Week of July 12, 2020

1) July Group Meeting: Our next group meeting will be on July 25 from 3-5 pm via Zoom. It will be a discussion of the film “13th”, facilitated by our co-leader Catherine Riihimaki, who has helped facilitate discussions about diversity, equity, and inclusion in the context of her work at Princeton University. She looks forward to talking about similar topics with all of you! Please RSVP by email to indivisiblegsv@gmail.com to get the Zoom link.

You can watch “13th” on Netflix for those who have a subscription. It’s also available for free on YouTube https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=krfcq5pF8u8 or through director Ava DuVernay’s website http://www.avaduvernay.com/13th.

2) Indivisible Textbanking: As noted last week, Indivisible is turning to the general election with a few different actions, including text banking. Their IndivisiText training for this week are this Tuesday at 8:30 pm (register here: https://indivisible.zoom.us/webinar/register/WN_Jnh1975IQrupbrvgRVJr5w) and Wednesday at 7:00 pm (register here: https://indivisible.zoom.us/webinar/register/WN_WwfD5HvbSnaj_esN49bDGw).

3) Schools: It’s increasingly clear that the Trump administration’s failure to implement effective coronavirus policies is now threatening to keep schools virtual in the fall. We can help make in-person education less risky if we have strong rules about social distancing, mask wearing, and economic support to help businesses who will now need to be closed and workers who will be furloughed or fired. It’s worth reading economist Paul Krugman’s take on this: https://twitter.com/paulkrugman/status/1281912082967998464. Call all three of our MoCs to make sure they are thinking about federal rules. If you still have the energy, please also call NJ officials to demand continued vigilance so that our children and educators are safe in September. Contact info for our state officials are on our website: http://www.indivisiblegsv.org/contact-your-representatives/.

Quote of the week: “Stone was prosecuted and convicted because he committed federal crimes. He remains a convicted felon, and rightly so.” – Robert S. Mueller, III, responding to the commutation of Roger Stone’s prison sentence by President Trump, https://www.washingtonpost.com/opinions/2020/07/11/mueller-stone-oped/