Week of June 7, 2020

1) June IGSV Meeting: I’m pleased to announce that our June group meeting will be Saturday, June 20, from 3-5 pm. The topic is “The Lasting Legacy of Judicial Nominations: The Court’s Importance at the Ballot Box”. Our guest speaker is attorney Amelia Lyte, who has her JD from Rutgers Law, clerked for a Superior Court justice in Somerset County, and is on the Clinton Township Democratic Committee. Her pet peeve is when people don’t consider judicial appointments when they vote for Presidential candidates. She’ll explain why! RSVP by email to indivisiblegsv@gmail.com to get the Zoom link.

2) Vote: NJ Vote-by-Mail ballots are out. If you are registered as a member of the Democratic or Republican party, you should have received your ballot in the mail. Please vote and send them in! Even if many lines are uncontested, turnout is a gauge of enthusiasm. Then make sure that your family members and friends are voting, too!

3) Marches: Please continue to post about BLM marches that our members can attend. Congressman Malinowski has attended several, so please also call his office to thank him for showing up in person to stand with us and our neighbors against racism and racial injustice. Then ask whether there are concrete policies that he is working on to elevate black communities and end racial disparities in our district.

4) Support black trans people: Happy Pride month, everyone! Please support LGBTQ equality, but especially for those most vulnerable: the trans community, especially black trans people. Here’s a good summary of organizations you can donate to: https://www.vice.com/en_us/article/n7wnbb/tony-mcdade-nina-pop-how-to-help. Here’s more on the threats to trans black people: https://www.independent.co.uk/voices/george-floyd-black-lives-matter-racism-tony-mcdade-transgender-a9544131.html

Bonus action: Haymarket Books is offering a free e-book of “Who Do You Serve, Who Do You Protect? Police Violence and Resistance in the United States”: https://www.haymarketbooks.org/books/952-who-do-you-serve-who-do-you-protect. Consider getting a copy and reading it!

Quote of the week: “I love. And because I love I resist. There have been many theories on what’s fueling the growing demonstrations against racism all over America, from small towns to large cities. Let me offer another one: Love. We love.” Ibram X. Kendi, author of “How to be an Antiracist”, https://twitter.com/DrIbram/status/1269631552457236482