May 20th Central Vermont Resist & Rebuild Summit May 20

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What: "Summit to Resist and Rebuild"
When: May 20th, 12-4pm
Where: Montpelier High School (5 High School Dr, Montpelier, VT 05602)

Who: Participating organizations include: Central Vermont Citizen Action Network, MGMC - Muslim Girls Making Change, Migrant Justice, Rights & Democracy VT, Planned Parenthood Vermont Action Fund, Sierra Club - Vermont Chapter, 350 Vermont, Vermont Conservation Voters, VPIRG, Toxics Action Center, Central Vermont Climate Action, Justice For All, Vermont Center for Independent Living, Peace & Justice Center,ACLU-Vermont, Public Assets Institute, Green Mountain Labor Council,Let's Grow Kids, Vermonters for Criminal Justice Reform, Central Vermont Showing Up For Racial Justice - CVt SURJ, League of Women Voters of Vermont, Rainbow Umbrella of Central Vermont, Lgbtqia Alliance of Vermont, Vermont Interfaith Action, Vermont Activist, Vermont Works for Women, Vermont Healthcare for All, the Coalition of Vermont Elders, Citizens Forum of Vermont, Indivisble Mad River Valley, Montpelier Indivisible, Love Brigade, Indivisible Barre, Defending Our Vermont Environment, Action Together Vermont (ATVT), and more to come!

Description: Central Vermont Citizen Action Network (CVCAN), has organized a summit where local organizations working toward a common purpose of social, racial, economic & environmental justice can assemble tables and share space to engage, educate and build relationships with concerned citizens. Interested citizens can meet with neighbors/ local leaders to discuss and join the group that most helps them "find their calling".  

We will also gather together for panels on "Our Planet" (discussing Climate, Water & Clean Energy) and "Our People" (discussing Race, Gender and Economic Justice).  The panels will be followed by breakout sessions for deeper discussion and education around how to respond effectively and locally to address these critical issues.

This is modeled after the Windham County Citizen Action Network (WeCAN) which held a very successful fair last month that attracted 800 area concerned citizens together.  

This will be a family-friendly event, with childcare/kid activities, and include: music, poetry, yoga, great local food -- and an opportunity to join with like-minded residents with shared concerns about our future.

Background on CVCAN: Over the past few months a number of different groups throughout central Vermont have cropped up in resistance to Trump's assault on women, immigrants, the environment and critical social programs.  There is so much to do, that many people feel overwhelmed by where to start.  Especially with community members who are new to organizing, there is a need to bring new activists together to network and strategize and to connect with and learn from longstanding social, economic and environmental justice organizations. A number of these new area leaders have come together to develop a network of citizen activists we’re calling the “Central Vermont Citizen Action Network” (CV-CAN).

Saturday, May 20, 2017​

11:30 AM - 12:00 PM
Check-in, tabling in gym, networking

12:00 - 12:15 PM - Auditorium
Sue Minter
​Performance by Logan Wedge

​​12:15 - 12:45 PM - Auditorium
People Panel - (racial, gender, & economic justice)
Three speakers followed by a 15-minute Q&A

12:45- 1:15 PM - Auditorium
Planet Panel (water, energy & climate)
Three speakers followed by a 15-minute Q&A

1:30- 2:30 PM - Classrooms
Facilitated Workshops by topic.
Connect & learn real action steps
Intro classes to civics, nonviolence, & other topics

2:30 - 3:00 PM

3:00 - 3:30 PM - Auditorium
Keynote Speakers
Beverly Little Thunder
Performance & Presentation by
Muslim Girls Making Change

3:30 - 4:00 PM - Auditorium
Next Steps: Reports from workshops

3:30 - 4:00 PM - Auditorium/gymnasium
Additional networking time

*Organizations will be tabling all day in the gymnasium. Please feel free to engage with one of their representatives during the summit at any time.

Saturday, May 20, 2017 - 12:00pm