In order to preserve our democracy, Indivisible Outer Cape (IOC) supports and empowers people who live on the Outer Cape and facilitates their political engagement.
Indivisible Outer Cape is a non-partisan local entity, affiliated with the nationwide Indivisible network.
Our members are a diverse group of citizens and U.S. residents who want fairness, decency and equality to dominate our country’s discourse and policies. We believe our participation in activism and the political process are key to achieving these goals. We will support our representatives when they stand for these ideals and hold them accountable when they do not. Some of us are first-time activists and others have been at the forefront of civic action for decades. We learn from and support each other.
We Take Action
Since inauguration day in 2017, Indivisible groups have been showing up en masse to congressional offices, organizing events and flooding the congressional phone lines. We are resisting ‘Trumpism’ because of the threat it poses to our democracy – and resistance is working.
We take action by calling our Members of Congress (MoCs) and other elected officials regularly, participating in rallies and marches, initiating postcard-writing events, providing educational resources, and much more. With the midterm elections coming in November, 2018, we will be focused on voting and election issues in addition to our ongoing activism around the administration’s policies. This website will provide you with information and resources to support you as you join us in these efforts.
Urgent Issues (Local and National)
We’re back! Thanks to the folks at Indivisible Somerville and the work of IOC members Maddie Veninger and Barbara Klipper, our website is up and running once again, and better than ever. Check here regularly for updates on important legislation and key issues. It will be updated at least once a week.
Diplomacy and War
Today, Trump unexpectedly fired Secretary of State Rex Tillerson by tweet, as well as one of the few undersecretaries and a long-time White House aide. He has appointed current CIA Director Mike Pompeo to be Tillerson’s successor. This is happening as the White House is supposedly preparing for what would be a historic meeting between Trump and Kim Jong-un of North Korea. It also happened a day after Tillerson agreed with British Prime Minister Teresa May that the attack on a former Russian, now working for the British, was done by Russia. This position contradicts Trump’s statement on the matter.
The Senate will soon debate and vote on the bipartisan resolution (S.J.RES 54) calling for the end of U.S. participation in the war in Yemen. Call your Senators to support the resolution. For details on this issue and others that are of interest and concern now: Indivisible- Legislative priorities March
Support Gun Reform
Student survivors from the Parkland mass shooting at Stoneman Douglas High School in Florida last month are leading a nationwide activist movement to finally get common-sense gun laws enacted and automatic weapons like the AR-15 out of the hands of non-military civilians. We can help by participating in a March for Our Lives event on March 24. The closest march will be in Hyannis on the Hyannis Village Green, 367 Main Street, at 11:00 am (until 3:00pm). The march is sponsored by the newly created Cape Cod Student Board and will be led by students. Bring signs and your passion.
GOP Senator Lisa Murkowski and others are planning to strip federal protections to the Tongass National Forest in Alaska. The Roadless Rule, enacted in 2001 protected this home of 800 year old trees and many species of wildlife. The Sierra Club is asking for concerned citizens to call Senators and help fight the ending of The Roadless Rule.
Protect Wall Street Reform
Last summer GOP house members voted to gut the Dodd-Frank law with the “Financial Choice Act.” Now the Senate has their own version of this awful bill, which will de-regulate Wall Street. Theirs is called “Economic Growth Regulatory Relief, and Consumer Protection Act (S. 2155)” and we need to do what we can to make sure this doesn’t become law. This bill will put us in risk of another financial crisis, will erode consumer protections, and will allow racial discrimination in mortgage lending to go unchecked, all in the name of protecting small community banks (while actually helping big banks). Elizabeth Warren is a major opponent of this bill. You can call her to express your support, and Senator Markey to request he also speak out against it, as well as vote NO.
This week, the House Intelligence Committee, chaired by Devin Nunes, declared their investigation complete and asserted that they found no evidence of collusion with Russia on behalf of the Trump campaign. This was done without the input or approval of Democrat members of that committee. In fact, those members are speaking out against the action taken by Nunes. This is being done as the Special Counsel, Bob Mueller, unearths more damaging evidence and continues to rack up plea deals and indictments. Just keep an eye out and be prepared to take to the streets if the GOP attempts to fire Mueller or shut down that investigation prematurely.
Trump Administration’s Threats to Democracy
Recently, Trump has made statements about admiring the Chinese’s recent move to abolish term limits for its President, and is acting like an authoritarian leader in more open and aggressive ways. To follow the latest of these actions, read Amy Siskind’s weekly list at: The Weekly List.
This week, the ACLU is arguing a case against Kris Kobach’s repressive voting laws in Kansas, in the case, Fish v. Kobach. The case argues that the state of Kansas’s documentary proof-of-citizenship law has blocked voter registration for 35,000 voters, and that the law is not necessary to prevent voter fraud, as Kobach claims. The result of this case will help or hurt efforts to ensure free and fair elections going forward. Stay tuned for the results.
Also, today is a special election to fill a seat in the House of Representatives in the Pittsburgh area (PA-18). This is a district Trump won handily in 2016, and the GOP candidate, Rick Saccone, has run a Trump-style campaign with Trump endorsement and support in the form of a rally in PA last week. The Democratic candidate, Conor Lamb, is a veteran and moderate, and polls and pundits have given him a real chance to win.