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‘Indivisible We Rise West-Central PA’ Organizes in Clarion

Wednesday, February 22, 2017 @ 12:02 AM

Posted by Scott Shindledecker

Indivisible West-Central PA LogoCLARION, Pa. (EYT) — Clarion has a new community-minded organization.

The group is known as “Indivisible We Rise West-Central PA.”

Membership to this nonpartisan group is open to anyone, and citizens from all political parties are invited to join.

The group meets at 1:00 p.m. on Saturdays at various Clarion-area locations.

More than 50 people have attended each of the last three meetings, according to Andy Lingwall, a group member.

According to Lingwall, “Indivisible We Rise West-Central PA” has formed several committees to work locally on issues ranging from conservation and healthcare to education, immigration, elections, legislation, and women’s rights.

Community members are needed to help work on these critical issues affecting families living in Clarion and surrounding counties.

“Anyone who is interested should stop in and take a look at us,” said Kathy Krouse of Limestone, an area educator and community activist who serves on the group’s steering committee.

“We are just parents worried about the future of the public schools, grandparents concerned about the air, water, and future of the planet they will be leaving behind for generations to come, and young adults and senior citizens worried that they will lose the healthcare they currently depend upon.”

“We are just a bunch of ordinary people joined by a common desire to keep our country standing up for the principles on which it was founded: a government by the people and for the people.”

“Indivisible We Rise West-Central PA” is a locally-formed chapter of Indivisible, a national grassroots movement dedicated to watching for and resisting efforts by the current presidential administration to undermine the nation’s democracy with racist, authoritarian, unconstitutional, or corrupt actions.

Its goals are:

  • To act as a watchdog ready to send a strong message to Congress when members do not approve of the administration’s agenda or actions;
  • To research, fact-check, and disseminate truthful information in a respectful way to friends, neighbors, and elected officials;
  • To empower community members who are opposed to racism, authoritarianism, and corruption in government to feel part of a bigger movement and make their voices heard.

“Money in politics has had the upper hand for way too long,” said Pam Cyphert of Clarion, an area teacher and steering committee member. “Those with power, whether in Washington, Wall Street, or foreign investors, want to maintain their control over the rest of us, so they can continue to drain us of wealth and power. We outnumber them and can take it all back if we unite.”

“I believe the middle class in America all want the same thing and need to realize that our party affiliation does not make us enemies. That myth has been intentionally drummed into us by those in power in order to divide us. And it has worked…until now.”

The nationwide Indivisible movement began in December 2016 when a group of former congressional staffers wrote a 26-page Indivisible Guide.

So far, more than 6,000 local groups nationwide have registered at IndivisibleGuide.com.

The guide has been downloaded over a million times and 200,000 people have signed up to participate in the movement.

Peggy Lingwall, of Clarion, a new steering committee member, added, “One of the best things about this group is that it’s a place that welcomes community members of all backgrounds to bring their talents and share ideas for a better community in which they and their families live.”

For information on meeting locations or volunteer opportunities with “Indivisible We Rise West-Central PA,” e-mail the group at indivisiblewerise@gmail.com or visit their website at https://indivisiblewerise-wcpa.org/.

To locate them on Facebook, search for “Indivisible We Rise-West Central PA.”


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