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I am happy to announce that Rep. Jamie Raskin will visit with Indivisible Montgomery at our next meeting--Saturday, Dec. 7, from 10:30am to 12:30pm at Kensington Park Library. Raskin will talk about impeachment, 2020 and more. Indivisible Montgomery leadership will also discuss our plans for the 2020 election, and how we can be the most effective in helping win the White House

See you there!
 

The impeachment proceedings against Donald Trump, an incredibly corrupt American president, are truly historic. The first two hearings have made it clear that Trump and Rudy Giuliani subverted American foreign policy by intimidating Ukraine into helping Trump achieve his personal political goals. Bill Taylor, George Kent and Marie Yovanovitch were sterling witnesses that clearly laid out the corruption in the White House.

Republicans tried to muddy the waters of the story during these hearings, but many of their arguments are foundering. This coming week will see the testimony of Lt. Col. Alexander Vindman and Ambassador Gordon Sondland, two people with firsthand information regarding Trump's motives in Ukraine.

Two Indivisible Montgomery members made it into the hearing on Wednesday. Interested in trying to get in? Sign up here for guidance and/or meeting up with others!

And don't forget to sign up for pro-impeachment rallies to be held the night before the House votes on articles of impeachment, whenever that may be. There are already over 250 events planned!
 

In this newsletter:
Calendar
This week! (Indivisible Montgomery events in bold)
  • Tuesday, Nov. 19: Indivisible Montgomery day of action. Actions in your inbox tomorrow morning!
  • Wednesday, Nov. 20: Voter registration training at 18753 North Frederick Ave from 10 to 11:30am or 3 to 4:30pm. Event is free and does not require registration!
  • Wednesday, Nov. 20: The fifth Democratic presidential debate.
  • Thursday, Nov. 21: Public workshop on Gov. Hogan’s plan to expand I-270 from 6:30 to 8:30pm at Activity Center in Bohrer Park.
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
  • Dec. 2: Gun Laws Save Lives Rally, sponsored by Moms Demand Action and other gun safety groups, in front of the Supreme Court at 9am.
  • Dec. 4: Launch of the Maryland Democratic Party Women’s Diversity Leadership Council from 7 to 9pm, Stamp Student Union, University of Maryland
  • Dec. 7: Indivisible Montgomery in-person meeting with Rep. Jamie Raskin.
  • Dec. 8: Montgomery County Democrats Holiday Party and Potluck for Volunteers and Activists from 1 to 3pm at the Montgomery County Education Association
  • Dec. 12: Advocacy Writing Workshop put on by the Communications Committee, 7 to 9pm. Contact Katherine to RSVP. Space is limited.
  • Dec. 14: Rebuild Maryland: Climate Action Summit from 9am to 4:30pm
  • Dec. 15: The Maryland Legislative Summit focusing on the coming Maryland legislative session will be held at UMBC.
  • ???: Sign up for pro-impeachment rallies to be held the night before the House votes on articles of impeachment, whenever that may be.
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. Contact Susan with any questions.

On Wednesday, November 13, members of the Hearings and Public Events committee attended the first session of the impeachment hearings, hearing the testimony of William Taylor and George Kent. We may try to organize attendance at at least one session this week as well. If interested, please reply here.

The committee held its regular monthly meeting yesterday, covering, among other topics, hearing attendance, report from the leaders meeting and future plans and schedule.

Below is a small subset of the hearings scheduled for the week of Nov. 18. For a complete and updated list, refer to the Congressional calendar.

Standard Hearings:
  • Tuesday, Nov. 19: The House Homeland Security committee will host "Examining the human rights and legal implications of DHS’ "Remain in Mexico" policy" at 10am in 310 Cannon.
  • Tuesday, Nov. 19: The House Homeland Security committee will host "The Road to 2020: Defending Against Election Interference” at 2pm in 310 Cannon.
Impeachment Hearings:
  • Tuesday, Nov.19: Jennifer Williams, aide to Vice President Pence, and Lt. Col. Alexander Vindman, National Security Council staff--9am in 1100 LHOB
  • Tuesday, Nov. 19: Kurt Volker, former envoy to Ukraine, and Timothy Morrison, National Security Council staff--2:30pm in 1100 LHOB
  • Wednesday, Nov. 20: Gordon Sondland, Ambassador to the European Union--9am in 1100 LHOB
  • Wednesday, Nov. 20: Laura Cooper, Department of Defense official, and David Hale, Undersecretary of State for political affairs--2:30pm in 1100 LHOB
  • Thursday, Nov. 21: Dr. Fiona Hill, former National Security Council staff--9am in 1100 LHOB
What we're reading:
  • Catering to conflicts: Influence and self-dealing at Trump businesses (Public Citizen)
  • Behind Trump's dealings with Turkey: Sons-in-law married to power (The New York Times)
  • After push from Perry, backers got huge gas deal in Ukraine (AP)
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.

Last week the committee shared comments on a recent DOJ proposal to collect DNA from detained migrants at the border. Several members submitted their own comments and shared our efforts on social media.

The committee is currently working on comments related to EPA-proposed rule changes. If you'd like to help, please contact Angela.

What we're reading:
  • EPA pushes ahead with effort to restrict the science it uses to craft regulations (The Washington Post)
  • 'We depend on the Tongass': Alaskans fight to save US’s largest national forest (The Guardian)
  • Trump team seeks to ‘modernize' national parks, with wifi and Amazon deliveries (The Guardian)
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 are using our volunteer energy in the most efficient mechanism possible.
 
A great time was had by all at the J Walkers Volunteer Appreciation Bash and Grassroots Victory Celebration last Tuesday. Thanks to all who came and celebrated, including our own Stacey Newby for the updated version of Green Eggs and Ham. I do like to canvass, Sam-I-Am.
 
Thanks also to Susan Zengerle for sharing the recording of the ABA's panel discussion on The State of Voting Rights. Check it out here.
 
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