Monday, February 5, 2018


Please contact State Senator Betsy Johnson and State Representative Debby Boone and ask them to support the version of the National Popular Vote bill (HB2927) that has passed the Oregon House of Representatives four times and to oppose the referral version of the bill (SB1512). Your immediate action is needed NOW because an Oregon Senate committee is holding a hearing on Tuesday, February 6 at 3 pm.  Contact and 

Please also submit written testimony by Monday at noon to Please make it clear that you support NPV, but not as a ballot referral. Suggested wording:  "I support National Popular Vote and HB2927, which senators have been denied the right to vote on since 2009. I do not support referral." Read about NPV here.
Dear Indivisibles,
I love the January 2018 photo of the women's march in Haines Alaska - for me it embodies our determination to make the US a place we can be proud of again. Last week your efforts paid off in the passing of Measure 101 for health care funding. One thing at a time. We will continue to work for our goals: health care for all, good education for all, welcome to immigrants (as most all of our families were immigrants at some time), safety from gun violence, care for the earth and our air, voting rights and electing candidates who share our values, safety nets for our vulnerable citizens, or whatever is your progressive passion.

Keep on keeping on!
Ann Fontaine, Cannon Beach
 ACTION PRIORITIES     This week's Americans of Conscience Action Checklist is here.        
Contact elected officials here.

  Tell Your Members of Congress to stand up for our country and protect the Mueller investigation. Updated information and resources from Indivisible are here.

•  Demand a humane immigration policy:  Check out Indivisible's Immigrant Ally toolkit. Despite widespread national and Congressional bipartisan support for the Dreamers, some GOP members of Congress and the President are using immigrants to score political points. They need to develop a reasonable immigration policy, including a path to citizenship for DACA recipients. Language affects immigration policy almost as much as politics.

•  Demand full long-term funding:
for the Children's Health Insurance Program, aid to post-hurricane Puerto Rico (an unincorporated territory of the US), Secure Elections Act (S.2261), the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau, DREAMers, National Parks, the NIH, Medicaid, and Medicare.

•  Beware of #TrumpThreatLevel. Indivisible monitors Trump's war-mongering, avoidance of sanctions for Russian interference in the 2016 election, and the increasing lack of expert, experienced national security professionals. Read more here.

They won't know what you want if you don't tell them.
"Don't wait around for elections. Move and move now." -- Senator Ron Wyden, at hisTown Hall, February 3, 2018, Astoria High School.
Check for details and new posts on our events page.
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.

Thursday, February 8 - Cannon Beach/Manzanita (Upper North Coast) Community Group meeting, Contact for location and time.

Every Wednesday, INCO Happy Hour, 4-6 pm, 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.

Monday, February 12, SIGN-MAKING FUN for the V-Day Rally, 1:30 - 3:30,  Carolyn Eady's partly-heated garage, Astoria; contact her at for directions or more details. We'll have some poster board and markers; you're welcome to bring your own.

Tuesday, February 13 - Seaside/Gearhart Community Group meeting6:30-8:00.  Contact for location.

Tuesday, February 13 - Astoria Community Group monthly meeting6 pm. Contact for location.

Wednesday, February 14 - V-DAY RALLY, End Violence Against Women and Girls, 11:30 am -1 pm, 8th and Commercial, Astoria. Bring your signs. 

Saturday, February 17 - Warrenton INCO Community Group meeting, 11 a.m., Dooger's Restaurant, Highway 101.
Monday, February 12 - All day in Salem

Democracy live and in person!

 Meet with legislators in Salem to make the case for the Clean Energy Jobs bill, which is three years along in development. Lobby Day brings hundreds of people to the capitol - a great way to meet other progressives and lobby for your issues.  Details about gathering in Salem are here.

INCO Indivisible Eric Halperin is offering rides to anyone going. 
Call or text 503-812-2200 or email  If people register online, it appears the main organizers are also trying to facilitate carpooling.  
INCO's V-Day Rally to End Violence Against Women and Children
Wednesday, February 14  •  11:30 am - 1 pm

8th and Commercial, outside the Astoria Post Office
Bring signs 

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Monday, February 12 •  1:30 - 3:30 in Carolyn Eady's partly-heated garage, Astoria 
 We'll have some poster board and markers, and you can bring your own. For more information or directions to her house, contact her at
Who to vote for in the May 15 primary election?

INCO wants to provide helpful information to you and other voters for May's primary election. INCO will prepare and distribute a "scorecard" with candidates' responses to yes/no questions INCO asks them about policy and values. INCO will contact every candidate for the 3 Clatsop County Commissioner positions and for one state senator and one state representative. Additional comments from candidates will be posted on our Vote the Future website.
We'd love to have your suggested yes/no questions. INCO leadership will choose 4-6 questions from all questions submitted that address key issues for the scorecard. Examples of such questions might be “Do you support the Clean Energy Jobs Act?” and “Do you favor offshore drilling in Oregon?”  The most helpful questions will focus on issues that county commissioners and/or state legislators work on.

Please send your questions to Deadline for questions in February 18.
It's getting to be great yard sign weather again! If you want your own In Our America yard sign and stakes, contact Our yard signs, buttons, t-shirts, and other items are also available at Fort George's Ales & Ideas the first Thursday of each month at the Lovell Showroom in Astoria, 6:30 -8 pm.
Running for office? Your filing deadline for the May 15 primary election is March 6. Open positions are listed here.
About 200 people attended Senator Wyden's town hall Saturday in Astoria, the first town hall for about 1/3 of them. Great questions about Russia, off-shore drilling, the new tax laws, checks & balances in the federal government, Trump's war-mongering, homelessness, and other issues that everyone should care about regardless of political party. People liked INCO's Agree/Disagree signs, and many took our INCO info cards. I was dismayed that a few questioners made insulting generalizations about all Republican voters. It's mean-spirited and does nothing to bridge the huge divide between us, especially since there were likely Republican constituents at this nonpartisan town hall. I wish that more non-Democrats had been there and had had their numbers drawn to ask questions.     --Laurie Caplan
"The ideals enshrined in the Declaration of Independence and implemented through the careful structures and capacious phrases of the Constitution do not merely compel our respect. In the Trump era, they require our passionate defense."
-- Ruth Marcus
We're Ready! 
INCO has planned a “Rally for the Rule of Law,” to be held in the event Trump fires Rosenstein or 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
Questions, suggestions, & photos to INCO at
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INCO is supported entirely by your donations. Donate here.

Deb Vanasse and Laurie Caplan, INCO Co-chairs
INCO Weekly Newsletter   February 5, 2018
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