1) COVID Relief: Last week, Democrats in Congress moved forward a $1.9 billion COVID relief bill. However, there is discussion of capping the direct payments to people making less than $50,000 per year. Call all three of our Members of Congress to let them know that people above that arbitrarily low threshold are hurting too, especially if you have a personal story to tell. You can read more here: https://slate.com/news-and-politics/2021/02/sanders-slams-lower-income-cap-checks-coronavirus.html. Also let them know that you support a strong bill that has bipartisan support from the public, even if GOP members of Congress do not vote for it.
2) IGSV Vision Moving Forward: Members of IGSV have had two productive conversations about the future of IGSV. Please fill out this next survey to help further the discussion: https://forms.gle/AtBjWZvCUECCTHcaA. It should take you ~5-15 minutes to complete. Thank you in advance for taking the time! Even if you have been a part of the previous discussions you should still fill out the survey.
3) Protect Democracy: Republican state governments are moving to restrict voting even further in the wake of the 2020 election (https://www.nbcnews.com/politics/elections/republicans-advance-more-100-bills-would-restrict-voting-wake-trump-n1256821). This makes passage of bills in Congress meant to strengthen democracy even more critical. Call our Members of Congress to encourage them to support HR1 in the House and SR1 in the Senate. You can read the Indivisible explainer here: https://indivisible.org/demand-your-representative-support-and-move-swiftly-hr-1-and-hr-51.
4) Trump Trial: The Senate trial of former President Trump is set to begin this week. Make sure you have called our two Senators to ask that they hold Trump accountable for inciting the January 6 riot, which he instigated in plain sight. You can read more here: https://www.cnn.com/2021/02/07/politics/trump-impeachment-trial-this-week-state-of-play/index.html.
Quote of the week: “COVID-19 is a once in a century pandemic. It requires an extraordinary congressional response. Go big or go home.” – Rep. Hakeem Jeffries