Tuesday, May 29, 2018

INCO Weekly Newsletter 5/29

Every day that passes I feel increasing desperation about getting changes in the mid term elections so these people will be held accountable.

I need to engage in productive activity toward this goal.

-- Cecelia Sanders, Seaview, Washington
 ACTION PRIORITIES
 www.indivisible.org    Contact elected officials here.
Sign up for the weekly Americans of Conscience Action Checklist.
 
• Protect children. Our government can’t locate almost 1,500 immigrant children and infants separated from their parents by ICE. Urge goverment officials to take full and immediate responsibility for their safety: https://goo.gl/yVeJKg #WhereAreTheChildren. Jen Hoffman has an excellent script at Americans of Conscience for contacting officials.  

 Focus. INCO encourages you to focus on one or a few issues you care about. Stay in touch with your Members of Congress and other VIPs about your concerns. Possible issues: Net neutrality. Foreign policy with Iran, North Korea, our NATO allies. Right-wing extremists running for national office. ICE and immigration policy.   

• Demand sensible gun laws. With your help, Americans can prevent gun violence. Indivisible tells how we can support #NeverAgain.

• 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.
June 1 is National Gun Violence Awareness Day and the start of Wear Orange Weekend. Let's keep up the momentum to stop the gun violence epidemic in the US. On June 1, please wear orange or the gray with orange t-shirts from INCO's Rally For Our Lives.  
"Our thoughts and prayers are with those who wanted a moral and ethical Administration."  -- Bruce Eric Kaplan, The New Yorker, 5-28-18
Plain or fancy, artistic or not -- add colorful energy to important campaigns!   
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Postcards To Voters Writing Party
Friday, June 1
4:30pm - 6pm at Bebe’s house in Gearhart
We're writing postcards to voters as part of a national effort to get progressive victories in key elections around the US.
Postcards, pens and postage provided — we just need you!
And afterwards let’s go to McMenamin’s Sandtrap Pub for sustenance and libations.  Contact Bebe at 
littlebylittle4change@gmail.com for address.  

We're Turning Our Country Around
HAPPENINGS
Check for details and new posts on our events page.
All Indivisibles are welcome at all these events and meetings.
 
THIS WEEK
Friday, June 1Postcards to Voters Writing Party, 4:30 - 6 pm at Bebe's house in Gearhart.Contact Bebe at littlebylittle4change@gmail.com for address.  Postcards, pens, and postage are provided. We're reaching voters in key elections around the country through Postcardstovoters.org.

Saturday, June 2 - Astoria Community Group, 8- 9:30 am, Street 14 Cafe, 1410 Commercial. We're starting to Storm the Midterms!  No purchase necessary. We'd love to see you at our new meeting day, time, and location!

Saturday, June 2 - Warrenton Community Group, 11:00 am, at Dooger's Seafood and Grill in Warrenton.  No purchase necessary.
                                                                                                                              
UPCOMING
Saturday, June 9 - Walk with INCO in Riverwalk PRIDE Parade, 12 noon, leaves from the Riverwalk at 4th Street; INCO table at PRIDE Block Party, 1-8 pm, Riverwalk at Barbey Maritime Center; incoregon@gmail.com for details.

Tuesday, June 12 - Seaside/Gearhart Community Group Meeting , 6:30-8:00pm at Kathleen Macdonald’s house, 77 7th Ave, Seaside. We will be planning our participation in the 4th of July Parade in Seaside. 

Wednesday, June 13 - INCO Book Club6:30 pm, at Carolyn's, Astoria. Contact cebeady@outlook.com for directions. This month's book is Moral Politics: How Liberals and Conservatives Think  by George Lakoff.  Either the second edition 2002 or the third edition 2016 works. The author analyzes the unconscious world-views of liberals and conservatives, explaining why they are at odds over so many seemingly unrelated topics.

Wednesday, June 20 - Vote The Future meeting, 6:30 pm, Seaside Library Board Room
INCO is Storming the Midterms
News from the progressive campaign trail! Take action THIS WEEK to Storm the Midterms and flip Congress, starting with neighboring Congressional Districts OR-2 and WA-3. We'll update you weekly about these campaigns.
OR-2: Jamie McLeod-Skinner is the Democratic candidate running against incumbent US Representative Greg Walden (R). Let’s help her turn District 2 blue! We can help elect Jamieby donating to her campaign, via her website. It’s easy, and even a few dollars a month will help her win.
WA-3: On August 7, Washington voters will decide who’ll oppose Republican Jaime-Herrera-Buetler in November. What’s the best way to persuade voters who are on the fence? Face to face, with deep listening. 
Learn how Oregonians are joining forces with #RiseAndOrganize to listen to voters in our closest swing district. Email incoregon@gmail.com to tell us you want to help.
Stop the Violence
You can help reduce the number of assault weapons and large capacity ammunition magazines in Oregon. Ceasefire Oregon is training thousands of volunteers to gather required signatures to get this proposal on the ballot. If you want to attend or organize a training, sign up for the IP 43 "Lift Every Voice" campaign
INSIGHTS 
“We are caught in an inescapable network of mutuality, tied into a single garment of destiny. Whatever affects one directly, affects all indirectly.”
- Martin Luther King, Jr.
We're Ready! 
Here's INCO's plan 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
Write about an issue you care about.

Suggested topics for this week:  
The Mueller investigation, restoring net neutrality, responsible gun laws, EPA's expensive, self-indulgent leadership and 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.
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INCO is supported entirely by donations. Please donate here.

Deb Vanasse and Laurie Caplan, INCO Co-chairs
INCO Weekly Newsletter   May 29, 2018

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