Monday, April 16, 2018

INCO Weekly Newsletter 4/16

We're Ready! 
The Indivisible national team believes it's more likely than ever that Trump is going to cross one of three red lines that threatens the rule of law as it relates to the investigation: fire Mueller, fire Rosenstein, pardon key figures.

What happens next? First, we take to the streets to 
Rally for the Rule of Law at 8th and Commercial in Astoria. If the red line is crossed before 2 pm local time, we rally at 5 pmthat day; if it's crossed after 2 pm local time, we rally at noon the next day. Indivisibles across the nation will be gathering according to this schedule.  


We'll post info about a Rally for the Rule of Law on our INCO Facebook page and email an Action Alert. You can also sign up (RSVP) for a notification here.  
"We can lament that laws are passing, but if you're not voting - I really don't want to hear people talking about, or going to rallies or going to marches, if you're not voting."

-- Dr. Willie Parker
Read the article here.


The deadline is April 24 to register to vote or to update your registration with a change of name, address, signature, or party affiliation for the May 15 election. Contact the Clatsop County Elections office at 503-325-8605 or at its website. The office is at 820 Exchange, 2nd floor (elevator accessible), Astoria.  
 ACTION PRIORITIES
 www.indivisible.org  Sign up for the weekly Americans of Conscience Action Checklist. Follow up on this week's Checklist issues you care about. Contact elected officials here.
 
• Tell your senators to reject Mike Pompeo as Secretary of State. He has espoused anti-Muslim bigotry, denied climate change, tried to destroy diplomacy with Iran, and supported torture. More info here.

• Tell your senators to reject Gina Haspel as CIA Director. She personally helped torture detainees in a secret CIA-run prison during the Bush administration. She then made sure the video evidence was destroyed. Beyond waterboarding, detainees were sexually assaulted, beaten, isolated and starved. They faced mock executions, threats to their families, and psychological experimentation. More info here.

• Tell your Members of Congress to uphold the rule of law and protect our democracy. Especially if Trump fires Rosenstein or Mueller or otherwise tries to stomp on the rule of law. More info here.
INCO in Action: New Website and Candidates Scorecard 
Check out INCO's new websitewww.incovotethefuture.org.
Get Out the Vote (GOTV) with the Vote the Future team!
            • in Seaside: weekend of April 28
            • in Astoria: evening of May 8 

           • in Warrenton and Cannon Beach - TBA

You'll have addresses of likely progressive voters and walking maps from INCO to give them an INCO Candidates Scorecard and remind them to vote by May 15. Contact incoregon@gmail.com for details.

We're excited to provide the INCO Candidates Scorecard, a new resource to help voters decide who to vote for. It features responses from candidates in the May 15 primary election for County Commissioner, Districts 1, 3, and 5; the State House District 32, and State Senate District 16. All the candidates for these offices were invited to participate and submit comments.

Read the cards and additional comments from candidates at the new Vote the Future website
Get your copies at your Community Group and Action Team meetings and at various public events where INCO has a presence. 
 INCO is not endorsing or fielding candidates
in the May 15th primary election.
  
HAPPENINGS
Check for details and new posts on our events page.
All Indivisibles are welcome at all these events and meetings.
 
THIS WEEK
Wednesday, April 18 - Vote the Future team meeting6:30 pm, Seaside Library Conference Room.

Friday, April 20 - Astoria Call to Life: An Earth Day Ingathering, 6:30 to 8:30 p.m., Liberty Theater, 1203 Commercial St., Astoria OR 97103; a family- friendly event hosted by the college; INCO will have a table at this event.

Saturday, April 21 - 2018 Cannon Beach’s Earth Day Street Fair11am  -2pm, in the US Bank parking lot. The Cannon Beach/Manzanite Community Group will distribute “Save our Beaches” information.

Saturday, April 21 - Warrenton Community Group meeting11 am, Dooger's Restaurant, on Highway 101; no purchase necessary. Everyone who wants to  participate in our Adopt-a-Highway events at any time in the future, not just our first event, please come to this meeting, so you can sign the waiver, which is required from all participants.

Sunday, April 22 - "Save Our Beaches" Earth Day, 2 pm, at the Broadway Turnaround, Seaside. We'll distribute "Save Our Beaches" info cards. Everyone is welcome. Bring your favorite Earth Day, climate change, and 'save our beaches' signs.

Most Fridays - INCO Southwest Washington postcard party; email gwenbrake@gmail.comfor date, time and place.

UPCOMING
Tuesday, April 24 - Last day to register to vote and to update voter registration with new name, address, signature, political party affiliation in order to vote for the May 15 primary.

Tuesday, May 8 - Astoria Community Group and Get Out the Vote6 pm, WineKraft, 80 10th Street, on the Riverwalk, Astoria, no purchase necessary. All Indivisibles are welcome -  INCO provides addresses of likely progressive voters and walking maps.

Tuesday, May 8 - Seaside-Gearhart Community Group takes part in INCO's Get Out the Vote campaign in Astoria. 6 pm at WineKraft, 80 10th Street, on the Riverwalk, Astoria. No purchase necessary. All Indivisibles are welcome -  INCO provides addresses of likely progressive voters and walking maps.

Wednesday, May 9 - INCO Book Club6:30 pm, a home in Astoria.Contact cebeady@outlook.com  for location. The May book is In the Country We Love, by Dianne Guerrero, Henry Holt & Co., 2016.  It is only available in hardcover, but you can find used copies online at Powell’s Books in Portland.
Joan's Interviews
Local journalist Joan Herman interviews candidates on "Perspectives" on KMUN radio, 91.9FM. Her questions are spot-on, with time for meaningful answers.  Check www.coastradio.org for the podcast of her interviews with candidates for County Commissioners, Districts 1 and 3. 
Friday, April 20, 9:30 am  -- County Commissioners, District 5
Friday, April 27, 9 am - Oregon House of Representatives, District 32
Friday, May 4, 9:30 am -  Clatsop Care Health District Bond Issue
Rain-resistant residents from East County and Astoria south to Nehalem greeted passersby at INCO's Rally for Science on Saturday, April 14 in downtown Astoria. We enjoyed meeting visitors and learning about other progressive communities defending democracy.
INSIGHTS
"Free speech, I would argue, is the liberty that makes all other liberties possible within the constitution."  
-- David French
USE YOUR VOICE
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.
Write about an issue you care about.

Suggested topics for this week:  
The Mueller investigation, science in America,  responsible gun laws, this administration's policies undercutting the EPA, the Trump self-enriching kakocracy
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.  
COMMUNITY CONNECTIONS
INCO has Community Groups 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 incoregon@gmail.com for more information.
 
Questions, suggestions, & photos to INCO at incoregon@gmail.com
Elections, voting, issues, and more at INCO's Vote the Future website:  incovotethefuture.org.

 Join INCO's closed Facebook group for more actions, information, and discussion.
Share this newsletter and our website with other resisters.
INCO is supported entirely by donations. Please donate here.

Deb Vanasse and Laurie Caplan, INCO Co-chairs
INCO Weekly Newsletter   April 16, 2018
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