Monday, October 15, 2018

INCO Weekly Newsletter 10/15

"It all comes down to voting. That's our power."
-- Bebe Michel, INCO Vote the Future Team

You and INCO are part of a movement of millions to keep our democracy. Campaign for the people and issues you support. Then do your best to urge others to vote. Trump was elected party because half of registered voters didn't vote in 2016. Every vote counts.
Scroll down to HAPPENINGS to find the activities to help you do democracy!
New rules proposed by the Trump administration will eliminate the right to protest as we know it in the nation's capital.  The new rules will impose prohibitively steep financial charges on protests throughout D.C. If these regulations had been in place in 1963,  MLK's march on Washington where he gave his "I Have a Dream" speech would have been too expensive to hold.

More info and a link to comment here. Please personalize your comment to make it more effective. Comments are due today, October 15.
Talk with Congresswoman Bonamici in CANNON BEACH on Sunday, October 21, 10 -11 a.m, at the Chamber of Commerce, 207 North Spruce.
Beeb and Bebe join forces for the BIGGEST one-day INCO postcarding event yet!
Friday, October 19 • 4 - 5:30 pm

For OR-2 Defeat Walden postcarding, go to Bebe's, 661 10th Street, off Cottage, Gearhart (park on the street, not in gravel area across the street)

For Need to Vote postcarding, go to Beeb's 985 North Wahanna Road, Seaside
(Park on the shoulder or on 9th & 10th)
Or simply go to the location closest to you. 

Contact for directions. Optional meet-up afterwards at El Trio Loco Mexican Restaurant, 3615 Hwy 101 North, Gearhart.

Please RSVP if you can; if you're not sure, no worries - just come if you can. Bring a friend. We've only got a few weeks left to get those postcards out.

Who says defending democracy can't be fun? 
Look for this attention-grabbing animated graphic after dark in downtown Astoria, on the wall across from Sears on Marine Drive. Thanks to Rebecca Cohen for enthusiastically responding to INCO's request for a graphic designer. (This is a screen shot, not the animation itself.)
Only 22 Days Left for Us to Get Out the Vote

October Dates for Postcard to Voters Parties
Everyone welcome! Our colorful postcards increase voter turnout!
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, Friday, October 19 and 26. 
4 - 5:30 pm.  Contact Bebe at for address. If you'd like, join us afterwards for food and drink at the Sand Trap.

MANZANITA: Postcard party at Cheryl's, Friday, October 19Contact Cheryl at 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.  

October Dates for Canvassing
In-person contact with voters increases voter turnout!
Sunday, October 21, 3 -5 pm, upstairs from the Labor Temple, 934 Duane St, Astoria; Clean Energy Jobs rally, too - details below.
Saturday, October 27, 10 am - noon, Ilwaco/Ocean Park (carpool option from Astoria)
Saturday, November 3, 10 am - noon, Long Beach (carpool option from Astoria)
Sunday, November 4, 3 - 5 pm, upstairs from the Labor Temple at 934 Duane St, Astoria
Democracy Needs You
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 or through the website.

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!
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 with voters have been putting even long-shot progressive candidates over the top. 

Share our INCO Voter Guide! We have several hundred copies to distribute, and you can help. Contact for details.
INCO canvassers for Carolyn Long (WA-3) on the Washington Peninsula are doing democracy right! Carol Sheppard Ham and Deborah Wells met a voter who was still fragile after being hospitalized, so they drove her to her post office box to pick up two months' worth of mail. As a bonus, the voter plans to vote for Long. Ann Reeves gave information about Long to a Republican who said she was ashamed to be a Republican now; the voter decided to vote for Long. At the last house of the evening, Ann talked to someone who sometimes votes all Republican and convinced him to vote for Carolyn Long and Erin Frasier, a candidate for the WA legislature.

YOU can make a difference, too!  The next Storm the Midterms canvass is Sunday, October 21, 3 -5 pm, upstairs from the Labor Temple, 934 Duane St, Astoria; Clean Energy Jobs rally starts at 2 pm.
Gather with INCO's Vote the Future Team at the Columbian Theater in Astoria to watch "Michael Moore's Fahrenheit 11/9"billed as a provocative and comedic look at how we ended up with Trump and how we get out of this messAfterwards, there's an optional meet-up at the Voodoo Room next door to chat about the film.

INCO Movie Night (and Vote the Future un-meeting)
"Michael Moore's Fahrenheit 11/9"
Wednesday, October 17
Columbian Theater, 1102 Marine Drive, Astoria
Film starts at 7 pm; admission is $4. 

Look for Eric and Bebe, wearing their INCO t-shirts, who will be on hand to meet and greet, and they encourage others with INCO or Storm The Midterms t-shirts to wear them as well.

Vote the Future is NOT meeting at the Seaside Library on October 17. We'll resume our regular meeting schedule in November. 
Friday, October 19 at 10 am.
808 Commercial Street, Astoria
This measure is designed to repeal Oregon's state sanctuary law, passed with bipartisan votes 30 years ago. It's time to get voters voting - to vote NO on Ballot Measure 105.
INCO Under 40s Monthly Meeting + Postcard Party +
"Wine & Whine" Happy Hour

Saturday, October 20
5 - 7:30  pm
 Seaside - email for location
DAY OF ACTION: Clean Energy Jobs & Canvassing 
Sunday, October 21
2 pm - 5 pm
INCO invitse you to a support clean energy legislation in Oregon and to get out the vote for Tiffiny Mitchell, a founding leader of INCO and candidate for OR House District 32.

2:00 pm -  Clean Energy Jobs Bill (CEJ) and Tiffiny presentation-instructions- pep rally. Snacks and beverages and camaraderie!
3:00-5:00 knock doors for CEJ and Tiffiny
Both events upstairs from the Labor Temple, 934 Duane, Astoria
  • Get out the vote for Tiffiny Mitchell for HD 32
  • Tiffiny is a strong CEJ supporter
  • We need her voice to represent us in Salem
  • You can canvass with a partner or by yourself
  • Never canvassed before?  We’ll pair you with a pro
  • Bring your fully-charged smartphone. if you have one; but not necessary 
  • Download the miniVAN Touch (npgvan) app ahead of time onto your phone, and create an ActionID account/  We’ll teach you how to use it
  • Don't want to use a smartphone app?  No problem — it’s not a requirement
If you plan to attend, please RSVP to Eric Halperin at  It helps if we know how many to plan for.  
 Candidates (and more) Corner 
BE AWARE:  Project Veritas has been in Portland recently. Their deceptive practices include posting links to their "reporting," which attempts to stir up trouble for the Kate Brown campaign. Apparently they are fanning out into rural Oregon to do more damage. Always ask for credentials if someone unknown to you asks to interview you. Be aware that on rare occasions there are infiltrators who are aiming to do real damage by deceitful means.

LISTEN:  Learn more about candidates with KMUN podcasts of the AAUW Candidates Forum on October 3 and the Astoria Mayoral Debate on October 10.
Check our Facebook events page for opportunities to meet city and county candidates.
Tuesday, October 16 - Deadline to register to vote or update your registration if your name, address, or signature has changed. Online here or at County Elections Office, 820 Exchange, Ste. 220, Astoria.

October 17-23 - Ballots mailed. If your ballot doesn't arrive by October 23, contact the County Elections Office at 503-325-8605 or in person (address above).

November 6 - Ballots due by 8 pm. After Wednesday, October 31, take your ballot to an official drop box, listed here.

INCO's Vote the Future website shows all candidates for office in Clatsop County, INCO's endorsements for ballot measures and candidates, and local measures on the ballot. 
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 to get copies to distribute throughout Clatsop County.
INCO Recommends:  YOU DECIDE on Ballot Measure 102
Measure 102 would amend the constitution, allowing public funding to be mixed with private dollars to build privately-owned affordable housing. Oregon currently has a need for over 120,000 affordable housing units, just to stay even with the demand for housing that working people can afford. By allowing private funders to participate in public bond-funded affordable housing projects, we will increase the amount of affordable housing units that can be built. We ultimately need less privatization of our public resources, not more, including publicly-owned affordable housing. Measure 102 presents a less desirable, but quicker method to build affordable housing units. There also remains a need for renters’ protections, and the ability of communities to enact rent control measures. Measure 102 addresses the housing crisis from one angle but does not solve it.

-- Rural Organizing Project; talking points for Measure 102 are here
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.
Postcard parties and more canvassing dates are shown at the top of the page.
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 updateonline or at the Clatsop County Elections Office, 820 Exchange, 2nd floor, Astoria.

Wednesday, October 17  INCO Vote the Future Team Movie Night, Columbian Theater, Astoria; Michael Moore's 'Fahrenheit 11/9,', starts at 7 pm. $4/ticket. Optional meet-up after the film at the Voodoo Room.  
Vote the Future is NOT meeting at the Seaside Library on October 17. We'll resume our regular meeting schedule in November.  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 for directions.

Saturday, October 20th - INCO Under 40s Monthly Meeting, Postcard Party + "Wine & Whine" Happy Hour, 5-7:30  pm, Seaside - email for location

Saturday, October 20 - Congresswoman Suzanne Bonamici Community Conversation, 6-7 pm, Upstairs at Fort George, 1483 Duane, Astoria

Sunday, October 21 - Congresswoman Suzanne Bonamici Community Conversation, 10-11 a.m., Cannon Beach Chamber of Commerce, 207 North Spruce

Sunday, October 21 - Day of Action: Canvass for Clean Energy Jobs and Tiffiny Mitchell, 2-5 pm, Upstairs from Labor Temple, 934 Duane, Astoria. Details above in this newsletter.

Tuesday, November 6 - Ballots due by 8 pm for the midterm elections. Postmarks don't count. Ballot drop boxes are here.

Tuesday, November 6 - Big Tent Election Night Watch Party. No-host, upstairs at Fort George,1483 Duane, Astoria; ramp entrance on 15th. Bring your laptop if you can. Sponsored by INCO, Clatsop Democrats, Lower Columbia Diversity Coalition, Lower  Columbia Hispanic Council, and the Oregon Progressive Party.

Wednesday, November 7 - A-Team/Advocacy Team kick-off meeting. 6:30 pm, Seaside Library Board Room. Everyone welcome as INCO tackles crucial issues facing our country.

Saturday, November 10 - Astoria Community Group monthly meetingNEW MEETING TIME! 1 pm, Street 14 Cafe, 1410 Commercial, Astoria

Saturday, November 17 - Warrenton Community Group meetingNEW MEETING TIME!11:30 a.m., Dooger's Seafood & Grill, Hwy 101, Warrenton
INCO's New Advocacy Team Needs You
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!
A-Team Kick-off Meeting
Wednesday, November 7 at 6:30 pm

Seaside Library Board Room
Everyone welcome!
"Precisely because the need for action against the scourge is manifest, the need for vigilance against excess is great. The first, and worst, casualty will be the precious liberties of our citizens.”    
— Justice Thurgood Marshall
The Art of Perseverance
Jen Hoffman is offering a four-week online class this month called The Art of Perseverance. Check out the details here. Jen writes the Americans of Conscience websiteand was a dynamic speaker at January's 2018 INCO Regional Summit.  This week's Americans of Conscience Checklist is here. 
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.

• 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 • Develop a humane and practical immigration policy. 
Check out the new Americans of Conscience website where you can sign up for the weekly Action Checklist. This week's checklist is here.    Contact elected officials here.
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.  
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 for more information.
Questions, suggestions, & photos to INCO at
Elections, voting, issues, and more at INCO's Vote the Future website:

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   October 15, 2018