From staff reports
A locally-formed chapter of the Indivisible national grassroots movement has organized in Clarion.
Indivisible We Rise West-Central PA has been meeting at 1 p.m. Saturdays at various Clarion-area locations. More than 50 people have attended each of the last three meetings, according to a press release from the organization.
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, the press release said. Community members are needed to help work on these issues affecting families living in Clarion and surrounding counties, according to the release.
“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,” Krouse added.
The press release outlined Indivisible’s national goals. They are:
— To act as a watchdog ready to send a strong message to Congress when members don’t 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.
The nationwide Indivisible movement began in December 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, according to the press release.
Peggy Lingwall of Clarion, another steering committee member, said, “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, people can email the group at firstname.lastname@example.org or visit its website at indivisiblewerise-wcpa.org/. The group is also on Facebook at Indivisible We Rise-West Central PA.