Thursday June 11th at 6 p.m. we will be hosting a panel with community leaders and activists to discuss the rampant problem of police brutality against black and brown folks in our country. Topics will include the systems that allow racism and injustice to thrive, the need for major criminal justice reform, and concrete steps that can be taken to center our policies in justice and racial equity.
We have seen for far too long that police are using excessive force against and killing innocent black men and women. Now they have turned to injuring peaceful protesters and this must end now. We need to come together to stand up for justice and demand accountability. We cannot allow one more person of color to be killed at the hands of police. The walls of hatred, oppression, and racism must be torn down to rid the extreme inequalities we are seeing every day.
Join us on Friday June 12th at 6:30 p.m. for Women and Politics featuring North Carolina State Rep. Deb Butler whose fervent plea of “I WILL NOT YIELD!” has become a rallying cry for women across this country. The event will celebrate bold women and the need to ensure that we have strong women in all levels of office across Vermont and the country.
Together we can make sure that we are electing women who will fight for pay equity for all women, reproductive freedom, and policies that will put people and the planet first. Grab your favorite glass of wine and join us!
Candidates from across the country have joined together to say that we must have a Green New Deal. Join us for a Town Hall with candidates from across the country who believe now is the time to create a Green New Deal in every state and across the country.
We have seen throughout this pandemic that when Science dictates that we must make change, we are able to do so. We need to do that for the climate crisis as well. Join us Saturday at 11am to meet champions across the country who are fighting for just this and find out how you can ensure that climate candidates are the ones that you are electing to office.
Let's take some time to enjoy a cup of coffee together. Brenda would love to get to know more about you, your concerns, how you are doing in this moment.
Join Brenda for Coffee on Mondays, grab your tea or the coffee and our zoom link and join us.
Register and we will send you a zoom link. Community is more important than ever. Let's be together while we are apart.
Tuesday April 21st, 2020: Cooking With Ajna
Join Brenda's son, who works cooking in addition to being a senior in high school. He has agreed to spend an hour of his isolation teaching you all how to make one of his specialties.
Sign up here and we will send you the ingredients.
Yes, this is fun and silly and we all need that a little right now
Grab your afternoon tea and join Brenda to have a break and conversation. Brenda would love to get to know you better and learn about how you are doing in this time.
You can join us by clicking here at 2pm on Thursday April 2nd: https://zoom.us/j/414663147
We all need a break now and again and we certainly need to continue to build community.
Hang out with some parents and talk about what it is like to suddenly be teachers, while you do a different job that is not teaching. Brenda is a mom too and homeschooling too right now. She knows how hard this is. This is a chance to parents to get together and chat about what this is like.
Sign up here and we will send you the link.
Join us for a town hall to discuss the Vermont State Colleges and Public Education. Why we go wrong when we don't talk about them together. Let's talk about funding, structure of schools, impact on the economy, the union and why it is essential that we keep our schools open.
We can't both talk about the demographic crisis and eliminate opportunities in our state for young people. We can't worry about rural economy and then create hardship in those same economies. It is time for us to talk about education as a whole and funding it that way too. Join Brenda along with students, faculty and more to discuss the challenges we face and how we stand firmly with our schools.
We have seen that when science dictates that we are in a crisis we can take decisive action. Climate Change is another crisis, that leaves extraordinary economy changing events waiting in the wings. We must build a Green Mountain or Green New England New Deal now.
Join us for a Town Hall with elected leaders, advocates and experts on how we can build a green economy and why that IS part of the solution now.
Join Brenda Siegel, Kesha Ram, Vanessa Santana and other speakers to discuss the Overdose Crisis, what is happening in Vermont, successful strategies used in other countries and what Vermont should do next.
Kesha Ram is a candidate for Chittenden County Senate. She served four terms in the Vermont House of Representatives on behalf of Burlington. In 2018, she graduated from the Harvard Kennedy School of Government with a Master in Public Administration. Her focus while in graduate school was on understanding the opioid crisis, including studying policies and practices in Portugal, West Virginia, and Kentucky.
Join Economist Amanda Janoo, City Councilor Teddy Waszazak and Candidate Brenda Siegel
It is long past time for us to build a Bottom Up Economy. How will we rebuild after crisis? How do we ensure a more stable economy?
If we want to have a stronger and more stable economy, we must rebuild from the ground up.
Speakers will include:
Economist Amanda Janoo, Amanda is the Knowledge and Policy Lead for the Wellbeing Economy Alliance (WEALL).
She will be joining us from Africa.
City Councilor and movement builder Teddy Waszazak. Teddy has spent a great deal of time focused on economic impact and policy. Testifying and lobbying for ground up changes.
Candidate for Lieutenant Governor, Brenda Siegel who has spent the last eight years focused on a project to help drive the economy after crisis. And more.
Register here and we will send you the link to join. This will be town hall style, you will have the opportunity to ask questions.
Join Brenda and other speakers to discuss the prominent need for Medicare For All. How that issue plays in to the current moment and how we assure that as we move forward universal access to health care is a priority for all of us.
Community efforts have popped up all over the state. We will sit down with folks heading up or participating in many of those efforts and discuss the work being done in addition to resources that are out there. As well as do our best to answer any questions that have come up on these issues or that come up during our discussion.
Panelists will include:
Tanya Vyhovsky, Jubilee McGill, Teddy Waszazak, Katy Edmund, Ashley Andreas and Brenda Siegel
Please share with us any questions that you have in advance here.
These times are hard. Really hard.
Many of us just had our first full or partial week of homeschooling our kids, working at home, losing our income and figuring out a new way of life. Let's just relax and enjoy a movie and enjoy each other. (there is a chat box, so prepare to chat and hang out)
We are going a Family Movie Night, using Netflix Party. We will be watching "A Wrinkle In Time".
All you have to do is follow the instructions below to access Netflix Party, sign up for our event, grab your popcorn and get excited for a fun night. We will provide the link on facebook, twitter, and by email to those who registered at 645 and at 7pm, we will welcome you all and start the movie!
We can't wait. We all need a way to get away right now, let's take a deep breath cozy up with our popcorn and our families and enjoy a movie.
In order to participate, all you need is a Google Chrome browser, the extension and a Netflix subscription. Here's how it works:
1. Go to netflixparty.com on a Google Chrome browser and click "Get Netflix Party for free!" This will redirect you to Netflix Party's page on the chrome web store.
2. Click "Add to Chrome" and then click "Add extension" in the pop-up window. Netflix Party will then be added to the top right corner of your Google Chrome browser, next to the address bar. It will have the initials "NP."
3. Make sure your friends have downloaded "NP" onto their Google Chrome browsers as well.
4. Wait for us to send you the link, click on the link, you will see the movie, and the chat box open.
5. You can change the avatar by clicking on it, put in your name and your preferred avatar and you you will be good to go.
We are looking forward to seeing you tomorrow.
We are excited to announce our first full digital event! Have you ever wondered what is getting done in Montpelier? Well, we want to tell you! As many of you may know, right now is crossover. That means that whatever bills made it out of the House and Senate are the ones that will be considered by the other body and new bills will not be taken up after that midway point (unless the rules are suspended, which does happen. More on that Monday). We want to tell you some of what we know about these bills and what is next! We also want to hear from all of you with your questions and concerns about process, issues.
We will walk you through some of the bills that are important to us. What we would have liked to see happen and how you engage on these issues going forward. We will answer questions, tell you a little about what we are doing and hope to have a broad discussion.
Make sure to click on the sign up form and we can't wait to explore this new way of hosting a public event in the age of Coronavirus.
*Please remember social distancing, hand washing and dissenfecting. We can limit the spread if practice an abundance of caution!
We can't wait to see you all Monday! Don't forget to sign up.