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Hi <<First Name>>,

This week is expected to be a busy one. The expectation of armed confrontation with Iran is receding, while the controversy around American actions there is still at the fore. Impeachment will retake center stage this week as Speaker Pelosi has indicated she expects to transmit the articles of impeachment to the Senate. Depending on what day this happens, the Senate trial could potentially start by the end of the week.

The seventh Democratic presidential debate is on Tuesday, only 20 days before the Iowa caucuses on Feb. 3. Candidates are vying for attention, donations and votes. Check out Thursday's message to find ways to get involved today!

And this coming Saturday is the fourth Women's March. And if you can't make the march, but want to do some activism the Women's March has a week-long set of activities to engage in to make your voice heard.
 

Congratulations to Indivisible Montgomery-member Janet Gallant for getting her op-ed "Why did Peter Franchot change his vote on Maryland’s highway deal?" published in The Washington Post! And thank you to Janet for raising such important questions about our local transit system.

If you want more information on how to write an effective op-ed, check out the guidelines posted on our website.
 

As we gear up for the election season, the Maryland Democratic Party has a few ways for you to get involved:
  • Are you interested in learning about delegates for the Democratic National Convention and possibly being one? Watch this webinar to find out more about the process and what it entails.
  • The MCDCC is recruiting precinct chairs and vice-chairs in Rockville and Gaithersburg. The primary purpose of the role is to represent Democrats at your poll on election day. You will set up a table with campaign literature and answer any questions voters have about any Democrats running. Beyond that, you can canvass your precinct, set up events with elected officials or whatever else you can think of that engages Democrats in your precinct. Please contact Eric Palakovich Carr if you're interested.
Best,

Chris Pickett

In this newsletter:
Calendar
This week! (Indivisible Montgomery events in bold)
  • Sunday, Jan. 12 through Sunday, Jan. 19: Women's March week of action.
  • Tuesday, Jan. 14: Indivisible Montgomery day of action! Scripts in your inbox tomorrow morning.
  • Tuesday, Jan. 14: The seventh Democratic presidential debate, and the last before the Iowa caucuses.
  • Saturday, Jan. 18: The Fourth Women's March. RSVP here.
  • Sunday, Jan. 19: The Indivisible Montgomery Hearings and Public Events committee will meet at 3:30pm to discuss their work for the first half of 2020. Contact Susan to join!
Recurring 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.
Upcoming notable events
  • Jan. 23: The Indivisible Montgomery Regulatory Changes committee will meet at 7:30 pm in Bethesda. Contact Angela if you'd like to join.
  • Jan. 25: Indivisible Montgomery monthly meeting at Kensington Park library from 10:30am to 12:30pm with a speaker from National Popular Vote.
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 January meeting of the Hearings and Public Events Committee was postponed, and will now occur on January 19, at 3:30. We'll be meeting to discuss our plans for the first half of 2020, before we turn our attention to elections later in 2020. Interested? Contact Susan.

Congress returns this week. Below is a small subset of the hearings scheduled for the week of Jan. 6. The schedule for impeachment remains undecided, but hearings on other subjects resume. For a complete and updated list, refer to the Congressional calendar.

Hearings:
  • Wednesday, Jan. 15: The House Financial Services committee will host "A persistent and evolving threat: An examination of the financing of domestic terrorism and extremism" at 10am in 2128 Rayburn.
  • See www.congress.gov for more details
What we're reading:
  • Who does Maryland's governor really work for? (Washington Monthly)
  • There oughta be a law: Why Presidents should be forced to release their tax returns (Forbes)
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 next meeting of the Regulatory Changes Committee will be Thursday, Jan. 23 at 7:30 pm in Bethesda. If you'd like to join us or are interested in getting involved in the committee's work, contact Angela.

What we're reading:
  • Trump’s move against landmark environmental law caps a relentless agenda (The New York Times)
  • EPA says it will pursue new rule to cut pollution from heavy-duty trucks (The Washington Post)
  • The cost of Germany turning off nuclear power: Thousands of lives (Grist)
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.
 
We will soon resume our Do the Write Thing letter-writing parties. We'll be writing letters to register voters and to urge registered voters to vote. Information on dates, locations and signing up to follow - watch this space. If you're interested in hosting or leading one of these get-togethers (and you haven't told us that previously), please contact Steve.
 
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.
 
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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