Monday, August 14, 2017

INCO WEEKLY NEWSLETTER 8/14

 We stood with Charlottesville at Sunday night's vigil in Astoria, with words of love and healing, songs of hope and courage. Each of us must act to stop the hate, and to bring out the best in our country.
"It is not enough to be compassionate. You must act." 
-- the fourteenth Dalai Lama, 1992
ACTION PRIORITIES
From Indivisible Guide, our national resource. 
What are your Members of Congress doing about the horror in Charlottesville? Here are four things that you can ask them to do to respond to the tragedy.
  1. Ask your MoCs to demand that Trump disavow white nationalism and fire White House staff associated with it, starting with Steve Bannon and Stephen Miller.
  2. Demand funding in the budget to fight white nationalism. Ask your MoCs to require that the Countering Violent Extremism program retains its focus on white nationalism, that CVE grants are fully funded, and that a substantial portion of CVE grants are awarded to respond to the threat of white nationalism. 
  3. Defund Trump's hateful anti-immigrant budget proposals. Ask your MoCs to #DefundHate every chance they get in the appropriations process. See our resourcefor more information about Trump’s mass deportation force, and some of the other things that money should be used for instead.
  4. Protect the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) and Temporary Protected Status (TPS) programs. Combined these programs provide relief from deportation to about one million Americans who arrived in the U.S. as children or whose countries suffered humanitarian catastrophes. 
Uncle Sam and other great Americans were enjoying the Astoria Regatta Land Parade on Saturday before it started - and even more during as we chanted "Vote the Future - USA!"
CHEERS!  
Our Indivisible community salutes democracy, raises awareness, and encourages everyone to stay informed and get active!
  • Applause from watchers greeted Lady Liberty, Ben Franklin, Abe Lincoln, Abigail Adams, Uncle Sam, Betsy Ross,  suffragettes, and INCO in the Astoria Regatta Land Parade on August 12. We had a great time making Indivisible visible! Thanks to Nancy Montgomery, Astoria co-leader, who beautifully and creatively coordinated INCO being in the parade  - and to everyone who made this such a successful event.
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  • Peninsula Indivisibles never stop working: a campaign to save rural hospitals from proposed Medicaid cuts, a visit to an immigrant detention center in Washington, postcard parties, letter-to-the-editor workshops, and parades and marches wherever they can.
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  •  Ann Fontaine, Kit Ketchum, and Monica Pearson brought us together for Sunday's vigil. Thanks also to Nancy Montgomery, Roger Rocka, and everyone else who helped.
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  • Meet Carolyn Eady, INCO book club organizer and forest advocate. She's our first featured member. Who's next?
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  • Who are INCO's community leaders? They include political newbies, a tech expert, at least one author, a retail manager, two retired counselors, community organizers, and more! INCO is stronger because of their wisdom,  skills, and passion for democracy. 
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  • Did you see our INCO banners in the parade? Thom Dickerson created our original classic, and Kate Giese designed our new Vote the Future banner. Thank you, Thom and Kate, for sharing your artistry with us! 
INCO Vote the Future Team Organizational Meeting
INCO is getting ready for the 2018 elections! With your help, we'll  encourage others to vote and use proven strategies to reach voters with an effective message. We're organizing around a basic idea of democracy - EVERY VOTE COUNTS! If you're eager to help create positive change, please attend this meeting.
VTF Organizing Meeting
Wednesday, Aug. 30 at 6:30 pm
6:30 pm, Deb Vanasse's house off Sunset Beach Rd
Email debvanasse (at) gmail.com for directions
Peninsula Indivisibles joined Willapa Resistance and Pacific County Democrats in the Willapa Harbor Festival and Parade in Raymond, WA on Saturday, August 5. 
HAPPENINGS
Check for details and new posts on our events page.

THIS WEEK
Saturday, August 19 - Warrenton INCO Monthly Meeting, 11 a.m., Dooger's, Highway 101, in Warrenton

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

Wednesday, August 30 - Vote the Future Team Organizational Meeting, 6:30 pm. Contact incoregon@gmail.com for more info.

Tuesday, September 5 - Astoria INCO Monthly Meeting, 6 pm - social & snacks; 6:30 - 8 pm, 3 Cups Coffee House, 279 West Marine Drive

Thursday, September 14, 2017, Resistance School -  How to Sustain the Resistance Long-term, 6-8 pm, Seaside Library Community Room
           
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.
It is not enough that we do our best; sometimes we must do what is required.

--Winston Churchill

COMMUNITY CONNECTIONS

DIY-mocracy! 
 
We have a few "In Our America" yard signs left. You can get your sign or "In Our America" poster at INCO meetings and events. INCO pins and other items are also available. Contact incoregon@gmail.com or Laurie at 503-338-6508 for details.

What does the resistance want? Read about Indivisible and similar groups here.

Enjoy the satisfaction of fighting the good fight as we defend democracy. Share your talent, wisdom, and patriotism working with INCO members. 
Get involved with your INCO Community Group today in Manzanita-Cannon Beach, Seaside, Warrenton, Astoria, Washington Peninsula.
 
Check out the resources on our website and on our Facebook page. 
Questions, concerns, & photos to INCO at incoregon@gmail.com
Share this newsletter and our website with other resisters. They can join INCO here.

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