioneer Valley
Saturday, March 24th, 2018 Northampton High School (380 Elm St, Northampton, Massachusetts 01060). 12pm.
In the wake of the tragic slaughter of innocent students at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High in Parkland, Florida, the slaughter of innocent country music fans in Las Vegas, the slaughter of 26 innocent victims at Sandy Hook Elementary School, and the daily scourge of American gun violence, enough is enough.
The students at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High in Parkland, Florida have called for a nationwide day of action to protest the unending gun violence in the U.S..
We’ll meet at Northampton High School and march to Pulaski Park in downtown Northampton. We’ll hear from high school students who have been failed by politicians, gun companies, and the NRA.
The march will also feature a “lie in” in Pulaski Park to symbolize the needless deaths of high school students and other victims of American gun violence.
The days of “nothing can be done” and “thoughts and prayers” are over. It’s time for sane, rational Americans to work on multiple fronts to end the plague of American gun violence.
Join us in registering your outrage.
The March For Our Lives Putney
sponsored by Moms Demand Action For Gun Sense in America, Everytown For Gun Safety, The Putney Huddle, The Putney Democrats, and GunSense Vermont.
Saturday, March 24th, 2018 on the Putney Tavern Lawn (Corner of Main Street and Kimball Hill, Putney, VT). 10am-12pm. RSVP not required, but helpful in planning. There are two ways to RSVP: Facebook users can click on this link or you may use the March For Our Lives link.
We are Americans of every race, ethnicity, gender, gender identity, sexual orientation, age, socio-economic status, citizenship status and political affiliation. We are united in our belief that education is a fundamental right, that schools should be safe places to learn and grow, and that our communities should be safe. We can do better. And on March 24th we will turn the tide in this fight.
Join The Putney Huddle and Friends as we march in solidarity with Washington, Montpelier, and the many other events that will be happening across the nation.
Bring your signs and your voices. All that would like to take a stand to end gun violence are welcome. There are still a couple of speaking spots open if you or anyone you know would like to speak at this event. We are also seeking a few volunteers to help us manage different aspects of the event. If any of this interests you please contact Laura Chapman at (802) 380-4379 or [email protected]
The Women’s Action Team of Brattleboro & Promotorhead Entertainment present:
GRRRLS to the Front
a fundraiser for the Women’s Action Network
Saturday March 24th, 2018 at The Stone Church (210 Main St, Brattleboro, VT 05301). 4pm-11pm.
Please contact Sierra to learn more or request a spot as a tabling organization at [email protected]. Family friendly first sets 4pm-6pm. $5-$20 sliding cover, all proceeds to the Women's Action Team. Full bar for 21+. If you need childcare, see the Play Date event below. Childcare by donation for kids 1+ at downtown locations.
GRRRLS to the Front is a concert & consent workshop at The Stone Church March 24th from 4 - 11pm. A fundraiser for the Women's Action Team, GRRRLS will feature 10 local bands, each led by a female performer. Poetry, self-defense, and historical theater will also take place between sets.
The Women's Freedom Center & Planned Parenthood will be present tabling, and we are looking for more tablers! We will privilege organizations that have a mission based on or around gender equality, sexual health & safety, LGBTQ rights, women's empowerment, and teen issues.
Come on down and hear some rock, pop, alt, electronic, soloists, ukulele, thrash, and more:
Cyndi Cain / Paula Marie / Future Fable / Dune Hunter / Impending Exorcism / Hevvi Synthia / Wooly Mar / Belle Machine / OSABA / Jeopardy
Please Note: So as not to conflict with March for Our Lives, the 4-6pm Free Teen Consent Workshop has been rescheduled to Sunday, April 8 3:30pm. For details contact [email protected].
Film Screening: “Mirrors of Privilege”, Part of the Looking Inward at White Power and Privilege Film Series
sponsored by All Souls Church Social and Environmental Action Committee
Sunday, March 25th, 2018 at All Souls Church (29 South Street, West Brattleboro, VT). Screening begins at 12pm.
Viewers are invited to come early to enjoy a simple free lunch. All shows in the series are free and open to the public. After the film viewers will be invited to share their thoughts and reactions.
All Souls Church will continue its film series “Looking Inward at White Power and Privilege” with a screening of “Mirrors of Privilege” on Sunday, March 25, at noon, proceeded by a simple lunch. This film was originally scheduled for February, but the event was cancelled because of weather.
The film’s full title is “Mirrors of Privilege: Making Whiteness Visible” and is produced by World Trust. It will be the third in the continuing series presented at West Village Meeting House at 29 South Street in West Brattleboro and will be followed by a discussion. There is no admission charge for the film or for the light lunch that precedes it.
According to World Trust, the film is designed to help bridge the gap between good intentions and meaningful change. The film features stories from white men and women on overcoming issues of unconscious racism and entitlement. These reveal what is often required to move through the stages of denial, defensiveness, guilt, fear, and shame into making a solid commitment to ending racial injustice, according to World Trust
In its description of the film, World Trust writes, "After many years of doing diversity work, we recognized that an unhelpful pattern often emerged in the learning environment. In a typical workshop, people of color were asked to share their stories. The people of color in the seminar had a lot to say and a need to be heard and understood. White people were usually overwhelmed by what was shared, and moved into guilt, shame or denial. That left the people of color vulnerable to judgment or rejection by the white participants. People of color often ended up being the source of 'the problem' without any real learning taking place. An unintended consequence, this pattern blocked healing and reinforced the fracture that racial misunderstanding causes all too frequently.
"It was clear that to enable participants to move beyond historical and contemporary understanding about race, that pattern needed to change and different tools were needed. This film is designed to support a new, more effective dynamic of learning and healing between racial groups.” As the name suggests, “Mirrors of Privilege” focuses on white people to allow them to find their own voice and then reflect on how they may view the racial world.
World Trust, according to its website, offers Racial Equity Learning modules that support transformative learning while promoting institutional change through opportunities for self-discovery and collaboration that lends itself toward collective action. The film series is sponsored by the All Souls Church Social and Environmental Action Committee. Catie Berg, a committee member, said, "Our exploration arises in part from uncomfortable realizations of systemic racism in hiring practices within the Unitarian Universalist Association. Plus, our nation struggles with the divide that erupted last summer between supporters of white supremacy and supporters of racial justice” most notably in Charlottesville and Boston. “The demonstrations in these and other cities show the challenge our nation faces in dismantling a system of gross inequality with roots nearly 400 years old,” Berg said. George Carvill, another committee member, said the committee’s idea is to "try to make the invisible visible. The world that white people in this country navigate through every day is paved with presumptions and advantages so common and pervasive that we don’t even see them." The film series is designed to help make these advantages visible, he said. “A privilege for one can be a barrier for another”, he added. “Once visible we can then decide how we use or abuse these privileges and find ways to overcome the barriers they may raise for others.”
Mother Up! Monthly Meet-Up
Monday March 26th, 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!: Families Rise Up for Climate Action 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. We'll talk about (and celebrate) the Town Meeting Day Resolution campaign and explore where we are as a climate movement at this moment in time.
Climate Change Café: A Presentation on Prosocial Group Facilitation
a project of Post Oil Solutions
Tuesday, March 27th, 2018 at Brooks Memorial Library (224 Main Street, Brattleboro, VT 05301). 6pm-8pm. FREE. Light Refreshments Available. For more information please email [email protected].
How do people work together effectively for change? And how do effective groups manage the tension between individual concerns and group concerns? Prosocial addresses these and other questions with well-articulated practices drawn from a collaboration between pioneers in political science and behavioral science.
Presented by local mental health counselor, Charlie Laurel, the Climate Café will examine the applicability of Prosocial to issues that surface in activist groups
Prosocial is a process that applies to fine-tuning or jump-starting groups interested in cooperative change. Prosocial facilitation aids group effectiveness at any stage of group process: formation; organizing; refreshing; conflict resolution, and more. Its methodology can apply generally to overall group performance or specifically to particular points of process.
Charlie Laurel is a Licensed Clinical Mental Health Counselor based in Southern Vermont and a trained Prosocial facilitator. He has also worked for many years as a radical green builder and as a college professor of Human Ecology.
7 Ways to Stop the Worry Cycle: Strategies for Managing Children with Anxiety in School and Home (A Free Parent Workshop)
sponsored by the Windham Northeast Supervisory Union
Wednesday, March 28th, 2018 at Bellows Falls Middle School (301 School Street, Bellows Falls, VT). 6pm-8pm.
When children and their parents are in the grips of anxiety and worry, it feels overwhelming and mysterious. Anxiety is a very persistent master; when it moves into families, it takes over daily routines, schoolwork, bedtime and recreation. To make matters worse, the things that we do intuitively as adults to help console our anxious children actually make the anxiety stronger. This workshop will discuss concrete strategies parents and educators can use with children and teens for families to handle current anxiety and to prevent the development of anxiety and depression later in life. parents who attend this workshop will receive a free copy of the book Anxious Kids, Anxious Parents, and be invited to participate in follow-up parent engagement workshops at their child's school. Led by Lynn Lyons, LICSW and hosted by Westminster Community Schools.
Miss Major in Conversation with Green Mountain Crossroads & The Root
hosted by The Root Social Justice Center and Green Mountain Crossroads
Friday, April 6th, 2018. Location TBD (Brattleboro, VT).
5:30pm-7pm. Doors open at 5:00pm.
Suggested donation is $10-50 at the door, no one turned away. Tickets will be sold at the door, however we are asking folks to register through the provided link so we can get a relative head count in case we need a bigger space! For more information or to sponsor the event please contact [email protected].
The one and only Miss Major is coming to town! Join Green Mountain Crossroads & The Root Social Justice Center in hosting an evening with the wonderful Miss Major Griffin-Gracy. Miss Major Griffin-Gracy, is a 73-year-old Black transgender woman who has been fighting for the rights of trans women of color for over 40 years.
Miss Major’s personal story and activism for transgender civil rights, from mobile outreach and AIDS prevention to fighting the prison industrial complex, intersects LGBT struggles for justice and equality from the 1960s to today. She is a veteran of the 1969 Stonewall Rebellion and was incarcerated at Attica months after the 1971 Uprising. Most recently, Miss Major has served as the executive director of the San Francisco-based Transgender Gender Variant Intersex Justice Project (TGIJP), a grassroots organization advocating for trans women of color in and outside of prison that is led by trans women of color. Miss Major’s extraordinary life and personal story is one of resilience and celebration in a community that has been historically traumatized and marginalized. While mainstream gay rights and marriage equality dominate the headlines, Miss Major’s life is a testament to the fierce survivalism and every day concerns of transgender women of color, who so often live in the margin of the already marginalized. (from the press release at missmajorfilm.com)
We will be showing clips from the incredible documentary, MAJOR! followed by a discussion between Miss Major and members of Green Mountain Crossroads and The Root Social Justice Center, focusing on building rural communities for trans communities and communities of color.
Incarceration in America: Immigration Detention, Part of the CAPA Symposium
Friday, May 11th – Saturday, May 12th, 2018 at the Center for the Advancement of Public Action (1 College Drive, Bennington, VT, 05201). Free and open to the public. For more information please contact [email protected] or 802-447-4267.
-General Trends in Immigration Enforcement
-Immigration Detention and Private Prisons
-Local Government and NGO Involvement
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.
Alternatives to Suicide meets every Wednesday 6pm-7:30PM at the Hive Space (24 Flat St, Suite 202, Brattleboro, VT, 05301). Second Floor, up one flight of stairs.
Alternatives to Suicide is a mutual support group open to anyone who has experienced thoughts of suicide. The group is guided by a charter of values provided by the Western Mass Recovery Learning Community. The group is non-clinical and does not link suicide with illness. Participants are free to talk about and find meaning in their experiences in/on their own terms.
Volunteer Sister District Soup Makers Needed
Volunteer soup chefs provide the time and the ingredients so that 100% of subscription fees went directly to support candidates. We distribute soup on the third Mondays of each month - February 19, March 19, April 16 and May 21. All soups are vegetarian, dairy free and gluten free. We need cooking volunteers each month during the weekend before distribution Monday. Volunteers receive a simple recipe the weekend before they cook and pick up containers and labels the next Friday. Soup makers cook in their own kitchens and purchase ingredients which should cost around $20/4 quarts. If you want to cook but can’t cover that expense, we will hook you up with an ingredient sponsor. Once prepared, the soup is delivered cold to our refrigerators in Putney or Brattleboro. From there, it is picked up by subscribers or donated to the Putney Food Shelf according to the subscriber’s instructions.
You can sign up to make soup as many months as you want. If you would like to cook or have questions, please email Diane Shamas at [email protected] or call 802-579-8294. We will need to know which months you’d like to cook, whether you’d like to make a single (4-5 quart) or double (8-10 quart) batch, and whether you want to pick up/drop off in Brattleboro or Putney.
A Little About Southern VT Sister District:
Subscriptions to our SisterDistrict Soup CSA raised $10,000 for progressive Democrats in strategic races! We helped elect two fine candidates, John Bell and Jennifer Foye, to the Virginia House of Delegates and our third candidate, Margaret Good, is running for Florida's House of Representatives on February 13, 2018. Read more about her here. Many many thanks to all of you who’ve cooked so far and donated the soup that makes it possible!!!
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.
Thank you for your calls, emails, postcards, sit-ins, marches, and protests these last few weeks, WeCANners; our voices are amplified when we speak up together. We look forward to seeing you at an event or meeting soon.
Ann, Joanna, and Leslie