Week of May 2, 2021

1) Vote on bylaws: With help from several of our members, we now have IGSV bylaws that are ready to be voted on by our members! You can read them over here: https://drive.google.com/file/d/1lFsg-rpecdw_y0iUGaYDsCf9VKtpOTSz/view?usp=sharing. Then please vote on whether you would like to approve them or not here: https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/HJLBT3C. How you vote will be anonymous, but I ask that you only vote if you have participated in our group by attending at least one in-person IGSV meeting and/or have participated in online dialog through our Facebook page. This is an honor system, so please be respectful! The survey will remain open until 5 pm ET on May 7.

2) Nominate Leaders: If our bylaws are enacted, we will need to fill three leadership positions: Chair, Vice Chair, and Secretary/ Administrator. Please consider nominating yourself or another IGSV member! At our monthly group meeting on May 22, we will discuss how to handle nominations to appoint our first officers.

3) May IGSV Group Meeting: Our next group meeting will be May 22, 3-4:30 pm, via Zoom. I’ll lead a discussion about two topics near and dear to each of our hearts: 1) how to talk across the political aisle, and 2) how to talk about climate change. It will be based on work from esteemed climate scientist and communicator Katharine Hayhoe, such as this recent talk: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=YyG7T5fA1r0. We’ll also talk about the transition to our new bylaws and leadership structure.

RSVP to get the Zoom link by emailing indivisiblegsv@gmail.com.

4) Indivisible Census: Indivisible is studying the impact of the organization. To that end, they have partnered with a University of Maryland researcher to survey Indivisible group members. Please fill out this anonymous survey here: http://drfisher.umd.edu/IndivisibleCensus.html. Your responses will make the organization stronger!

Quote of the week: “My fellow Americans, trickle-down economics has never worked. It’s time to grow the economy from the bottom up and middle out.” – President Biden in last week’s address to the joint session of Congress