New info from Indivisible National and the post election way ahead: Indivisible on the Offense

Short-version: Now that we won a ton of elections(!), we're launching two new, big guides outlining the Indivisible strategy for the next two years. Indivisible on Offense demystifies what the new Democratic House Majority means, and how you can use it to make your voice heard. Our new state guide describes how to take the Indivisible philosophy and push for state-level policy change with your state representatives. Read our note below for how we got here.

 Indivisibles,

This time two years ago, we were lost, angry, and scared (okay, we were pissed. Really pissed). Republicans had taken the House, Senate, and Presidency. They were planning to go big. And we knew the only move we had was to play defense, focus on our own representatives and senators, and never give an inch. In that moment, we wrote the original Indivisible Guide, beginning with these lines:

Donald Trump is the biggest popular vote loser in history to ever call himself President-Elect. In spite of the fact that he has no mandate, he will attempt to use his congressional majority to reshape America in his own racist, authoritarian, and corrupt image. If progressives are going to stop this, we must stand indivisibly opposed to Trump and the members of Congress who would do his bidding. Together, we have the power to resist -- and we have the power to win.

Looking back, we think this holds up pretty well. And the growth of the Indivisible movement, and what you have accomplished, has surpassed our wildest expectations. 

You didn’t just read the Guide. You didn’t just start groups in your hometowns across the country. You made Congress listen. In 2017, Indivisibles went to town halls, die-ins, and district offices. We defeated TrumpCare, rallied for immigrants, and turned the Republican tax cut for the rich and corporations into an enormous political liability. We stiffened Democratic spines and weakened Republican resolve. We couldn’t stop everything -- but we did stop a lot.

The grassroots were responsible for Democrats retaking power.

Taking back the House used to be a pipe dream. It’s easy to forget, but just a little over a year ago, winning back the House was an idea that was too crazy for conventional Washington wisdom (read: pundits). Folks had good reason to believe taking back the House would be impossible. Back in 2010, the Republican Party succeeded in their sinister plot to flip targeted state legislatures and the House, giving their party control over redistricting after the 2010 census. And with that power, they drew gerrymandered districts to ensure a GOP House majority, no matter how unpopular their party became. 

But where Republicans built a seawall, you built a bigger blue wave. A week ago, we flipped the House. We flipped 6 state legislatures. And we moved the whole country to the left. 317 out of 435 Congressional districts (73%) were more blue on Tuesday than they were in 2016.

Indivisibles endorsed candidates, knocked doors, registered voters, phonebanked and textbanked. You dragged your friends, family, and neighbors to the polls. Drop by drop, you built the blue wave and remade Congress, state houses, and governors' mansions. And as a result, our slate of elected leaders at every level across the country will feature people who look like America, ready to fight for economic and racial justice and beat back the worst of Trump’s attacks on our neighbors, communities, and future.

After two years of defense, we now go on offense.

Now, Democrats have the House of Representatives and a ton more power at the state level. (Thank you for that!)

Check out the video about Indivisible on TRM.

View here: https://indivisible.org/indivisible-election-eve?akid=37055.126006.z_peQW&rd=1&t=7

We had a feeling last Tuesday would go well for us. So we’ve been working on a new federal-level guide and state-level guide for months to prepare for this new political reality that we’re calling Indivisible on Offense. We can’t wait for you to dig in. Here’s a quick and dirty summary of how we win over the next two years:

  1. We go on offense in the House. With the majority, House Democrats can determine which bills get votes and there are two big opportunities to go on legislative offense in 2019 and 2020: messaging bills and must-pass bills. House Democrats can also hold Trump’s entire administration accountable through oversight and investigations (subpoena power, investigatory power, congressional-hearings power, and more!). This all gets complicated, but check out the guide for practical steps on how to use this intel.

  2. We start making gains in the states to save democracy. There are huge opportunities to resist Trump and provide a progressive vision for the country through state-level advocacy. And many of the same principles you use when advocating for federal change apply at the state level. With the big gains last Tuesday, we have a lot more opportunities to accomplish proactive policy wins -- and this all starts happening early in 2019 when state legislatures are sworn in.

This is the road to stopping Trump in his tracks, locking in the gains we've made, and advancing an alternative vision for the country rooted in democracy, inclusion, and respect. This is the road to retaking the White House in two years. But none of this is automatic. We won last Tuesday. Now we have to make those wins mean something going forward. 

So here’s what we need you to do to get ready for this fight:

  1. Find your local Indivisible group. No, really. The key to the Indivisible movement is building strong, local groups. And if you haven’t found yours yet, you need to right now. Want to start your own? Awesome. Do it.

  2. Read our new federal Guide: Indivisible on Offense. New power in the House means we need a new game plan to demand that our newly-elected members of Congress check Trump and offer an alternative to his backwards agenda.

  3. Read our new state Guide: Empowering the States to Resist the Trump Agenda. Some of the most important work you can do to save our democracy is to take action in your state legislatures around the country.

Two years ago, we wrote the Indivisible Guide because we knew that everything we hold dear was under threat. We’ve lost a lot since then, but we ‑‑ along with critical partners -- have accomplished so much. We resisted. We retook power. And with control of the House of Representatives and new power in the states, we will band together, indivisible to remake this country.

These new Guides offer a road map for the next two years of our journey. Together, we will pave the way to the post-Trump era. Together, we will win.

In solidarity,
Ezra & Leah


INDIVISIBLE: WHAT'S NEXT

Check out what is in store on the road to 2020.

https://indivisible.org/campaign/indivisible-whats-next?akid=37055.126006.z_peQW&rd=1&t=9


In Case You Missed It…

Sizing Up the 2018 Blue Wave from the NYT

https://www.nytimes.com/interactive/2018/11/07/us/politics/how-democrats-took-the-house.html


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This Saturday once again come write and text and share your election day hopes for 2018! INDIVISIBLE HAWAII’S last get together before the election. Phone, text and postcard bank event - https://mailchi.mp/037596ad352e/phone-text-and-postcard-bank-717139


PROTECT THE VOTE PSA

Are you outraged that Republicans are cheating to win elections across the country? Be prepared. Be ready to counter any harassment, intimidation or irregularities. Have your phone ready to video and call. Take people’s names and do not be deterred from voting.

One thing we can all do is share the following two links widely so that people can sign up as poll monitors and so that all of us can report and respond to voting issues:

www.Protectthevote.net

Sign up to be a poll monitor with Protect the Vote: http://bit.ly/protectthevoteMT

Report Problem: http://bit.ly/reportpollproblem

Election Protection

Home — ProtectTheVote.net

Protect the Vote as a non-partisan poll monitor


*CALL TO ACTION* *****MASSIVE DESTRUCTION OF DEPT OF INTERIOR RECORDS BY SEC'Y ZINKE*

The Department of the Interior has sent National Archives & Records Administration (NARA) a massive "Request for Records Disposition Authority," i.e., permission to destroy old records. 

Interior’s request involves documents about oil and gas leases, mining, dams, wells, timber sales, marine conservation, fishing, endangered species, non-endangered species, critical habitats, land acquisition, and lots more. 

The request covers these categories of documents from every agency within the Interior Department, including the Bureau of Land Management, National Park Service, US Fish & Wildlife Service, US Geological Survey, Bureau of Safety and Environmental Enforcement, Bureau of Indian Affairs, and others. 

The request covers already-existing documents going back more than 50 years. Thousands of cubic feet of paper documents. Gigabytes of digital documents. Besides existing documents, as usual the proposed schedule will also apply to all future documents created in these categories (whether on paper or born digital).

*Source*: https://altgov2.org/doi-records-destruction/

 

*What You Can Do*

*(1) Email to request.schedule@nara.gov with a Public Comment. Deadline: November 23, 2018*.

_Sample Script_: I am writing about action DAA-0048-2015-0003. I am against this massive destruction of records. This content would normally go to National Archives for collection and preservation. I am asking National Archives to deny Sec'y Zinke's request and to keep these records as is normally done. _[Sign with your name, other contact info you wish to give out.]_

*(2) Email to your U.S. House Rep and your U.S. Senators.*

_Sample Script_: Sec'y Zinke has asked the National Archives for a massive destruction of records that normally are kept for historical purposes. This is an unusual and troubling request. I am asking you to investigate this request and to stop the destruction of important and valuable records. The National Archives ID number is DAA-0048-2015-0003.

 Is John Burton the most dangerous Democrat in the United States?

Is John Burton the most dangerous Democrat in the United States?

A Former Obama Operative Built a New Anti-Republican Attack Machine

John Burton hopes an army of dirt diggers can deliver an October surprise for Democrats.

Check out this interesting story and new opportunity to get involved in American politics! The former Obama operative who built a new anti-Republican attack machine.

https://www.bloomberg.com/news/features/2018-10-04/a-former-obama-operative-built-a-new-anti-republican-attack-machine via @BW

 "I am mad about Brett also... but for a different reason!"

"I am mad about Brett also... but for a different reason!"

INDIVISIBLE HAWAII'S

This Saturday October 13, 2-4 pm @the Varsity building

Join others who are as mad as you & want to change things on election day!

https://mailchi.mp/dd2d620729c2/phone-text-and-postcard-bank-709799?e=[UNIQID]

Click the link or the button above to attend, or click the button below to donate so we can buy stamps!

 
 Are you still mad at Brett? Come join others who are mad and doing something about it! Phone, text, and postcard writing at the Varsity building THIS SATURDAY - https://tinyurl.com/y9ajntje

Are you still mad at Brett? Come join others who are mad and doing something about it! Phone, text, and postcard writing at the Varsity building THIS SATURDAY - https://tinyurl.com/y9ajntje

 Now is the time for all good people to come to the aid of their country!

Now is the time for all good people to come to the aid of their country!

INDIVISIBLE HAWAII'S

Aloha-filled phone-text-postcard Get Out The Vote event!

SATURDAY - OCTOBER 06, 2018 - 2 TO 4PM

http://www.indivisible-hawaii.org/ihbank/

Aloha!

Welcome to the Indivisible Hawaii group.  Our mission is to STAND Indivisible against Trump’s racist, corrupt, and authoritarian agenda by holding Hawaii’s Congressional delegation accountable through political activism in an effort to preserve the institutions of our democracy.  Indivisible Hawaii is committed to a single goal; to improve the quality of life for all citizens through political engagement and advocacy.  Explore our website to learn more about what we are doing to bring about change and safeguard our democracy.

Indivisible Hawaii is associated with the National Indivisible movement created by the Indivisible Guide.  For more information, please visit https://www.indivisible.org

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04 October 18

From Indivisible Guide: Phone banking easy & now

As for this weekend, we’ve got you covered.

Okay. We all know we have to make every single day from now until election day count. We can’t let Trump’s distractions (or national text message alerts ) get in our way of getting voters to the polls. Here’s how we flex our electoral muscle and build the blue wave this weekend:

1. Sign up for an upcoming phone bank to #SaveSCOTUS and/or GOTV for IndivisiCandidates! We’re hosting phone banks every single night between now and the election. Sign up for a shift (or two or three!) right now at indivisible.org/phonebank.

2. Voter registration deadlines are right around the corner and early vote is already taking off in some states! Here are dates that you should keep an eye out for:

Your state: Hawaii
Voter reg deadline: Tuesday, October 09
Early vote begins: October 23 at 7:00am
Early vote ends: November 3 at 6:00pm


Tues 02 October 18

 NEW OPPORTUNITY TO MAKE YOUR TWEET HEARD THIS ELECTION SEASON

NEW OPPORTUNITY TO MAKE YOUR TWEET HEARD THIS ELECTION SEASON

A great option is the new text banking tool by the Jamie McLeod-Skinner campaign in Oregon’s 2nd Congressional district. Text on your own time! Send 50 text messages in 2 mins. The system does it automatically, and they do NOT see your number.
SIGN UP HERE: (but give them some time. They are adding people as fast as they can):
https://docs.google.com/forms/d/e/1FAIpQLSc78HWBwzeOAmJHJXZ07T9LQl_JzCeMc5e64vu5Plw5QwIRAw/viewform

This came to me when I offered to write postcards for a candidate and found they had hit their target of 25000 postcards.

Thank you for your interest. We are not taking on new postcard captains because we are more and more involved in midterms activities ourselves. The fact is that different people will respond to different tactics and repeated outreach in various ways is key. Given that its effectiveness is unclear, postcard writing can not be the only voter outreach. If you aren’t already, please, make sure to get engaged in additional midterms activities like canvassing, phone and text banking that can be just as FUN!

A great option is the new text banking tool by the Jamie McLeod-Skinner campaign. Text on your own time! Send 50 text messages in 2 mins. The system does it automatically, and they do NOT see your number.
Sign up here (but give them some time. They are adding people as fast as they can):
https://docs.google.com/forms/d/e/1FAIpQLSc78HWBwzeOAmJHJXZ07T9LQl_JzCeMc5e64vu5Plw5QwIRAw/viewform

 It was better on SNL https://youtu.be/VRJecfRxbr8

It was better on SNL https://youtu.be/VRJecfRxbr8

30 Sep 18

Aloha all, yesterday we had a great turn-out to conduct the phone, text and postcard bank. We mailed about 500 postcards to the voters in FL. We had one person texting and they reached about 700 people. The intent is to get more people texting next time. We will be doing the same banking next week as we have 500 more postcards to get out by the mid-terms.  Next week we should be set up to have more people text.  We'll sign everyone up when they arrive.  No
issues. It will be at the same bat time, same bat channel.  I will send out emails
and posts, so tell your friends!

 Just a little levity in this time of downers…

Just a little levity in this time of downers…

 IH sending Aloha to Englewoodindivisible FL

IH sending Aloha to Englewoodindivisible FL

 The booty for Englewoodindivisible

The booty for Englewoodindivisible

 Motivation slide

Motivation slide

 More motivation if the first image didn’t do anything for you

More motivation if the first image didn’t do anything for you

SATURDAY

OCTOBER 6, 2018 - 2 TO 4PM

Indivisible Hawaii aloha filled phone-text-post card banking social 

Indivisible Hawaii is holding a phone-text-post card-bank for the candidates in tight races across the country. Come and pitch in or bring a candidate of your choice.  A slim amount of refreshments will be provided.  Join and spread the aloha.  

Varsity building (near UH Manoa) 1110 University Ave, Honolulu, HI 96826 
Pin- 
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DONATE HERE to support the media banking if you can't make it there!

DONATE HERE TO SUPPORT THE MEDIA BANKING IF YOU CAN'T MAKE IT THERE!

EVENT OVERVIEW 
Who: IndivisibleHI sponsored and all invited progressives or anyone who wants to come be political for a couple hours  
What: Progressive communications banking event to communicate with potential voters before before the mid-terms.  We will be banking for at least 2 ea. candidates and possibly others
When: 2 to 4PM Saturday 06 October 2018
Where: The Varsity building 1110 University Ave, Honolulu, HI 96826 Street parking or parking in the Makai lot $4 all day.
Why: Really, really... Just come out and join in 
How: We will have teammates arrive and orientate to the three activities (phone, text, post card) get registered if necessary and start doing it. We will have a discussion after on how we did and what we can do better in the future. because we will be phone banking more until November 6th! 

28 September 18

MESSAGE FROM INDIVISIBLE NATIONAL

Indivisibles,

I want to make something clear:

We believe Dr. Christine Blasey Ford. 
We believe Deborah Ramirez. 
We believe Julie Swetnick. 
And to every survivor who’s reading this email: We believe you. We stand with you. You deserve so much better than this.

Today is a deeply painful day.

All 11 Republican men on the Judiciary Committee just voted to move Brett Kavanaugh’s nomination forward with a positive recommendation.

Senate Republicans voted to advance Kavanaugh's nomination in spite of multiple, credible allegations of sexual assault and misconduct against him. In spite of the brave -- and devastating -- testimony of Dr. Christine Blasey Ford. In spite of his own testimony, which was brimming with rage and entitlement and full of obvious lies.

Sexual assault is one of the most underreported crimes in our country, and this week is a painful demonstration of why. When survivors like Ford, Ramirez, and Swetnick come forward, they endure intense public scrutiny, shaming, and threats -- as we have seen happen this week. Senate Republicans have shown over and over again that they're not interested in the truth. They just want, in the words of Mitch McConnell, to "plow right through" and confirm Kavanaugh, no matter what he’s done.

Trump and Senate Republicans don’t care about what’s right. They only care about power. So let’s show them what the power of a nation of outraged women looks like.

First, if you haven’t called your Senators yet, DO IT. This is not a done deal. Multiple Republicans - and Democrats are still on the fence. And in spite of voting to move the nomination forward, Senator Jeff Flake (R-AZ) has called for the full floor vote on Kavanaugh's nomination to be delayed to allow an FBI investigation into the accusations.

It's now being reported that Senators Joe Manchin (D-WV) and Lisa Murkowski (R-AK) are joining Flake's call for a postponement until an investigation is complete. These Senators will only have an impact if they say they're voting no if their demands aren't met.

But let's be clear: Mitch McConnell is the one person who controls the floor vote. And the only way, as always, that this vote gets delayed is if McConnell doesn't have the votes. The full Senate could vote very soon. Your Senators need to hear from you.

Call 1-844-778-3056 and you’ll be connected to one of your Senators. Call back, and you’ll be connected to your other Senator!

Second, we need to make Republicans regret this at the ballot box.We need to take back the Senate so that Chuck Grassley loses his committee chairmanship, Mitch McConnell loses his speakership, and a hearing like yesterday’s can never happen again. We need to take away this Administration’s power to nominate abusers and extremists to our highest court.

That means going on the offense. We’re phonebanking into five key states -- Tennessee, Arizona, Mississippi, Texas, and Nevada -- to flip the Senate. It’s an uphill climb, but it’s possible. And if it happens, it will be because of your grassroots power. Sign up for a phone bank shift now to help us across the finish line in November:

Sign up to phonebank for this weekend’s calls to #SaveSCOTUS here.

And if you’d like to contribute to fund these calls (our phonebanking software costs a few cents per minute, per call), you can do so here. Your support now will ensure we have the necessary resources to get out the vote and try to flip the Senate:

If you can, help fund calls to #SaveSCOTUS by making a donation here.

The last week has been incredibly hard for so many of us who see echoes of our own experiences in what’s happening in Washington. Please take care of yourself, and if you need to step back, take the time that you need to heal -- that is the most important thing that you can do. And when you’re ready to channel your outrage into action -- into stopping this from ever, ever happening again -- we’re here and we’re ready to fight.

We thank Ford, Ramirez, and Swetnick for the tremendous risk they took in telling their stories. We recognize the legacy of Anita Hill in coming forward at great personal sacrifice nearly thirty years ago. We’ll continue to stand in solidarity with all survivors. And we will continue to fight the radical reshaping of our Supreme Court with abusers and right wing extremists in every way we can.

They’ll hear from us today. And they’ll hear from us at the ballot box on November 6th.

In solidarity,
Leah Greenberg
Co-Executive Director, Indivisible


23 Sep 18

Indivisible guidance check

Last Thursday 20 Sept, Indivisible Hawaii invited a group of progressives to come together at Impact Hub in Kaka’ako. We had a good meeting on what issues to focus on and what to do to help the coming blue wave wash away the republican majority. Between now and the election on 6 November, Indivisible Hawaii will be working to influence the voters in tight races and swing districts to vote in the midterm. Stay tuned as we get reved up to stop the Trump agenda.

 Lots of good discussion and thought put into our way ahead

Lots of good discussion and thought put into our way ahead

 Help send Aloha Saturday 29 Sept 18

Help send Aloha Saturday 29 Sept 18

SaturDAY

September 29, 2018 - 2 to 4PM

Individual Hawaii aloha filled phone-text-post card banking social 

Individual Hawaii is holding a phone-text-post card-bank for the candidates in tight races across the country. Come and pitch in or bring a candidate of your choice.  A slim amount of refreshments will be provided.  Join and spread the aloha.  

Varsity building (near UH Manoa) 1110 University Ave, Honolulu, HI 96826 
Pin- 
https://goo.gl/maps/8CS9v3rdhZR2

Friend IH on Facebook

Follow IH on Twitter

On the web

DONATE HERE to support the media banking if you can't make it there!

EVENT OVERVIEW 
Who: Indivisible-Hawaii sponsored and all invited progressives or anyone who wants to come be political for a couple hours  
What: Progressive communications banking event to communicate with potential voters before before the mid-terms.  We will be banking for at least 2 ea. candidates and possibly others
When: 2 to 4PM Saturday 29 September 2018
Where: The Varsity building 1110 University Ave, Honolulu, HI 96826
Why: Really, really... Just come out and join in 
How: We will have teammates arrive and orientate to the three activities (phone, text, post card) get registered if necessary and start doing it. We will have a discussion after on how we did and what we can do better in the future. because we will be phone banking more until November 6th! 

PRE-PHONE BANK TO DO LIST: 
If you want to register now and set up to phone bank before 29 Sep 18
Sign up with one or more of the groups to get started. 

Swing Left.  Go to the phone bank page and pick a candidate
https://swingleft.org/p/call-voters

indivisible Guide ActionID.  Create an account and begin from there.  
https://tinyurl.com/ya8a74lf
Watch the instructional video to get started:  https://drive.google.com/file/d/1UfyW4NF2Crhqh8DY13E-tuac3-nhQnkZ/view?usp=sharing

Hustle app. Download the app to get started.  We'll get the details.  
https://www.hustle.com/how-it-works

@IndivisibleHI twitter feed:

HI Members Of Congress (MOC) official websites

IH approved candidate website

HI Members Of Congress FB page