Tuesday, December 26, 2017

INCO Newsletter 12/26

Our Most Precious Gift  
The most precious gift we can give ourselves, family, and friends is a healthy democracy. Get active with INCO, and help us stop this administration's assault on America's people, rights, and values.  
We look forward to turning the tide with you in 2018.

 
Deb Vanasse and Laurie Caplan, INCO Co-chairs
    Celebrating July 4 in Cannon Beach with Indivisibles of all ages. You're never too young or old to defend democracy!
    We're Ready! Trump and Mueller
    INCO has planned a “Rally for the Rule of Law,” to be held in the event Trump fires Mueller or takes a similar action that threatens the rule of law as it relates to the investigation. We'll post info on our INCO Facebook page and email an Action Alert. You can also sign up (RSVP) for a notification here.  
    Ballot Measure 101: The Gift of Health
    INCO supports a YES vote on Ballot Measure 101 in the special election on January 23 to protect healthcare for Oregon children, seniors and people with disabilities.  Go to yesforhealthcare.org to learn more.  
    Get Out the Vote (GOTV) Kick-Off for Measure 101
    Friday, January 5 at 6:30 pm

    Blue Scorcher Bakery & Cafe, 1493 Duane, Astoria
    Presented by Clatsop Democrats, with INCO support
    The deadline to register to vote is January 2, 2018.  Ballots will be mailed early in January and need to be returned by January 23.

    Give your community the gift of health.  Step 1:  Vote YES on Ballot Measure 101 by January 23, 2018.  Step 2:  Help get out the vote. Attend the GOTV kick-off on January 5.
    Saturday, January 20 
     Lovell Showroom, 426 14th Street, Astoria
    Free • Open to all defenders of democracy
    Check out our speakers and the day's schedule here.


    8:30 - 4:30 Come for one session or stay for the day
    Workshops, Q&A, discussion
    Guest speakers: 
    Jen Hoffman - Answering the Call; author, Americans of Conscience blog and checklist 
    Linai Vaz -Re-Framing the Debate: It’s All About the Brain; former Olympic trainer, OR-1 Indivisible leader
    Lindsay Hessel - Democracy Happens Every Day; election strategist, OR-3 Indivisible leader
    • Energize & strategize for 2018
     • Community networking and engagement
    • Resources, opportunities, imagination to sustain activism

    4:30 -6 "Run for Something" 
    Want to make your community even better? Join the nationwide trend and run for office!
    Q&A with campaign and candidate veterans for potential candidates: election info, positions available, local campaign and support strategies
    Free and hosted by INCO's Vote the Future Team


    8 - 10 pm - Rock the Resistance Dance

    Free • Donations welcome
    On the anniversary of the Women’s March, come relax and shake it off at this community dance...we deserve some JOY! 

    Dance or just hang out and enjoy the sounds of vintage vinyl - Funk, Soul, Sixties Go-Go and the occasional tropical groove with veteran L.A. music producer, musician and DJ Joey Altruda, a man who's played with the likes of Tito Puente at the House of Blues.

    Free; donations welcome. Beer, wine and snacks available for purchase. Hosted by Indivisible North Coast Oregon (INCO), empowering YOU to defend democracy in 2018.
    MY HOPES
    Dear Indivisibles,
    Since that fateful day in June, 2016, when Trump descended the escalator to cheering crowds of paid actors ... the world has been knocked on its keister. Will we ever stand up again? My hopes for the future are in smart, kind children and grassroots groups like Indivisible, but from this spot within the fray ... it's hard to tell. I'm real glad we're in this together ... that helps.
     - -  Sue Zerangue, Astoria


    INCO is supported entirely by your financial contributions. If you donate $50 or more, we’ll list you as a donor in our Summit Program, unless you prefer to remain anonymous.  
    Donate with your credit card via our website, or send your check payable to INCO to:
    INCO                                                                                                                                                         766 Lexington Avenue                                                                                                                          Astoria, OR 97103

    Thank you!
     ACTION PRIORITIES
     www.indivisible.org         Contact elected officials here.
    What to expect when Congress gets back in January
    Congress will have a full plate when it gets back to DC. The Senate is expected to return on January 3, and the House on January 8. 

    What Will Happen:
    •  Congress will have to fund the government again.
    •  Democrats have another chance to protect DACA and Dreamers.                            
    •  Trump will unveil an “infrastructure plan.”
    •  The issue of surveillance and privacy will continue to loom. 
    What Could/Should Happen:
    •  
    All patriotic Americans in Congress and the administration should ensure that the Mueller investigation continues unhindered
    •  Congress should fund CHIP - health insurance for 9 million children

    •  Democrats should force a vote to restore net neutrality. 
    •  Congress should fund $180 billion for disaster relief/rebuilding in Texas, Florida, Puerto Rico (where Americans lack power/clean water/healthcare), the Northwest after wildfires
    •  Democrats should stop the GOP's assault on Social Security, Medicare, and Medicaid

     
    Read details here.
    INCO's Faces of Democracy   
    HAPPENINGS
    Check for details and new posts on our events page.
     
    THIS WEEK
    Every Wednesday - INCO Happy Hour, 4-6 pm, Buoy Beer, in the Tap Room, at the foot of 8th on the Riverwalk, Astoria; food and non-alcoholic drinks available; no host, no agenda, no meeting

    Almost every Friday - INCO Southwest Washington postcard party; email gwenbrake@gmail.com for date, time and place.

    UPCOMING
    Tuesday, January 2 - Oppose Bigotry Team meeting, 6 pm, Astoria. For location and directions contact catladyjoan@gmail.com. Finalizing plans for Martin Luther King Day event.

    Friday, January 5 - Measure 101 Work Session to Get Out the Vote, 6:30 pm, Blue Scorcher Bakery and Cafe, 1493 Duane, Astoria; Hosted by Clatsop Democrats, with INCO support

    Tuesday, January 9 - Astoria INCO Community Group meeting6 pm, WineKraft, foot of 11th on the Riverwalk.


    Wednesday, January 10 - INCO Book Club6:30 pm, Astoria. For directions, contact cebeady@outlook.com. This month's book is American Nations: A History Of the Eleven Rival Regional Cultures Of North America, by Colin Woodard, Penguin Books, 2012. 

    Thursday, January 11 - Seaside/Gearhart Community Group meeting, 6:30 - 8 pm, Seaside; contact kathleenannmacdonald@yahoo.com for directions.

    Sunday, January 14 - "Selma" film screening and candlelight walk for Martin Luther King, Jr. Day2 pm, Liberty Theater, 12th & Commercial, Astoria; film tickets $10; hosted by Astoria International Film Festival, INCO, Lower Columbia Diversity Project, and other community partners

    Saturday, January 20 - Turn the Tide 2018 • INCO Regional Summit, 8:30 - 4:30, Lovell Showroom, 426 14th Street, Astoria; free and open to all defenders of democracy

    Saturday, January 20 - "Run for Something," 4:30 - 5:30, Lovell Showroom, 426 14th Street, Astoria. Want to make your community better?
     Join the nationwide trend and run for office! Q & A with election campaign veterans for potential candidates; includes information on seats up for election in 2018, filing deadlines, and effective local campaigning. An informal session with no-host beer and nachos, hosted by INCO’s Vote the Future team

    Saturday, January 20 - "Rock the Resistance" dance8 - 10 pm, Lovell Showroom, 426 14th Street, Astoria; Joey Altruda is DJ; free, donations welcome.  
    Excerpts of wisdom and warnings from 
    ON TYRANNY: TWENTY LESSONS FROM THE TWENTIETH CENTURY
    by Timothy Snyder, Tim Duggan Books, 2017

    Lesson 7. Be reflective if you must be armed.... without the conformists, the great atrocities [Stalin's Great Terror, the Holocaust, etc.] would have been impossible.

    Lesson 8. Stand Out.... The moment you set an example, the spell of the status quo is broken, and others will follow.

    Lesson 9. Be kind to our language.... of course we must be concerned with what is true and what is false.
    Support Voter Information Pamphlet 
    INCO’s Vote the Future team is on the county commissioners' agenda to present the case for having a voter information pamphlet in Clatsop County even in off-year elections. Please attend to support this great project to strengthen our local democracy!

    VTF at the Clatsop County Commissioners regular meeting
    Judge Guy Boyington Building, Astoria - - SE corner of 9th and Commercial, enter on 9th; parking on the street and in the below-grade parking lot, enter from 9th. Contact incoregon@gmail.com for more info.
    “History permits us to be responsible: not for everything, but for something.”
    —Timothy Snyder

    COMMUNITY CONNECTIONS

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

    INCO's Events Team, Oppose Bigotry Team, Vote the Future Team, and Book Club are INCO-wide. All INCO Indivisibles are invited to participate. For more information, contact incoregon@gmail.com.
     
    Questions, suggestions, & photos to INCO at incoregon@gmail.com
    Share this newsletter and our website with other resisters. They can join INCO here and ask to join our closed Facebook group.

    INCO is supported entirely by your donations. Donate here.

    Deb Vanasse and Laurie Caplan, INCO Co-chairs
    INCO Weekly Newsletter   December 26, 2017
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