With the Kavanaugh news, there's the temptation to crawl in a hole and hope this all goes away. But it won't. The damage to women, to our democratic institutions, to the common good of this country grows by the hour.
If you are outraged, distressed, discouraged, then commit to working the next 36 days to flipping Congress and upholding our values and instituions. You can phone bank from home - we send links out every Friday. You can write postcards - we have parties weekly. You can knock doors - we're going out every weekend.
If you're committed to making a difference in these Midterms, sign up here.We need everyone's help.
Help Turn Our Country Around Countdown:Only36 days until the midterm election on November 6!
PHONE: Direct contact with voters makes a difference! Sign up to do phone banking to elect a wave of change.
• 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 email@example.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 firstname.lastname@example.org for details.
Hear from candidates for Astoria City Council and mayor, Warrenton mayor, Clatsop County commissioner, and the Oregon state legislature (House District 32). Sponsored by the American Association of University Women, The Daily Astorian, Coast Community Radio, and Clatsop Community College.
Friday, October 5 - Tiffiny Mitchell House Party, candidate for the Oregon Legislature (House District 32); 5:30 - 7 pm, 90278 Par Road, Warrenton. Sunset Beach Road, south through entrance to Country Club Estates, follow Par Road nearly to the end. Hosted by Deb Vanasse and Laurie Caplan.
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 email@example.com to get copies to distribute throughout Clatsop County.
INCO Recommends:NO on Ballot Measure 104
"Measure 104 would amend the constitution to require a 3/5ths supermajority vote in the State Legislature to eliminate tax breaks for special interests, or raise fees.
104 uses the Oregon Constitution to shield the biggest corporations in the State from any increased fees to pay for the rising costs of their use of public resources, or to clean up the pollution they might cause. This would make it even harder to fund our roads, schools, libraries, and public health care. In fact, passing Measure 104 would immediately cause cuts to the Oregon Health Plan, something voters just agreed to fund in January."
Approximately 50-60 CEJ climate activists filled the Capitol on September 25 to support the Clean Energy Jobs Bill. Groups of CEJ constituents met with their legislators who were at the Capitol for "Legislative Days".
From Senate District 16, Paul Seamons, Rose Christopherson, and Eric Halperin met with State Senator Betsy Johnson. The Senator is well aware of the risks of climate change to residents and industries in her district: coastal dwellers, fisheries, foresters, and agriculture to name a few. She agrees it is the role of the State of Oregon to act in this area, especially in light of current federal policies and actions.
INCO's new Advocacy Team - aka 'The A-Team' - will tackle CEJ issues. Join us! Contact firstname.lastname@example.org for details.
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.
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 REGISTERS NEW VOTERS
Cheers for our Indivisible members who registered 44 voters on National Voter Registration Day, September 25 at Clatsop Community College, Clatsop County jail, Seaside High School, Seaside's Bob Chisholm Community Center, and Warrenton High School. Thanks to Beeb Ashcroft (in the photo), Cathey Ryan, Geneia Jameson, Irene Bandeen, Jai Merrill, Kerry Grasee, Laura Allen, Marty Letourneau. Irene spoke to 3 different government classes at Warrenton High School about the importance of registering to vote and actually voting.Laura also registered voters at Tongue Point Job Corps Center twice in September.
HAPPENINGS Check for details and new posts on our events page. All Indivisibles are welcome at all these events and meetings. Now through Election Day, November 6- Help us #StormTheMidterms. Sign up for canvassing here; phone and text banking here.
THIS WEEK Wednesday, October 3 - AAUW Candidates Forum, 7 pm, Astoria High School auditorium, 1001 West Marine Drive. Candidates for Astoria City Council and mayor, Warrenton mayor, Clatsop County commission, Oregon House District 32, and governor are invited.
Thursday, October 4 - Ales & Ideas, the first of the season, 7 pm, Lovell Showroom 426 14th Street. Doors open around 6 pm. A panel discussion: "Democracy Now: Perspectives on the State of the Nation." Led by Chris Breitmeyer, president of Clatsop Community College. INCO will have our banner, t-shirts, voter guides, and other goodies there.
Thursday, October 4 - Cannon Beach Candidate Forum, 7 pm, Coaster Theater, 108 Hemlock Street. Cannon Beach and House District 32 candidates. Hosted by the Cannon Beach Gazette and The Daily Astorian. Open to the public.
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.
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 email@example.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 firstname.lastname@example.org 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.
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.
"A new nation is struggling to be born, a multiracial, multiethnic, multi faith, egalitarian democracy in which every life and every voice truly matters .... In fact, the whole of American history can be described as a struggle between those who truly embraced the revolutionary idea of freedom, equality and justice for all and those who resisted."
-- Michelle Alexander, New York Times, 9-22-2018
Cheers for INCO's new Advocacy Team!
The A-Team assesses, recommends, and helps to implement actions in keeping with INCO's goals of opposing authoritarianism, bigotry, and corruption and promoting progressive values. We're ready to deal with crucial issues facing our country after the midterms.
The Advocacy Team is recruiting people passionate about advocating for progressive values. Initial topics include immigration, clean energy, and gun safety. What other issues need INCO's attention? Come to this meeting to advocate for issues you care about!
ACTIONPRIORITIES 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. Congress must consider the findings of the FBI investigation that the GOP is desperate to block. 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.
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 Drivein 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.
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 email@example.com for more information.