Will be represented at Newhouse session and other events
By Ann McCreary
Many citizens involved in local Indivisible groups are planning to attend a “listening session” with Rep. Dan Newhouse on Thursday (April 20), after lobbying him for months to hold a face-to-face meeting with constituents in Okanogan County.
The meeting will be held at Brewster High School at 6 p.m., and pre-registration is advised.
The Indivisible groups will also host a banner and sign-making event at the Twisp Commons on Saturday (April 22) as part of participation in the national March for Science.
A march will be held in Wenatchee on Saturday as part of the March for Science planned for Earth Day. The stated goal of the event is to bring awareness to the importance of science in developing public policies to protect the environment and public health and safety.
The sign-making event at the Twisp Commons will begin at 10:30 a.m. on Saturday. Participants can make signs to carry at the People’s Climate March of North Central Washington, with a local march to be held on April 29, said Pat Leigh, a member of a local Indivisible group.
“The People’s Climate March is being held throughout the country … to bring awareness to the realities of climate change,” Leigh said.
The Methow Valley march will begin at the Methow Valley Community Center in Twisp at 3:30 p.m. on April 29, and will travel through town to the Twisp Park.
At the park, speakers will discuss environmental topics, and there will be music, art and information from different regional groups. The event is free and family-friendly.
Jill Sheley of Winthrop, a member of a local Indivisible group, said the movement produced a “lot of excitement and enthusiasm in the beginning.”
A progressive activist movement, Indivisible grew out of the election of Donald Trump, and several different groups have formed in the Methow Valley.
Sheley said she has seen participation in her group drop in recent weeks, although an active core of members remains. She said people have described feeling “worn down” by political events of the past four months.
“I feel that it is somewhat natural. But the organization is getting stronger, and that’s going to be a good thing,” Sheley said.
“We are laying a good solid foundation for communication, infrastructure, and getting organized for when it’s time to take action,” she said. “I think that’s happening all over the country.”
The time for action will be the mid-term elections in 2018, Sheley said.
“It’s a difference between mobilizing and organizing. People will be energized again and we’ll be more agile and able to respond,” Sheley said.