Monday, September 24, 2018

INCO Weekly Newsletter 9/24

"We set a record!  We had 28 people for postcarding in Gearhart on Friday! We did 310 postcards at the party (that’s the most ever!) and our Mid-Week Postcarding Elves (Kathi, Meridee and Jeanne) did 190 postcards to bring our weekly total to 500 postcards to voters in OR-2!!!!!

Just picture all those postcards getting to our fellow Oregonians in OR-2.  I am most grateful to all of you for your enthusiasm, hard-work (writer’s cramp, anyone?) and good humor. This is what democracy looks like! 
We’ll do it again on Friday, 9/28.        -- Bebe Michel
New Postcard Party at the Lovell Taproom
Wednesday, September 26  at 7 pm
 Lovell Taproom at Fort George Brewery, 426 14th Street, Astoria.

 
Join Nicholas Bowling and the Really Do Care INCO Under 40's to enjoy good company while writing postcards to voters. "I have 80 postcards to write and would love some help! I have the cards, pens, and postage," says Nicholas.
Check HAPPENINGS below for other postcard parties coming up in
Astoria, Gearhart, Seaside, and Manzanita! 
You're Just in Time to Help Turn Our Country Around
Countdown: Only 43 days until the midterm election on November 6!
 
WRITE:  
•  Postcards to Voters: To reach voters in key districtus, attend a postcard party; check Happenings in this newsletter for details. Rather write on your own? Sign up with Postcards to Voters or Need to Vote (postage paid). Questions? Contact Bebeat littlebylittle4change@gmail.com.

•  Letters to the Editor (LTE) urging "NO" votes on ballot measures 103, 104, 105, and 106. We need to counter corporate and right-wing forces that are behind these measures. Send to editor@dailyastorian.com or through the website.

DONATE:
A roll of 100 postcard stamps costs $35.00.  Please contribute any amount through PayPal so INCO can buy more postcard stamps to reach more voters, or mail your check to INCO, PO Box 536, Warrenton, OR 97146. Thank you to the generous donors who've pitched in already!
CANVASS: 
INCO canvassers are going out Saturdays and Sundays in Clatsop and Pacific Counties. 
Let us know if you can help here.  No experience needed. Across the nation, door-to-door contacts have been putting even long-shot progressive candidates over the top. 


SHARE:
Share our INCO Voter Guide! We have 2500 copies to distribute, and you can help. Contact incoregon@gmail.com for details.

PHONE:  Sign up here or here to phone bank from home for candidates in key districts. 

REGISTER VOTERS: Sign up here for 2 hours of hosting voters, every Saturday through the end of September at the Saturday Market at the Port of Ilwaco.
Eager INCO canvassers, including a new baby Indivisible, get ready to go door-to-door to meet voters in Seaside on September 16. They encouraged people to vote for Tiffiny Mitchell, candidate for the Oregon legislature for House District 32. They also gave out INCO's Voter Guide for the November 6 midterm election.
 Candidates (and more) Corner 
MEET THE CANDIDATES
Wednesday, October 3 - Astoria AAUW Candidates Forum, 7 pm, Astoria High School Auditorium, 1001 West Marine Drive

Friday, October 5 - Tiffiny Mitchell House Party, candidate for the Oregon Legislature (House District 32); 5:30 - 7 pm, 90278 Par Road, Warrenton. Hosted by Deb Vanasse and Laurie Caplan.

Friday, October 5 - Carolyn Long Town Hall, candidate for the US House of Representatives (WA-3), 6 pm, 21603 O Lane, Ocean Park, WA

 
STAY INFORMED & SHOW YOUR SUPPORT
Check our Facebook events page for opportunities to meet city and county candidates.
INCO Voter Guide -  2018 Midterms
Our canvassers are going door-to-door with these. We don't endorse at the city or county level. Contact incoregon@gmail.com to get copies to distribute throughout Clatsop County.
INCO Recommends:  NO on Ballot Measure 105
"Measure 105 is an attempt to repeal Oregon’s state sanctuary law, which prevents local law enforcement and other state agencies from using public resources to aid federal immigration enforcement.

For 30 years, this law has effectively limited racial profiling of our immigrant community members. When police collaborate with ICE, immigrants are too afraid to access police
protection against assault, domestic violence, robbery, and other protections everyone else enjoys. Beyond reducing public safety, 105 would also divert already stretched funds from our local agencies to enforce federal policy. Both socially and economically, the costs are more than Oregon can afford."


-- Rural Organizing Project   www.rop.org; talking points for Measure 105 are here
 CLEAN ENERGY JOBS  ACTION DAY IN SALEM  
Tuesday, September 25  •  9 AM - 2 PM
 Legislators are in Salem for 3 "Legislative Days".  More than 70 people from around the state have already RSVP'd to Renew that they will be coming to Salem to support CEJ. Let's make a show of force from the North Coast - and enjoy a free tamale lunch!

Eric Halperin is CEJ regional coordinator and needs passengers to take with him from Clatsop County to help amortize his fossil fuel emission/carbon footprint for driving down to Salem! For more info, including the day's schedule, contact Eric Halperin at ehod1@yahoo.com or 503-812-2200.
You're Invited!
You’re invited to a house party for Tiffiny Mitchell. She’s INCO's choice to represent Clatsop County and the rest of House District 32 in the Oregon legislature. Join us for fun, food, drinks, and lively Q & A with Tiffiny. She wants to share her vision for Oregon and hear about the issues that matter to you.
 
Friday, October 5, 5:30 – 7 pm
 90278 Par Road, Warrenton

West off Highway 101 on Sunset Beach Road, left onto Par Road at Country Club Estates, then  bear left almost to the end. Look for Tiffiny signs!

Learn more about Tiffiny at 
tiffinyfororegon.com/. This is a people-powered campaign, so please bring your checkbook if you’d like to help with Tiffiny’s campaign. 
Hosted by Deb Vanasse and Laurie Caplan, INCO co-chairs. 
INCO canvassers were in the field Saturday in Pacific County with our youngest canvasser, Magnolia.  We think her first words are going to be “Vote Democrat—or else!”  We are nominating Tallie for the Most Intrepid Award for coming out to canvass with a 1 year old!!!  Canvassers debriefed afterward at the Lost Roo.
HAPPENINGS
Check for details and new posts on our events page.
All Indivisibles are welcome at all these events and meetings.
 
THIS WEEK
Tuesday, September 25 - INCO Voter Registration Drives. Register or update registrations with new name, address, or handwriting. Today is National Voter Registration Day.
    •  10 am - 2 pm, Clatsop Community College, Towler Hall, 3rd floor. Celebrate Beeb's 35th birthday as she and her husband work to get 35 new voters registered as they serve free birthday cake to everyone.  
     •  11 am - 1:30 pm, Bob Chisholm Community Center, 1225 Avenue A, Seaside, hosted by INCO Seaside-Gearhart Community Group
     •  noon - 1 pm, Seaside High School, 1901 North Holladay; especially for students and staff, 
hosted by INCO Seaside-Gearhart Community Group

Tuesday, September 25 - Clean Energy Jobs Action Day in Salem, 9 am - 2 pm. Meet with legislators, enjoy free tamale lunch. Schedule and carpool information available from Eric at ehod1@yahoo.com and 503-812-2200.

Wednesday, September 26 - Really Do Care INCO Under 40's Postcard Party, 7 pm, Lovell Taproom at Fort George Brewery, 426 14th Street, Astoria. "I have 80 postcards to write and would love some help! I have the cards, pens, and postage," says Nicholas.

Friday, September 28 - Postcards to Voters Writing Party - Gearhart, 4 - 5:30 pm.  Contact Bebe at littlebylittle4change@gmail.com for address. Most Fridays, same time, same place. We appreciate donations ($1-5) to help defray costs for postage. If you'd like, join us afterwards for food and drinks at the Sand Trap.

Friday, September 28 Postcards to Voters Writing Party - Manzanita, 4-5:30. Contact Cheryl at coastalmomma@yahoo.com for directions. 

Saturday, September 29 Canvassing in WA-03, meet at Ocean Park Library, 10 am. Help flip our closest swing district. Carpooling options available. Email debvanasse@gmail.comfor details. 

Now through Election Day, November 6 - Help us #StormTheMidterms. Sign up for canvassing here; phone and text banking here.

UPCOMING
Wednesday, October 3 -  AAUW Candidates Forum, 7 pm, Astoria High School auditorium, 1001 West Marine Drive. Candidates for Astoria City Council and mayor, county commission, Oregon House District 32, and governor are invited. 

Friday, October 5 - Postcards to Voters Writing Party - Warrenton, 4:00 - 5:30 pm, 90728 Par Road. Off Sunset Beach Road into Country Club Estates, stay left until nearly the end. Call/text 907-388-9303 for directions. No postcard party in Gearhart today.

Friday, October 5 - Postcards to Voters Writing Party - 
Manzanita, 4-5:30. Contact Cheryl at coastalmomma@yahoo.com for directions. 

Friday, October 5  - House Party for Tiffiny Mitchell, 5:30 - 7 pm, 90278 Par Road, Warrenton. Tiffiny is candidate for Oregon Legislature, House District 32, and is endorsed by INCO. Co-hosted by Deb Vanasse and Laurie Caplan, INCO co-chairs.

Friday, October 5 - Carolyn Long Town Hall, candidate for the US House of Representatives (WA-3), 6 pm, 21603 O Lane, Ocean Park, WA

Saturday, October 6 - Astoria INCO Community Group meeting, 8 a.m., Street Fourteen Cafe, 1410 Commercial; no purchase necessary. On the agenda: another group LTE. What do you want to write about?

Monday, October 8 - Deadline, "I Will Vote" Essay Contest, midnight; details here.

Tuesday, October 9 - Seaside-Gearhart INCO Community Group meeting, 6:30 pm. Email incoregon@gmail.com for location

Saturday, October 13 - Warrenton INCO Community Group Meeting, 11 am, Dooger’s Seafood and Grill, Highway 101, Warrenton. No purchase necessary. We'll write postcards after the meeting to support Carmen's friend who's running for office in Iowa.

Tuesday, October 16 - the deadline to register to vote or update your registration with new name, address, or signature for the November 6th election. Register or update online or at the Clatsop County Elections Office, 820 Exchange, 2nd floor, Astoria.

Wednesday, October 17  INCO Vote the Future Team, 6:30 pm, Seaside Library Board Room. All Indivisibles interested in voting and elections are welcome.

Wednesday, October 17 - INCO Book Club, 6:30 pm, in Astoria. We’ll discuss Jon Meacham's Soul of America: The Battle for Our Better Angels, Penguin Random House, 2018.  This Pulitzer Prize-winning author helps us to understand the present moment in American politics and life by looking back at critical times in our history when hope overcame division and fear. Contact cebeady@outlook.com for directions.

MORE October Dates for Postcard to Voters Parties
ASTORIA: Postcard party at Michelle's, October 18, 24, 26, and 29. 10:30 am - 12:30 pm. 1290 Irving; park down the street, walk up the driveway east of the blue house. Brunch snacks and drinks will be provided. Babies and young children welcome with a caregiver.

GEARHART: Postcard party at Bebe and Eric's, October 12, 19 and 26. 
4 - 5:30 pm.  Contact Bebe at littlebylittle4change@gmail.com for address. Most Fridays, same time, same place. We appreciate donations ($1-5) to help defray costs for postage. If you'd like, join us afterwards for food and drinks at the Sand Trap.

MANZANITA: Postcard party at Cheryl's, October 12 and 19. Contact Cheryl at coastalmomma@yahoo.com for directions.

SEASIDE: Postcard party at Beeb's, Friday, October 19 and Sunday October 21, 4-5:30 pm. 985 North Wahanna, house with cedar shingles. Park on the shoulder of the road or on 9th and 10th Avenues. Beeb and Bebe are teaming up to provide more room for this week's postcard party. Hosted by INCO Under 40s and open to everyone. 
"I WILL VOTE" Essay Contest 
Cash prizes totaling $500! Open to high school students in Clatsop and Pacific counties. Deadline Oct. 8. Details here - help us spread the word!
ACTION PRIORITIES
Focus on the issues you care about most 

Tell Your Members of Congress to:
• Uphold the rule of law and protect our democracy. • Condemn the administration's authoritarian speech, actions, and policies. • Pressure your GOP colleagues to assert Congress' role as a co-equal branch of government, not as a servant of the President. • Protect Mueller, Rosenstein, and the Russia investigation that has already led to indictments and convictions of Trumpsters and Russians. • Restore trust in the judiciary, media, and in all the other civic institutions being purposely undermined by Trump and his administration • Defeat the administration's white supremacist actions and promotion of bigotry against people of color, naturalized citizens, foreign students, and non-Christians. 

• Stop the confirmation of Brett Kavanaugh as the new Supreme Court Justice. Here's the latest guide from Indivisible. Delay the hearings and confirmation until after the winners of the November election take office.  Mr. Kavanaugh is a well-known Washington insider, anti-environmentalist, and right-wing extremist, even in his judicial decisions. 

•  Develop and enforce a humane, practical bipartisan immigration policy.

• Protect all Americans. • Stand with people who need help getting medical care and enough food to eat. • Stop the administration's attacks on America's allies and embrace of America's totalitarian enemies. • Demand effective government actions to deal with climate change. • 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. 
 
Check out the new Americans of Conscience website where you can sign up for the weekly Action Checklist. This week's checklist is here. 
www.indivisible.org    Contact elected officials here.    www.incoregon.org
INSIGHTS
“Peace is not merely the absence of war but the presence of justice, of law, of order —in short, of government.”

- -Albert Einstein
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 16th and Marine Drive 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.  
COMMUNITY CONNECTIONS
INCO has Community Groups in Manzanita-Cannon Beach, Seaside-Gearhart, Warrenton, Astoria-East County, and 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 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.

Our newest website is Really Do Care INCO Under 40s
 Join INCO's closed Facebook group for more actions, information, and discussion.
Share this newsletter and our website with other resisters. Check spam if you can't find it.

INCO is supported entirely by donations. Please donate here or mail your check to INCO c/o PO Box 536, Warrenton, OR 97146

Deb Vanasse and Laurie Caplan, INCO Co-chairs
INCO Weekly Newsletter   September 24, 2018

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