To learn more about Indivisible and find groups in your area, visit www.indivisibleguide.com.

Local group joins movement to resist Trump's agenda

Posted at 4:05 PM on Jan 31, 2017

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BY AMY FUHRMAN

At a meeting in Statesville of citizens concerned about President Trump’s agenda, many had intense and personal reasons for attending.

One woman, who identified herself as Hispanic, said she’d been told this week to “go back where you came from.” She’s lived in the United States for 55 years.

Another woman who is of Native American descent recounted the treatment of her family. “I know people are dismissed and they are dispersed — that’s what the government did to my people,” she said.

A mother shared her worries for her gay daughter’s rights; a teacher voiced his fears over the fate of public education; an aunt described the uncertainty being felt by her Muslim nephews; and a nurse expressed deep concern over patients who might be worse off if the Affordable Care Act is repealed.

These were just a handful of the stories shared by the approximately 60 people who attended Monday’s meeting of Indivisible - Iredell, part of a national movement created by former congressional staffers in opposition to changes being made and proposed by President Trump.

“Indivisible: A Practical Guide for Resisting the Trump Agenda” was posted online in December. According to the group’s website, indivisibleguide.com, the 26-page document has been downloaded more than 1 million times and more than 4,500 groups have been formed to put the guide’s advice into action.

The Iredell group’s first meeting began with a stated purpose of "protecting and defending American values; holding elected officials accountable; and empowering everyday citizens to act effectively."

Organizers then went around the room, asking participants to state where they were from and which two issues were most important to them. Of those in attendance, a number were from outside the Statesville area, including Mooresville, Troutman, Denver, Love Valley, Stony Point and Huntersville.

Many in the crowd found it difficult to limit their top priorities to just two issues. Some of the most frequently mentioned included women’s rights; civil rights; voting rights; immigration; the environment; and the Affordable Care Act. But there were many others mentioned, from reported Russian interference in the election to freedom of the press to the president’s cabinet nominations.

One of the organizers of Indivisible - Iredell is Diane Hamby, a former Iredell County commissioner. Hamby told those attending the meeting that the purpose of the group is not to complain about the current president, but rather to take meaningful action and be sure all voices are heard on issues like those identified above.

“Our purpose is to protect and defend our American values – truth, freedom, integrity, honesty,” Hamby said. "We have to hold (elected leaders) accountable. That’s what this is all about.”

To that end, organizers said the group will be posting daily actions on its Facebook page based on recommendations in the Indivisible Guide that include best strategies for contacting lawmakers and ways to effect change on a grassroots level.

“We are here to exercise our civic rights and duties,” organizer Nicole Kershner said.

“We have to find shared values. We have to change hearts,” Hamby added.

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To learn more about Indivisible and find groups in your area, visit www.indivisibleguide.com.

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