Monday, June 11, 2018

INCO Weekly Newsletter 6/11

Welcome, New Indivisibles!
We're delighted to welcome all of you who are now part of the resistance. Help defend our democracy by getting active with INCO! We're glad to have you with us.
--  Deb and Laurie, INCO co-chairs
Get your own "I Am the Storm" t-shirt, like Bebe's and Kathleen's. Order online here. INCO t-shirts in S, M, L, XL, and XXL will be available soon! Check upcoming newsletters for details.
You can make the difference. 
OR-2: Jamie McLeod-Skinner is running for Congress in District 2 to unseat the incumbent, Trump-enthusiast Greg Walden. For the latest events and information follow her on facebook at Jamie McLeod Skinner For Oregon.

WA-3:  On Aug. 7, Washington voters will decide who’ll oppose incumbent Trumpster, Republican Jaime-Herrera-Buetler, in November. As part of our #StormTheMidterms effort, Indivisible North Coast Oregon is collaborating with #RiseAndOrganize to get out the progressive vote in Pacific County. 
Let's Start Storming!  
Meet at the Ocean Park Library at 1 pm on Saturday, June 23, for a brief training session before we head out. No experience necessary. Bring a friend if you like (and a smart phone, if you have one) and help us #StormTheMidterms!  Email debvanasse (at) for more information.
Sign up here to be part of INCO's Storm the Midterms team.

Activism for Introverts
Important actions you can do at home, from your kitchen table, at midnight.
 ACTION PRIORITIES    Contact elected officials here.
Sign up for the weekly Americans of Conscience Action Checklist. This week's Checklist is here.
Tell Your Members of Congress to:
Keep families together.  Speaking up for separated kids is helping. New legislation is being proposed. New lawsuits proposed to defend their rights. International human rights groups getting involved. More information hereAside from the emotional devastation on children and their parents, the administration's family separation policy will have long-term consequences for the US.  

• Protect all Americans. Provide meaningful help for Puerto Rico's recovery from Hurricane Maria. Oppose   nominees to be federal judges who fail to support equal rights for all people. Stand with people who need help getting enough food to eat. Stand with your neighbors who endure the fear of hate crimes. Stop the promoting of bigotry and oppression by Trump and his administration.

• 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 Encourages You to:
 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. Gather signatures for IP 43, the initiative to regulate assault weapons in Oregon. Sign up here. Indivisible tells how we can support #NeverAgain. Local activists are in process of starting chapters of Students Demand Action and Moms Demand Action.
Applause and cheers greeted our Indivisibles - Kathleen, Carmen, Tiffiny, Carol, and Joan-  in Saturday's Pride Riverwalk Parade. 
Matching New Money for New Projects 
Donate to INCO this summer using our new distributed fundraising link, and your donation will be matched by Indivisible National, up to $500 total. Your gift will help fund our "I Will Vote" essay contest for high school students in Pacific and Clatsop counties and our campaign to Storm the Midterms this fall. Exciting details coming in future newsletters.
Postcards To Voters Writing Party
There is NO party this week. We'll see you June 22 at 4 pm.

You can send Postcards to Voters on your own 
It's easy to sign up for - they'll send you easy guidelines, and you'll be able to anonymously contact anonymous voters elsewhere at your convenience.
Check for details and new posts on our events page.
All Indivisibles are welcome at all these events and meetings.
Tuesday, June 12 - Seaside/Gearhart Community Group Meeting , 6:30-8:00 pm 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  in Astoria.
Contact 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. All Indivisibles interested in voting and elections are welcome.

Friday, June 22 - Postcards to Voters Writing Party, 4 - 5:30 pm, Gearhart.  Contact Bebe at for address.  Note the new time. If you can, join us afterwards for food and drinks at the Sand Trap.

Saturday, June 23 -Warrenton Community Group Meeting, 11 a.m., Dooger's Restaurant, Highway 101, Warrenton; no purchase necessary

Saturday, June 23 - Storm the Midterms Kick-off and Training, 1 pm, Ocean Park Library, Ocean Park, WA

Saturday, July 7 - Astoria Community Group meeting, 8 a.m., Street Fourteen Cafe, 1410 Commercial; no purchase necessary
Laurie greeted Melissa and her family and Cindy at the INCO table at Saturday's Pride Block Party. Thanks to Steve, Carolyn, Joan, Sue, Susana, and Wendela for helping INCO be part of such a joyful afternoon.
Progress Here and There
•  People like us around the country are running for office, changing politics, and  resisting Trump and the GOP.  Here's the story that's not making headlines.

•  Eager for good news? Check out the Americans of Conscience checklist, which almost always has a section devoted to  progress in politics and governance. You might need to scroll down quite a ways. Another source for general good news is the Good News Network.

 Democracy Rocks! That's this month's article, by Laurie Caplan, in the monthly INCO column in hipfish monthly, available free around our region in stores, restaurants, etc. Thank you, Dinah - hipfish's owner and editor - for your enthusiastic support for INCO! If you'd like to write an INCO column for hipfish, contact Deb at

We recommend this practical and friendly online guide to getting involved in politics. It's from the New York Times and overlaps with a lot of what INCO and other resisters do. Check it out!
Once upon a time there were four people named Everybody, Somebody, Nobody, and Anybody.  When there was an important job to be done, Everybody was sure that Somebody would do it.  Anybody could have done it, but Nobody did it.

When Nobody did it, Everybody got angry because it was Everybody├┐─▒s job.  Everybody thought that Somebody would do it, but Nobody realized that Nobody would do it.

It ended up that Everybody blamed Somebody when Nobody did what Anybody could have done in the first place.

-- from Dear Abby
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, or pardon key figures. 
  • If actions are triggered BEFORE 2 p.m. local time —> events will begin @ 5 p.m. local time.
  • If actions are triggered AFTER 2 p.m. local time —> events will begin @ noon local time the following day.
We'll take to the streets to Rally for the Rule of Law at 8th and Commercial in Astoria. 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.  
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.
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 Laurie at for more information.
Questions, suggestions, & photos to INCO at
Elections, voting, issues, and more at INCO's Vote the Future website:

 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   June 11, 2018