After four years of Indivisible Ferndale (IF) political activism and many successful pro-jects to benefit the community, the IF Board of Directors will dissolve the organization. Through Indivisible Ferndale’s efforts, solid connections were built with State and federal representatives – Wood, McGuire and Huffman. We helped elect Joe Biden and Kamala Harris, and defeat Donald Trump. We helped keep a Democratic led House, and helped Democrats retake the US Senate. Change is at hand. These were our objectives and we met them.
Shortly after the election of President Trump, two outraged former congressional staff-ers wrote a practical guide to resist the Trump agenda. This treatise, entitled “Indivisible”, went viral and sparked the creation of thousands of Indivisible groups across the country. Millions of people mobilized to find ways to counter the Trump agenda. IF evolved, became a 501(c)(4), and began projects to benefit the community.
On the IF political side, we wrote thousands of “get out the vote” postcards, made phone calls and wrote emails; and, as individuals, we gave thousands of dollars to get Democratic candidates elected across the country. We worked hard for local govern-ment candidates who shared our values. IF folks attend and serve on Ferndale City Council; Ferndale Unified School Board; Ferndale Museum Board; Library Board; Cem-etery Board and the Senior Resource Agency Board.
For the community good, we supported English Express; LUNA (Latinos Unidos con Norteamericanos); CR student housing; high school and music scholarships and pro-vided financial aid to Coast Guard families during a government shutdown. We hosted an Implicit Bias workshop for the community, and a “meet the supervisor candidates” event. As individuals we supported the Ferndale Repertory Theater; Ferndale Museum; Salt River Project; Ferndale Senior Resource Agency; Cemetery clean up; Russ Park trail maintenance; Christmas Tree & Tractor parade set up; the Ferndale Chamber of Commerce & its events; Fireman’s Park Children’s Bridge. Many in the IF community have participated for years in the Francis Creek and Rose Avenue creek clean up.
John Vernon recently sent out the 2020 year-end summary of our accomplishments. We had a good year despite being impacted by a pandemic.
Based on need, we may regroup under a new name and mission to focus entirely on community good and/or fundraising for worthy causes. Please complete our survey asking for your input regarding future actions.
We are confident you will continue to work for the community good in all the ways you have always done. We know you will stay attuned and active to support the Biden/Harris administration as they work to right the wrongs perpetrated by the Trump administration.
Thank you for all you did over 4 years for the blue wave!
—— Karen Burkhardt, IF Vice President; Stephen Avis, IF Treasurer & IF Founder; Robin Smith, IF Director