Week of January 12, 2020

1) IGSV January Meeting: Our next meeting is this coming Saturday, 1/18, from 2-4 pm at the main county library in Flemington on Route 12. Saily Avelenda and Judy Kelly from NJ 11 for Change will speak on “The state of the state: A deep dive into NJ politics.” Bring friends who you think should know more about NJ politics (and isn’t that all of us, really?)! Please RSVP by email to indivisiblegsv@gmail.com.

2) IGSV January Run/Walk: Also on Saturday, we will have our next walk/run meetings (on the third Saturday of each month) at the Columbia Trail in High Bridge. We’ll be starting at 9 am. Snacks will be provided, but please bring your own water. Dogs, kids, walkers, and runners are welcome! Please RSVP by email to indivisiblegsv@gmail.com.

3) Iran: Although tensions have deescalated for the moment, continue to call our Members of Congress to ask them to push back against the Trump administration’s actions. You can, in particular, thank Congressman Malinowski for voting for the War Powers Resolution that would limit President Trump’s ability to wage war with Iran. It is now becoming clear that President Trump lied about the reason for killing Suleimani, and that even Republican Senators have been frustrated with the lack of evidence that there was an “imminent” threat from Suleimani. Ask for support for oversight. You can read more here: https://www.nytimes.com/2020/01/12/us/politics/esper-iran-trump-embassies.html.

4) Malinowski Town Hall: The next town hall with Congressman Malinowski is on January 25 from 1:30-3 pm at Millburn High School. Please keep showing up at these town halls to give Congressman Malinowski support as he faces an increasingly divided constituency. Be there to thank him for voting to impeach President Trump and to limit the President’s war powers, while also fighting for local issues like restoring the SALT deduction and making progress on the Gateway project. Get tickets here: https://www.eventbrite.com/e/town-hall-with-congressman-malinowski-tickets-86810423313.

Quote of the week: “They had to kill him because he was planning an ‘imminent’ attack. But how imminent they could not say. Where they could not say. When they could not say. And really, it was more about what he had already done. Or actually it was to stop him from hitting an American embassy. Or four embassies. Or not.” – Peter Baker and Thomas Gibbons-Neff, framing the Suleimani mess in https://www.nytimes.com/2020/01/12/us/politics/esper-iran-trump-embassies.html