December 17, 2017
STRATEGIC PLAN FOR 2018
A Strategic Plan formulates a Mission Statement for an organization and then defines the issues that have to be overcome to achieve that mission. With an expansive mission such as ours, the number of possible issues is basically endless, because the mission itself is, correctly, expansive and will likely never be achieved completely. The issues outlined below appear to be the most important items today, but they may change as the world inside and outside changes. Similarly, the strategies to address these issues may also change with time, mutatis mutandis.
If one issue is paramount to achieving our mission, it is labeled as Core Key Issue(CKI). A CKI takes priority over other issues if there is a conflict over time, money and other resources. All issues other than the CKI are presumed to be of equal importance.
A Mission Statement is, more or less, untouchable; it is very reluctantly changed. The statement defines the reason for the organization’s existence, directs resources to achieve those goals, and restricts the organization from wandering to other activities which are not directly related to the accomplishment of the mission, no matter how worthy these other activities may be..
MISSION STATEMENT FOR ICM
REBUILD AND MAINTAIN A PROGRESSIVE MAJORITY IN EVERY LEVEL OF GOVERNMENT – FEDERAL, STATE AND LOCAL.
Core Key Issue – Indivisible is unable to take positive action on important national matters. Indivisible plays defense, because we have no power base of our own. Indivisible is designed to petition the power holders, and to intimidate or encourage them to align with our causes. An opposition with strong ideological allegiances and a secure electoral base is more or less immune to our prayers and petitions.
Strategy #1 – Achieve absolute majority in the House of Representatives in the 2018 election. Without this win, Indivisible and other progressive organizations will have little or no power to stop Trumpian actions until 2020. With this win, a progressive House has the power of the purse, power to investigate, power to subpoena, legislative veto power and has the third succession to the presidency in our corner. Indivisible will have the power to influence these progressive legislators significantly.
A–Support Emily’s List, Flippable and Project 100 with all our available resources.
B-Participate maximally with Indivisible in get-out-the-vote efforts
Strategy #2 – Make every attempt to reach a simple majority in the Senate in 2018. The Senate controls cabinet and judicial appointments and foreign relations, among its important constitutional duties. This will be a steep hill to climb in 2018, with 25 Democrats up for re-election v only 8 Republicans. However, we have Alabama now, and things look good in Tennessee with ex-Governor Phil Bredesen as a likely candidate for the moment.
A-Support Emily’s List which has good viable candidates in NV and AZ.
B-Give direct support to Senators McCaskill (MO) and Heidenkamp (ND) for re-election.
C-As appropriate, depending on electoral difficulty, support Governor Bredesen in TN.
Issue – Trump and his co-defendants foster regressive and deconstructive legislation, orders and regulations. Left alone, the Republicans under Trump are intent on returning the federal government to its pre-FDR role. There is no doubt (they have said as much) that they are intent on defunding Medicaid, Medicare and Social Security. Additionally, Education, Housing, Energy and Environment are all under their deconstructive guns.
Strategy # 1 – Indivisible is designed to influence Members of Congress (MoCs) through direct action using the mail, faxes and phone calls; additionally, Indivisible stresses visits to MoC offices and Town Halls, and participation in public protests. Destructive actions taken by the administration apart from congress are immune to these mentioned tactics, but organizations exist to oppose them in court.
A-Support actions as directed by national Indivisible, Resistance Letters and meetings.
B-Attend Town Halls and street protests as they are useful.
C-Give maximum and regular financial support to our NGO allies – ACLU, NRDC, ProPublica, Planned Parenthood, MALDEF, etc
Issue– Republicans currently control 32 state legislatures, against the 14 controlled by Democrats. Four are shared between ‘pubs and ‘crats. This imbalance has been steadily increasing since 2004, with little national attention focused on it. Should the Republican hold extend to 33 states, they would have the power to petition for a Constitutional Convention, an outcome devoutly to be avoided! Regaining state legislative control is also critical to stop or reverse gerrymandering which accounts for 16-17 of the Republican majority of 24 seats in the House. Additionally, states are also gerrymandered for control of the state legislatures themselves; the Wisconsin case, currently in the Supreme Court docket, involves this level of gerrymandering. All states will redistrict after the 2020 census, so regaining state legislative control is critical. Additionally, state legislatures are constantly involved with important civil rights issues, voting restrictions, reproductive health issues, environmental decisions, and many other important areas of legislation.
Strategy #1 – Emily’s List currently boasts that they have 598 candidates running for state legislative seats. These candidates are all vetted pro-choice women, and will enjoy Emily’s List support from Day One.
A-Support Emily’s List financially with their 598 candidates for state legislatures.
Strategy #2 – Sister District Project (SDP) concerns itself exclusively with flipping red state legislatures and shoring up threatened blue legislatures. They plan on flipping 4-6 red legislatures this year, and have their eyes on maintaining progressive majorities in two other threatened legislatures.
A-Support SDP financially and otherwise as directed by SDP
ISSUE – Oregon can currently be counted as a blue state, but it does have a Republican in the Secretary of State in Dennis Richardson who, if anything untoward happens, is next in line for the governorship. Richardson’s office will not be up for grabs until 2020. Kate Brown is running for re-election this year, but is challenged by Knute Buehler , an Irishman from Bend. The control of the state senate is precarious, and will need some attention after the primaries. Finally, the 2016-2017 legislature funded a good part of Oregon health care with a tax on healthcare and healthcare insurers, with the acceptance of both of these entities. That funding is now up for a re-decision in Referendum 101; a ’no’ vote on this referendum will spell disaster for 350,000 Oregonians who depend on it for health care.
Strategy#1 – Align with health associations and progressive political organizations to support a ‘yes’ vote on 101. Elections will be held on January 23rd, 2018.
A-Join phone bank and canvassing efforts for this cause.
Strategy#2 – Both houses of the state legislature are now blue, but the senate hold hangs by one vote. Work to increase this majority and to hold and extend our places in the lower house. Governor Brown looks strong now, but we will vigorously support her candidacy.
A-Work with state Democratic Party organizations as needed.
Strategy#3- Mitch Greenlick, our district 33 Representative, will retire from politics after this term. His seat will be contested in 2020. Emerge Oregon selects and trains Democratic women to run for office. It is a grueling seven month effort, and they normally produce 20 graduates a year. In 2017-2018, thirty Democratic women finished the program, they are full up for all 2018 slots, but 2019 is still open for placement.
A-Support Emerge Oregon financially.
B- Select a Democratic woman for training in this program, and fund her entry if needed.