Senator Jeff Merkley of Oregon is known as one of the most progressive lawmakers in the upper chamber. He’s on a national tour right now and he’s asked Indivisible to connect him with local chapters, so he can hear directly from the progressive movement. Today, I represented Indivisible Somerville in a meeting with Senator Merkley. He was thankful for the movement, noting that when he visits the red-leaning districts in Oregon for town halls, he now gets applause from Indivisible chapters, rather than jeers from tea partiers. It’s really flipped the dynamic.
Earlier today, I spent an hour and half with a doctoral student at the University of Kent, who is doing an anthropological study of the climate movement in the United States. Interesting to be a subject for ethnographic study.