Congressional Staffers Move Forward from Information to Organizing against Trump
Last month, a group of former congressional staffers released an excellent guide for resisting the agenda of Donald Trump by targeting Congress. What makes this guide excellent is what it isn’t: another messaging memo insisting that in order to win in politics, people have to hide what they think and say something they don’t believe. Nope, that’s not what the staffers’ “Indivisible Guide” is all about. It’s about being honest and pushing for what you really, truly believe in an effective manner.
The guide has very simple tips for influencing members of Congress — based on what the staffers have seen work so well on Capitol Hill. Lessons include:
- How to find and confront your members of Congress in person;
- How to hold the floor when a member of Congress tries to shut you up;
- How to get past a staffer who doesn’t want to tell you what you need to know;
- How to do all this without triggering the “how rude” accusation that members of Congress can use to shut critics down.
The key, according to these staffers, is that you need to stop waiting for a national leader to follow and instead start organizing at the local level, within your congressional district. This week, the staffers have rolled out a new feature at their website to help you get started: the ability of local groups and individuals looking for local groups to find each other at their website. Go visit indivisibleguide.com, then follow three steps…
Step 1 is simple: read the guide.
Step 2: sign up to get updates telling you about the existence of groups near you.
Step 3: once you’ve started your own local activist group, tell the Indivisible Guide, and they’ll spread the word about you to people who are nearby and looking for a group to join.
The stakes are too high for us to work solely alone, or to wait to read about protests in the newspaper, always after they’ve happened. Connect with others and act together to force your member of Congress into either listening to you or losing re-election. Get started right now.