Skip to main content

Sign up for our newsletter.

Quality journalism. Progressive values. Direct to your inbox.

"If a small minority in the Tea Party can stop President Obama, then we the majority can stop a petty tyrant named Trump," the guide states. (Photo: mathiaswasik/flickr/cc)

Anti-GOP Uprising Grows as 'Indivisible Guide' to Resisting Trump Goes Viral

Former staffers who witnessed Tea Party wave during President Barack Obama's term create guide to grassroots action for people and organizations

Nadia Prupis

Former congressional staffers are publicizing their newly released "Indivisible Guide," a manual for people, groups, and organizations who want to resist the incoming rightwing administration through grassroots action.

President-elect Donald Trump rose to power while losing the popular vote by a historic margin, and his lack of a mandate means a vocal and organized resistance can weaken Republican resolve and "[stiffen] Democratic spines," the guide states.

"We know this because we've seen it before," write the authors, former staffers who witnessed the Tea Party surge in President Barack Obama's first term. "We saw these activists take on a popular president with a mandate for change and a supermajority in Congress."

"We believe that protecting our values, our neighbors, and ourselves will require mounting a similar resistance to the Trump agenda—but a resistance built on the values of inclusion, tolerance, and fairness," they write. "If a small minority in the Tea Party can stop President Obama, then we the majority can stop a petty tyrant named Trump."

The guide, which began as a Google doc last month and whose full title is Indivisible: A Practical Guide for Resisting the Trump Agenda, outlines a step-by-step process of grassroots organizing and advocacy targeting Members of Congress (MoCs), from coordinated calls to sit-ins and photo op disruption.

It also encourages people to form localized activist groups to pressure their congressional representatives to resist Trump's agenda.

MSNBC's Rachel Maddow covered the guide on her show Wednesday:

The guide is amother form of organized opposition to the incoming administration, which has named cabinet nominees who would seemingly undermine the departments they were picked to lead. On Wednesday, a coalition of thousands of activists, civic leaders, scientists, and journalists took out a full-page ad in the New York Times calling for people to coordinate long-term protests to resist Trump's "fascist regime," and the Women's March on Washington is poised to be the largest inauguration day protest in history.

Meanwhile, action is stirring around the country. Climate campaigners on Tuesday announced the launch of the "official pushback" against Trump's environmental plans, and leaders of the NAACP were arrested earlier this week after organizing a sit-in at Alabama Sen. Jeff Sessions' office. Sessions, the nominee for Attorney General, was once deemed too racist to serve as a federal judge.

Some Democrats and allied forces are also gearing up to resist the coming Republican agenda, and progressive nonprofits last month reported an unprecedented wave of donations since the November election.

The congressional guide acknowledges these multi-faceted developments—indeed, that is part of the plan. "This is not a panacea, nor is it intended to stand alone," the authors write. "We strongly urge you to marry the strategy in this guide with a broader commitment to creating a more just society, building local power, and addressing systemic injustice and racism."

"We wrote this guide because we believe that the coming years will see an unprecedented movement of Americans rising up across the country to protect our values, our neighbors, and ourselves," they write. "Our goal is to provide practical understanding of how your [MoCs] think, and how you can demonstrate to them the depth and power of the opposition to Donald Trump and Republican congressional overreach."


Our work is licensed under Creative Commons (CC BY-NC-ND 3.0). Feel free to republish and share widely.

This is the world we live in. This is the world we cover.

Because of people like you, another world is possible. There are many battles to be won, but we will battle them together—all of us. Common Dreams is not your normal news site. We don't survive on clicks. We don't want advertising dollars. We want the world to be a better place. But we can't do it alone. It doesn't work that way. We need you. If you can help today—because every gift of every size matters—please do. Without Your Support We Simply Don't Exist.

Biden-Backed Aukus Deal Could Spell 'Disaster' for Climate Cooperation With China

One U.K. lawmaker said reaching a "positive outcome" at the upcoming talks in Glasgow "just got a whole lot harder."

Jon Queally ·


Exclusive: Jared Kushner's Family Firm Set to Unleash Eviction Wave Amid Pandemic

"Kushner is the poster child for ultra-rich landlords clamoring to boost their bottom line by kicking families to the curb, even if it comes at the expense of public health."

Jake Johnson ·


Patient Group Targets Pair of Democrats for 'Selling Us Out to Drug Companies'

"It makes me so angry that members of Congress are choosing Big Pharma over patients. It's unforgivable."

Jake Johnson ·


Judge Blocks Biden From Continuing 'Inhumane' Trump Policy to Deport Families

"This is not the end of the battle against this practice," said one rights group, "but it is a major step to ensure that the U.S. welcomes these asylum-seeking families—as we should."

Jessica Corbett ·


400+ Economists Press Congress to Permanently Expand Child Tax Credit

Such an expansion would "dramatically reduce childhood poverty in the United States," they said.

Andrea Germanos ·

Support our work.

We are independent, non-profit, advertising-free and 100% reader supported.

Subscribe to our newsletter.

Quality journalism. Progressive values.
Direct to your inbox.

Subscribe to our Newsletter.


Common Dreams, Inc. Founded 1997. Registered 501(c3) Non-Profit | Privacy Policy
Common Dreams Logo