Saturday, February 4, 2017

NEVER TO SIN BY SILENCE

“TO SIN BY SILENCE, WHEN WE SHOULD PROTEST, MAKES COWARDS OF MEN.” Ella Wheeler Wilcox

Writing in 1914, women’s suffrage activist Ella Wheeler Wilcox surely intended to include women in this timely proclamation, which decades later inspired environmental activist Rachel Carson.

Those of us whose collective voices form Indivisible North Coast Oregon (INCO) vow never to sin by silence. At our Feb. 1 kick-off gathering, people came from Manzanita, along the coast, into east County, and across the river! An experienced audience-counter counted 150 of us. For those who weren’t able to attend, we’ve pinned video clips from the meeting in our Facebook group.

We're organizing in the Community Groups (Astoria, East County, Warrenton, Gearhart/Seaside, Cannon Beach, Manzanita, and SW Washington). Watch the Events page at https://indivisiblenorthcoastor.blogspot.com/ and our Facebook group Indivisible North Coast Oregon for meetups soon to be scheduled in your community.

THIS WEEK’S EVENT

Senator Ron Wyden is hosting a town hall in Tillamook on Sunday, Feb. 5, at noon, Tillamook High School. Several INCO members are planning to attend. Study the town hall section of the Indivisible Guide and join them!

THIS WEEK’S ACTION ITEM

Read the down-to-earth Indivisible Guide, available at www.indivisibleguide.com. Former congressional staffers reveal the best ways to make Congress listen. This is INCO's guide, too. If you’ve already read this handy guide, visit our INDIVISIBLE North Coast blog page and check out the Action Resources sidebar.

And then:

1.  Check the Indivisible North Coast Oregon blog and Facebook group daily for new action items and alerts. Think about the issues and actions you want to do, and don’t let the administration's whack-a-mole drama discourage you.

2.  Make a call (or several!) to one or more of your MoCs on an issue of concern. Follow the Indivisible Guide strategies for effective calls. Program your MoCs into your cell phone. Last week, the historic traffic at Capitol switchboards was reportedly almost double the usual. Keep up the pressure!

3.  Send a postcard to one or all three of your Members of Congress (MoC) from Oregon: Representative Bonamici, Senator Wyden, and Senator Merkley. You can write a Thank You postcard or ask your MoC to take a specific action about a specific issue. Write about only one issue per card.

4. Think about potential candidates for the 120 local positions on the Clatsop County ballot in May, 2017. For more info about finding and campaigning for progressive candidates, attend the next meeting of the Clatsop County Democrats, on Monday, February 13, at 5:45, at Towler 310 at Clatsop Community College.

And always, share this information with like-minded friends!

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