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Thank you for sticking with your physical distancing
INDIVISIBLE MONTGOMERY
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Hi <<First Name>>,

With Sen. Bernie Sanders ending his campaign last week, former Vice President Joe Biden is the likely Democratic nominee. At last, we finally know the Democrat who will face off against President Trump in November.

Right now, Biden has some problems exciting the base of the Democratic party. Part of this is that Biden is nearly 80 years old and less progressive than much of the Democratic base. It would also help if he were more visible during our current crisis. But let's remember, Trump is an awful person and an awful president, and we in Indivisible Montgomery have been resisting for too long to stop now just because the Democratic nominee isn't a perfect distillation of what we want.

If you're not ready to get to work for Joe Biden, I understand that. Take the time you need to come around to it. But the prospect of four more years of Trump fleecing U.S. taxpayers and packing the courts with right-wing judges is absolutely unacceptable.

For those who are ready to get to work, you can go to Biden's website to find out how to donate and volunteer. You can also write letters to encourage traditionally underrepresented voters in swing states to vote on Nov. 3. Go to Vote Forward to print your own letters, following the directions here. Do not mail your letters now--we’ll collect them this summer for mailing in October. Contact Steve Pressman if you have any questions.

Additionally, you can put in some work on retaking the Senate. Text with or donate to the Indivisible Payback Project, which is targeting nine Republican senators, including Sens. McConnell, Graham, Collins and Loeffler. You can also donate now to the eventual Dem nominee in a number of 2020 races through funds like Ditch Mitch, Retake the Senate, or any of the SwingLeft funds.
 

We have been doing some form of physical distancing for more than four weeks, and we can cautiously say that our efforts have had a positive effect. Although we are seeing new COVID-19 cases appear each day, the rate of increase--how quickly the disease is spreading through our community--has dropped significantly. Well done!

Of course, we are still a long way from declaring victory and resuming our normal lives. We need to see the number of new cases drop to near zero and we need our government to massively ramp up testing and contact tracing before we can reopen our communities.

We have created a new webpage with resources to help anyone in our community who is suffering from COVID-19 or its economic effects. Resources include valuable and trusted news sites, where to find free meals, and links to other sites with a wide variety of information. You will also find a multitude of opportunities to help others, from donating food to calling home-bound seniors to giving blood. Whether you are someone in need of help or would like to help others, I hope you'll take a look!

Best,

Chris Pickett
This week! (Indivisible Montgomery events in bold)
  • Monday, Apr. 13 and Wednesday, Apr. 15: Indivisible National will host "How to facilitate online spaces that work" at 8pm on Monday and 3pm on Wednesday.
  • Tuesday, Apr. 14: Indivisible Montgomery day of action! Scripts in your inbox tomorrow morning.
Upcoming notable events
  • Apr. 21: Join the Montgomery County Dems for a virtual volunteer engagement session from 7 to 9pm. RSVP here.
  • Apr. 27 and 29: Indivisible National will host "Deep canvassing while social distancing" at 8pm on Monday and 3pm on Wednesday.
During this Congressional recess, we are condensing the committee updates into a single section. You can find information on important stories and actions below.
 
What we're reading:
  • Yes, Trump hotels do appear to qualify for coronavirus bailout benefits (Mother Jones)
  • American democracy may be dying (New York Times)
  • Trump’s aggressive advocacy of malaria drug for treating coronavirus divides medical community (The New York Times)
  • Dems must block further stimulus until these 3 demands are met (New York Magazine)
  • Trump casts himself as pandemic patron, personalizing the government’s spread of cash and supplies (The Washington Post)
  • Senator Sherrod Brown knows how to save the soul of the Democratic Party (Rolling Stone)
Maryland voting news and actions
Gov. Hogan approved the recommendation of the State Board of Elections that the June 2 presidential primary be conducted primarily by mail, with a few polling places available for those unable to vote by mail. Ballots would be mailed to all registered Maryland voters, who would return them by mail using an enclosed postage-paid envelope or drop them off in ballot boxes at locations to be determined. No registered voter would have to submit an application to received a vote-by-mail ballot. In-person voting would be eliminated entirely.

You can write letters to encourage traditionally underrepresented voters in swing states to vote on Nov. 3. Go to Vote Forward to learn about the letter-writing campaign and print your own letters, following the directions here. For additional help, including effective messages, check out our tips on writing these letters. Video chat with your friends or family for a virtual letter-writing party! Do not mail your letters now -- we’ll collect them this summer for mailing in October. Contact Steve if you have any questions.

National voting actions
You can participate in a test to compare the effectiveness of letters and postcards in registering targeted voters in Pennsylvania. Print letters or have them (and envelopes) left at your door. Contact BetsyKrieger@gmail.com of Sister District MD-3. More information here.

Text with or donate to the Indivisible Payback Project. The Payback Project is targeting your "favorite" nine Republican senators, including Sens. McConnell, Graham, Collins and Loeffler. You can help defeat them by supporting critical organizing work in their states. Go here to learn how.

Resistance Labs also has texting projects for encouraging those in other states to request mail-in ballots--an essential in an era of social distancing! More information here.

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.

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.
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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