Hi <<First Name>>,
Congress went on a two-week recess at the beginning of the Ukraine scandal and impeachment inquiry, and they return tomorrow to a whirlwind that is more intense than when they left. From abandoning our allies to the expected reemergence of ISIS, President Trump's recent decision to withdraw American forces in Syria is surely the most devastating and disastrous foreign policy decision he has made.
Trump demonstrates every day how unfit he is to hold the office of the presidency. And we need Congress to know that we the people have had more than enough. Trump must be impeached.
Indivisible groups across the country have been acting locally during the recess to let their members of Congress know they support the impeachment inquiry. And because Capitol Hill is so close to us, we can make a difference when all of Congress is in session. They will be working for seven of the next nine weeks, which means we'll have plenty of opportunities to make our voices heard on the impeachment inquiry.
Do you have ideas on how we can show our support for the impeachment inquiry? Is there an event you'd like to coordinate? Let us know! You could travel to Capitol Hill to meet with our members of Congress, protest outside the offices of potential undecided votes in the House and Senate, or anything else!
If you have an idea for a local action you would like to lead, fill out this form, and we'll work with you to try and get it off the ground. If we don't have volunteers to coordinate these events, they won't go anywhere!
With all the obfuscations from the White House and the GOP, remember:
President Trump confessed to asking a foreign power to interfere in the 2020 election.
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This week! (Indivisible Montgomery events in bold)
Upcoming notable events
- Tuesday, Oct. 15: Indivisible Montgomery day of action. Scripts in your inbox tomorrow morning!
- Tuesday, Oct. 15: Fourth Democratic presidential debate. Watch with the Montgomery County Democrats.
- Thursday, Oct. 17: The Indivisible Montgomery Regulatory Actions committee will meet at 7:30pm. Contact Angela for details!
- Sunday, Oct. 20: Medicare-for-All town hall in Gaithersburg from 2 to 4pm
- Oct. 26: October Indivisible Montgomery meeting at Kensington Park Library from 10:30am to 12:30pm.
- Nov. 2: Speaker Pelosi will address the Maryland Democratic Party at their Annual Gala in Baltimore. If you want to know more, contact firstname.lastname@example.org.
The Hearings and Events committee leads Indivisible Montgomery delegations to the Hill to attend various hearings and other events. Originally the Conflicts of Interest committee, this group still focuses on issues around corruption in the administration and is branching out to take advantage of other opportunities to attend important Hill briefings and events.
The committee held its monthly meeting on Oct. 13. The main item on the agenda was to discuss options for coordinating attendance by interested Indivisible Montgomery members at public impeachment hearings, once scheduled. Members of the committee also attended the impeachment rally on Oct. 13.
- Thursday, Oct. 17: The House Administration Subcommittee on Elections will host "Voting Rights and Election Administration in America" at 10am in 1310 Longworth.
- No public events related to impeachment are set for this week, but the schedule of interviews and depositions (as of 10/11) is as follows: Fiona Hill, former NSC official working on Russia issues, on Monday, Oct. 14; George Kent, deputy assistant secretary of State, on Tuesday, Oct. 15; and Gordon Sondland, US ambassador to the European Union
What we're reading:
- Sunday, Oct. 20: Medicare-for-All town hall from 2 to 4pm in Gaithersburg organized by Maryland Progressive Healthcare Coalition and Our Revolution Maryland.
- Deutsche Bank might have destroyed physical copies of Trump's tax returns, cleansed servers, claims former executive: report (Newsweek)
- Trump’s decision on Syria crystallizes questions about his business — and his presidency (The Washington Post)
- Guiliani is said to be under investigation for Ukraine work (The New York Times)
The Regulatory Changes committee, formerly the Environment and Science committee, has extensive experience responding to the Trump administration's all-out assault on environmental regulations. Now they are expanding their scope to cover regulatory changes across the federal government. This committee will write responses to proposed regulatory changes that all Indivisible Montgomery members can use to push back against Trump's regulatory rollback.
The committee will be meeting on Thursday, Oct. 17, at 7:30pm in Bethesda. If you're interested in helping draft comments in response to the Trump Administration's regulatory actions, consider joining us!
We currently have one project on an EPA-proposed rollback for energy-sector pollution standards, due in November, and are looking for other topics of interest. Contact Angela H to learn more.
What we're reading:
- New EPA lead standards would slow replacement of dangerous pipes (The New York Times)
- The Northeast US has a carbon-trading system. It is boosting, not hurting, state economies (Vox)
- Maryland’s renewable energy facilities break pollution rules, say groups calling for enforcement (The Baltimore Sun)
committee is the focal point of all of Indivisible Montgomery's elections activities. This committee also collaborates with other resistance groups in the community to ensure we are using our volunteer energy in the most efficient mechanism possible.
The Montgomery County area is buzzing with elections work, and here are some of the ways you can get involved in making a difference for 2019. Questions about these activities? Contact Steve
Letters to voters
Many thanks to everyone who has participated in our DO THE WRITE THING events and written more than 2,000 letters, most to likely Democratic voters in Virginia urging them to vote on Nov. 5. In a low-turnout, off-year election like this one, our work will help flip the Virginia legislature to Democratic control, stop GOP gerrymandering and voter suppression, and pass the ERA. That will have major national implications, as explained here
Indivisible Montgomery is hosting a number of similar letter-writing get-togethers in the next three weeks:
- Monday, Oct. 14: 7 to 9pm at Marilyn and Rich Broderick's house in Rockville
- Wednesday, Oct. 16, 10am to 12pm at Joyce Siegel's apartment in North Bethesda
- Friday, Oct. 18, 2 to 4pm at Myra and Steve Pressman's house in Rockville
- Monday, Oct. 21, 7 to 9pm at Marilyn and Rich Broderick's house in Rockville
- Wednesday, Oct. 23, 2 to 4pm at Melissa and Bob Colbert's house in Rockville
- Saturday, Oct. 26, 10:30am to 12:30pm at the Kensington Park Library
- Monday, Oct. 28, 2 to 4pm at Myra and Steve Pressman's house in Rockville
- Monday, Oct. 28, 7 to 9pm at Olney Winery
Sign up here
for those and many other great volunteer opportunities. Our letter-writing events are listed on that page under Get Out The Vote By Mail (GOTV) events each week and identified as "IM."
Shout-out to our great Indivisible Montgomery volunteer hosts: Tamara Prince and Alan Crane, Jane Barbara and Eric Seidman, Lonni Millman and Ken Morse, Marilyn and Rich Broderick, Joyce Siegel, and Melissa and Bob Colbert. Thanks!
We'll need more hosts and leaders for letter-writing events in 2020. If you're interested, contact Steve
Turn Virginia blue!
Links to other opportunities to get involved are listed below. Once our letter-writing ceases and we mail our thousands of letters on Oct 29, we'll need all hands on deck to make phone calls and knock doors during the critical GOTV week prior to election day, Tuesday, Nov. 5.
The Virginia election is just 29 days away! Please consider signing up for a Virginia canvass or phone bank
. With your help we can flip the Virginia legislature to prevent Republican gerrymandering for the next decade. Sign up here with J Walkers Action Group
or here with Yes We Canvass
You can even hop on a special Swing Left bus to the Richmond area! You’ll have fun, save time, connect with other volunteers and help win key campaigns. Check out the list of upcoming trips below and book your seat for just $10 now!
You can also make a difference by driving college volunteers from DC and Maryland to northern Virginia canvasses on Saturdays. You don’t even have to canvass yourself. To volunteer, sign up here
. And if you have questions, contact Julie Greenberg
If you can't write letters, make phone calls, or go to VA, you can still help win there by donating to one or more of these great candidates who really need money to win: Wendy Gooditis, Hala Ayala, Shelly Simonds, Dan Helmer, Sheila Bynum-Coleman and Ghazala Hashmi. Just a few dollars can have huge impact on a low-turnout, off-year election. Please consider going to their websites and donating.
Texting parties will start soon! These are intended for people who have never texted voters, as well as experienced texters. These events will be posted soon here
. Questions? Contact Stacey
Some elections reading
Other elections work
- Some elections reading Elizabeth Warren's Facebook ad proves the social media giant still has a politics problem (Washington Post)
- What happened when 2.2 million people were automatically registered to vote (Five Thirty-Eight)
- Trump's mounting troubles in Iowa could spell doom for Republicans (The Guardian)
In-person voter registration
Write letters to swing state voters (Voter Registration or Get Out the Vote)
Canvass or make phone calls to Virginia