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Indivisible Asheville/WNC meeting draws hundreds

Hundreds of people gathered in Asheville with a mission to resist the Trump administration's policies and agenda.

Indivisible Asheville/WNC, a local group born out of last month's Women's March on Washington, met at the Lord Auditorium at Pack Memorial Library on Monday.

The group is a growing grassroots push to try to help turn the tide on Trump.

It was a crowded meeting, with hundreds of people packed in. Many were not even able to get in the door of the auditorium.

Other groups with a similar mission were also involved. "If you want to help create a Democratic Party that actually speaks on behalf of the working people, and people of color, and not a bunch of billionaires who don't care about any of us, then this is a great organization for you to be involved in," said Matt Coffay of an organiation with similar values, Our Revlotion.

Speakers discussed the mission and structure of the the group's effort, but it wasn't politics as usual.

The idea of Indivisible is actually to divide temporarily in smaller groups and problem-solve on 14 specific topics.

The groups went out into the hallways, took over side rooms, people trying to make space and get organized.

"Why don't we just say equal pay for equal work? I think that would include everybody," one participant said.

"That's a great one," another agreed.

"I think that the problem with that is it doesn't address the underlying issue," someone else chimed in.

It seems consensus is never easy.

"That's the way things happen, is they need to work out for themselves what's going to be the most important strategies to be working on now and in the future, and this is grassroots organizing at its best," Brenda Murphree, Indivisible Asheville/WNC, said.

"It's impossible to fight every fight, so we each have pick our own battles," John Odell, of Old Fort said. "And I think, collectively, we'll make the difference we want to see."

Nancy Neill, of Asheville, said she had to be at the meeting.

"I'm here, because I can't not be here. I feel like I've been called, like all of us have," she said. "We have to make a difference, we have to stand up, we have to keep our country from being taken away from us."

Now, all the smaller groups will hold their own meetings, report back sometime next month and ultimately make Indivisible Asheville/WNC the local hub of resources, information and planning for political action.

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