What is Indivisible49?
Indivisible49 is a non-partisan, grassroots political group in California’s 49th Congressional District that resists the Trump Administration’s dismantling of our civil liberties, social protections, and democratic institutions. We are a group of like-minded individuals dedicated to local organizing and action with the goal of defeating or delaying any policy that harms our society or our citizens. We believe in the principles of inclusion and diversity.
Our focus is on flipping our district. Representative Darrell Issa has consistently voted in support of Donald Trump’s initiatives, and Diane Harkey will do the same.
How did Indivisible49 get started?
Concerned citizens in California’s 49th Congressional District read the Indivisible Guide and started spreading the word. The group held its kickoff meeting on January 23, 2017. Indivisible49 has evolved and grown since that first meeting, but it has continued to focus on the 49th District.
What is “Indivisible”? Is it a political party?
The Indivisible movement is not a political party. It is a collection groups that have come together to resist authoritarianism and the Trump administration’s assault on our civil liberties, social protections, and democratic institutions.
On December 14, 2016, a handful of former congressional staffers published the first edition of the Indivisible Guide. Word spread quickly. People across the country were alarmed at the turn the country had taken read the guide, organized themselves into groups, and called for others to join them. Within two months, over 3,800 groups had formed. The Indivisible Guide catalyzed the movement, but each group has a focus specific to its own local area and concerns.
Who do you welcome into your group?
We believe in inclusion and diversity. We welcome all people who are willing to resist authoritarianism and the Trump agenda regardless of age, race, sex, gender expression, sexual orientation, disability, religion, or political party. We recognize that some of us will be more harmed by the Trump administration than others, particularly people of color, immigrants, the disabled, the LGBT community, women, and those whose identities intersect across groups.
What do you mean by “resist”?
We are dedicated to peaceful, non-violent resistance, and committed to the democratic process. We act mainly through demonstrations, organizing town hall meetings, canvassing, phone banking, letter writing, social networking, and similar activities.
Are you those people who support Candidate X?
No, Indivisible49 is not a political party. Our purpose is not to get a candidate elected. We focus on resisting the Trump administration’s attack on our civil liberties, social protections, and the institutions that allow our democracy to function.
Why do you focus on Darrell Issa?
We do not feel Congressman Issa is listening to his constituents. While Mr. Issa has released statements expressing a range of opinions and concerns, when it comes time to vote he consistently votes to support Donald Trump’s initiatives.
For example, at the town hall meeting on March 11, 2017, when asked whether he would support the Ryan health care plan, Mr. Issa replied:
I am not in the same boat as just any Republican. . . . I do not believe that we can strip away both employer and individual mandates and not find both a carrot and a stick to get people to be financially fiscally responsible for their own decisions. Will I tell you here I won’t vote for something if it strips away the mandate? I’m not going to make that commitment. But what I will tell you is I will keep fighting for a recognition that that individual who chooses not to have insurance should be held in a greater amount responsible. These are state issues more than federal issues.
Two months later, he voted for HR 1628, the American Health Care Act of 2017, which repealed both the employer and the individual mandates, substituting “a carrot and a stick” of a one-time 30% premium increase for people who had been without insurance for 63 days or more. The bill would also have allowed insurers to charge older people 5 times the premiums of younger ones and, according to CBO estimates, would have dramatically reduced the number insured people.
FiveThirtyEight.com maintains a “Trump Score” that tracks how often each member of Congress votes for or against the President.
How is Indivisible49 related to the national Indivisible organization?
The Indivisible movement grew organically and spontaneously across the country. As with the rest of the Indivisible movement, our ties to other groups rest on common interests, common philosophies, and friendships rather than a formal organizational structure. The national organization does not control us (or any other Indivisible group) and does not provide funds to us.