Statements

April 23, 2018 – Pompeo Will Likely Lose in Committee Today, and It’s Because of Constituent Pressure

April 16, 2018 – New Data Shows Broad Support for Medicaid Expansion in Every VA Legislative District

April 13, 2018 – Indivisible: “Congress must stop Trump’s illegal, reckless march to war.”

April 11, 2018 – Indivisible Co-Founders to the Indivisible movement: “You did this.”

April 4, 2018 – Indivisible Project: Deploying National Guard to Southern Border is Foolish, Cruel, and a Threat to Democratic Values

April 3, 2018 – Indivisible Project Endorses First Five Candidates in Midterm Elections

April 3, 2018 – Indivisible Endorses Hiral Tipirneni for Congress in AZ-08 Special Election

April 3, 2018 – Indivisible Endorses Dana Balter for Congress in NY-24

April 3, 2018 – Indivisible Endorses Paulette Jordan for Governor of Idaho

April 3, 2018 – Indivisible Endorses Andrew Learned for Congress in FL-15

April 3, 2018 – Indivisible Endorses Shawna Roberts for Congress in OH-06

March 29, 2018 – Indivisible Announces Governing Boards for Newly Independent Entities

March 20, 2018 – Indivisible Reacts to the Senate’s Vote to Table the Sanders-Lee-Murphy Yemen Resolution

February 12, 2018 – Indivisible Project Reacts to Trump Infrastructure “Plan”

February 8, 2018 – Joint Statement: Immigrant Youth and Allies Call on House Democrats to Lead Because “Our Lives and the Morals of This Country Are at Stake

January 30, 2018 – Indivisible Project Reacts to the State of the Union

January 22, 2018 – Indivisible Statement on Congressional Deal on Continuing Resolution

January 22, 2018 – Immigration and Progressive Groups: Democrats Must Stand Strong

January 20, 2018 – Indivisible Project’s Statement on Shutdown Vote

January 18, 2018 – Indivisible’s Ezra Levin: “Republicans should reject the Trump Shutdown.”

December 21, 2017 – Indivisible Statement on Continuing Resolution Vote: We’ll Remember Who Fought With Dreamers Today

December 20, 2017 – Indivisible Statement on Senate Passage of the GOP Tax Scam

December 12, 2017 – Indivisible Celebrates Jones Win with Alabama Indivisible Groups

December 2, 2017 – Indivisible Statement on Senate Passage of the GOP Tax Bill

November 9, 2017 – Indivisible Launches Indivisible435 Program Ahead of 2018 Midterm Elections

November 7, 2017 – Indivisible Groups Mobilize to Elect Progressives Throughout Virginia

September 26, 2017 – Indivisible Statement on Republicans’ Failure to Repeal the Affordable Care Act

September 7, 2017 – Immigrant Groups and Allies Call on Congressional Democrats to Force Vote on Dream Act

September 5, 2017 – Indivisible Statement on Announcement of Elimination of the DACA Program

August 25, 2017 – Indivisible Statement on Trump’s Pardon of Sheriff Joe Arpaio

August 24, 2017 – Indivisible Statement on Possible Elimination of the DACA Program

August 12, 2017 – Indivisible Statement on Charlottesville

July 28, 2017 – Indivisible Statement on Defeat of “Skinny Repeal”

July 25, 2017 – Indivisible Statement on Senate’s Motion to Proceed to TrumpCare Measure

June 22, 2017 – Indivisible Statement on Senate TrumpCare Bill

June 8, 2017 – Indivisible Statement on Comey Senate Hearing

May 17, 2017 – Indivisible Statement on the Appointment of a Special Counsel to Oversee Russia Investigation

May 10, 2017 – Indivisible Statement on Dismissal of FBI Director James Comey

May 10, 2017 – Resistance Organizations Unveil Adopt-A-District Guide for Grassroots Groups

May 9, 2017 – Coalition of Resistance Organizations Launches Joint TrumpCare Accountability Initiative

May 4, 2017 – Indivisible Statement on TrumpCare Vote

April 28, 2017 – Release on Donald Trump’s First 100 Days

April 6, 2017 – Release on Senate Nuclear Option on Gorsuch Nomination

April 3, 2017 – Release on Senate Democratic Filibuster of Gorsuch


FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
April 23, 2018
Contact: Emily Phelps | press@indivisible.org

Washington, DC—Today, the Indivisible Project’s foreign policy manager Elizabeth Beavers issued the following statement:

“It is now clear that Islamophobic, anti-woman, climate change-denying, pro-torture war hawk Mike Pompeo will likely be rejected by the Senate Foreign Relations Committee today—and it’s because of constituent power.

“Last week, in the span of a couple of days, several key Democrats came out in opposition to Pompeo’s nomination in quick succession, falling like dominoes. That was not a foregone conclusion. Remember, in January 2017, fifteen caucusing Democrats supported Pompeo’s confirmation as CIA Director and gave Republicans an easy confirmation. This time, the groundswell of public opposition to Pompeo—and the Trumpism he represents—has made this a real fight in this Republican-controlled Senate.

“Constituents back home expect Democrats to fight, not rubber stamp, the Trump agenda: the calls, letters and protests that each of those Senators face are making a difference. The grassroots have been energized from California to Virginia to Delaware, and we’re seeing what that looks like today.

“Indivisible groups have already helped kill the Republican health care bill, fought Paul Ryan’s top-priority tax plan, and pushed the Democratic party to hold their ground in a months-long DREAM Act fight. They’ve also helped push dozens of Republicans into retirement, are already shaping the midterms, and are building a ‘blue wave’ sweeping across all fifty states.

“If the Senate Foreign Relations Committee rejects Pompeo, it’ll be a historic loss—the first time in recorded history that a Secretary of State nominee has been rejected in committee. We have constituent power to thank for that.”


FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
April 13, 2018
Civis Analytics Contact: David Shor | dshor@civisanalytics.com
Data for Progress Contact: Sean A. McElwee | seanadrianmc@gmail.com
Indivisible Contact: Emily Phelps | press@indivisible.org

Washington, DC—In a joint collaboration and first of its kind project combining cutting-edge data analysis and advocacy, Civis Analytics, the Indivisible Project, and Data for Progress are unveiling estimates of legislative district level support for Medicaid expansion in Virginia. The results indicate broad support for Medicaid expansion in every single legislative district in the state.

Civis used survey responses from 1,400 likely voters to generate estimates of support for Medicaid expansion in every state legislative district in Virginia with multilevel regression and poststratification. The survey was fielded in early April 2018, and asked, “Democrats in your state’s legislature are proposing a bill to expand eligibility for Medicaid to provide health insurance to families that make less than 138 percent of the federal poverty line. This expansion would be paid for by a 1.4% tax on hospital revenue. Would you be for or against this policy?”

Even with this partisan language, there was a high level of support across all districts. Two-way support (excluding don’t knows) for Medicaid expansion is 66 percent and 67 percent in the median House of Delegates and State Senate district. Within the median Republican-held district that same number is 61 percent for the State Senate and 60 percent for the House of Delegates.

“In November, Democrats won in Virginia by running on Medicaid expansion. This data supports the election results and shows us that Medicaid is popular in every single district,” said Jiggy Athilingam, State & Local Policy Manager at the Indivisible Project. “While the legislature convenes now to debate Medicaid expansion during the special session, they should know that if they do the right thing and expand Medicaid, the voters are behind them.”

“Even paired with taxes, Medicaid expansion has universal support among Democrats and nearly-even splits Trump voters, that’s enough to win anywhere,” said Michael Sadowsky, Data Scientist at Civis Analytics.

“This is an exhilarating opportunity to bring data to advocacy,” said Data for Progress co-founder Sean McElwee, “with new advances in modelling, we can ensure that all advocates are equipped with reliable estimates of public opinion whenever they are talking with legislators.

Key Findings:

  • In every House of Delegates and State Senate district in Virginia, likely voters support Medicaid expansion by an overwhelming margin. Two-way support for Medicaid expansion is 66 percent in the median House of Delegates district and 67 percent in the median state Senate district.
  • Medicaid expansion carries little risk of backlash. In the median House of Delegates and State Senate district, two-way support among Republicans is 43 percent.
  • Voters support Medicaid expansion even using partisan language and attached revenue pay-fors, in this case, a tax on hospitals.
  • Medicaid expansion is popular even in red districts. Two-way support in the median Republican-held House of Delegates district is 60 percent and is 61 percent in the median State Senate district.


FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
April 13, 2018
Contact: Emily Phelps | press@indivisible.org

Washington, DC—On Friday Night, the Indivisible Project’s national security policy manager Elizabeth Beavers released the following statement:

“Donald Trump has made a mockery of his solemn duties by launching missiles as impulsively as he launches tweets. He has zero respect for the law, zero strategy, and zero regard for our national security.

“Donald Trump has zero real interest in the safety of the Syrian people, or else he wouldn’t have spent his entire presidency trying to ban them from our shores as they seek safety. He is transparently gambling with their safety tonight to distract from his own legal troubles.

“Congress must exercise its constitutional responsibility to stop Trump’s illegal, reckless march to war, and urge real solutions that would actually ease Syria’s suffering. It is Congress’ responsibility to prevent Trump’s belligerence and volatility from escalating this conflict and dragging us into another open-ended and disastrous war in the Middle East.”


FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
April 11, 2018
Contact: Emily Phelps | press@indivisible.org

Washington, DC—Today, the Indivisible Project’s co-executive directors Leah Greenberg and Ezra Levin issued the following statement:

“Today, a Speaker of the House whose party controls the House, Senate and the White House announced he’s retiring from office. He’s the latest in a record-breaking list to announce his retirement this Congress. He’s the second Republican to retire today. In short, Ryan is only the latest and biggest rat to abandon the sinking ship. They all see what we see: the big blue wave is coming.

Our message to Indivisible groups and resisting constituents everywhere today: you are building this wave. As one retiring Congressman said just a couple weeks ago, ‘I think everybody is aware of what the environment is because they deal with Indivisible people outside their office every week protesting.’

On the same day Ryan announced his retirement, a Florida Tea Party congressman named Dennis Ross announced he was throwing in the towel too. Just a couple weeks ago, local Indivisible groups nominated Ross’ challenger Andrew Learned for a national endorsement, which he received. Learned and Indivisible candidates like him across the country will be depriving Trump of a House majority after November.

Indivisible leaders and other newly engaged local activists around the country have been building this wave for more than a year. Ryan and Ross’ retirements are just the latest reminder for Trump and Trump Republicans that November is coming.”

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News Highlights: How Indivisible groups have pushed Republicans into retirement

Pressure from Indivisible groups has helped push Members of Congress to announce their retirement in dozens of districts. Here are just a few highlights:  

  • Rep. Darrell Issa (CA-49)
    The San Diego Union-Tribune: What is Indivisible San Diego, the group that protested Darrell Issa?
    Upon hearing Rep. Darrell Issa, R-Vista, say Wednesday that he would not seek re-election, one group that called for him to resign and organized to have a “retirement party” for him celebrated the surprise announcement as nothing less than a victory.
    In a tweet, the group Indivisible San Diego credited “a solid year of the largest weekly congressional office protests” in the nation that preceded Issa’s announcement…
  • Rep. Rodney Frelinghuysen (NJ-11)
    WNYC: Top New Jersey Republican Won’t Seek Re-Election
    The moderate Republican, the heir to a political dynasty that stretches back to the American Revolution, had risen to become the chairman of the House Appropriations Committee just a year ago.  But at the same time, a group of suburban women, shocked and dismayed by the results of the 2016 presidential election, formed NJ 11th for Change,  named after the 11th congressional district, which Frelinghuysen represents. They started holding weekly protests at his office, “Fridays with Frelinghuysen,” left comments with his staff, and otherwise put him on the spot. The more the congressman tried to avoid them, the more they made an issue of his absence.
  • Rep. Ryan Costello (PA-06)
    Vox: Republican Rep. Ryan Costello isn’t running for reelection. That’s big for Democrats.
    “Unlike Republican leadership, which has been trying to downplay the possibility of a major blue wave in the 2018 midterm election, Costello has long been more upfront about the political realities under Trump’s presidency: Democrats are energized to retake Congress…
    “I think everybody is aware of what the environment is because they deal with Indivisible people outside their office every week protesting,” Costello told Vox in February after a bout of Republican retirement announcements, referring to the progressive group. “I know that I do. There has been more intensity.”​
  • Rep. David Reichert (WA-08), Rep. David Trott (MI-11), Rep. Jimmy Duncan (TN-02) and more
    Think Progress: Recent GOP retirements follow months of progressive pressure

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
April 3, 2018
Contact: Emily Phelps | press@indivisible.org

Washington, DC—Today, Angel Padilla, national policy director of the Indivisible Project, issued the following statement:

“Trump’s announcement that he will deploy the National Guard to the southern border is consistent with his racist, anti-immigrant agenda. Sending armed National Guard troops to confront children, families, and refugees fleeing violence and death is both cruel and un-American. It’s also completely unnecessary. With unauthorized border crossings at the southern border at a 46-year low, the only effect this will have is to further terrorize immigrant communities, including the millions of Americans who live along our already-militarized border.”

The Indivisible Project’s national security policy manager Elizabeth Beavers issued the following statement:

“Yet again, Trump seems to think that every problem can be solved with a militarized crackdown. Federal law prohibits our military from carrying out domestic law enforcement, and with good reason. From foreign policy to national security to immigration, over-militarization only makes us less safe and puts our rights in danger. This is the Trump threat level in action.”


FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
April 3, 2018
Contact: Emily Phelps | press@indivisible.org

Washington, DC—Today, in a first for the national organization, the Indivisible Project announced its endorsement of its first five candidates in the 2018 midterm elections:

Dana Balter, NY-24
Paulette Jordan, ID-Gov
Andrew Learned, FL-15
Shawna Roberts, OH-06
Hiral Tipirneni, AZ-08

“When Indivisible decided to engage in elections nationally, we had specific goals in mind: build the progressive bench in all 435 districts, disrupt gatekeeping structures, and foster the long-term constituent ownership of these seats. The slate of candidates we’re endorsing today are wonderful reflection of those goals made real.

It includes candidates of color, candidates from rural parts of the country, and candidates who know from personal experience how health care and immigration laws impact real people every day,” said Maria Urbina, the national political director of the Indivisible Project.

“In a normal year, the usual party kingmaking structures might not have spotted all of these talented candidates. But local Indivisible groups did; some are even Indivisible members themselves. Their work and commitment has already lifted these candidates up. Indivisible groups have committed to canvassing, phone banking, and amplifying the work of these candidates until Election Day. We will be proud to back up their efforts with additional support.”

“We are proud to say that all of these endorsed candidates affirmed their support for permanent protections for DREAMers, universal health care coverage for all Americans, and raising the minimum wage. All four congressional candidates have pledged to apply their values in the management of their congressional offices: paying their interns, hiring staff that demographically represent their district at all levels, and building safe and inclusive work environments. We believe elected officials have an obligation to live out their values as bosses, not just as lawmakers. As an organization founded by former congressional staffers, Indivisible is proud to contribute to an ongoing national conversation and cement new norms on Capitol Hill.”

“Since 2016, congressional Republicans have painted themselves into a corner. They voted for immigration, tax and health care policies that are cruel and not based in reality. They stood behind the corrupt and hate-filled Trump administration. They lost integrity and trust with voters. A record number of Republicans have already seen the writing on the wall and announced their retirement.”

“This year is unlike any midterm election cycle we’ve seen. As recent special elections have already shown, an undeniable ‘blue wave’ of grassroots energy is putting progressive candidates over the top across the country.”

To earn Indivisible’s national endorsement, a candidate must clear a tough three-stage process that requires buy-in from local Indivisible group members at multiple points. A candidate cannot be endorsed without a strong platform and the enthusiastic support of informed, energized voters in their district.


FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
April 3, 2018
Contact: Emily Phelps | press@indivisible.org

Washington, DC—Today, the Indivisible Project announced its endorsement of Hiral Tipirneni for Congress in the AZ-08 special election.

“Hiral Tipirneni understands the real needs of her district and will be a champion for working families. She will be well positioned to fight for all Arizonans,” said Maria Urbina, the national political director of the Indivisible Project.

“Health care is personal to Hiral, as it is to so many of us. Hiral decided to become an emergency room doctor following a childhood illness. Following her mother and nephew’s deaths from cancer, she turned full time to cancer research. As a researcher, advocate, and doctor, Hiral has seen the health care industry from every angle—and she knows that health care just isn’t working for too many families. Hiral has a plan to make affordable, quality health care available for every American.

“Hiral moved to the US from India with her family when she was three years old. Hiral’s parents taught her the impact a single individual can have on their community: her mom in social work and her dad in structural engineering. Hiral’s commitment and integrity make her the right candidate for Arizona’s 8th District.

“This year is unlike any midterm election cycle we’ve seen. As recent special elections have shown, an undeniable ‘blue wave’ of grassroots energy is already putting progressive candidates over the top across the country. The candidates who can best take advantage of this wave will be those with deep local grassroots support, a commitment to listening to their communities, and the personal courage of their convictions. We believe Hiral is one of those candidates and we are proud to endorse her.”

To earn Indivisible’s national endorsement, a candidate must clear a tough three-stage process that requires buy-in from local Indivisible group members at multiple points. A candidate cannot be endorsed without a strong platform and the enthusiastic support of informed, energized voters across their district. Indivisible believes Hiral Tipirneni has all those things, and more.


FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
April 3, 2018
Contact: Emily Phelps | press@indivisible.org

Washington, DC—Today, the Indivisible Project announced its endorsement of Dana Balter in the NY-24 congressional race.

“Dana Balter understands the real needs of her community and will be a champion for working families. She will be well positioned to fight for the needs of central New York,” said Maria Urbina, the national political director of the Indivisible Project.

“Dana Balter knows firsthand the impact health care access can have on a person’s life: a decade ago, Dana faced debilitating physical illness that forced her to withdraw from her PhD program. After the 2016 election, Dana knew she had to fight for the right to health care for everyone in Central New York. First as an organizer with Central New York Solidarity Coalition, and now as a candidate for Congress, Dana has proven she is ready to take on Representative Katko and guarantee everyone in NY-24 has access to quality, affordable health care.”

“Only four of New York’s 27 Representatives voted for the Trump tax bill, where 83 percent of the new cuts go to the top one percent. John Katko was one of them. Dana Balter will fight back against tax cuts for the richest Americans, supporting policies that grow the middle class.”

“This year is unlike any midterm election cycle we’ve seen. As recent special elections have shown, an undeniable ‘blue wave’ of grassroots energy is already putting progressive candidates over the top across the country. The candidates who can best take advantage of this wave will be those with deep local grassroots support, a commitment to listening to their communities, and the personal courage of their convictions. We believe Dana is one of those candidates and we are proud to endorse her.”

To earn Indivisible’s national endorsement, a candidate must clear a tough three-stage process that requires buy-in from local Indivisible group members at multiple points. A candidate cannot be endorsed without a strong platform and the enthusiastic support of informed, energized voters across their district. Indivisible believes Dana Balter has all those things, and more.


FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
April 3, 2018
Contact: Emily Phelps | press@indivisible.org

Washington, DC—Today, the Indivisible Project announced its endorsement of Paulette Jordan in the Democratic primary in the Idaho gubernatorial election.

“Paulette Jordan understands the real needs of her home state and will be a champion for working families. She will be well positioned to fight for the needs of all Idahoans,” said Maria Urbina, the national political director of the Indivisible Project.

Paulette brings a unique perspective to issues from future job markets, to conservation and access to public lands, to education. Having grown up in rural Idaho, Paulette knows first hand how rural communities can be denied access to quality health care and education. She supports expanding Medicaid and investing in education – not just as a Democrat, but as someone who knows the crucial impact these programs have on Idahoans. Paulette Jordan believes in an Idaho where everyone is given a fair shot at success. As a lone Democrat representing Northern Idaho in the legislature, Paulette has already proven she can be a voice for Idahoans who are struggling to be heard in the state’s political system.

“This year is unlike any midterm election cycle we’ve seen. As recent special elections have shown, an undeniable ‘blue wave’ of grassroots energy is already putting progressive candidates over the top across the country. The candidates who can best take advantage of this wave will be those with deep local grassroots support, a commitment to listening to their communities, and the personal courage of their convictions. We believe Paulette is one of those candidates and we are proud to endorse her.”

To earn Indivisible’s national endorsement, a candidate must clear a tough three-stage process that requires buy-in from local Indivisible group members at multiple points. A candidate cannot be endorsed without a strong platform and the enthusiastic support of informed, energized voters across their district. Indivisible believes Paulette Jordan has all those things, and more.


FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
April 3, 2018
Contact: Emily Phelps | press@indivisible.org

Washington, DC—Today, the Indivisible Project announced its endorsement of Andrew Learned in the FL-15 congressional race.

“Andrew Learned understands the real needs of his community and will be a champion for working families. He will be well positioned to fight for his district,” said Maria Urbina, the national political director of the Indivisible Project.

“Growing up, Andrew Learned was raised with the same values so many of us are: that we have a duty to feed the hungry, care for the sick, and treat people fairly. As a young man, Andrew was a registered Republican who thought the party stood for the same thing. But Andrew changed parties after Republicans in Washington proved that they were so bent on taking healthcare away from millions of Americans that they would risk shutting down the government. Today, Andrew still lives by the same values: protecting families’ right to quality health care, stopping cruel deporations that tear families apart, and fighting for a living wage.

“As a veteran who served in support of counterterrorism missions in Iraq and Syria, Andrew is acutely aware of the potential that U.S. foreign policy has to either sow dysfunction and harm, or to advance human rights and the rule of law. He has seen how Washington mismanagement can impact real operations, and is committed to overcoming that dysfunction to prioritize real solutions.

“This year is unlike any midterm election cycle we’ve seen. As recent special elections have shown, an undeniable ‘blue wave’ of grassroots energy is already putting progressive candidates over the top across the country. The candidates who can best take advantage of this wave will be those with deep local grassroots support, a commitment to listening to their communities, and the personal courage of their convictions. We believe Andrew is one of those candidates and we are proud to endorse him.”

To earn Indivisible’s national endorsement, a candidate must clear a tough three-stage process that requires buy-in from local Indivisible group members at multiple points. A candidate cannot be endorsed without a strong platform and the enthusiastic support of informed, energized voters across their district. Indivisible believes Andrew Learned has all those things, and more.


FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
April 3, 2018
Contact: Emily Phelps | press@indivisible.org

Washington, DC—Today, the Indivisible Project announced its endorsement of Shawna Roberts for Congress in Ohio’s 6th District.

“Shawna Roberts understands the real needs of her district and will be a champion for working families. She will be well positioned to fight for all Ohioans,” said Maria Urbina, the national political director of the Indivisible Project.

“Shawna has the strength and determination to represent Ohio’s 6th district. Like so many Americans, Shawna Roberts’ family was devastated by the 2008 recession. Forced to shutter their family business, Shawna and her husband had to find new jobs and work hard to get by and raise their kids. Shawna is all too aware of the ways real families in rural communities are impacted by decisions made in Washington. Shawna supports combating rural hospital closures, investing in rural broadband access, and getting serious about combating the opioid epidemic in Ohio.”

“This year is unlike any midterm election cycle we’ve seen.  As recent special elections have shown, an undeniable ‘blue wave’ of grassroots energy is already putting progressive candidates over the top across the country. The candidates who can best take advantage of this wave will be those with deep local grassroots support, a commitment to listening to their communities, and the personal courage of their convictions. We believe Shawna is one of those candidates and we are proud to endorse her.”

To earn Indivisible’s national endorsement, a candidate must clear a tough three-stage process that requires buy-in from local Indivisible group members at multiple points. A candidate cannot be endorsed without a strong platform and the enthusiastic support of informed, energized voters across their district. Indivisible believes Shawna Roberts has all those things, and more.


FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
March 29, 2018
Contact: Emily Phelps | press@indivisible.org

Washington, DC—Today, the founders of Indivisible announced the leadership and membership for the Boards of Directors of the newly-independent 501(c)(3) organization, Indivisible Civics, as well as the 501(c)(4) advocacy organization, the Indivisible Project.

The announcement marks the beginning of a new chapter for Indivisible, which, in 2017, grew from a viral Google doc managed by a volunteer collaborative to an organization with over 40 staff and thousands of local independent Indivisible groups across the nation.

As co-founders and co-executive directors Leah Greenberg and Ezra Levin explained in an update posted on the organization’s blog, Indivisible Civics was established this month as a legal entity independent from the nonprofit incubator where the organization developed for the past year.

“Back in early 2017, as the Indivisible movement was growing at a breathtaking pace, it became clear we needed to do something to respond to all of the emails and requests for support coming from these new civic leaders. In response, we formed a relationship with two nonprofit incubators—Tides and The Advocacy Fund—which incubated our 501(c)(3) and 501(c)(4) projects. We are able to use these two nonprofit structures to engage in a wide range of activities on different fronts—for instance, our 501(c)(3) focuses on nonpartisan civic engagement, while our 501(c)(4) supports our advocacy and electoral work. Throughout 2017, as the Indivisible movement spread and grew, our organizational effort did as well, with the crucial support of these two incubators.

Heading into 2018, as we fought against TrumpCare and the Trump Tax Scam, and as Indivisible groups threw themselves into the Virginia and Alabama elections, Indivisible the organization continued to grow to support this local leadership. With this continued growth, it became clear that we were getting ready to leave the nest and strike out on our own.”

In conjunction with the establishment of the two fully independent entities, the organization announced the leadership and membership of the two entities’ governing boards.

“As we built our board, we knew there were certain values we hoped they would share: experience building organizations like ours, bold leadership across different fields, and a deep belief in the power of grassroots movements to change the world,” said Leah Greenberg and Ezra Levin, co-executive directors of the Indivisible Project and Indivisible Civics. “Our new board members are all of that and more, and we’re lucky to have them join us. They’ve all been not just leaders, but game-changers in their fields.”

“At this historic moment in our country in which the soul of our nation is at stake, we must stand united for all of our communities,” said Marielena Hinacapié​, Board President of the Indivisible Project. “It is a true honor to serve as Board President of the leaderful Indivisible Project which is already redirecting our country onto a much more progressive path that is more just and equitable. We must take our country back for all of us and for future generations.”

“Millions of Americans have become civically engaged since 2016, united in a belief that we must fight for our values, our neighbors and our nation,” said Meighan Stone, Board President of Indivisible Civics. “As the Board President of Indivisible Civics, I’m honored to work for the real leaders of the Indivisible movement, our thousands of grassroots groups in all 50 states—who organize every day to make lasting change in their communities.”

The Board of the Indivisible Project:

Bill Dempsey, Chief Financial Officer, SEIU
Christie George, Director, New Media Ventures
Marielena Hincapié (President) Executive Director, National Immigration Law Center
Heather C. McGhee, President, Demos
Tom Perriello, CEO, Win Virginia
Leah Greenberg and Ezra Levin, Co-Executive Directors, Indivisible Project

The Board of Indivisible Civics:

Indivar Dutta-Gupta, Co-Executive Director at the Georgetown Center on Poverty and Inequality
David Slifka, Co-Founder, Amplify
Meighan Stone (President), Senior Fellow, Women and Foreign Policy Program, Council on Foreign Relations
Leah Greenberg and Ezra Levin, Co-Executive Directors, Indivisible Civics


FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
March 20, 2018
Contact: Sarah Dohl | press@indivisible.org

Washington, DC—In response to the Senate’s vote tonight to table S. J. Res. 54, the Sanders-Lee-Murphy Yemen resolution, Elizabeth Beavers, foreign policy manager of the Indivisible Project, released the following statement:

“Tonight, on the fifteenth anniversary of the Iraq War, ten Democrats helped Mitch McConnell shelve a bill that would take unchecked war powers away from Donald Trump. Instead of taking its constitutional responsibilities seriously, the Senate has decided to allow Trump to continue to double down on the illegal and immoral conflict in Yemen.

“This vote was an opportunity for Congress to show Trump that his dangerous warmongering will not go unchallenged. The Constitution, and the American people, require Congress to aggressively assert its power to prevent the executive from waging unauthorized war. This is unlikely to be the only time that Congress will need to do this under the Trump administration, and they have failed this test.

“The Senate should now focus on their next crucial task: voting down the nominations of Gina Haspel and Mike Pompeo to serve in Trump’s Cabinet and carry out his foreign policy agenda.”


FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
February 12, 2018
Contact: Sarah Dohl | press@indivisible.org

Washington, DC—In response to the White House’s release of its infrastructure “plan,” Chad Bolt, Senior Policy Manager at the Indivisible Project, issued the following statement:

“We need a real infrastructure plan that makes serious federal investments in modern and reliable infrastructure — not another scam on the American people put forward by the career con artist in the White House.

Unfortunately, Trump’s infrastructure plan is a scam that will result in public assets being privatized and costs going up for taxpayers through user fees, tolls, and higher state and local taxes. It will NOT result in good jobs or better infrastructure — but it would be a massive handout to private equity funds and an environmental catastrophe that leaves behind the serious needs of too many communities.”


FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
February 8, 2018
National Immigration Law Center Contact: Juan Gastelum | media@nilc.org
Indivisible Contact: Sarah Dohl | press@indivisible.org
United We Dream Contact: Bruna Bouhid | press@indivisible.org

Washington, DC—The National Immigration Law Center (NILC), the Indivisible Project, and United We Dream released the following statement:

“After months of hearing from millions of Americans in support of a permanent solution for Dreamers, Congress today is considering a two-year budget deal that does not address the crisis created when President Trump ended the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program in September.

Lawmakers have repeatedly vowed to find a permanent solution to end the uncertainty and instability created by the Trump administration’s termination of DACA but have failed to exert the sustained political will to deliver. This squandered opportunity is not only another failure to deliver on their word, it’s a choice to be complicit in the detention and deportation of Dreamers. Any Member of Congress who votes for a budget deal without securing protections for immigrant youth—Republicans and Democrats alike—will be voting  to advance Trump’s white supremacist agenda. We will not forget.

For more than a year, President Trump and his administration have waged an attack on immigrants, refugees and communities of color. Immigrant youth and immigrant families, despite the excruciating uncertainty of these trying times, are leading a courageous fight to assert our communities’ humanity, dignity, and power, and our rightful claim to be acknowledged for our contributions and feel secure at home. We need leaders in Congress to act with courage, too.

Speeches, photo ops, and gestures won’t cut it. We urgently need a narrowly-tailored solution that addresses the crisis Trump created, without putting families at risk or reducing people’s lives to a bargaining chip. We need the bipartisan Dream Act now.”


FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
January 30, 2018
Contact: Sarah Dohl | press@indivisible.org

Washington, DC—Today, Leah Greenberg, Co-Executive Director of the Indivisible Project, issued the following statement in reaction to Donald Trump’s State of the Union address:

“Tonight’s address was a stark reminder of all the ways the Trump Administration has eroded American democratic institutions and brought us closer to authoritarianism. In the past year, Trump has trampled on the Constitution, on our civil liberties, taken aim at the health care of the people who need it most, attacked immigrant families, and put our national security at risk. And he continues to receive standing ovations from his Republican enablers.  

It’s also a reminder of where we could be. This Administration may have tried to advance an agenda of white supremacy, greed and corruption, but they’ve been confronted at every step by a fierce resistance.

Across the country, people are standing with their neighbors, holding elected officials of all parties to higher standards, showing up to vote, and building power in ways that will last long after Trump is gone. The State of our Union is never going to be the same after this movement gets through with it.”


FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
January 22, 2018
Contact: Sarah Dohl | press@indivisible.org

Washington, DC—Today, Ezra Levin, Co-Executive Director of the Indivisible Project, issued the following statement on the Senate’s vote on a continuing resolution:

“This deal was morally reprehensible and political malpractice.

It’s Senator Schumer’s job to keep his caucus together and fight for progressive values. He failed in that today.

Republicans have consistently negotiated in bad faith, demonstrating that they have no interest in actually protecting Dreamers. And for months, Democratic leadership has reassured Dreamers that Democrats would use all their leverage to get the Dream Act done. They caved in early September, but promised to use their leverage in early December. They caved in early December, but promised to use their leverage by the end of the year. They caved at the end of the year, but they promised to use their leverage in January. And now they caved again, but promised to use their leverage in February. Democrats clearly want to keep Dreamers as a talking point, but they need to grow a spine and actually fight for the Dream Act.

There are exceptions. Indivisible is extremely proud of those senators that followed through on that commitment today, including Democratic Senators running for reelection. These are profiles in courage – true leaders who deserve the support of Indivisibles in their states and across the country.

The big blue wave that Schumer hopes will make him Senate Majority Leader in 2019 will not build itself. This weekend, millions of Americans literally took to the streets. They weren’t asking their Senators to cave to Trump’s racist, xenophobic agenda. They were asking their Senators to fight. Instead, Schumer led his caucus to surrender, demoralizing his base and ensuring more Dreamers will be deported before this is resolved.

Our message to Dreamers and their families: Indivisible is fighting with you. We’ve been honored to fight beside you and follow the lead of brave activists who have put their bodies on the line. Indivisible groups in every state are committed to fighting until everyone is here to stay.”


FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
January 22, 2018
Contact: Sarah Dohl | press@indivisible.org

Washington, DC—This morning, a coalition of immigration and progressive organizations issued the following joint statement:

The ultimatum that Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell has proposed is unacceptable. Trump ended DACA five months ago and more delays mean more deportations. Puerto Ricans have been without power for more than four months. CHIP and funding for community health centers expired four months ago. Bipartisan agreements with majority support are ready to be approved in Congress. The shutdown should end, and it should end now — with a bipartisan agreement to enact these priorities. This is not the time for Democrats to cave on their principles. McConnell’s ultimatum gets us no closer toward a resolution on DACA or our other priorities. The votes are there for a real deal – and Democrats should stand strong and fight for it.

Asian Americans Advancing Justice – AAJC
American Civil Liberties Union – ACLU
America’s Voice
The Center for Popular Democracy
Indivisible Project
The Leadership Conference on Civil and Human Rights – LCCR
MoveOn.org
National Domestic Workers Alliance
National Education Association
National Immigration Law Center
National Korean American Service & Education Consortium – NAKASEC
Planned Parenthood Federation of America
Progressive Change Campaign Committee
Southern Border Communities Coalition
UndocuBlack Network
United We Dream
Working Families Party


FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
January 20, 2018
Contact: Sarah Dohl | press@indivisible.org

Washington, DC—Today, Ezra Levin, Co-Executive Director of the Indivisible Project, issued the following statement:

“Disgraceful. Never in our nation’s history have we had a government shut down completely when a single party has been in control. Yet, Republicans in Congress have decided it’s better to shut down our government than provide relief for 800,000 American kids. By doing so, they have put Trump’s racist political agenda ahead of funding the government, paying our federal employees, protecting Dreamers, and reauthorization of the Children’s Health Insurance Program.

Last week, leaders from both parties reached an agreement on DACA that would have averted this shutdown. But a day after saying he would sign whatever deal Congress sent him, Donald Trump rejected the bipartisan deal because it didn’t do enough to prevent people of color from coming to the U.S.

Indivisible groups stand in solidarity with Dreamers and with the Dream Heroes in Congress that voted to protect them today.

This is a Trump-created crisis, backed by his Republican enablers in Congress. There is a solution on the table that would both fund our government and protect Dreamers. We hope that Republicans take it.”


FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
January 18, 2018
Contact: Sarah Dohl | press@indivisible.org

Washington, DC—Ahead of the votes scheduled tonight on the continuing resolution to keep the government open, Ezra Levin, Co-Executive Director of the Indivisible Project, issued the following statement:

“Four months of negotiations produced a bipartisan Dreamer deal that would avert a shutdown. A day after promising to accept any deal brought to him, Trump went on a racist rant in the Oval Office and rejected the deal. Every move Trump has made makes one thing clear: he wants the government to shut down.

But Trump can’t get a shut down on his own. Republicans control the House and the Senate.  They have the power to pass the bipartisan Dreamer deal and fund the government. This is what their constituents want. If they bring it up for a vote, it will pass with wide margins.

So Republicans face a choice today. They can govern, or they can endorse the Trump Shutdown. Let us hope they have the wisdom to listen to their constituents instead of the ranting racist in the White House.”


FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
December 21, 2017
Contact: Sarah Dohl | press@indivisible.org

Washington, DC—Today, Angel Padilla, Policy Director of the Indivisible Project, issued the following statement on the passage of the Continuing Resolution, which did not include the fix to DACA that Indivisible and their allies had called for:

Tonight,  32 Democrats, including 18 in the Senate and 14 in the House, voted to deport Dreamers. ​​For three months, Democratic leadership has reassured Dreamers that Democrats would use their leverage in the December spending bill to get the DREAM Act done. They failed to deliver.

We thank those Democrats who voted against the continuing resolution because it didn’t include the DREAM Act. Those Democrats who made public commitments to do so in the days leading up to tonight’s vote deserve special recognition for their courage and for truly fighting for Dreamers.

But let’s be clear, those 32 Democrats who voted for this bill voted to deport Dreamers. Nearly 4,000 DACA recipients will lose their status between now and January 19, when this current CR expires. Indivisible groups in each of their states will remember this vote. They expect more from their Members of Congress, and they’ll be watching in January when Democrats will have another opportunity to do the right thing.

Our message to Dreamers and their families: Indivisible is fighting with you. We’ve been honored to fight beside you and follow the lead of brave activists who have put their bodies on the line. Indivisible groups in every state are committed to fighting until everyone is here to stay.”


FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
December 20, 2017
Contact: Sarah Dohl | press@indivisible.org

Washington, DC—Today, Ezra Levin, Co-Executive Director of the Indivisible Project, issued the following statement on the passage of the “Tax Cuts and Jobs Act”:

Tonight, Republicans all-but passed the GOP Tax Scam. And in doing so, they demonstrated that they care not for their constituents, or for democratic institutions, or even for objective reality. They care only about power and the short-term enrichment of themselves and their wealthy donors.

Republicans admit they don’t know what’s in this bill. They admit they don’t know how it came together. They admit they don’t know how it will impact the economy. But their donors gave them a job to do, and they did it. This bill is brazen class warfare, a scam perpetrated on the American people by the career con artist in the White House and the GOP Congress that rubber stamps his agenda.

This GOP ‘win’ is a loss for all of us. It will cause pain and suffering for years to come.

It’s fitting though that tonight, while the Republican Congress all-but passed their bill, the Republican Party of Virginia conceded that they’d lost their majority in the House of Delegates.  This is the GOP’s Ghost of Christmas Future. They will be replaced, and their abominable legislation will be repealed.”


FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
December 12, 2017
Contact: Sarah Dohl | press@indivisible.org

Washington, DC—Tonight, Indivisible groups in Alabama and across the country are celebrating the hard-fought historic victory of Senator-elect Doug Jones.

“When we fight, we win. Today’s victory in Alabama is proof that progressives should be competing everywhere. Indivisible groups in Alabama made the impossible possible. A progressive victory in deep-red Alabama, a state that voted for Donald Trump by a 28-point margin, was unthinkable. This victory belongs to them,” said Maria Urbina, political director for the Indivisible Project.

“Lawmakers who cling to President Trump and his agenda are on notice: if we can do this in Alabama, we can do this everywhere. Indivisible is growing constituent power in every state in the country. We’re building a big blue wave, and 2018 is coming.

“Senator-Elect Doug Jones will be joining the Senate at a time when Alabamians badly need a steady moral voice speaking up for them on kitchen-table issues. The GOP tax bill that is making its way to the president’s desk would be devastating for the state and would result in 642,300 Alabamians losing health coverage. Alabama’s Indivisible groups have been proud to work for Jones’s candidacy. They’re now looking forward to becoming his most engaged and energized constituents.”

“Over the last several months, we’ve knocked on thousands of doors. We’ve talked to so many first-time voters and had so many good conversations,” said Slate Goodwin, a leader with Indivisible AL 5th District group in Huntsville, Alabama. “Alabama is just getting started. Our eyes are on next year’s midterms and beyond. This is just one step closer to resisting the Trump agenda in Washington.”

As part of the Indivisible 435 electoral strategy, the Indivisible Project has been supporting our local Indivisible groups throughout the state on the ground with tools and trainings. Indivisible’s political organizing staff have led in-person trainings on canvassing, phone banking, and volunteer recruitment and management since early November.

Indivisible Groups’ Impact in Alabama:

  • Local Indivisible groups in Birmingham, Mobile, Auburn and Huntsville played a crucial role in registering voters and getting out the vote for Jones this fall.

  • In recent weeks, Indivisible groups in Huntsville, Birmingham, and activists in Dothan were trained on our canvassing app and have knocked on over 5,500 doors to support the Jones campaign, reaching 1,300 voters.

  • Over 1,500 national Indivisible volunteers have texted into Alabama to turn out the vote, holding over 25,000  conversations and sending 242,400 total texts.

  • In Huntsville, our groups partnered with a local NAACP chapter to facilitate absentee voting for university students.


FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
November 9, 2017
Contact: Helen Kalla | helen@indivisibleguide.com

Washington, DC—Today, on a conference call with reporters, Indivisible’s political director Maria Urbina announced the first phase of its 2018 political program, Indivisible435. This new initiative builds on the 6,000 local Indivisible groups’ success in legislative advocacy and provides them with electoral tools, guides, and training to reclaim political power in their own communities.

“Indivisible groups rewrote the national conversation by playing defense and fighting on issue advocacy in 435 districts, and we will use that model to build our electoral program on an unprecedented scale,” Urbina said. “A wave of progressive energy has emerged in every single congressional district in the country. By investing in our movement as a whole, through trainings, voter contact tools, and strategic support, Indivisible groups can build on their record of groundbreaking success and wield their constituent power to elect candidates that will stand up for them, not for Donald Trump.”

Indivisible435 is a nationwide electoral campaign advocating for progressive values and progressive candidates in every single congressional district across the country.

This program aims to demystify the political process and empower local activists to take ownership of elections in their local communities by providing electoral training and access to emerging voter contact tools and resources:

  • Electoral training and emerging voter contact tools to mobilize voters and volunteers;

  • Guidance and training to help volunteer groups run everything from a voter registration drive, to a canvass, to a candidate forum;

  • Support to communities that have been historically underrepresented in the political process to fight back against voting hurdles;

  • This is phase one of tools and resources, and we are piloting a canvassing tool in Alabama with plans to make it scalable to 6,000 groups to use in 2018.

The following tools and guides are available on www.indivisible435.org:


FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
December 2, 2017
Contact: press@indivisibleguide.com

Washington, DC—Today, Angel Padilla, policy director of the Indivisible Project, issued the following statement on the passage of the “Tax Cuts and Jobs Act”:

“Today, Senate Republicans were given a clear choice. They were asked to choose between the American families they represent, and the donors they serve. They chose their donors.

This scam of a bill is a blatant giveaway to corporations and billionaires at the expense of women, children, seniors, working families, sick people, small businesses, the environment, and so much more. If it is signed into law, this bill could collapse the American healthcare market as we know it. It will add $1.4 trillion dollars to the deficit, which will force deep cuts to Medicaid, Medicare, and Social Security down the road.

Congressional Republicans will own every one of these consequences. The widespread constituent outrage that Republicans have seen in their home states will only grow to a fever pitch as the bill proceeds. Whatever the outcome, Indivisible groups will be leading the charge to hold their Senators accountable for the promises they’ve broken and the choice they made today.


FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
November 9, 2017
Contact: Helen Kalla | helen@indivisibleguide.com

Washington, DC—Today, on a conference call with reporters, Indivisible’s political director Maria Urbina announced the first phase of its 2018 political program, Indivisible435. This new initiative builds on the 6,000 local Indivisible groups’ success in legislative advocacy and provides them with electoral tools, guides, and training to reclaim political power in their own communities.

“Indivisible groups rewrote the national conversation by playing defense and fighting on issue advocacy in 435 districts, and we will use that model to build our electoral program on an unprecedented scale,” Urbina said. “A wave of progressive energy has emerged in every single congressional district in the country. By investing in our movement as a whole, through trainings, voter contact tools, and strategic support, Indivisible groups can build on their record of groundbreaking success and wield their constituent power to elect candidates that will stand up for them, not for Donald Trump.”

Indivisible435 is a nationwide electoral campaign advocating for progressive values and progressive candidates in every single congressional district across the country.

This program aims to demystify the political process and empower local activists to take ownership of elections in their local communities by providing electoral training and access to emerging voter contact tools and resources:

  • Electoral training and emerging voter contact tools to mobilize voters and volunteers;

  • Guidance and training to help volunteer groups run everything from a voter registration drive, to a canvass, to a candidate forum;

  • Support to communities that have been historically underrepresented in the political process to fight back against voting hurdles;

  • This is phase one of tools and resources, and we are piloting a canvassing tool in Alabama with plans to make it scalable to 6,000 groups to use in 2018.

The following tools and guides are available on www.indivisible435.org:


FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
November 7, 2017
Contact: Helen Kalla | helen@indivisibleguide.com

Washington, DC—Tonight, Indivisible groups are celebrating victory for progressive candidates up and down the ballot in Virginia as part of Indivisible’s first major statewide electoral program since its founding ten months ago.

“Today’s progressive victories in Virginia make one thing clear: a newly awakened grassroots movement is rising up to reject Trump’s politics of hate and reclaim political power,” said Maria Urbina, Indivisible’s political director.

“It was excitement for the bold, progressive House of Delegates candidates that fueled the energy and turnout for today’s wins. The sweeping victories in races that had previously been considered unwinnable show that the progressive movement is an energized, locally-led, and transformative force. Politicians who fail to stand up against Trump should take notice, because we’re just getting started. A progressive wave is coming, and 2018 is around the corner.”

Indivisible groups in the Commonwealth have been engaging in the 2017 election since the primary stage. This fall, Indivisible launched a Virginia electoral program with a program lead, three regional organizers, a data manager, and a training director, as well as national communications and organizing support. The program’s goals were to bolster grassroots engagement in elections, develop a scalable model that can be replicated in other states in 2018, and elect progressive candidates at all levels of office.

After the Virginia program’s success, the Indivisible team is shifting focus to the special U.S. Senate election in Alabama on December 12th, as part of its commitment to continue building progressive constituent power in every community in the country.

Indivisible’s Impact in Virginia

  • There are over 180 active Indivisible groups across Virginia, many of whom were engaged throughout all stages of this election, including phone banking, texting, and canvassing for our delegate targets.
  • Indivisible groups, alongside partner organizations like Democracy for America and MoveOn.org, used targeted voter contact tools to increase turnout across the state.
    • Over 600,000 calls made to Virginia voters
    • Over 7,800 phone conversations had with Virginia voters
    • Nearly 34,000 text messages sent to Virginia voters

Key Victories

  • In addition to keeping a Democrat in the Virginia governor’s mansion and defeating a campaign ran on Trump’s brand of extreme nationalism and fear, Indivisible groups helped flip several House of Delegates seats from red to blue, and helped elect candidates who ran for previously uncontested seats or represent a more diverse and inclusive pool of candidates than in past cycles.
    • Justin Fairfax became Virginia’s second African-American statewide elected official.
    • Danica Roem, HD-13, became the first openly transgender lawmaker elected in Virginia.
    • Elizabeth Guzman, HD-31, and Hala Ayala, HD-51, became the first Latinas elected to the Virginia House of Delegates.
    • Kathy Tran, HD-42, become the first Asian-American woman elected to the Virginia House of Delegates.
  • Two first-time candidates who founded Indivisible groups in their communities were on the ballot today for the House of Delegates. Wendy Gooditis won her election for the 10th district and Kimberly Anne Tucker ran for the 81st district.

Building a Progressive Movement

  • One of the Indivisible Project’s goals is to build a strong, engaged progressive movement in every community, and it’s clear that Virginians have been more engaged than ever in elections this year:
    • The 2017 Democratic primary had the highest turnout in history of any non-presidential primary in Virginia.
    • Over 540,000 Virginians cast ballots in the primary, which beat out the previous record by 50,000  votes.
  • Democrats ran in 88 House of Delegates districts—including five that were previously uncontested. In 2015, Democrats ran in just 57 districts. Forty-three of the 88 Democratic candidates were women—the highest number ever to run for the Virginia House of Delegates.

Indivisible groups were actively involved in local and state elections elsewhere across the country. In Lee’s Summit, MO, Indivisible Kansas City co-founder Hillary Shields was on the ballot for Missouri State Senate, 8th District.


FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
September 26, 2017
Contact: Helen Kalla | helen@indivisibleguide.com

Washington, DC—Today, Ezra Levin and Leah Greenberg, co-executive directors of the Indivisible Project, issued the following statement on Senate Republicans’ failure to pass the Graham-Cassidy legislation to repeal the Affordable Care Act by the September 30th deadline.

“Today, Indivisible and the rest of the resistance scored a major victory. Despite repeated attempts, Trump’s number one legislative priority remains a pipe dream nine months into this Congress. The unified conservative federal government’s attempt to strip health care away from millions failed for one simple reason: people across the country stood up and fought back.

“Graham-Cassidy was a terrible bill that the Senate GOP tried to jam through with no debate or public input. But terrible bills become law all the time. The difference this time was that constituents nationwide exercised their power, putting non-stop pressure on their senators — Republican and Democrat — to keep TrumpCare dead. Once more, they succeeded. Once more, the millions of Americans who stood to lose coverage under a GOP repeal plan breathed a sigh of relief, knowing they still had essential and life-saving health care.

“While we celebrate victory today, we know that the GOP will not abandon their mission to dismantle our health care system. The Trump Administration continues its unrelenting sabotage of the ACA, and McConnell may try to slip ACA repeal language into other upcoming bills. Indivisible groups across the country will stay vigilant and ready to defend against any future attack on our health care.”


FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
September 7, 2017
Contact: Helen Kalla | helen@indivisibleguide.com

Washington, DC—Today, Kamal Essaheb of the National Immigration Law Center, Greisa Martinez of United We Dream, and Angel Padilla of the Indivisible Project issued the following statement on congressional Democrats’ legislative response to Trump’s announcement that he would be ending Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) after six months unless Congress acts.

“Yesterday, Democratic congressional leaders Chuck Schumer and Nancy Pelosi celebrated a political win: they got Trump to side with them instead of Republicans on must-pass September bills. Their deal with Trump just one day after he killed the DACA program is not consistent with the commitment they made to immigrant youth to do everything they could to protect them. When the lives of 800,000 immigrant youth are on the line, it is no time for political games.

“Following Trump’s decision to eliminate the DACA program, Democrats had a rare opportunity to force congressional action on the Dream Act to protect immigrant youth. They had the leverage of a packed September agenda, full of must-pass bills and momentum of an activated grassroots base that is doing their part to fight for immigrants targeted by Trump. The world’s attention is focused on DACA and public sympathy for the many young immigrants whose worst fears had been realized is at an all time high. And yet Democratic leaders Schumer and Pelosi instead chose to make a deal with Trump, with a vague promise of action on the Dream Act down the road.

“At a time of great urgency, the message Schumer and Pelosi sent to immigrant youth was, ‘wait.’ Yet every day that teenagers are not able to apply for DACA is a day that they fall into a deadly gap where they live at risk of deportation.

“Time and time again, Democratic leaders tell immigrants that relief from deportation would come someday down the road—and that someday never comes. We are tired of waiting. That’s why we’re calling on Democrats to attach the Dream Act—without dangerous enforcement add-ons—to every single must-pass bill, without delay. Immigrants and progressive activists are doing our part to protect immigrant young people—it is time that you do yours.”


FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
September 5, 2017
Contact: Helen Kalla | helen@indivisibleguide.com

Washington, DC—Today, Angel Padilla, policy director for the Indivisible Project, issued the following statement on Attorney General Jeff Sessions’ announcement that the Trump Administration will eliminate the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program after six months, a program that protects immigrant youth living in the United States from deportation.

“Trump has affirmed that he has no regard for the promise of safety made to immigrant youth by our government five years ago. Suddenly, the futures of 800,000 DACAmented youth, and their families, are uncertain as they face possible deportation, delay or not. It’s now on Congress to pass a permanent legislative fix. It’s not enough for Members to disapprove of the decision; words are empty if not followed up with immediate action.

“Trump’s announcement was not made in a vacuum. Consider the events of the past few weeks: Trump equivocated on the evils of white supremacy; pardoned a racist former sheriff who routinely profiled Latinos; banned transgender Americans from serving in the military; and reinstated a program transferring military-grade weapons and gear to local police forces. Trump’s decision to eliminate DACA is part of his broader agenda to take our country back to an era where members of historically marginalized groups had fewer rights and protections.

“We will not stand idly by while this White House tramples on the civil rights of members of our communities. Once again, Indivisible calls on all members of Congress to distance themselves from Trump’s white supremacist agenda, and to step in to protect the DACAmented if the program gets eliminated. Indivisible groups nationwide will stand united with immigrants against Trump’s bigoted agenda.”

In 2012, President Obama created the DACA program to grant relief from deportation to individuals who came to the U.S. as children, if they met a number of requirements (like background checks). The Obama Administration recognized that there were millions of undocumented young immigrants who grew up in the U.S., who thought of the U.S. as their home, and who were essentially American in every sense, except on paper. The program has allowed approximately 800,000 young people the opportunity to live and work lawfully in the U.S. It does not provide a path to citizenship.


FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
August 24, 2017
Contact: Helen Kalla | helen@indivisibleguide.com

Washington, DC—Today, Angel Padilla, policy director for the Indivisible Project, issued the following statement on Pres. Trump’s decision to pardon Sheriff Arpaio:

“With the decision to pardon a nativist zealot, who has abused his power to systematically discriminate against Latinos, Trump doubled down on his bigoted anti-immigrant agenda tonight. Mere weeks after encouraging a crowd of police officers to rough up people they place under arrest, Trump sent the message that, under his administration, it’s acceptable for law enforcement to use racial profiling as a policy, even against court order.

“Days after failing to unequivocally condemn the white supremacists that marched on Charlottesville, Trump held a campaign-style rally to pander to the most nationalistic parts of his base and promised to pardon Arpaio. He has now made good on that promise. Since the beginning of his presidential campaign, Trump has targeted, demonized, and is now criminalizing immigrant communities, including possibly DACA recipients. Tonight, he continued down that path while our country is still healing from the racially-motivated terrorism we saw in Charlottesville.

“Indivisible groups will not stand by as Trump continues to threaten their friends and neighbors, and we will fight to make sure Congress does everything it can to stop Trump’s racist campaign against immigrants.”


FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
August 24, 2017
Contact: Helen Kalla | helen@indivisibleguide.com

Washington, DC—Today, Angel Padilla, policy director for the Indivisible Project, issued the following statement on reports that the White House may soon eliminate the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program that protects immigrant youth living in the United States from deportation.

“Today, we learned that Trump has no plans to stop terrorizing immigrants and people of color in America. No one is safe under the Trump administration, not even DACAmented youth who, after voluntarily coming forward and passing a background check, were granted authorization to live and work in the U.S. lawfully. Donald Trump now appears poised to break the promise of safety made to these brave DACAmented youth by the federal government.

“This announcement is the latest step in Trump’s multi-pronged attack against immigrants, and part of his larger white nationalist agenda. After vindicating the white supremacists who terrorized Charlottesville and alluding to plans to pardon racist former sheriff Joe Arpaio, Trump’s next move appears to be to yank the security and hope of the American Dream from 800,000 young immigrants.

“Members of Congress must distance themselves from this Administration and its nationalist ideology. Any attack on DACA will be met with heavy resistance from Indivisible groups across the nation. We will stand united with immigrants against Trump’s bigoted agenda.”

In 2012, President Obama created the DACA program to grant relief from deportation to individuals who came to the U.S. as children, if they met a number of requirements (like background checks). The Obama Administration recognized that there were millions of undocumented young immigrants who grew up in the U.S., who thought of the U.S. as their home, and who were essentially American in every sense, except on paper. The program has allowed approximately 800,000 young people the opportunity to live and work lawfully in the U.S. It does not provide a path to citizenship.


FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
August 12, 2017
Contact: Helen Kalla | helen@indivisibleguide.com

Washington, DC—Today, Indivisible co-executive directors Ezra Levin and Leah Greenberg made the following statement on the events in Charlottesville, VA.

“This weekend, hate groups and domestic terrorists went to Charlottesville, VA to push their vile message of white supremacy, fascism, anti-Semitism, and bigotry.

“There, they waged violence on unarmed anti-racists, killing and injuring these Americans. We mourn for the lives that were lost, and we will honor all those under attack by congregating against hate in our own communities.

“In addition to condemning openly violent acts motivated by racism and nationalism, we must also confront white supremacy in all its sinister forms—including structural racism in our criminal justice system, our education system, our financial system, and throughout our society. We have so much more work to do to move towards liberation, and we will not let acts of terror of a small minority hold our country back.

Tonight and tomorrow, we will join our fellow Americans across the country to hold events to show solidarity with those who bravely stood against the white supremacists in Charlottesville, and for all who stand to lose under the hateful, bigoted agenda they push. We stand indivisible in our commitment against oppression.”


FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
July 29, 2017
Contact: Helen Kalla | helen@indivisibleguide.com

Washington, DC—Today, Ezra Levin and Leah Greenberg, co-executive directors of the Indivisible Project, issued the following statement on the defeat of a measure to partially repeal the Affordable Care Act (ACA).

“Trump and his Republican allies in Congress thought repealing the ACA would be quick and easy. But something amazing happened—millions of hardworking, everyday Americans from coast to coast and everywhere in between rose up, raised their voices, and reclaimed their political power. Today’s victory belongs to them.

“For six months, grassroots Indivisible groups have been demanding that their members of Congress stand up for them and protect their access to quality, affordable health care. For six months, constituents have been making calls, staging die-ins, and showing up at town halls and public events, demanding to be heard. And it worked.

“What has been Republicans’ number one priority for seven years has been stopped in its monstrous tracks—for now. But if past is prologue, we know that congressional Republicans will continue down this reckless path of sabotage and repeal as long as they have the majority—and constituents will be ready to keep them accountable.”


FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
July 25, 2017
Contact: Helen Kalla | helen@indivisibleguide.com

Washington, DC—Today, Leah Greenberg, co-executive director of the Indivisible Project, released the following statement on the Senate’s vote to proceed to consideration of a measure to repeal the Affordable Care Act:

“Today, Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell continued his campaign of unprecedented secrecy and deceit by forcing a vote to proceed to a completely unknown health care measure.  Let’s be clear—today, 50 Senate Republicans voted to move forward on a bill that would impact one-sixth of the American economy, with life and death implications for millions.

“In the coming days, McConnell hopes to bribe and strongarm enough Republicans to get them on board with his TrumpCare bill. No matter which way you slice it, the final bill Senate Republicans will put forth will be devastating for millions of American families and our country’s health care system.

“Grassroots groups know that constituent pressure has worked to stop TrumpCare in the past, and we’re not letting up until Trump and his accomplices in Congress stop trying to cruelly and  irresponsibly rip health care from millions.”


FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
JUNE 22, 2017
Contact: Helen Kalla | helen@indivisibleguide.com

Washington, DC—Today, Angel Padilla, policy director at the Indivisible Project, released the following statement on the “Better Care Reconciliation Act of 2017,” Senate Republicans’ version of TrumpCare.

“Now that we’ve seen the Senate TrumpCare bill, Americans should ask themselves one simple question: Would this bill harm my family? Unless you are a giant corporation or super wealthy, the answer is clearly yes. The Senate bill keeps the same harmful effects of the House version–it rips coverage away from millions of Americans, eliminates protections for Americans with pre-existing conditions, and increases costs for middle-class families.

“On top of that, the bill would destroy the Medicaid program, which more than 70 million Americans rely on. Today, if you’re eligible for Medicaid, you can get it, guaranteed. This bill permanently caps funding for Medicaid, meaning eligible Americans could be stuck on waiting lists, left with inferior coverage, or denied vital coverage entirely, unsure of what the future holds.

“The bottom line is that Americans don’t support this bill. It is irredeemable and unfixable. If the well-being of their constituents is every senator’s priority, no senator should vote for this bill, period.”


FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
JUNE 8, 2017
Contact: Helen Kalla | helen@indivisibleguide.com

Washington, DC—Today, Leah Greenberg, Co-Executive Director of the Indivisible Project, issued the following statement on former FBI Director James Comey’s testimony before the Senate Select Committee on Intelligence:

“Former FBI Director James Comey’s testimony shows that Donald Trump’s behavior towards him regarding the Michael Flynn investigation constitutes obstruction of justice. This is grounds for impeachment. For this reason, Indivisible is calling for impeachment hearings to begin immediately.

“Even though Comey presented undeniable evidence of obstruction of justice today, a Republican Congress will not begin impeachment hearings without immense public pressure. Grassroots pressure has been successful in convincing many Republicans to join the call for a special counsel, and it will be key in getting Republicans to choose country over party and move the impeachment process forward.

“Indivisible groups across America will continue to demand integrity from their members of Congress—integrity that our country needs as our democracy faces its greatest threat in decades. We will continue to call for an independent commission to expose all the facts, and for impeachment proceedings to begin. And, we will continue to resist Trump’s reckless and destructive agenda more broadly.

 “Impeachment proceedings won’t happen overnight—it will be a long-term fight. And we will continue to demand that Congress do more, especially as more information comes to light. Until then, we must continue to focus on stopping Republicans and Trump from advancing other parts of their agenda. The list of values and institutions we need to protect is long, but if we stand indivisible, we will win.”

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The Indivisible Project is a nonprofit organization dedicated to resisting Trump’s agenda by empowering local groups to hold their Members of Congress accountable.


FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
MAY 17, 2017
Contact: Helen Kalla | helen@indivisibleguide.com

Washington, DC—Today, Angel Padilla, policy director of the Indivisible Project, issued the following statement on the appointment of a special counsel to oversee the investigation into Russia’s interference in the 2016 election:

“We are encouraged by news that the Justice Department has appointed Robert Mueller to take over the investigation into Russian interference in the 2016 elections. This would not have happened without the immense pressure from the public, and from Indivisible groups around the country. Constituents will demand that Mr. Mueller be allowed to conduct a truly independent investigation, without further interference from the Trump administration.

“Unfortunately, even when faced with this constitutional crisis, the vast majority of Republicans in Congress chose to sit on their hands and evade their sworn duty to defend our democracy. Their constituents will hold them accountable for their choice to stand with Trump over truth.”

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The Indivisible Project is a nonprofit organization dedicated to resisting Trump’s agenda by empowering local groups to hold their Members of Congress accountable.


FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
MAY 10, 2017
Contact: Helen Kalla | helen@indivisibleguide.com

Washington, DC—Today, Ezra Levin, executive director of the Indivisible Project, made the following statement on Donald Trump’s dismissal of FBI director James Comey:

“Regardless of your party, regardless of who you voted for in November, and regardless of what you think of James Comey, his dismissal undermines basic democratic principles. At best, it shows poor judgement; at worst, it could be an obstruction of justice and an abuse of power.

“The biggest problem is what will happen now: Trump will appoint one of his cronies to lead the FBI and the investigation.  And we all know what that means—the investigation will be a sham.

“This underscores why we need an independent law enforcement investigation. We need to get to the truth of Russia’s involvement in the 2016 election, and what involvement Trump or his associates had in Russia’s interference.

“The Senate now needs to step up and refuse to confirm any of Trump’s Justice Department or judicial nominees until an independent law enforcement investigator is appointed. The onus is on three Senate Republicans, who must put country over party and join Senate Democrats in holding these nominees.

“We cannot trust Congress or a Trump FBI to conduct an impartial probe.  We must have a truly independent investigation of Trump, with full powers to bring charges if warranted. Our democracy demands nothing less.”

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The Indivisible Project is a nonprofit organization dedicated to resisting Trump’s agenda by empowering local groups to hold their Members of Congress accountable.


FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
MAY 10, 2017
Contact: Helen Kalla | helen@indivisibleguide.com

Washington, DC—Today, the Indivisible Project, Center for American Progress Action Fund, Organizing for Action, Town Hall Project, and Progressive Change Campaign Committee launched a new guide for grassroots resistance groups to plan an Adopt-A-District town hall event. These events give constituents the chance to have their questions answered by a neighboring member of Congress when the district’s own representative fails to show up.

“Last week, 217 members of Congress voted to rip healthcare from their constituents and leave Americans with pre-existing conditions hanging out to dry. This week, most of them are too cowardly to explain their unconscionable vote to the faces of those they just sold out,” said Ezra Levin, executive director of the Indivisible Project. “While it’s a shame that so many lawmakers are hiding from the people they work for, every American has the right to be heard by Congress, especially on matters of literal life and death. That’s why we’re encouraging members of Congress to step up and adopt a district – to demonstrate what true public service looks like.”

“Every Member of Congress who voted for the AHCA now owns the fact that it slashes care and raises costs for working families, low-income people, women, older Americans, and those living in rural areas,”  said Igor Volsky, deputy director of CAP Action Fund. “If Congressional Republicans won’t face their constituents, the Adopt-a-District program will bring real leaders in to share what’s at stake: people with pre-existing conditions being charged thousands of dollars more, insurers dropping essential health coverage, and the return of lifetime caps.”

“If lawmakers – like the 217 House members who just pushed through a draconian health care bill – are going to rubber stamp this administration’s destructive agenda instead of fighting for policies that actually benefit their constituents, they should at least have the courage to face the people they represent and listen to their concerns,” said Jesse Lehrich, communications director of Organizing for Action. “But many in Congress are refusing to even fulfill that fundamental responsibility, and they must be held accountable.”

“Of the 217 members of Congress that voted on this hastily drafted, ill-conceived bill, only 16 are holding town halls this recess. That is unacceptable,” said Jimmy Dahman, executive director of Town Hall Project. “Town Hall Project was founded with the belief that every member of Congress should regularly meet with their constituents. When some members shirk their responsibility with so much at stake, we urge other leaders to rise to the occasion and Adopt a District.”

“House Republicans have gone into hiding like cowards – they lacked the courage to stand up to the insurance industry and Trump and now they can’t even face their own constituents,” said Kait Sweeney, spokesperson of Progressive Change Campaign Committee. “The PCCC is proud to partner with Indivisible to hold Republicans accountable for forcing working families to pay higher premiums so the wealthy can get another massive tax giveaway. We’ll be working with Congressional Progressive Caucus leaders to ensure Democratic members of Congress ‘Adopt A District’ so that all voters know what is in this horrible bill.”

Recently, some members of Congress have made news by adopting a neighboring district in states like New York, Arizona, and Wisconsin. This guide will empower grassroots resistance groups in any congressional district who feel ignored by their member of Congress to hold a similar event.

The Adopt-A-District guide includes key facts, message guidance, steps for inviting members of Congress and hosting an event, sample social media, and congressional district-specific impact numbers on healthcare.

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The Indivisible Project is a nonprofit organization dedicated to resisting Trump’s agenda by empowering local groups to hold their Members of Congress accountable.


FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
MAY 9, 2017
Contact: Helen Kalla | helen@indivisibleguide.com

Washington, DC—Today, the Indivisible Project, MoveOn.org, Town Hall Project, and Women’s March announced the launch of The Payback Project, a joint initiative to track local groups and events working to hold accountable the 217 House Republicans who voted for TrumpCare.

“When House Republicans voted for TrumpCare, they were betting that the resistance was slowing down. The Payback Project will show that constituents aren’t tired—they’re angry,” said Ezra Levin, executive director of the Indivisible Project. “The Payback Project will lift up the efforts of Americans across the country holding their Representatives accountable for their unforgivable vote to gut protections for people with preexisting conditions while ripping healthcare away from 24 million people.”

“House Republicans just voted for a bill that would inflict obscene pain on their own constituents, and they have earned an equal quantity of political pain for themselves. But that pain won’t inflict itself—and that’s why thousands of MoveOn members and constituents nationwide are showing up in force immediately, to make sure every Republican who voted for this disaster feels the consequences,” said MoveOn.org Washington Director Ben Wikler. “The Payback Project will show that energy clearly. Phones will ring off the hook; district offices will be jammed full of angry constituents. The American people—the grassroots—have led a fierce and powerful opposition to this bill and they’ll work to be sure this Trumpcare vote blows up in the GOP’s face.”

“Over April recess thousands and thousands of constituents flooded town halls and voiced their staunch opposition to the AHCA, but apparently House Republicans didn’t get the message,” said Jimmy Dahman, executive director of Town Hall Project. “We are excited to join the Payback Project and provide constituents even more opportunities to show up and speak out.”

“Yesterday, Women’s March encouraged people in 70 actions across the country to take a Pledge of Liberation—to unite and raise their voices against any federal, state or local policies and legislation that rolls back, cuts or restricts women’s rights,”  said Bob Bland, National Co-Chair of Women’s March. “Included is the ability to access quality reproductive healthcare services, birth control, HIV/AIDS care and prevention, or medically accurate sexual education.

“The ACHA Trumpcare bill that recklessly passed through the House last week would destroy women’s access to these necessary services and classify pregnancy and violence against women as a ‘pre-existing’ condition. If passed into law, this bill will greatly impact the security and self-determination of all women, especially women of color, disabled women, transgender women, and low-income women.

“We are proud to join in coalition with grassroots partners of the resistance to declare a threat to the right of accessible, affordable healthcare to one of our communities is a threat to us all.”

The new website, www.paybackproject.org, features an Accountability Wall, which will highlight stories from social media and news outlets to amplify the work of everyday Americans making these 217 lawmakers pay for their vote. Also available are resources and toolkits for local groups looking to hold events, and facts about TrumpCare that local groups can use when discussing the bill with their member of Congress.

On May 4, 2017, 217 Republicans in the U.S. House of Representatives voted for TrumpCare, a bill that would take away healthcare from 24 million Americans, gut protections for millions of Americans with preexisting conditions, defund Planned Parenthood, and cut $880 billion from Medicaid for children, the sick, and persons with disabilities. All of these cuts would go towards a massive tax break for the wealthy and corporations.

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The Indivisible Project is a nonprofit organization dedicated to resisting Trump’s agenda by empowering local groups to hold their Members of Congress accountable.


FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
MAY 4, 2017
Contact: Helen Kalla | helen@indivisibleguide.com

Washington, DC—Today, Ezra Levin, executive director of the Indivisible Project, released the following statement on the House of Representatives’ vote on the American Health Care Act, also known as TrumpCare:

“Despite today’s vote, the Affordable Care Act is still the law of the land, and every day that remains true is a victory. We’re 105 days into Trump’s presidency, and House Republicans barely squeezed through their despicable bill. Something that should have taken them days instead took months. That’s because resistance groups across the country stood indivisible. We won for months against a unified conservative government on their number one legislative priority. We proved how powerful constituents are.

“It’s hard to overstate how cruel this bill is. The original failed TrumpCare bill last month stripped healthcare from 24 million Americans. This new and worse bill builds on that by gutting protections for pre-existing conditions, eliminating services for special needs kids in schools, and letting insurers effectively charge women more than men.

“Today’s vote was just the first step in a difficult process for Trump’s atrocious bill. Eleven days of recess starts today, and this is our chance to immediately hold members of Congress accountable.  We’ve succeeded for months because Indivisible groups across the country have been fighting back on their home turf. That’s how we will keep fighting, and that’s how we will win.”

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The Indivisible Project is a nonprofit organization dedicated to resisting Trump’s agenda by empowering local groups to hold their Members of Congress accountable.


FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
APRIL 28, 2017
Contact: Helen Kalla | helen@indivisibleguide.com

Washington, DC—Today, Ezra Levin, executive director of the Indivisible Project, released the following statement on the first 100 days of Donald Trump’s presidency.

“The first 100 days of the Trump Administration has been defined by an ongoing battle between maliciousness and incompetence. Incompetence has mostly won. Trump has failed to pass any major legislation or make good on key campaign promises. Hundreds of critical executive posts remain empty. And as a result of this fecklessness, Trump’s approval rating is abysmal. This is what happens when you pursue a policy agenda that the vast majority of Americans oppose—you lose.

“From day one of Trump’s presidency, an energized, organized grassroots resistance movement has worked tirelessly to stop his dangerous agenda in its tracks. Today there are about 6,000 local Indivisible groups—an average of 13 in every congressional district in the country. As a result of their local leadership, we’ve defeated Trump’s attempt to repeal the Affordable Care Act, unified progressive opposition against an extreme Supreme Court nominee, and convinced members of Congress across the political spectrum to wake up and pay attention to their constituents.

“One hundred days in, the resistance is just getting started. Indivisible groups across the country will fight back against Trump’s hateful, reckless agenda for the rest of his presidency, however long that may be. Together, we will win.”

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The Indivisible Project is a nonprofit organization dedicated to resisting Trump’s agenda by empowering local groups to hold their Members of Congress accountable.


FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
APRIL 6, 2017
Contact: Helen Kalla | helen@indivisibleguide.com

Washington, DC—Today, Indivisible Project co-founder and executive director Ezra Levin made the following statement on Senate Republicans invoking the nuclear option to confirm Judge Neil Gorsuch to the Supreme Court.

“Gorsuch’s extreme, right-wing record mobilized grassroots Indivisible groups across America to stand up and make it clear that they opposed any strong-arm tactics by Senate Republicans to push through his nomination.

“However, Senate Republicans just showed that they’re willing to disregard both popular opinion and two centuries of precedent in order ram through Trump’s extreme Supreme Court pick.

“Let’s get one thing straight: no one forced Mitch McConnell to go nuclear on Gorsuch. If a Supreme Court pick is too extreme to get through, don’t change the rules, change the nominee. Republicans will try to point fingers, but the onus falls squarely on them. They’ve chosen party and partisanship over country, and I expect they’ll hear about this from their constituents over the upcoming congressional recess.”

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The Indivisible Project is a nonprofit organization dedicated to resisting Trump’s agenda by empowering local groups to hold their Members of Congress accountable.


FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
APRIL 3, 2017
Contact: Helen Kalla | helen@indivisibleguide.com

Washington, DC—Today, Indivisible Project Co-Founder and Executive Director Ezra Levin made the following statement in response to Senate Democrats reaching the 41-vote threshold to  filibuster Neil Gorsuch:

“A month ago it was unclear whether progressives in the Senate would put up a fight at all on Trump’s extreme Supreme Court nominee. But the political environment changed as direct result of the local leadership of Indivisible groups and the broader resistance movement on the ground. These advocates made clear to their own senators that Gorsuch’s extreme anti-worker, anti-women, anti-LGBTQ, anti-environment record is unacceptable for the highest court in the land.

“Here’s what we now know: because of Gorsuch’s extreme record and the public’s response, Trump’s nominee will not be confirmed under Senate rules that have been on the books for more than two centuries. But instead of admitting defeat and requesting a more mainstream nominee, Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell is now threatening to invoke the incredibly unpopular ‘nuclear option.’ In defiance of public will, McConnell wants to blow up 230 years of Senate precedent to ram Gorsuch through.

“It’s simple: if a Supreme Court nominee is so extreme that he can’t get to 60 votes, don’t change the rules, change the nominee. If Republicans choose to throw out centuries of Senate precedent to put their extreme nominee on the bench, that’s on them and them alone.”

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The Indivisible Project is a nonprofit organization dedicated to resisting Trump’s agenda by empowering local groups to hold their Members of Congress accountable.