Indivisible local group in Springfield MO

The Indivisible Approach To Stop Trump

Making Congress Listen

The authors of this guide are former congressional staffers who witnessed the rise of the Tea Party. We saw these activists take on a popular president with a mandate for change and a super majority in Congress. We saw them organize locally and convince their own members of Congress to reject President Obama’s agenda.

To this end, Indivisible has put together a step-by-step guide for individuals or  local groups such as Indivisible Springfield to replicate the Tea Party’s success in getting Congress to listen to a
small, vocal, dedicated group of inclusive, progressive constituents.

Indivisible Tactics

Four local advocacy tactics that actually work: We have 3 members of congress in SW Missouri — Senator Roy Blunt, Senator Claire MacCaskill and Congressman Billy Long. Whether we like them or not, they are our voices in Washington. The job of Indivisible Springfield members is to make sure they are speaking for us. Indivisible National has identified four key opportunity areas that even a handful of local constituents can use to great effect.

  1. Town halls. Members of Congress (MoCs) regularly hold public in-district events to show that they are listening to constituents. Make them listen to you, and speak out when they don’t.
  2. Non-town hall events. MoCs love cutting ribbons and kissing babies back home. Don’t let them get photo-ops without asking questions about racism, authoritarianism, and corruption.
  3. District office sit-ins/meetings. Every MoC has one or several district offices. Go there. Demand a meeting with the MoC. Report to the world if they refuse to listen.
  4. Coordinated calls. Many calls can have a great impact. Organize your local group to barrage your MoCs at an opportune moment on a specific issue.

Next Steps…

Certainly if the Tea Party could do it, we can too! In fact, we should be able to do it even better!

Please help us in Springfield Missouri to fight against Trump’s racism, authoritarianism and corruption.


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