Wednesday, January 17, 2018

INCO Weekly Newsletter 1/15

Senator Ron Wyden Town Hall
Sunday, January 21 at 12:30 pm
Astoria High School, 1001 West Marine Drive, Astoria

If you don't tell him what's on your mind, how will he know?
You and the INCO Summit 
• You finally have time to get active
• You want your voice to be heard
• You want to do your part to defend our democracy
• You're curious about INCO - who we are and what we do

Want to help at the Summit? Contact

INCO Turn the Tide 2018 Regional Summit
Saturday, January 20. Doors open 8:30 am. Program starts at 9 am.
Lovell Showroom, 426 14th Street, Astoria

All events are free and open to the community. The schedule is below.
This week's Americans of Conscience Action Checklist is here.        

Contact elected officials here.

• Tell Your Members of Congress to Stand Up for DREAMersFunding for the government runs out  on January 19. Tied in with that is legislation to protect DACA and the Dreamers. There are 11,900 DACA recipients in Oregon alone, and each year they contribute $20,021,000 in State and local taxes. There are 19,180 DACA recipients in Washington alone, and each year they contribute $51,272,000 in State and local taxes. 

• Tell your Members of Congress to protect our people and planet. Other key issues tied up with government funding are the Children’s Health Insurance Plan, expansion of domestic surveillance power, and climate disaster aid. 

• Our democracy is a sitting duck if we don’t protect ourselves from Russia-linked groups actively hacking the Senate and seeking to control our midterm elections. Time is short.

Suggested script for contacting your senators: I would like [name] to make election security a priority, especially by co-sponsoring the bipartisan Secure Elections Act [S.2261] that allows states to assess their risks and implement proven measures that protect the integrity of our vote.
Look what we did! Astoria Women's March, Saturday, January 20, 2017.
INCO encourages you to vote YES for Measure 101. If you want to help get out the vote in support, please contact Bebe Michel at  Ballots are due January 23 by 8 pm. Postmarks don't count.
Run for Something 
Numerous local offices are up for election in 2018. If you're considering running for office, then Run for Something is for you. Local campaign and candidate veterans Cheryl Johnson, Mary Beth Cottle, and Laurie Caplan present an introduction to elections, campaigning, and enjoying the process. Free and hosted by INCO's Vote the Future Team.

Saturday, January 20 • 4:30 -6
Lovell Showroom, 426 14th Street, Astoria
Progressive values. Facts. Community. Solidarity. Inspiration. Action. 
And, of course, postcards, music, and treats.

Find events elsewhere related to 2018 Women's Marches here.
Saturday, January 20 
 Lovell Showroom, 426 14th Street, Astoria
Free • Open to all defenders of democracy
Come for one session or stay for the day.
Box lunches available for purchase by 9:30 a.m.
Check out our speakers and the day's schedule here.

8:30 am  Doors Open
9 am- 4:30  Workshops, Q&A, discussion

Guest speakers: 
Jen Hoffman - Answering the Call; author, Americans of Conscience blog and checklist; her  checklist for the week of January 7 is here. 
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
Box lunches available for purchase by 9:30 am.

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 and campaign helpers: 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

Dance or just hang out and enjoy the sounds of vintage vinyl with DJ Joey Altruda.
Beer, wine, and light fare available for purchase
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! 
•  Congratulations to INCO's Vote the Future team for their excellent presentation to the Clatsop County Board of Commissioners at its January 10th meeting. Melissa Ousley, Mary Beth Cottle, and Andy Davis testified to the necessity of a voter information booklet  for all elections in Clatsop County. George McCartin, Tiffiny Mitchell, the VTF team leader, and Laurie Caplan also spoke in favor. The commissioners supported the concept and directed county staff to check out specific issues related to implementing a booklet before they vote on it at a future meeting.

•  One of the most conservative (and the 2nd wealthiest) members of Congress, Rep. Darrell Issa (R-CA 49), announced he “will not seek reelection.” Issa is the second California Republican to retire this week and joins a growing list of GOP House retirements.
Indivisible groups in San Diego showed up to Issa’s office 49 weeks in a rowwith an average of 370 constituents each and every week. Issa even once hid from Indivisibles on his office’s rooftop in the heat of the healthcare fight. And yesterday, Indivisible San Diego and other groups from their district held a retirement party for Issa (in the rain, no less!).
This is yet another exciting, movement-defining moment that comes from months of tenacious, relentless organizing from Indivisibles.

• INCO Indivisibles met the challenge of an anonymous donor to raise $500 in just 2 weeks! He matched that $500 so it's now $1000! Thank you to everyone who contributed. Contributions are always welcome. Donate via the INCO website, or mail your check to 766 Lexington Avenue, Astoria 97103.
INCO's Faces of Democracy   
 Indivisibles supported Dreamers at this Rally for DACA in Astoria on September 16, 2017.
Check for details and new posts on our events page.
Wednesday, January 17 - Vote the Future Team Meeting, 6:30 pm, Seaside Library

Wednesday, January 17 - Upper North Coast (Cannon Beach/Manzanita) INCO meeting, 6 pm. To plan canvassing for Measure 101. Contact for the Cannon Beach location. 

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. Campaign veterans present an introduction to running for office. 

Saturday, January 20 - "Rock the Resistance" dance, 8 - 10 pm, Lovell Showroom, 426 14th Street, Astoria; DJ Joey Altruda plays oldies; free, donations welcome.  Every Wednesday -

Every Wednesday, INCO Happy Hour, 
4-6 pm, We're back at Buoy Beer, probably in the Tap Room, 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, February 6 - Oppose Bigotry Team meeting, 6 pm, Astoria; contact for directions.

Wednesday, February 7 - 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.

Tuesday, February 13 - Seaside/Gearhart Community Group meeting, 6:30-8:00.  Contact for location.

Wednesday, February 14 - V-DAY RALLY, End Violence Against Women and Girls, 11:30 am -1 pm, 8th and Commercial, Astoria.
Excerpts of wisdom and warnings from 
by Timothy Snyder, Tim Duggan Books, 2017. 

Lesson 16.  Learn from peers in other countries. Since so much of what has happened in the last year is familiar to the rest of the world or from recent history, we must observe and listen.

Lesson 17.  Listen for dangerous words. People who assure you that you can only gain security at the price of liberty usually want to deny you both. 

Lesson 18.  Be calm when the unthinkable arrives. For us, the natural lesson is that fear and grief must not enable the destruction of our institutions.
"While Republicans like Trump promote cynicism 24x7, pouring poison into the nation's bloodstream, the rest of us need to administer the only antidote that exists: engagement and idealism."
--Bill Camarda
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.  


 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
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Deb Vanasse and Laurie Caplan, INCO Co-chairs
INCO Weekly Newsletter   January 15, 2018