Monday, July 31, 2017

INCO Weekly Newsletter 7/31

Celebrate INCO's 6-month anniversary!
Inspired by the Astoria Women's March, you are taking action and making a difference for our communities and country. After a long slog, we celebrate news of a real victory on healthcare. With your help, we’ve demonstrated the power of the people in American democracy.

Get active with INCO and enjoy the satisfaction of fighting the good fight as we defend democracy.  Share your talent, wisdom, and patriotism. Work with like-minded people, and encourage others to join in, too.

As hard as we've worked saying NO to Trump's agenda, we know we must also work to say YES to government by and for the People. Following a first-round Listening Tour, Indivisible National has announced plans for Indivisible 435a program that articulates a bold progressive vision and empowers us with resources to expand the electorate and bring more people into the electoral process in every one of the nation’s 435 congressional districts. We'll have more info about this on our website and at INCO meetings and events.

There is important work to do; we all are just the ones to do it.
Deb Vanasse and Laurie Caplan, INCO Co-chairs
Meet other resisters and community activists at these exciting events:  
Astoria INCO Monthly Meeting on Tuesday, August 1
Resistance School on Thursday, August 10!
Walk with INCO in the Regatta Parade on Saturday, August 12!

Details below in HAPPENINGS.
1. Accountability on TrumpCare. 49 Senators voted last week to take away healthcare from millions of Americans, and 51 voted to protect it. They need some direct feedback from you. Here are sample call scripts for your Senators. Plus, if you get a chance to talk to your representative during the August Recess, make sure they know you expect them to reject any Senate version of TrumpCare using our August recess town hall questions.

2. Oppose these nominations. Tell your senators to oppose the nomination of Kevin Newsom for the U.S. Court of Appeals for the 11th Circuit in Alabama. As noted in this Politico article, Newsom is part of Trump’s broader attacks on civil rights. The vote is expected today at 5:30pm ET.

3. Join us for Facebook live TONIGHT. Join Indivisible team members tonight for a Facebook live at 8:30pm ET here where we’ll be giving an update on what’s next for TrumpCare, what’s happening in Congress this week, and answering your questions in real time.

4. Look beyond Oregon.These 3 senators voted for TrumpCare, so help us end their careers. Check out our new IndivisiBlog from Political Director MarĂ­a Urbina outlining our new political program, and help us defeat Senators Dean Heller, Jeff Flake, and Ted Cruz. These 3 all voted in favor of TrumpCare and are up for reelection in 2018. If you can, help us build up our new state campaigns here (more info below).
INCO folks from Manzanita to southwest Washington gathered outside the Astoria Post Office for our July 18th rally for healthcare. 
Check for details and new posts on our events page.
Tuesday, August 1 - Astoria Community Group Monthly Meeting, 6:30 - 8 pm, Astoria Public Library Flag Room, 450 10th Street at Exchange; accessible; off-street and street parking.
 Persuasion 101: How We Start Winning 2018 Now.
•  Help organize events, Vote the Future, and expand our base

Thursday, August 10 - Resistance School - How to Structure and Build Capacity for Action, 6-8 pm, Seaside Library Community Room; lively discussion after the video training; potluck snacks welcome. INCO yard signs, posters, and pins will be available.

Saturday, August 12 - Walk with INCO in Astoria's Regatta Land Parade; gather by 11 at the Aquatic Center or at about 19th and Exchange - look for the INCO banner. We'll walk from 12-1 in a slow-paced, level walk about a mile long. 
No signs. Wear Red, White and Blue - or dress as a positive, iconic American Activist or an inspirational Historical Figure or Character! More details on our Facebook page and in next week's newsletter. Info at

Thursday, August 24 - INCO Reading Group-Book Club, 6:30 pm, in Astoria. This month's book is Erick Fromm's “The Revolution of Hope: Toward a Humanized Technology." Contact Carolyn Eady at for information about location.

Saturday, September 16 - Immigration 101, 1 pm, Columbian Theater, 11th & Marine Drive, Astoria; presented by Oregon's Rural Organizing Project and hosted by Astoria INCO.
“The rule of law is precisely as robust as our willingness to fight for it. And to fight for it is not quite the same thing as to ask, ‘Isn’t there a law?’” 

-- Dahlia Lithwick, Slate


Defending democracy means defending the Bill of Rights. Read the first ten Amendments to the Constitution and learn how essential they are to the US. Search online for "Bill of Rights."

Help INCO connect!  Tell us about other like-minded people and organizations that promote civic engagement, informed voting, and other activities to strengthen our democracy. Bring your suggestions to your Community Group meeting or contact INCO at

Get your "In Our America" yard sign or poster at INCO meeetings and events and meetings. INCO pins and other items are also available. Contact or Laurie at 503-338-6508 for details.

Check out the resources on our website and on our Facebook page. Together, we are making a difference!

Get involved with your INCO Community Group today in Manzanita-Cannon Beach, Seaside, Warrenton, Astoria, Washington Peninsula.

Questions, concerns, & photos to INCO at
Share this newsletter and our website with other resisters. They can join INCO here.