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Subject: 	VCW VIEW Message: July 29, 2008
Date: 	Tue, 29 Jul 2008 15:59:18 -0400
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This is Vermont Commission on Women's (VCW) VIEW message for the week 
of July 28th.  If you receive this message in error, we apologize in 
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 Peace Through Music:  Vermont Women Making A Difference**

August 18^th at 7:30 p.m.
Unitarian Church, Montpelier, Vermont

/Peace Through Music: Vermont Women Making A Difference/ will be held 
Monday, August 18th at 7:30 p.m. at the Unitarian Church on Main Street 
in Montpelier.  This unique event combines live musical performances 
with historical narrative on how Vermont women have created "bridges of 
peace through music."

Linda Radtke, Kathy Cadwell, Elisabeth Von Trapp, and Rebecca Padula 
perform songs and present historical narratives about Vermont's own 
Arwin Sexauer, poet, musician, and peace activist and Vermont-based 
Project Harmony, founded as a music and cultural youth exchange program 
to ease the tensions of the Cold War.


The event closes with a performance and group sing led by Vermont 
singer/songwriter Rebecca Padula, writer and singer of  "We are Free", 
which won the Vermont Peace Song contest in 2007.


Elisabeth Von Trapp will perform several of the songs that were sung 
during the early years of Project Harmony.  She is the granddaughter of 
the legendary Maria and Baron von Trapp, whose story inspired /The Sound 
of Music/.  Singing professionally since childhood, Elisabeth has 
enthralled audiences from European cathedrals to Washington D.C.'s 
Kennedy Center.  She will perform several of the songs that were sung 
during the early years of Project Harmony.


Kathy Cadwell, one of the three original founders of Project Harmony in 
1985, will narrate a pictorial history of the early days of Project 
Harmony and discuss its founding and mission.

Singer Linda Radtke has been conducting extensive research on Arwin 
Sexauer, originally from a hill farm in Richford, Vermont.  Linda will 
perform several of her songs with pianist John Lincoln from Montpelier 
and will also narrate an historical profile of Arwin's life.  Dr. Arwin 
G. Sexauer, was a poet and song writer, and co-founded, with her husband 
John Garelick, Music Mission for Peace and Brotherhood.   She also wrote 
Vermont's Bicentennial Song.
Linda Radtke discovered Arwin Sexauer's Bicentennial Song while 
researching Vermont songs at the Vermont History Center in Barre and was 
intrigued. "I just knew there had to be more there, and so I tracked 
down some of Arwin's family members who sent me more than 100 songs and 
poems. She was a tireless worker for world peace in her corner of 
Vermont, and her story needs to be told."
Through the Music Mission for World Peace and Brotherhood, Arwin and 
John sent over sixty original peace songs all over the world for 
twenty-two years from their Vermont home, called La Casa de Paz. They 
received replies, honors and gifts from Korea, Afghanistan, the Belgian 
Congo, Israel, and Thailand, and Russia.  Hubert Humphey wrote, "I wish 
I had an army of people with your ideals." Anwar Sadat from Egypt sent 
an Arabic lute, Werner von Braun commended "Men of Apollo," and James 
Jeffords read Arwin's poems in the House of Representatives in 1983. 

Arwin writes:" Peace is everybody's business. It is up to each one to 
promote peace and brotherhood in their own sphere of influence."  Linda 
Radtke said, "The story of Arwin Garelick Sexauer's life and her Music 
Mission for Peace is an important part of Vermont history. I'm honored 
that her songs and poems are no longer hiding in a family member's 
attic, but heard by people today.  It's especially touching to me that 
our performance, /Peace Through Music: Vermont Women Making A 
Difference/ will be on Arwin's birthday, Aug 18. I wish I could have 
known her. She was a remarkable woman."


This event is free and open to the public and is sponsored by the 
Vermont Women's History Project. The Vermont Women's History Project, at <>, 
is an initiative of the Vermont Commission on Women.   Its mission is to 
promote the understanding of the diverse experiences of women in Vermont.


The Vermont Workers' Center (VWC) Launches Healthcare is Human Right 

VWC members, volunteers and allies are conducting outreach to thousands 
of Vermonters in communities across the state, including conducting a 
Vermont healthcare survey to collect the voices of the healthcare 
crisis. In the fall, there will be public healthcare human rights 
hearings with testimony of "healthcare horror stories" and on the right 
to health. On December 13th, the Workers' Center is holding a Human 
Rights Conference, in commemoration on the 60th Anniversary of the 
Universal Declaration of Human Rights held at the University of Vermont. 
Please follow the link below to sign the online petition and to download 
and fill out the health care survey.  Survey questions of special 
interest to women include domestic violence victims staying in abusive 
relationships to retain medical insurance, and gender discrimination in 
obtaining insurance coverage.  Survey must be printed and sent to VWC 
(address is provided at the top of the page):


6th Annual Vermont Collaboration Conference on Children, Youth & Families

Friday, October 17, 2008

Killington Grand Hotel


More information at


Sept 24 & 25
Women & Work: Gender Responsivity & Workforce Development
Sponsored by the National Institute of Corrections, LIVE 8 hour 
interactive training via satellite TV (sites must have 24 participants 
minimum), contact <> or 
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WBON Networking Business Card Swap
Wednesday, July 30 from 5-7p.m.
Tilley's Cafe, 161 Lower Church Street, Burlington

Click here to RSVP 
Free valet parking and abundant appetizers. Be sure to let us know 
you're attending so we have enough food! Enjoy this tropical venue and 
talk up your business! Swap cards with WBON members and guests.Cost is 
$12 for members and $20 for guests. **


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Montpelier, Vermont  05633-6801
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