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Central Valley Indivisible

Founded:

2017

Coordinator:

Natasha Moiseyev

Central Valley Indivisible is an informal left-progressive organization based out of the Central Valley region of California. The organization is a chapter of the Washington, D.C.-based left-of-center advocacy and get-out-the-vote operation Indivisible Project.

The organization is most famous for its advocacy against former U.S. Representative Devin Nunes (R-CA). The organization hosted a mock town hall meeting which Nunes and his staff declined, arguing that the organization set up the meeting as a way to have a surprise confrontation with Nunes. [1]

The organization is a member of the Democratic Party-aligned coalition Field Team 6. Field Team 6 is a coalition of left-progressive organizations that work to register and turn out infrequent Democratic Party voters. The goal of the coalition is to avoid the traditional midterm losses that the party in power receive in the midterm elections in 2022. [2]

Overview

Central Valley Indivisible is an informal left-progressive advocacy and get-out-the-vote operation based in the Central Valley region of California. It is a chapter of the left-progressive Indivisible Project, which works to advocate left-of-center policies and get out the vote for Democratic Party candidates. [3]

Central Valley Indivisible got its start when three liberal activists (Sophia DeWitt, Natasha Moiseyev, and Charlotte Waldo) got together and had dinner 10 days after Donald Trump’s victory over Hillary Clinton in the 2016 presidential election. As they had dinner, they reviewed a copy of the recently released Indivisible Guide and decided to form an Indivisible chapter in California’s Central Valley region with a focus on California’s 22nd Congressional District which was held by then-U.S. Representative Devin Nunes (R-CA). The group committed to at least one activism project a month. [4]

Devin Nunes “Townhall”

The organization, along with the local left-progressive agitation organization Together We Will, hosted a mock townhall for Rep. Nunes and invited him and his staff to participate. Nunes and his staff declined to participate citing the specific reasons that Indivisible was established as an agitation organization with a focus of disrupting townhall meetings of Republican members of Congress and later posting those videos online to gain new supporters. [5]

However, the organizers of the townhall claimed that they were not there for a “gotcha moment” or to scream at Nunes. The organization claimed that it just wanted to take up statements of concern by residents and forward them to Nunes. [6]

In addition to holding a mock “townhall,” the organization joined with other local left-progressive organizations to protest Nunes at various public events. [7]

Vigil After Charlottesville Attack

After an attack by white supremacist demonstrators that resulted in the death of a counter-protester at the “Unite The Right” rally in Charlottesville, Virginia, the organization was one of several left-progressive organizations that held a vigil. Approximately 20 people reportedly attended. [8]

Field Team 6 Coalition

The organization is a member of the Democratic Party-aligned get-out-the-vote coalition Field Team 6. Field Team 6 works to register and turn out infrequent Democratic Party-aligned voters. The goal of the coalition is to prevent the traditional losses that the party in power traditionally has in the midterm elections. [9]

Leadership

Natasha Moiseyev is the coordinator and leader of Central Valley Indivisible. She is a co-founder of the organization. [10]

References

  1. Nelson, Patrick. “Valley Residents Want To See Congressman Nunes”. Your Central Valley. Accessed Aug. 8, 2022 https://www.yourcentralvalley.com/news/valley-residents-want-to-see-congressman-nunes/amp/. ^
  2. “Mission”. Field Team 6. Accessed August 8, 2022. https://www.fieldteam6.org/mission. ^
  3. Derby, David. “Working From The “Grassroots Up””. Community Alliance. May 4, 2017. https://fresnoalliance.com/working-from-the-grassroots-up/. ^
  4. Derby, David. “Working From The “Grassroots Up””. Community Alliance. May 4, 2017. https://fresnoalliance.com/working-from-the-grassroots-up/. ^
  5. Nelson, Patrick. “Valley Residents Want To See Congressman Nunes”. Your Central Valley. Accessed Aug. 8, 2022 https://www.yourcentralvalley.com/news/valley-residents-want-to-see-congressman-nunes/amp/. ^
  6. Nelson, Patrick. “Valley Residents Want To See Congressman Nunes”. Your Central Valley. Accessed Aug. 8, 2022 https://www.yourcentralvalley.com/news/valley-residents-want-to-see-congressman-nunes/amp/. ^
  7. Derby, David. “Working From The “Grassroots Up””. Community Alliance. May 4, 2017. https://fresnoalliance.com/working-from-the-grassroots-up/. ^
  8. Johnson, Jessica. “Fresno Vigil Offers Solidarity After ‘Appalling’ Act In Charlottesville”. Fresno Bee. Aug. 13, 2017 https://amp.fresnobee.com/news/local/article166967737.html. ^
  9. [1]”Mission”. Field Team 6. Accessed August 8, 2022. https://www.fieldteam6.org/mission. ^
  10.  Derby, David. “Working From The “Grassroots Up””. Community Alliance. May 4, 2017. https://fresnoalliance.com/working-from-the-grassroots-up/ ^
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