When we launched the Indivisible Guide in the wake of the 2016 election, we could only hope it would help inspire everyday people to see their power. What we saw was amazing: What started as a Google Doc has grown into a nationwide network of thousands of local groups taking action to fight for progressive values and policies. Today, we want to share some information about our GROW Grants, one of the ways we support groups.
Indivisible’s GROW grant program is designed to empower local groups to achieve their goals. Every month, grant money is awarded for projects, supplies, trainings, venues, vendors, and more. With the help of these grants, Indivisible groups are able to build capacity and emerge stronger than before. And boy are they building! …
So many of us remember where we were winding into the late hours of July 27, 2017, after months of our movement organizing to defeat Trumpcare: we’d pressured our senators wherever we could find them; forced Schumer to employ that fated procedural maneuver “withholding consent”; made tens of thousands of calls and packed town halls and protested outside of district offices in 100-degree heat.
That moment when the late-Senator McCain walked up to the Senate clerk, stuck out his hand for a few seconds, then gave a thumbs-down is often the climax of the tale. Democrats in the chamber gasped, we at Indivisible HQ gasped, maybe even you gasped if, like us, you were up at 1:00 am that morning watching C-SPAN. …
Take a deep breath. No, really — if you are able to — put one palm on your chest, the other on the nape of your neck, and take a long deep breath in. And then a long deep breath out. We have made it this far and it has been four looooooooong years.
We’ve said it before and we’ll say it again: the election is happening right now. This time around, it’s not just about what you can do on November 3. With 20 days to go, we’re counting down with actions that we know can make an impact.
Here are 20 things you can do in the next 20 days to make sure we win:
Indivisibles all over the country are kicking off their third Week of Action around the first debate between Vice President Joe Biden and Donald Trump. If you’re planning on watching along tonight, you can expect Trump spinning his web of lies, deflecting from the facts, and attacking Biden. It’s going to be a lot on top of an already contentious election season, but instead of rage-tweeting or texting (which is sometimes therapeutic), we’re viewing tonight as a moment to galvanize voters in the next 35 days.
We’ve created a debate toolkit for you to use tonight while you’re watching — it’s filled with details on tonight’s debate, great to-dos for when Trump peddles each of his lies, and more information to get the folks in your lives involved. Because if we want to win in November, we’ve got to be all in — that means not only are we doing everything we can to defeat Trump and his Republican enablers, but we’ve got to get our loved ones involved too (relational organizing at it’s best). …
A few hours ago, we got news that felt like a punch when we were least prepared for it: Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg has died.
To say this isn’t the news we wanted as Rosh Hashanah, the Jewish new year, began would be quite an understatement. RBG was a trailblazer for generations of American women and a champion for justice. To lose an American icon of her stature would be devastating at any time, but it’s exponentially worse right now when we’ve already lost so much this year.
The thing giving me solace right now is thinking about how I can honor her and carry on that legacy, and to fulfill the last wish she shared with us: “That I will not be replaced until a new president is installed.” …
Content warning: Disturbing descriptions of violence against immigrants.
On September 15, allegations of violent abuse against immigrants at an ICE detention center in Georgia emerged, providing information that would have gone unpunished had a brave whistleblower not come forward. The details of the “jarring medical neglect” within Irwin are horrifying: beyond refusing to test and treat patients for coronavirus, the complaint details stories of a doctor performing hysterectomies on detained women, effectively sterilizing them, with little to no explanation.
If you’re as outraged as we are, here are a few steps you can take to demand justice:
The first — and most important — ask is to call your members of Congress and demand three things that will make a significant impact. Click here to make your calls and see below for our three…
The tragic events of the last few weeks have reinvigorated calls to defund the police. We’re demanding justice for George Floyd, Breonna Taylor, Tony McDade, Ahmaud Arbery, Jacob Blake and all the lives destroyed by police violence with more than just reforms — we support defunding the police. In this moment of national reckoning over police violence and systemic racism, we want to make sure your questions are answered about why we’ve taken this stance in solidarity with Black lives. …
This time around, it’s not just about what you can do on November 3. There are so many actions you can take between now and Election Day to make the biggest blue wave possible.
Here are 50 actions you can take in the next 50 days to make an impact on the most consequential election of our lifetimes:
First and foremost, let’s make sure you (and the people you love) are all set to vote:
1. Figure out your state’s voting requirements like deadlines, ID laws, and options to vote-by-mail.
This week police shot Jacob Blake in Kenosha Wisconsin as his 3 sons watched. In Louisiana, Trayford Pellerin was shot 11 times by the Lafayette Police Department. For the first time since the formation of our group, Metairie Indivisible, in 2017, we are taking steps to show up for Black members of our community directly impacted by police brutality.
On July 15, 2020, I dialed a number to call the family of Armond Jairon Chauncey Brown. Jairon, as he is known to his family, was killed by the police in 2017 in the city of Kenner, Louisiana. He was only 25. I introduced myself to Jairon’s mother, Ms. Whitaker, as one of the organizers from Metairie Indivisible. In the next several minutes, Ms. Whitaker shared with me her son’s story. Jairon attended the local highschool, played basketball and was deeply involved in his faith community. He was diagnosed with mental illness and on January 23, 2017, the Kenner Police Department Special Weapons and Tactics Team (S.W.A.T.) came to his home and shot him. Listening to Ms. Whitaker on the phone brought me to tears because I know what it feels like to have a loved one who struggles with mental illness. …