By Rob Bell | PA NJ Radio News
Indivisible is a national political movement that arose in reaction to President Trump’s election, starting with the publication of an online guide on how to resist many of his administration’s policies. The guide went viral, and more that 5,000 chapters of the group are now active, including Indivisible Lambertville/NewHope. Calling members of Congress is a core tactic in the Indivisible approach.
Organizer Cindi Sternfeld of Lambertville addressed the crowd on Sunday after screening a PBS video of a recent town hall meeting with N.J. Representative Leonard Lance (R – 7th Congressional District) at Raritan Valley Community College. She pointed out that career politicians like Lance are susceptible to protest because they want to be re-elected.
Sternfeld described the 90-minute meeting, only the third the group has had since President Trump was elected, as an opportunity to gather information and exposure, get motivated individuals to sign up for postcard parties and rallies, and to help those who want to “push back” against the current administration’s policies.
She explained to the crowd that Indivisible is a national movement, and that there are over 30 indivisible groups in Lance’s 7th New Jersey Congressional District alone. Sternfeld underscored three effective activities to protest the President’s initiatives: 1) resist, 2) elect democrats and liberals in 2018, and 3) be respectful of others opinions, not violent.
The crowd was then encouraged to repeat the mantra “Resist! Elect! Respect!” a number of times. Attendees broke into discussion groups with headings including “civil rights,” “conflicts of interest,” and “national security,” with each group selecting a leader. The meeting ended with a round of applause by the energized crowd.
“We’ve organized letter writing, postcard writing, rally cries, and meetings on specific topics,” explained Sternfeld in an interview Monday. “It’s an incredibly busy group, the likes of which I’ve never seen before.”
“We need an ongoing engagement from members — not a week or a month — but forever,” she observed.
“This election taught us we can’t go back to bed.”
The next meeting of Indivisible Lambertville/New Hope is March 19, but a location has yet to be determined.
Updated 5:51 p.m. to include Sternfeld quotes.