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Important dates, the impeachment trial and so much more!
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Please save the date for three upcoming events!
  • The next Indivisible Montgomery meeting will be this coming Saturday, Jan. 25, from 10:30am to 12:30pm at the Kensington Park library. We will hear from Eileen Reavey, the National Grassroots Director of National Popular Vote. After the presentation, we will write letters to voters.
  • Dine-arounds are back! These county-wide potluck events are a chance to meet with like-minded resisters and to also write letters to voters. We have brunches and dinners scheduled on both Saturday, Feb. 22, and Sunday, Feb. 23. SIGN UP by Feb. 19!
  • The Feb. Indivisible Montgomery meeting will be on Saturday, Feb. 29 at Gaithersburg library. Rep. Jamie Raskin will join us.
Finally, our Do The Write Thing letter-writing campaign is set to swing into full gear come February. We already have eight events set up, in addition to the dine-arounds and our monthly meeting. Scroll down to Elections to find the dates and how to sign up!
 

The Iowa caucuses are only 14 days away! This is a frantic time for the campaigns as they try to lock down votes. Remember, Indivisible Montgomery isn't going to endorse anyone, but that shouldn't stop you from donating or volunteering with any campaign you want! And if you might want to head to Milwaukee in July for the DNC, check out this webinar on what it takes to be a delegate at the convention.

At about this time, most of us are jittery because we want a specific candidate to become the nominee, but we're concerned they won't. So I'll take this time to remind you that (1) our goal is to beat President Trump regardless of who the nominee is and (2) there is tremendous overlap in policies among the Democrats. This fun quiz from The Washington Post lets you find out which candidate most aligns with your own views.
 

President Trump has been impeached, and on Tuesday, the Senate's trial will begin in earnest. The first action will be to vote on a package of rules to govern the proceedings. It's not clear how long this will take as the votes could be contentious. Once the Senate agrees, the next step will be opening statements by either side.

As a preview of these opening statements, over the weekend, the House impeachment managers filed their 100+ page impeachment brief outlining the charges against Trump. Trump's lawyers responded with a short document full of bluster and lacking substance, much like the man they are defending.

Best,

Chris Pickett

In this newsletter:
Calendar
This week! (Indivisible Montgomery events in bold)
  • Tuesday, Jan. 21: Indivisible Montgomery day of action! Scripts in your inbox tomorrow morning.
  • Thursday, Jan. 23: The Indivisible Montgomery Regulatory Changes committee will meet at 7:30 pm in Bethesda. Contact Angela if you'd like to join.
  • Saturday, Jan. 25: Indivisible Montgomery monthly meeting at Kensington Park library from 10:30am to 12:30pm with a speaker from National Popular Vote.
  • Sunday, Jan. 26: The Montgomery County Commission for Women's 40th Annual Women's Legislative Briefing in Rockville.
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. 27: CASA immigrant action night in Annapolis
  • Jan. 30: Moms Demand Action lobby day in Annapolis.
  • Feb. 17: ACLU lobby day in Annapolis
  • Feb. 29: Indivisible Montgomery monthly meeting at Gaithersburg library from 10:30am to 12:30pm with Rep. Jamie Raskin.
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 met on Jan. 19 to discuss our focus and plan for the first half of 2020. We agreed to continue our focus on attending hearings and other events and following news and reports on corruption and conflicts of interest, before changing our focus to the election over the summer. We hope there might be more opportunity for action on conflicts of interest after the election.

One of our members attended the House Foreign Affairs Committee hearing on "From sanctions to the Soleimani strike to escalation: Evaluating the administration’s Iran policy," on Jan. 14. Witnesses included Richard Haass, Everill Haines, and Stephen Hadley. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo was scheduled, but did not appear.

The Senate Impeachment Trial is scheduled to begin on Jan. 21. Attendance is by ticket only. Each Senator's office receives only a very limited number of tickets to distribute for the general public. Proceedings will be broadcast by C-SPAN, MSNBC, PBS News Hour, YouTube and possibly by other outlets.

There are no other hearings currently scheduled.

What we're reading:
  • Senator whose spouse runs major exchange to help oversee regulator (The Wall Street Journal)
  • Ex-lobbyist used Trump agriculture job to boost industry allies, emails reveal (The Guardian)
  • Trump labor agencies ease up on recusals (POLITICO)
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 will be meeting this Thursday, Jan 23 at 7:30 pm in Bethesda. If you'd like to get involved with our work, please consider joining us! Email Angela for more information.

What we're reading:
  • Who controls Trump’s environmental policy? (The New York Times)
  • Arctic wilderness areas to watch as Trump tries to expand oil & gas drilling (Inside Climate News)
  • Trump set to gut water protections (POLITICO)
  • The Energy 202: Trump wants to make dishwashers great again. The Energy Department has a new rule for that (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'll be writing letters telling registered voters why it's important to vote and urging them to register and get to the polls. There are plenty of opportunities to get involved:
  • Wednesday, Feb 5: 10am-12pm in Silver Spring
  • Fririday, 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
  • Fririday, Feb 28: 10am-12pm in Rockville
SIGN UP HERE and scroll down to these Indivisible Montgomery (IM)events. Once you sign up, you'll received 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.
 
All Indivisible Montgomery events, like our upcoming Jan. 25 monthly meeting at Kensington Park library from 10:30am to 12:30pm, will include an opportunity to write letters or postcards. Our next iteration of dine-arounds, slated for Feb. 22 and 23, will also be letter writing events. SIGN UP HERE. So come join us and help in the most important action for winning elections - direct voter contact.
 
How about making some calls today to help Dr. Eliz Markowitz flip a red Texas State House seat blue on January 28? This is a crucial special election, the first of just 9 needed to flip the chamber and turn the Texas legislature blue! Sign up here to make calls from home.
 
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.
 
Even though Democratic primaries haven't happened yet, you can donate now to whomever is the 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.

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:
  • “Like, I’ll tune in when there’s two weeks left”: Why Trump has a huge advantage over Dems with low-information voters (Vanity Fair)
  • Impeachment trial set to put vulnerable Senate Republicans in a familiar bind (Morning Consult)
  • Supreme Court to hear timely case on electoral college voters (The New York Times)
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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