National Day of Mourning on Thanksgiving Day
I hope that you and your loved ones spent meaningful time together yesterday. Sharing food and gratitude is a deeply nourishing and vital part of life - one we should participate in everyday. The national holiday of Thanksgiving is more complex. Did you know that Thanksgiving is also the National Day of Mourning? This day was first declared in 1970 by the United American Indians of New England (UAINE) in response to the censorship of Wamsutta (Frank) James, a Wampanoag man who had been asked to speak at the 350 year anniversary of the pilgrim’s invasion, but was later refused when the event planners realized his message was unflattering to colonizers.
I invite you to watch this short video to learn more and join me in contributing to the UAINE’s Fall 2022 Fundraiser to support the critical efforts of this native-led, all-volunteer organization. At Water Wanderings, we’re grateful for Wamsutta and other truth-tellers who advocate for justice and healing.
We are also grateful for all the people who make Water Wanderings possible, especially our board members, donors, sponsors, and alumni.
Alumni Reunion + Rubenstein Fellows Fall Gathering
We had our third alumni reunion at Mills River Park in Jericho earlier this fall. Campers from every session this summer were represented at the gathering. We enjoyed going for a walk through the woods, playing a game of Polluters, Activists and Regulators and sharing a meal of chili and cornbread while reconnecting with camp friends.
The Rubenstein School Nonprofit Board Fellows Fall Gathering was another great community building opportunity for Water Wanderings. It is humbling and exciting to be part of this program, which "pairs exceptional RSENR PhD students with local nonprofit environmental boards." The current cohort of fellows serve on the boards for well-established and esteemed nonprofits such as the Nature Conservancy and the Green Mountain Club. We are so grateful to our enthusiastic and engaged Board Fellows, Lindsey and Abigail.
Alumni Ellie dives into social media consulting
We are so thrilled to announce that Ellie Kachoria has accepted a position as a social media consultant for Water Wanderings! Ellie brings a wealth of experience working with nonprofits on fundraising and marketing campaigns and an inside perspective as a Water Wanderings alumn from 2020. She has jumped right into developing content and advising Water Wanderings on how to leverage social media to grow our community. Please help us celebrate her work by following our new Instagram page.