Indivisible Group Leader,
We hope all of you had the chance to enjoy a relaxing Memorial Day weekend with loved ones. Despite the fact that a scant few members of Congress held a town hall this week, your groups found ways to get their attention and make your voices heard.
In Tennessee, you tracked down Speaker Paul Ryanand held a die-in outside his $10,000 per photo fundraiser. And on the same day back in Wisconsin,you held an Adopt-a-District town hall with Rep. Mark Pocan who showed up to answer questions in Ryan’s (perpetual) absence.
In California, your weekly demonstration at Rep. Darrell Issa’s office led to a viral video of the congressman bizarrely climbing onto the roof of his building.
In New York, you held an empty chair town hall for Rep. John Katko.
In Texas, you stood in solidarity with immigrant rights groups to protest the hateful, anti-immigrant SB4.
In Virginia, you engaged in a bit of “Kayaktivism” at Trump’s golf course to protest his conflicts of interest.
And in Pennsylvania, you showed Sen. Pat Toomey the faces of real Keystone Staters who depend on Medicaid, and whose lives would be devastated by Trump’s proposed budget cuts.
Are you getting tired of winning?
After the recent local elections in Massachusetts andPennsylvania in which Indivisible members increased voter turnout and won several races, on Tuesday, Indivisible Iowanotched its first electoral victory when a co-founder easily dispatched the incumbent to take a city council seat! Indivisible Iowa is showing that you can resist by pressuring your elected officials, or by replacing them. We’re looking forward to many more Indivisible victories like this in the months to come.
Now let’s get down to business.
Trump against the planet.
On Thursday, Trump announced that he would be pulling the United States out of the historic Paris Climate Accord. By doing so, Trump hopes to roll back critical climate and health protections at the expense of the American public and of generations to come. Trump made this decision despite widespread opposition, including from the business community, political leaders from both parties, and just about every rational person who believes in science and cares about the planet.
Real talk: Congress doesn’t have much power here, but you can call your senators to either admonish them if they’re one of the 22 who signed a letter urging Trump to leave Paris, or thank them if they’re one of the 40 who signed on to this letter in support of the Accord.
The good news is that we can get 60% of the way to Paris goals without any federal policy. Use our new guide, Trump Against the Planet: Defending the Climate with Local Action, to take meaningful action in your community.
We updated these resources on our website so you have everything you need to resist this horrible mistake on your home turf.
Next week, Congress begins four straight weeks of session.
They have a giant to-do list and they’re anxious to knock out as many items as possible before the long August break. This means Republicans will try to push through their priorities so they can go home and tout their wins to their constituents, but the work Indivisible groups are doing in their own communities has severely hampered their momentum. Let’s keep it up through this stretch.
Here’s what’s on deck next week:
Healthcare in the Senate. The new CBO score is out and—surprise!—it’s just as bad as before. Senators have been meeting behind closed doors to hash out their version of TrumpCare for weeks, and they’re ready to use every trick in the book to jam it through. That’s why the time to put on the pressure is now.Demand transparency from your senators and plan a die-in on your home turf. Check out our new video on highlights from all that you’ve already done to hold your MoC’s accountable and save our care:
#WrongCHOICEAct. Now that it was shamefully voted out of committee along party lines, the full House is getting ready to take up the so-called “Financial CHOICE Act (H.R. 10)”—a bill that would cut the protections put in place the last time Wall Street gambled away our savings, homes and jobs.It’s scheduled for a vote this week. Visit or call your member of Congress’ office and urge him or her to vote no.
And it’s not just the House that’s working to quietly dismantle our government’s power to protect us from big business. The Senate is also considering another protection-gutting bill called the Regulatory Accountability Act of 2017 (RAA)—here is what you need to know about the “worst bill you’ve never heard of” to talk to your Senator about leaving the guardrails on our environment, safety, and health.
Comey hearing. Former FBI Director James Comey, who was fired by Trump on May 9th in the midst of leading an investigation into ties between Moscow and the Trump campaign, is testifying in an open sessionof the Senate Intelligence Committee on Thursday, June 8th at 10 AM. We’ve got all you need to plan a Truth or Trump action at home. This is especially critical if your senator serves on the Intelligence Committee. Find out here.
Remember: Neither the Senate nor the House committee are carrying out a responsible investigation into these Russia ties. We can no longer wait on them to do it. Call your members of Congress and demand an independent commission in addition to the special counsel.
Answering your questions live on Monday at 8:30pm ET
You’ve got questions. We’ve got answers. Join us on Facebook Live this Monday, June 5th at 8:30pm ET. We’ll be answering your questions in real time. Questions about the Paris climate agreement? Wondering how to pressure your member of Congress who’s hiding from you? Ask our teamthis Monday and we’ll try to help you out.
Weekly How-To Resource: ICYMI Edition.
This week we’re doing a special end of recess week rehash of some of our how-to docs! Check out how to run a meeting(efficiently!), how to create a dialogue with people who may not necessarily agree with you, and how to build a leadership team that reflects your group. Happy reading!
Happening today: March for Truth.
Today, June 3rd, people in over 100 cities around the world will #MarchForTruth to raise our voices and let our elected leaders know that Americans want answers. The legitimacy of our democracy is more important than the interests of any party, or any President. Find your march here.
Your members of Congress will be in Washington, D.C. for the next four weeks. Many of them want to move quickly to rubber-stamp Trump’s dangerous agenda. But your local Indivisible groups are making this tough. There’s a time limit on this presidency, and so every day your Indivisible group is successfully resisting is one less day that Trump can do damage to the country. Keep standing indivisible, and we’ll keep standing with you. Together we will win.
Executive Director, Indivisible Project