Congressman Jim Himes (CT-04) will address the membership of Indivisible Connecticut District 4 (ICT4), the local branch of the national organization formed to resist the Trump/Pence agenda, on November 21st in Westport. Now in his fifth term, Rep. Himes will draw on his experience as a member of the House Committee on Financial Services, the ranking member of the NSA and Cybersecurity Subcommittee of the House Permanent Select Committee on Intelligence, and Chair of the New Democrat Coalition to share his views on the political environment in Washington, D.C., the tax plan, the Russia investigation, recent election results, and how grassroots organizations can bring about effective and meaningful change.
The ICT4 meeting, which is open to the public, will take place at The Unitarian Church in Westport, located at 10 Lyons Plains Road, Westport, from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. on Tuesday, November 21st. Although admission is free, there has been great enthusiasm for this event. Seating preference will be given to those who have pre-registered online at ICT4.org.
“Trump continues to play to the very worst instincts of anxious Americans with his discriminatory travel ban, heartless health care plan and tax plan that favors the wealthy,” Himes says. “But, thanks to the voices and actions of millions of grassroots advocates, he has not been able to deliver on his devastating promises.”
Himes sees this fight as one that defines a lifetime and bends history. “Our work is more important than ever. Defending the basic institutions that define our democracy: checks and balances on our president from Congress and an independent judiciary, a free press, and basic decency, will take a lot of work, but I’m up for the challenge, and I know millions of Americans are too.”
Citing big wins in the November 7th election among progressive candidates who will protect and promote policies that are important to organizations like Indivisible, ICT4 Founder Roger Longman says that resistance groups have evolved into political powerhouses, here in Connecticut and across the U.S. “Over the last year, ordinary people have responded to this moment by standing indivisible against cuts to health care, against bigotry and against xenophobia, and have infused our movement with groundbreaking energy and numbers,” says Longman.
“This powerful constituent-led movement has taken it to the next level with members running for office—many for the first time—volunteering at record levels, and changing the political map in 2017. By this time next year, I hope I’ll be able to say that that grassroots advocates have established a powerful check on our President by electing people who share our values.”
During the November 21st meeting, Rep. Himes will answer audience questions about the issues that are of paramount importance in protecting our democracy. Those who register for the free meeting may submit their questions in writing at the event.