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The written word

Online Writing Workshop - "Sharing Our Writing" (via Zoom): We'll share what we've written in response to the prompts provided. Appropriate for beginning or experienced writers. Led by Barbara Morrison. 4 - 5 p.m. $10 suggested donation. Zoom. Register: info@timetowrite.us.

Local history

Windham County Genealogy Interest Group: Black & Brown Vermont: - An Identity Stolen, A Family Restored (via Zoom): Historian, documentarian, genetic genealogist, author Jerome Lafayette Narramore shares a journey to discover his origins and the genealogical challenges he faced along the way as the bi-racial descendant of enslaved ancestors of W. Castleton, VT. He is the producer of the upcoming documentary about race in America, "A White Man Walks into a Barbershop, and his story has been featured in the recent book, "The Lost Family," by Libby Copeland. 10 a.m. Offered with support from Rockingham Library and Brooks Memorial Library. Narramore is also administrator of several DNA projects and curator of the Facebook group, "Black & Brown Vermont," a crowdsourcing project for all data concerning the Black and Brown history of VT. Free. Zoom. Register: http://bit.ly/WindhamGen.

Kids and families

BRATTLEBORO Peter Cottontail Roadside Selfies: Color your favorite spring drawing. Then bring the finished masterpiece to Brown & Roberts Hardware, and Peter Cottontail (with the help of an assistant) will hang it in the window! All pictures and drawings must be 8½ x 11 in. 10 a.m.noon. If you are looking for a picture to color, options will be available at www.brattleboro.org or the Brattleboro Recreation & Parks Dept. Facebook Page. Free. Brown and Roberts, 182 Main St. More information: Call the Gibson Aiken office: 802-254-5808 Mon.-Fri., 9 a.m.-noon and 1-5 p.m.

Community building

Community Building/Reconciliation Circles for Putney: Community Restoration in 2021 & Healing from National Trauma: These Circles this April address different aspects of community, both in Putney and in the U.S. as a whole. Join us to talk about how to strengthen our communities in times of trauma and unrest. We want to hear your voices and engage in a dialogue about what we can all do to respond to issues that arise this year in ways that heal rather than harm. 3 - 5 p.m. via Zoom. In the 4/3 circle, we'll think about questions like, "How can we uphold our values in the face of crises?" and "How can we promote social healing without overlooking our own health?" 4/10 circle: We'll focus specifically on the impacts on the nation of the trauma we've shared in the past few years due to COVID-19, political unrest, other events. Let's talk about how to find balance, accountability, healing, more. Zoom. Hosted by Restorative Justice of Southern VT. Send message on Facebook or email rcjsvt@gmail.com and we'll provide you with the Zoom link and any relevant resources. ​.

Activism

BRATTLEBORO Demand Student Debt Cancellation Rally: Hosted by the Vermont Debt Collective as part of a National Week of Action to call on Joe Biden to cancel all federally held student loan debt in his first 100 days in office. This debtors union is also campaigning for free public college for all. President Biden can cancel student debt through a power called "Compromise and Settlement" - currently used to place a moratorium on student debt payments. 2 p.m. "We are calling on Biden to take this action because it's a substantial step toward closing the racial wealth gap and creating a more just and equitable higher education system. VT has one of the highest debt burdens of any state. 73,000 Vermonters hold a total of $2.7 billion in student debt, with the average personal burden being $36,700. Vermonters are in urgent need of relief, and cancelling student debt would keep $2.7 billion dollars in the pockets of Vermonters to invest in their local economies and communities.". Pliny Park, Corner Main & High St. Information: vermontdebtcollective@gmail.com.

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