Monday, April 30, 2018

INCO WEEKLY NEWSLETTER 4/30

Get Out the Vote (GOTV) with the Vote the Future team!

INCO needs you to help Get Out the Vote in Astoria, Cannon Beach, Warrenton, and East County. Be part of the VTF team, or pass out Candidates Scorecards on your ownContact incoregon@gmail.com.  
 
It's easy to remind people to vote and give them an INCO Candidates Scorecard. INCO isn't campaigning for any specific candidate(s). INCO will give you walking maps with addresses of likely progressive voters in a neighborhood. 

If you support a specific candidate in the May 15primary, then you can contact that campaign to offer your help with getting out the vote: going door-to-door and calling voters.

Progressive candidates can't win if progressives don't vote.
Contact incoregon@gmail.com to help with this important election work.
"If we want our world to reflect our values and beliefs,
we are going to have to engage and vote."  

-- Francesca Barber
 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 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. Another article is 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.

• Tell your Members of Congress to co-sponsor  Honest Ads Act (S. 1989/H.R. 4077). It would disarm foreign actors and bring advertising transparency into the digital age. Robert Mueller has already indicted Russian companies which spent $100,000 on 3000 Facebook ads alone.

•  Tell your senators to back Senator Markey's resolution to protect net neutrality on the internet. The Senate's vote is expected before the Senate in the next couple of weeks. An Indivisible calling script 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.

Ballots are due on Tuesday, May 15, by 8 pm. Postmarks don't count.
If you haven't received your ballot by May 1, contact the County Elections Office,
503-325-8605.
HAPPENINGS
Check for details and new posts on our events page.
All Indivisibles are welcome at all these events and meetings.
 
THIS WEEK
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.  

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

UPCOMING
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.
Friday, May 11 - INCO Cannon Beach-Manzanita meeting - 7pm, Tolovana Hall (aka Tolovana Arts Colony), 3779 S Hemlock, Tolovana Park

Tuesday, May 15 - BALLOTS DUE - 8 pmPostmarks don't count.

Wednesday, May 16 - Vote the Future Team Meeting - 6:30 pm, Seaside Library Board Room
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.
Oregon House of Representatives, District 32 podcast is here.
Friday, May 4, 9:30 am -  Clatsop Care Health District Bond Issue
INSIGHTS
“That which we call culture presumably does not directly have the concept of truth as a criterion, but no culture can rest on a crooked relationship to truth.”  
— Robert Musil
Spring into spring with an "In Our America" yard sign! Contact incoregon@gmail.com. We'll have these yard signs ($10) and INCO t-shirts ($15) at Ales & Ideas this Thursday, May 3, 6:30 pm, at the Lovell Showroom, 426 14th Street, Astoria.
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 30, 2018
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