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

The spread of coronavirus in our state's hotspots--Montgomery, Prince George's and Baltimore Counties--has slowed significantly. The number of new cases is still increasing, but at a much lower rate than they were two weeks ago.

This is encouraging, and it means we can start having serious conversations about when and how to relax some of our physical distancing measures. This is especially critical for our region. So many people crisscross Maryland, D.C., and Virginia on a regular work day, that relaxing physical distancing in one jurisdiction while the others remained locked down would be inefficient and likely undermine our efforts to stamp out the coronavirus.

That is why Indivisible Montgomery wrote to our local leaders encouraging them to coordinate their actions with regards to the coronavirus and relaxing physical distancing measures in ways that are dictated by science and public health experts, not the pleadings of President Trump. This is similar to regional agreements cropping up across the United States.

These conversations are also critical for Indivisible Montgomery's electoral efforts! If we are going to make progress to defeat Trump in November, we need to be able to make contact with voters and get them to cast a ballot. I know that some people have continued to write letters and text while others have taken time off from our work to focus on themselves and family. To help us understand how people are engaging during this time, we'd appreciate it if you could answer the following question.
   

Friends, we had a big win in Wisconsin last week. Despite GOP attempts to minimize voter turnout amid the pandemic, Democrat Jill Karofsky won the seat up for grabs on the Wisconsin Supreme Court. This is a big deal, and it shows just how determined our movement is to bring about real change in our country.

If you're ready to get to work, you can donate to a variety of nominees on the ballot in November. This includes Joe Biden and the many candidates running for the Senate. Donating to races in Kentucky, Arizona and Maine are popular, but if you're going to make a donation, I'd recommend considering donating to Biden and perhaps some of the Senate races that are winnable but that haven't received a lot of attention, like those in Montana, Georgia, Colorado and others. Funds like Retake the Senate and the SwingLeft funds are good places to get started.

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. We also recommend checking out the texting work being done by Resistance Labs.

Best,

Chris Pickett
This week! (Indivisible Montgomery events in bold)
  • Monday, Apr. 20: Starting on Apr. 20 and running for the next several weeks, Swing Left will be hosting a variety of training sessions on organizing, letter writing and phone banking. More information here!
  • Tuesday, Apr. 21: Indivisible Montgomery day of action! Scripts in your inbox tomorrow morning.
  • Tuesday, Apr. 21: Join the Montgomery County Dems for a virtual volunteer engagement session from 7 to 9pm. RSVP here.
  • Wednesday, Apr. 22: Earth Day online. Check out this website for actions you can take online to help protect our environment.
Upcoming notable events
  • Apr. 27 and 29: Indivisible National will host "Deep canvassing while social distancing" at 8pm on Monday and 3pm on Wednesday.
  • Apr. 29 and May 2: The Maryland Democratic Party will have a training for volunteers who want to do elections work in neighboring states. Sign up for either the Apr. 29 or the May 2 session.
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:
  • The rightwing groups behind wave of protests against Covid-19 restrictions (The Guardian)
  • An unprecedented divide between red and blue America (The Atlantic)
  • EPA overhauls mercury pollution rule, despite opposition from industry and activists alike (The Washington Post)
  • The Democrats' blowout victory in Wisconsin shows that Biden can absolutely win it in November (Daily Kos)
  • Trump family members had Secret Service protection on over 4,000 trips from 2017 to 2019: analysis (The Hill)
  • Kamala Harris' plan to save the election (Rolling Stone)
  • Ten years after Gulf of Mexico oil spill, Trump administration weakens regulations (The Washington Post)
Maryland voting news and actions
The Maryland presidential primary will be conducted primarily by mail, with a few polling places available for those unable to vote by mail. If you are a registered Maryland voter, you don't have to request a ballot - it will be mailed to you. You can return it by mail by June 2 or drop it off in ballot boxes at locations to be determined. 
 
The most important thing you can do now is to check that your voter registration reflects your current residential address and that your status is active. Check your voter registration here!

Demonstrating that vote-by-mail works is especially important after the outrageous efforts to disenfranchise voters in the recent election in Wisconsin. Republican legislators forced Wisconsin citizens to vote in person, risking their lives and the lives of their loved ones. In defiance, they did vote, in record numbers. This is our chance to stand with the people of Wisconsin. Register. Vote by mail. Spread the word on social media.
 
Did you know teenagers who live in Maryland can register when they turn 16 and they can vote in the June 2 primary if they will be 18 by the general election on November 3, 2020? Let them know!

National voting actions
Last Monday, Democrats won a critical victory in Wisconsin when State Circuit Judge Jill Karofsky was elected to the WI Supreme Court.  The election's legitimacy had been undermined by Republican voter suppression efforts but the result will narrow conservatives' majority to 4-3 and set up progressives to potentially take control of the court when the next conservative incumbent faces the voters in 2023. That would be momentous for voting rights and fair elections in Wisconsin.

On May 12, a toss-up special election for the House seat vacated by Katie Hill in CA-25 will be decided. We can help keep the House blue by supporting Christy Smith. Donate or call voters from home. Read about the race here.
 
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.
 
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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