By Leah Greenberg, Indivisible co-founder
Leah here. You know that when it comes to legislative strategy, we try to give it to you straight. Our goal is to demystify what’s going on in D.C. so you can best strategize on the ground for impact. Well, we’ve gotten new intel that’s changing our analysis and shifting timelines, so we wanted to loop you in now.
The major takeaway is this: due to some Congressional shenanigans last week, there’s now a scramble to finish and pass Biden’s big recovery package by September 27. That means two things for us:
By Ezra Levin, Indivisible co-founder
Ezra here with an update on where things stand on the democracy fight. I hate getting emails all the time that say, “the sky is falling!” The only thing worse is blindly optimistic emails that promise victory with no believable plan or hope for achieving it. So I’m going to do my best to be direct with you — I think that’s the best way for us to strategize as a movement together.
So here’s the deal: real talk, we’ve missed a crucial deadline for democracy. For months we have been saying we need to…
We’re in the middle of the Deadline for Democracy campaign (more than 300 local events so far — get in on this!!), so I want to focus on how we expect the For the People Act legislative fight to play out in the coming weeks.
But first a little preface, and I say this as a former congressional staffer: the entire legislative process is designed to be difficult to understand from the outside. The complexity benefits donors and lobbyists who can buy access or spend time learning the lingo. The obfuscation helps elected officials avoid taking responsibility or being held…
It’s Meagan again! (You’re going to get sick of me soon — let’s pass democracy reform and I’ll stop emailing you at all hours.)
Quick state of play on the For the People Act: Nine days ago, Joe Manchin wrote an op-ed that said he’d “vote against” S.1, the For the People Act. A lot of talking heads wrote that the bill was dead in the water.
If you had the misfortune of being online this weekend, you might have seen Senator Manchin’s op-ed explaining his opposition to the For the People Act (here). The piece is riddled with historical falsehoods and bizarre, antiquated political analysis. We won’t spend a lot of time on that (Rep. Mondaire Jones has a good thread on it here if you’re interested). But worth noting upfront: despite the intransigence of Senate Republicans, the For the People Act has overwhelming bipartisan support in West Virginia and across the country, including overwhelming majorities amongst Democrats, Independents, and Republicans. …
The State of the Union is an opportunity for the current president to lay out their priorities to the American people. There is no better opportunity than the State of the Union for the president to offer their vision for our country, and our shared commitment to our democracy. This year, Joe Biden must use his first State of the Union address to tell the American people what he’s going to do to help create a democracy that, for the first time, works by, of, and for the people.
President Biden can start with a full-throated endorsement of the For…
When we launched the Indivisible Guide in the wake of the 2016 election, we could only hope it would help inspire everyday people to see their power. What we saw was amazing: What started as a Google Doc has grown into a nationwide network of thousands of local groups taking action to fight for progressive values and policies. Today, we want to share some information about our GROW Grants, one of the ways we support groups.
Indivisible’s GROW grant program is designed to empower local groups to achieve their goals. Every month, grant money is awarded for projects, supplies, trainings…
So many of us remember where we were winding into the late hours of July 27, 2017, after months of our movement organizing to defeat Trumpcare: we’d pressured our senators wherever we could find them; forced Schumer to employ that fated procedural maneuver “withholding consent”; made tens of thousands of calls and packed town halls and protested outside of district offices in 100-degree heat.
Take a deep breath. No, really — if you are able to — put one palm on your chest, the other on the nape of your neck, and take a long deep breath in. And then a long deep breath out. We have made it this far and it has been four looooooooong years.
We’ve said it before and we’ll say it again: the election is happening right now. This time around, it’s not just about what you can do on November 3. With 20 days to go, we’re counting down with actions that we know can make an impact.
Here are 20 things you can do in the next 20 days to make sure we win: