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Indivisible | #StopKavanaugh

August 25, 2018

Your to-dos this week:

  1. Mobilize now to stop Brett Kavanaugh. Check where your senators stand, and get your group members ready to start making calls, planning events, and activating your communities.
  2. Take a look at this week’s Activist To-Dos. Share our list of actions with your group members now to help plan for the week ahead.
  3. Share your thoughts in our post-election policy survey. We need your input to start planning for the fight in 2019!
  4. RSVP for next week’s electoral strategy briefing. Sign up for our webinar on Wednesday, August 29th on how we’re building our strategy now through November.
  5. Help us find our next Organizing Fellows. We’re hiring for creative and passionate Organizing Fellows to support electoral work that Indivisible groups are doing all across the country.
  6. Read this week’s policy rundown.
  7. Check out our social media highlights for the week.

Dear Group Leaders,

There’s so much to cover from this week alone… where to begin? Here’s a quick “This Week in Trump Collusion” timeline:

→ Tuesday: Former Trump campaign chairman Paul Manafort was found guilty on charges of bank and tax fraud. THEN former Trump attorney Michael Cohen pled guilty to campaign finance violations.
→ Wednesday: The revelations on the Cohen investigation prompted Democrats to call for a delay on the confirmation process for Trump’s Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh. And New York state investigators issued a subpoena to Cohen as part of their investigation into the Trump Foundation.
→ Thursday: We found out that National Enquirer publisher David Pecker received immunity from federal prosecutors for providing information on the Trump and Cohen hush money investigations. After Trump threw a Twitter tantrum, and called Paul Manafort a “brave man,” it was reported that Trump is considering a pardon for Manafort (reminder: this is a big, glaring red line and we’ll be ready).
→ Hours before we wrote this email: News broke that Trump organization finance chief, Allen Weisselberg, would be granted immunity in the Cohen investigation as well.

Bottom line: Even before the continuing drip-drip of collusion, there were plenty of reasons for your senators to oppose Kavanaugh based on his record.

Brett Kavanaugh's record

Now, there’s no excuse for inaction. We know that Brett Kavanaugh does not believe a sitting president can be indicted, or should even be investigated. It’s clear that Trump engaged in criminal activity during the campaign, and he chose Kavanaugh in order to shield himself from accountability when the Supreme Court inevitably weighs in on Trump’s crimes and corruption.

That’s why it is imperative that we stop Kavanaugh now. Trump has hand-picked the Supreme Court nominee that would have the ability to exonerate him. Yet, there are 26 senators that are still undecided. That’s unacceptable.

Here’s how you hold your members of Congress (and Trump) accountable:

Let’s keep our eyes on what’s important

On weeks where the news is chaos (or pretty much a dumpster fire), it’s important for us to not get distracted. There’s only one way to make sure that these fights stop coming down to the wire — Vote. Them. Out. We need to #DoTheWork to vote out those members of Congress that either avoid their constituents or blatantly ignore their constituents needs. Here’s how you can do that:

✔️ Keep up all the electoral work on the ground. So many Indivisible groups across the country are canvassing and holding phone or text bank drives. Make sure you register your upcoming phone banks, canvasses and actions on our event map so we can help promote them!
✔️Make a plan. The summer’s nearly over, our next electoral Weekend of Action is September 7-8! This is a good time to review our Practical Guide for Winning Elections to build an effective electoral strategy, now through Election Day.
✔️Support our IndivisiCandidates. Indivisible groups endorsed locally and nominated candidates for national endorsements. You can find our most recent list of 45!! Indivisible endorsed candidates here.

If your MoC hasn’t shown up to a town hall in months, if they only have private events during recess, or if they’ve consistently voted with the Trump administration despite their flooded phone lines — 👏VOTE👏THEM👏OUT👏 and elect the people who have shown commitment and accountability to their communities.

Activist to-dos for the week

Here’s this week’s list of actions to share with your group members and supporters. Copy, paste, or screenshot to share this list far and wide!

  1. Find out where your senators stand on Kavanaugh — and then start lighting up their phone lines this Monday to demand they say NO on moving his nomination a single step forward. Call 1-844-778-3056 to be directly connected with your senators.
  2. Share your thoughts on Indivisible’s post-election strategy. Take our survey and help us begin to chart our post-election strategy — for the lame duck Congress, first 100 days, and all the way to 2020.
  3. Don’t wait another moment to register to vote. Help your friends and family get registered, too! Check out our voter registration tool at to get started.

We want to hear from you!

We’ve gotten so many responses since last week! Thank you so much for helping us shape our next chapter. But we still need another solid push of responses to get as many different views — Indivisible group members, group leaders, and even every day supporters of the Indivisible movement — to make sure that we’re getting the best possible input on our post-election strategy.

If you haven’t yet, and only if you haven’t, can you set a few minutes aside today to take this survey? You’ve been with us every step of the way, and now we want your input as our team dives into what our work should look like after the midterms.

RSVP: Electoral Strategy & Overview Webinar

Join us for a Strategy Briefing on Indivisible’s midterm plans including our unique contributions and values as a movement, how and when we are reaching voters, and how your group can plug in!

You’ll have a chance to ask questions of our electoral training team and preview the training series we’re developing now through the midterm elections chocked full of everything you need to know to make a difference at the midterms.

When: Wednesday, August 29th at 8pm ET / 5pm PT
RSVP: Click here to register

Help find us our next fellows!

The Indivisible Organizing Team is in search of candidates for our fellowship program this fall. We’re looking for dynamic individuals who are excited to support local Indivisible groups and develop key organizing skills.

The Organizing Fellowship program is open in states and regions across the country. Fellows would be hired for a fixed-term, part-time paid position from now through the midterms.

If you know someone who would be excited to help us #DoTheWork, please share our application form and encourage them to check it out and apply today!

This week’s policy rundown

Congress has wrapped up most of its work until late September, but there’s still a lot happening in the courts:

  • Attacks on immigrant families continue. Any day now, a court in Texas will rule on the whether the DACA program will be allowed to continue, possibly further threatening the lives of 800,000 DACA recipients. Additionally, the administration is planning to issue a new anti-immigrant and anti-family regulation that would punish immigrant families for being poor, and for using services for which they are eligible. For more info check out resources from our immigration partners. Keep your eyes on our social media @IndivisibleTeam for the latest updates.
  • We’re getting close to Trump’s next chance to shut down the government. Congress will have to pass a government funding bill at the end of September to keep its doors open through the end of the year. Trump wants to hold this funding hostage unless the Democrats cave in to his demands to build his border wall and dramatically overhaul our system of legal immigration. Democrats will need to hold strong against Trump’s white supremacist agenda if they want to keep their momentum going into November.
  • Visit for a running list of all the ways Trump makes us less safe this week, and review our latest foreign policy resources to take action.

This week’s social media highlights

#StopKavanaugh? ✅ #DoTheWork? ✅ Post it all on social media? ✅ Y’all got it covered! Keep up all the incredible activities you’re doing across the country, and be sure to keep tagging us on Twitter @IndivisibleTeam so we can help amplify your work.

In solidarity,
The Indivisible Team

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