Special e-Newsletter Edition:
Voting Rights and Welcoming New Team Members
January 18, 2022, Vol 1 #37
Editors: Rae’Jean Alford & Terry Gips
New Team Members at the Alliance:
This week, the Alliance has welcomed two new members to our team. Valerie Roy is our new Administrative Coordinator and Rae’Jean Alford is our new Communications Coordinator.
Meet Valerie Roy:
Valerie is excited about joining the team because “I get to connect with like-minded people.” Her biggest contribution to sustainability? She currently lives in a 1991 Thomas Diesel Pusher school bus around the greater Twin Cities.
She holds a Bachelor’s degree from Arizona State (the other Maroon & Gold School) in Sustainability, with an emphasis in Social Justice and a minor in NonProfit Management.
Meet Rae’Jean Alford:
Rae’Jean is excited about joining the team because “I am passionate about continuing to show accessible ways for sustainable living for those in my community.”
She holds a Bachelor’s degree in English from Tougaloo College, a small HBCU nestled in Jackson, Mississippi. She also holds a Master’s degree in English, with an emphasis in Literature, from Southern Illinois University, Edwardsville. Currently, Rae’Jean is an adjunct instructor at a local community college where she teaches English 101 and English 102.
Stevie Wonder calls for Senators to pass Freedom to Vote: John R. Lewis Voting Rights Act
Tomorrow the US Senate will be voting on whether or not it will restore and protect voting rights through the passage of the Freedom to Vote: John R. Lewis Voting Rights Act. This bill will improve voting access, prohibit partisan gerrymandering, and enhance transparency in campaign finance. The House has passed this historic legislation, but so far all 50 Republican Senators are blocking it and two Democrats have not been willing to join with their colleagues to overcome a filibuster.