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Atlanta Groups Try To Mimic Tea Party To Resist Trump's Policies

Feb 2, 2017

On Saturday morning, Margo Smith served coffee and muffins to about a dozen women in her living room in Clarkston.

"I, like many people, am just appalled about what's happening since Trump became president,” Smith said. “It feels like we've got to fight to maintain our democracy."

Saturday was the first meeting of Indivisible Clarkston, one of many small grass-roots groups that have formed in the Atlanta area to resist President Donald Trump's policies.

It’s part of a national movement after some former Congressional staffers published an e-book called "The Indivisible Guide." 

An Indivisible chapter in Atlanta called The Red Clay Rebellion met in front of Senator David Perdue's downtown Atlanta office on January 19 to let the Senator know of the group's concerns about repealing the Affordable Care Act without a replacement.
Credit Courtesy of J.C. Burns

The Indivisible movement claims to have nearly 3,500 groups across the country. And organizers are looking to borrow a page from the Tea Party.

Tea Party

Republican strategist Julianne Thompson is the former co-chair of the Atlanta Tea Party.

"The mantra of these people is to resist Trump. We stood for something," Thompson said. "There is no similarity between Washington Insiders who are former congressional staffers trying to manipulate certain people on the left and an organic movement that consisted of both Republicans and Democrats."

Indivisible Stockbridge

Mark Watson teaches art history in Stockbridge, where he’s lived for five years. He recently formed an Indivisible chapter in Henry County. He said his group will focus on local politics and holding leaders accountable.

“We are really fast changing part of Atlanta, a lot of suburban development here, and a lot of folks have moved in from the north and Atlanta, and our political values are quite different from the local establishment here,” Watson said. “I thought this is a place where there’s a lot of need for neighbors to be talking to each other about things that matter to them, core values they have, and how to advance those politically here in Stockbridge or Henry County."

He said he will try to organize more attendance at town halls, legislative visits and making phone calls. 

In Clarkston, Smith said she’s working on getting state representatives to visit her city so they can meet refugees firsthand.

“I think this is a great place to learn about what it means to be a multicultural community,” Smith said.

Indivisible's website lists about 40 chapters in metro Atlanta.

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