|Dear Indivisible Group Leaders,
Before we get to prep for congressional recess in this email, we have to talk about Syria. The use of chemical weapons in Syria is an atrocity that the world cannot ignore, and those responsible must be brought to justice. However, no Commander in Chief should take lightly a decision to deploy the US military overseas—and if the President commits to a long-term military action, he or she is bound by our laws to seek congressional authorization for this act.
Whenever military action is taken, by any president, it is critical that Congress hold the President fully accountable. And that’s even more true when the President is a thin-skinned egomaniac. Trump cannot be allowed to fire off missiles the way that he fires off tweets. He cannot be allowed to bar Syrian child refugees from our shores and then claim he’s taking military action to protect them. And he cannot be allowed to drag us into another Middle East war. Call your Member of Congress and demand that they return to session to exercise oversight over Trump’s actions in Syria.
We also encourage you to think about ways to help the people of Syria. Organizations like the White Helmets, Doctors Without Borders, and the International Rescue Committee are just a few of the many organizations helping on the ground and assisting refugees. Stand with them as an ally. And make your voice heard: there’s never been a more important time to call on your MoCs to support Syrian refugees. During this April recess, ask them what they’re doing to make sure America truly supports Syrian refugees by allowing them to come to the United States.
Congressional District Work Period—AKA Recess—Is Here!
Assuming recess goes ahead as scheduled and Republicans ignore calls to reconvene, we want to make sure you are prepared. During the February recess, you showed the nation what it means to stand indivisible. In doing so, you changed the narrative (and won!) against TrumpCare, saving coverage for 24 million people.
This time, we’re confident we can do big things, like holding senators accountable for their vote to blow up 230 years of Senate precedent and confirm Trump’s extreme SCOTUS nominee. To celebrate the start of recess, we’ve got a brand new website, plus new resources to help you reclaim recess again, and new tools like Mobilize to help you connect with other Indivisible groups.
Mobilize—the new web community for Indivisible leaders
Make sure you check out Mobilize, a (free!) private platform just for Indivisible’s group leaders and organizers to connect. Get regular updates from the Indivisible team, share your best practices with each other, organize within and between states, ask for advice, and help each other fight the Trump agenda. Hundreds of Indivisible group leaders have already dived in—you should join too. Throughout recess we’ll be pushing out new info and resources through Mobilize—so come join us there!
Hold Your Senators Accountable for Their Gorsuch Vote
Senate Republicans put party and partisanship before democracy by using the “nuclear option” to jam through Trump’s pick for the Supreme Court. If you have a Republican senator, here are three simple ways to make your voice heard over recess and remind them that their actions have consequences:
- Send a letter to the editor of your local newspaper voicing your disappointment in your senator’s vote. You can find a sample letter to the editor and tips on how to get your letter placed on Mobilize.
- Take advantage of town halls and other public events to ask your senator why he or she voted to blow up 230 years of Senate precedent in order to ram through a nominee who couldn’t get a 60-vote consensus. If you know of or are holding an event, add it to our nationwide map!
- If your senator isn’t holding public events over recess, call or visit their local office to urge your senator to face their constituents. If they still won’t, hold your own event.
If your senator voted against the nuclear option, great! Be sure to show your appreciation at public events or by calling or visiting their local office and saying thank you.
NEW Resource! How to Connect with Other Groups
In this week’s How To resource document, we take you through the steps to start coordinating with other Indivisible groups in your area. Now that you’re using Mobilize to talk to other group leaders, check out resources and tips for working together, and read some success stories from groups that are already collaborating.
Join us for another Q&A on Facebook Live this Thursday
We hope you joined us this week for our first Facebook Live event where @ezralevin and @AngelRafPadilla answered your questions about recess. Don’t forget to check out all the materials at https://www.indivisibleguide.com/resources/recess/.
The last one was such a success that we’ll be holding another Facebook Live event to answer your questions next week at 9 p.m. ET on Thursday, April 13. You can submit your recess, Congress, and Tax March questions in advance to email@example.com.
Here’s what’s new this week on recess materials
New video explainers: Check out Robert Reich telling you how to call out your MoC on their sham town hall tactics.
MORE policy information: We’ve taken our top five priorities and given you a policy backgrounder on each, plus suggested questions on each topic to ask at your town hall. Ready to skip straight to the questions? The whole list is here!
We deserve to know about Donald Trump’s tax returns. We know that many of you will be marching with our friends at Tax March on April 15 to demand Trump’s tax returns, and we’re proud that Indivisible is a part of this effort. Make sure that calling your MoCs is also part of your action: check out our video on what to ask your MoCs.
Last thing: check out our big beautiful new website
Yes! It’s finally here. Yesterday we launched our brand new IndivisibleGuide.com website. We’ve redesigned the whole thing (through the heroic efforts of many volunteer coders and designers). A few highlights:
We hope the website and resources are useful to you throughout this recess period. We’re pulling all these things together to empower you, because you’re leading the Indivisible movement on your home turf. As always, let us know how we can help: email firstname.lastname@example.org if there’s more we can do to support your group.
The Indivisible Team
P.S. We want to amplify your group’s voice! Keep sharing your pictures, videos, and stories with us at email@example.com.
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