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PRESS RELEASE / ANNOUNCEMENTS Tuesday, February 7, 2017

Indivisible Carpinteria Launches with a Bang!

CARPINTERIA, CA - A crowd of more than 75 people packed the Carpinteria Library Meeting room on Monday night, February 6 to launch Indivisible Carpinteria, a local chapter of Indivisible, a nationwide political movement that has been gaining prominence across the nation and California, after being highlighted on MSNBC’s The Rachel Maddow Show and consequently in national newspapers like the New York Times.
Local group founders Leslie Westbrook, Gaby Edwards, and Catherine Overman, recently met over tacos and planned the meeting — less than a week before the gathering.
“I created an Indivisible Carpinteria Facebook page right after I learned about the movement,” said Westbrook. “I was in communication with a few people over email who discovered us online. I attended the first event put on by the Santa Barbara Indivisible group to learn more. I listened in on national calls to action and met with other group leaders in our region. It wasn’t until I heard from and met with Gaby and Catherine, who had all kinds of energy and knowledge, that the effort sprang to life — like magic!”
The trio had no idea how many people would show up, but booked the library space on blind faith, and send out emails. They were delighted by the turnout of neighbors looking for ways to resist Trump.
A brief review of the organization’s founding and its basic tenants: 1) Resist Trump; 2) Contact our local representatives; 3) Promote progressive values in a polite way — were presented as well as what people can do. Several questions were fielded, along with community input.
The group discussed different areas of concern with the new administration’s agenda — ranging from Senate confirmations to health care — then took a vote and agreed to begin their own action agenda with helping make Carpinteria a safe haven for our immigrant community. They are currently looking for ways to reach out to those who may be living in fear under the current administration threats of potential deportation.
“It’s a grassroots, self-directed movement that follows a working model. We have a lot of work to do — and it’s an uphill battle, but with like-minded folks, we can shine a light hopefully and be a beacon to our community,” said Westbrook.
One of the guests, Sarah Maiani (a daughter of former Vice President Al Gore) will be speaking at a future gathering on how to best communicate with the opposition. A social gathering is also in the works.
For more information, there is a Facebook page (indivisible Carpinteria). To be added to the email list for upcoming events and actions, write to IndivisibleCarpinteria@gmail.com

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