We are a nonpartisan group of over 600 residents resisting the Trump agenda, respectfully making our voices heard by our elected representatives — and working to replace those representatives when they don't respect us! Our next meeting is Saturday, December 8th at 3:00PM.
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.
Englewood Indivisible is one of more than 6,000 Indivisible groups that sprang up around the country after the 2016 election.
Before the elections and politics fade from people's minds, we'll be asking them to sign petitions to tell their elected representatives what they want to see the new Congress do.
Our first three petitions are addressed to Congressman Greg Steube, the new representative for the 17th Congressional District. The three petitions call on Steube to support strong environmental laws and funding for red tide, to support common-sense legislation on gun violence, and to tell President Trump to stop calling the news media "the enemy of the people."
Steube is a Republican and thus in the minority in the House. Nevertheless, we want to show him how many people in our community support common sense gun legislation, strong environmental laws, and an end to Trump's demonization of the news media.
Indivisible Action Southwest Florida and Englewood Indivisible will be collecting signatures on the petitions at their events in Charlotte and Sarasota counties.
You can sign the petitions right here. And you can also download them as PDFs to circulate them. (Scroll down past the online petitions.)
Please scan and return completed petitions to EnglewoodIndivisible@gmail.com. You can also return them to Indivisible Action Southwest Florida or Englewood Indivisible at meetings, coffee hours, happy hours, and the Englewood Farmers Market on Thursdays.
Indivisible groups throughout Florida have signed onto a letter to elected representatives, calling on them to issue strong statements refuting recent “irresponsible and inflammatory” statements by President Donald Trump that are being amplified by elected Republicans, Fox News and other right-wing media. “His attacks on anyone supporting the Democratic Party (or seeking to oppose his increasing authoritarianism) are now painting us as an angry mob of radical, violent anarchists,” the letter continues.
Englewood Indivisible sent the letter (full text below) on October 29th via tweet to Senators Bill Nelson and Marco Rubio, Rep. Tom Rooney and Governor Rick Scott.
A news release announcing the letter to local media outlets stated: “Although written last week, the letter is particularly poignant today, following the massacre at the synagogue in Pittsburgh and the bombs sent to Democrats by a man inspired by Donald Trump’s rhetoric.”
The letter describes how the hundreds of thousands of Indivisible and other activists have found and used their voices for peaceful protest: “We know how to direct our anger into constructive action, lawful protest and winning elections. We’ve been doing it for two years. We will not apologize for it and we will not be deterred.“
In the letter, the Indivisible groups tell their elected representatives “We need you to come forward with definitive and unflinching rebuttal of these hateful and cynical assertions. We urge you and all responsible elected officials to firmly refute this attempt to further divide our country which creates a dangerous environment for the open expression of political views.”
This is the text of the letter:
October 27 2018
To our elected representatives:
We are writing to you on behalf of our Indivisible group members because we are alarmed and frightened by the current wave of propaganda manufactured by POTUS, GOP strategists, politicians and the right wing spin machine. Fox News, GOP politicians, and right-wing pundits are parroting President’s Trump irresponsible and inflammatory rhetoric. His attacks on anyone supporting the Democratic Party (or seeking to oppose his increasing authoritarianism) are now painting us as an angry mob of radical, violent anarchists.
We need you to come forward with definitive and unflinching rebuttal of these hateful and cynical assertions. We urge you and all responsible elected officials to firmly refute this attempt to further divide our country which creates a dangerous environment for the open expression of political views.
This is who we ARE. Nationwide, we are mothers, sisters, daughters, wives, aunts and grandmothers – and the men who love us and join us in a sincere effort to protect our democracy and our democratic values. Our efforts are local as well as national, and in the effort to protect the environment, we are world wide.
In Florida, we are joined by the wait staff who had no income this summer as the red tide kept diners away from our shoreline restaurants. We are the captains whose boats were never booked for sunset cruises and fishing expeditions all summer. We are the homeowners who live on the coastline and could not open a window or walk the beach all summer. We are the parents and teachers who watch our children wear masks to walk to school.
We have formed activist groups from our living rooms, phone-banked, met with our elected representatives, marched peacefully, registered voters, canvassed, and written letters to the editor. Over ten million of us marched in the two Women’s Marches - peacefully. Our engagement in the political process has changed the political landscape. It is this change that the GOP fears and seeks to undermine and destroy.
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