INDIVISIBLE: A Practical Guide For Resisting the Trump Agenda

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    A PRACTICAL GUIDE FOR RESISTING THE TRUMP AGENDA
    Former congressional staffers reveal best practices for making Congress listen.
    Indivisible: A Practical Guide for Resisting the Trump Agenda (web version) — Indivisible Guide
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  3. by   heron
    Excellent - just downloaded it today
  4. by   chare
    More of the same. Eight years ago we were called racist, to include by some on this board, for not kneeling before Mr. Obama. Now, we're apparently racist for not voting for Ms. Clinton.

    As far as the "Indivisible Guide," after being accused of being racist twice, in the first two paragraphs I find it more divisible than indivisible and find no need to read any further.
  5. by   nursej22
    Quote from chare
    More of the same. Eight years ago we were called racist, to include by some on this board, for not kneeling before Mr. Obama. Now, we're apparently racist for not voting for Ms. Clinton.

    As far as the "Indivisible Guide," after being accused of being racist twice, in the first two paragraphs I find it more divisible than indivisible and find no need to read any further.
    I am sorry that you feel you were accused of being racist in this forum. I don't think I did, but if I did, then I was wrong and apologize.

    I am reading this guide differently; Trump is accused of being racist in the first paragraph, and the tea partiers tactics are described as "tinged with racism." Are you saying that members of the Tea Party did not display images of Obama with a bone in his nose, refer to his wife as an ape, or passed on jokes about watermelon and fried chicken? Let alone question his citizenship and religion.

    If you read on in the guide, the authors give credit to the Tea Party for the effectiveness of their organizing and many of their tactics, and suggest that citizens unhappy with Trump do the same, such as attend town halls, visit their congressperson's office, and stay on message.
  6. by   Lil Nel
    I just skimmed through it. Thanks for passing it along. From the little bit that I read, it contains some good advice.

    I have yet been able to attend a Town Hall held by my Congressional representatives. They are usually held during the afternoon, during the week when I am working. So, who can attend these things? Retirees?

    However, I do make regular telephone calls to members of Congress, as well as members of my state's legislature. In fact, I did so yesterday, to protest Republicans gleeful push to make Kentucky a right-to-work state.
  7. by   herring_RN
    Quote from chare
    More of the same. Eight years ago we were called racist, to include by some on this board, for not kneeling before Mr. Obama. Now, we're apparently racist for not voting for Ms. Clinton.

    As far as the "Indivisible Guide," after being accused of being racist twice, in the first two paragraphs I find it more divisible than indivisible and find no need to read any further.
    These former congressional staffers generalized as though the worst of the tea party represented all who acted politically against the ACA. It is unfortunate that they did so.

    Summer of 2009 I attended several healthcare town hall meetings held by my member of congress and others on my state. All were attended by Tea Party protestors, many from out of state.
    Some were rude, threatening, and angry. Many were not.

    Two literally were in my face on a street corner outside. One had a camera while one was so close his spit got on my cheek as he used a racial slur asking if I wanted my mother to have surgery at the Post Office.
    This was because I held an 8 1/2"X11' paper printed with "Medicare For All". I told him I would have a conversation without the recording.
    It turned out his father had an MI and open heart surgery with Medicare paying. I was able to let him know I was glad to pay taxes to pay for his father's health care. He was afraid of "Death Panels" when Obama took health decisions away from doctors.

    One muscular young man with a huge "Don't tread on Me" flag seemed to be proud of living "off the grid". He claimed he was a martial arts instructor who only accepted cash for his work, paid his rent and bills with cash, and was so healthy he didn't need health care.

    The "Indivisible" guide is simply a guide to how citizens can work together to influence their elected representatives.

    Too bad the authors generalized and hurt some feelings. But for people with any opinion wanting to encourage lawmakers to do what they want and discourage what they don't want it can offer one or more ideas. If It helps some people do good I can forgive.

    As nurses we are less likely to generalize than congressional staffers are. I've met lots of them working for politicians of different parties. It was good to be nice to them during the years we worked to achieve safe staffing ratios. Their job turnover rate is high.
  8. by   SC_RNDude
    From reading the first half or so of the document, it's not clear to me what specifically of the Trump agenda are they wanting to stop.
  9. by   heron
    That's not the point of the document. The purpose is to share information on how to resist effectively, not dictate which issues to take on. That's going to differ from person to person, depending on individual life circumstances and priorities.
    Last edit by heron on Jan 9
  10. by   herring_RN
    Quote from SC_RNDude
    From reading the first half or so of the document, it's not clear to me what specifically of the Trump agenda are they wanting to stop.
    I'm pretty sure President Elect trump promised to keep or improve Medicare and Social Security, but soon the new senate will be debating the new budget. There will be an amendment introduced to require a 3/5ths vote of the united States senate to cut benefits to these programs. Nurses and others of both parties are contacting their senators by letter and telephone to let them know they are being watched.

    I imagine some may be using the "Indivisible" guide to try to keep Medicare and Social Security.

    I saw a dozen women on TV who visited their member of congress about after putting their planned visit on Facebook and notifying their local newspaper and TV station. They were against stripping the Office of Congressional Ethics of it's powers. They convinced their member of congress, who voted in their favor. President Elect trump Tweeted disapproval too.

    I think of it more as for people being active rather than anti Trump, or any one politician. I plan to be for his agenda when I think it is best and against what I think is not best.

    I was called horrid names and accused of wanting Saddam to come here and kill nurse's babies because I protested the Iraq war. If I hadn't don my part to try to stop it I wouldn't know whether or nor the deaths and suffering could have been prevented if only I had done my part.
    Last edit by herring_RN on Jan 9 : Reason: typo

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