Indivisible is a national grassroots movement of thousands of autonomous groups, building power and coming together in collective action to fight for a bold and inclusive democracy — of, by, and for the people. It is supported by two organizations, Indivisible Civics and Indivisible Project.
Indivisible began as a practical guide on how to organize locally and pressure elected officials to resist the undemocratic and discriminatory actions of the past administration. It caught fire as millions of people picked up the guide and its name - Indivisible - and organized local Indivisible groups across the country to put the guide into action. These new Indivisible activists formed a nationwide movement, defending our democracy at every step.
Indivisible has built out a professional team of nearly 100 policy wonks, organizers, movement builders, digital and data specialists, and other experts to uplift and support activists nationwide. Our national team provides policy guidance to groups and strategic support for taking action on the local, state, and federal levels to advance progressive priorities that are unique to their group-specific goals as well as overarching federal-level priorities, like advocating for structural reforms for an inclusive democracy. Four years in, Indivisible’s national team offers strategic leadership, movement coordination, and support to Indivisible activists, while also directly lobbying Congress, building partnerships, running media campaigns, and developing advocacy strategies. Even under challenging circumstances in 2020, we drove support to our movement and cultivated centralized spaces that bolstered strategic and collective action -- making for a more aligned and truly, indivisible movement.
Our democracy was threatened, we endured the hardship of an ongoing pandemic and the subsequent breakdown of our economy, and we witnessed police using extreme force and brutality against Black and brown communities. The strength of our movement was tested, and Indivisible activists met the moment. Indivisible groups pivoted to online organizing, coordinated mutual aid efforts for their communities, and called for COVID-19 relief and racial justice. Witnessing the resilience of the Indivisible movement in 2020 has been remarkable -- it’s evident that what began as a Google Doc just four years ago has turned into a national grassroots movement that is here to stay.
The pandemic has touched us all, but it hit Indivisible staff especially hard when we lost one of our own, Tim Liszewski, in April 2020. Tim was an incredible organizer, an experienced outdoorsman, a lover of funky music, and one of the most deeply compassionate people we’ve ever had the privilege to know. We feel his absence in all that we do but we know that we honor him by fighting for a better, more compassionate society for all.
Indivisible is one of the most active grassroots movements nationwide. Four years after Indivisible was founded, there are still over 3,000 active, local Indivisible groups that cover every single congressional district in the country. Indivisible groups are everywhere and are especially strong in suburban and rural communities.
Our distributed model means our groups have legitimacy within their communities, which allows them to garner local media hits, shape the narrative around local issues, and pressure their members of Congress (MOCs) as constituents.
Indivisibles showed up for one another. In 2020, thousands of Indivisibles poured their energy into local advocacy and mutual aid efforts for their communities. As one example, when the pandemic hit, Indivisible Whidbey pivoted to advocating for their community. They learned that their local hospital, in addition to 4 other rural hospitals, was in danger of closing. The group started a community-wide petition to save the hospital and gathered more than 1,200 signatures in less than 24 hours. The group held their MOCs accountable and contacted the governor’s office with demands that funds be allocated to their hospital. After a little over a week, the governor met with the hospital and identified $10 million in aid through a mechanism in the CARES Act. While engaging in that incredible advocacy work, Indivisible Whidbey also distributed over 20,000 masks to their community. They shared their efforts on national Indivisible calls -- which served as a model for other Indivisible groups looking to support their local communities.
Our distributed organizing model continues to fuel a virtuous cycle of engagement. The work we’ve done to build out this community-based progressive infrastructure over the last four years has made it possible for Indivisible groups to flex their power when it counts the most. In 2020, groups took action in break glass moments at the local, state, and national levels. Whether it was moving quickly on pandemic relief advocacy, doubling down on providing trainings and resources to groups to advocate for racial justice, or designing a voter education program to make sure mail-in voting was accessible, Indivisible coordinated rapid response campaigns on the range of issues that defined and threatened communities across the country. We set national priorities that strengthened groups and created a unified collective voice throughout the year. This cycle of engagement allowed us to pivot quickly during instances of crisis all through 2020.
“Indivisible Mohawk Valley has been instrumental for me in providing direction, motivation, and support. There is a strength and validation that comes with being associated with those who hold similar values. There is an inspiration when I see the actions others take. This has motivated me to leave my comfort zone and surprisingly realize that actions I previously deemed uncomfortable I have actually come to enjoy.”
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