1) IGSV Leadership Council Nominations: Our IGSV Bylaws indicate that we need to establish a Leadership Council of three people: a Chair, Vice Chair, and Secretary/Administrator. You can read the descriptions in our bylaws here: http://www.indivisiblegsv.org/bylaws/. Until our first regular election in January 2022, nominations to temporarily fill these positions are being sought, with an election to be held in June or July. A survey for the nominations is here: https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/KW5TQQW. You may self-nominate or nominate someone else. Please include contact information for the person or people you are nominating so that we can follow up with them to see if they would want the position. Thank you in advance for helping to staff our IGSV leadership!
Note, the deadline for nominations is this Friday, June 4! So far, there are nominations from only one person. The future of IGSV depends on getting nominations this week!
2) For the People Act: The For the People Act (S1) will be taken up by the Senate during the week of June 21. Given the absolute onslaught of GOP bills to restrict voting across the country, this Act is critical for preserving our representative democracy. Case in point, Texas Republicans are working to change voting laws based on the Big Lie that there was widespread fraud in the 2020 election (https://www.washingtonpost.com/politics/texas-voting-restrictions/2021/05/30/51dfa134-c140-11eb-93f5-ee9558eecf4b_story.html). Here’s the Indivisible explainer on HR1/S1: https://indivisible.org/demand-your-senators-support-and-move-swiftly-s-1. Contact Senators Booker and Menendez to let them know our strong support for this bill.
3) The Filibuster: On a related note, the Senate GOP successfully blocked a bipartisan effort to establish a nonpartisan investigation of the January 6 insurrection, despite a vote of 54-35 in favor of moving forward with the commission. This was as much evidence as any that the Senate filibuster does not encourage bipartisanship but actually kills it. You can read Indivisible’s explainer here: https://indivisible.org/resource/why-reforming-filibuster-doesnt-go-far-enough. Contact Senators Booker and Menendez to let them know that they should eliminate the filibuster, and work on Senators Manchin and Sinema to support that effort.
4) Memorial Day: This week, remember all those who died in defense of this country, and commit to ensuring that those sacrifices are only made when necessary. Consider supporting a national civilian service efforts to incentivize efforts to improve our country and communities through programs like AmeriCorps: https://www.fastcompany.com/90614088/could-civilian-national-service-speed-up-our-covid-recovery.
Quote of the week: “If your ambitions don’t scare you a little, you’re probably not thinking big enough.” Midshipman Sydney Barber, https://twitter.com/POTUS/status/1398640488861900809, first Black female Brigade Commander at the Naval Academy