When we put out the Indivisible Guide in December 2016, we didn’t know what to expect. We saw that the basic tenets of American democracy were under threat. We feared for the safety of our family, friends, and neighbors. We worried about whether politicians in Washington were ready to fight for our values.
But as dark as that time was, there were already rays of light. Soon after the election we saw that there was energy building all around the country to resist. It was the one thing that gave us hope, and we wanted to do our part to ensure that energy had impact.
The Indivisible Guide was meant to be just that - a practical guide to action that people could use to effectively resist the coming attack on our neighbors and our values. It was based on two foundational concepts of American democracy: first, that a president’s agenda depends on Congress. And second, that constituents have power to influence their own members of Congress on their home turf.
The response to the Guide was overwhelming, in the best possible way. A year later, there are now local Indivisible groups in every state in the country, from the deepest blue to reddest red. They are led by citizen volunteers building power in their own communities.
This decentralized movement started asserting its power early in 2017. On the first day of Congress, Indivisibles rallied against conservative threats to attempt to gut the congressional ethics office. Indivisibles then stormed town halls demanding their Representatives and Senators oppose TrumpCare, the tax scam, and the attacks on Dreamers. They ran for office and supported Democratic takeovers in Virginia, Alabama, and other places across the country - places where progressives had been forgotten. They changed the national narrative with more than $1 billion in earned local and national media, defining American politics in 2017.
11/ We’re thrilled that our words resonated with some of the people who are fighting the fight. Proud to be in this with you.— Leah Greenberg (@Leahgreenb) December 16, 2016
We had no intention of starting an organization when we put out the Guide. But we believed in the Indivisible Movement, and we knew we needed to do everything we could to support it. So we created the national Indivisible organization in our living room with a committed cadre of volunteers dedicating their nights, weekends, and sick days to the task of supporting this growing, nationwide grassroots movement. We closed out 2017 with 42 full-time staffers primarily spread across organizing, communications, policy, and political teams. Our two growing organizations - a 501(c)(4) and 501(c)(3) - are built on a simple premise: we work for the local Indivisible groups who lead this movement.
It’s been a year full of darkness, danger and damage - but also hope. As we travel the country speaking to groups in Texas, New York, Louisiana, Colorado, Georgia, California, and everywhere in between, we can’t help but feel more hopeful than ever. From the bluest blue state to the reddest red, local Indivisible groups are doing the hard work of demanding more of democracy. Week in, week out, we aren’t just building a wave - we’re building the community-level progressive infrastructure we need to reclaim power and take our country back. 2018 will be the the year we began to retake that power, not because it was destined, but because we earned it.
We are just so proud to be in this fight together. Our movement is powerful. Our future is bright. Together, we’ve resisted. Together, we will win.