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.