Over 200 leaders from Indivisible chapters all across California gathered in Santa Monica on Presidents’ Day weekend for the CA Indivisible Summit 2019. They participated in training workshops, panel discussions, and networking with colleagues. Trainings included Building Bridges, Leading and Sustaining Groups, and Effective Advocacy at the federal and state levels. The two-day conference at Lincoln Middle School included plenary and breakout sessions and featured an address by Ezra Levin from Indivisible National, co-author of the original Indivisible Guide.
The overall focus was on how to work effectively with other organizations and other Indivisible chapters; best practices to recruit new members, engage and develop our current membership, and fight burnout; and learning about the tools and tactics to best move our Members of Congress and State Reps into alignment with our values.
More specifically, workshops and breakout sessions offered by state Indivisible leaders covered diverse specific topics including use of new tech, developing relationships with MOCs, the emerging national coordinating network, fostering healthy partnerships, conflict resolution, influencing legislation in Sacramento, leadership training, strategic lobbying, electoral action in 2020, deep canvassing, social media, social justice, and the Westside Democratic Headquarters action model.
As California goes, so goes the nation. Group leaders came away from the conference having learned how to utilize the tools provided by Indivisible CA State Strong to advocate for progressive change in the 2019-2020 election cycle and beyond.