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Hi <<First Name>>,

Over the weekend and on Monday, right-wing pundits and the Trump administration started pushing this idea that we must relaunch the American economy and send everyone back to work at the end of the 15-day social-distancing period.

This is awful advice and it will get people killed.

The new coronavirus is not anywhere under control and telling people to end social distancing will only lead to a resurgence of cases and deaths. Luckily, it is the governors who instituted the social-distancing period and it is up to the governors to extend it or lift it.

This leads us to our two actions today.
  1. We are calling on our members of Congress to ensure any legislation to buoy the economy helps everyone in the country and is not simply a giveaway to corporations nor another way for Trump to make money off of the American people. Script below!
  2. We are calling on Gov. Hogan to ask what his next steps are in managing the current public health crisis. Hogan has been better than most elected officials in dealing with the coronavirus outbreak. But it would be nice to hear what the positive benchmarks are to demonstrate that our social distancing is working to bring the disease under control. ***We are not asking about a timeline. Pandemics don't operate on our timelines.*** But we can set goals and work toward them. Hogan's contact information and a script is below!
And if you're looking for ways to help out people in need in Maryland, please check out the Maryland Unites page.
 

Several readers noted an error in yesterday's message. It incorrectly stated the dates of the Maryland primary and early voting. Because of the coronavirus, Gov. Hogan moved the primary to June 2. Early voting will run from May 21-28. Or you can simply request a mail-in ballot.

Best,

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.
 

Gov. Hogan

Annapolis office: 410.974.3901 or 800.811.8336
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 (Congress): The GOP is continuing to push its pro-corporation agenda at the expense of the rest of the country. If the bills under consideration in Congress are going to actually support the economy, they have to help workers. Will the [Senator/Congressman] oppose any bill that puts corporations and President Trump's pocketbook ahead of the rest of country?

Step 2 (Governor): First, I'd like to thank Gov. Hogan for taking swift action to slow the spread of the coronavirus. To ensure Marylanders' social distancing is actually working, we need to know what the important signs of success are that the governor and his team are looking for. This is the best way to make sure everyone is working to the same ultimate goal. Will the Governor make clear the milestones that need to be met to demonstrate that our social distancing is working?
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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