This past week, OI members Glen and Carol hosted a second Cookies and Conversation gathering. Our focus was on considering the question: who is the Indivisible base?
The response? A very lively conversation!
Many folks feel that our base is composed of people with a range of concerns and passions. What unites us is the desire to defend our democratic institutions and to push for an America which lives up to the best of its ideals.
There was general consensus that the Democratic national party does not represent all of the base--and needs some serious rehabilitation if it wants to significantly regain widespread trust and commitment. Folks also seemed to share the idea that what distinguishes our base is that we are active participants in the democratic process.
The most basic form of participation is voting. Voter registration and getting registered voters to vote are both acts which can expand our base. Putting more progressive, accountable representatives into office is also important, although that also presents opportunities for division and, when identity politics are pursued to the exclusion of issues such as jobs, common cause, and winning elections.