In November, a Pew study found that 53 percent of people get stressed when talking politics with someone they disagree with. We need to focus on reversing this trend in very key ways that engage people, and encourage them to defend the roots of what created our democracy, and to fortify the institutions which hold it together.
Focusing on values that resonate in bipartisan ways with people, regardless of political persuasion, will help to unite us. Additionally, electing legislators with the interest of protecting people, and the passage of legislation that will effectively patch the cracks in the fabric of our broken system, will further the endeavor.
Which is why, as part of Indivisible's "Whose House, Our House" nationwide observance on Jan. 3, we invite people to join us in supporting House Resolution (HR) 1. This bill spearheads efforts to address issues that have been expressed as important to people from all along the left, right, and center of the political spectrum: to make voting more accessible, reduce the influence of big money in politics, and to fortify government ethics laws.
We're seeing a very real opportunity for these issues to finally be tackled, but the effort needs our help. We ask that you all join us in a coordinated effort Jan. 3 to contact our federal legislators — Sen. Jeff Merkley, Sen. Ron Wyden, and Rep. Suzanne Bonamici — and encourage them to support HR 1. And then, of course, please reach out to President Donald Trump and encourage him to sign it.
MARY BETH COTTLE
Indivisible Vote the Future Team