Monday, April 10, 2017

INCO Weekly Update - April 10, 2017

ACTIONS TO TAKE NOW


Attend the Town Hall with U.S. Representative Suzanne Bonamci
Saturday, April 15, 11 a.m.
Warrenton High School gymnasium, 1700 S. Main St., Warrenton
Voter registration drive inside the school, 10:30 - 12:30, hosted by the Warrenton CG

The Town Hall Q&A is done by drawing numbered tickets. Take a ticket when you enter if you want to ask a question. INDIVISIBLE North Coast ORegon (INCO) will distribute “I AGREE” and “I DISAGREE” signs for audience members to hold up as desired. This is one way to create a respectful and dignified conversation with Representative Bonamici while also showing what we stand for.
Be prepared with a BRIEF question about ONE issue: 
  • State your name and town
  • What one issue you’re concerned about and why
  • What you want Representative Bonamici to do about it
  • Ask her for details of what she WILL do about it
  • If you disagree with her, ask how you can follow up to persuade her to change her mind.
For details on issues currently before Congress, see Indivisible's Five Policy Priorities for the April Congressional recess. Here is Representative Bonamici’s website.

On Syria, from the Indivisible Team
"Trump cannot be allowed to fire off missiles the way that he fires off tweets. He cannot be allowed to bar Syrian child refugees from our shores and then claim he’s taking military action to protect them. And he cannot be allowed to drag us into another Middle East war. Call your Member of Congress and demand that they return to session to exercise oversight over Trump’s actions in Syria.
We also encourage you to think about ways to help the people of Syria. Organizations like the White HelmetsDoctors Without Borders, and the International Rescue Committee are just a few of the many organizations helping on the ground and assisting refugees. Stand with them as an ally. And make your voice heard: there’s never been a more important time to call on your MoCs to support Syrian refugees. During this April recess, ask them what they’re doing to make sure America truly supports Syrian refugees by allowing them to come to the United States."

Send Postcards to Support Oregon as a Sanctuary State
April 3 -15 - No meetings. No driving. Just you, postcards, and your determination to resist.
Oregon's 30-year-old sanctuary law bans state and local law enforcement agencies from arresting people solely on the basis of their immigration status. The Trump administration threatens to defund sanctuary cities and states.
Mail postcards to our electeds: Governor Kate Brown, Oregon Attorney General Ellen Rosenblum, State Representative Deborah Boone, and State Senator Betsy Johnson. Ask that they join Seattle’s suit against T for threatening to withhold federal funds due to the city's sanctuary status. Check here for more info about Seattle’s lawsuit. Check here for contact information.

DO DEMOCRACY in CLATSOP COUNTY
You can help elect candidates most aligned with INCO's principles. Lauren Scheiderer is gathering a team of campaign volunteers for  Clatsop County's May 16 election. A Bernie campaigner in several states, Lauren will share her experience and enthusiasm with you. Contact her via email or at 757-510-1021. Campaigning is rewarding - and necessary to get good people elected. 
Do Research for the OR-1 Indivisible team
The OR-1 Research team is looking for people to help monitor our 3 Members of Congress (MoCs), using generally the steps outlined in the Indivisible Guide. Indivisible groups in Oregon are organized by Congressional Districts (CD). INCO is in Oregon’s First CD, so we’re in Indivisible OR-1.
PLATFORM REQUIREMENTS: Must communicate with team using Google-suite tools (sheets, docs, etc) to input information and create team work product. There will be bi-weekly conference calls as we don’t all live near one another. Small groups are encouraged to meet up and call in together. No prior research/policy experience required. Must have ability to work in selected platform (g-suite) and work independently, as well as being part of a larger movement effort. Experience with the Slack platform is preferred but not essential.  Contact Laura Stanford Rochelois if you can help!

For additional timely, amplified actions, check out the Action Resources sidebar on our blog.

INCO CALENDAR

Details on all INCO events at our Events Page

Monday, April 10
Volunteer Sign-Up Social hosted by Astoria Pride

6 - 9 pm, Inferno Lounge, 77 11th Street, by the river, Astoria
Tuesday, April 11
ResistTrumpTuesday: PDX Meet Up at Senator Merkley's
11:30am, US Senator Jeff Merkley’s office, 121 SW Salmon Street., Ste. 1400, Portland, OR 97204

Thursday, April 13
Gearhart-Seaside Community Group (CG) General Meeting

6:30 - 8 pm, Seaside Public Library
April 29 Climate Change events and activities are among the agenda items

Friday, April 14
WA Peninsula Town Hall, with or without US Representative Jaime Herrera Beutler
7 pm, Chatauqua Lodge, Long Beach, WA
On stage will be her 2018 opponent, David McDevitt, answering questions on her behalf, and a life-size cutout of Rep. Herrera. 
Saturday, April 15
Voter Registration Drive
Hosted by the Warrenton Community Group
10:30 - 12:30, Warrenton High School, 1700 South Main Street, Warrenton 
Town Hall with U.S. Representative Suzanne Bonamci
11 a.m., Warrenton High School gymnasium, 1700 S. Main St., Warrenton 
Art of Resistance
Runs through May
KALA, 1017 Marine Drive, Astoria
 
SAVE THE DATE
Saturday, April 22 - Cannon Beach CG at Twelve Days of Earth Day in Cannon Beach

Saturday, April 22 - 10:30 am - 12:30 pm, March for Science, Portland
Tuesday, April 25 - Last day to register to vote in Clatsop County’s May 16 election. Register online here.
Saturday, April 29 - Climate Change awareness, hosted by Seaside/Gearhart CG.
Wednesday, May 3 - AAUW Candidates Forum
7 pm, Clatsop Community College, Columbia Hall 219, Astoria
Q&A from the audience for key Special District election on May 16
Accessible parking in back of Columbia Hall, enter from Lexington Avenue
Saturday, May 6 - Nation of Immigrants event, hosted by Warrenton/Astoria CGs. 
Thursday, May 18 - ACLU public event in Astoria
 

COMMUNITY GROUPS


Our Community Groups (CGs) are creating exciting events to defend democracy. Check the INCO Calendar above to see who’s doing what. If you’re not yet connected with the Community Group where you live, contact INCO. Our CGs are in Astoria/East County, Cannon Beach, Manzanita, Seaside/Gearhart, and the Washington Peninsula. 

To sign up for an INCO Community Group, check out the Indivisible North Coast Oregon blog!

INFORMED AND EMPOWERED



Voter Information:  On May 16 Clatsop County voters will elect new board members for Clatsop Community College, the Port of Astoria, school boards, and more. INCO is creating an online pages with statements from candidates who agree with positions and practices that align with INCO principles. We’ll let you know when you and other voters can use it.

Losing track of issues currently before Congress? Check out Indivisible's Five Policy Priorities for the April Congressional recess.

Too shy to call your Members of Congress (MoC)? Here’s comfort and guidance. Here’s the contact information.

Enjoy this excellent article about Indivisible, focused on Vancouver, WA, but with a broad perspective.

Are your friends wondering how to Resist and Persist?  Send them to our blog to find out more about INCO and to sign up with INCO. Everyone has a role to play in defending democracy!

DID YOU KNOW…

You can support the Mar-a-Lago Act (Making Access Records Available to Lead American Government Openness Act). Click here to find out how!

WHY WE DEFEND DEMOCRACY
“I grew up with the idea that democracy is not something you believe in, or a place you hang your hat, but it’s something you do. You participate. If you stop doing it, democracy crumbles and falls apart.”      -- Abbie Hoffman

 

LEVITY!
“How presidential. It reminds me of Harry Truman, who so famously said, ‘Look, I don’t know where it’s supposed to stop. I was given that buck.’”  -- Stephen Colbert on Trump

Questions?

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