How We Resist

How We Resist

First, download the guide located here: Indivisible: A Practical Guide For Resisting the Trump Agenda

The following explains how we’re doing this in Acadiana.

Membership

For now, we are building a Lafayette area group. As we grow, we will form subgroups based on State legislative districts or anything else that makes sense. Read: How We Grow From Here

Activities

Messaging & Tone

All of our representatives are Republicans. Consequently 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.

Phone calls/Postcards/Emails and other Direct Communications

As a minimum we offer coordinated subject matter to our reps every work day. We will partner with other organizations who are already doing this, so as to maximize the effect. The goal is for as many people as possible to contact reps about the same issue on the same day.

Media outreach

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.

How do we do this? Old-fashioned letters to the editor, plus coordinated social media action. When you complain or praise, always identify yourself as a constituent in the subject’s district.

Local events

We’ll have a shared calendar that tracks the whereabouts of Senators Cassidy and Kennedy as well as Congressman Higgins. They do not post their schedules on their websites or social media, so we will make regular phone calls asking when is the next Town Hall or other public event and post it for them.

We will coordinate which sound bites to emphasize at each event; we need to be laser-focused on a single issue so our message doesn’t get muddled. Beyond that, follow the playbook in the original Indivisible Guide.

Direct Action

We will work together to maximize the impact of our collective activity. Office visits by individuals and small groups will be cordial and focused. Public demonstrations will be law abiding and friendly. The overall message will be sharply focused on opposing the disastrous agenda coming out of the Trump Administration and the wrong minded Congress.

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.