Week of September 5, 2021

1) Ida Recovery: The most important action for this week is to help our region recover from Hurricane Ida. United Way of Hunterdon has a website (https://www.uwhunterdon.org/ida) with resources for those impacted and opportunities to volunteer. The two best options are to sign up with an organization to volunteer your time and labor (e.g., https://my.lotsahelpinghands.com/request/select-email/lambertville-helping-hands for Lambertville) or to donate money to local food banks and relief organizations. Do not donate unsolicited stuff and do not show up on your own, because those both create more logistical work for the people in the communities. Thank you!

2) September IGSV Group Meeting: This month, our IGSV group meeting will be on September 18 at 10 am to help the LD 23 State Assembly candidates Hope Kaufman and Nick Labelle and Senate candidate Denise King. There will be opportunities to canvass for those who are so inclined or to write postcards. Exact location is TBD. Snacks and coffee will be provided. More details to come, but please save the date for now!

3) Committee on US Foreign Policy: IGSV is forming a committee to educate ourselves and others regarding US foreign policy. If you are interested in helping with this, please contact Peter Schutz at 908-463-7343 or at schutze@csi.com.Peter writes: US foreign policy is important for a number of reasons:

  • Approximately half of our discretionary tax dollars go towards military spending ($740 billion).
  • Most Americans know and care little about foreign policy, making it possible for special interests to push their agendas that are often racist, unjust, violent and expensive, causing death and misery to millions around the world.
  • Our own mass media often does not give us a clear picture of what is happening.
  • We have a responsibility as citizens of our democracy and of the most powerful nation in the world to influence how our country treats other people around the world.

Consider joining the committee to do a deeper dive into these topics and more!

Quote of the week: “We can’t just can’t keep building bigger and bigger dikes. We’ve got to move this country away from fossil fuels to clean energy.” – Congressman Malinowski, https://twitter.com/CuomoPrimeTime/status/1433940005303488521