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Hi <<First Name>>,

Even with life under social distancing, there is much we can do to affect the course our country takes.
  • Call your members of Congress!
Calling is effective! And we have some extra time on our hands. This week, we're calling in reference to the bill that just passed the House to support the national response to the coronavirus. This bill has some big holes in it, but it's better than nothing. We'll be telling our senators they need to pass the House bill as quickly as possible, and we'll be telling our Representatives that any new bill they consider must cover the holes of the current legislation. 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. The Maryland primary is on Apr. 28, and it is not clear how the coronavirus will affect our chance to vote. So request your mail-in ballot and avoid the lines and disease vectors!
  • Consider phone banking, texting and getting up to speed on all of the activities we'll need to take this fall to defeat President Trump. More details coming soon!
Did you miss yesterday's newsletter? We've had some issues recently with the message being sent to spam/junk or hidden in a Promotions tab. Or find it here! Thank you and good luck!

Chris Pickett

Sen. Cardin

D.C. office: 202.224.4524
Can't get through? Try a regional office. Numbers here.
Still can't get through? Send an email.
 

Sen. Van Hollen

D.C. office: 202.224.4654
Can't get through? Try a regional office. Numbers here.
Still can't get through? Send an email.

Not sure who your representative is? Go to this page and put in your zip code in the top right box that says "Find your representative."
 

Rep. Sarbanes (district 3)

D.C. office: 202.225.4016
Can't get through? Try a regional office. Numbers on the bottom of the page.
Still can't get through? Send an email.
 

Rep. Trone (district 6)

D.C. office: 202.225.2721
Can't get through? Try a regional office. Numbers here.
Still can't get through? Send an email.
 

Rep. Raskin (district 8)

D.C. office: 202.225.5341
Can't get through? Try a regional office. Numbers here.
Still can't get through? Send an email.
Below is our script for the week. Not everyone likes to read from the script, and that's OK! For those not adhering closely to it, the underlined parts are some key points that you should try to work into your discussion.

Remember!
  • Always say your name and the city and zip code you are calling from.
  • Discuss one issue per phone call or email. If you want to discuss multiple issues, it's best to make multiple calls/emails.
  • If you get a busy signal, that means your colleagues are doing a good job of sending our message. Try to call back later, call a different day, or send an email.
Script
Step 1: Hi, I'm [NAME] and I live in [ZIP CODE]. I'm part of Indivisible Montgomery and I'd like to leave a message.

Step 2 (Senate): The coronavirus is a serious threat to our public health. The Senate must pass the coronavirus relief bill passed by the House as soon as possible and begin work on a larger bill to fix the coming problems in health care and our economy. Will the Senator commit to passing the House coronavirus relief bill?

Step 2 (House): The coronavirus is a serious threat to our public health. The coronavirus relief bill that passed the House last week had some glaring holes in it--it failed to protect 80% of American workers. Will the Congressman commit to making sure the next piece of coronavirus relief legislation protects all workers in the US?
After-hours activism
Some of you aren't able to make phone calls or send emails during the workday. That's fine! You can still make your voice heard either by calling the office and leaving a voice message or by sending an email. These are still effective ways to get our point across, and you should take the time to do it!

Federal employees
If you are a federal employee, you still have the right to make your voice heard as a constituent. However, there are a few restrictions you need to pay attention to. This article has some helpful information on how to be an activist while being a federal employee. You are part of an important constituency with an important viewpoint. Exercise your rights to make your voice heard!
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