Issues Update: What you should know, what you can do.

February 11, 2018

Dear IOC Supporters,

We are in the process of redesigning our website, and hope to be up and running again with a new look and new resources to help you in our current emphasis, which is to support progressive political races in 2018.

Stay tuned!  In the meantime, here is the weekly message from the National Indivisible team:

  1. We could see an immigration bill on the floor as early as next week. Call your Senators starting Monday and tell them we need relief for Dreamers but they should not be used as a bargaining chip. Here’s a script to get you started.

  2. Trump’s infrastructure plan (scammmmmm) lands Monday and Republicans hope that passing it will ensure they keep the House this November. Use our latest toolkit to stop Trump’s highway robbery, plan your #TrumpTolls event, and register it on our map.
  3. Recess is February 17-25. Get prepared with the latest policy priorities, town hall questions, (Not So) Empty Chair Town Hall Planning Guide, and more at recess.indivisible.org.

  4. Indivisible groups have raised thousands of dollars to support their work using our recently launched fundraising tool. Catch up on the group fundraising webinar and register to IndivisiFundraise now.
  5. Check out the Indivisible435 Endorsement Guide and find out how groups in your area can take the steps to change the path in 2018, 2020, and beyond by making a local endorsement.

The fight for the Dream Act continues — now that not one, but two, Republican shutdowns are behind us. Since Donald Trump unilaterally ended the DACA program in September, Republicans have done absolutely nothing to protect Dreamers. In fact, they’ve turned their lives upside down. Republicans put Dreamers in constant fear of detention and deportation, all in service to Donald Trump’s hateful anti-immigrant agenda. It’s shameful.

We know a clean Dream Act would pass the House if Paul Ryan put it to a vote. But he refuses to do that, in service to the legacy of disgraced former GOP Speaker of the House Dennis Hastert. He originated the “Hastert Rule,” which says the majority of the majority must support legislation before it comes to the floor. It is Paul Ryan’s fidelity to partisanship and a convicted felon’s governing choices that blocks the Dream Act from coming to the House floor today. Seriously.

It’s difficult to hear, especially if you’re a Dreamer, but the hard truth is that passing the Dream Act before the (Trump-induced) March 5 deadline will be very difficult. Immigration hardliners in Congress — and in the White House (looking at you, Stephen Miller) — are using DACA as a bargaining chip to make extreme changes to our immigration system, and to make it easier to tear apart immigrant families.

This coming week, we expect the Senate to undertake an unusual process where multiple immigration bills are considered. McConnell and Schumer are negotiating the process as we speak, so we don’t know the details on how many different bills will be considered (we expect two or three) or if there will be amendments allowed on the floor. And we really don’t know just how much of a bitter pill these proposals will be. What we do know is that we need you, as much as ever, to put pressure on your members of Congress this week to ensure we protect Dreamers.

We also expect the release this week of Trump’s infrastructure planscam (we’ve got a toolkit for that!) AND his Fiscal Year 2019 budget.The President’s Budget is just a proposal, and it won’t go anywhere in Congress. But it is an important statement of his values and his priorities that will make clear to the world that his hateful, anti-immigrant, norm-smashing agenda is in full swing. (Read our explainer on his budget here.)

The good news? You can start putting the nail in the coffin of his budget AND his infrastructure plan next week when recess returns February 17-25. Last February’s recess put Indivisibles on the map and put Republicans on notice that we are a force to be reckoned with. So, before we win this November, let’s get loud this recess (and ask our members of Congress the hard questions).

Check out our one-stop-IndivisiRecess-shop at recess.indivisible.org. Then:

  1. Get familiar with this recess’ policy priorities and town hall questions.
  2. Start planning your (Not So) Empty Chair Town Hall with our new, improved toolkit.
  3. Check to see if your MoCs are having a townhall (powered by our friends at Town Hall Project!) and be sure to register all of your IndivisiRecess events so we can help drive people there.

Recess Returns

We’ve got a very special Facebook Live on Thursday 2/15 at 7:30pm ET/4:30pm PT! Along with the return of recess, we’ve got a special Facebook Live with Jimmy Dahman, Founder of Town Hall Project. We’ll discuss upcoming town hall events, our new and updated resources, and how you can make an impact this February recess.

Like us on Facebook now and you’ll get a notification when we go live!


IndivisiFundraising is here!

Indivisible groups all over have raised thousands of dollars to support their work using our recently launched fundraising tool. And it’s not too late for your group to sign up! As part of this process, we provide an ActBlue Community Page account, a debit card with which to spend your money, clear guidance on what you can or can’t spend the money on, staff support with trainings and materials to help you maximize your fundraising, backend access to your group’s donors, and a reporting and accounting system for some of your spending. If you’re ready to take your group to the next level with this powerful tool, fill out the form on Indivisible HQ here (if you haven’t registered, you can create a login — just use the password WeStand1nd1v1s1ble to access the page!).

Not sure if this is right for your group? Check out our webinar where we answer everything from “How do I fill out this form?” to “What can I spend money on with the funds I raised?” and everything in between. Still have questions? Check out our FAQ section here or reach out to fundraising@indivisible.org.


GOTV in PA-18

Indivisibles across the country helped to flip seats in Virginia and Alabama — and now we can help flip Pennsylvania’s 18th Congressional District. The special election for Pennsylvania’s 18th Congressional District is March 13. Pennsylvania Together, a statewide coalition of grassroots resistance groups, is asking for your help to elect Democrat Conor Lamb. Sign up here to get involved: bit.ly/FlipThe18th


Have you made an endorsement yet?

As we saw this past week with the Republican shutdown (ahem, meltdown), Trump’s agenda doesn’t just depend on Trump, but rather on whether your elected officials go along with him or resist.

We can change the course of 2018 — and we already are according to Cook Political who shifted their ratings in 21 congressional districts this week! Those are 21 districts that Indivisible groups like yours have rocked with your tireless resistance. One of the best ways you can exercise your power in 2018 is by reclaiming your power with leaders who are not just anti-Trump, but who will fight every day for progressive values and stand indivisible with us all.

Indivisible’s endorsement guide, which lays out how you can make an endorsement in a local race, is one of our resources available now at Indivisible435. Say goodbye to Members of Congress that talk the talk, but don’t stand for our values when we need them the most. Check out our endorsement guide today and find out how your groups can take the steps to change the path in 2018, 2020, and beyond.


This week’s #TrumpThreatLevel

Donald Trump is a national security risk. Here are the ways he’s making us less safe this week.

  • Trump wants to have a military parade. You’ve probably heard by now that Trump has directed the Pentagon to explore the possibility of having a flashy military parade. This is obviously ridiculous, and just another visual of Trump’s dangerous warmongering that enhances tensions instead of making us safer.
  • ICE wants to expand its reach as Trump’s deportation force even further. Top officials at Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) are “actively exploring joining the U.S. Intelligence Community.” This is exactly what privacy and civil liberties advocates have been warning against, since this would mean that information gathered by warrantless surveillance would be available for targeting immigrants.
  • Trump isn’t reading his daily intelligence briefings. Unsurprisingly, Trump “rarely if ever reads the President’s Daily Brief,” which is a summary of the most pressing information from the intelligence community. Despite what Trump may think, watching Fox & Friends and being “like, a smart person” is not a substitute for the PDB when it comes to protecting our national security—and there’s no safety net if he misses something critical.

See the current #TrumpThreatLevel and find resources to resist at our new site!


Ready? Let’s do it.

In solidarity,
The Indivisible Team