The first week of Donald Trump's presidency has confirmed our worst fears. Donald Trump intends to act on his most radical, racist, and sexist promises.
Six weeks ago, we published the Indivisible Guide based on a simple idea: Donald Trump's agenda doesn't depend on Donald Trump. It depends on your elected members of Congress and whether they go along with him—or whether they fight back.
When we put the Indivisible Guide online as a poorly formatted, typo-filled Google Doc, we never imagined how far and fast it would spread. Since December, the guide has been downloaded over a million times. More than 4,500 local groups have signed up to resist the Trump agenda in nearly every congressional district in the country. What's more, you all are putting the guide into action—showing up en masse to congressional district offices and events, and flooding the congressional phone lines. You're resisting—and it's working.
We are absolutely floored. It may have started as a tweeted Google Doc, but now (and sorry if this sounds corny) we feel an extraordinary sense of responsibility to help this movement as best we can. To do this, the Indivisible Guide team is starting a (nonprofit) organization, and we want to tell you why.
Bottom line, we want to do two big things better:
Demystify congressional advocacy. We get hundreds of questions every day about what Congress is doing, how to organize locally (see the toolkit!), and how to advocate in different situations. We're going to start sending out timely updates and resources on what's going on in Congress and how you can best organize, make your voice heard, and influence your members of Congress.
Support the community of local groups putting the Indivisible Guide into action. We want to provide shared tools to help groups organize events, communicate with each other, and share best practices and resources. This also means spotlighting local successes and supporting a sense of a shared purpose. You can see that shared purpose already forming—just look at this beautiful movement on Rachel Maddow.
We are already doing some of this! We now have over seventy (70!) volunteers working early mornings, late nights, weekends, and sick days on everything that you see the Indivisible Guide team do—email responses, congressional updates, the group directory, the website, our social media, and a bunch more. It's been an amazing labor of love by a stellar group of, yeah we'll say it, patriots. But we want to do more.
As we form a nonprofit, we want to make something clear: we're not the leaders of this movement. The last few weeks have made it abundantly clear that local groups are taking ownership of the resistance to Trump's agenda themselves. You all are the leaders—we're just here to help.
We're still developing our long-term strategy, and we want to hear from you about what you need and want. But going forward, you'll see a lot more from us in those two buckets of work above—we want to demystify the hell out of Congress and build a vibrant community of angelic troublemakers.
As a means to this end, you'll now see a donate button on our website. So far, we've been relying on free help from partners and footing all the other costs ourselves. But we know that's not sustainable on its own, and we're in this for the long haul. So if you'd like to pitch in a few bucks to support the activities described above, we'd be very grateful.
But to be clear, donating is the last thing we want you to do. If it's a choice between going to your local group's meeting or donating to us, go to the meeting! Really.
We're proud to be in this with you. This week, we partnered on a national day of action that saw thousands of you in hundreds of local groups from communities across the country stand up. In groups of a few or a few hundred, you exercised your constituent power in person at your own congressional offices. You braved the cold, the rain, the sleet, the snow to make your voices heard. You stood together and for each other.
This is the end of Trump's first week--and we're just getting started. Stand indivisible with us, and together we will win.
Ezra Levin President of the Board
Leah Greenberg Vice President of the Board
Angel Padilla Secretary of the Board
Sarah Dohl Board Member
Matt Traldi Treasurer of the Board
P.S. We've also fixed all the typos in the Guide now. Thanks to those well-wishers who emailed with corrections—you know who you are.
As we head into this week, we know that Friday's inauguration and the accompanying protest marches through the weekend are at the forefront of people's minds. Many of us will be in the streets, knowing that this weekend is just a starting point, that standing up to this administration must continue long after – and that by working on your home turf to keep the pressure on your elected representatives, we can resist the Trump agenda.
If you've been thinking about joining a group in your community, now is the time. Search the directory for a group near you, or if there isn't one yet, grab a few friends and start one of your own (and tell us about it)! If you've got a group, make plans for your first – or second, or third – visit to your Member of Congress' local district office. And whether your group is spending this week making those visits or making phone calls, there's a lot to demand from your Member of Congress.
Two Indivisible Actions This Week
1) Stand With Civil Rights Leader John Lewis. Stand Against Trump's Agenda. #standindivisible.
Urge your Representative and Senators to boycott the inauguration and stand with Rep. John Lewis.
2) Oppose Trump's Dangerous Cabinet Picks. There are three big Trump nominees up this week. They are all terrible.
Today, Tuesday, January 17th: Senate Health, Education Labor, & Pensions (HELP) Committee begins consideration of Betsy DeVos for Secretary of Education. DeVos has no experience working in public education, and has been a strong proponent of diverting public resources to private and religious schools through vouchers and to unregulated for-profit charter schools. Find out more about DeVos's attacks on public education with this video from Brave New Films.
Ask your Senators to oppose the nomination of Betsy DeVos for Secretary of Education.
Tomorrow, Wednesday, January 18th: Senate HELP begins consideration of Rep. Tom Price for Secretary of Health and Human Services (HHS). Rep. Price is a radical conservative who wants to destroy the Affordable Care Act, eviscerate anti-poverty efforts, and undermine women's health, reproductive rights, and LGBTQ rights. There are also unanswered ethical questions about profits Price has made trading health care stocks during his time in Congress where he worked on health care legislation.
Ask your Senators to oppose the nomination of Rep. Tom Price for HHS Secretary.
Tomorrow, Wednesday, January 18th: Senate Environment and Public Works Committee begins consideration of Scott Pruitt for Administrator of the EPA. Pruitt, a climate change denier and close ally of the fossil fuels industry, has used his position as Oklahoma Attorney General to undermine rules to protect the environment and public health.
Ask your Senators to oppose the nomination of Scott Pruitt for EPA Administrator.
New Indivisible Tool: Indivisible Action Calendar
Is your local group planning a visit to your senator's office, or a round of phone calls to your representative? Each action is powerful on its own, but they become even more powerful in coordination with each other. To help, we're launching a new Indivisible Action Calendar, where we highlight opportunities to join coordinated calls to action. Check out the calendar for national calls to action that other groups are participating in - you can turn up the volume on your action by adding your voice to theirs.
Save the Date: National Day of Action January 24th
President-Elect Trump becomes President Trump on Friday. So what are you gonna do about it? Get ready for one big, national action coming up next Tuesday, January 24th. Along with MoveOn, the Working Families Party, and other groups, we're calling for a Day of Action at your senators' offices, demanding that they reject Trump's corrupt and unqualified nominations. We will be co-hosting a conference call in the evening of Sunday, January 22nd to prepare for this nationwide action - stay tuned!
There are now more than 3,000 groups pursuing the Indivisible Guide strategy across the country, and there are new stories every day about what local advocates are doing to hold Congress accountable. When we take action, people take notice, and the movement grows. We're with you, and we believe that together we will win.