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Meet Tanya Luken of Indivisible Phoenix

Today we’d like to introduce you to Tanya Luken.

Tanya, let’s start with your story. We’d love to hear how you got started and how the journey has been so far.
Throughout my life, regardless of who was elected, I felt my opinion did not matter once they got my vote. After the election of President Trump, I wanted to do something, but had no idea where to start. Then, Ezra Levin appeared like a beacon in the dark on the Rachel Maddow Show! He talked about the Indivisible Guide and how you could use it to get the attention of your Member of Congress. I read it immediately. It was organized as a checklist, and as a CPA, checklists are Tanya crack! (Truthfully, there was this part where the guide described getting a hold of the microphone at a town hall and not giving it back…and I didn’t think I could do that.) The first meeting was the Sunday after the Women’s March. There were six of us.

Every time the President threatened DACA recipients or healthcare or a border wall, our numbers swell. With each bullying Tweet, more people join the resistance.

I am excited to have a voice. I have learned that democracy works best when citizens participate. I hope to inspire other to participation.

Oh, I’ve gotten over my shyness. Earlier this year we hung over 100 pairs of underpants outside Senator Flake and Senator McCain’s office and told them to “walk a mile in my panties” before they voted on our healthcare.

Overall, has it been relatively smooth? If not, what were some of the struggles along the way?
Twitter. Totally f-ing mystery.

Seriously, I listen to my Members of Congress and wonder who they are really working for. Have they forgotten what it means to earn a living? The Indivisible Guide said to expect to lose, but I am driven and I losing is difficult to me. Plus, politics and political organizing are any but organized. I like organization. I thrive in black and white and hate the gray. I think, herding cats, a lot.

It is extremely sad to hear the stories of people directly impacted by legislation. In many instances, their situation is hopeless and they have no idea what to do. They find me and I try to help. Sometimes all I can do is stand next to them on 22nd and Camelback with a rally sign. They make me want to be a better leader.

Please tell us about Indivisible Phoenix.
Indivisible Phoenix is known for the walk a mile in my panties campaign. All those panties blowing in the breeze….

I am most proud of the friendships I’ve built and the support system it created. My group is best at the resistance rally (protests). We have a lot of fun.

Sorry, I think I am bad at this question. I know that I am an effective leader, but I am also very humble and it is difficult to for me to articulate. But, with running my accounting firm, I’m all that and a bag of chips! I have been an entrepreneur for 17 years. I started my first practice 5 months after college. I have sold two books of business in my life and am building a third firm now. My firm specializes in providing accounting services to other small businesses. I have the gift of making accounting understandable to non-accountants.

If you had to go back in time and start over, would you have done anything differently?
I would have asked for more help sooner. We could have accomplished much more if I knew then what I know now.

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