Monday, April 23, 2018

INCO Weekly Newsletter 4/23

"Our American heritage is threatened as much by our own indifference as it is by the most unscrupulous office or by the most powerful foreign threat. The future of this republic is in the hands of the American voter."
-- Dwight D. Eisenhower
 
Get Out the Vote (GOTV) with the Vote the Future team!
In Seaside: 
Time to canvass!  Looks like we have a nice stretch of weather coming up which will make our GOTV efforts a lot more fun. Contact Bebe at incoregon@gmail.comfor a copy of the protocols and suggested script.
 Here are the dates we’re planning to go out to Seaside neighborhoods: 

Tuesday           4/24     2 - 5pm
 Wednesday     4/25     2 - 4pm
 Saturday          4/28     2 - 5pm
 Sunday            4/29     2 - 5pm


INCO needs you to help Get Out the Vote in Astoria, Cannon Beach, Warrenton, and East County. Contact incoregon@gmail.com.            
It's easy to remind people to vote and give them an INCO Candidates Scorecard. We won't be campaigning for any specific candidate(s). INCO will give you walking maps with addresses of likely progressive voters in a neighborhood. 

Be part of GOTV and pass out Candidates Scorecards on your own.
Every voter matters. 

Contact incoregon@gmail.com to help with this important election work.

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Tuesday, April 24 is the deadline to register to vote or to update your registration with a change of name, address, signature, or party affiliation for the May 15election. 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 senators to reject Ronny Jackson to lead the Department of Veterans Affairs. He is the White House physician, with no experience running a bureaucracy like the VA. Senators in both parties question whether President Trump put personal ties above qualifications in making the nomination -- a familiar pattern with Trump's appointees.

• 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 is not endorsing or fielding candidates
in the May 15th primary election.
  
We encourage all Indivisibles to get involved with a campaign, to support the candidates of your choice, and to help get out the vote.
HAPPENINGS
Check for details and new posts on our events page.
All Indivisibles are welcome at all these events and meetings.
 
THIS WEEK
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.

April 24 and 25, 28 and 29  - INCO Get Out the Vote Campaign in Seaside-Gearhart. Please contact Bebe at incoregon@gmail.com for details.

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

UPCOMING
Tuesday, May 1 - Oppose Bigotry Team meeting - 6 pm, contact catladyjoan@gmail.com for directions to Astoria meeting site.

Saturday, May 5 - Warrenton Community Group meeting and Adopt-A-Highway - 11 am, Dooger's Restaurant, Highway 101, Warrenton; no purchase necessary. We will have our first Adopt-A-Highway event immediately following this meeting. Come to the north end of the Dooger's parking lot. Wear long pants, long sleeves, sturdy shoes/boots and gloves. Other equipment will be provided.  

Tuesday, May 8 - Astoria Community Group meeting and Get Out the Vote - 6 pm, WineKraft, 80 10th Street, on the Riverwalk, Astoria, no purchase necessary.  Bebe Michel, INCO's GOTV coordinator, and Seaside, Gearhart, and Astoria Indivisibles will canvass Astoria with the Candidates Scorecards, while people who don’t want to canvass can stay behind and have a meeting. 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 Club - 6:30 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.
Wednesday, May 16 - Vote the Future Team Meeting - 6:30 pm, Seaside Library Board Room
In Memoriam
We remember Ann Fontaine, shown at the Astoria Women's March, for her inspiring INCO leadership in south county, her passion for justice, and her wisdom and guidance. A lively presence on social media, she strengthened INCO from the very beginning.
We will miss her. 
VOTE THE FUTURE NEWS: REGARDING NATIONAL POPULAR VOTE
Joyce Judy is a pro-NPV candidate hoping to unseat incumbent Senator Peter Courtney in the May 15Democratic primary for Senate District 11 (Salem).  As Senate President, Courtney has been responsible for blocking numerous attempts to pass NPV into law in Oregon. To learn more info about Joyce Judy, donate money, or volunteer to help on her campaign, go to https://www.joycejudy4senate.com/
Working for Democracy
Monica Pearson, an Astoria Community Group co-leader and leader of INCO's Oppose Bigotry Team, has been named to the board of the Rural Organizing Project (ROP). Thank you, Monica, for all your work to defend democracy! 
Candidates' Interviews
Local journalist Joan Herman interviews candidates on "Perspectives" on KMUN radio, 91.9FM. Her questions are spot-on, with time for meaningful answers. 
 
County Commissioners, Districts 1 and 3 - podcast is here. 
County Commissioners, District 5 - podcast is here.
Friday, April 27, 9 am - Oregon House of Representatives, District 32
Friday, May 4, 9:30 am -  Clatsop Care Health District Bond Issue
T-Shirt Time
Lady Liberty (Kathleen Zunkel) likes Ken Potter's INCO t-shirt. We have a few here you can have for $15 each in Medium,  Large, and one XL, plus one long-sleeve Medium. Contact Laurie at incoregon@gmail.com to get yours.
INSIGHTS
“The fragility of freedom is the simplest and deepest lesson
of my life and work.”
 —Fritz Stern, historian
Check out the fascinating website of the Portland people who created the 'In Our America' graphic. It has helpful resources, including How to Be a Silent Trump Protester, Increase Your Influence, and talking to young children about race/skin color.
We're Ready! 
Here's what we'll do if Trump crosses one of three red lines that threatens the rule of law as it relates to the investigation: fire Mueller, fire Rosenstein, pardon key figures.

We'll 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 pm that 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.  
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, candidates you support, why elections matter, responsible gun laws, this administration's policies undercutting laws protecting clean air and water
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 23, 2018
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