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No time to dwell. Let's get to work!
INDIVISIBLE MONTGOMERY
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Hi <<First Name>>,

It's tough to cast last week as anything other than a bad week. At the top of the list was impeachment ending and President Trump beginning to take vengeance on those who stood up for the rule of law. And the Democratic nomination contest stumbled right out of the gates in Iowa.

But we're not here to dwell. The new week brings new opportunities to make positive change in our country so let's get to work. For starters, you can start working to unseat Trump's toadies in the Senate, take a look at the Payback Project for current campaigns.

Next, did you know our federal government is putting the brakes on replacing the lead-contaminated parts of our water delivery system? They are! Our Regulatory Changes committee drafted comments that you can submit to push back against this absurd rule change. Comments due Wednesday!

Most of our elections work right now is around letter writing. Texting, phone banking and canvassing will be more effective later in the year when we know who is running for which seat. But right now, we can write a bunch of letters and send them at critical times to turn out the vote on Nov. 3. Want to get involved?
  • Sign up for a dine-around on Feb. 22 or 23! We have plenty of space at these potluck/letter writing events across the county including in Silver Spring, Olney, Bethesda and Rockville.
  • Join us on Feb. 29 at the Gaithersburg library for our next in-person meeting! We will write letters after a brief update on our work and a discussion with Rep. Jamie Raskin.
  • And you can sign up to attend one of the many standalone letter-writing events in the county! Scroll down to the Elections section for how to sign up.


Help needed!
  • The Democratic National Committee is looking for people in the area to staff a Voter Protection Hotline in their DC headquarters during the caucuses and primaries. More information here.
  • The U.S. Census Bureau is looking for help for the their 2020 Census operations in Montgomery County. More information on this calendar. (As of this writing, the calendar hadn't been updated for Feb. but check back regularly if you're interested!)
  • The Montgomery County Board of Elections is looking for poll workers for the Apr. 28 primary election. More information here.
Best,

Chris Pickett

In this newsletter:
Calendar
This week! (Indivisible Montgomery events in bold)
  • Tuesday, Feb. 11: New Hampshire primary!
  • Tuesday, Feb. 11: Indivisible Montgomery day of action! Scripts in your inbox tomorrow morning.
  • Sunday, Feb. 16: Indivisible Montgomery Hearings and Public Events meeting. Contact Susan for details.
Recurring events
  • Do The Write Thing letter writing events are taking place on a weekly basis. Scroll down to the Elections section of this newsletter for more information.
  • 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.
Upcoming notable events
  • Feb. 17: ACLU lobby day in Annapolis. Information here!
  • Feb. 19: Ninth Democratic presidential debate
  • Feb. 22: Nevada caucuses!
  • Feb. 22 and 23: Indivisible Montgomery dine-arounds. Sign up here!
  • Feb. 25: Tenth Democratic presidential debate
  • Feb. 29: South Carolina primary!
  • Feb. 29: Indivisible Montgomery monthly meeting at Gaithersburg library from 10:30am to 12:30pm with Rep. Jamie Raskin.
  • Mar. 3: Super Tuesday!
  • 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 Hearings and Public Events Committee will hold its monthly meeting on Feb. 16 at 3:30pm. Contact Susan if interested.

Some hearings of interest for the week of Feb. 10:
  • Tuesday, Feb. 11: The House Ways and Means committee will host "The disappearing corporate income tax" starting at 10am in 1100 Longworth
  • Tuesday, Feb. 11: The Senate Commerce, Science and Transportation committee will host "Name, image, and likeness: The state of intercollegiate athlete compensation" at 10am in 106 Dirksen
  • Tuesday, Feb. 11: The House Energy and Commerce committee will host "EPA’s lead and copper proposal: Failing to protect public health" at 10:30am in Rayburn 2322
  • Wednesday, Feb. 12: The Senate committee will host "Protecting the United States from global pandemics" at 9:30am in G50 Dirksen.
What we're reading:
  • Here’s a new abuse of power by Trump that should alarm you (The Washington Post)
  • Court throws out emoluments case brought against Trump by Democrats (The New York Times)
  • Secret Service has paid rates as high as $650 a night for rooms at Trump’s properties (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 is currently drafting comments on several regulatory actions, including the standards for lead in drinking water and proposed changes to the NEPA regulations. If you'd like to get involved, contact Angela.

What we're reading:
  • These southern Utah sites were once off-limits to development. Now, Trump will auction the right to drill and graze there (The Washington Post)
  • Climate change: It’s a buzzkill for bumblebees, study finds (The New York Times)
  • Are Republicans coming out of ‘the closet’ on climate change? (The Washington Post)
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.

Want to do something now to defeat Trump? Join your fellow Indivisible Montgomery members at a Do the Write Thing letter-writing party! We'll be writing letters telling registered voters why it's important to vote and urging them to register and get to the polls. There are plenty of opportunities to get involved:
  • Wednesday, Feb. 12: 10am-12pm in NW DC
  • Monday, Feb. 17: 2-4pm in Takoma Park
  • Wednesday, Feb. 19: 2-4pm in Takoma Park
  • Wednesday, Feb. 26: 10am-12pm in Silver Spring
  • Friday, Feb. 28: 10am-12pm in Rockville
SIGN UP HERE - just scroll down to those Indivisible Montgomery (IM) events or sign up for other events hosted by one of our partner groups. Once you sign up, you'll received the details you need to attend. Bring your friends and family! And if you'd like to help by hosting or leading some of these get-togethers, and you haven't told us that previously, please contact Steve.
 
All Indivisible Montgomery events, like our upcoming Feb. 29 monthly meeting at Gaithersburg library from 10:30am to 12:30pm, will include an opportunity to write letters or postcards. Our next iteration of dine-arounds, slated for Feb. 22 and 23, will also be letter-writing events. SIGN UP HERE. So come join us and help in the most important action for winning elections - direct voter contact.

YesWeCanvass offers opportunities for voter registration and canvassing for state legislative races that could flip a legislature and contribute significantly to US Senate and Presidency efforts in those states. Their focus now is in Pennsylvania and North Carolina. Check them out here.
 
Allies for PA 2020 is organizing an army of Maryland volunteers to knock on tens of thousands of Democratic doors in Pennsylvania now till November for George Scott, who's running for Pennsylvania State Senate District 15 in the Harrisburg area, candidates running for Pennsylvania seats in Congress and for the eventual Democratic presidential nominee. Join them and bring a friend! They provide all training and materials. Carpools depart every Sunday in March and April from Parkton, MD, at 10am and return by 4pm. Sign up here.
 
Meet Rep. Lucy McBath at a fundraising event in Bethesda and help her turn Georgia blue! Rep. Jamie Raskin and others will speak. It's on Thursday, Mar. 26, from 7 to 8:30pm. For details, contact Joyce Siegel.
 
Indivisible Montgomery is again doing voter registration live and in-person at a table in Westfield Wheaton Mall on the first Friday evening and Saturday morning of every month. If you're interested in volunteering, contact Valarie Barr.
 
In far too many districts around the country, no Democrats run in local elections. The result is lower turnout, which means that up-ballot congressional and statewide candidates get crushed – even when there are plenty of registered Democrats. You can help research which races around the country currently lack Democratic candidates and recruit strong, new candidates in key swing states. Learn more and volunteer with Contest Every Race here.
 
Even though Democratic primaries haven't happened yet, you can donate now to whomever is the 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.
 
What we're reading:
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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