Messaging in an Era of Dog Whistles

How do we make ourselves heard in an era of dog whistles?  How do we get our message out when the GOP have turned truth and facts upside down?

We trumpet our values and we put them first in every conversation.  We believe in freedom, fairness, safety, working together, helping one another.  So do many voters but they don’t know we do. We must repeat what we value over and over.

We call out the bullies, but we bury their business in the middle of our messages, so their nonsense loses its power. We are explicit about who the bullies are–greedy corporations, radical right politicians.  We name them– DeSantis, Cord Byrd and more. We describe what they are doing and why they are doing it as briefly as we can.

Most importantly we save the best for the last.  We end our message by celebrating what we have already accomplished together. We explain who is included in our “together”, “everyone” and “all”. Then we shout, shout, shout what our future will be when we work together and vote together. Hope motivates.

We avoid responding to the Republican message. We avoid saying “You are wrong.”  We never, never repeat their words or argue with their ideas.  That just makes their message stronger.

Republicans are talking values and devaluing facts. But many of their values are not values we share. We must stress what we value and repeat ad nauseum.

Values and vision are remembered in the voting booth.  Facts and policies are not.


Jacksonville Protests for Police Accountability and Racial Justice

Thousands of our neighbors and friends have been turning out daily to peacefully call for police accountability and racial justice after the killing of George Floyd. These have been the largest, most diverse civil rights marches in Jax history. In the most recent of the daily protests on June 6, over 8000 came out, with crowds stretching for over a mile in the streets surrounding the Duval County Courthouse.


Lights for Liberty Jax

The Jax community turned out to fill the Avondale UMC at the Jax Lights for Liberty vigil, one of hundreds of events held around the US and the world. Over two hundred neighbors and friends joined in the call for justice and the closure of detention camps like the one in Homestead, Florida—this despite heavy rains in Jax and a resulting last-minute change in venue. Some speakers shared their experiences with asylum seekers hoping for fair and humane treatment, while others bore witness to the abuses taking place in the camps themselves.


March for the Children Events

March For Our Lives Jacksonville

Students and others on the steps of the Duval County Courthouse during the March for Our Lives Jax..

Over a thousand students, teachers, families, activists, and many others gathered in Hemming Park for the March for Our Lives Jacksonville. Student leaders and other speakers — impassioned with a clarity of purpose — remembered those lost in Parkland and elsewhere, calling for gun control and other reforms to better protect our schools and communities from gun violence. They also warned legislators who continue to oppose real action that their obstruction would be long remembered at the ballot box. The audience responded with the roar of those no longer willing to tolerate the bland acceptance, misdirection, and placating half measures surrounding gun violence.


January 2018 General Meeting

Ila Rae introduces the Get Out the Vote plan at the January 2018 meeting.

Indivisible Jax Riverside met in January to discuss Get Out the Vote plans for the 2018 midterm elections. This included festivities and an early retirement cake for those legislators supporting and enabling the current administration! We also met Sunny Gettinger, who is considering a run for Jax City Council District 14.

Note that our February meeting is cancelled due to venue scheduling conflicts. We’ll pick up again in March!

Women’s March One-Year Anniversary Rally

Rubio Empty Suit Town Hall

We invited Senator Marco Rubio to attend our Town Hall. He declined — so we are holding it without him! The Town Hall will be in question and answer format.

Audience members will ask questions and Senator Rubio’s suit will respond with genuine answers from Senator Rubio. It will be informative and fun!

Special Guest from the Indivisible Guide!

We are thrilled to announce that Kunoor Ojha, the Organizing Manager from the Indivisible Guide, will be live streaming into the town hall and having a Q&A session with us. If you have a question for her, please email us at 

About Kunoor Ojha

Kunoor is political organizer who was born and raised in Illinois. She has a background in candidate and issue-campaigns at the state and federal level. Kunoor most recently worked on the Hillary Clinton campaign during the general election, acting a guide to Youth Vote Directors in 13 battleground states, assisting in planning, creating resources for national distribution, and acting as a resource and advocate for state teams. She worked in a similar capacity for Bernie Sanders during the primaries, writing statewide voter registration plans and student organizing plans for primary and caucuses nationwide after creating the Bernie 2016 New Hampshire Campus Program. Her work in the 2016 election cycle took her to 15 different states. Previously she led field efforts on a congressional campaign in NJ and worked on an anti-gerrymandering ballot initiative in Illinois. She cut her teeth in organizing as a grassroots feminist organizer at a majority-male university, eventually going on to organize for Obama for America 2012. In her spare time Kunoor is an activist, having participated in the No DAPL movement from November through February. She has participated in civil disobedience and direct action planning in several states. Early in April, Kunoor joined the team at Indivisible as an Organizing Manager, where she will manage organizers covering most of the West, Midwest, and the South.


May 31, 2017 at 7pm – 9pm


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