Week of April 18, 2021

1) April IGSV Group Meeting: Our next IGSV group meeting will be this coming Saturday, April 24, 3-4:30 pm, via Zoom. We will discuss the near-final draft of bylaws for IGSV, written by several of our members. Please attend to help shape the future of IGSV. There will be an opportunity to talk about the leadership structure and to volunteer for various roles. Finally, we’ll spend a little time simply catching up with each other to make sure we keep our community strong!

Please RSVP by email to indivisiblegsv@gmail.com to get the Zoom link. The bylaws can be read here: https://docs.google.com/document/d/1vuqzSfh663tKxCct1aYFXRU7y1L9o4pzbxxrv08aL5w/edit

2) LD-23 Assembly Race: Hope Kaufman and Nick LaBelle are two excellent candidates running for NJ Assembly in LD-23 against our two subpar Assemblymen Peterson and DiMaio. Attend their official campaign launch on Sunday, April 25, 2-3:30 pm at Round Valley reservoir. Follow the signs for The Beach and look for the tent. The event will happen rain or shine!

RSVP here: https://www.mobilize.us/hopeandnickforld23assembly/event/383939/

You can also follow Hope and Nick on Facebook by liking their Facebook page here: https://www.facebook.com/hopeandnickld23

3) Solidarity with Black Lives: Indivisible has written a guide for how to take action in solidarity with Black lives. Please read the guide here: https://indivisible.org/resource/taking-action-solidarity-black-lives. Then follow their links to donate to Black-led organizations and educate yourself on anti-racism and defunding the police.

4) People’s Whip Count: Democracy reform is a priority for Indivisible, including passing the For the People Act (HR1 and SR1), the John Lewis Voting Rights Advancement Act, and DC Statehood. Filibuster reform or removal will likely be needed to pass these bills, because Senate Republicans are opposed. You can see where Senators stand on these issues here: https://www.peopleswhipcount.org. Contact Senators Booker and Menendez to thank them for supporting all three bills and for supporting filibuster reform.

Quote of the week: “Rivers are the old roads, as are songs, to traverse memory.” – Joy Harjo, a refreshing quote from the US Department of the Interior, https://twitter.com/Interior/status/1383782479622930434