Monday, November 19, 2018

INCO Weekly Newsletter 11/19

"Sometimes citizenship requires overtime and double shifts."  
-- Rachel Maddow

Overtime, indeed! 
Lucky for America that so many of you and other activists keep on keeping on. Thank you for contributing passion, talent, money, and time to make our country better - even more than you thought you could give. Thank you for sustaining INCO with your work, good cheer, and hope. 
Our best wishes for your Thanksgiving holiday,
Deb Vanasse and Laurie Caplan, INCO Co-chairs
Text and Postcard for Mike Espy
You can help elect Mike Espy in a close run-off election for the Senate from Mississippi.
Postcard party tonight -Monday - upstairs at Fort George - 4:30 - 7:30.
info here.
INCO's Nobody Is Above the Law rally on November 8, in Astoria.
Tell Your Members of Congress:  Trump is Not Above the Law. 
The news about the Russia investigation changes daily. Trump could keep Mueller in place, but continue to undermine the probe by cutting funding, narrowing its scope, or degrading oversight. Contact info for your Washington and Oregon Members of Congress is here.
Check for details and new posts on our events page.
All Indivisibles are welcome at all these events and meetings.
Monday, November 19 - Postcard Party, 4:30 - 7:30, upstairs at Fort George, Astoria; hosted by Nicholas Bowling to help elect Mike Espy to the Senate from Mississippi.

Wednesday, November 21 - INCO Vote the Future Team meeting
6:30 - 8 pm, Seaside Library Board Room. All Indivisibles interested in voting and elections issues (including National Popular Vote, gerrymandering, voter suppression) are welcome.

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 for directions.

Saturday, December 1 - Astoria Community Group monthly meeting 1 pm, Street 14 Cafe, 1410 Commercial, Astoria

Wednesday, December 5 - A-Team/Advocacy Team monthly meeting. 6:30 pm, Seaside Library Board Room. Everyone welcome as INCO tackles crucial issues facing our country.

Tuesday, December 11- Seaside-Gearhart Community Group monthly meeting, 6:30 - 8 pm. For location and directions, contact

Saturday,, December 15, Warrenton Community Group holiday potluck, 5-11 pm, at Carmen's. Contact for address.

Wednesday, December 19 - INCO Vote the Future Team meeting6:30 - 8 pm, Seaside Library Board Room. All Indivisibles interested in voting and elections issues (including National Popular Vote, gerrymandering, voter suppression) are welcome.

Saturday, January 5 - Warrenton Community Group meeting, 11:30 a.m., Dooger's Seafood & Grill, Hwy 101, Warrenton

Saturday, January 19 - INCO Women's March and Regional Summit: Speak Truth
Save the Date: Saturday, January 19, 2019
INCO Regional Summit and INCO Women's March
"SPEAK TRUTH": A day of action and empowerment
Read about Indivisible's dramatic strategy for advancing a progressive legislative agenda in Congress. Co-founder Ezra Levin talked about it with Rachel Maddowhere's the video. Check out IIndivisible's exciting revamped website, featuring news,  blog posts, and more.
Wisdom, Values, Gratitude
"Two years later, here we are speaking up for the issues that can't be ignored. And we're wiser, aren't we? Less skittish, more brave, more convinced of the value of our voices, our votes, and our place in this democratic experiment."
-- Jen Hoffman

Jen's talk at INCO's regional summit last January inspired all who heard her. Check out her Americans of Conscience website, compiled by Jen and three volunteer research teams, to see how our values and acts of gratitude can make things better. To get her e-newslettersign up here.
Pat on the Back for Plenty of Postcards
  • To help elect Jamie McLeod-Skinner and defeat incumbent Greg Walden in OR-2, INCO's Gearhart postcarding group wrote 3,087 postcards out of a total of 22,507 addresses (13.7% of the total list). That represents an in-kind donation valued at $923.
  • Eric Halperin and Bebe Michel  hosted 23 weekly postcarding parties and wrote for both PTV and OR-2 projects. Fifty people come at least once to Gearhart postcarding parties starting in May through the Midterms. We wrote 3,370 postcards to 36 campaigns.
  • Nicholas Bowling's postcard parties at Fort George: 4 parties and 454 postcards.  Beeb Ashcroft hosted 3 parties, resulting in 808 postcards.  Cheryl Streedain, Jessica, Tallie, and Michelle Bisek also hosted postcard parties.
  • Several others wrote postcards and other voting messaging on their own, totaling at least another 1000 pieces.
"It’s kind of fun to do the impossible."  -- Walt Disney
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 Americans of Conscience website, where you can sign up for the weekly Action Checklist. This week's checklist is here.    Contact elected officials here.
 All INCO Indivisibles are invited to get active with INCO's Advocacy Team, Vote the Future Team,  Book Club and Community Groups. Contact Laurie at for more information.
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Deb Vanasse and Laurie Caplan, INCO Co-chairs
INCO Weekly Newsletter   November 19, 2018