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Hi <<First Name>>,

Last night, Sen. Mitch McConnell released the rules package for the Senate's impeachment trial. As Sen. Chuck Schumer said, "they are a national disgrace." In short, the rules, if approved as they are, would
  • Require a vote to accept the House's impeachment evidence, rather than the evidence being automatically accepted as in the Clinton trial.
  • Require arguments late into the night when the general public would be sleeping.
  • Require subsequent votes on deposing witnesses and collecting documents.
Based on these rules, it is possible the Senate may decide their impeachment vote based on only the opening arguments and responses to questions.
 
This is what a cover up looks like.

Democratic senators have a chance to make critical changes, and this is what we will be calling about this week. Scripts below!

Beyond that, please save these dates:
  • Saturday, Jan. 25: The next Indivisible Montgomery meeting with letter-writing to voters and a presentation from National Popular Vote. 10:30am to 12:30pm at Kensington Park library.
  • Feb. 22 and 23: Indivisible Montgomery dine-arounds. Sign up HERE!
  • Feb. 29: Indivisible Montgomery meeting with letter-writing and Rep. Jamie Raskin.
And if you want to get involved with our Do The Write Thing letter-writing campaign, there are plenty of opportunities to get involved:
  • Wednesday, Feb 5: 10am-12pm in Silver Spring
  • Friday, Feb 7: 10am-12pm in Rockville
  • Monday, Feb 10: 2-4pm in Rockville
  • Wednesday, Feb 12: 10am-12pm in NW DC
  • Monday, Feb 17: 2-4pm in Takoma Park
  • Wednesday, Feb 19: 2-4pm in Takoma Park
  • Wednesday, Feb 26: 10am-12pm in Silver Spring
  • Friday, Feb 28: 10am-12pm in Rockville
Sign up here and scroll down to these Indivisible Montgomery (IM) events. Once you sign up, you'll receive the details you need to attend. Bring your friends and family! And if you'd like to help by hosting or leading some of these get-togethers, and you haven't told us that previously, please contact Steve.

Thank you and good luck!

Chris Pickett

Sen. Cardin

D.C. office: 202.224.4524
Can't get through? Try a regional office. Numbers here.
Still can't get through? Send an email.
 

Sen. Van Hollen

D.C. office: 202.224.4654
Can't get through? Try a regional office. Numbers here.
Still can't get through? Send an email.
Below is our script for the week. Not everyone likes to read from the script, and that's OK! For those not adhering closely to it, the underlined parts are some key points that you should try to work into your discussion.

Remember!
  • Always say your name and the city and zip code you are calling from.
  • Discuss one issue per phone call or email. If you want to discuss multiple issues, it's best to make multiple calls/emails.
  • If you get a busy signal, that means your colleagues are doing a good job of sending our message. Try to call back later, call a different day, or send an email.
Script
Step 1: Hi, I'm [NAME] and I live in [ZIP CODE]. I'm part of Indivisible Montgomery and I'd like to leave a message.

Step 2: The rules package for the impeachment trial released by Sen. McConnell is a travesty. This is nothing more than the GOP racing to cover up Trump's crimes, and it is entirely unacceptable. Will the Senator oppose these sham proceedings and do everything he can to make sure this trial plays out so that Americans can see the full truth of Trump's crimes?
After-hours activism
Some of you aren't able to make phone calls or send emails during the workday. That's fine! You can still make your voice heard either by calling the office and leaving a voice message or by sending an email. These are still effective ways to get our point across, and you should take the time to do it!

Federal employees
If you are a federal employee, you still have the right to make your voice heard as a constituent. However, there are a few restrictions you need to pay attention to. This article has some helpful information on how to be an activist while being a federal employee. You are part of an important constituency with an important viewpoint. Exercise your rights to make your voice heard!
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