Leah Greenberg, former staffer for Representative Tom Perriello of Virginia, and her husband Ezra Levin, former staffer for Representative Lloyd Doggett of Texas, came up with the Indivisible Guide to affecting change in Congress over drinks with friends a few weeks after the 2016 election. They put their initial 23-page Google doc online, and it blew up — it’s now been downloaded more than 2 million times and inspired almost 5,000 local Indivisible groups covering every congressional district.
Together with organizations like Planned Parenthood and ADAPT, Indivisible directed thousands of people to town hall meetings across the country and hundreds of thousands of calls to members of Congress to help defeat the Republicans’ repeal of the Affordable Care Act. In 2017, Indivisible groups led the largest out-of-state calling program into Virginia, making more than 600,000 calls to help pull out a win for progressive candidates up and down the ballot. In 2018, they’re expanding their electoral work through a 50-state political program, Indivisible435, which is giving thousands of local groups access to canvassing and phone banking tools and is building a national volunteer program to support key races to take back the House and Senate, elect progressive governors, and flip state legislatures.