End of the Year Assessments of Trump Impeachment Group Indivisible
As the year comes to a close let’s review and assess the growth of the Tom Steyer is doing with his Trump impeachment group Indivisible.
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|Indivisible groups across the country said thank you to Rep. Adam Schiff this November for the excellent work he did during the public impeachment hearings in the House.|
We’re coming up on the end of the year, and we’ve got a lot of plans for 2020. To build a strong, inclusive progressive movement, we’re going to be doing a lot of organizing, power building, and training next year.
We’ll be telling you a lot more about our plans for building the movement in 2020 and beyond over the next few weeks, but here’s a quick rundown of some of the moving pieces in our work next year:
- Running trainings and hosting gatherings around the country to bring leaders together to learn from each other and share best practices
- Policy research and communication to educate the public and representatives on key progressive issues
- Skilled organizers working every day with local groups to help them plan events, sustain membership, and improve racial equity and inclusion
We’re a grassroots-funded organization. That’s important because it means that we’re accountable to you, not to corporations or political parties. But it also means that we rely on people like you to fund all the work we do. We’re so excited for what 2020 has in store. But we literally can’t make any of it happen without you.
The Work We’re Doing: Organizing and Movement-Building
The Indivisible movement is entering our fourth year, and we know it can become even more of a progressive powerhouse. Our groups are working nationwide to build an inclusive civic engagement movement, and we’re providing the tools, training, and infrastructure they’ll need to make it happen.
- On-the-ground organizing — our experienced organizers are invaluable resources for group leaders and other progressive activists. They help groups plan events, improve racial equity and inclusive practices, and recruit and sustain membership. We’re spending more than $1 million next year to keep our organizers on the ground all over the country.
- Trainings and gatherings — organizers also run specific trainings to help local groups be as effective as possible, and we host regional gatherings to bring leaders together to learn from each other and build a more locally, regionally, and nationally coordinated movement. All in all, we’re planning to spend more than $350,000 to plan and execute these trainings.
- Ongoing issue education — we’re committed to providing the context and expert analysis that Indivisibles need to become effective progressive leaders. That means we’re constantly producing guides and working with activists to educate the public and elected representatives on key issues like democracy reform and immigration. We’ve budgeted almost $450,000 to keep our policy team working on the issues that matter next year.
And maybe it isn’t as glamorous, but it takes a lot to keep an organization like ours running. While it might not make a splashy image for social media, all the infrastructure, technology, and staff time we use to communicate with Indivisibles, do policy research, work in partnership with progressive coalitions, and keep our resources up-to-date is absolutely crucial to making sure Indivisibles have an impact.
All that work is funded by people like you. Luckily, we have a few generous donors who are matching every dollar Indivisibles give, up to $100,000, by the end of the day tomorrow, which means your impact is doubled. So we need you to make a gift today (it’s tax-deductible!) to support our movement-building, training, and all our other work.
How We Make It Happen: Our Fundraising Philosophy
Our fundraising philosophy is fundamental to our work, and it informs every ask we make of you. Our movement is built on the principle that individuals, working together, can do amazing things. And that’s how we want to be funded too.
We don’t take corporate cash or money from political parties, because we’re not a corporate or party movement. We’re a people’s movement, which means we’re funded by the people.
When thousands of people, including you, give what they can, we do amazing things. Our goal is to raise $130,000 by the end of the day tomorrow — every dollar of that will go straight toward building a stronger progressive movement. And every dollar comes from someone like you making the choice to support that movement.
And because we have donors matching every dollar Indivisibles give by the end of the day tomorrow, up to $100,000, if you give now, your support will go further than ever. We’re ready to make change together next year — can you pitch in $10 right now to have your tax-deductible gift matched and support all the work Indivisible will do next year?
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This movement was made possible because people like you believe in the impact we can have together. We can go even further next year, but we need your support to make that impact a reality, today and every day.
Impeachment time is here at last!
It’s December, which means that it’s time to impeach the president.
Tomorrow, the House Intelligence Committee will vote on Adam Schiff’s impeachment report, which is expected to provide the basis for the articles of impeachment that will be drafted. And then on Wednesday, the House Judiciary Committee will be holding its first hearing on what an impeachable offense is — in short, this is a pivotal week for our movement, and we expect it to be critically important for moving the needle on impeachment.
To recap, in the last few weeks, we learned that there’s mounting evidence proving Trump’s corruption — witness testimony, texts, emails, memos, and transcripts — all pointing to what Trump HIMSELF already admitted — that he tried to bribe Ukraine to help him in the 2020 election. Trump’s own officials, including Gordon Sondland, the Ambassador to the European Union and mega-donor to Trump’s campaign, testified under oath that Trump tried to bribe Ukraine and everyone in the White House knew about it.
A few other Republican talking points have been disproven in the last week. Trump’s allies have been arguing that when Trump demanded President Zelensky investigate the Bidens, Zelensky didn’t know that Trump was withholding aid to Ukraine. This isn’t true. Deputy Assistant Secretary of Defense Laura Cooper testified under oath that the Ukrainians asked about the aid on the day of the call.
The GOP also claims that Trump called Sondland to tell him there’s “no quid pro quo,” and claim that somehow proves that Trump never tried to bribe the Ukrainians. However, there’s new evidence that shows that call didn’t happen — there’s no witness corroboration and no White House call records.
As we’ve mentioned before, the GOP is attacking the process because they know they can’t actually defend Trump’s crimes. They don’t want the truth to come out, which is why the White House continues to block witnesses like Mick Mulvaney and John Bolton from testifying, and why Trump is refusing to participate in Wednesday’s hearing.
The next week is likely to be ablaze in news of more crimes and GOP-approved talking points straight out of a dumpster fire, but we MUST continue to remain focused on these three truths:
- Trump orchestrated a bribery scheme to push Ukraine to interfere in the 2020 election.
- High-level government officials helped, including Devin Nunes, Mick Mulvaney, and even VP Mike Pence.
- Trump committed impeachable abuses of power — like BRIBERY.
With November behind us, more candidates are starting to ask the essential question of any struggling presidential campaign: is this really still worth it? This week, at least two decided the answer is no! Meanwhile, we look ahead to the debates and check out some recent endorsements:
→ Joe Sestak and Steve Bullock drop out. It was bound to happen: like many other lower-tier candidates, neither had a realistic path to the nomination. Former Pennsylvania Rep. Sestak jumped in relatively late and made very little impact during his time in the race. Montana Gov. Steve Bullock at least made it to the debate stage once, but was ultimately crowded out by other moderates in the field.
→ Warren picks up important Florida endorsement. Last week, the progressive grassroots mobilization group, New Florida Majority, issued an endorsement for Sen. Elizabeth Warren for President. The endorsement is yet another grassroots movement pickup for Warren. She also received an endorsement this week from Chicago-area Rep. Jan Schakowsky.
→ December 12 is the deadline to qualify for the next debate. So far, six candidates have met the qualification threshold, with four of the candidates from the last debate left to scramble for donations, favorable polls, or both. The four candidates who made November’s debate and are fighting to reach the stage again are Sen. Cory Booker, Rep. Tulsi Gabbard, billionaire activist Tom Steyer, and businessman Andrew Yang. Recent entrants Michael Bloomberg and Deval Patrick will also be looking to make some progress to reach future debates, but are unlikely to qualify for December.
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Indivisible is a locally-led, people-powered movement of thousands of local groups in red, blue, and purple states, and in urban, suburban, and rural areas. Our mission is to cultivate and lift up a grassroots movement of local groups to advance progressive values and policies. Indivisible Civics is a registered 501(c)(3) organization. Donations are tax-deductible. To give by mail, send a check to Indivisible Civics, PO Box 43884, Washington, DC 20010.
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