When we launched our 50-state political program, we emphasized the importance of local constituent power in influencing elections. We’ve seen this all across the country as Indivisibles dig in, organize transparent and exceptional endorsement processes, and work tirelessly to support candidates that share their values. With hundreds of local endorsements and 44 national endorsements, Indivisibles everywhere are helping to build progressive infrastructure around candidates that will continue to fight to represent our values in Washington and in their own state capitals.
Yesterday, I joined Indivisible Action Tampa Bay as we endorsed Mayor Andrew Gillum for Governor of Florida. With our national endorsement, we are committed to throwing the full weight of our movement behind Mayor Gillum as he fights to secure the Democratic nomination in August’s primary. This endorsement is only possible because of the engagement of Indivisible members across Florida who came together to support and drive the endorsement process forward.
As the only non-millionaire candidate running for the Democratic nomination and potentially the state’s first African-American to lead the state as Governor, his platform supports all Floridians. Mayor Gillum will fight for policies that benefit all: from raising the minimum wage, to finally expanding Medicaid, to repealing Florida’s Stand Your Ground law that continues to uphold the tragic killings of unarmed black men. He has the track record of results and bold progressive policies that we need to see and fight for in November.
A candidate can only earn Indivisible’s endorsement after both being nominated by a local group and clearing a three-stage process. In this case, Indivisible Action Tampa Bay (IATB) led an amazing endorsement process that was fair and transparent, coalesced the support of many Indivisibles throughout Florida, and built out a strong volunteer base ready to fight for Mayor Gillum and progressive values.
This weekend, IATB is getting to work, canvassing and phonebanking their congressional district for Andrew Gillum, and his fellow Floridian IndivisiCandidates. They’re joining our massive, nationwide #100DaysOut weekend of action where they’ll be canvassing, along with many other Florida Indivisibles using our electoral tools! This persistence, and the work of Indivisible groups across the country, is how we will build the blue wave that will carry our IndivisiCandidates through November and beyond.
This movement is made stronger each and every day by our group’s people power and political courage. Endorsements are a big deal for local, federal, and statewide candidates and Indivisibles embarking on this process takes a lot of work and carries along with it a big commitment. That’s why the work IATB and all our groups all over the country are doing matters so much — these votes of confidence are paving the way to not just to 2018, but to 2020 and beyond. The core tenets of our groups’ endorsement processes are the conscious decision to actively grow their political muscle in a way that creates meaningful pressure for preferred policies and values, builds stronger relationships with electeds, and contributes to the functioning of democracy.
They’ve worked to hold their members of Congress accountable, and now, to replace them with with progressive champions. Ezra and I are excited to travel around the country this fall to meet with groups, and see in person the inspiring grassroots momentum that will lead our country to a more progressive future.