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There is an incredible amount of news coming out now and it's not quite possible to write a succinct summary! So we decided to try something a little different today with a video message from Indivisible Montgomery director Chris Pickett. The video explains the issues we're focusing on for the coming week and we expect to take action. You can also scroll past the videos to find some simple actions to take TODAY!
Message from Chris Pickett on taking actions this week.
While you're practicing your very important social distancing, we can still be active participants in our democracy. Here are a few things you can do:
  • TODAY: Call your members of Congress to tell them to VOTE NO on GOP bills that bail out corporations before helping people. Sen. Cardin- 202.224.4524; Sen. Van Hollen- 202.224.4654; Rep. Sarbanes- 202.225.4016; Rep. Trone- 202.225.2721; Rep. Raskin- 202.225.5341.
  • TONIGHT: Join Rep. Jamie Raskin for a COVID-19 Town Hall from 6:05-7:05pm. RSVP for Raskin's phone system to call you, join by dialing 877.300.1219 or stream the audio from the RSVP page.
  • Fill out the census! If you haven't already, you should receive a notification in the mail explaining how to complete the census. It is absolutely important that we do this so that we get an accurate count of everyone in our country.
  • Request a mail-in ballot! The Maryland primary has moved to June 2, and it is still not clear how the coronavirus will affect our chance to vote. So request your mail-in ballot and avoid the lines and being a disease vector!
  • If you find yourself with some time, consider doing a little texting! Resistance Labs has texting projects encouraging people to request absentee ballots and to vote by mail. This is a great way to help people vote while keeping them safe from disease.
  • If you're able, please consider giving blood. The Red Cross has indicate they are facing a shortage.
REMINDER: The White House and their daily press briefings are NOT reliable sources of information. President Trump is a liar and those around him often lie as well. The WHO and CDC have good information, and the Washington Post and Bethesda Magazine have had good local coverage as well.

Also in this newsletter:
Best,

Chris Pickett
Calendar
This week! (Indivisible Montgomery events in bold)

Note: Because of COVID-19, most of the local in-person events have been canceled or postponed
  • Tuesday, Mar. 17: Indivisible Montgomery day of action! Scripts in your inbox tomorrow morning.
Upcoming notable events
  • Apr. 16-23: Maryland primary early voting!
  • Apr. 28: Maryland primary!
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 House has postponed all hearings that were scheduled for this week. The Senate has a few on the schedule, but it is not clear whether they will be held. Capitol Hill remains closed to the public.

Other Events
  • Monday, Mar. 23: Rep. Jamie Raskin is hosting a COVID-19 Town Hall from 6:05-7:05pm. RSVP for Raskin's phone system to call you, join by dialing 877.300.1219, or stream the audio at the web link above.
  • May 3-5: Pursuing Justice 2020, a conference sponsored by Bend the Arc, is being rescheduled as an on-line event. More information here.
What we're reading:
  • Senator dumped up to $1.7 million of stock after reassuring public about coronavirus preparedness (ProPublica)
  • Sen. Richard Burr, head of powerful committee, sold large amount of stocks before sharp declines in market (The Washington Post)
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 won't be holding in-person meetings in March or April, but we'll continue working on regulatory responses as members' schedules allow. If you'd like to get involved, pleasecontact Angela.

What we're reading:
  • What is the Defense Production Act, and why isn’t President Trump invoking it? (The Washington Post)
  • Oil and gas companies want to drill within a half-mile of Utah’s best-known national parks (The Washington Post)
  • DOJ asks Congress for broad new powers amid Covid-19. Schumer says, “Hell no.” (Vox)
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.

You can engage in effective voter contact action from home while waiting out the coronavirus
 
Write letters to encourage traditionally under-represented 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 at if you have any questions.
 
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.
 
One important race that will be decided very soon is the election for Wisconsin Supreme Court. An extreme right-wing judge is running against a liberal judge in a race that could bring the court close to tipping back toward liberal control next year. The election is Apr. 7 and you can make a difference in this critical election for justice and democracy in Wisconsin by donating to Judge Jill Karofsky.

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:
  • Illinois Rep. Lipinski loses to insurgent Marie Newman in high-profile Democratic primary (The Washington Post)
  • What commitments can Sanders and the left get from Biden? (FiveThirtyEight)
  • The risks to Biden in this new, frozen stage of the race (The Washington Post)
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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