Since the Indivisible Guide was first tweeted out in December of 2016, Indivisible groups across the country have played a critical role in resisting the Trump agenda, stopping TrumpCare, and building power nationwide. Now, with 2020 on the horizon, we’re going on the offensive. Together, we have the power to not just resist, but to win key electoral victories and reshape government.
Elections—at every level of government—are critical to stopping Trump. The Trump administration didn’t come out of nowhere. For many years before the 2016 election, Republicans—and conservative Tea Party activists in particular—had been building power by winning elections at all levels of government. From local school boards and state legislatures to Congress and eventually the Oval Office, the Tea Party effectively stopped progressive legislation and got in the driver’s seat to push their hateful policies.
Now, it’s our turn to build a blue wave that can take back power across the country—and then hold our leaders accountable for stopping Trump and passing progressive policies. Many Indivisible groups have started this next stage of our work already. Whether by winning key elections in Virginia, electing a Democratic Senator in Alabama for the first time in 25 years and propelling exciting, progressive candidates to victories in primaries, the impact of local Indivisible groups diving into campaign work has already made a clear impact.
We know we’ve got the people power to make the difference in November—this guide, written by former campaign staffers and organizers, is about how to effectively put that people power into action. This guide offers step-by-step tips and resources on how to use that same people power that resisted the Trump Agenda to win elections through volunteer voter contact all across the country.
We’re excited to share the knowledge we’ve developed from winning—and the key lessons we’ve learned from our losses—to build the oncoming blue wave. We certainly have our work cut out for us; but, it’s never been more clear that if we stick with it, together, we will win.
How you engage in elections depends a lot on your group’s organizational status. This guide is intended for unincorporated local groups and those spending money under 501(c)(4) tax rules—independently, or through our Indivisible's distributed fundraising program (reach out to your Organizer or email@example.com for more information about the program).. We don’t recommend you incorporate as a 501(c)(3): 501(c)(3) organizations have serious limitations on their ability to participate in elections.