Urgent Issues and Actions

The big elections are decided, but we can still help by writing ‘postcards to voters’ in smaller, run-off elections!Felicia M. (Facebook)

Postcards to Voters is a progressive volunteer organization that sets up groups or individuals across the country to help write cards to voters in swing districts reminding them of the importance of voting. Once you sign up and read their guidelines for a good postcard, it’s easy to get lists of addresses! You can ask for as few as ten or as many as hundreds – IOC wrote 250 for Mike Espy in Mississippi! Check out their website and sign up here.

THE MUELLER INVESTIGATION IS IN DANGER!!

With the election over, we were hopeful that Mueller would break his silence. With Democrats soon to control the House, we also knew it was highly likely that Trump would move to fire Sessions or Rosenstein or to in some way try to shut Mueller down. The threat is still dire and a rapid response may be needed again.

 

When Trump fired AG Sessions and installed his crony, chief of staff, Whitaker, as acting Attorney General, nation-wide rallies were triggered on November 8, at 5 PM. You can check our Facebook page for a video of our action.

Donald Trump has installed a crony to oversee the Special Counsel Trump-Russia investigation, crossing a red line set to protect the investigation. By replacing Rod Rosenstein with just-named Acting Attorney General Matt Whitaker as special counsel Robert Mueller’s boss on the investigation, Trump has undercut the independence of the investigation. Whitaker has publicly outlined strategies to stifle the investigation and cannot be allowed to remain in charge of it. The Nobody Is Above the Law network demands that Whitaker immediately commit not to assume supervision of the investigation. Our hundreds of response events were launched to demonstrate the public demand for action to correct this injustice.

Groups across the country mobilized and hit the streets with spontaneous protests on November 8, including folks in Ptown, Brewster, Hyannis and Falmouth. We don’t know exactly what may happen next, but the Constitutional crisis created by this president and his cronies in Congress is likely to play out in the coming weeks. Stay tuned; further actions may be necessary!

Check out Nobody’s Above the Law for details.

 

WE DID IT! WE FLIPPED THE HOUSE!

From Indivisible-MA organizer, Michael Ansara:

Thank You!
First, a huge shout out for the several thousand volunteers from Indivisible, Force Multiplier, Swing Left, the Flip the House Coalition, Blue Revolution, and others who worked so hard in this election. All that fundraising, donating, post card writing, phone banking, and door knocking paid off in so many races.

Chris Pappas won in New Hampshire. Antonio Delgado won in the NY 19. Anthony Brindisi won in NY 22 and most likely, when all the ranked voting ballots are apportioned, Jared Golden flipped Maine 2! Here in Massachusetts Questions 2 and 3 won overwhelmingly.

For those of us opposed to Trump, the number one goal in this election was to flip the House. That happened and decisively.

The number two goal was to flip state legislatures and governorships — we flipped 7 governors including defeating Scott Walker and Kris Kobach. We elected down-ballot candidates across the country whose election will alter how redistricting happens after 2020.

Number three goal was to hold down losses in the Senate — there we failed but how badly is not clear. Three senators from very red states lost. On the other hand we won in Nevada and are in a slight lead in Arizona. In Florida there will be a recount both for Senate and Governor. In both Florida and Georgia, Gillum and Abrams have come so close to historic wins. If they fail by an eye lash, the fact that they came so close is remarkable. Because of Abrams, the seat once held by Newt Gingrich is now held by an African American woman. In Florida, the re-enfranchisement of felons passed. In Texas Beto came close to defeating Cruz and flipped two long-time congressional seats and 12 state legislative seats.

In the very red states Trump demonstrated that he has a powerful following that will enthusiastically vote based on a politics of lies, fear, racism and grievance. However, even in the places Republicans won, their vote share was less than Trump’s share two years ago.

The fault lines of American politics are clear. There continues to be a realignment by race, age, education (or lack of), gender, and geography.

Urban cores have long been Democratic strongholds, but the suburbs were Republican bastions. That has changed dramatically. Led by the massive anger of women and fueled by young voters, voters with a college degree, and people of color, these areas moved sharply to the Democrats.

On the other hand led by the anger of white men and the passions of evangelical Christians, fueled by lies, proclamations of imminent invasion by immigrants, and naked appeals to white nationalism, Trump mobilized his base, especially in areas with large concentrations of white men without college education, with more older white voters, and, of course, throughout the South and near South (think Missouri, think the panhandle of Florida).

Our federal system gives outsized power to the non-urban low populations states. California has a population of just under 40 million and 2 senators. Wyoming, North Dakota, South Dakota, Idaho, West Virginia, Nebraska, and Kansas combined are only a fourth the size, yet they have 14 senators. Add to this gerrymandering and you can see that there are structural problems favoring minority rule by Republicans. Add voter suppression and you have significant barriers that we will have to overcome. But this election showed that we can. Not easily for sure.

This election showed what can happen when we organize, when we take no election for granted, and when we take no vote for granted. It is a start. Now we have to keep building upon it, learning from our success and also learning when we fall short.

We did our job, but we aren’t done! A message from Indivisible’s founders about where we go from here:

Dear Indivisibles,

We took the House. We keep repeating it over and over to ourselves: We took the House.

How we built the wave.

When Trump won, the political establishment assumed that the Affordable Care Act was as good as dead. They assumed that Republicans had built, through gerrymandering, a secure majority in the House. They assumed Trump could count on four years of a Republican Congress.

They didn’t count on us.

A lot of people in Washington will rush to claim credit for Tuesday’s results.But you know the truth: this didn’t start in Washington.

It started in our cities and towns. It started in our living rooms, or in a community center, or at a march (or on a bus on the way back from a march), or in a church or mosque or synagogue. It started with finding our voices, our communities, and our power. It started with us coming together.

We showed up — first at marches and airports, then at town halls and district offices. We held our representatives’ feet to the fire. We made sure they answered for every vote they took and every statement they made. We fought — long and hard — to stop the repeal of the Affordable Care Act, to turn Trump’s tax scam into a political liability, and to join in defense of DACA recipients and our communities under threat.

We forced many of these Republicans into early retirements. We tied others to their most unpopular votes and quotes. We laid the groundwork for the campaigns that took shape this year… and for Democrats to have a competitive House map.

And then we went from pressuring our representatives to replacing them. We got behind exciting candidates. We knocked doors, made calls, sent texts, and raised money. We ran for office ourselves. And on Tuesday, whether our candidates won or lost, we were part of a nationwide wave that has changed the course of American democracy.

We didn’t win everywhere — in some states, Republicans have rigged the rules, or we’re still building the power we’ll need to win. We’re mourning losses in critical places like Florida, Georgia, and Texas. But we’ve achieved something fundamental: we’ve taken control of one chamber of Congress. And we can use it as a check on this administration, and to lead the path forward.

What comes next: we go on offense.

The original Indivisible Guide was all about defense. Republicans had unified control of the House, the Senate, and the White House. We had lost state legislatures and governorships. We felt lost and scared and alone. And the best thing we could think to do was write a practical guide to making Congress listen to their constituents (that’s you!).

We knew that Trump would threaten our families, our neighbors, and our democracy. We believed that the only thing that could stop him and his Congressional Republican footsoldiers was a massive, nationwide surge of everyday people banding together, getting organized, and fighting for the America that we believed in.

But then something incredible happened: we took our anger and grief and turned it into fuel for collective action. We organized and we built power.

Tuesday’s enormous victory changes the game. In a few days, we’ll release a new Indivisible guide: Indivisible on Offense(We’ve been working on a new guide for months… we kind of had a feeling last night’s victory might happen.) In 2017, we made Congress listen. In 2018, we remade Congress. And in 2019, the next Congress will feature a new generation of brave, diverse leaders.

The new Democratic House majority has agenda-setting power. They can pass legislation. They can use investigatory and subpoena power. They can act as a check on this Administration. This all gets a little wonky and complex, but it’s hugely powerful. And we’ll release Indivisible on Offense next week to walk you through all the ins and outs, and help you work to ensure Democrats use all their new powers.

This is how we’ll go from taking the House to taking the White House. Want to get a sneak peek of the plan? Sign up here to join this call and let us know you’re in for this next phase of our movement. And, please, forward this to your friends too — what better time to join this movement than after a historic, nationwide win?

We all know Trump won’t take this loss sitting down. The fight for our democracy is far from over. But we also know that Indivisibles all over the country made last night’s win possible and showed how we can win again.

We’re not scared anymore. We’re not lost. We’re not alone. We know that America belongs to all of us — and that we’re all in this together. Indivisible.

In solidarity,
Ezra and Leah

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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