The "Indivisible" movement is growing and spreading with each new day. Politicians would be wise not to ignore it. https://t.co/yRCdOzL08B
— Maddow Blog (@MaddowBlog) January 25, 2017
A few days after the election of Donald Trump, two former congressional staffers talked about what every progressive in America was talking about: what do we do now? We saw energy building to resist, but it wasn’t directed.
Sign a petition? Call Congress? How does this actually translate into taking down Donald Trump’s agenda?
It hit us. We’d seen a model for success for how local activism can affect real change in Congress. If the Tea Party was able to take on a historically popular President Obama with a Democratic supermajority to slow and sometimes defeat his federal agenda, we can surely take on Donald Trump and the members of Congress who would do his bidding.
So we wrote a Google Doc and put it online December 14. The roadmap we laid out wasn’t rocket science:
- Tea Party-inspired strategy: locally focused, defensive congressional advocacy to protect our values (without the vitriol).
- How your member of Congress thinks: reelection, reelection, reelection — and how to use that to save democracy.
- Identify or organize your local group: building constituent power through organically-formed, locally-led groups.
- Local advocacy tactics that actually work: focusing on your three members of Congress through town halls, other public events, district office visits, and mass calls.
The response from people in red and blue states alike demonstrates the commitment of people in every part of the country to stand indivisible. Because of people like you, this movement is growing.
- The Guide has been viewed or downloaded over 2 million times
- People from across the country have searched for a group, meeting, or event over 3 million times
- 5,800 groups have registered (at least 2 in every congressional district in the nation!)
- www.indivisibleguide.com has been viewed over 18 million times by over 3 million unique users from every state
- Our tireless volunteers have created scores of scripts, legislative process explainers, and toolkits to equip groups on the ground to resist Trump’s agenda and hold their members of Congress accountable
We are absolutely floored. It may have started as a tweeted Google Doc, but now we feel an extraordinary sense of responsibility to help this movement as best we can. We will continue our work to demystify congressional advocacy; support the community of local groups putting the Indivisible Guide into action; and, build momentum, shared purpose, and a vibrant community of angelic troublemakers.
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