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Friday, November 16, 2018
Notations From the Grid (Special Friday Edition): As the #2020 Battle Begins
An understanding of what happened in 2018 won't be possible without a realization of this group did. Our team received the two dispatches which we wanted to share in its' entirety to understand as the #2020 Battles Loom as they released this having appeared on MSNBC's The Rachel Maddow Show:
We know it’s late, but this is important: tonight, Ezra went on The Rachel Maddow Show to share Indivisible on Offense, a grassroots organizing blueprint for the next (and hopefully final) two years under the Trump administration.
We can't show you the guide just yet. (We wish we could! It launches tomorrow morning -- and we’ll send it your way first thing, promise.) But we can tell you this: we think this is the winning strategy for taking back the White House in 2020:
We go on offense in the House. Agenda setting power. Must-pass and messaging bills. We can advance progressive policies and ideas.
Oversight and investigation: How House Democrats can use subpoena power, investigations, and hearings to shine a light on the corruption of this administration.
Don't forget about defense: Resisting Senate GOP's plans to advance the Trump agenda
Indivisible States: We can seize big gains and new opportunities to save democracy and the state and local level.
On January 4, 2017, Indivisible caught the attention of the entire country when Rachel Maddow invited Ezra to join her on her show. You’ve seen the clip: when Ezra first walked on set, we were 350 groups strong. But as he and Rachel talked, Ezra’s phone kept buzzing (on LIVE TV) -- each buzz signifying a new Indivisible group forming.
Tonight’s interview shows just how much has changed in two short years. Our movement has helped stop some of the Trump administration’s worst attacks on democracy as we know it. And just last week, our efforts paid off: we flipped the House, six state legislatures, and moved the entire country forward.
Literally none of this would be possible without support from folks like you, Mike. It’s each of us pushing a little bit harder, together, that’s going to defeat the Trump agenda.
They continued with this updated on Wednesday:
This time two years ago, we were lost, angry, and scared (okay, we were pissed. Really pissed). Republicans had taken the House, Senate, and Presidency. They were planning to go big. And we knew the only move we had was to play defense, focus on our own representatives and senators, and never give an inch. In that moment, we wrote the original Indivisible Guide, beginning with these lines:
Donald Trump is the biggest popular vote loser in history to ever call himself President-Elect. In spite of the fact that he has no mandate, he will attempt to use his congressional majority to reshape America in his own racist, authoritarian, and corrupt image. If progressives are going to stop this, we must stand indivisibly opposed to Trump and the members of Congress who would do his bidding. Together, we have the power to resist -- and we have the power to win.
Looking back, we think this holds up pretty well. And the growth of the Indivisible movement, and what you have accomplished, has surpassed our wildest expectations.
You didn’t just read the Guide. You didn’t just start groups in your hometowns across the country. You made Congress listen. In 2017, Indivisibles went to town halls, die-ins, and district offices. We defeated TrumpCare, rallied for immigrants, and turned the Republican tax cut for the rich and corporations into an enormous political liability. We stiffened Democratic spines and weakened Republican resolve. We couldn’t stop everything -- but we did stop a lot.
The grassroots were responsible for Democrats retaking power.
Taking back the House used to be a pipe dream. It’s easy to forget, but just a little over a year ago, winning back the House was an idea that was too crazy for conventional Washington wisdom (read: pundits). Folks had good reason to believe taking back the House would be impossible. Back in 2010, the Republican Party succeeded in their sinister plot to flip targeted state legislatures and the House, giving their party control over redistricting after the 2010 census. And with that power, they drew gerrymandered districts to ensure a GOP House majority, no matter how unpopular their party became.
But where Republicans built a seawall, you built a bigger blue wave. A week ago, we flipped the House. We flipped 6 state legislatures. And we moved the whole country to the left. 317 out of 435 Congressional districts (73%) were more blue on Tuesday than they were in 2016.
Indivisibles endorsed candidates, knocked doors, registered voters, phonebanked and textbanked. You dragged your friends, family, and neighbors to the polls. Drop by drop, you built the blue wave and remade Congress, state houses, and governors' mansions. And as a result, our slate of elected leaders at every level across the country will feature people who look like America, ready to fight for economic and racial justice and beat back the worst of Trump’s attacks on our neighbors, communities, and future.
After two years of defense, we now go on offense.
Now, Democrats have the House of Representatives and a ton more power at the state level. (Thank you for that!)
We had a feeling last Tuesday would go well for us. So we’ve been working on a new federal-level guide and state-level guide for months to prepare for this new political reality that we’re calling Indivisible on Offense. We can’t wait for you to dig in. Here’s a quick and dirty summary of how we win over the next two years:
We go on offense in the House. With the majority, House Democrats can determine which bills get votes and there are two big opportunities to go on legislative offense in 2019 and 2020: messaging bills and must-pass bills. House Democrats can also hold Trump’s entire administration accountable through oversight and investigations (subpoena power, investigatory power, congressional-hearings power, and more!). This all gets complicated, but check out the guide for practical steps on how to use this intel.
We start making gains in the states to save democracy. There are huge opportunities to resist Trump and provide a progressive vision for the country through state-level advocacy. And many of the same principles you use when advocating for federal change apply at the state level. With the big gains last Tuesday, we have a lot more opportunities to accomplish proactive policy wins -- and this all starts happening early in 2019 when state legislatures are sworn in.
This is the road to stopping Trump in his tracks, locking in the gains we've made, and advancing an alternative vision for the country rooted in democracy, inclusion, and respect. This is the road to retaking the White House in two years. But none of this is automatic. We won last Tuesday. Now we have to make those wins mean something going forward.
So here’s what we need you to do to get ready for this fight:
Two years ago, we wrote the Indivisible Guide because we knew that everything we hold dear was under threat. We’ve lost a lot since then, but we ‑‑ along with critical partners -- have accomplished so much. We resisted. We retook power. And with control of the House of Representatives and new power in the states, we will band together, indivisible to remake this country.
These new Guides offer a road map for the next two years of our journey. Together, we will pave the way to the post-Trump era. Together, we will win.