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Healthcare Storytelling and Letter-writing + Potluck

The January potluck of the Hive Mutual Support Network will feature a letter-writing and storytelling workshop, facilitated by the Healthcare Is A Human Right campaign of the Vermont Workers’ Center. As with all Hive activities, this event is open to the public.

The vision of the campaign is that our healthcare system should guarantee all of us access to care we need. Sharing our experiences with the healthcare system is an important way we can change the public narrative about healthcare to one that is human-centered, rather than being framed in terms of costs, profits, and policy that is divorced from our lives.

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Thought You Should Know There's Never Going To Be An End Now To The Fight About Corporations Being "Persons"!

JUDGE DENIES REQUEST TO GRANT ELEPHANTS 'PERSONHOOD'

https://www.nbcconnecticut.com/news/local/Judge-Denies-Request-to-Grant-Elephants-Personhood-466961733.html

Thought you should know now that there's never going to be an end to the fight about Corporations being "persons" while the government maintains that Corporations are "persons" and gives them  much better  tax breaks than "real" people.  So, here the battle is brought out in an entirely creative way, but I'll bet this will go on and on and on, with different objects and animals being taken into Court  for view and asserted as "persons" just like Corporations are "persons" according the the U.S. Supreme Court.

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Brattleboro Solidarity - MLK Day: Annual SpeakOUT

Speak Out for Justice, a celebration of the life of Dr. Martin Luther King, Junior  is FREE, family friendly, and open to the public!

It will again be hosted by Brooks Memorial Library. It is sponsored by Brattleboro Solidarity and Indigo Radio.

The event will be at Brooks Memorial Library, January 13, from 3-5 pm

The program will include:

A Community Open Mic - let your voice be heard!

Collective Art

Music

Soup and Bread after the event

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Women's Marching Continues On...

 

As we approach December 22nd, the end of the Congressional session, our lives and freedom are on the line. We have days left to stop some of the gravest injustices this Administration has thrown at us. Please call (202) 224-3121 to reach your Senators and your Representatives today.

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Free Documentary Film Screening: Standing With Standing Rock, by Director Fidel Moreno

Oscar-nominated director Fidel Moreno will present a FREE screening of his documentary work-in-progress, Standing With Standing Rock, at Brooks Memorial Library on Friday, December 8th, at 6 pm.

Standing with Standing Rock was shot on location, and chronicles the story of the protesters at Standing Rock and their connection to the history of the American Indian Movement on their treaty-given lands of the American west. It has been culled from 18 hours of interviews with 33 people at Standing Rock, including youth, mothers, grandmothers, grandfathers, First Nation people and non-Indian supporters.

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Renowned Seattle Speaker Greg Bennick Speaking in Brattleboro Dec 1st and Burlington Dec 2nd

Greg Bennick will be in Vermont for two speaking engagements in early December both themed to the idea of “Changing the World Without Having a Clue”.

“Everyone can help to transform the world even if you don’t have a clue about where to start,” says Greg Bennick, founder and Executive Director of humanitarian organization One Hundred For Haiti (http://www.onehundredforhaiti.org).

Over the past thirty years, highly acclaimed speaker Greg Bennick, has spoken worldwide at events ranging from international conferences to Nobel Tribute banquets. Greg’s main focus and specialty is speaking in a relaxed and approachable way to everyday audiences, and the subject matter will apply to anyone with a social conscience.

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Resistance Then and Now: Mary Dingee Fillmore

Meet author Mary Dingee Fillmore on November 15th at 7pm, at Brooks Memorial Library!

She asks us to consider the following questions: "What would I have done to stop the Holocaust? What should I resist in our world today?" To help us find answers, Mary will examine the dilemmas people faced in Nazi-occupied Amsterdam – how people resisted and what happened when they did. Together, we'll look at resistance in our own times, and connect our experience to Rachel Klein, the teenaged underground worker who is the heroine of Mary’s Dingee Fillmore's award-winning novel.

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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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