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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 advance.  Please contact us to unsubscribe: simply hit reply and add the word “unsubscribe” in the subject heading.


 Peace Through Music:  Vermont Women Making A Difference

August 18th 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 www.womenshistory.vermont.gov, 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 Campaign

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 http://humanservices.vermont.gov/barre


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 www.nicic.gov or [log in to unmask]


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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