I was familiar with the Indivisible Guide soon after it was created and was excited to find out that Olympia has a strong chapter when I moved here in early July. I, like many others, feel very passionate about using my civic power for the betterment of the country; I was ready to get involved as soon as possible and meet some like-minded activists.
I enjoyed the first all member meeting I attended and decided to return for the next meeting (October 2) and stay up-to-date on “what’s shakin’ with Olympia Indivisible” as co-founder Lisa likes to say.
The big feature of the October 2nd meeting was a presentation about the Citizens Climate Lobby and its mission from CCL member Rich Harris. He discussed the carbon free dividend initiative: what it does, how it works, and why it is needed. I am familiar with (and strongly support) a carbon tax as a method for paying the environmental price of fossil fuel production, but had not been educated about nitty-gritty policy details. The group also had a chance to ask questions following the presentation. For the sake of brevity, I’ll spare the details, but I was very impressed by the strategic, realistic, and thorough approach the CCL is taking towards initiating bipartisan political action to fight climate change.
As the meeting closed, it became clear to me that Oly Indivisible is a very well organized group. Speakers are invited and they accept the invitation. Action items come to my email inbox every week. The group formed various subcommittees to dive as deep as possible into determining how each member can have the strongest impact. During the Q&A period of the presentation, the questions were diverse, pointed, and intriguing. The energy of the organization became apparent to me at once, and I realized that Indivisible is something much more powerful than just a group of people holding up protest signs (but that’s good too!).
I’ve realized that attending these Olympia Indivisible meetings means so much more than just organizing political activism. It’s about sharing experiences of happiness and grief. It’s about keeping smiles on our faces during dark times. It’s about learning how to be good citizens in a democratic society. We all have much more to learn, and I’m happy to do so alongside the other members of Olympia Indivisible.
Author: Dan Graves