ICP Mission Statement
To educate, encourage and register voters and potential voters on the importance of full citizen participation in all elections. To serve as a catalyst for voter registration resulting in increased participation for all citizens that are eligible to vote.
The primary function of this organization is to get out the VOTE (GOTV)! It is to encourage all voters to actively participate or take an active role in the electoral process regardless of political affiliation.
ICP Mission Pillars
We have selected three pillars of focus for our mission.
Get Out The Vote,
Select each section below to find out more about each pillar.
Our state’s laws make it unnecessarily difficult to register voters. Individuals who serve as deputy registrars play a vital role in the democratic process by registering people to vote. We have selected this as one of ICP’s core pillars to help explain the process and make it easy for people to help your fellow Texans make their voices heard.
This is a quick and easy pillar to accomplish and it is possible to become VDR’s for both Travis and Williamson counties. The more VDR’s we have available, the more we can assist at all locations to help get people registered.
You can become a VDR at the following training sessions
Training classes are offered the first and third Tuesday of each month at 2:00pm and 6:00pm. See link to register for classes.
Monthly training classes for volunteers interested in becoming VDRs are held the 1st Tuesday of each month at 10:30 a.m., 2:30 p.m. and 6:30 p.m. and the 1st Saturday of the month at 10:30 a.m See link to register for classes.
Sign up to help register people
Indivisible Cedar Park does not specifically endorse a candidate during the primaries or primary runoffs, however many of our members have chosen to join a campaign here or there and do support work that way.
However, once we come to the main election, our members discuss together and decide on the candidates they will be supporting and endorsing as a group. Then we get busy. Each candidate has their own campaign manager and we jump in to help wherever we can. Phone Banking, Block Walking, delivering signs, attending presentations and hosting open house parties. Many of us had not ever done this before, but now are feeling like old pro’s. It actually is a lot of fun, and very therapeutic to be active.
Know someone who would be interested in being involved with Indivisible? Show them this website, invite them to a meeting. Contact us on our contact page to find out more ways we connect through social media.
Meet the running candidates, find out more ways to help, investigate the topics of concern. At each of the ICP meetings we will examine and discuss the many topics of the current political arena. Sign up for our mail list to also get more detailed information and action items. Sign up here
Indivisible Cedar Park – How this Group was Started
I must admit I never followed politics much before the 2016 presidential campaign. But after moving back to the United States after living abroad for 15 years, I got pulled in and I got pulled in hard. I was watching the campaign news from all different channels including ABC, NBC, CNN, MSNBC and FOX. I couldn’t believe what I was seeing and hearing, it was more addictive than a soap opera. I was devastated at what my country had become. How could we have come to this point?
After Trump won the election and we got through the Inauguration on Jan 20 and the Women’s March on Jan 21, 2017 I was wondering, what now? What could I do to make a difference? Who needed my help? There were so many people that were probably very scared, including immigrants, minorities, environmental activists, sick people to name a few. I decided to post on my neighborhood Nextdoor page asking if anyone else had been to the Women’s March the day before and if they’d like to get together for a glass of wine to discuss “what now?”
I was surprised at the number of people who responded, who felt exactly the way I did. And they were right there in my own neighborhood. Hooray!! A group of 8 of us met a couple of weeks later and that was the beginning of Indivisible Cedar Park and many great friendships. Since then, we have met every month, usually at the Twin Creeks Country Club where many of us are members. In the last year and a half, we have grown to over 200 members. Not everyone is active but we usually have at least 20 people attend our monthly meetings. We host groups like DeGerrymandering Texas, Citizens Climate Lobby and candidate forums.
When we started the group, we thought about forming subgroups focused on issues like Healthcare, Civil Rights, Immigration, Voter Suppression and Environmental Protection. We soon realized we were better off, as a larger group, focused on 3 core pillars: Registering Voters, Getting Out the Vote and Educating People on the issues and the candidates running that held our same values.
In March 2017, we were introduced by one of our members to two women, Anne Duffy and Heather Jefts. They were running for Cedar Park City Council. We invited them to our next meeting and quickly learned that they held our same values. They supported ideas like better infrastructure and mobility, zero waste, redevelopment projects with more parks and community gathering places and affordable housing for our police, fire fighters and teachers. We decided to support them in their run for office, quickly organizing block walks and phone banks. Since then we have supported a number of candidates, including our latest BetterTogether candidates running this year for Cedar Park City Council: Mike Thompson, Shellie-Hayes-Mcmahon and Patrick Waltz. These folks stand for an Inclusive, Sustainable and Fiscally Responsible Cedar Park, just like we do.
We are not an extreme left group. We are a group of neighbors and friends, with progressive values, who are concerned about the current divisive political climate and concerned about our children’s future. What we want is for people to become educated on the issues and to vote. That’s it, plain and simple.
If you would like to join one of our meetings, please contact us. It does not matter which political party you are affiliated with. What matters is that you come with an open heart and honest intentions. Unfortunately, there have been a couple of people that have come to our meetings and recorded our conversations without our knowledge. They cut and spliced the conversation to fit their own narrative, that we are an extreme left group. It’s unfortunate but I guess that is the world we are living in today. Luckily, we are strong individuals and we will continue to stand INDIVISIBLE and PERSIST for our progressive values.