What Is The 'Indivisible' Movement? The Sudden Rise Of Progressives

Most people have still not heard of the 'Indivisible' Movement, but that hasn't stopped it from growing faster than nearly every other movement in American history.

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Created from nothing in December 2016, the movement now has chapters in every major city in the United States, as well as many smaller cities. Its Twitter has nearly 80 thousand followers.

What is the 'Indivisible' Movement?

The 'Indivisible' Movement actually stemmed from a Google Docs document that a bunch of random former Congressional staffers wrote. The document looks at how the Tea Party changed the Republican Party forever.

The Tea Party, with only a relatively small number of people, was able to steal the spotlight from more moderate Republicans and move the party far to the right. The 'Indivisible' founders understood this and realized that the tactics that the Tea Party used would also work on the left. The strategy: if enough people show up in the streets and filled town halls and other events, elected officials are bound to take notice.

Here is what the founders say about the movement:

We know this because we've seen it before. 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 supermajority in Congress. We saw them organize locally and convince their own MoCs to reject President Obama's agenda. Their ideas were wrong, cruel, and tinged with racism-- and they won.

How did 'Indivisible' get so big?

The Congressional staffers who put the document together shared it -- and the movement quickly spread. Today, there are around 4000 'Indivisible' groups nationwide. The group has around 100,000 members, with several thousand very active members.

The power of social media what drove the growth of the group. But it was fueled by the number of other groups and events that brought progressives together after the Trump inauguration. At these events, word of different resistance groups has been spreading, and people are coming together in a way that hasn't been seen for decades.

What are the issues that 'Indivisible' focuses on?

The New York Times had the founders of the 'Indivisible' Movement write about their plans:

This kind of local advocacy can make nearly any member of Congress think a lot harder about his re-election chances. It can ensure that the 10 Senate Democrats up next year in Trump-won states recognize that their best hope for survival lies in bold action to defend democracy rather than cutting deals with a petty tyrant.

To date, much of the activity of individual 'Indivisible' groups has been focused on opposing Trump's cabinet picks -- especially the nominee for Secretary of Education, Betsy DeVos. They have also fought against Trump's Muslim ban.

Where is the 'Indivisble' Movement headed?

Per their Wiki, 'Indivisible' grew tremendously fast over the last month, and the movement shows no signs of slowing. 'Indivisible' is just starting to get noticed by elected officials. Expect to hear a lot more from them in the future.

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