As reports emerged that migrant children were being separated from their parents as a result of President Trump’s immigration policies, Indivisible called our partners representing communities directly impacted by these inhumane practices to understand how we can best support their efforts. Working with the Families Belong Together Coalition, including National Domestic Workers Alliance and the ACLU, we published call scripts that Indivisibles could use to call their representatives, demanding that they end separations at the border. Indivisible also mobilized for the Families Belong Together Day of Action, which organized over 700 events in all 50 states to stand against families being separated at the border. Indivisible groups directly organized 72 of these events. When Members of Congress and their staffs went back home for the congressional recess, Indivisible groups held them accountable, meeting them at their congressional offices and at public events on July 4th using an Indivisible toolkit. They helped create and sustain mounting pressure that helped make family separation a national issue.
Before Trump even nominated Brett Kavanaugh, it was clear that whoever he chose to replace Justice Anthony Kennedy would pose a threat to the values Indivisible cares about. As soon as Kavanaugh’s nomination was announced, Indivisibles began organizing events and coordinated calls to pressure key Senators to vote against confirmation. Indivisible helped track Senators’ positions and statements on the nomination and kept our network updated with the most current information. Indivisibles hosted 109 events for Indivisible’s Day of Action and made 263,859 calls to mobilize constituents to call their swing Senators. These efforts only increased after the brave testimony of Dr. Christine Blasey Ford. Indivisible focused on Senators that could block his confirmation, eventually securing the votes of swing Senators like Lisa Murkowski and Joe Donnelly. Although Kavanaugh now sits on the Supreme Court, Indivisibles have made it clear they will continue to stand up for our values.
Having worked tirelessly through the fall, Indivisibles across the country were looking forward to well-deserved rest. That all changed after Trump fired Attorney General Jeff Sessions the day after the midterms. Following the firing of James Comey, Indivisible joined MoveOn and Public Citizen, among others, to create the Nobody is Above the Law coalition. The coalition had created a rapid response plan in case Trump interfered in the investigation led by Robert Mueller. Sessions’ resignation crossed a red line, triggering the launch of over 500 protests nationwide that drew over 100,000 people. Indivisibles are ready to hit the streets once again if the full results of Mueller’s report are not made available to Congress and to the public.
In response to the new political reality following the midterm elections, Indivisible published two new guides to help activists flex their newfound power: Indivisible on Offense and Indivisible in the States. While the original Indivisible Guide demystified how to defend progressive values, the new guide to federal advocacy demystified how to proactively advance them. The guide provided practical steps for using constituent power, explaining how the majority can use its newly earned oversight and agenda-setting powers. It laid out how Indivisibles can ensure Congress uses their constitutional power, with guidance on how to make good asks of members of Congress and how to organize effective local actions. The new State Guide also laid out a plan for how Indivisibles can use their collective power to influence state governments to provide a progressive vision for the country through state-level advocacy, building on the work launched in 2018.
In partnership with the Congressional Progressive Caucus (CPC), Indivisible conducted an orientation for incoming freshman members of the 116th U.S. Congress on November 12, 2018. With the CPC, Indivisible convened an orientation exclusively for new progressive Members Elect. At this supplementary orientation, they learned how to use their new power effectively to become progressive champions and remain responsive to the grassroots that supported them. Indivisible organized and included two sections of the agenda in particular: how to vote as a bloc to enact progressive change and how to work with the grassroots to build an inside/outside strategy to build power.
The Members Elect who participated in the training wasted no time in putting their new skills to use. Later that week, the CPC flexed their new power as Nancy Pelosi sought their support for her as Speaker. The CPC didn’t give their support away -- they successfully deployed an inside-outside strategy, demanding leadership positions on key committees and commitments on priority issues Members Elect cared about, including climate change and gun violence. This was the first time in its history that the CPC had asked anything from Congressional Leadership. The CPC now represents 40 percent of the Democratic Caucus, and as a result of this training, they are beginning to own that power. They will now feel more confident using their voices to enact real progressive change, knowing that Indivisible has got their back.