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.
As amazing as it seems, it was more than 7 years ago that we all woke up on November 8th to discover our worst nightmare had come to fruition—Donald Trump had won the electoral college and would be the 45th President. Most of you can still feel the sense of terror and disbelief that overwhelmed us collectively.
But what an amazing sense of mission and outrage it brought as well. And when several women leaders reached out to like thinkers to join them in a meeting at a local church in February 2017, we found ourselves empowered to act.
We stood under the umbrella of Indivisible and became the force that was Englewood Indivisible. From 2017 to 2020, we expanded and bonded with others. We made signs, attended rallies, stood on street corners from Englewood to Venice and Punta Gorda and worked for candidates for state and local office.
We had monthly meetings, hosted a weekly table at the Farmers’ Market, made phone calls, sent postcards, contacted legislators, lobbied Tallahassee, sold tee shirts, flags and bumper stickers. We stood up for women’s rights, migrant rights, teachers, gun safety and, repeatedly, the Affordable Care Act. We railed against Russian influence, tax cuts for the rich, mistreatment of migrants. Who could forget the hundreds who showed up in Venice on the eve of the impeachment?
Although we were ultimately sidelined in March 2020 due to Covid, we made a difference. We may not have won Florida, but all those Florida votes for Biden still contributed to his clear victory in the popular vote. Equally important, we gave each other a voice and an ear. We supported one another and made long-term friends. Thus it was not surprising that so many felt the loss of Jean Ranallo, who died on January 11, 2023. She was one of us, a soldier on the front line trying to make our country and the world a better place.
As we close out this site and put our email list to pasture, we should all feel proud of the difference we made, the support we offered and the friendships we established. In 2020 the mission was accomplished—Joe Biden is president. Thank you all for your time, efforts, energy and determination.
Despite a big vote for single-member Commission districts in Sarasota County 2018 election, County Commissioners placed a deceptive measure to repeal single-member districts on the March 8, 2022 1-mil School referendum ballot.
On March 8th, despite huge spending by Republican-linked shady-money PACs, on Tuesday, March 8th, county voters rebuked the Republican commissioners and voted to keep single-member districts by 56,868 to 42,523, a stunning 57% to 42% victory -- perhaps even sufficient to keep the commissioners from further attempts to manipulate elections.
Kudos to the Sarasota Alliance for Fair Elections and Citizens for District Power, which led the winning campaign.