Statements

May 17, 2017 – Indivisible Statement on the Appointment of a Special Counsel to Oversee Russia Investigation

May 10, 2017 – Indivisible Statement on Dismissal of FBI Director James Comey

May 10, 2017 – Resistance Organizations Unveil Adopt-A-District Guide for Grassroots Groups

May 9, 2017 – Coalition of Resistance Organizations Launches Joint TrumpCare Accountability Initiative

May 4, 2017 – Indivisible Statement on TrumpCare Vote

April 28, 2017 – Release on Donald Trump’s First 100 Days

April 6, 2017 – Release on Senate Nuclear Option on Gorsuch Nomination

April 3, 2017 – Release on Senate Democratic Filibuster of Gorsuch


FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
MAY 17, 2017
Contact: Helen Kalla | helen@indivisibleguide.com

Washington, DC—Today, Angel Padilla, policy director of the Indivisible Project, issued the following statement on the appointment of a special counsel to oversee the investigation into Russia’s interference in the 2016 election:

“We are encouraged by news that the Justice Department has appointed Robert Mueller to take over the investigation into Russian interference in the 2016 elections. This would not have happened without the immense pressure from the public, and from Indivisible groups around the country. Constituents will demand that Mr. Mueller be allowed to conduct a truly independent investigation, without further interference from the Trump administration.

“Unfortunately, even when faced with this constitutional crisis, the vast majority of Republicans in Congress chose to sit on their hands and evade their sworn duty to defend our democracy. Their constituents will hold them accountable for their choice to stand with Trump over truth.”

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The Indivisible Project is a nonprofit organization dedicated to resisting Trump’s agenda by empowering local groups to hold their Members of Congress accountable.


FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
MAY 10, 2017
Contact: Helen Kalla | helen@indivisibleguide.com

Washington, DC—Today, Ezra Levin, executive director of the Indivisible Project, made the following statement on Donald Trump’s dismissal of FBI director James Comey:

“Regardless of your party, regardless of who you voted for in November, and regardless of what you think of James Comey, his dismissal undermines basic democratic principles. At best, it shows poor judgement; at worst, it could be an obstruction of justice and an abuse of power.

“The biggest problem is what will happen now: Trump will appoint one of his cronies to lead the FBI and the investigation.  And we all know what that means—the investigation will be a sham.

“This underscores why we need an independent law enforcement investigation. We need to get to the truth of Russia’s involvement in the 2016 election, and what involvement Trump or his associates had in Russia’s interference.

“The Senate now needs to step up and refuse to confirm any of Trump’s Justice Department or judicial nominees until an independent law enforcement investigator is appointed. The onus is on three Senate Republicans, who must put country over party and join Senate Democrats in holding these nominees.

“We cannot trust Congress or a Trump FBI to conduct an impartial probe.  We must have a truly independent investigation of Trump, with full powers to bring charges if warranted. Our democracy demands nothing less.”

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The Indivisible Project is a nonprofit organization dedicated to resisting Trump’s agenda by empowering local groups to hold their Members of Congress accountable.


FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
MAY 10, 2017
Contact: Helen Kalla | helen@indivisibleguide.com

Washington, DC—Today, the Indivisible Project, Center for American Progress Action Fund, Organizing for Action, Town Hall Project, and Progressive Change Campaign Committee launched a new guide for grassroots resistance groups to plan an Adopt-A-District town hall event. These events give constituents the chance to have their questions answered by a neighboring member of Congress when the district’s own representative fails to show up.

“Last week, 217 members of Congress voted to rip healthcare from their constituents and leave Americans with pre-existing conditions hanging out to dry. This week, most of them are too cowardly to explain their unconscionable vote to the faces of those they just sold out,” said Ezra Levin, executive director of the Indivisible Project. “While it’s a shame that so many lawmakers are hiding from the people they work for, every American has the right to be heard by Congress, especially on matters of literal life and death. That’s why we’re encouraging members of Congress to step up and adopt a district – to demonstrate what true public service looks like.”

“Every Member of Congress who voted for the AHCA now owns the fact that it slashes care and raises costs for working families, low-income people, women, older Americans, and those living in rural areas,”  said Igor Volsky, deputy director of CAP Action Fund. “If Congressional Republicans won’t face their constituents, the Adopt-a-District program will bring real leaders in to share what’s at stake: people with pre-existing conditions being charged thousands of dollars more, insurers dropping essential health coverage, and the return of lifetime caps.”

“If lawmakers – like the 217 House members who just pushed through a draconian health care bill – are going to rubber stamp this administration’s destructive agenda instead of fighting for policies that actually benefit their constituents, they should at least have the courage to face the people they represent and listen to their concerns,” said Jesse Lehrich, communications director of Organizing for Action. “But many in Congress are refusing to even fulfill that fundamental responsibility, and they must be held accountable.”

“Of the 217 members of Congress that voted on this hastily drafted, ill-conceived bill, only 16 are holding town halls this recess. That is unacceptable,” said Jimmy Dahman, executive director of Town Hall Project. “Town Hall Project was founded with the belief that every member of Congress should regularly meet with their constituents. When some members shirk their responsibility with so much at stake, we urge other leaders to rise to the occasion and Adopt a District.”

“House Republicans have gone into hiding like cowards – they lacked the courage to stand up to the insurance industry and Trump and now they can’t even face their own constituents,” said Kait Sweeney, spokesperson of Progressive Change Campaign Committee. “The PCCC is proud to partner with Indivisible to hold Republicans accountable for forcing working families to pay higher premiums so the wealthy can get another massive tax giveaway. We’ll be working with Congressional Progressive Caucus leaders to ensure Democratic members of Congress ‘Adopt A District’ so that all voters know what is in this horrible bill.”

Recently, some members of Congress have made news by adopting a neighboring district in states like New York, Arizona, and Wisconsin. This guide will empower grassroots resistance groups in any congressional district who feel ignored by their member of Congress to hold a similar event.

The Adopt-A-District guide includes key facts, message guidance, steps for inviting members of Congress and hosting an event, sample social media, and congressional district-specific impact numbers on healthcare.

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The Indivisible Project is a nonprofit organization dedicated to resisting Trump’s agenda by empowering local groups to hold their Members of Congress accountable.


FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
MAY 9, 2017
Contact: Helen Kalla | helen@indivisibleguide.com

Washington, DC—Today, the Indivisible Project, MoveOn.org, Town Hall Project, and Women’s March announced the launch of The Payback Project, a joint initiative to track local groups and events working to hold accountable the 217 House Republicans who voted for TrumpCare.

“When House Republicans voted for TrumpCare, they were betting that the resistance was slowing down. The Payback Project will show that constituents aren’t tired—they’re angry,” said Ezra Levin, executive director of the Indivisible Project. “The Payback Project will lift up the efforts of Americans across the country holding their Representatives accountable for their unforgivable vote to gut protections for people with preexisting conditions while ripping healthcare away from 24 million people.”

“House Republicans just voted for a bill that would inflict obscene pain on their own constituents, and they have earned an equal quantity of political pain for themselves. But that pain won’t inflict itself—and that’s why thousands of MoveOn members and constituents nationwide are showing up in force immediately, to make sure every Republican who voted for this disaster feels the consequences,” said MoveOn.org Washington Director Ben Wikler. “The Payback Project will show that energy clearly. Phones will ring off the hook; district offices will be jammed full of angry constituents. The American people—the grassroots—have led a fierce and powerful opposition to this bill and they’ll work to be sure this Trumpcare vote blows up in the GOP’s face.”

“Over April recess thousands and thousands of constituents flooded town halls and voiced their staunch opposition to the AHCA, but apparently House Republicans didn’t get the message,” said Jimmy Dahman, executive director of Town Hall Project. “We are excited to join the Payback Project and provide constituents even more opportunities to show up and speak out.”

“Yesterday, Women’s March encouraged people in 70 actions across the country to take a Pledge of Liberation—to unite and raise their voices against any federal, state or local policies and legislation that rolls back, cuts or restricts women’s rights,”  said Bob Bland, National Co-Chair of Women’s March. “Included is the ability to access quality reproductive healthcare services, birth control, HIV/AIDS care and prevention, or medically accurate sexual education.

“The ACHA Trumpcare bill that recklessly passed through the House last week would destroy women’s access to these necessary services and classify pregnancy and violence against women as a ‘pre-existing’ condition. If passed into law, this bill will greatly impact the security and self-determination of all women, especially women of color, disabled women, transgender women, and low-income women.

“We are proud to join in coalition with grassroots partners of the resistance to declare a threat to the right of accessible, affordable healthcare to one of our communities is a threat to us all.”

The new website, www.paybackproject.org, features an Accountability Wall, which will highlight stories from social media and news outlets to amplify the work of everyday Americans making these 217 lawmakers pay for their vote. Also available are resources and toolkits for local groups looking to hold events, and facts about TrumpCare that local groups can use when discussing the bill with their member of Congress.

On May 4, 2017, 217 Republicans in the U.S. House of Representatives voted for TrumpCare, a bill that would take away healthcare from 24 million Americans, gut protections for millions of Americans with preexisting conditions, defund Planned Parenthood, and cut $880 billion from Medicaid for children, the sick, and persons with disabilities. All of these cuts would go towards a massive tax break for the wealthy and corporations.

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The Indivisible Project is a nonprofit organization dedicated to resisting Trump’s agenda by empowering local groups to hold their Members of Congress accountable.


FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
MAY 4, 2017
Contact: Helen Kalla | helen@indivisibleguide.com

Washington, DC—Today, Ezra Levin, executive director of the Indivisible Project, released the following statement on the House of Representatives’ vote on the American Health Care Act, also known as TrumpCare:

“Despite today’s vote, the Affordable Care Act is still the law of the land, and every day that remains true is a victory. We’re 105 days into Trump’s presidency, and House Republicans barely squeezed through their despicable bill. Something that should have taken them days instead took months. That’s because resistance groups across the country stood indivisible. We won for months against a unified conservative government on their number one legislative priority. We proved how powerful constituents are.

“It’s hard to overstate how cruel this bill is. The original failed TrumpCare bill last month stripped healthcare from 24 million Americans. This new and worse bill builds on that by gutting protections for pre-existing conditions, eliminating services for special needs kids in schools, and letting insurers effectively charge women more than men.

“Today’s vote was just the first step in a difficult process for Trump’s atrocious bill. Eleven days of recess starts today, and this is our chance to immediately hold members of Congress accountable.  We’ve succeeded for months because Indivisible groups across the country have been fighting back on their home turf. That’s how we will keep fighting, and that’s how we will win.”

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The Indivisible Project is a nonprofit organization dedicated to resisting Trump’s agenda by empowering local groups to hold their Members of Congress accountable.


FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
APRIL 28, 2017
Contact: Helen Kalla | helen@indivisibleguide.com

Washington, DC—Today, Ezra Levin, executive director of the Indivisible Project, released the following statement on the first 100 days of Donald Trump’s presidency.

“The first 100 days of the Trump Administration has been defined by an ongoing battle between maliciousness and incompetence. Incompetence has mostly won. Trump has failed to pass any major legislation or make good on key campaign promises. Hundreds of critical executive posts remain empty. And as a result of this fecklessness, Trump’s approval rating is abysmal. This is what happens when you pursue a policy agenda that the vast majority of Americans oppose—you lose.

“From day one of Trump’s presidency, an energized, organized grassroots resistance movement has worked tirelessly to stop his dangerous agenda in its tracks. Today there are about 6,000 local Indivisible groups—an average of 13 in every congressional district in the country. As a result of their local leadership, we’ve defeated Trump’s attempt to repeal the Affordable Care Act, unified progressive opposition against an extreme Supreme Court nominee, and convinced members of Congress across the political spectrum to wake up and pay attention to their constituents.

“One hundred days in, the resistance is just getting started. Indivisible groups across the country will fight back against Trump’s hateful, reckless agenda for the rest of his presidency, however long that may be. Together, we will win.”

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The Indivisible Project is a nonprofit organization dedicated to resisting Trump’s agenda by empowering local groups to hold their Members of Congress accountable.


FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
APRIL 6, 2017
Contact: Helen Kalla | helen@indivisibleguide.com

Washington, DC—Today, Indivisible Project co-founder and executive director Ezra Levin made the following statement on Senate Republicans invoking the nuclear option to confirm Judge Neil Gorsuch to the Supreme Court.

“Gorsuch’s extreme, right-wing record mobilized grassroots Indivisible groups across America to stand up and make it clear that they opposed any strong-arm tactics by Senate Republicans to push through his nomination.

“However, Senate Republicans just showed that they’re willing to disregard both popular opinion and two centuries of precedent in order ram through Trump’s extreme Supreme Court pick.

“Let’s get one thing straight: no one forced Mitch McConnell to go nuclear on Gorsuch. If a Supreme Court pick is too extreme to get through, don’t change the rules, change the nominee. Republicans will try to point fingers, but the onus falls squarely on them. They’ve chosen party and partisanship over country, and I expect they’ll hear about this from their constituents over the upcoming congressional recess.”

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The Indivisible Project is a nonprofit organization dedicated to resisting Trump’s agenda by empowering local groups to hold their Members of Congress accountable.


FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
APRIL 3, 2017
Contact: Helen Kalla | helen@indivisibleguide.com

Washington, DC—Today, Indivisible Project Co-Founder and Executive Director Ezra Levin made the following statement in response to Senate Democrats reaching the 41-vote threshold to  filibuster Neil Gorsuch:

“A month ago it was unclear whether progressives in the Senate would put up a fight at all on Trump’s extreme Supreme Court nominee. But the political environment changed as direct result of the local leadership of Indivisible groups and the broader resistance movement on the ground. These advocates made clear to their own senators that Gorsuch’s extreme anti-worker, anti-women, anti-LGBTQ, anti-environment record is unacceptable for the highest court in the land.

“Here’s what we now know: because of Gorsuch’s extreme record and the public’s response, Trump’s nominee will not be confirmed under Senate rules that have been on the books for more than two centuries. But instead of admitting defeat and requesting a more mainstream nominee, Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell is now threatening to invoke the incredibly unpopular ‘nuclear option.’ In defiance of public will, McConnell wants to blow up 230 years of Senate precedent to ram Gorsuch through.

“It’s simple: if a Supreme Court nominee is so extreme that he can’t get to 60 votes, don’t change the rules, change the nominee. If Republicans choose to throw out centuries of Senate precedent to put their extreme nominee on the bench, that’s on them and them alone.”

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The Indivisible Project is a nonprofit organization dedicated to resisting Trump’s agenda by empowering local groups to hold their Members of Congress accountable.