Week of July 19, 2020

1) IGSV July Group Meeting: Our next group meeting will be this Saturday, July 25, from 3-5 pm via Zoom. It will be a discussion of the film “13th”, facilitated by Catherine Riihimaki. She has helped facilitate discussions about diversity, equity, and inclusion in the context of her work at Princeton University, and looks forward to talking about similar topics with IGSV!

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) Secret Police Force in Portland, OR: The Department of Homeland Security last week sent federal agents to Portland, OR, to detail protesters. The particularly chilling part: the federal agents wore no identifying information and allegedly detained protesters without cause. You can read more here: https://www.washingtonpost.com/nation/2020/07/18/portland-oreland-ag-lawsuit/. Call all three of our Members of Congress to demand accountability. These are not tactics that should happen in a democracy!

3) Honor John Lewis: Congressman John Lewis passed away last week from pancreatic cancer. House Majority Whip Jim Clyburn suggested that the best way to honor him would be for Congress to restore parts of the Voting Rights Act. The House passed the measure in December, but Senator McConnell has refused to bring the bill up for a vote in the Senate. Call our two Senators to ask that they continue to pressure McConnell to bring the bill before the Senate. You can read more here: https://www.cnn.com/2020/07/19/politics/jim-clyburn-john-lewis-voting-rights-cnntv/index.html.

4) Register to vote: The other way to honor John Lewis is to ensure that everyone in your life is registered to vote. Now is the time! There are a few different websites that offer voter registration services. Here’s one option: https://www.rockthevote.org/how-to-vote/register-to-vote/. Please check especially any young adults who will be at least 18 years old by the November election, and any elderly relatives who may need encouragement to vote by mail.

Quote of the week: “Do not get lost in a sea of despair. Be hopeful, be optimistic. Our struggle is not the struggle of a day, a week, a month, or a year, it is the struggle of a lifetime. Never, ever be afraid to make some noise and get in good trouble, necessary trouble.” – Rep. John Lewis, who passed away last week