State Wide Indivisible Michigan (SWIM) is a coalition of roughly 26 local affiliates of the left-of-center organizing and activism Indivisible Project network.   It works to elect Democratic Party candidates and advance Democratic policy priorities in Michigan and across the country.
Leadership and Organizational Structure
State Wide Indivisible Michigan was founded in 2019 by Democratic activists Paula Martinos-Mantay  and Michelle Pallas.   It has no legal organizational structure. “We are not c3s or c4s, we’re community organizers, we are grassroots activists at the core,” Martinos-Mantay claimed in a February 2021 interview. 
SWIM is a Michigan-based statewide coalition of local left-of-center groups, some of which were formed by local left-of-center activists, and others that were created with the support of the Michigan Democratic Party.  “We’re Democrats, but we just want a better world,” said Lisa DiRado, co-founder of Indivisible Northville and president of the local Democratic Club. 
“We work closely with our local, county and state Democratic Party, and our Michigan House caucus leadership as well,” said Martinos-Mantay, adding “We’re not the Democratic Party, and that’s part of the appeal to our members but at the same time we are working alongside our Democratic party in the state.” 
Policy Positions and Advocacy
In the spring of 2020, SWIM supported the COVID-19 lockdown policies of Gov. Gretchen Whitmer (D), which were among the most restrictive in the country at the time.   Later that year, the Michigan Supreme Court ruled that Whitmer had violated the state constitution when she used emergency powers to implement those restrictions. 
A number of SWIM activists were reportedly active in Voters Not Politicians, a nominally nonpartisan redistricting effort in Michigan that was supported and funded by left-leaning groups such as the Action Now Initiative; SEIU UHW-West, a California-based local of the Service Employees International Union (SEIU); and the Sixteen Thirty Fund, which is part of the Arabella Advisors “dark money” network.  The redistricting eliminated two Republican-leaning Congressional seats in the Michigan delegation and added one “highly competitive” seat in an overall benefit to the Democratic Party, according to a FiveThirtyEight analysis. 
SWIM supports Proposal 3 of 2022, a ballot initiative in Michigan that would create a “constitutional right to reproductive freedom” in the state.  Critics of the ballot measure say its scope and wording go beyond abortion to include potentially allowing minors to receive abortions, birth control, or “gender affirmation” surgeries without parental consent. 
At the national level, SWIM has called for “getting around” the filibuster to advance legislation in the U.S. Senate,  for the District of Columbia to become a state,  and other Democratic Party legislative priorities. In 2017, SWIM and the Michigan Democratic Party held events around Michigan to drive opposition to health care reforms proposed by President Donald Trump’s administration. 
SWIM also supported the “For the People Act,” federal legislation that included measures that would increase regulation of online speech, force groups to identify their supporters publicly, and make personal donor information readily available in a government database. The legislation was opposed on First Amendment grounds by a broad coalition of organizations from across the political spectrum, including the American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU), Americans for Prosperity, Heritage Action for America and Americans for Tax Reform.  
In 2020, SWIM’s leadership “decided the best use of our resources would be to flip our Michigan State House in 2020 and then our Senate in 2022,” according to co-founder Paula Martinos-Mantay  The group’s advocacy included the use of mapping software from Tides Advocacy-funded Democracy Labs, and coordinated with labor unions such as the Communications Workers of America. 
The Democratic Party did not take control of the Michigan House of Representatives in the 2020 elections.  While Democratic candidates flipped two seats formerly held by term-limited Republican legislators, two Democratic incumbents lost to Republican challengers to maintain a 58-52 Republican majority in the chamber.