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Hi <<First Name>>,

Thank you to everyone who came out to our dine-arounds this past weekend! Over 90 people joined six events across the county to build our community and write letters encouraging voters to turn out on Nov. 3.

At these events several questions kept popping up around how we can provide a check on President Trump and how do we make sure we don't blow a winnable election. These are pressing questions, and the answers are straightforward. We need to keep doing what we have been doing. It works!

With regard to Trump's actions, it is important to remember his main goal is to demotivate our resistance. Trump's actions to muzzle the American intelligence community, for example, are attempts to block the free flow of information to the American people. He can't win a free and fair election, which is why he continues to try to undermine it. We can help curb Trump's cheating by demanding House Democrats continue public investigations into Trump and his administration.

As for blowing the election, it is important to remember that Trump is an incredibly weak incumbent and all of the Democrats are in a strong position against him. For instance:
  • Trump lost the 2016 popular vote by 3 million votes. He won the Electoral College with only 80,000 votes across three states that cast more than 12.5 million ballots.
  • The last time Trump's approval rating was over 45% was four days after his inauguration. It has never hit that mark since.
  • After his impeachment, roughly half of the country thought Trump should have been removed by the Senate.
  • Polls of battleground states have almost all of the Democratic candidates running even or slightly ahead of Trump.
  • Polls of people who say they will definitely vote in November show the biggest gains among populations that typically vote for Democrats.
None of this means that we will coast to victory in November. But we have a strong chance to retake the White House, and we should keep doing what works best--engage our community and voters every way we can. Scroll down to the Elections section to sign up for our standalone letter-writing events, check out the Calendar below for other ways to get involved and stay tuned for more events as they get planned throughout the year. We can do this!
 

Rep. Jamie Raskin will join us this coming Saturday, Feb. 29, at the Gaithersburg library for our next in-person meeting! After a brief update, we will hear from the Congressman, and then we will write letters to encourage our fellow citizens to turn out and vote on Nov. 3!

Best,

Chris Pickett

In this newsletter:
Calendar
This week! (Indivisible Montgomery events in bold)
  • Tuesday, Feb. 25: Indivisible Montgomery day of action! Scripts in your inbox tomorrow morning.
  • Tuesday, Feb. 25: Tenth Democratic presidential debate
  • Thursday, Feb. 27: Montgomery County climate action plan town hall and open house from 6 to 8pm in Silver Spring. RSVP here!
  • Saturday, Feb. 29: Indivisible Montgomery monthly meeting at Gaithersburg library from 10:30am to 12:30pm with Rep. Jamie Raskin.
  • Saturday, Feb. 29: South Carolina primary!
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. 3: Super Tuesday!
  • Mar. 8: Join DoTheMostGood's Vision 2020 Rally and Teach-in from 3 to 5pm in Rockville! RSVP here.
  • 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.

Some hearings of interest for the week of Feb. 24:
  • Tuesday, Feb. 25: The Senate Judiciary committee will host "Rule by district judge, focusing on the challenges of universal injunctions" at 10am in 226 Dirksen.
  • Wednesday, Feb. 26: The House Oversight and Reform committee will host "Voter suppression in minority communities: Learning from the past to protect our future" at 11am in 2154 Rayburn.
  • Thursday, Feb. 27: The House Oversight and Reform committee will host "The administration’s religious liberty assault on LGBT rights" at 9am in 2154 Rayburn.
  • Friday, Feb. 28: The House Foreign Affairs committee will host "Evaluating the Trump administration's policies on Iran, Iraq and the use of force" at 8:30am in 2172 Rayburn. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo is scheduled to appear.
What we're reading:
  • Watchdog group files ethics complaint about Hogan’s real estate business (The Washington Post)
  • India is home to the most Trump ventures outside North America. Here’s what you need to know. (The Washington Post)
  • Trump has now shifted $1.9 million from campaign donors to his business (Forbes)
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.

What we're reading:
  • The EPA is about to change a rule cutting mercury pollution. The industry doesn’t want it. (The Washington Post)
  • Climate change rises as a public priority. But it’s more partisan than ever. (The New York Times)
  • Climate change has stolen more than a billion tons of water from the West’s most vital river (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.

Want to do something now to defeat Trump? Join your fellow Indivisible Montgomery members at a Do the Write Thing letter-writing party! We are writing letters telling registered voters why it's important to vote and urging them to register and get to the polls.  We'll soon add dozens of events in March and April. Upcoming events include:
  • Wednesday, Feb. 26: 10am-12pm in Silver Spring
  • Friday, Feb. 28: 10am-12pm in Rockville
  • Sunday, Mar. 1: 2 - 4pm in Germantown
  • Wednesday, Mar. 4: 6-8pm in Rockville
SIGN UP HERE - just scroll down to those Indivisible Montgomery (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.
 
All Indivisible Montgomery events, like our upcoming Feb. 29 monthly meeting at Gaithersburg library from 10:30am to 12:30pm, will include an opportunity to write letters or postcards. So come join us and help in the most important action for winning elections - direct voter contact!

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:
  • Exclusive: Ahead of 2020 election, a 'Blue Wave' is rising in the cities, polling analysis shows (Reuters)
  • Can anyone stop Bernie Sanders? (McClatcheyDC)
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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