Monday, October 8, 2018

INCO Weekly Newsletter 10/8

"Kavanaugh's confirmation shows once again how important elections are. Flipping Congress gives Democrats the subpoena power to launch real investigations. They could release Trump’s tax returns, and pass legislation to protect Special Counsel Robert Mueller. A Democratic House could bring articles of impeachment against Trump."                
-- Tom Steyer
Only 29 Days Left for Us to Make the Blue Wave Happen

October Dates for Postcard to Voters Parties
Everyone welcome! Easy and satisfying to do.
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 12, 19 and 26. 
4 - 5:30 pm.  Contact Bebe at littlebylittle4change@gmail.com 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 12 and 19Contact 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. 

 
October Dates for Canvassing
In-person contact with voters is proven to increase voter turnout!
Sunday, October 21, 3 -5 pm, upstairs from the Labor Temple, 934 Duane St, Astoria; 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
What Else You Can Do 
PHONE:  Direct contact with voters makes a difference! Sign up to do phone banking to elect a wave of change.

WRITE:  
•  Postcards to Voters: You can write postcards on your own, not just at an INCO postcard party. Sign up with Postcards to Voters or Need to Vote (postage paid). Questions? Contact Bebe at 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 with voters 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.
CANVASS TO DEFEAT MEASURE 105
This measure is designed to repeal Oregon's state sanctuary law, passed with bipartisan votes 30 years ago. Canvass to talk with voters at these events:

Friday, October 12 at 10 am. Meet at Seaside Public Library, 1131 Broadway 
Sunday, October 14 at 2-6 pm - house party and coaching potluck, Astoria. Contact incoregon@gmail.com for details.
Friday, October 19 at 10 am. Meet at 808 Commercial Street, Astoria.
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
 
COME ON OUT AND HELP!
  • 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
 CANVASSING IS A GREAT WAY TO CONTRIBUTE!
  • 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 ehod1@yahoo.com.  It helps if we know how many to plan for.  
 Candidates (and more) Corner 
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 103
"Measure 103 would amend the constitution to permanently block taxation on groceries and to freeze the state corporate minimum tax for any business related to the food industry. But don’t be fooled--103 isn’t about protecting consumers!

Kroger, Costco, and Albertsons Safeway have donated a combined $1.96 million (99% of the campaigns contributions) in an effort to protect big food corporations from paying their fair share of corporate taxes, while these same corporations benefit from use of roads, water, sewage, and other public services. Like Measure 104, 103 would immediately overturn the fees passed on hospitals (since they serve food) approved by voters in January to fund the Oregon Health Plan, putting the health care of hundreds of thousands of Oregonians at risk."


-- Rural Organizing Project   www.rop.org; talking points for Measure 105 are here
About 50 Indivisibles peacefully protested the proposed confirmation of Brett Kavanaugh to the US Supreme Court gathered outside Astoria High School on October 3rd. With only a few hours' notice, they joined thousands across the nation in outrage.  
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.
Postcard parties and more canvassing dates are shown at the top of the page.
 
THIS WEEK
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.

Sunday, October 14 - Storm the Midterms Door-to-Door Canvassing, 3 - 5 pm, meet upstairs from the Labor Temple at 934 Duane St, Astoria

UPCOMING
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, 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.

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.
INCO Community Outreach
Thank you to AAUW and the Daily Astorian for inviting INCO to do voter registration at their October 3rd candidates forum. Thank you to Clatsop Community College and Fort George Brewery for inviting INCO to have a table at Ales & Ideas, first Thursday of the month. Thanks to Brian List, Laurie Caplan, and Steve Bronstein for staffing the INCO tables! Contact incoregon@gmail.com if you'd like to help at future events.
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!
INSIGHTS
"I met an old lady once, almost a hundred years old, and she told me, 'There are only two questions that human beings have ever fought over, all through history. How much do you love me? And Who's in charge.'"

-- Elizabeth Gilbert, EAT, PRAY, LOVE
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. 
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.

• 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.  
www.indivisible.org    Contact elected officials here.    www.incoregon.org
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   October 8, 2018

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