Week of June 13, 2021

1) Vote for IGSV Leadership: We’re finally at our first ballot for our newly created IGSV Leadership Council. Please recall that our IGSV Bylaws indicate that we need to establish a Council of three people: 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, we will temporarily fill these positions an election to be held over the next two weeks. Please vote here: https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/CYSNK9W. The survey will close at 10 pm on Friday, June 25. Thank you in advance for helping to staff our IGSV leadership!

2) Protect our Forests: The New Jersey Highlands Coalition has started a letter-writing campaign to urge our NJ Legislators to reject five bills that would threaten the health of our forests across the state. Please read more here: https://actionnetwork.org/letters/protectourforests/. Then use their tool to write a letter to our state Assembly and Senate representatives.

3) For the People Act: Last week, Senator Manchin wrote an editorial indicating that he will vote against the For the People Act (S1) because it is too partisan. Indivisible co-founder Ezra Levin wrote a blog response about where we go from here. Read that post here: https://indivisibleteam.medium.com/so-what-the-hell-do-we-do-now-joe-manchin-edition-2fd15d63870d. Then contact our two Senators to demand that they “speak out right now to reiterate that the path forward depends on For the People, not hazy ideas about compromising with a party of insurrectionists.”

4) IGSV Committees: In anticipation of having an elected Leadership Council shortly, please think about what committees you would like to see. I know that there have been some ideas floated around, which is great! You can read in our bylaws how committees are established and operate: http://www.indivisiblegsv.org/bylaws/. We’ll have a formal proposal process once there’s a Leadership Council in place.

Quote of the week: “Diplomacy is back.” – President Biden, on the G7 Summit