Monday, November 6, 2017

INCO Weekly Newsletter 11/6

Contact your Members of Congress now.
How will they know what you want if you don't tell them?

STOP THE TAX SCAM! The #TrumpTaxScam bill is now public (it’s terrible), but WE CAN STOP IT. We must push back now to stop the GOP from sneaking through their Medicare-cut-forcing, middle-class-tax-raising giveaway to billionaires.  The tax plan:
  • Gives huge tax cuts to the wealthy by phasing out the estate tax, repealing the Alternative Minimum Tax, and limiting the tax rate on income earned by hedge funds, private law firms, and the Trump Organization;
  • Slashes the corporate tax rate, so corporations can line the pockets of their shareholders, and incentivizes moving operations offshore;
  • Adds $1.5 trillion to the deficit, forcing deep cuts to Medicaid, Medicare, and Social Security down the road;
  • Repeals the Johnson Amendment, a key piece supporting separation of church and state.
Indivisible provides resources on the #TrumpTaxScam -- Tax Policy 101, organizing resources, call scripts, and more here

STOP THE NATIONAL SECURITY RISKS TRUMP IS CREATING.  The risks include Russia, white supremacy,  North Korea, foreign policy ignorance and indifference, vacant diplomatic posts, and more. Details here.

PROTECT THE MUELLER INVESTIGATION. Last week's indictments and other developments threaten Trump, his administration, and his family. Details here.

SUPPORT THE DREAMERS PLEDGE. Join United We Dream's national day of action on November 9. Read more about DACA and the Dreamers here.
INCO & ACA Outreach
Deadline for enrolling is December 15.

Despite the Trump administration's best efforts, the secret is out:  the deadline for enrolling in the Affordable Care Act - ObamaCare is December 15. INCO encourages you to inform people about the very limited enrollment period for the ACA. Trump has cut funding for outreach and advertising, so your help can make a big difference. 

Check out for more information. Enter your zip code here to find local resources.. Here's one guide to enrollment. The Indivisible Toolkit for the ACA is here.

There is still a penalty for going without health coverage. Please direct people to web resources and/or agencies who can walk them through the process. Look for updates here and on our Facebook page about INCO's upcoming outreach events about ACA enrollment.

Make copies of this flyer to distribute.
Nancy Montgomery shares information about enrolling in the ACA with an audience member at last Thursday's Ales & Ideas. Our INCO table at the college's monthly events at the Lovell Showroom is a big hit, especially our pocket US Constitutions. We'll see you there December 7!
Russia-Trump Probe and Robert Mueller 
Trump and GOP conservatives would be foolish to try to fire or defund Robert Mueller. BUT, if that should happen, we'll keep you posted on Facebook and with an Action Alert email about INCO's response, most likely a rapid response rally in Astoria. 
Resistance School: Public Narrative
Thursday, November 9, 6-8 pm
Seaside Library Community Room

Everyone is welcome to this free event.

Practical Skills to Reclaim, Rebuild, and Reimagine America 
Enjoy an inspiring video followed by meaningful conversation with other Indivisibles. This monthly event is hosted by Seaside/Gearhart Indivisibles. 

The RS team, based at Harvard, includes community and labor organizers; advocates for human rights, campaign finance reform, and veterans’ affairs; former staffers for Obama, Sanders, and Clinton presidential election campaigns; and journalists. 
Resist and Persist in Your INCO T-shirt!
Short-sleeved, long-sleeved, v-neck options in two colors. Orders must be submitted with payment (all can be done online). You can also order and pay off-line. Orders and payment due by November 7.
Order form and payment info is here and on our blog. Questions?
• Turn the Tide 2018 •

Saturday, January 20, 2018
9 am - 5 pm

Rock the Resistance Dance  •  8 - 10 pm
 Lovell Showroom, 426 14th Street, Astoria
Celebrating INCO's first year, the Women's March anniversary, and our mission
for the year to come.
More details coming.
Read about Indivisible's impact in this NY Times column about the Democratic Party and the resistance. FYI, INCO is non-partisan. We welcome all who work to defend democracy by opposing authoritarianism, bigotry, and corruption.

Want to learn to successfully engage across ideological lines? 
Megan Phelps-Roper broke away from the infamous Westboro Baptist Church and now talks movingly about her life and her suggestions for improving the conversation.

Halla Tómasdóttir tells how she overcame media bias, changed the tone of the political debate and surprised her entire nation when she ran for president of Iceland  - and now says it's time for other women to run for political office.
Check for details and new posts on our events page.

Tuesday, November 7 - INCO Oppose Bigotry Team meeting, 6 - 7:30 pm, Joan Herman's home in Astoria. All are invited to help us plan what proactive activities we want to organize and support. For directions, email Joan at Please disregard the email sent to Astoria INCO members with the incorrect date.

Wednesday, November 8 - INCO Reading Group, 6:30 pm, Carolyn Eady's home in Astoria.  This month's book is "This Flight Is Our Fight: The Battle to Save America’s Middle Class," by Senator Elizabeth Warren. For directions, email Carolyn at

Thursday, November 9 - Resistance School: Public Narrative6-8 pm, Seaside Library Community Room. How do we talk about our resistance? Inspiring video followed by in-person informal discussion. This event is hosted by Seaside/Gearhart Indivisibles. 

Tuesday, November 14 - Astoria INCO Community Group Meeting, 6 pm, Winekraft, foot of 11th on the Riverwalk, Astoria

Wednesday, November 15 - INCO Vote the Future Team, 6:30 pm, Seaside Library Board Room.

Corrected date: Saturday, November 18 - Warrenton INCO Community Group meeting, 11 a.m., Dooger's Seafood and Grill, Hwy 101, Warrenton.

Saturday, December 16 - - Warrenton INCO Community Group meeting, 11 a.m., Dooger's Seafood and Grill, Hwy 101, Warrenton.
INCO's Faces of Democracy
Kay brings decades of organizing experience to Seaside and INCO. Read more here.
"We stand at a pivotal point in our history. Our future depends in large part on whether we recognize Trump as a symptom of deeper problems or convince ourselves that his defeat will end our current discontent. Resilience is vital, but so is honesty."
- - James Lee

 "Doing Democracy: The MAP Model for Organizing Social Movements," by Bill Moyer and others, 2001. MAP stands for Movement Action Plan. The book describes patterns in social movements that can be used to plan and carry out more effective social action.
Send your suggestions for books to feature here to


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

Scroll down on our blog to see a variety of resources. Many are helpful for other community groups you work with.
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INCO Weekly Newsletter   November 6, 2017