Republicans are rushing to a final vote on the Trump Tax Scam “conference report” (see our Legislative Process 101 explainer on what a Conference Committee is) THIS WEEK, before Senator-elect Doug Jones is seated (see our explaineron why this matters). The people of Alabama have spoken, and they rejected the Trump agenda. Their voices deserve to be heard, and that means no vote on the Trump Tax Scam before Doug Jones is in the Senate. Independent analysis shows the revised tax bill has gotten worse.Details about the bill are here and here.Thank your Democratic Members of Congress (MoC) who voted against the tax plan. Washington Indivisibles: Keep up the pressure on Republican MoCs, who support it.
Use our call tool to call the GOP's constituents in red states and connect them to their senators to say #NoJonesNoVote.
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Tell Democrats to decide: DREAM Hero or DREAM Killer.
Our friends at United We Dream are drawing a line in the sand: either Democrats keep their promise to fight for immigrant youth by refusing to vote for a Continuing Resolution that doesn’t include a clean DREAM Act by THIS MONDAY, or face occupations from Dreamers in their offices. Every week Congress fails to act, 1000 young people lose protection from deportation every week.
Call and tell your senator to pick a side: fight for DREAMers now, or let thousands more face deportation.
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:
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 - 5:30ish "Run for Something" Don’t like what’s happening in government? Join the nationwide trend and run for office! Q&A with campaign and candidate veterans for potential candidates: election info, campaign & support strategies Free and hosted by INCO's Vote the Future Team
8 - 10 pm - Rock the Resistance Dance Free • Donations welcome
Thanks to all of you who donate talent, time, work, energy, passion, and imagination as we defend democracy. INCO also needs financial contributions from Indivisibles so that our treasury is ready for the next issue and opportunity. Here's why your dollars matter.
If you donate $50 or more, we’ll be happy to list you as a donor in our Summit Program, unless you’d 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! Deb Vanasse and Laurie Caplan Co-chairs, Indivisible North Coast Oregon
INCO's Faces of Democracy
Dear Indivisibles, WE WIN ALABAMA! I know somedays it seems like we are going nowhere with our work. But all over the country small groups of people like us are encouraging one another to be persistent. Indivisible and partner groups got out the vote. Big victories like Tuesday's election and the elections in Virginia, little victories, some setbacks -- but still we keep on. Our future is worth the struggle. If you are despairing - take that as a sign that you have hope. If you had no hope you would just be apathetic. It is your love for your neighbor and the stranger that is a source of the ache in your hearts.
THIS WEEK Wednesday, December 20 - 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
Wednesday, December 20 - Vote the Future Team meeting, 6:30 pm, Seaside Library Board Room; proposed voter information booklet; ballot measure 101; voter registration; candidate recruitment.
UPCOMING 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
Tuesday, January 2 - Oppose Bigotry Team meeting, 6 pm, Astoria. For location and directions contact firstname.lastname@example.org. Finalizing plans for Martin Luther King Day event.
Tuesday, January 9 - Astoria INCO Community Group meeting, 6 pm, WineKraft, foot of 11th on the Riverwalk; no December meeting
Wednesday, January 10 - INCO Book Club, 6:30 pm, Astoria. For directions, contact email@example.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.
Sunday, January 14 - "Selma" film screening and candlelight walk for Martin Luther King, Jr. Day, 2 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; Don’t like what’s happening in government? 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 support strategies. An informal session with no-host beer and nachos, hosted by INCO’s Vote the Future team
Saturday, January 20 - "Rock the Resistance" dance, 8 - 10 pm, Lovell Showroom, 426 14th Street, Astoria; free and open to all defenders of democracy
Excerpts of wisdom and warnings from ON TYRANNY: TWENTY LESSONS FROM THE TWENTIETH CENTURY by Timothy Snyder, Tim Duggan Books, 2017
Lesson 4. Take responsibility for the face of the world. "Notice ... signs of hate. Do not look away and do not get used to them."
Lesson 5. Remember professional ethics. "Authoritarians need obedient civil servants .... Professional ethics must guide us precisely when we are told that the situation is exceptional."
Lesson 6. Be wary of paramilitaries. "... people and parties who wish to undermine democracy and the rule of law create and fund violent organizations that involve themselves in politics."
Take a moment to honor the US Bill of Rights, ratified 226 years ago, on December 15, 1791. You and INCO can sustain our rights and democracy.
Thanks to Dinah Urell and hipfish monthly for supporting INCO! The December issue features INCO and an article by Astoria Indivisible Michael A ("Sasha") Miller about the GOP tax scam.
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
Wednesday, January 10 at 6 pm
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 firstname.lastname@example.org for more info.
Once upon a time there were four people named Everybody, Somebody, Nobody, and Anybody. When there was an important job to be done, Everybody was sure that Somebody would do it. Anybody could have done it, but Nobody did it.
When Nobody did it, Everybody got angry because it was Everybody's job. Everybody thought that Somebody would do it, but Nobody realized that Nobody would do it.
It ended up that Everybody blamed Somebody when Nobody did what Anybody could have done in the first place.
-- from Dear Abby
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 email@example.com.