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"The Gathering" Live Stream on Ecological Devastation

This Sunday , Oct. 1 there will be a live stream of a series called "The Gathering" with Rev. Dr. William Barber of North Carolina. The topic this month is Ecological Devastation. The live stream is from 5:30-8:30 at The Root Social Justice Center, 28 Williams St., Brattleboro. The Root is nut-free and fragrance-free.

Dr. Barber, past president of the North Carolina NAACP, was a prime leader of the NC Moral Monday movement. He is now leading the new Poor People’s Campaign for Moral Revival, which is reviving the vision and work of Dr. Martin Luther King, who was working with other activists on the original Poor People’s Campaign when he was assassinated.  "The Gathering" is presented by Repairers of the Breach, which is part of the new Poor People's Campaign. They describe their mission as building “a progressive agenda rooted in a moral framework to counter the ultra-conservative constructs that try to dominate the public square…. Repairers will bring together clergy and lay people from different faith traditions with people without a spiritual practice but who share the moral principles at the heart of the great moral teachings.”

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Out in the Open Summit for Rural & Small Town LGBTQ Folks October 27-29

We're one month away from the 2017 Out in the Open Summit for rural & small town LGBTQ folks would love to see you there! Register at greenmountaincrossroads.org/out-in-the-open-2017.

There will be sessions on making art for demonstrations, beekeeping, QueerDharma, starting a community garden in a small town, making comics, becoming active in local politics, Mad Pride, and many more! And all looking through the lens of our own experiences as rural & small town LGBTQ people.

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Rally and March to End Over-Incarceration

On Wednesday, Sept. 27, from 5-6 PM. there will be a rally and march to call for an end to over-incarceration in VT. The rally starts at 5 PM at Pliny Park.

Featured speakers are Shela Linton, who serves on The Racial Disparities in the Criminal and Juvenile System Advisory Panel created by H.308 and Anna Stevens of Vermonters for Criminal Justice Reform (VCJR). Participants in the rally will be invited to read anonymous excerpts from letters that VCJR has received.

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Groundworks Collaborative To Hold 7th Annual Hike for the Homeless on Mount Wantastiquet

BRATTLEBORO, VT – Groundworks Collaborative will hold the seventh annual Hike for the Homeless fundraiser on Saturday, October 14, on Mount Wantastiquet in Hinsdale, NH. There will be two start times, 10am and 12:30pm, each beginning at the Mountain Road trailhead in Hinsdale (an immediate left after the second bridge on Route 119 when coming from downtown Brattleboro). Registration begins at 9:30 for the 10am start, and at noon for the 12:30pm start. Whether hiking to the summit or walking the River Trail at the mountain’s base, participants can anticipate spectacular fall-foliage views of the town of Brattleboro. Hikers may raise funds individually (a minimum of $50 is suggested) or as a team (suggested minimum $250).

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Help for Houston?

Does anyone know of any group effort in town to get supplies to the folks affected by Hurricane Harvey?

I know that there is a dire need for both children's and adult diapers and wipes; underwear of all sizes and tampons and sanitarty pads.

These are all vital needs that are not supplied by shelters or large scale aid organizations.

I'm happy to help with some type of effort if people are interested. I've already donated to several on the ground local organizations but these people are going to need help and supplies for a very long time. It would seem that Brattleboro - having been through the destruction of a hurricane ( although certainly not the unimaginable devastation that has happenedin Texas) -should be good place to get a town wide effort going.

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Healthcare Letters-to-the-Editor

Happening tonight from 6:30-8:00

Letter-writing party in the Brattleboro Food Coop Community Room, sponsored by the Vermont Workers' Center's Healthcare Is A Human Right Campaign. Brief updates on the campaign for universal healthcare in Vermont and support in writing letters rooted in your own experiences with the healthcare system. Bring a computer if you have one and we'll also have extras. Light refreshments.

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Free Film Screening: SEED, The Untold Story at Brooks Library

Please join us on Wednesday, June 28 at 6 pm in the second floor Meeting Room for a special showing of SEED: The Untold Story! SEED follows passionate seed keepers protecting our 12,000 year-old food legacy. In the last century, 94% of our seed varieties have disappeared.

As biotech chemical companies control the majority of our seeds, farmers, scientists, lawyers, and indigenous seed keepers fight a David and Goliath battle to defend the future of our food. SEED features Vandana Shiva, Dr. Jane Goodall, Andrew Kimbrell, Winona Laduke and Raj Patel.

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Rally to "Say No to the (State Budget) Veto"

Governor Scott just vetoed the entire state budget and education funding bills including funding for child care, affordable housing, clean water, fighting the opioid crisis and our state colleges. The education funding bill is what ensures our schools are open to all students to receive the high-quality education they deserve. Many people believe his actions are an attempt to undermine teachers' collective bargaining rights. If you want to speak out against the veto, and support teachers, unions, and collective bargaining, come to the rally Wednesday afternoon from 4:30-5:30 at Pliny Park. Other rallies are being held across the state, including in Putney & Bellows Falls.

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June 21 Demonstration In Montpelier, VT: Bring Signs Asking Legislators To Over-ride Gov. Scott's Veto Of Recreational Marijuana

June 21 Demonstration In Montpelier, VT: Bring Signs Asking Legislators To Over-ride Gov. Scott's Veto Of Recreational Marijuana to vote to over-ride Vermont Governor Phil Scott's veto of recreational marijuana S. 22 Bill in this June 21, 2017 Veto Session, a joint session of all Vermont State Representatives and Vermont State Senators voting yes or no to over-ride Vermont Governor Phil Scott's veto of recreational marijuana!

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Between a Rock and a Hard Place in New America

The signs are everywhere, I mean really. I cannot go from the library to the Ground Works Drop In without seeing at least three it seems. A lot of people are literally out there with signs. It is tough times, I know. I am ready to make a sign that says " I am so mad I made a sign! " I know it's been done before, but I can't help it.

My Girlfriend Andrea lives on the other side of Amherst MA in a nice town, kind of like ours. She is a hard working independent and dedicated Mom. She has her own household to care for with little support from Co-father, and she was curious about my previous postings here. Andrea has been great through my struggle and it smacks dab into what happens when something wild happens and finds one person out of work in The New America that it puts everyone close to them struggling a bit more. Andrea said she did not see where I had explained the whole situation and that I should. I said I thought it was mentioned in the "In a Pickle". But I will try and once again put out the struggle I have been in since late last year and the support that has kept me one step from..a Harder Place.

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Tents in the Common This Weekend

I found out from one of our local morning radio shows that the camp out for homeless awareness at the Brattleboro Common is this Friday night to Saturday morning is this Friday, the 19th. The Ground Works is sponsoring it with the hope of drawing awareness of our homeless here in B-boro and surrounding communities. I plan on being there early to get my spot. I have dealt with homelessness at times, usually couch surfing after a break up while I try and find my own place, but 

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Secret of the Seasons: A Global Warming Co-Opera

We hope to see you at this free event, presented by Post Oil Solutions and Green Up SIT! They will be hosting the original global climate change *co-opera,” "SOS: Secret of the Seasons" in the Main Reading Room at Brooks Memorial Library on Sunday, May, 7, at 5:30 p.m.

Based on songs written by SIT Professor John Ungerleider and Bill Conley, the SOS co-opera is a reflective, participatory musical journey that engages the audience with the external and internal challenges that global climate change is bringing to our lives.

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Asking for Community Support

A few weeks ago I submitted the story of the struggle I have been goin through since a work place injury I received in December. I fractured my left hip and have been fighting for my rights since January of this year. I am now hoping for some help to keep me in my home with the lights on. I am a 49 year old B-boro native. 4th generation on my fathers side. I come from a hard working middle class family, brought up to work hard and support your family and community. I have never asked for any hand outs before this happened to me. I am now recovering from my final hip surgery, I had to have my right hip replacement from two years ago revised in February and my left one, the one I fractured at work, was replaced on the 17th of this month.

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Groundworks Collaborative Recruits Campers for 5th Annual Camp for a Common Cause

BRATTLEBORO – On Friday, May 19, Groundworks Collaborative will host the fifth annual Camp for a Common Cause on the Brattleboro Common. This fund- and awareness-raising event has been a great success each year since it began in 2013 as a collaborative fundraiser to support both Morningside Shelter and the Brattleboro Area Drop-In Center. The two organizations went on to merge in June 2015 to form Groundworks Collaborative. All funds raised through Camp for a Common Cause support Groundworks’ efforts to house our neighbors experiencing homelessness.

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Talking the Talk and Walking the Walk?

I'm currently enrolled in a business class and we were having an online discussion about CEO's and their ability to affect change as mouth pieces and captains of industry. One of my class mates posted some blog posts from the CEO of ULINE. ULINE is a company that provides business supplies (boxes, bubble wrap, equipment, tape, etc.) They are one of the leading business supplier in America and I can guarantee that there are businesses in town, including prominant ones (Co-op? I think they did a few years ago anyway). I will let you all check out the links and tell me what you think:

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Things To Do While It Is Snowing! (it is snowing right now in Chester, Vt 05143)

Things to do while it is snowing tonight? Make friends with some Syrians!

After all, if Syrian REFUGEES will be coming to Vermont, or any other people from any other Countries, invite some now to your Facebook page and enjoy!I meet foreigners by doing a search on Facebook for news, for example, I looked for "syria news" and found: Syria News 357,618 people like this Syria Real Infos And News - SYRIAN 94,942 people like this etc., etc.

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Please Call Your State Representative Today To Support The New Marijuana Legalization bill H.170

Vermont House of Representatives will VOTE on legalization of marijuana, maybe today! Call 1-802-828-2228 and leave a message for your Representative. The Clerk should give your Representative a note card with your message!

"Speaker Mitzi Johnson has scheduled debate on the marijuana bill to come first, on Tuesday and Wednesday. H. 170 would allow adult possession of up to one ounce of pot. The bill would also permit adults to cultivate marijuana at home -- limited to two mature marijuana plants and four immature plants. No sale or taxation is permitted."
http://www.mynbc5.com/article/vermont-house-to-vote-on-new-state-budget-...

http://legislature.vermont.gov/bill/status/2018/H.170

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We Can!

SAVE THE DATE

Sunday March 19th 12 pm - 4 pm

The Winston Prouty Campus (Formerly Austine School)

 

WeCAN: Spring Into Action

An Action Fair to find out how you can plug in to work effectively and sustainably for the kind of world you want.

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Native Nations March on Washington

Are there enough people from Vermont and Western Massachusetts to merit engaging an extra passenger car or two on the train? Read on and respond soon! (by Monday)

Friends:

The Standing Rock Sioux Tribe and Indigenous grassroots leaders call on our allies across the United States and around the world to peacefully march on Washington DC on Friday March 10. Standing Rock and Native Nations will lead a march in prayer and action in Washington D.C. from the Mall to the White House beginning at 10am. After the march, we will gather for a rally at the Ellipse. It is here we will make our demands to the new administration. 

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One Month Left to Sock the Homeless

There is still time to help make a difference! Brattleboro Area Jewish Community's next sock drop will be March 8th. Please consider donating new or very gently used socks to the BAJC Sock the Homeless sock drive! Socks are given out at the Overflow Shelter twice a month.

Drop boxes are located at the Brattleboro Municipal Center (drop off a pair when you vote!) and at the Brattleboro Food Coop. We have given out over 225 pairs of socks this winter and we have another month to go! We can do this...with your help. 

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