Monday, January 1, 2018


Best wishes to you for 2018! We look forward to being Indivisible with you!
-- Deb and Laurie
Dear Indivisibles,
I think the ante is about to be upped, and it will call upon every bit of determination (and imagination!) that we can muster. I'm sincerely grateful for the structure of Indivisible, and the brave, dedicated people who fill its ranks.  We can't turn away from the challenges ahead, but neither can we fully appreciate how formidable they might be.

Sue Zerangue, Astoria 
Between now and January 10, an anonymous donor will match all donations to INCO up to a total of $1,000!
Help INCO act vigorously in 2018 to oppose authoritarianism, bigotry, and corruption. We’re an all-volunteer group with no overhead, so your donation goes directly to the cause of defending democracy.  
This matching offer ends January 10, so don’t delay. Make your $10 become $20; your $50 become $100. Donate at our website here.  Or mail your check payable to INCO to:

766 Lexington Avenue
Astoria OR 97103
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 to learn more.  Here's a voter primer with good info.
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  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
Come for one session or stay for the day

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 with DJ Joey Altruda. Beer, wine and snacks available for purchase. Hosted by Indivisible North Coast Oregon (INCO), empowering YOU to defend democracy in 2018.
Take our five-minute survey by Jan. 10 and you'll be entered to win. You'll also help with our planning for 2018! 
 ACTION PRIORITIES         Contact elected officials here.
Send your Senators a postcard to thank them for their persistence in resisting the Trump agenda. Let them know we will be calling again--very soon.  

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   
Check for details and new posts on our events page.
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 for date, time and place.

Tuesday, January 2 - Oppose Bigotry Team meeting, 6 pm, Astoria. For location and directions contact 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 meeting, 6 pm, WineKraft, foot of 11th on the Riverwalk.

Wednesday, January 10 - INCO Book Club, 6:30 pm, Astoria. For directions, contact 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 for directions.

Saturday, January 13 - Warrenton Community Group meeting, 11 am, Dooger's Restaurant, Hwy 101, Warrenton

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 Coalition, 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" dance, 8 - 10 pm, Lovell Showroom, 426 14th Street, Astoria; DJ Joey Altruda plays oldies; free, donations welcome.  
Excerpts of wisdom and warnings from 
by Timothy Snyder, Tim Duggan Books, 2017

Lesson 10. Believe in truth. To abandon facts is to abandon freedom.... Post-truth is pre-fascism.
Lesson 11.  Investigate. Figure things out for yourself.
Lesson 12. Make eye contact and small talk. Having old friends is the politics of last resort. And making new ones is the first step toward change.
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 for more info.
Hope has two lovely daughters,
     anger and courage.
Anger so that what must not be
        will not be
and courage so that what can be
          will be.
                     --  St. Augustine
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.  
How to Crush Trump
"The only reliable way to stop Trump and the Republican Party that has stood firmly behind him for his entire presidency is through strategic political defeat."  Read more here.
VOTE  Win Govern


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Deb Vanasse and Laurie Caplan, INCO Co-chairs
INCO Weekly Newsletter   January 1, 2018