Come and hear our own Marc Elrich and the other candidates for Montgomery County Executive discuss the issues facing our county.

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Our friends at Indivisible Montgomery will hold banners and wave flags at communters on the Inter County Connector during rush hour every Thursday  from September 20 until the election.  Join them at the Longmead Overpass from 4:30 p.m. to 6:30 p.m. to remind commuters to defend democracy and vote!  Get more information and RSVP here.

The Women’s March is organizing a protest against the vote on Kavanaugh, Trump’s nominee for the Supreme Court.

They are organizing “an impactful NON-ARREST direct action to make sure that the Senate knows that #WeBelieveChristine and demand that they #CancelKavanaugh and vote NO on his confirmation.

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Federal Employees: YOU CAN BE ACTIVE in the Big Blue Wave!! The Hatch Act restricts Federal employees from doing political activities WHILE ON DUTY or in uniform or while using government computers, phones, equipment, office space or vehicles. However, MOST** Federal and D.C. employees CAN:

  • assist in voter registration drives
  • express opinions about candidates and issues
  • contribute money to political organizations
  • attend political fundraising functions
  • attend and be active at political rallies and meetings
  • join and be an active member of a political party or club
  • campaign for candidates in partisan elections
  • distribute campaign literature in partisan elections

So phone banking and canvassing for Democrats are allowed under the Hatch Act for most Federal employees!! Sign up here. 

    

Federal and D.C. employees may not:

  • use official authority or influence to interfere with an election (i.e., you can’t say “I work for NIH so that’s why I support X candidate)
  • solicit or discourage political activity of anyone with business before their agency (i.e., don’t talk about candidates with your grantees or contractors)
  • solicit or receive political contributions
  • be candidates for public office in partisan elections
  • wear partisan political buttons on duty

   

**Employees of the following agencies (or agency components), or in the following categories, are subject to more extensive restrictions on their political activities than employees in other departments and agencies:

  • Administrative law judges
  • Central Intelligence Agency
  • Contract Appeals Boards
  • Criminal Division (Department of Justice)
  • Defense Intelligence Agency
  • Federal Bureau of Investigation
  • Federal Election Commission
  • Merit Systems Protection Board
  • National Geospatial-Intelligence Agency
  • National Security Agency
  • National Security Council
  • Office of Criminal Investigation (Internal Revenue Service)
  • Office of Investigative Programs (Customs Service)
  • Office of Law Enforcement (Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives)
  • United States Office of Special Counsel
  • Secret Service
  • Senior Executive Service

There’s a new weekly newsletter for healthcare activists.  Find out what’s going on in the fight for affordable comprehensive health care for everyone, what health care attacks we’re facing from the administration, and actions you can take.  And hear about our health care victories, too.

  Sign Up Here.  

The Montgomery County Democratic Central Committee is hosting gatherings every Tuesday and Thursday, September 28 through November 6, from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m.,  at its Kensington office.  Volunteers will text Montgomery County voters to encourage them to vote for Democratic nominees in the midterm elections. The office is located at 3720 Farragut Avenue, Suite 303, Kensington.  You can request additional information here.

You can TAKE ACTION THIS MONDAY, September 10.  We will be joining our friends at Indivisible and reaching out to voters in North Dakota, urging them to contact Senator Heithamp and ask her to vote NO on the Kavanaugh nomination.  Calls will be made Monday, September 10, between 2:00 and 8:00 pm.

Sign up here, select #SaveSCOTUS, and they will send you all the information you need to make calls from your own home.

We need to contact key Republican senators, too, and urge them to reject Kavanaugh:  Senators Susan Collins and Lisa Murkowski (Alaska) have stated that they would oppose any nominee who would overturn Roe vs. Wade.  Now is the time to act! Call these Senators and tell them to stick to their word by voting no on Brett Kavanaugh. 

When you call Sen. Collins, remind her that over $500,000 has already been raised and will be contributed to her Democratic opponent in 2020 if she votes to confirm Brett Kavanaugh.

Susan Collins
DC: (202) 224-2523

Lisa Murkowski
DC: (202)-224-6665

Remember, Brett Kavanaugh is no moderate! He has some extreme conservative views and his appointment would create a monumental shift in the balance of the Court toward the right that would impact this nation for a generation.  

Kavanaugh most resembles Clarence Thomas in ideology and would join Thomas on the far right of the Court, according to the political analysis website Fivethirtyeight.  At a minimum, this appointment would threaten:  (see Politico)

  • Reproductive Freedom of Choice – in light of previous written opinions, it is imperative that Congress ask Judge Kavanaugh to state his position on Roe v. Wade. 
  • Immigration – past rulings favor increased restrictions.
  • Environment – repeatedly votes to limit EPA regulatory authority.
  • Financial Regulations – wrote an opinion piece claiming that the structure of the Consumer Financial Protection Board is unconstitutional.
  • Net Neutrality – called the FCC’s net neutrality order an “unlawful” First Amendment violation
  • ACA
  • Civil liberties and civil rights – The ACLU warns that if confirmed, Kavanaugh could well be the decisive vote Trump needs in the Supreme Court for his concerted campaign to undermine civil liberties and civil rights.

If you are a refugee or asylee, you are invited by the Interfaith Immigration Coalition to sign on to a letter to the President, urging him to raise the ceiling for refugee admissions  to 75,000.  The letter cites the signatories’ positive personal experience in this country and how they have become integral parts of American society.  The deadline for signing is September 11.   You can read and sign the letter here.

  

If you are not a refugee, do not sign the letterInstead,

Circulate this opportunity to anyone you know who is a refugee; and

Contact your representatives and ask them to urge the President to raise the refugee ceiling.

This Panel Discussion will address how the proposed Trust Act can reduce the fear that keeps some immigrants from seeking health care and protection.

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