Indivisible Eastside relentlessly resists President Trump’s divisive and anti-democratic agenda. We are a local chapter of the Indivisible Project, inspired by the Indivisible Guide. Our members, from Bellevue and other cities, represent Washington’s Congressional Districts 1, 8, and 9.
Our purpose is to enable concerned citizens and residents of Seattle’s Eastside to block the agenda of President Trump and his enablers. Our resistance is motivated by an intense desire to protect the American worker and middle class. Great social progress has been made over several decades which must not be turned back.
Our strategy is to target our local Members of Congress (MoC). We will deliver the message to our MoCs that their constituents expect them to say “No!” to the Trump Agenda. We will do this as loudly and as often as possible.
Indivisible Eastside covers Washington’s 1st, 8th and 9th Congressional districts. These districts are represented by Congresswoman Suzan DelBene (1st), Congressman Dave Reichert (8th) and Congressman Adam Smith (9th) as well as Senators Patty Murray and Maria Cantwell. We cover Bellevue, Kirkland, Issaquah, and other cities and neighborhoods.
The Indivisible Guide was written by a group of former Congressional staffers who witnessed the success of the Tea Party minority. They turned their experiences into a practical guide for resisting Trump’s agenda. The Guide has inspired a movement. Groups like Indivisible Eastside, in Bellevue, are forming across the country as people seek an effective means to express their vision for a just and democratic future of the United States.
Indivisible Eastside was founded as a Facebook Group on January 3, 2017 by several friends from Bellevue, WA. We grew to hundreds of members and a dedicated team of over 50 volunteers in less than a month.
All members of Indivisible Eastside adhere to the following principles.
- Focus – We resist all attempts of the Trump Administration and their enablers to divide our people, undermine our democratic values and further harm working American families. The Trump administration’s divisive, anti-democratic and pro-elitist efforts will be relentlessly opposed at every turn. We have no agenda and no goals other than to protect our country and our neighbors from this clear and present threat.
- Action – Participation matters! Whether it means organizing, calling MoCs, showing up at town halls, or reaching out to others. Small yet powerful groups of focused citizens are already having an impact. We will be better organized and more broadly based than the Tea Party, and therefore more influential—only if we commit to action. Each of us can find a way to participate that’s appropriate for our skills and values.
- Facts – People come here looking for ways to act, not ways to whip each other into a frenzy. We will verify truth and understand issues before acting on them. This means no posting of memes or click-bait, no ranting, etc to our social media. Frustration and other negative emotions are channeled into deliberate, effective action and collaboration.
- Cohesion – We act as one and remember that we are all on the same team. We are Indivisible: respectful, inclusive, fair, and focused. Voice disagreement, but disrespectful behavior will result in a warning and then ejection from the group. Cohesion is the main reason for keeping our focus narrow—advocating policy or individual issues risks breeding division within the group.