Last February, you showed the world what's possible when people show up to hold their members of Congress accountable. At town halls. At district offices. At public events. This February, we do it again.

Some Members of Congress (MoCs) think that they’re in the clear after all the terrible votes they took last year on TrumpCare, the Trump Tax Scam, and deporting Dreamers. But now it’s time for the first congressional recess of 2018, and your first chance to let them know that you’ll remember all the times they sold you out when you go to vote in November.

Remember, recess is your time. It’s meant to allow constituents to offer direct feedback to their representatives in Congress. Make sure you take full advantage of it.  Both the House and Senate will be off from February 17-25, which means you have a golden opportunity to start this year off on the right foot and build momentum going into election season.

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Many members of Congress will refuse to face you at a town hall this February recess. That doesn't mean you can't have one.

It's the one year anniversary of the recess that put the world on notice that Indivisible groups were a force to be reckoned with. Last February, when hundreds of thousands of us showed up in a big way, recess set the stage for the eventual defeat of Republican efforts to repeal the Affordable Care Act.

This February, even as we look ahead to November, Congress still has a full plate. For this congressional recess we are coming back to our roots in a big way. Town halls, and especially empty chair town halls, have been a hallmark of the great work Indivisibles have done to hold our members of congress accountable. Town hall meetings were the first place that many of us felt empowered to speak truth to power. And when our MOCs wouldn’t listen to our concerns or deign to attend our town halls we took back the narrative by creating a new one without them that was informed by concerned citizens. 
This toolkit will put a new spin on a classic tool that has been so effective for us: the empty chair town hall.

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How to Write Letters to the Editor that Get Attention

Letters to the editor might not seem like the flashiest way to get your Member of Congress’s attention. But there’s something about a sharp letter to the editor in a hometown paper that can really get under the skin of the most powerful lawmaker.

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How to be an Immigrant Ally Locally

Supporting actions on the local level, in addition to continuing to push your Members of Congress to pass a clean Dream Act and reject Trump’s immigration priorities, is a critical way to help protect immigrant families. Below are a few recommendations. But remember: if your group is interested in pursuing any of these activities in your city or town, the first step is to reach out to local immigrant rights organizations to learn about existing campaigns, and to find out how you can support ongoing efforts.

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Hold your members of Congress accountable on the Tax Scam

Every single Member of Congress that voted for this needs to hear from you, and know that their vote will define the rest of their political career. Some Republicans think they can coast to victory in the midterms by touting their scam of a tax bill. Let’s tell them we’re not falling for it.

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Prevent Gun Violence

After every mass shooting, Donald Trump and members of Congress continue to extend “thoughts and prayers,” but it’s not enough. It is time for Congress to do something to stop this type of gun violence.

Stop the Dodd-Frank Rollback
 in the Senate

The Senate is expected to vote the week of March 5 on legislation that would lift some of the safeguards put in place after the financial crisis. All MoCs should have to answer for why they support a bill that will benefit banks at the expense of working families.

Protect Net Neutrality

Every MoC should be champing at the bit to sign on to Senator Markey’s resolution of disapproval, and the companion resolution in the House. Urge your MoC to stand with their constituents instead of Verizon and Comcast by supporting the resolution of disapproval to protect net neutrality.

Stop the Trump Tolls

Trump’s infrastructure plan is a scam that will result in public assets being privatized and costs going up for taxpayers through user fees and tolls.

Protect Our Democracy

As Mueller’s probe moves further into Trump’s orbit, the risk that Trump will impede the investigation only grows. muddy the waters. MoCs must speak out and make it clear that it is unacceptable for Trump to cross a red line by impeding the investigation.

The Congressional Recess is February 17-25. Everywhere. 

We organized.
We called.
We showed up.
We made our voices heard.
This February, before we win in November, we get louder.

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Demand relief for
Dreamers now.

Demand that your Member of Congress Support Dreamers, Not Trump. This recess, tell your MoC that you demand that they pass immediate relief for Dreamers, before it’s too late. But make sure to tell them that relief must not require that Dreamers sacrifice their families in exchange. Trump wants more immigration agents, a $25 billion border wall, and to restrict family reunification. We can’t let that happen. Tell your MoC to support Dreamers, not Trump’s deportation machine.

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