By Jean Hanson and Eleanor Gustafson, Members, Greater Bronxville Indivisible
May 10, 2017: Bronxville-area residents have formed a non-partisan group with the goal of becoming more politically impactful. The group, known as Greater Bronxville Indivisible, was founded as a result of a shared sense of alarm over the current administration of the country.
"Our top goals are to keep people informed of the issues and to create an organized outlet for activism," said Ellen Blais, a member of the steering committee of the organization. "The turnout at our meetings has been amazing. At our first meeting, we had a standing-room-only crowd. It shows how concerned our community is over the tone and tenor of the prevailing political agenda. People are looking for ways to make their concerns known and their voices heard," she continued.
"Indivisible groups are forming across the country. These are grassroots organizations and each is distinct. Greater Bronxville Indivisible is multi-partisan and diverse, including people from various walks of life and political parties," said Bruce Anderson, another member of the steering committee.
"We intend to provide support and outlets for members to take action on the issues of importance to them. There are so many issues--education, climate change, immigration, health care, gun safety, voting rights, and reproductive rights, to name just a few--and our aim is to aid in making voices heard on these important issues of the day," said Annette Adamiyatt, also a member of the steering committee.
Greater Bronxville Indivisible's principles and purposes center on protecting the rights guaranteed by the Bill of Rights, particularly the First Amendment, on resisting efforts to erode civil liberties, and on upholding the positive spirit of tolerance and mutual respect embodied in the U.S. Constitution.
"While individual members do not necessarily agree on every issue--and, in fact, many times do not agree on a particular issue--we are united in our goal of preserving our democracy," said Viji George, a steering committee member.
The steering committee members include Annette Adamiyatt, Bruce Anderson, Maureen Barton, Ellen Blais, Pat Drew, Anna Foley, Viji George, Eleanor Gustafson, Jean Hanson, and Chris Zufelt.
All residents of Bronxville and beyond are welcome to join. The next meeting will be held on May 23, 2017, at 7:00 pm at The Reformed Church of Bronxville, Edwards Hall. The organization's website is gbindivisible.org.
For more information, contact Ellen Blais at
Pictured here: Participants engaging in a postcard writing campaign to members of Congress.
Photo courtesy Greater Bronxville Indivisible