Woodstock Social Justice Initiative

2018 International Women’s Day

9:00am-1:00pm, Saturday, March 10th 2018

Norman Williams Library

All are invited to come together to celebrate International Women’s Day with a series of talks and activities that are meant to challenge and inspire. There will be presentations, discussions, a writing workshop, and an introduction to Trauma Sensitive Yoga. The day will culminate with a vigil on the green with the internationally acclaimed slam poets, Muslim Girls Making Change. Sponsored by The Woodstock Social Justice Initiative in collaboration with WISE.  Visit here for further details.

About WSJI

The chief aim of the Woodstock Social Justice Initiative (WSJI) is to help inform and empower community members seeking the tools needed to fight against varied forms of social injustice.   Toward this end, we are working to bring together artists, educators and activists who will help to increase public consciousness of urgent justice-related issues, while also providing individuals opportunities to take direct action for social justice.

WSJI is inspired by the courageous work currently being done by local groups (Migrant Justice, Black Lives Matter, Outright VT, Vermonters for Criminal Justice Reform, to name a few) and hope to bring these voices to the Woodstock, VT area, where we sense there is a growing desire for engagement and action around interwoven issues like sexism; racism; homophobia; poverty; immigration and criminal justice reform.   We believe that appreciating intersectionality, listening openly, and speaking honestly about power and privilege are essential to social healing and growth, and invite participation from all community members of all identities to engage in this important process.

Interested in joining WSJI?  Please fill out the following contact form and consider sending  a $5 donation payable to  Sonny Saul (WSJI), 48 Pleasant St Woodstock, VT 05091 

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2018 International Women’s Day

9am-1pm Saturday March 10, 2018:  Norman Williams Public Library

Come join WSJI for a day of learning, celebrating, and speaking out in support of all women everywhere!

Outline for the Day:


A Story of Transformation
Listen to Gabriella Netsch’s decade-long story of transformation. She will highlight the challenges and opportunities she’s experienced as a transwoman in the Vermont education system and as a successful small business owner.

Presenter:  Gabriella Netsch, VT small business owner

10:05-11:40am:  Option 1

10:05-10:45am Sexual Violence and Rape Culture
In the #MeToo era it is important to consider various ways that modern society condones and perpetuates objectification, shaming, victim blaming and all the behaviors collectively known as “rape culture”. This presentation will explore the various aspects of rape culture. You will also learn about a promising new definition of consent, growing in acceptance among young adults, that has the potential to create a powerful and positive paradigm shift in how we all communicate with each other.

Presenter:  Caoimhe Lyons, WUHS Senior

10:55-11:40am Rape Culture and what we can do about it 
Kate Rohdenburg will facilitate a rape culture spectrum activity that highlights all of the little things that aren’t often recognized as contributing factors to violence and helps us imagine a world wherein the foundations of gender-based aggression cease to exist.

Facilitator:  Kate Rohdenburg, Program Director WISE Upper Valley

10:05-11:40am: Option 2

10:05-11:35am Write Now for Change: A Writers’ Workshop
This fun, meaningful writing workshop uses the time-tested device of writing from a “prompt” to explore your ideas, creativity, and power. Participants will then be invited to share what they wrote with the group. The goal is to recognize the value of each of our voices as a means of self discovery, connection, and social activism. This workshop welcomes anyone who wants to write from the heart and for positive change. Please bring something to write on/with, and leave all self doubts at the door. Note:  This workshop is limited to 10 participants so please e-mail woodstocksji@gmail.com to reserve your space.

Facilitator: Joni B. Cole, Author and Founder of The Writer’s Center of WRJ


Take a Break with Chair Yoga
Trauma Center Trauma Sensitive Yoga (TCTSY): this is a chance to learn a little about how some simple practices can be helpful for all of us, no matter what our experience, and try them out. We will get a little overview of TCTSY and do a short practice. This will be an opportunity to focus on our own, unique experience and appreciate our bodies and selves. No special clothing or fitness level is necessary or expected. Come as you are!

Facilitator: Abby Tassel, Associate Director, WISE Upper Valley


Muslim Girls Making Change
Muslim Girls Making Change will close out our celebration with a powerful spoken word poetry reading. Weather permitting, this will take place on the Woodstock Green, kicking off a Vigil for Women’s Rights.

Visit muslimgirlsmakingchange.weebly.com