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November is going to be full of actions and you can turn out to to show our resistance is still here, active, and ready to make new waves through the 2020 election season!
  • Nov. 5 is election day in Virginia and elsewhere across the country. Scroll down to find out how you can make a difference!
  • The Home is Here rally will be held on the steps of the Supreme Court on Nov. 12 as the legal challenge to DACA is argued.
  • Pro-impeachment rallies are being scheduled for the night before the House votes on articles of impeachment, whenever that may be. Sign up to be notified of the details of the rally you want to attend. Interested in organizing a rally in Gaithersburg? Contact Nina.
  • There are two recurring protests you should know about and consider attending. First, is the Kremlin Annex protest in front of the White House on Tuesdays, Thursdays and Saturdays. The other is the Fire Drill Fridays every Friday in front of the Capitol building to urge action on climate change.
  Let's turn out for these events and make our voices heard!
 

The 2019 elections in Virginia, Kentucky and elsewhere are only eight days away!

Our last two DO THE WRITE THING events are TODAY at Myra and Steve Pressman's house in Rockville starting at 4pm and the Olney Grille starting at 7pm. Sign up here for more information, or just drop in. Walk-ins are welcome!

On Saturday, Nov. 2, Rep. Jamie Raskin will launch a Virginia canvass from Bethesda-Chevy Chase High School. Sign up here for this canvass and other canvassing and phone banking opportunities throughout the week.
 
More information is below in the Elections section. Thanks to everyone who made it out to our meeting on Saturday. We wrote 501 letters for GOTV efforts in Virginia!

 

The GOP continues to flail in its defense of President Trump's quid pro quo with Ukraine. Most Republicans are trying to defend Trump by attacking the impeachment process, while vanishingly few are defending Trump's actions. None of these arguments holds water because:
President Trump and his chief-of-staff confessed to asking a foreign power to interfere in the 2020 election.
  

In this newsletter:
Calendar
This week! (Indivisible Montgomery events in bold)
  • All week: Sign up to help turn out voters for the Nov. 5 election!
  • Tuesday, Oct. 29: Indivisible Montgomery day of action. Scripts in your inbox tomorrow morning!
  • Saturday, Nov. 2: Speaker Pelosi will address the Maryland Democratic Party at their Annual Gala in Baltimore. If you want to know more, contact info@mddems.org.
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
  • Nov. 5: Election Day! Volunteer to be a poll observer to prevent voter suppression and help make history! Sign up here.
  • Nov. 6: Learn more about the Kirwan Funding Work Group in their Montgomery County forum
  • Nov. 8: The American Bar Association's Section of Civil Rights and Social Justice is hosting a free panel discussion on voting rights. Information and registration here.
  • Nov. 12: March for DACA and TPS at the Home Is Here Rally at the Supreme Court, organized by CASA.
  • ???: Sign up for pro-impeachment rallies to be held the night before the House votes on articles of impeachment, whenever that may be.
Hearings and Events
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.

Below is a small subset of the hearings scheduled for the week of October 27. For a complete and updated list, refer to the Congressional calendar.

Standard Hearings:
  • Tuesday, Oct. 29: The House Committee on Natural Resources will host "A sea of problems: impacts of plastic pollution on oceans and wildlife" 2pm in Longworth 1324.
  • Wednesday, Oct. 30: The House Committee on Oversight and Reform will host "The administration’s decision to deport critically ill children and their families" at 10am in Rayburn 2154.
  • Wednesday, Oct. 30: The House Committee on Oversight and Reform will host "Examining the White House’s dysfunctional security clearance system" at 2pm in Rayburn 2154.
Impeachment Hearings:
No public events related to impeachment are set for this week, but the schedule of interviews and depositions (as of 10/28) is as follows
  • Monday, Oct. 28: Charles Kupperman, the former deputy assistant to the President for National Security Affairs
  • Tuesday, Oct. 29: Lt. Col. Alexander Vindman, the Ukraine expert for the National Security Counsel
  • Wednesday, Oct. 30: Kathryn Wheelbarger, the acting assistant secretary for International Security Affairs
  • Thursday, Oct. 31: Tim Morrison, the National Security Council's senior director for Europe and Russia
What we're reading:
  • Tracking President Trump’s unprecedented conflicts of interest (CREW)
  • Company with ties to Trump’s brother Robert awarded $33 million government contract (The Washington Post)
  • Impeachment inquiry is legal, judge rules, giving Democrats a victory (The New York Times)
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 Actions committee is drafting comments on two proposed EPA actions, one related to CO2 standards for power plants and the other pertaining to drinking water standards for lead. If you'd like to help with either of these efforts, please contact Angela.

What we're reading:
  • Study: US air pollution deaths increased by 9,700 a year from 2016 to 2018 (Vox)
  • The White House didn’t like my agency’s research. So it sent us to Missouri (The Washington Post)
  • Americans would rather reduce oil and gas exploration than ‘drill, baby, drill’ (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 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.

Write letters to voters
Many thanks to everyone who has participated in our DO THE WRITE THING events. We've written over 4,300 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 just two more letter-writing get-togethers, and they are both today!
  • Monday, Oct. 28: 2 to 4pm at Myra and Steve Pressman's house in Rockville
  • Monday, Oct. 28: 7 to 9pm at Olney Grille, hosted by Stacey Newby.
Join your friends and sign up here. If you can't sign up, show up! Walk-ins are welcome. Note, our letter-writing events are listed under Get Out The Vote By Mail (GOTV) events each week and identified as "IM."

Shout-out to our fabulous 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, Melissa and Bob Colbert, and Stacey Newby. Thanks!

Other ways to help turn Virginia blue!
After Oct. 29, when our letter-writing ceases and we mail (from Virginia) our thousands of letters, 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 - just 15 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 bus from BCC High School this Saturday morning, Nov. 2, at 9:30am. Before the bus leaves, you'll hear from Rep. Jamie Raskin and others. The bus will take you to canvass for Hala Ayala and Elizabeth Guzman in Northern Virginia. Sign up here.

You can also make a difference just 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 Virginia, you can still help win there by donating to one of these funds to flip Virginia blue: Virginia Immediate Impact Fund and the Flippable Fund. Just a few dollars can have huge impact on a low-turnout, off-year  election.

Help prevent voter suppression on election day as a volunteer poll observer. Online training and materials will be provided. If you don't want to drive, you can get a ride with Steve. To volunteer, sign up with VADems here. On the form please say you are a Maryland voter and want to serve in Fairfax. If you have any questions, email mcvoterprotection@gmail.com.

Maryland Voter Registration
We now have a full slate of volunteers for the table at Wheaton Mall on the first Friday and Saturday of Nov and Dec. Many thanks to our volunteers: Ellen and Arnie Hoffman, Roy Isenberg, Harriet Diener, Judith Furash, Michelle Schuster, Gabriella Hubbard, Valarie Barr, Sarah Toth,Carol Leventhal, Stacey Newby, Emily Novick, and Judy Filner. Apologies to anyone I may have inadvertently omitted.
 
Mississippi and Kentucky Governor Races
Both states will elect their governor on Nov. 5, and both races are surprisingly close. The race in Kentucky is rated a toss-up and the race in Mississippi is lean R. You can help the Democrats win by donating here to Andy Beshear in Kentucky or by signing up here to make calls for him. You can donate here to Jim Hood in Mississippi and sign up here to make calls for him.
 
Texting
NEW: Indivisible Montgomery texting house parties to get out the vote in Virginia!
  • Sunday, Nov. 3: 4-6pm in Laytonsville
  • Monday, Nov. 4: 7-9 pm in Rockville
These are for people who have never texted voters, as well as experienced texters. We'll show you how to do it. You'll be able to sign up here as soon as we can get these posted. If you don't see them, please check back here to sign up. Questions? Contact Stacey or Steve.

Some elections reading
  • The Zombie Campaign:Joe Biden is the least formidable front-runner ever. Will it matter? (New York Magazine)*
  • The sprint for Iowa begins this weekend. (Washington Post)
  • Who’s the most electable Democrat? It might be Warren or Buttigieg, not Biden. (Washington Post)
Other elections work
In-person voter registration Write letters to swing state voters (Voter Registration or Get Out the Vote) Canvass or make phone calls to Virginia Write postcards Text voters
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