Update: We heard from Meetup.com: they set up all of these groups. Part of their statement:
“#Resist is an extension of the Meetup platform designed to help members
easily find and host Meetup events with a civic engagement focus.”
We weren’t alone in our concerns that 1,000 groups springing up overnight was a Honeypot attempt by people wishing to undermine the Indivisible movement. If you are thinking of organizing from the top down, please be 100% transparent about it. We will assess Meetup’s new toolset.
Update #2: Here is a link to the Meetup to Resist site.
Today we noticed nearly 1,000 groups pop up on Meetup.com that look a *lot* like Indivisible. The Austin and Central Texas-area Meetup groups are not affiliated with Indivisible Austin or our local district groups.
We know that many groups are excited about using the Indivisible Guide to plan their actions, which is amazing. In the Austin area, our groups are working closely with the guide’s authors, and with the national group.
This movement is mostly decentralized and leaderless, so anyone can start a group if they wish. Still, we encourage you to exercise caution when signing up for a new group. Check this website for information about our affiliations and partnerships (we link to the known district-based groups from the district webpages). It also helps if you know a group’s organizers personally. Ask for a meeting or phone call!
We’ll update this post as we learn more.