I am equal parts exhausted and energized, overwhelmed and inspired. Over the course of a whirlwind two days we worked with members of the national Indivisible Team and with other leaders in Indivisible organizations from NJ, NY, DE, CT, PA, and MD, as well as the high-school kids who started the National School Walkout. It is amazing to think how this movement started - over drinks, over coffee, in people’s houses - and spread to be a power in national politics, universally recognized, and to-be-reckoned-with.
The Institute consisted of a mix of Plenary sessions - lectures/demos with us all in one hall - Breakout sessions - by state, by interest - and small-group workshops. We were assigned tables and throughout the weekend we continued to work with the same team as each activity built on the last - personal statements, to one-on-one relationship-building sessions, to group organization sessions, to very real (as in, Flip NJ7) goals/strategies and tactics that we can take home to our groups. The last breakout was by state - and we have the beginnings of NJ Coalition that will lift each other up and share our strength heading into the critical 2018 elections and beyond