Tuesday, October 23, 2018

INCO Weekly Newsletter 10/22

WHY THE BLUE WAVE MATTERS
If there's no Blue Wave victory, Trump and the GOP are unleashed:
  • The end of Robert Mueller’s investigation
  • The loss of health insurance for several million people
  • More threats to reproductive choices, including birth control
  • More authoritarianism, bigotry, and corruption
  • More threats to objective reporting and journalists
  • More tax cuts for the rich
  • More attacks on air, water, voting rights, public lands, emergency response
Help your friends and neighbors Storm the Midterms.
Let's get out the vote!

Sign up now to make the Blue Wave happen.
BE A VOTER!
INCO Recommends:
NO on Ballot Measures 103, 104, 105, and 106
YOU DECIDE on 102


INCO Endorses: 
Tiffiny Mitchell, for the State Legislature, House District 32
Governor Kate Brown
Congresswoman Suzanne Bonamici

INCO is not endorsing candidates at the county or local level.
Ballots are due Tuesday, November 8 by 8 pm. Postmarks don't count.
At Michelle's in Astoria: Ten adults, with six kids under age 4 -including a baby - wrote 150 postcards to urge voters to vote. Great photo, Michelle!
At Bebe and Eric's in Gearhart:  Postcarders have written more than 3000 cards to voters in Oregon's 2nd Congressional District - Trumpster incumbent Greg Walden vs. Jamie McLeod-Skinner - that's 14% of the 22,000 target number of cards.

POSTCARD PARTIES!
Everyone welcome! Our colorful postcards increase voter turnout!
Postcard party at Michelle's, 10:30 am - 12:30 pm. 1290 Irving, Astoria
Wednesday, October 24
Friday, October 26
Monday, October 29. 

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.


Postcard party at Bebe and Eric's, 661 10th Street, Gearhart
Friday, October 26. 4 - 5:30 pm.
E
ast off Cottage, park on the street, not in gravel area across the street. If you'd like, join us afterwards for food and drink at El Trio Loco Mexican Restaurant on Hwy 101 in Gearhart.

Postcard party at Lovell Taproom at Fort George Brewery, 428 14th Street, Astoria
Wednesday, October 24 at 5 pm
Created by Nicholas Bowling and Really Do Care: INCO Under 40s
DOOR-TO-DOOR CANVASSING
In-person contact with voters increases voter turnout!

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
Over the weekend, Beeb Ashcroft and the INCO Under 40s wrote postcards to voters in key races in Georgia AND wrote  letters to DHS opposing the Trump administration's cruel family separation policy. Send your own letter to #DefendFlores here by November 6.
Only 15 Days Left for Us to Get Out the Vote
PHONE:  Direct contact with voters makes a difference! Sign up to do phone banking to elect a wave of change.

WRITE:  
•  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 several hundred copies to distribute, and you can help. Contact incoregon@gmail.com for details.
 Candidates (and more) Corner 
Learn more about candidates with KMUN podcasts of the AAUW Candidates Forum on October 3 and the Astoria Mayoral Debate on October 10.

The governor's race is close! Volunteer to re-elect Governor Kate Brown. 

Contact incoregon@gmail.com for yard signs for Kate Brown, Tiffiny Mitchell, or Suzanne Bonamici. 

Sign up to Storm the Midterms with INCO to help flip two nearby seats and elect DemocratJamie MacLeod-Skinner in OR-2 (Oregon's 2nd Congressional District) and elect DemocratCarolyn Long in WA-3.

Check our Facebook events page for opportunities to meet city and county candidates.
VOTING DATES
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. 
HAPPENINGS
Check for details and new posts on our events page.
All Indivisibles are welcome at all these events and meetings.
Scroll up to see this week's Postcard Parties and canvassing. 
THIS WEEK
Now through Election Day, November 6 - Help INCO #StormTheMidterms. Sign up for canvassing here; phone and text banking here.

UPCOMING
Friday, November 2 - INCO Under 40s "Wine & Whine" Group meeting, 5 pm, Seaside. For directions, send an email to beebashcroft@gmail.com.

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

Tuesday, November 13 - Seaside-Gearhart Community Group monthly meeting, 6:30 - 8 pm. For location and directions, contact kathleenannmacdonald@yahoo.com.

Saturday, November 17 - Warrenton Community Group meetingNEW MEETING TIME!11:30 a.m., Dooger's Seafood & Grill, Hwy 101, Warrenton

Wednesday, November 28 - INCO Book Club, 6:30 pm, in Astoria.  We’ll discuss  a novel,  A Thousand Splendid Suns, by Khaled Hosseini,  Penguin Books, 2013.  Among the reviews were the following:  "Just as good as, if not better than, Hosseini's best-selling first book, The Kite Runner."  Newsweek.  "Hosseinni has the story telling gift." Los Angeles Times. Contact cebeady@outlook.com for directions.

Wednesday, November 21 - INCO Vote the Future Team meeting6:30 pm, Seaside Library Board Room. All Indivisibles interested in voting and elections issues (including National Popular Vote, gerrymandering, voter suppression) are welcome.
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
“Neither charm nor patience nor endurance has ever wrested power from those who hold it.”
— Frederick Douglass
Big Tent Election Night Watch Party
Tuesday, November 6, starting at 6 pm
Upstairs at Fort George, with news on a large screen TV

1483 Duane, Astoria; accessible ramp on 15th
No-host food & drink. Bring your laptop. Oregon election results start at 8 pm.

Sponsored by Indivisible North Coast Oregon, Clatsop County Democrats, Lower Columbia Diversity Coalition, Lower Columbia Hispanic Council, and Oregon Progressive Party.

In this time when democracy and decency are under assault by the current administration and its allies, it’s essential we work together to defend democracy. We’re looking forward to an evening of hope, progress, and solidarity! Please join us.

Please forward this invitation to others who might want to attend.


"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
A Movement of Millions 
Read this inspiring story of activists in Southern Oregon working for environmental and economic justice against immense corporate power and money!

Indivisible NC9 is featured in great 
TIME magazine story.

And from the Portland area:
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 Advocacy 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 easy-to-type website is incoregon.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 22, 2018

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