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.
|Leah Greenberg most recently served as Policy Director for the Tom Perriello for Governor of Virginia campaign. She previously managed human trafficking grants and programs as an Investments Manager for Humanity United, served as an Advisor to the State Department’s Quadrennial Diplomacy and Development Review, and worked on Capitol Hill for Congressman Tom Perriello (D-VA). She holds a Bachelor of Arts from Carleton College and a Masters in Law and Diplomacy from the Fletcher School at Tufts University.
Ezra Levin most recently served as Associate Director of Federal Policy for Prosperity Now, a national anti-poverty nonprofit. Previously, he served as Deputy Policy Director for Congressman Lloyd Doggett (D-TX), Field Director for Doggett’s 2010 reelection campaign, and an AmeriCorps VISTA in the Homeless Services Division of the San Jose Housing Department. He holds a Bachelor of Arts from Carleton College and a Master in Public Affairs from the Woodrow Wilson School of Public and International Affairs at Princeton University.
|Angel Padilla previously served as health policy analyst at the National Immigration Law Center, and Legislative Assistant for Congressman Luis Gutiérrez (D-IL), advising on issues related to health care and the Affordable Care Act. He holds a Bachelor of Arts from University of California at Berkeley and a Master in Public Affairs from the Woodrow Wilson School of Public and International Affairs at Princeton University.|
|Isaac Bloom is an organizing and campaign strategist with more than 15 years of experience in national field management, issue advocacy, electoral work and fundraising. He has previously worked as the National Organizing Director for Everytown for Gun Safety, the Frontline Campaigns Director at Greenpeace USA, Regional Director for the Fund for the Public Interest, and for the State PIRGs and Environment America in grassroots organizing. He holds a Bachelor of Arts from Miami University of Ohio.|
|María Urbina is Indivisible’s Political Director leading national political strategy. Before joining the Indivisible Project, María spent the 2016 cycle running Voto Latino’s political strategy and national campaigns as Vice President of Politics and Campaigns. Her Capitol Hill career spans over seven years in the Office of the Democratic Leader Senator Harry Reid. In her final years on the Hill, she was part of the senior legislative staff advising the Leader on strategy, media and policy that disproportionately affected Latino, AAPI and immigrant communities.|
Chief Communications Officer,
|Sarah Dohl previously worked as Vice President of Communications and Brand at Junior Achievement, leading a major overhaul of the nonprofit’s brand and marketing efforts, including a comprehensive digital campaign that resulted in millions of philanthropic commitments to the organization. She has worked as Communications Director for Congressman Lloyd Doggett (D-TX) and as Chief Speechwriter in the for Senator Maria Cantwell (D-WA). She holds a bachelor’s degree from American University.|
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