First, download the guide located here: Indivisible: A Practical Guide For Resisting the Trump Agenda
The following explains how we’re doing this in Austin.
For now, we are one Austin-wide group. Because of the way our districts are gerrymandered, we don’t all have the same representatives in the House. (Austin has been called the largest US city with no single congressional district to anchor it.) As we grow, we will form subgroups based on congressional reps and anything else that makes sense. Read: How We Grow From Here
Minimum is coordinated phone calls to our reps every work day. We can partner with other organizations who are already doing this, so we maximize the effect. The goal is for as many people as possible to contact reps about the same issue on the same day.
We’ll have a shared calendar that tracks there whereabouts of all six Austin-area House reps, plus Sens. Cornyn and Cruz. They do not post their schedules on their websites or social media, so we will need to make regular phone calls asking when is the next Town Hall or other public event.
We will coordinate which sound bites to emphasize at each event (need to be laser-focused on a single issue so message doesn’t get muddled). Beyond that, follow the playbook in the original Indivisible doc.
It turns out our representatives care deeply about what local papers say about them. So we need to praise good political reporting and be very vocal when the media is dishonest.
Example: This story from the Star-Telegram has a super-objective headline, and is totally fawning hagiography of one of the worst Trump lackeys:
How do we do this? Old-fashioned letters to the editor, plus coordinated social media trolling. When you complain or praise, always identify yourself as a constituent in the subject’s district.
Messaging & Tone
All of our representatives except Lloyd Doggett (District 35) are Republican. So most of our messaging will be designed to appeal to Republicans’ common sense, patriotism, or at least self-interest. If we act hysterical, or seem unfocused, we lose.
Members living in District 35 should contact Lloyd Doggett’s office and thank him anytime he speaks out against Trump.
Physical and Information Security
Read this post on Keeping Your Digital Self Secure in the Age of Trump.
We use secure channels to coordinate our activities. And no member should participate in any action, whether in person or online, that makes them feel unsafe.
We’ll need to strike a balance between security and the need to put real constituents–not anonymous social media accounts–in front of our representatives. Anyone comfortable using their real names should do so, but please be careful.