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A glimpse at our 2020 work
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Hi <<First Name>>,

Welcome to a new year of the Indivisible Montgomery newsletter! Rather than starting on a high note, this year sees our world beset by two escalating crises.

First, President Trump authorized an attack against a major Iranian military leader on Friday, and the administration has offered many unconvincing explanations for why they carried out the attack. To worsen matters, Trump tweeted and then doubled down that he would order U.S. forces to commit war crimes if Iran retaliated.

Second, our ongoing climate catastrophe has engulfed Australia in flames. The country is mobilizing against the fire, but record heat and poor weather conditions have hampered their ability to fight the more than 140 wildfires.

So our actions for the beginning of the year are fairly straightforward. First, as Trump becomes increasingly unhinged under the pressure of impeachment and the 2020 election, he is stoking a war with Iran. We will staunchly oppose the march to war and demand our members of Congress use all of their powers to rein in Trump's use of force.

For our climate, you can make donations in one of these six ways to help the victims of Australian wildfires, and you can also attend the Women's Democratic Club of Montgomery County's climate change event in Rockville on Saturday.
 

In case you missed it, I want to briefly discuss how I and the Indivisible Montgomery leadership are preparing our group to be the most effective for the coming year.

Elections work: All eyes are on the Nov. 3 election and what we are going to do to make sure the Democratic nominee wins the White House. Because this is such a critical election and our members are motivated to start working on it, we will have elections-related activities, like letter or postcard writing, at every Indivisible Montgomery event starting with our meeting on Saturday, Jan. 25. There will likely be additional weekly events starting in January and going through the rest of the year.

Weekly actions: Indivisible Montgomery will continue to take weekly actions while Congress is in session. However, much of Congress' real work will be done in the May/June/July time frame, and our weekly calls to Congress will switch over to elections-related activities at that time.

Additional events: We will still take part in activities that have worked for us in the past. For example, we will have our next iteration of dine-arounds in February, relaunch our overpass protests, host our annual August picnic, and march in the Kensington Labor Day parade. As stated above, each of these activities will, at least in part, focus on the Nov. 3 election and ways to make a difference.

Thank you again to everyone who participated in our fundraising campaign. You have helped make these efforts possible!

Best,

Chris Pickett

In this newsletter:
Calendar
This week! (Indivisible Montgomery events in bold)
  • Tuesday, Jan. 7: Indivisible Montgomery day of action! Scripts in your inbox tomorrow morning.
  • Saturday, Jan. 11: Everything you wanted to know about climate change but were afraid to ask from 2 to 4pm in Rockville. RSVP here.
  • Sunday, Jan. 12: The Montgomery County Democrats are hosting the Celebration of New Beginnings fundraiser from 1 to 3pm. More information here.
  • Sunday, Jan. 12: Our friends at Do The Most Good are hosting their 3rd annual anniversary and potluck party from 4 to 7pm in Potomac. RSVP here!
Recurring events
  • The Kremlin Annex protest, which started after the disastrous Helsinki summit, is still going strong! Join them on Tuesdays, Thursdays and Saturdays from 7:30 to 9pm in front of the White House.
  • Protest for action on climate change with Fire Drill Fridays in front of the Capitol building starting at 11am.
Upcoming notable events
  • Jan. 25: Indivisible Montgomery monthly meeting at Kensington Park library from 10:30am to 12:30pm.
Hearings and Events
The Hearings and Public 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 Hearings and Public Events Committee will resume its activities in January, starting with the first meeting at January 12 at 3:30. Contact Susan if you're interested in joining.

Congress returns this week. Below is a small subset of the hearings scheduled for the week of Jan. 6. The schedule for impeachment remains undecided, but hearings on other subjects resume. For a complete and updated list, refer to the Congressional calendar.

Hearings:
  • Wednesday, Jan. 8: The House Energy and Commerce committee will host “Americans at risk: Manipulation and deception in the digital age” starting at 10:30am in 2123 Rayburn.
  • Thursday, Jan. 9: The House Administration committee will host "2020 election security-perspectives from voting system vendors and experts" starting at 10am in 1310 Longworth.
  • See www.congress.gov for more details
What we're reading:
  • Trump-proofing the presidency (CREW)
  • US held off on tariffs while Argentina reviewed Trump trademarks (CREW)
  • Newly released emails show why Trump refuses to put forward a defense (CNN)
Regulatory Changes
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.

This committee is in the midst of planning its January meeting. If you're interested in helping, please contact Angela.

What we're reading:
  • Science panel staffed with Trump appointees says EPA rollbacks lack scientific rigor (The New York Times)
  • White House update of key environmental law would exclude climate change (The Washington Post)
  • The Trump administration just snuck through its most devious coal subsidy yet (Vox)
  • Interior secretary extends the tenure of federal lands chief — without a presidential nomination (The Washington Post)
Elections
The Elections 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 maximize our volunteer energy.

The MCDCC is recruiting precinct chairs and vice-chairs in Rockville and Gaithersburg. The primary purpose of the role is to represent Democrats at your poll on election day. You will set up a table with campaign literature and answer any questions voters have about any Democrats running. Beyond that, you can canvass your precinct, set up events with elected officials or whatever else you can think of that engages Democrats in your precinct. Please contact Eric Palakovich Carr if you're interested.
 
We will soon resume our Do the Write Thing letter-writing parties. We'll be writing letters to register voters and to urge registered voters to vote. Information on dates, locations and signing up to follow - watch this space. If you're interested in hosting or leading one of these get-togethers (and you haven't told us that previously), please contact Steve.
 
In far too many districts around the country, no Democrats run in local elections. The result is lower turnout, which means that up-ballot congressional and statewide candidates get crushed – even when there are plenty of registered Democrats. You can help research which races around the country currently lack Democratic candidates and recruit strong, new candidates in key swing states. Learn more and volunteer with Contest Every Race here.
 
What we're reading:
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