Week of May 9, 2021

Happy Mothers’ Day! 1) National Bail Out: In honor of Mothers’ Day, please consider donating to National Bail Out (https://www.nationalbailout.org). This organization provides money to bail out Black mothers and caregivers so they can return to their families, coordinates community and employment for these women, and supports efforts to end pretrial detention. A donation would… Continue reading Week of May 9, 2021

Week of May 2, 2021

1) Vote on bylaws: With help from several of our members, we now have IGSV bylaws that are ready to be voted on by our members! You can read them over here: https://drive.google.com/file/d/1lFsg-rpecdw_y0iUGaYDsCf9VKtpOTSz/view?usp=sharing. Then please vote on whether you would like to approve them or not here: https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/HJLBT3C. How you vote will be anonymous, but I ask that… Continue reading Week of May 2, 2021

Week of April 25, 2021

1) IGSV Bylaws: With help from several of our members, we now have IGSV bylaws that are ready to be voted on by our members! You can read them over here: https://drive.google.com/file/d/1lFsg-rpecdw_y0iUGaYDsCf9VKtpOTSz/view?usp=sharing. Then please vote on whether you would like to approve them or not here: https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/HJLBT3C. How you vote will be anonymous, but I… Continue reading Week of April 25, 2021

Week of April 4, 2021

1) SALT Deduction: New Jersey Congress members including Rep. Malinowski have made it a priority to advocate for repealing the cap on state and local tax (SALT) deductions that were put into place by the Trump administration. However, the repeal would be a very regressive policy, with most benefits going to the wealthiest people. Read up… Continue reading Week of April 4, 2021

Week of March 28, 2021

1) Eliminate the Filibuster: Indivisible has a good explainer about the problems with the filibuster (https://indivisible.org/resource/congress-101-filibuster) and why filibuster reforms will fall short (https://indivisible.org/resource/why-reforming-filibuster-doesnt-go-far-enough). Contact our two Senators to let them know that you support ending the filibuster completely. 2) Local History Lectures: The Township of Lebanon Museum is hosting two virtual lectures in April and May… Continue reading Week of March 28, 2021

Week of March 21, 2021

1) March IGSV Group Meeting: Our March group meeting will be this Saturday, March 27, from 3-4:30 pm, via Zoom. We are thrilled to welcome IGSV member Dr. Jamie Pietruska, Rutgers professor and Clinton Township resident, as our speaker. She will speak on Unprecedented?: Our Present Moment in Historical Perspective  As we are living through the deadliest… Continue reading Week of March 21, 2021

Week of March 14, 2021

1) Thank our Members of Congress: The American Rescue Plan Act was signed into law last week and money is already starting to reach the public. You can read about how this bill compares to the Trump 2017 tax cut, which had roughly the same price tag, here: https://www.washingtonpost.com/politics/2021/03/09/difference-between-trump-tax-cuts-biden-relief-bill-one-chart/. As you will see, most of these benefits… Continue reading Week of March 14, 2021

Week of March 7, 2021

1) COVID Relief Thanks: The $1.9 trillion COVID relief bill is nearly through Congress, thanks to near-universal support by Democratic Senators and Representatives. Contact our three Members of Congress to thank them for prioritizing this bill, especially because it addresses much needed financial support for our most vulnerable neighbors. You can read more here: https://www.nytimes.com/2021/03/07/us/politics/whats-in-the-stimulus-bill.html and https://www.washingtonpost.com/us-policy/2021/03/07/stimulus-politics/. 2) Voting… Continue reading Week of March 7, 2021