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Hi <<First Name>>,

Thank you to everyone who came out to our meeting on Saturday! With more than a hundred people in the room, we had a lively discussion of our upcoming actions and enjoyed hearing from Rep. Jamie Raskin.
 

 
This is a busy time for our work, and there is much to discuss! That means this one's a bit lengthy. You can use these links to navigate the newsletter:

 


Coronavirus and Indivisible Montgomery
Each passing day brings news of a broader outbreak of coronavirus in the United States. However, as we discussed at the meeting on Saturday, the best thing we can do to slow the progress of the outbreak is to stay calm and use proper hygiene.

We should also do our best to stay informed. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, the National Institutes of Health, the World Health Organization and our local and state health officials are trustworthy, and I recommend you check their websites whenever you have concerns or questions. This resource from The Washington Post is also worthwhile. The White House is treating this as a political issue rather than a public health issue and is not a trustworthy source of information.

Governments across the world have often tried to limit mass gatherings to slow the spread of the coronavirus. Should our local officials recommend such limitations, this would affect our letter-writing events and monthly meetings. For now, our events will go forward as planned, and we will reevaluate these based on the recommendations of local officials.
 

Thoughts on the Primary
This primary season is bananas, and a fair amount of the confusion and uncertainty is driven by political pundits. To paraphrase February--Buttigieg has momentum after winning in Iowa. Sanders has momentum after winning New Hampshire. Sanders won Nevada and is unstoppable. Biden won South Carolina and can beat Sanders.

Maybe a better description is that voters are still sorting out who we want and the day-to-day analysis of the race isn't helpful to anyone.

Indivisible Montgomery will work for whoever is the Democratic nominee, and I am confident that whoever that is will have a strong chance of beating President Trump in November. Our resistance powered surprising electoral wins in 2017, 2018 and 2019 in places like Kentucky, Kansas, Oklahoma, Louisiana and elsewhere.

For 2020, we started our elections work this year earlier than we did in any of the preceding years, and we are working harder than we have before. And it's not just us. Our fellow resisters are doing the same thing across the country.

So just remember that, no matter the daily narrative being spun, we are in a strong position come November. We just need to put in the work!
 

March Meetings
  • DoTheMostGood is hosting its Vision 2020 Rally and Teach-In on Sunday, Mar. 8. Indivisible Montgomery and several other organizations are co-hosting. Reps. Jamie Raskin and John Sarbanes will be there, in addition to several others to talk about the nuts and bolts of activism work in 2020.
  • The next Indivisible Montgomery meeting will be on Saturday, Mar. 21 at Gaithersburg library from 10:30am to 12:30pm. After a brief discussion, Virginia Canter of CREW will speak about their recent report on Trump-Proofing the Presidency. And, of course, we will write letters to voters!

Best,

Chris Pickett
Calendar
This week! (Indivisible Montgomery events in bold)
  • Tuesday, Mar. 3: Indivisible Montgomery day of action! Scripts in your inbox tomorrow morning.
  • Tuesday, Mar. 3: Super Tuesday!
  • Sunday, Mar. 8: Join DoTheMostGood's Vision 2020 Rally and Teach-in from 3 to 5pm in Rockville! RSVP here.
Recurring events
  • Do The Write Thing letter writing events are taking place on a weekly basis. Scroll down to the Elections section of this newsletter for more information.
  • 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.
Upcoming notable events
  • Mar. 12 - 22: The Environmental Film Festival in the Nation's Capital. Information here.
  • Mar. 21: Indivisible Montgomery monthly meeting with Virginia Canter of CREW. We will be at the Gaithersburg library from 10:30am to 12:30pm.
  • Apr. 16-23: Maryland primary early voting!
  • Apr. 28: Maryland primary!
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.

In light of all the interest in the coronavirus outbreak, this week's hearings calendar highlights several Congressional hearings on this topic. If you're interested but can't attend, video for many hearings can be accessed here: https://www.congress.gov/

Hearings calendar
  • Tuesday, Mar. 3: The House Rules committee will host "Article I: Constitutional perspectives on the responsibility and authority of the legislative branch" at 10am in H-313 in the Capitol.
  • Tuesday, Mar. 3: The Senate Health, Education, Labor, and Pensions committee will host "Hearings to examine an emerging disease threat, focusing on how the United States is responding to COVID-19, the Novel Coronavirus" at 10am in 430 Dirksen.
  • Wednesday, Mar. 4: The House Homeland Security committee will host "Confronting the coronavirus: Perspectives on the response to a pandemic threat " at 10am in 2322 Rayburn.
  • Thursday, Mar. 5: The House Science, Space and Technology committee will host "Beyond coronaviruses: Understanding the spread of infectious diseases and mobilizing innovative solutions" at 9am in 2318 Rayburn.
What we're reading:
  • Eric Trump billed taxpayers $80K for two-day business trip to Uruguay (The Daily Beast)
  • Appeals court rejects unfair competition suit against Trump's D.C. hotel (POLITICO)
  • New report: Trump has accumulated 3,000 conflicts of interest (CREW)
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.

The Regulatory Changes committee is currently drafting comments on several regulatory actions, including the standards for lead in drinking water and proposed changes to the NEPA regulations. If you'd like to get involved, contact Angela.
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.

Want to do something now to defeat Trump? Join your fellow Indivisible Montgomery members at a Do the Write Thing letter-writing party! We're writing letters to likely Democratic but only occasional voters and saying why we vote.

We have 27 Indivisible Montgomery letter-writing house parties in March, so there's a time and place convenient for everyone. SIGN UP HERE - just scroll down to the IM events or sign up for other events hosted by one of our partner groups. Once you sign up, you'll received the details you need to attend.

Bring your friends and family! 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.

YesWeCanvass offers opportunities for voter registration and canvassing for state legislative races that could flip a legislature and contribute significantly to US Senate and Presidency efforts in those states. Their focus now is in Pennsylvania and North Carolina. Check them out here.
 
Allies for PA 2020 is organizing an army of Maryland volunteers to knock on tens of thousands of Democratic doors in Pennsylvania now till November for George Scott, who's running for Pennsylvania State Senate, candidates running for Pennsylvania seats in Congress, and for the eventual Democratic presidential nominee. Join them and bring a friend! They provide all training and materials. Carpools depart every Sunday in March and April from Parkton, MD, at 10am and return by 4pm. Sign up here.
 
Meet Rep. Lucy McBath at a fundraising event in Bethesda and help her turn Georgia blue! Rep. Jamie Raskin and others will speak. It's on Thursday, Mar. 26, from 7 to 8:30pm. For details, contact Joyce Siegel.
 
Indivisible Montgomery has an email group for people interested in voter registration events. If you would like to be included, please contact contact Valarie Barr. That group is again doing voter registration live and in-person at a table in Westfield Wheaton Mall on the first Friday evening and Saturday morning of every month. There are a few slots still open - if you're interested, you can get information and volunteer here.
 
We have an opportunity to set up a table at the Health Fair being organized by Impact Silver Spring on Saturday, April 4, 11:00am to 3:00pm, at Hughes United Methodist Church Parking Lot 10700 Georgia Ave, Wheaton. Bilingual volunteers would be especially appreciated at this event.  Contact Valarie or Stacey for more information.
 
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.
 
Texting is still gearing up, but this is a good time to learn how and give it a try. Texting is fast and effective, with a response rate of 10-24%, and you can do it from the comfort of your own home. A good place to start is DemandtheVote.
 
The Indivisible Payback Project is targeting your "favorite" nine Republican senators for payback, including McConnell, Graham, Collins, and Ernst. You can help defeat them by supporting critical organizing work in their states. Go here to learn how.
 
Even though Democratic primaries haven't happened yet, you can donate now to the eventual Dem nominee in a number of 2020 races. Funds like Ditch Mitch, Retake the Senate, or any of the SwingLeft funds are great ways to make sure your donations are used by Democrats in important races in November.
 
One important race that will be decided soon is the election for Wisconsin Supreme Court. An extreme right-wing judge is running against a liberal judge in a race that could bring the court close to tipping back toward liberal control next year. The election is Apr. 7 and you can make a difference in this critical race for the future of justice and democracy in WI by donating to Judge Jill Karofsky.

Want to donate or volunteer with a group fighting voter suppression or encouraging women to run for office? Check out this page with a short list of organizations that do that.
 
What we're reading:
  • What we learned from the South Carolina primary. (The Washington Post)
  • Why liberals are bad at politics (Vox)
Your support for our work will be critical to making the change we need in 2020. Please consider giving to Indivisible Montgomery today!
And visit our website: indivisible-montgomery.org
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