After the election of 2016, a shock wave reverberated through our country, through our communities, and through many of us: For those of us who had not been particularly active politically, it was a stark wake-up call. At first, many of us despaired. Then we started to reach out to others in our communities. Neighbors talked to neighbors, built networks, and began to have conversations about a way forward. The worldwide Women’s Marches in January of 2017 – the hallmark of which was overwhelming hope – spurred many women to form their own local resistance groups. Many of us downloaded the Indivisible Guide posted by former congressional staffers, and local groups arose to act on this guide. It was clear that there was a new movement being born – and not just a movement to oppose Trump, but a movement to repair and rejuvenate our democracy itself.
We marched. We showed up at airports. We held town meetings. We met with our members of Congress. We connected with each other, and as local groups sprung up, they began to find a way to work together. We joined the fight to defend health care, making calls to citizens in key states to get them to contact their senators. We learned how to help remotely in the special elections being held around the nation: texting, making calls, and sending postcards to voters. We started to learn organizing skills, and in the process of doing all of this – and more — over 200 local groups across Massachusetts were launched.
In June, a group of local Indivisibles in the metro-west Boston area held a conference intended for regional groups, and over 200 people from all over the state came. The energy from this meeting led to a November conference with more than 550 participants from all corners of Massachusetts. Both conferences were planned and attended by activists from local groups, and the message from both events was clear: groups wanted and needed a way to coordinate and amplify their efforts, and Indivisible MA was born to support this work.
Our statewide groups are part of the national Indivisible movement. That movement has 6,000 groups – at least two groups in every single congressional district in the country. Indivisible played a critical role in defending the Affordable Care Act, holding repeated town meetings in district after district, and organizing a groundswell of citizen action that told members of Congress and senators not to throw millions of people off their healthcare coverage.
On the national level, Indivisible has also continued to work to defend Dreamers, to oppose the tax bill, and to resist this administration’s policies across a wide range of issues that water down – or eviscerate entirely – democratic values.