House Party 101: How to Put the “Fun” in Fundraising →

House parties are one fun and easy approach to start fundraising. They are informal, efficient, and can easily change to fit each group’s size, needs, budget, and goals.  House parties also provide a great opportunity to promote your work, network with others in the community, and serve as a morale-booster for group members.

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How to Have a Successful District Office Visit

As we discuss in the Indivisible Guide, every MoC has one or more local offices, but constituents very rarely visit them. The Tea Party understood this, and they knew they could make their voice heard by going in person to those offices, often unannounced. This seems simple, but it can have an enormous impact—the whole congressional staff will be talking about that group that showed up and demanded answers about Trump’s agenda. It also demonstrates to them that you, their constituents, care very much about the issue you’ve come in to speak about and that you’ll be watching what they do going forward.

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Adopt-A-District Guide

You’ve been trying to locate your missing Member of Congress (MoC), to attend a town hall or an event and let them hear your voice. They’ve been showing up for fundraisers and for votes—including to vote ‘yes’ on the House’s cruel health care bill—but they won’t do their jobs and have a town hall.

One thing is clear after the House of Representatives passed their cruel bill to strip away healthcare from 24 million Americans—members of Congress who voted for the administration’s bill are not standing up for their constituents’ best interests or listening to their concerns. This has effectively left millions of Americans without representation when they need it most.

Adopting a district is similar to hosting an empty chair town hall, except the person in the chair may be a neighboring or near-by member of Congress who is stepping in to help their peers’ constituents who are being ignored.

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Indivisible Austin’s Constituent Town Hall Toolkit

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Indivisible Austin is a chapter of the grassroots movement based on the principles outlined in the Indivisible Guide. This document was originally posted on Indivisible Austin's website hereRead Indivisible Guide’s Town Hall Tip Sheet, which has great advice on Town Halls with your Member of Congress. Most of this guide applies to “mock” or “ghost” Town Halls that your MoC does not attend.

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Missing Members of Congress Action Plan

Where on earth has your Member of Congress gone? Something strange has been happening in the last month or so: Members of Congress (MoCs) from all over the country are going missing. They’re still turning up for votes on Capitol Hill, and they’re still meeting with lobbyists and friendly audiences back home—but their public event schedules are mysteriously blank. Odd.

This toolkit describes how local groups can make missing MoCs more accessible. MoCs are gambling that out of sight means out of mind. It will take some work, but their constituents have power win at this game. It means getting active, standing together indivisible, and getting local press attention on your MoC’s cowardly behavior. This works—and this brief describes the nuts and bolts of getting it done.

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What to do When Your Member of Congress Holds a Sham Town Hall

The games your Members of Congress play. During the last recess period, several Members of Congress (MoCs) adopted tactics aimed at suppressing your involvement in their public events and town halls. Some refused to meet in-person with their constituents, holding Tele-Town Halls that could only be accessed via phone or Facebook. Others limited their public events to specific groups—telling many of you that you weren’t welcome at their town halls. A few went so far as to ban questions and discussion at their public events, choosing instead to force an audience full of their constituents to sit quietly while they read prescreened questions from index cards without allowing any time for follow-ups or debate.

Here are some tips for dealing with Sham Town Halls in your district.

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Town Hall Guide

Congressional recess is a special time. It’s when Members of Congress (MoCs) come back to their home districts for extended periods of time to meet with their constituents and hold public events. These recess periods are when your MoCs prefer to hold town halls, ribbon cuttings, and otherwise garner good local press for themselves.

In this resource are some expanded tips and strategies on how to maximize this opportunity to influence your MoCs. Keep it up. This is working. We can win.

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How To Get Press To Cover Your Event

As we wrote in the original Indivisible Guide, Members of Congress (MoC) care enormously about maintaining a good image in their hometown media. They want to appear in-touch, well-liked and competent. They want to highlight their work on certain policy issues whenever possible—and they’d never talk about some policy issues at all, if they had their way! Splashy cable TV shows are nice, but local media really is where a MoC’s career lives and dies, and where their legacy matters most.

When your Indivisible group holds events that get the local media’s attention, it puts a unique pressure on your MoC. No coverage is too small. Because of the magic of Google Alerts, whenever a media outlet mentions an MoC, their staff hears about it right away, like a mythical creature in a movie that’s summoned by the mention of its name. Local media coverage forces your MoC and their staff to spend time reckoning with your issues and your stories.

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How to Have a Successful Town Hall

Any time that Congress is back in their home state/district on recess presents a good opportunity to demand that they hold a town hall. Recesses are when Members of Congress (MoCs) are back home holding public events and meeting with constituents. These meetings are a great opportunity for your group to remind your MoCs that they need to stand up for you—and that means standing up against the Trump agenda. Here are some tips on how to maximize this opportunity to influence your MoCs.

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