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Hi <<First Name>>,

On Wednesday, the Senate will most likely vote to acquit President Trump of the two articles of impeachment filed by the House. This, despite the near continuous drip of information coming out showing just how corrupt Trump is. In fact, there was a story on Saturday indicating the Office of Management and Budget was withholding 24 emails that further implicate Trump in his corrupt quid pro quo.

The trial outcome may not have really been in doubt, but that doesn't mean we should let it pass without raising our voices. There will be Reject the Coverup rallies across the country on Wednesday, Feb. 5 at 5:30pm, including one in Washington D.C.

We can also use the energy from this debacle of democracy to power our way to victory in November. Check out the Payback Project, an Indivisible supported effort to unseat nine vulnerable Republican senators, including Mitch McConnell and Lindsey Graham, in the 2020 election.

And our primary election-related activity right now is writing letters to voters in swing states. Pick from nearly 30 standalone letter-writing events being held in February, and sign up for the Feb. 22/23 Indivisible Montgomery dine-arounds--a combination potluck/letter-writing event.
 

The Iowa caucuses are TONIGHT, and I think I speak for all of us when I say that it is a relief that we will be able to look at actual votes, rather than polls, to know how the nomination is shaping up. As a reminder, Indivisible Montgomery will work for whoever wins the nomination. Also, if you want to do activist work beyond Indivisible Montgomery, you can get involved with campaigns or find groups working across the country doing the work that will help us win in 2020.
 

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)
  • Monday, Feb. 3: Iowa caucuses!
  • Tuesday, Feb. 4: Indivisible Montgomery day of action! Scripts in your inbox tomorrow morning.
  • Thursday, Feb. 6: The American Constitution Society lecture on rebalancing the separation of powers, with opening remarks from Rep. Jamie Raskin. Register here.
  • Friday, Feb. 7: Eighth Democratic presidential debate.
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.
Upcoming notable events
  • Feb. 11: Iowa primary!
  • 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.

Last week, members of the committee and friends attended the Swarm the Senate protest on Wednesday. For this week, on Wednesday, a coalition of organizations is organizing Reject the Coverup demonstrations in conjunction with the vote on impeachment. On Thursday, the Democracy for All Amendment, which would reverse the Citizens United ruling, will have its first hearing in the House of Representatives: 10am in the Rayburn Office Building, Room 2141.

Some hearings of interest for the week of Feb. 3:
  • Thursday, Feb. 6: The House Judiciary committee will host "Citizens United at 10: The consequences for democracy and potential responses by Congress" at 10am in 2141 Rayburn
  • Thursday, Feb. 6: The House Financial Services committee will host "Fake it till they make it: How bad actors use astroturfing to manipulate regulators, disenfranchise consumers and subvert the rulemaking process" at 2pm in 2128 Rayburn
What we're reading:
  • GSA administrator testifies she has no idea how much revenue comes from foreign governments (Government Executive)
  • Trump's acquittal could have profound ramifications for future presidents (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:
  • A controversial Trump legal opinion weakened a law to protect birds. Now it might be made permanent (The Washington Post)
  • The Energy 202: Trump administration considers changing way it decides how to use public lands (The Washington Post)
  • The secret to a good camping trip is crude oil, federal land agency says (Grist)
  • The lessons from historic preservation councils blocking solar panels (Vox)
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 5: 10am-12pm in Silver Spring
  • Fririday, Feb 7: 10am-12pm in Rockville
  • Monday, Feb 10: 2-4pm in Rockville
  • 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
  • Fririday, Feb 28: 10am-12pm in Rockville
SIGN UP HERE and scroll down to these Indivisible Montgomery (IM)events. 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 racesthat 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.
 
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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