This series about Indivisible will focus on concrete measures that people interested in impacting the current legislative and administrative actions and changes in our government and national policy. It gives key points of the blueprints and advice given in the work “Indivisible: A practical guide For resisting the Trump agenda” . If able, I encourage you to download the actual file and read it for yourselves.
In this, our first installment, we will look at the pressing question of who the group behind this guide is and why they matter.
The authors of this guide are former congressional staffers who witnessed the rise of the Tea Party. We saw these activists take on a popular president with a mandate for change and a supermajority in Congress. We saw them organize locally and convince their own members of Congress to reject President Obama’s agenda. Their ideas were wrong, cruel, and tinged with racism – and they won.
The authors stress that they are not forming a group, but offering a guidebook for legislative engagement. They have walked the halls of congress and seen what goes on when no one is there to watch. They know how things work from the inside, and give a no gloss window into how reaching your members of congress works in the real world. They decided to
offer a step-by-step guide for individuals, groups, and organizations looking to replicate the Tea Party’s success in getting Congress to listen to a small, vocal, dedicated group of constituents. The guide is intended to be equally useful for stiffening Democratic spines and weakening pro-Trump Republican resolve.
The chapters are divided into basic areas of importance. They include:
- How grassroots advocacy worked to stop Obama
- How your MoC thinks, and how to use that to save democracy
- Identify or organize your local group
- Four local advocacy tactics that actually work
They ask all who wish to communicate with them for questions, edits, and recommendations to contact them via Twitter at @ezralevin, @angelrafpadilla, @texpat, @Leahgreenb. Or email IndivisibleAgainstTrump@gmail.com.