A couple of days after the presidential election, a group of women were having a post-mortem over coffee. One of them suggested they start a private local facebook group to discuss politics. The rest, as they say, is history. One of these women did indeed start the facebook page, and within a few days the group’s numbers had grown, each added member adding members, by a couple hundred. It was decided a face to face meet up was in order, and about a hundred people showed up. The numbers on facebook kept growing. The momentum was there. The vision and activist power of Galveston was potent, we just needed some direction. And then, Indivisible appeared. Indivisible is a guide created by former Washington congressional staffers. They provide a template for local group formation to resist Trump and his policies. We quickly adopted their methods and now we are Indivisible Galveston.
- A local strategy targeting individual Members of Congress (MoCs).
- A defensive approach purely focused on stopping Trump from implementing an agenda built on racism, authoritarianism, and corruption.
MoCs want their constituents to think well of them, and they want good, local press. They hate surprises, wasted time, and most of all, bad press that makes them look weak, unlikable, and vulnerable. You will use these interests to make them listen and act.
We suggest steps to help mobilize your fellow constituents locally and start organizing for action.
We’ve identified four key opportunity areas that just a handful of local constituents can use to great effect. Always record encounters on video, prepare questions ahead of time, coordinate with your group, and report back to local media:
- Town halls. MoCs regularly hold public in-district events to show that they are listening to constituents. Make them listen to you, and report out when they don’t.
- Other local public events. MoCs love cutting ribbons and kissing babies back home. Don’t let them get photo-ops without questions about racism, authoritarianism, and corruption.
- District office visits. 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.
- Coordinated calls. Calls are a lightlift,but can have an impact. Organize your local group to barrage your MoCs with calls at an opportune moment about and on a specific issue.