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Thank you to everyone who came out on Saturday to the Indivisible Montgomery meeting! It was a great conversation and fun to hear about the exciting work being done by National Popular Vote. After these discussions, we wrote 600 letters to voters in Georgia. That's fantastic work!

As we get closer tot he election, opportunities to text, phone bank and canvass for candidates will increase, but for now, writing letters is our most effective way to do elections work. For more opportunities to write letters:
  • Join any of our Do The Write Thing standalone letter-writing events. Scroll down to the Elections section of this message with more information on when these events will be and how to sign up.
  • Sign up for our dine-arounds! These fun, potluck events will be on Feb. 22 and 23. After everyone gets acquainted and has had a bite to eat, we'll be writing letters to voters.
  • And join us on Feb. 29 at the Gaithersburg library for our next in-person meeting. After we hear from Rep. Jamie Raskin, we'll write more letters to voters.
See you there!
 

The Iowa caucuses are 7 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! Here are some handy tips for effectively supporting candidates this far away from the Maryland primary.

Maybe you want to investigate groups working to register more voters or combat voter suppression, check out this list of national groups doing work that will help us win in 2020.
 

President Trump has been impeached, and apparently former National Security Adviser John Bolton's book suggests Trump clearly linked military aid to Ukraine with the Biden investigation, mangling one of the GOP's foremost defenses of Trump. This will also make it tougher for the GOP to vote against issuing a subpoena for Bolton. Nevertheless, GOP senators are fully expected to lie and gaslight their way through this, but the silver lining is that half or more of the country wants to see Trump removed from office.
 
There are two ways to make a difference this week. First, you can be a part of Indivisible National's phone bank to encourage voters in red states to call their senator and demand they vote for witnesses in the impeachment trial. Second, consider joining the #SwarmtheSenate protests demanding the removal of President Trump, which will continue every day through the end of the impeachment trail. Meet up with the group at noon in the atrium of the Hart Senate office building. A couple of Indivisible Montgomery members went last week, and Melissa Colbert sent along these photos.




Best,

Chris Pickett

In this newsletter:
Calendar
This week! (Indivisible Montgomery events in bold)
  • Monday, Jan. 27: CASA immigrant action night in Annapolis
  • Tuesday, Jan. 28: Indivisible Montgomery day of action! Scripts in your inbox tomorrow morning.
  • Thursday, Jan. 30: Moms Demand Action lobby day in Annapolis.
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
  • 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.

Members of the Hearings and Public Events committee and friends joined the Swarm the Senate Impeachment protest last week. In other activity, we will be reaching out to CREW about possibly hosting a speaker about their proposals for ethics reforms in the executive branch.

Some hearings of interest for the week of Jan. 27:
  • Tuesday, Jan. 28: The House Natural Resources committee will host "The importance of public disclosure requirements for protecting human health, the climate, and the environment" at 10am in 1334 Longworth
  • Tuesday, Jan. 28: The House Transportation committee will host "GSA outleases and the Trump old post office hotel" at 10am in 2167 Rayburn
  • Tuesday, Jan. 28: The House Oversight and Reform committee will host "Examining the Trump administration’s Afghanistan strategy" at 10am in 2154 Rayburn
  • Tuesday, Jan. 28: The House Foreign Affairs committee will host "Escalation with Iran: Outcomes and implications for US interests and regional stability" at 10am in 2172 Rayburn
  • Tuesday, Jan. 28: The House Oversight and Reform committee will host "Protecting those who blow the whistle on government wrongdoing" at 2pm in 2154 Rayburn
  • Wednesday, Jan. 29: The House Judiciary committee will host "Courts in crisis: The state of judicial independence and due process in US immigration courts other events" at 9:30am in 2141 Rayburn
What we're reading:
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 met last week and is working on comments for two proposed regulatory changes: the update of the lead in drinking water rules and changes to NEPA regulations. If you'd like to help with either of these comments, please get in touch with Angela.

What we're reading:
  • Science ranks grow thin in Trump administration (The Washington Post)
  • EPA is letting cities dump more raw sewage into rivers for years to come (The New York Times)
  • Trump promised his mileage standards would make cars cheaper and safer. New documents raise doubts about 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 Feb. 29 monthly meeting at Gaithersburg 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.
 
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:
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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