Defending Democracy with Informed Community Action in WNC

Origins

Courage is not the absence of fear. It is going forward with the face of fear.

— Abraham Lincoln

Origins

The seeds for Indivisible Asheville/WNC were planted in the first few days after the election of November, 2016. One woman’s call to action attracted about a dozen local citizens who decided to do something more than vent. So we founded this group. We knew we wanted to focus on saving core democratic values that were under attack, to say nothing of common decency in civil discourse.

We knew we needed to speak out against the serious threats made by the president-elect—threats to people based on their religion or race or sexual orientation or gender identity, the threatened loss of access to affordable healthcare, the serious threats to our environment, the frightening threat of white supremacist rhetoric and inflammatory lies masquerading as “news.”

But how to do that? How to push back against these very real threats while reclaiming the positive values of justice and freedom?

We recognized that all change would come from community. Real push-back and lasting change would come from the bottom up and the inside out. So we decided to organize locally. We also realized that with so many groups and organizations already in existence, at the local, state, and national level, we needed to focus on connecting people and coordinating efforts.

The group grew quickly, and when we discovered the Indivisible Guide in December, we embraced the action tools outlined in the manual and soon decided to adopt the name, calling our group Indivisible Asheville/WNC. Although based in Asheville, we provide support for others working for change within the Western North Carolina region.

In less than three months, our group grew from a handful of concerned citizens to an organization of over 700, with 14 vibrant Action Teams fighting for a wide range of issues.

Resistance is a necessary part of this work. But we aim to do this in a way that’s more in line with what the Chinese called Wu Wei, or effortless action, in the hope that our individual and group actions will be in alignment with the greater good for all.

We are decidedly non-partisan. Indivisible Asheville/WNC is open to everyone who believes in a welcoming and just world for all of our citizens. If you’re concerned about the environment, or education, or racial justice—if you care about freedom of the press, about balanced government and fair representation—if you’re shocked at irresponsible behavior from those in positions of power—then Indivisible Asheville/WNC is for you.

Come join us!