• to stop the Concealed Carry Reciprocity Act (a bill that makes mass shootings easier). The Senate is considering a bill that is a top priority of the NRA. This bill would require states to recognize the gun laws of other states, essentially forcing them to accept lower standards than their own. That means that gun owners from states with minimal restrictions like Florida’s could legally carry their weapons anywhere, even to a state that would normally have prohibited them from carrying a gun. This bill has already passed the House, and the Senate is expected to bring it up this year. Read this resource on the Concealed Carry Reciprocity Act.
• to protect the civil rights of all Americans - LGBTQ . . . The Trump Administration’s Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) continues to weaken or terminate policies that specifically protect LGBTQ employees and patients. Health care workers who do not wish to treat LGBTQ patients are protected under a new “religious liberty division.” Existing transgender staff protections have either been rolled back or simply ignored.
. . . and ADA. Joan Herman's illuminating article in Friday’s Daily Astorian was about a bill that passed the House which would potentially gut the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA). HR 620 is now headed for the Senate. Suggested scripts for talking about this and other issues are here.
• to protect American elections.While there is no evidence of votes being changed, U.S. security officials have determined that Russian hackers made inroads in 21 states. Trump hasn't authorized definitive action to protect the US from further Russian interference. Speaker Paul Ryan removed from his post Matthew Masterson, who has been leading efforts to help states shield their voting systems from cyberattacks, including those originating in Russia.
FACES OF DEMOCRACY
These girls love their new signs, which they got from INCO at Ales & Ideas on March 1.
"POSTCARDS TO VOTERS" FROM YOU AND INCO Friday, March 16 at 3 pm Seaside Library Community Room Bring your smart phone, tablet or laptop, or no devices • We’ll help you get signed up Postcards, postage, suggested scripts, and addresses will be provided.
You can help progressive candidates in other states win special elections happening now. INCO's working with a national project, Postcards to Voters, to write "please vote" postcards to voters. The Warrenton Community Group wrote two dozen postcards at Saturday's meeting. Sponsored by INCO Vote The Future and hosted by Bebe Michel.
Wednesday, March 21- Vote the Future Team meeting,6:30 pm, Seaside Library Board Room
Saturday, March 24 -Rally For Our Lives, noon - 1:30 pm, 8th and Commercial outside the Astoria post office. Bring signs. Local students, their families, and INCO are partnering for this community event.
Noon - 1:30 pm • 8th and Commercial, outside the Astoria Post Office Bring signs and chants!
Rally in solidarity with the half-million people expected to march in Washington, DC on March 24 - a march planned and organized by high school students!
INCO is partnering with local students and their families for this rally to support their work to stop gun violence. Along with thousands across the country, we demand that student lives and safety become a priority. If you'd like to help with INCO's activities about this issue, email email@example.com.
The momentum builds: • The Parkland students started Parents Promise to Kids: "“We want parents to sign a contract promising their kids that they’ll vote for leaders who put kids’ safety over guns.” Read more here.
• Senior Emma Gonzalez, who now has more than 1.1 million followers on Twitter, has seen her audience expand by tens of thousands of new followers each day since Feb. 19 according to data from SocialBlade. Gonzalez now has more Twitter followers than the National Rifle Association, which has more than 600,000 followers, as well as NRA spokesperson Dana Loesch, who has almost 800,000 followers.
Indivisibles spoke up at at Rep. Bonamici's Town Hall at Warrenton High School last April.
"Social progress happens when adults start taking cues from the younger generation." —Eleanor Clift
USE YOUR VOICE
You can inform and inspire others with a letter to the editor (LTE) to the Daily Astorian. Letters are among the most popular features in the paper. Even a paragraph or two makes an impact. Rules and directions for submitting your letter are here. Tips for letter-writing are here. Check out this video about maximizing the impact of your words.
Suggested topics for this week: Net neutrality, guns, Russian interference in US elections, immigration
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 an INCO Community Group in Manzanita-Cannon Beach, Seaside-Gearhart, Warrenton, Astoria-East County, or the Washington Peninsula. All INCO Indivisibles are invited to get active with INCO's Events Team, Oppose Bigotry Team, Vote the Future Team, and Book Club. Contact firstname.lastname@example.org for more information.
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Deb Vanasse and Laurie Caplan, INCO Co-chairs INCO Weekly Newsletter March 5, 2018