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Brown Bag Lunch Series: Democracy Forum - Songs for the Peaceful Revolution

Date & Time: 
Dec 6 2017 - 12:00pm - 1:00pm

Forty of us walked with and carried the We Celebrate Democracy/Civil Rights For All banner in the 2017 4th 0f July Parade. Come and learn the songs we sang in the parade as we marched along. Woody Bernhard and his wife Susan will lead you in singing these simple "revolutionary march" marching songs with the help of their daughters Maggie Bernhard and Rose Bernhard. It's about singing together as we march for peaceful revolution. Please join us.

Letter Writing for the Right to Healthcare

Date & Time: 
Nov 27 2017 - 5:30pm - 8:00pm

Drop in any time between 5:30 and 8:00 for updates on healthcare in Vermont and to turn your experiences with our healthcare system into a letter to the editor advocating for the human right to healthcare. Whether you are having trouble paying for premiums, co-pays or deductibles, lack health insurance, or are concerned about losing insurance you currently have, your story matters! Or,if you work in the healthcare field--perhaps as a nurse, LNA, or homecare provider--please come and share your experience on the frontline of caring for patients. We'll have information and tools to help with letter writing. Family friendly/children welcome. Sponsored by the Vermont Workers' Center/Healthcare Is A Human Right campaign.

Public Forum: Strategies to Address Racial Disparities Within State Systems

Date & Time: 
Nov 20 2017 - 5:30pm - 7:30pm

There will be a public forum to discuss racial inequities in the criminal and juvenile justice system held here at Brooks Memorial Library. It is brought to you by the Root Social Justice Center, the Vermont Attorney General’s Office and the Vermont Human Rights Commission. For more information, please click on this Facebook event link!

Ace in the Hole: Journalism Film Discussion Series Continues!

Date & Time: 
Nov 15 2017 - 4:00pm - 8:00pm

Journalism film series looks at the dark side of reporting Ace
in the Hole’ examines fake news, ethics, and sensationalism, at the Latchis Theater, Sunday, November 19, 2017 at 4 pm.

 The history of journalism
hasn’t always been honorable. It is littered with the stories of scoundrels
willing to do anything for a story — anything at all.

Perhaps the best portrayal
of an amoral, anything-for-a-scoop reporter is found in the filmic one-two
punch that is Billy Wilder’s 1951 Ace in the Hole, starring Kirk Douglas.

 The Journalism Film
Festival will show this witty yet brutal film at the Latchis Theatre on Sunday,
Nov. 19, at 4 p.m. Admission is free, and donations are welcome.

Brown Bag Lunch Series: Democracy Forum- The State of Democracy in Brattleboro

Date & Time: 
Nov 15 2017 - 12:00pm - 1:00pm


Discussion with Kurt Daims of Brattleboro Common Sense (BCS) following his views on the recent history of democracy, free speech and the petition process in Brattleboro. BCS advances common sense and fairness in town government, making global issues local. Their current agenda addresses civil rights, environment, economic fairness, and local democratic process.

Since 2008 BCS has Led or Advanced:

Bush Indictment Resolution

True Pardon Resolution for plea-bargaining re Bush war crimes

EMDOVY Resolution for legislative study on forcing closure and cleanup of Vermont Yankee reactor because of economic threat

Mark Bray reads 'Antifa: The Anti-Fascist Handbook'

Date & Time: 
Nov 3 2017 - 6:00am - 7:00am

Everyone's Books is proud to present Mark Bray reading from his new book 'Antifa: The Anti-Fascist Handbook' on Friday, November 3, at 6pm.

“Focused and persuasive... Bray’s book is many things: the first English-language transnational history of antifa, a how-to for would-be activists, and a record of advice from anti-Fascist organizers past and present.”—THE NEW YORKER

In the wake of tragic events in Charlottesville, VA, and Donald Trump’s initial refusal to denounce the white nationalists behind it all, the “antifa” opposition movement is suddenly appearing everywhere. But what is it, precisely? And where did it come from?

Divest the Globe Vigil and Speak-Out

Date & Time: 
Oct 23 2017 - 9:00am - 5:00pm

Between October 23rd and 25th, ninety-two of the world's largest banks will meet in São Paolo, Brazil to discuss policies on the climate and Indigenous People's rights to Free, Prior, and Informed Consent (FPIC). 

On these dates, the Indigenous-led coalition Mazaska Talks is calling on allies everywhere to join us for 3 days of mass global action. The banks need to know that financing climate disaster and the abuse of Indigenous Peoples is not acceptable business practice. 

In Vermont, TD Bank is the target because of its long history of funding tar sands extraction, pipelines such as Keystone XL, and fossil fuel activities.

Telling Our Stories: Health Care Letter Writing

Date & Time: 
Oct 23 2017 - 5:30pm - 8:00pm

Come and turn your personal experience with the healthcare system into a letter to the editor. This drop-in "clinic" will have updates on the state of healthcare and tools and mutual support for writing a letter to the editor. These letters are one way to personalize the campaign for healthcare justice and making sure that the public narrative about healthcare includes the very real ways that it affects us, our families, and our community. Stop by at any point between 5:30 and 8:00 and stay as along as you'd like. Questions/more info: windham@workerscenter.org. Sponsored by the Vermont Workers' Center's Healthcare Is A Human Right campaign.

Brown Bag Lunch Series: Positive Nonviolent Public Action

Date & Time: 
Oct 18 2017 - 12:00pm - 1:00pm

Marlboro resident Woody Bernhard, organizer of the We Celebrate Democracy/ Civil Rights For All main street banner and the Brattleboro Democracy Forum, will present: "Positive Nonviolent Public Action: What is the 'love rally' that can stand up to and defeat Donald Trump’s nation-wide 'hate rally?" Join us for the discussion.

New England Coalition on Nuclear Pollution 46th Annual Meeting

Date & Time: 
Oct 21 2017 - 1:30pm - 5:30pm

What happens next is up to you.

Please bring yourself, your ideas, and your support to our Annual Meeting.

Bring a friend! The public is encouraged to attend.

NEC proudly welcomes David Kraft – educator, organizer, and founder/director of Nuclear Energy Information Service. David will speak to the issue of our times as we work to safely decommission Vermont Yankee. Our lineup also includes a video greeting from Winona LaDuke, executive director of Honor the Earth, a Native environmental advocacy organization; our own workhorse Ray Shadis; and Arnie Gundersen, director and chief engineer of Fairewinds Energy Education.

1:30 Mingling
2:00 NEC Members Meeting
3:00 Refreshment Break
3:15 Call to Action! – Winona LaDuke, Native environmentalist (video greeting)

Brown Bag Lunch Series: Heartful Conversation

Date & Time: 
Oct 11 2017 - 12:00pm - 1:00pm

Heartful Conversation: United or divided? Where do we go from here?

Hosted by the Democracy Forum and facilitated by Wendy Webber, founder of “The Heart of Change is We the People”, a community initiative to support transformative change, individually and collectively. Heartful Conversations uses conversation 'rounds'--small circles to support connection, reach across differing perspectives, and inspire something new to emerge. It is best for participants to be present at the start, if possible.

Brown Bag Lunch Series: White Fragility and the Racial Status Quo

Date & Time: 
Oct 10 2017 - 12:00pm - 1:00pm

Evangelina Holvino will discuss how white people can’t tolerate even a minimum amount of racial stress. Talking about race/ism triggers a range of defensive moves such as anger, fear, guilt, arguing or withdrawing. These responses prevent dialogue and maintain racial inequality. How do we see this in our private and public life and what can we do about it?

Voices of Working People

Date & Time: 
Oct 13 2017 - 7:00pm - 9:00pm

Voices of Working Peoples
FREE EVENT: Brattleboro Solidarity and community members will read voices of working people's history, a play written by Western MA Jobs for Justice. There will be a dramatic reading of labor organizers, abolitionists,and civil rights organizers.
Join us to remember the struggles of our ancestors and to have a discussion about current labor struggles and how this topic can be brought into the classroom.

Vermont Climate Action Commission Listening Tour - Brattleboro

Date & Time: 
Oct 5 2017 - 6:00pm - 8:00pm

In June Governor Scott formed the Climate Action Commission to draft and recommend (by July 2018) an action plan aimed at reaching the State's renewable energy and greenhouse gas reduction goals while driving economic growth, setting Vermonters on a path to affordability, and ensuring effective energy transition options exist for all Vermonters.

The Gathering Live Stream on Ecological Devastation

Date & Time: 
Oct 1 2017 - 6:30pm - 8:30pm

Live stream of "The Gathering" with Rev. Dr. William Barber of North Carolina. The topic this month is Ecological Devastation. 

Rally & March to End Over-Incarceration in VT

Date & Time: 
Sep 27 2017 - 5:00pm - 6:00pm

Rally and march to call for an end to over-incarceration in VT

Featured speakers: 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.

Vermonters for Criminal Justice Reform is spearheading a campaign to end unnecessary incarceration in VT, where the incarceration rate has grown 300% for men and 1,000% for women since 1985, despite crime being at its lowest point since the 1960s.

Dummerston Source to Sea Clean Up

Date & Time: 
Sep 23 2017 - 9:00am - 12:00pm

Join others to help clean up the rivers of Southeastern Vermont!
Southeastern Vermont Watershed Alliance is sponsoring a Source to Sea river cleanup event.
Saturday, September 23
9 AM till 12 NOON
Meet @ the Dummerston Covered Bridge, Route 30, Dummerston
Work gloves & trash bags are provided courtesy of the CT River Conservancy
Water, coffee and snacks will be on hand
Complimentary “thank you” tee shirt!
Questions? Contact Gloria Cristelli at (802) 365-7232 or cristellig@gmail.com.


Brown Bag Lunch Series: Democracy Forum

Date & Time: 
Sep 13 2017 - 12:00pm - 1:00pm

Join us for a special reprise of our summer Democracy Series. There's a lot going on with democracy these days. Democracy Forum host Woody Bernhard  leads a discussion to share ideas about the state of our democracy.

Letters-to-Editor Writing Party

Date & Time: 
Aug 28 2017 - 6:30pm - 8:00pm

Updates on the campaign for universal healthcare in Vermont and support in writing letters-to-the-editor rooted in you own experience with the healthcare system and your vision for a system that works for all.

Brown Bag Lunch Series: Democracy Forum

Date & Time: 
Aug 30 2017 - 12:00pm - 1:00pm

Democracy in America and its Prospects

In the final Democracy Forum of the summer, Nick Biddle leads a roundtable discussion on the condition of democracy in America and its prospects. How to deepen the voice of the people. Come with ideas, comments and aspirations.

iBrattleboro Poll

Brattleboro is considering a second sidewalk snowplow. That snowplow