Monday, September 3, 2018

INCO Weekly Newsletter 9/3

Looking Out for Our Neighbors

Speak Up Against Measure 105
Astoria City Council
Tuesday, September 4 at 7 pm
1095 Duane; 2nd floor Council Chambers; elevator accessible
The campaign against immigrants is happening even in Clatsop County, complete with misinformation and bigotry. Speak up for decency and dignity - and against Measure 105 at the next Astoria City Council meeting. If you prefer not to speak, then please show up in support. We'll speak during public comment to encourage City Council to oppose Measure 105.

Measure 105 would repeal Oregon's 1987 Sanctuary State law that prohibits use of state and local resources to enforce federal immigration statutes. Great talking points prepared by Oregonians United Against Profiling 
are here.


If you'd like help bringing this up to your local officials, please contact Monica at incoregon@gmail.com.
INCO Ground Game Starts Sunday
Be part of Indivisible's National Week of Action

 
Indivisible's ground game was instrumental in Andrew Gillum's come-from-behind victory in the Florida primary for governor. Our local ground game starts Sunday, with INCO's door-to-door canvassing to get out the vote for candidates and ballot measures that reflect our values. Usually GOP voters turn out in greater numbers than Dems. We can't afford for that pattern to continue in these Midterms. There's too much at stake. 
 
INCO's door-to-door starts Sunday, September 9, 3 pm
Seaside Coffee Shop, 5 North Holladay, Seaside

No experience needed

Sign up here to choose your canvassing shifts in Clatsop County and across the river, where we aim to help defeat GOP Rep. Jaime Herrera-Beutler. It's going to take all of us to turn this country around. Kudos to INCO's Vote the Future team for organizing and leading INCO's canvassing campaign!

Going door to door is easy and effective. Bring a friend and meet up afterwards for snacks and drinks! 
LET'S FLIP CONGRESS!
Defending democracy starts with you. Mailing postcards to voters leads to higher voter turnout. Every postcard and every stamp can help elect Jamie MacLeod-Skinner in Oregon's 2nd Congressional District and other progressives around the country. 

WRITE:  
•  Attend a postcard party with like-minded Indivisibles. Scripts, stamps, postcards, and colorful pens are provided. This week's postcard parties are on Friday, September 7 at 4 - 5:30 in Gearhart and Manzanita. Directions from incoregon@gmail.com.

•  Sign up here to do Postcards to Voters on your own, at your convenience. They'll tell you everything you need to know. Or contact Bebe at littlebylittle4change@gmail.com for more help.


DONATE:
A roll of 100 postcard stamps costs $35.00.  Please contribute any amount here or through PayPal so INCO can buy more postcard stamps to reach more voters. You can also donate at INCO events  and by mailing your check to INCO, PO Box 536, Warrenton, OR 97146. Thank you to the generous donors who've pitched in already!
 
Countdown: Only 64 days until the midterm election on November 6!
Cheers for everyone who wrote the 320 postcards to voters, shown above, at the Gearhart Postcard Party on Friday. The group's grand total is 2748 postcards. Other postcard parties are in Warrenton and Manzanita! We're defending democracy with every postcard we write!
ACTION PRIORITIES, part 1
SIGN UP HERE to #StormThe Midterms and Stop The Menace.
You'll feel good being an active defender of democracy!
 
Help flip two nearby seats and elect Democrat Jamie MacLeod-Skinner in OR-2 (Oregon's 2nd Congressional District) and elect Democrat Carolyn Long in WA-3.  Sign up here and choose what suits you best for INCO's endorsed candidates as well as progressive candidates in nearby swing districts. You can make a difference from home or working with others!

•  Help register voters in Pacific County, WA. Sign up here for 2 hours of hosting voters from 10-4 every Saturday through the end of September. It's at Saturday Market at the Port of Ilwaco, in front of the big white building in the center of the port, with a Please Vote banner on top.  
 
 •  Door-to-door outreach:  We’re sending out teams of canvassers on Saturday mornings and Sunday afternoons in Clatsop County and across the river to elect specific candidates and to defeat some ugly Oregon ballot measures the GOP would love to see passed
 
•   Tweet: Set up a private group that includes @indivisiblencor, @huddleupvan, @electlong (WA-3), and @JamieforOregon (OR-2). Tweet and retweet the messaging. Add your own comments.
 
•   Text or Phone: Host a text or phone banking party. Email incoregon@gmail.com, subject line Host a Party.
 
Sign up here to be part of INCO's Storm the Midterms team.
Order 'I am the Storm' t-shirts here. 
Candidates Corner
Who's running for what in Clatsop County? Check out this list of candidates and ballot measures. INCO's Vote the Future website is all about elections: candidates, ballot measures, articles, opinion, voting, etc.

INCO's Vote the Future Team's excellent voter guide is available and will be given out as part of our canvassing. Look for copies at area businesses and at INCO meetings and events. Even better, please distribute them to businesses. Contact incoregon@gmail.comfor details.

Check out the
 5-minute interview with INCO activist and leader Tiffiny Mitchell, the Democratic candidate for the Oregon Legislature, House District 32. It's one of several conducted by the NorthWest Senior and Disability Services. 


INCO is enthusiastically postcarding for Jamie McLeod-Skinner, to represent Oregon Congressional District 2. Check out her ad, which shows how vast the district is - bigger than half the state! - and why all Oregonians will benefit if she wins the November 6 election.
HAPPENINGS
Check for details and new posts on our events page.
All Indivisibles are welcome at all these events and meetings.
 
THIS WEEK
Friday, September 7 - 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 7 Postcards to Voters Writing Party - Manzanita, 4-5:30. Contact Cheryl at coastalmomma@yahoo.com for directions. 

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

Saturday, September 8 - 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.

Sunday, September 9 - INCO Election Canvassing Starts, 3 pm, Seaside Coffee Shop, 5 North Holladay, SeasideSign up here to reach out to voters as part of the Storm the Midterms Team.

UPCOMING
Tuesday, September 11 - Seaside/Gearhart INCO Community Group Meeting6:30-8:00pm. Email kathleenannmacdonald@yahoo.com for location

Friday, September 14 - 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 14 Postcards to Voters Writing Party - Manzanita, 4-5:30. Contact Cheryl at coastalmomma@yahoo.com for directions. 

Friday, September 14 - Under 40s Group Meeting, Postcard Party + "Wine & Whine" Happy Hour. Happy Hour: 5:00 - 6:00 pm, Group Meeting & Postcard Party: 6:00 - 7:30 pm. Contact  beebashcroft@gmail.com for directions to Seaside location.

Saturday, September 15 - Town Hall with US  Representative Suzanne Bonamici, 1 - 2 pm, Seaside Heights Elementary School, 2000 Spruce Drive, Seaside. We'll have Agree/Disagree signs for you. 

Wednesday, September 19  INCO Vote the Future Team, 6:30 pm, Seaside Library Board Room. All Indivisibles interested in voting and elections are welcome.

Wednesday, September 19 - INCO Book Club, 6:30 pm, in Astoria. We're back after our summer break! The book we’ll discuss is THE AGE OF AMERICAN UNREASON IN A CULTURE OF LIES by Susan Jacoby, Vintage Books, New Updated Edition, 2018. Contact cebeady@outlook.com for directions.

Wednesday, September 19 - Seaside AAUW C
andidates Forum, 7 - 8:30 pm, Seaside City Hall. Confirmed as coming are candidates for Seaside mayor, Seaside City Council, Gearhart City Council, and Tiffiny Mitchell for Oregon Legislature, HD 32.    

Friday, September 21 - 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 21 Postcards to Voters Writing Party - Manzanita, 4-5:30. Contact Cheryl at coastalmomma@yahoo.com for directions. 

Tuesday, September 25 - INCO Voter Registration Drive,  10 am - 2pm, Clatsop Community College, Towler Hall, 3rd floor. Register or update registrations with new name, address, or handwriting.

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.
ACTION PRIORITIES, part 2 
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, compiled by Jen Hoffman and a team of volunteer researchers. This week's checklist is here. Jen was a standout speaker at INCO's January summit. 
www.indivisible.org    Contact elected officials here.
Get your questions and comments ready for the Town Hall with US Congresswoman Suzanne Bonamici. INCO will have AGREE and DISAGREE signs for you. If you don't tell her, how will she know what's on your mind?
Saturday, September 15, 1-2 pm 
Seaside Heights Elementary School, 2000 Spruce Drive, Seaside
Where's Our Banner?
The INCO banner -  it says "Indivisible North Coast Oregon" - is still missing after falling off our truck at the Astoria Regatta Grand Land Parade on August 11. It is vinyl, 6 feet long, with sleeves at the top and bottom holding poles. If you have any information about its whereabouts, please contact incoregon@gmail.com.
INSIGHTS
 “Be bold. Have courage and stand up to make your voices heard. We have come to a pivotal time in our nation’s history. Powerful forces want to roll back decades of progress. We must FIGHT to take our country back. The world is watching.”

— Oregon Senator Jeff Merkley
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.  
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.

INCO's new website is Activism for 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.

Deb Vanasse and Laurie Caplan, INCO Co-chairs
INCO Weekly Newsletter   September 3, 2018

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