Week of October 24, 2021

1) Congratulate yourself: Each election since 2017, IGSV has shown up to help get people who share our values elected up and down the ballot. This year is no different. Thank you to everyone who stepped up to write postcards and knock doors. We’ve contributed to 500 postcards sent and 1,247 doors knocked! One more weekend for this election. Keep up the great work!!

2) VOTE! It’s time to vote, everyone! If you have received a Vote-by-Mail ballot, you need to vote using that ballot and mail it in, put it in a drop box, or return it directly to the County Clerk’s office. Otherwise, you can either vote at your normal polling place on November 2 or vote early. This is the first year for early voting in New Jersey. It started yesterday and runs through next Sunday. Please consider voting early, so that any issues that might come up on Election Day don’t keep you from voting. It also helps save time for canvassers, because they won’t need to stop at your house. Information is here: https://www.co.hunterdon.nj.us/pdf/elections/2021/EarlyVotingNotice.pdf. Please share it with any friends or neighbors.

3) November IGSV Group Meeting: For our next group meeting will be virtual on Saturday, Nov. 13, from 3-4:30 pm, our Committee on US Foreign Policy has invited Dan Kovalik to speak about Nicaraguan politics in the wake of their general election (Nov. 7). Dan is a human rights lawyer and peace activist who teaches at the University of Pittsburgh School of Law. Based on some of his past statements, his talk is sure to be provocative. Please RSVP to indivisiblegsv@gmail.com to get the link. Invite friends who might be interested, because this is a great opportunity to increase the IGSV reach.

The IGSV Committee on US Foreign Policy encourages us to watch the following video to get some context: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8K7N88-XNQY

4) IGSV Committee on Policing in America: The ACLU of New Jersey has announced the formation of “a new coalition of more than a dozen organizations from across the state to put power in the hands of New Jersey communities, not law enforcement. It’s called New Jersey Communities for Accountable Policing (NJ-CAP)… NJ-CAP will host a virtual coalition launch event on Wednesday, October 27, 6 p.m. to share the coalition’s vision and urgent priorities for the last few months of the legislative session.”

This seems like a worthwhile opportunity to hear the perspective of community activists, advocates and leaders about policing issues in our state and what proposed legislative initiatives are being pursued in Trenton to improve police accountability and transparency.

The Policing Committee hopes to bring a variety of perspectives to deepen our understanding of policing in the coming months. Here is a link to register for Wednesday’s virtual event: https://action.aclu.org/webform/nj-njcap-launch

Quote of the week: “For the first time ever we can vote early in New Jersey! Don’t wait—get to the polls today.” – Sen. Cory Booker, https://twitter.com/CoryBooker/status/1452288676713705472