…”WE” – the people – taking America back…

…”WE” – the people – taking America back…

‘We Are Relearning Democracy’: 5 Ways the Anti-Trump Movement Is Energizing Political Action      Indivisible started over drinks in a bar. It now has at least 2 groups in every congressional district in the U.S.

 

By Sophia A. McClennen / Salon  March 26, 2017    When the Women’s March descended on Washington, D.C., the day after the Presidential Inauguration on Jan. 21, 2017, its size wasn’t the only point of contention. Many skeptics wondered what good a march could do, even if collectively it was the largest march in recorded history. As with almost all political action these days, the burning question was whether it would make any difference.

It’s worth pausing to reflect on the severe sense of political skepticism that has become not only commonplace, but also expected, each and every time any progressive movement attempts to engage in any political action in this country. One of the reasons for this is that public protests and marches seem to translate uneasily into concrete political outcomes.

That’s where Indivisible comes in. Indivisible began as a guidebook to help empower anti-Trump resisters so they could take their energy and translate it into concrete political change.

Well, actually, it began in a bar.    Similar to many of us who sought to drown our sorrows after the election, married couple Ezra Levin and Leah Greenberg found themselves at a bar in Austin, Texas, drinking and wondering what could be done to stop Trump.

But the guide went viral; web traffic crashed the Google document. So they created a website and worked with a core team of others to develop their plan into something that could really steer local groups.

And while some skeptics will start listing the various ways that Indivisible won’t measure up to the sort of meaningful political resistance we need in the wake of the Trump debacle, here are five reasons why this movement is making a difference.

1. Strategy  …..Unlike the Women’s March or OWS or any number of other spontaneous political action groups we have seen, Indivisible is founded on the idea that political change requires a clear strategy. Its number one goal is to “demystify congressional advocacy.” Its second goal is to support local groups trying to use their political toolkit.

2. Complementarity  …Indivisible counteracts previously accepted ideas about political action that make assumptions that specific forms of activity are more effective than others. It does not pit one form of organizing against another. Instead it has built a platform that complements the initiatives of a given local group, whether they are planning marches, sit ins, call banking, or, as in one case, a die in to protest changes to health care.

3. Indivisibility  …The Indivisible founders knew that, like the Tea Party, they needed to create a unifying theme to their platform. Thus, they specifically chose a concept that pits them directly against the divisive, racist and angry tenor of Tea Party tactics: indivisibility.

4. Laughtivism    While Indivisible has borrowed key tactics from the Tea Party in support of an anti-Trump agenda, there is one major difference in their strategies. Where the Tea Party traded on anger, fear and hysteria to freak out their members, Indivisible mobilizes its members using laughtivism.

5. Storytelling  …In the wake of the first “fake news”-elected president, no one needs reminding that politics today is all about controlling the narrative.

Thus Indivisible takes storytelling as a central component of its tactics. It encourages local groups to develop relationships with local media, to operate Twitter and Facebook pages and to always take pictures and videos at any event.

Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in:

WordPress.com Logo

You are commenting using your WordPress.com account. Log Out / Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out / Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out / Change )

Google+ photo

You are commenting using your Google+ account. Log Out / Change )

Connecting to %s

%d bloggers like this: