DAA Indivisible: When You Feel Like You’re Hitting a Brick Wall

As an Indivisible leader, I receive regular posts from leaders from all over the country.  I want to share a couple that came in when a Mississippi leader felt like she was ‘knocking her head against a brick wall.’  Her Congressman refused to hold a town hall and the local paper wrote an editorial asserting that those who turn up at town halls now are a hostile political group that deserves to be ignored.


We at Indivisible St.Louis hit the wall and did a service project. A recently arrived family from Aleppo Syria needed everything for their apartment. Our friend, Neveen Ayesh from the International Institute, posted on FB that a family needed help. That was last Wednesday. This Sunday we collected the many boxes and bags of donations from near and far and delivered all the their apartment. I’m not sure who was happier.
This is what our America looks like. We are all one. We are here to lend a hand. And welcome the stranger. We made postcards saying “Welcome to St. Louis, we are happy you are here, we love you.”
I hope they feel welcome and know that we are ready to help at the drop of a hat.
And Jennifer made arrangements for their 16 year old son to play soccer on her son’s team which has other Syrian players!
We have been feeling overwhelmed and this service project made our hearts full and we are ready to get back at it!!
We have a booth at Earth Day St. Louis this weekend. And are looking to participate in the May 1 Rally and are plotting a RUSSIA 🇷🇺 COLLUSION event too.
Hope this gives all of you hope.

I go in and out of feeling hopeless about the work we are doing to resist Trump & Republicans. I just read an interview with Chris Hayes where he speaks about how he avoids what he calls the “doom loop” (see below). We all need to keep acting as if our actions matter even when it isn’t always apparent that they do. It is all we have to combat this threat to democracy and our civil rights.
We all need to work together to resist. We need to march when we can, we need to call when we can, we need to send postcards when we can, we need to meet and organize and build community. When we come through this terrible time, we need to be able to say, proudly, that we did all we can to resist.
“I tend to think of it in terms of my own behavior. Like, what am I going to do? How am I going to avoid the doom loop? My whole approach to the Trump era is to act as if reality matters, facts matter, the basic political gravity of whether you make people’s lives better or worse matters, rigorous thinking, nonconspiratorial thinking, logical skepticism — all of these things, these principles I hold as a journalist, as a thinker, as a writer, as a citizen, they all matter. Act as if that’s the case, even with the knowledge they may not.
I don’t know if in the end they will matter, but I can’t figure out how to conduct myself in my life or in my work if they don’t. I don’t have an alternative to that. I don’t know how to live in some sort of Hobbesian world of a war of all against all in which there are no rules and nothing matters and you can say whatever you want, whether it’s true or not, and be this sort of vengeful and petty person. I don’t know how to conduct myself in that world. The world I know how to conduct myself in is the world in which the values I believe in and hold and try to live by and work by win out in the end.”
Pat Magda

Diana says: My daily action suggestions are designed to make us feel engaged in simple yet worthwhile activities.  DAA Indivisible is also organizing a phone bank group with the expectation that its members have no experience (of course we still want you if you have experience).  We will make it fun…promise.   And we are organizing a voter reg group, this too with the idea of enjoying camaraderie while getting something worthwhile done.We know your time is precious and guarantee to limit your commitment.  Please let me know if you want to learn more about these groups. Reach me at indivisible@daa.org.

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