Week of June 20, 2021

Happy Fathers’ Day, IGSV!

1) IGSV Leadership Council Election: Our first ballot for our newly created IGSV Leadership Council will close at 10 pm this Friday. Please vote for Chair, Vice Chair, and Secretary/Administrator here: https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/CYSNK9W. You can read the descriptions of each position in our bylaws here: http://www.indivisiblegsv.org/bylaws/. Until our first regular election in January 2022, we will temporarily fill these positions in this election. Thank you in advance for helping to staff our IGSV leadership!

2) For the People: Senator Manchin drafted a compromise bill to protect voting rights and our democratic system of governance. While it strips some of the important parts of the For the People Act (S1/HR1), it offers a real opportunity to pass a meaningful check on the voter suppression bills recently passed in Republican-led states. Stacey Abrams has endorsed Manchin’s bill. Please contact our two Senators this week to let them know that this compromise is worth their support, too. You can read more here: https://www.npr.org/2021/06/17/1007715994/manchin-offers-a-voting-bill-compromise-but-key-republicans-swiftly-reject-it

3) World Refugee Day: Today is World Refugee Day. Contact our three Members of Congress to let them know that the US has a moral and legal obligation to open our country to refugees. You can read more here: https://www.un.org/en/observances/refugee-day

4) Encourage Vaccinations: The pandemic is not over yet, despite the lightening of regulations like mandatory mask wearing and social distancing. The former head of the FDA, Scott Gottlieb, is warning that there could be spikes in the fall in areas that are under-vaccinated: https://www.washingtonpost.com/nation/2021/06/20/us-coronavirus-infection-rate-fall-2021/. Be sure to get vaccinated and encourage any friends and family who are eligible to get vaccinated, too!

Quote of the week: I’m just going to leave this right here – https://twitter.com/JCTheResistance/status/1406395313854717953