The week ahead
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There will be more chances this week to attend an impeachment hearing and witness history firsthand. The House Intelligence committee will soon release a report on their impeachment inquiry into President Trump and refer the matter to the Judiciary committee. The Judiciary committee, which typically has jurisdiction of impeachment issues, will hold its own hearings starting Wednesday. If you're interested in attending, sign up here!

The Democrats seem on pace to draft and vote on articles of impeachment by Christmas. Move On, Indivisible and other groups are setting up rallies across the country to show support for impeachment the night before the vote. You can sign up for information on local rallies at: Traveling for the holidays but still want to attend a rally? No problem! There are nearly 350 rallies planned across the country. You can use this link to find the rally closest to wherever you'll be.

Come and hear Rep. Jamie Raskin at the next Indivisible Montgomery meeting this coming Saturday, Dec. 7, from 10:30am to 12:30pm at Kensington Park Library. Raskin will talk about impeachment, 2020 and more. Indivisible Montgomery leadership will also discuss our plans for the 2020 election, and how we can be the most effective in helping win the White House

See you there!

In this newsletter:
This week! (Indivisible Montgomery events in bold)
  • Monday, Dec. 2: Gun Laws Save Lives Rally, sponsored by Moms Demand Action and other gun safety groups, in front of the Supreme Court at 9am.
  • Tuesday, Dec. 3: Indivisible Montgomery day of action. Actions in your inbox tomorrow morning!
  • Wednesday, Dec. 4: Launch of the Maryland Democratic Party Women’s Diversity Leadership Council from 7 to 9pm, Stamp Student Union, University of Maryland
  • Saturday, Dec. 7: Indivisible Montgomery in-person meeting with Rep. Jamie Raskin.
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
  • Dec. 8: Montgomery County Democrats Holiday Party and Potluck for Volunteers and Activists from 1 to 3pm at the Montgomery County Education Association
  • Dec. 12: Advocacy Writing Workshop put on by the Communications Committee, 7 to 9pm. Contact Katherine to RSVP. Space is limited.
  • Dec. 14: Rebuild Maryland: Climate Action Summit from 9am to 4:30pm
  • Dec. 15: The Maryland Legislative Summit focusing on the coming Maryland legislative session will be held at UMBC.
  • ???: 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 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. Contact Susan with any questions.

The Hearings and Public Events committee is taking a break in December and will meet again on January 12. However, members will continue to attend impeachment sessions as the impeachment inquiry moves to the House Judiciary Committee. Sign up here if interested!

Below is a small subset of the hearings scheduled for the week of Dec. 2. For a complete and updated list, refer to the Congressional calendar.

Standard Hearings:
  • Wednesday, Dec. 4: The House Education and Labor committee will host “Growing up in fear: How the Trump administration’s immigration policies are harming children” at 10:15am in 2175 Rayburn.
Impeachment Hearings:
  • Wednesday, Dec. 4: The House Judiciary committee will host "Constitutional Grounds for Presidential Impeachment" at 10am in 1100 Longworth
What we're reading:
  • How Matt Bevin's stay at Trump hotel could impact emoluments case (Courier Journal)
  • Wilbur Ross talked business with Boeing despite conflict of interest (Forbes)
  • Trump retweets son Eric's promo of their DC hotel, infuriating his former ethics chief (HuffPost)
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 committee drafted comments on EPA's recent proposal to rollback CO2 emission standards from power plants. There are several other actions we'll be working on soon so if you're interested in helping, please contact Angela.

A while ago, Indivisible Montgomery submitted comments opposing an EPA plan to restrict the science it uses to craft regulations. They are moving forward with the plan anyway.

What we're reading:
  • The Energy 202: U.N. says emissions must fall by 7.6 percent each year to stop worst effects of climate change (The Washington Post)
  • New Trump administration plan could boost oil drilling on remote Alaska reserve (The Washington Post)
  • In unpublished paper, former White House climate adviser calls methane ‘irrelevant’ to climate (Science)
  • Trump nominee to lead NOAA withdraws, citing medical issues (Science)
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.

In this pre-primaries lull, we are not actively engaged in any voter contact activities. We are planning to re-engage after the holidays. But we can all do something constructive during this quiet time: talk (nicely) to family and friends about the need to act in 2020. Voting is not enough to stop Trumpism, especially in a blue state like Maryland. Apathy is not an option. See the first article below about how to frame your arguments.
What we're reading:
  • Most people are bad at arguing. These two techniques will make you better. (Vox)
  • Trump's electoral college advantage may be deepening. Do Democrats have a plan for that? (Washington Post)
  • How Bloomberg and Sanders could decide the Democratic race (American Prospect)
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