Thank you for sticking with your physical distancing
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Several weeks ago, Indivisible Montgomery members called Gov. Hogan's office to ask about the benchmarks we needed to achieve to relax physical distancing measures and a plan for how Maryland recovers from COVID-19. On Friday, Hogan's office finally released its blueprint. You can read the blueprint here, and the Baltimore Sun's assessment of the five major takeaways from the plan here.

All in all, this is a good plan. The blueprint says, to relax our physical distancing measures, we need an appropriate amount of protective gear, sufficient testing capabilities, capacity in our hospitals to handle surges of patients and a large numbers of contact tracers. In addition, the usage of hospital beds should be level or declining over a two-week period.

Of course, the question everyone is asking is when. When will this start? But there are no dates specified in Hogan's plan and there can't be. Rather, we have to do our best to hit the above benchmarks before we can begin to relax physical distancing. Once we hit them, Hogan will move to open businesses, churches and other institutions in a measured, step-wise fashion.

There are people in our community who still need help during this time. If you're looking for a place to donate or volunteer, or are looking for some help during these times, please check out our COVID-19 resources page here.

REMEMBER: Check on your voter registration information! Questions about how Maryland's June 2 primary is going to work? This FAQ has the answers you're looking for!

Our friends at DoTheMostGood MoCo are hosting a series of fun, and well attended, virtual letter-writing sessions! Join folks across the county to write letters for happy hour on Tuesdays, coffee breaks on Thursdays and brunch on Sundays. Sign up here!

You can also write letters on your own 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.

Also consider donating for November races, including to Joe Biden and the many candidates running for the Senate at sites like Retake the Senate and SwingLeft.

Additionally, you can do some texting with Resistance Labs or the Indivisible Payback Project, which is targeting nine Republican senators, including Sens. McConnell, Graham, Collins and Loeffler.


Chris Pickett
This week! (Indivisible Montgomery events in bold)
  • Monday, Apr. 27: Swing Left is continuing their training sessions on organizing, letter writing and phone banking. More information here!
  • Monday, Apr. 27 and Wednesday, Apr. 29: Indivisible National will host "Deep canvassing while social distancing" at 8pm on Monday and 3pm on Wednesday.
  • Tuesday, Apr. 28: Indivisible Montgomery day of action! Scripts in your inbox tomorrow morning.
  • Wednesday, Apr. 29 and Saturday, 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.
Upcoming notable events
  • May 30: The next Indivisible Montgomery in-person meeting at the Kensington Park Library from 10:30 to 12:30.
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:
  • Trump donor hired Trump-tied lobbyists, then raked In coronavirus relief cash (The Daily Beast)
  • Which Senate seats are most likely to flip in November? (The Washington Post)
  • Trump (the company) asks Trump (the administration) for hotel relief (The New York Times)
  • Team Trump fears suburban women will destroy him in 2020—and that coronavirus Is making it worse (The Daily Beast)
  • Firms with Trump links or worth $100 million got small business loans (NBC News)
  • 'A reckless choice’: Black, progressive activists warn Biden against picking Klobuchar as VP (McClatchy DC)
Maryland voting news and actions
The Indivisible Montgomery Hearings and Public Events committee met on Apr. 26 to stay in touch, and to discuss what we should be doing during this period of physical distancing. Most of our members are participating in remote activities such as letter writing. The best thing we can do is to be prepared for what is likely to be a compressed political campaign in late summer and fall.

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
A special election for the House seat vacated by Katie Hill in CA-25 will be held on May 12. The race is a toss-up. We can help keep the House blue by supporting Democrat 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 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.

Text with Resistance Labs in support of Turnout 2020, a national project to recruit volunteers to make phone calls to potential voters in swing states and get them to commit to vote. They will show you how to do it. Check it out here.

Reclaim Our Vote, a non-partisan phone bank, post carding and textbanking campaign created by the Center For Common Ground, focuses on contacting voters of color in voter-suppression states to help them register and vote. Partners include NAACP, Rapid Resist, and Black Voters Matter. Sign up here.

Consider donating to funds like Ditch Mitch, Retake the Senate, or any of the SwingLeft funds to target your donations to 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!
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