We are a multi-partisan group of more than 700 residents. We organized in 2017 to resist the Trump agenda and fought to defend our social programs, especially healthcare, and our democracy. We also worked hard in the 2018 and 2020 elections, making Trump a one-term president.
Englewood Indivisible members live throughout all of Englewood in both Sarasota and Charlotte counties, as well as Placida, Rotonda West, North Port, the Gulf Coves and nearby Port Charlotte. We invite you to join us as we reach out to the community, campaign for change, and enjoy socializing together. We are working and connecting virtually now, but look forward to resuming our coffee hours, happy hours and dinners in a post-Covid future. Englewood Indivisible is one of the hundreds of Indivisible groups that sprang up around the country after the 2016 election. We are affiliated with the Indivisible Florida Network and Swing Left.
Although ballots are still being counted in some states, Florida is lost to a Republican who has brought shame on our country and let a pandemic rage among us. This despite all our hard work.
Deep thanks and gratitude to our wonderful candidates for their tireless work and energetic campaigns: Allen Ellison, Katherine Norman, Lisa Stortstrom, Dave Jones, Alice White and Tony Dunbar.
Regardless of the losses Florida voters inflicted on Joe Biden and our candidates -- clearly better qualified, every one -- our hard work has not been for nothing. Yes, Florida is redder in 2020 than it was in 2016. But an important part of our work endures: our 700 Englewood Indivisible members have helped to change the local culture. Think of all the yard signs we displayed in 2020 compared to 2016: hundreds!
And something else we did not have in the wake of 2016's debacle that we have now: We have each other.
Jane, Sherry and Sue
November 10 2020. We’ve had a pretty stressful week and there has certainly been a lot to digest. But the sense of relief and joy at the sight of President-elect Biden speaking to the nation Saturday night was worth every sleepless night. Joy to the World! Nevertheless, we are still exhausted — and most of us have had our fill of pundits and alerts. But time is relentless and so plans for our tomorrows await us.
We have spent time thinking and talking about the future of Englewood Indivisible. Certainly, for many of us, this group has been the glue that kept us sane and the balm to soothe our fears for the last four years.
At this point, our plan is to keep our email list of 700-plus active and available for use as needed. But as most of us are ready for a needed break from the activism of Tallahassee visits, marches, sign holdings and polling-site greeting, we look to a future where we can just enjoy the comfort of spending time with like-minded neighbors. And we’re very thankful that we have all found so many like-thinkers in the confines of deep red Englewood.
So the plan right now is that we will have an occasional Zoom gathering —maybe once a month. And as soon as we are vaccinated and we really do “turn the corner,” we very much want to resume (start!) our planned dinners out. And perhaps we’ll see those coffee meet-ups or happy hours return in 2021.
Our future emails will be via a new vendor, ActionNetwork. Please make sure that EnglewoodIndivisible@gmail.com is in your contact list so our emails don’t go into your spam folder. We’ll email every month or so to let you know about Zoom meetings, plus whenever there’s a need to share information.
We’ll also post important information here on our website, EnglewoodIndivisible.org. We will be stopping our texting service soon, so if you have been relying on that to keep informed, please turn to one of the options above.
It’s time to lick our wounds, be thankful for our victories, and send appreciation out to all those who invested their hearts as well as their funds to restore decency to our country.
Happy Trails—because we will meet again: on Zoom, via email, and sometime in 2021, in person!
Thanks to all!
Jane, Sue, Sherry, Bonnie
Sarasota, Lido and Longboat Key