Monday, April 9, 2018

INCO WEEKLY NEWSLETTER 4/9

RALLY FOR SCIENCE
Saturday, April 14  •  11:30 - 1 pm
8th and Commercial, outside the Astoria Post Office
Bring your signs

Rally with INCO to resist this administration's anti-science policies:
  • Denying climate change
  • Lowering car mileage and emissions standards
  • Blocking public access to scientific data
  • Ignoring independent science
  • Permitting toxic pesticides
  • Dumping of heavy metals into waterways
Rally in solidarity with more than 200 marches this year, including the flagship one in Washington, DC and about one-quarter outside the United States. 
INCO rallied last year with more than 1 million people  around the world. 
 ACTION PRIORITIES
 www.indivisible.org     Join INCO's closed Facebook group for more actions, information, and discussion.  Sign up for the weekly Americans of Conscience Action Checklist. Contact elected officials here.

What issues do you care about most? Tell your Members of Congress.
YOUR VOICE MATTERS.
 
Stand with Americans who deserve equal access to public spaces.
Call: The local offices of your 2 senators 
.
Script: Hi. I’m  concerned about efforts to turn back the clock on the Americans with Disabilities Act. 
H.R. 620 would burden people with disabilities with fighting for their right to access public spaces. It is wrong, and I want to make sure that [name] will not support this bill.


Stand for judges who support equal rights.
Call: Your 2 senators .
Script: Hi. I’m calling  to stand with LGBT groups who oppose the judicial nominations of Kyle Duncan and Thomas Farr. People hostile to equal rights and voting access don’t deserve lifetime appointments. Should these nominees come to a vote, can I count on Sen. [name] to oppose them?
Stand with the Muslim community and our immigrant neighbors.
Call: Your 2 senators and 1 House rep. 

Script: Hi. I am calling because I oppose ICE’s plans to invade people’s online activity. Tech experts oppose extreme vetting as ineffective. Civil rights groups call it discriminatory, because it targets our Muslim, Latino, and African American neighbors. I want [name] to protect free speech, refuse to tolerate discrimination, and urge DHS and the State Department to stop this process before it starts.
Stand with America’s youth.
Call: Or write your 2 senators.
Script: I'm calling to voice my support for common-sense gun reform. [If you are a hunter, in the military, or affected by gun violence, share this.] I am eager for [name] to take meaningful action to address gun violence. I would like two things. One is for [name] to oppose S. 446 which weakens protections from gun violence. Two, to oppose Howard Nielson for a lifetime seat on the United States District Court.
Additional issues:
  • Protect Robert Mueller and the investigation into Trump-Russia connections and Russia's interference with US elections
  • Prevent Congress from deregulating Wall Street
  • Keep Haspel and Pompeo out of Trump’s Cabinet
  • Protect net neutrality
INCO in Action: New Website and Candidates Scorecard 
Check out INCO's new websitewww.incovotethefuture.org.
INCO's Candidates Scorecard is getting rave reviews! It features responses from candidates in the May 15primary 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.

We're excited to provide this new resource to help voters decide who to vote for. Get your copies at your Community Group and Action Team meetings and at various public events where INCO has a presence. 


Thanks to Laura, Deb, and Laurie for making the new Vote the Future website happen! Check out the photos, voting rules, Candidate Scorecards, info about the May 15 th primary election, issues and opinions, and more. The site is a work in progress, so please send your suggestions, news, articles & ideas for posting to incoregon@gmail.com.
 
Be part of INCO's vigorous Get Out the Vote campaign to distribute the printed Candidates Scorecards to as many voters as possible. Contact incoregon@gmail.com for details.
 INCO is not endorsing or fielding candidates
in the May 15th primary election.
  
The deadline to register to vote or to update your registration with a change of name, address, signature, or party affiliation is April 24th 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.  
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 10 - JOINT Astoria Community Group and Oppose Bigotry Team Meeting, 6 pm, WineKraft, 80 10th Street, on the Riverwalk, Astoria. No purchase required.

Tuesday, April 10 - Seaside-Gearhart Community Group Meeting, 6:30-8 pm. Please email Kathleenannmacdonald@yahoo.com for the address.

Wednesday, April 11 - INCO Book Club6:30 pm, at private home in Astoria. Contact cebeady@outlook.com for location and to RSVP.  Our choice for April is The Common Good by Robert B. Reich, recently published by Knopf.  The advertisement states "On why we must restrore the idea of the common good to the center of our economics and politics."  The book has a recommended reading list and discussion guide to foster further conversation.  It has received excellent reviews.

INCO Happy Hour - the last one until fall4-6 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.

 
Saturday, April 14 - Rally for Science11:30 - 1 pm, 8th and Commercial, outside the Astoria Post Office; bring your signs

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

UPCOMING
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 Theater1203 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.
"Please honor our beautiful ecosystem"
Carrie Nyland described Warrenton Community Group's work to clean up discarded mattresses from Highway 101in a Letter to the Editor in the April 3rd Daily Astorian.
 
"Demonstrating For Our Lives"
The Daily Astorian features delightful watercolors by Astoria artist Noel Thomas of INCO's Rally For Our Lives on March 24. The  paintings are featured on page 1C of the April 6 Daily Astorian.
Laura Allen, of Seaside, and Mary Beth Cottle, of Cannon Beach, staffed INCO's Voter Registration table at the AAUW Election Forum on April 3 in Astoria. Read Laura's Letter to the Editor about voting, in the Daily Astorian on April 6.
INSIGHTS
“If a nation expects to be ignorant and free, in a state of civilization, it expects what never was and never will be.”

-- Thomas Jefferson
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 authoritarian and discriminatory policies, 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
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 incoregon@gmail.com for more information.
 
Questions, suggestions, & photos to INCO at incoregon@gmail.com
Share this newsletter and our website with other resisters. They can join INCO here and ask to join our closed Facebook group.
INCO is supported entirely by donations. Please donate here.

Deb Vanasse and Laurie Caplan, INCO Co-chairs
INCO Weekly Newsletter   April 9, 2018
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