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A Message From Indivisible's Co-Founders
Last week we wrote to you, the group leaders, members, and supporters of the Indivisible movement, to ask you a very important question: should Indivisible endorse Vice President Joe Biden for President?
We believe that it’s crucially important for us to unite behind the Democratic Party’s nominee. And so do you. We’re excited to announce that Indivisibles have overwhelmingly voted to endorse Vice President Joe Biden’s campaign for President.
When we say Indivisibles overwhelmingly voted to endorse, we mean it: 95% of Indivisibles who responded and 94% of Group Leaders support endorsing former VP Joe Biden. (Just for context -- our support threshold to make an endorsement was 60%.) These are incredibly high numbers and much better than our previously projected support aspirations of 60% of the movement supporting the endorsement.
We’re so glad to be able to report all this enthusiasm, because we have big plans for 2021, and none of them are possible unless we make Joe Biden president. Today we’re announcing this national endorsement to the world, and now it’s time to do the work to win this election. Here’s what we need from you:
Renew your Indivisible Pledge: Last May (a decade ago?), over 30,000 Indivisibles (including you!) and every major Democratic presidential candidate signed a pledge to (1) make the primary constructive, (2) rally behind the winner, and (3) do the work to win. Take a moment to renew your promise to do the work to win right now.
Grow your local Indivisible group: Local groups are the heart and soul of Indivisible, and joining a group is the best way to get involved and live up to the commitment you made in the pledge. If you're not already in your local group, join today -- and if you are, reach out to a few friends and ask them to get involved.
Record a video endorsing Biden: This endorsement is powerful because it’s from the whole Indivisible Movement (that means you!). Help us spread the word about our endorsement by recording a video explaining why you’re all in for Biden and what you’re doing to help him win, and share it on social media.
Join this week’s National Activist Call: We’ll be joining Indivisible activists all around the country on Thursday, May 7th, at 8 PM Eastern for a special live-streamed National Activist Call! This month, the two of us will be joining to talk about the endorsement and what it means, as well as to talk to you and our organizing and policy teams about how our work has changed during coronavirus, and more.
We want to take a special moment to speak to those of you who, like the two of us, supported another candidate in the Democratic primary. Whether you voted to endorse or not, know that you are a part of this movement, and we’re asking you, personally, to join us in going all in to support Vice President Biden to defeat Trump. We can organize to win progressive legislative victories next year, but only if we first organize to elect Biden this year.
American democracy cannot survive another Trump term, but this isn’t just about beating him. It’s about paving the way for a new vision for the future. It’s about defending democracy, protecting the right to vote, reforming our healthcare system, tackling climate change, and ensuring equity and justice for the most marginalized among us. Vice President Biden is the only candidate today who will make that vital work possible. That’s why we’re endorsing him, and it's why we’re going to do everything in our power to make him the next President of the United States of America.
From the bottom of our hearts, thank you for joining us in this work, this organization, this movement. Indivisible means coming together, and that’s never been more important. Together, we will win.
Leah, Ezra, and the entire Indivisible Team
Wisconsin is having another special election on May 12, so let's work with our friends at the Democratic Party of Wisconsin (DPW) to help Wisconsin citizens vote safely. Tricia Zunker, is running for a vacancy in the 7th Congressional District (NW Wisconsin). She is a single mother, a law professor, an associate justice of the Ho-Chunk Nation Supreme Court, the president of her local school board, and a passionate environmentalist. In April, Republicans forced Wisconsin citizens to choose between their health and exercising their right to vote. Right now we can make sure that never happens again by calling voters to remind them to mail or to turn in their absentee ballots on May 12.
HOW WE CAN HELP DPW: GOTV PHONE BANKS AND SOCIAL MEDIA
Contact Indivisible Evanston leadersKathleen Long orLaura Tannerif you have questions...We'd be happy to walk you through the process.
Evanston Postcards to Wisconsin Kickoff!
Welcome to the new IE Postcards 2 Wisconsin campaign! Join Indivisible Evanston to write postcards to likely Democratic voters in Wisconsin, encouraging them to vote in the November. Presidential election. We will supply the postcards, names and addresses and script. You just supply the postage (and support the post office at the same time)!
Until we can meet again in person at our postcard parties, we will have packets of 100 cards and materials available for pick up seven days a week at three locations in Evanston. You can also sign up to pick up cards in Chicago with Indivisible Chicago, or order directly online to have them shipped to you if you are outside of the Chicagoland area. We are only writing cards to Wisconsin, so if you would like Michigan cards, you can also sign up with Indivisible Chicago or order them directly.
How it works:
Go to our Sign Up and select your preferred postcard pickup date/location.
Check the blue Sign up box on the date and location you want to pick up.
Click on the the black "Submit and Sign up" box at the bottom of the page.
Select how many packets of 100 you would like to pick up.
Click on the black "Sign Up Now" box to complete your registration.
How many cards can I get?
For ease of distribution, cards will be available only in packs of 100. But you have six months to complete them. Share them with friends!
How do I get stamps?
We are not providing stamps. If you don't want to go to the post office to buy stamps, jut order them online. CLICK HERE.
If you have trouble ordering online, please contact Candace Davis for help.
When are we mailing the cards?
All cards will be mailed at the end of October. Due to issues surrounding the deadline for absentee ballots, we cannot yet identify the mailing date. We will notify you of the required mailing date closer to the election.
What do I do with the cards once I am done writing them?
You can hold onto the completed cards and mail them yourself on the specified October mailing date.
You can also bring the completed cards back to where you picked them up, and we will mail them for you in Wisconsin in October.
PLEASE do not return cards to us without postage. Thank you!
Thank you for joining us! Together we will turn Wisconsin, the White House, and Congress Blue!
Since we can't canvass in the midst of an international health crisis, we have to do the next best thing, which is phone banking. It's easy and we can prove it! We have 30-minute classes that will tell you the secrets, show you the ropes, and answer all your questions. And if you like, you can step from class right into a working phone bank. Several sessions scheduled and more are on the way. Please sign up using tiny urls below:
--Monday 5/4, 12:30 - 1 PM: tinyurl.com/PBTrain54
--Monday 5/11, 9:30 - 10 AM: tinyurl.com/PBTrain511
--Monday 5/18, 4:30 - 5 PM: tinyurl.com/PBTrain518
In this era of 24-Hour digital news and targeted propaganda, it's often hard to discern the difference between good information and disinformation, especially on social media. On May 19, our virtual meeting will feature an expert panel discussion with Northwestern University faculty to help you learn how to "Separate News You Can Use from News You Can Lose." Among other topics, our panelists will address how we can both navigate and disseminate digital news and social media content more responsibly and effectively. Submit A Question and More Information About Our Panelists,
Register for the meeting with the link below. This registration link will not get you into the meeting, you must first register to get the meeting link. Registration
Confirmation: once you register, you’ll get an email confirmation from Zoom with the link and login information to the meeting. We strongly recommend you either add the link to your calendar, or save the confirrmation email so you can easily find it at the time of the meeting. We will not be letting anyone into the meeting who is not pre-registered by 6:30 pm.
Questions: you can submit a question ahead of time for our panelists, and you will also be able to post questions in the chat box during the meeting. Given our time constraints, we will do our best to get to everyone's questions but may not be able to do so.
We need to plan nationally and statewide (even in IL) for the security of our votes in November 2020!
1. CALL ILLINOIS LEADERS!
Ask our state legislators, Governor Pritzker, election officials, and ISBE to remove any barriers to receiving, tracking, and returning an absentee ballot. All jurisdictions should include envelopes with prepaid postage for all voters.
If vote-by-mail legislation is not passed by the end of May in IL, there will not be time to organize another option, and an expanded vote-by-mail program will not go forward.
Script & Contact information to call on your own here.
Indivisible National has created a tool to help us call our members of Congress — including Democrats — today and demand that they fight to include these emergency protections for our election in the next coronavirus bill.
Thank you to everyone who attended our third book group "meeting" and first virtual discussion of “The Fifth Risk" by Michael Lewis. This book is especially relevant now, given that it is about how the Trump administration has made our country and citizens more vulnerable to greater risk with government positions left empty, cronyism, and anti-government ideology. We all may be more alarmed, but we are definitely more informed!
We recommend that you order the book online through Bookshop to support our local host bookstore Page 1 Books on Evanston's Central Street. Click HERE to order and it will be shipped directly to you. You can also support Page 1 by ordering your audio version from Libro.fm instead of Audible. EPL is also offering cards online and this can be checked out as an ebook that way. Thank you!
Discussion will be moderated by IE Co-Leader Laura Tanner if we are able to meet in person at Page 1 or if we have another online Zoom discussion. Also make sure to check our our Facebook Event for this meeting: This is also a great way to discuss this and other books virtually.
As you know, Lauren Underwood is running for re-election to the US House in Illinois’ 14th district. Though COVID-19 is clearly affecting how the campaign can do outreach to voters, there are opportunities to support Rep Underwood.
Want to get involved? The campaign will be commencing a variety of activities in the coming weeks and months—some of them traditional and others that are more creative in light of the pandemic.
Click a link below to learn more and sign up. More info and details are forthcoming:
SEE LISTINGS ABOVE FOR MORE DETAILS & to sign up for specific events.
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Indivisible Evanston Mission Statement
The mission of Indivisible Evanston is to resist Donald Trump's attempt to replace our democracy with authoritarian plutocracy. We do not expect our members or our allies to agree on all issues, but we invite those who agree that the Trump presidency is harming our country to work together on issues of common concern. We seek to be as inclusive and diverse as possible, and we are committed to non-violence in all our actions. Note: We are so happy that you attend our events, but please understand that attendance is at your own risk, and we assume no liability for injury.
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