Hi <<First Name>>,
The 2019 elections in Virginia, Kentucky and elsewhere are TOMORROW! And you can still make a difference
You can still make a difference by joining a text bank or phone bank or head out to canvassing and make sure people turn out. Sign up here with J Walkers Action Group or here with Yes We Canvass.
We need people to drive voters to the polls in Virginia on Tuesday! Please RSVP ASAP here if you can help out.
And the governors races in Mississippi and Kentucky are surprisingly close, but we still need help to try and pull off these upsets. You can help the Democrats win by making calls to turn out Democratic voters - sign up to make calls for Andy Beshear in Kentucky
or Jim Hood in Mississippi.
Getting Democrats into office tomorrow would help a lot of vulnerable people in Virginia, Kentucky, Mississippi and elsewhere. Let's get to work!
The Senate GOP is trying out a new tactic in defending President Trump in this impeachment investigation: admit it was a quid pro quo but it was no big deal. This is a bad faith argument, and it will also not sit well with Trump or his most vocal defenders in the House who have been arguing there is no quid pro quo.
The overarching story of the impeachment investigation is one of corruption, cover ups and abuses of power. These offenses can't be simply dismissed. And let's remember:
President Trump and his chief-of-staff confessed to asking a foreign power to interfere in the 2020 election.
In this newsletter:
This week! (Indivisible Montgomery events in bold)
- Tuesday, Nov. 5: Election Day! Volunteer to be a poll observer to prevent voter suppression and help make history! Sign up here.
- Tuesday, Nov. 5: No Indivisible Montgomery actions.
- Wednesday, Nov. 6: Learn more about the Kirwan Funding Work Group in their Montgomery County forum.
- Friday, Nov. 8: The American Bar Association's Section of Civil Rights and Social Justice is hosting a free panel discussion on voting rights. Information and registration here.
Upcoming notable events
- The Kremlin Annex protest, which started after the disastrous Helsinki summit, is still going strong! Join them on Tuesdays, Thursdays and Saturdays from 7:30 to 9pm in front of the White House!
- Protest for action on climate change with Fire Drill Fridays in front of the Capitol building starting at 11am.
- Nov. 12: March for DACA and TPS at the Home Is Here Rally at the Supreme Court, organized by CASA.
- Nov. 12: Join a transportation workshop on the proposed I495-270 expansion at 6:30pm at Clarksburg High School. More information here.
- Nov. 17: Indivisible Montgomery Hearings and Public Events committee will meet. Contact Susan for more information!
- ???: Sign up for pro-impeachment rallies to be held the night before the House votes on articles of impeachment, whenever that may be.
- Dec. 7: Indivisible Montgomery in-person meeting with Rep. Jamie Raskin.
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.
Members of the Hearings and Public Events committee have been focused on the Virginia elections for the past several weeks. With the elections over after Tuesday, our next meeting will be Nov. 17. Contact Susan with any questions.
Below is a small subset of the hearings scheduled for the week of October 27. For a complete and updated list, refer to the Congressional calendar.
- No hearings currently scheduled in Washington, as Congress is on a break this week. Committees and staff will continue to work on impeachment.
No public events related to impeachment are set for this week, but the schedule of interviews and depositions (as of 11/3) is as follows:
What we're reading:
- Monday, Nov. 4: Robert Blair, aide to Mick Mulvaney; John Eisenberg, lawyer on the National Security Council, and his deputy.
- Tuesday, Nov. 5: Michael Duffey, White House budget official
- Wednesday, Nov. 6: T. Ulrich Brechbuhl, State Department adviser
- Thursday, Nov. 7: John Bolton, former National Security Adviser
- Cuomo: Trump's move to Florida is a ploy to avoid releasing his tax returns (The Hill)
- $16.8 million in campaign funds went to Trump businesses, latest records reveal (HuffPost)
- Symbol of ’80s greed stands to profit from Trump tax break for poor areas (The New York Times)
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 Actions committee is drafting comments on two proposed EPA actions, one related to CO2 standards for power plants and the other pertaining to drinking water standards for lead. If you'd like to help with either of these efforts, please contact Angela.
What we're reading:
- EPA to roll back rules to control toxic ash from coal plants (The New York Times)
- The Energy 202: Trump administration makes U-turn on fuel efficiency standards (The Washington Post)
- Hogan administration releases delayed plan to reduce Maryland’s greenhouse gas emissions (The Baltimore Sun)
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 are using our volunteer energy in the most efficient mechanism possible.
Questions about how to get involved? Contact Steve
Make Calls from Home
Mississippi and Kentucky will elect their governors tomorrow and both races are close. Kentucky is rated a toss-up and Mississippi is lean R. You can help the Democrats win by making calls to turn out Democratic voters - sign up to make calls for Andy Beshear in Kentucky
or Jim Hood in Mississippi.
Drive People to the Polls
Can you drive people to the polls in Virginia on Tuesday? Drivers are needed! Please RSVP ASAP here.
Some elections reading
Other elections work
- The Trailer: What Democrats are saying in front of Iowans (The Washington Post)
- To beat Trump, focus on his corruption (The New York Times)
- Elizabeth Warren's plan to pay for Medicare-for-all, explained (Vox)
In-person voter registration
Write letters to swing state voters (Voter Registration or Get Out the Vote)
Canvass or make phone calls to Virginia