CALENDAR LISTINGS FOR Wednesday, January
First Wednesdays: "Atlantic is a Sea of Bones" (via Zoom): Jarvis Green, founder of the Black theatre company JAG Productions, invites us to reflect individually and collectively on the afterlives and the legacies of the transatlantic slave trade. Green will explore how Black queer and feminist artists have created ways to honor this history and heal ancestral trauma. 7-8:30 p.m. Advance registration required. Sponsored in our community by Friends of Brooks Memorial Library. Free. Zoom. Information: Register: https://tinyurl.com/bdhxbmd8.
"The Case of Julian Assange: Free Press or Treason" (via Zoom): Kurt Mehta, Esq., lawyer/scholar, leads this community discussion about Julian Assange - journalist, editor, publisher, activist - founder of Wikileaks, an international journal publishing well-researched political info and commentary often involving confidential information from confidential sources. In 2010, Wikileaks published leaks provided by Chelsea Manning, an intelligence analyst working in the US military. They revealed human rights and possible war crimes committed by the US in wars across the globe, particularly in the Middle East. He published confidential and embarrassing emails of the Democratic Party sent during the 2016 election indicating the Party preferred Clinton in the primary campaign over Bernie Sanders. Based on this release of classified documents, the US sought the arrest of Julian Assange and his extradition to face charges of violations of the Espionage Act and perhaps Treason. Assange sought asylum in the Embassy of Ecuador in 2012 in London which was granted by the left government of President Correa. With a new election and new unsympathetic government in Quito, that asylum was withdrawn and Assange was expelled from the embassy. He was arrested in England where he has been held in Belmarsh Prison since 2019. Now, with declining physical and mental health, he's facing extradition to the US which indicted him for publishing classified info which allegedly caused serious harm and death to American troops. He could face life in prison or worse. The US is demanding his extradition from the UK. Assange and supporters demand that he be released as he has committed no crime and has only done what the best of journalists have always done - report the truth. They assert their journalistic activities are protected under the 1st Amendment of the US Constitution which guarantees freedom of the press and they demand his immediate release from years of confinement to reunite with friends/family and continue the role of upholding the best of tradition of a free press - to disseminate the truth to the citizens of the world. 6 p.m. Offered by the Vermont Institute of Community and International Involvement and the People's Law School. Free. Zoom. Meeting ID: 815 9524 7333 Passcode: 689772 https://tinyurl.com/2p8pdren.
GUILFORD Tai Chi for Fall Prevention sponsored by Guilford Cares: Introduction to these basic tai chi forms along with classes which improve strength and balance. The pace is smooth, slow, and can be done while seated if necessary. The pace is smooth, slow, and can be done while seated if necessary. Instructor: Leah Gessner is certified by Tai Chi Vermont, Inc. in Fall Prevention Tai Chi. Every Wednesday: 9:30-10:15 a.m. Ongoing Beginners. 10:30-11:15 a.m. Beginners. Donations welcome. Guilford Community Church, Crnr Rte. 5 and Guilford Center Rd. Information: Leah: 802-579-1350, email@example.com.