Monday, January 14, 2019

INCO Weekly Newsletter 1/14

You and thousands of Indivisibles are making the difference.
A new Congress better reflects what America looks like.
Many elected leaders share our values, even at the local level.
More Americans actively defend democracy.

Celebrate with us on Saturday at the INCO summit - and enjoy a day of hope, mutual support, and good company!

-- Deb, Laurie, and the INCO leadership team 
Saturday, January 19, 2019

Speak Truth Regional Summit 

8:30 am - noon, Lovell Showroom, 426 14th Street, Astoria
Featuring Bobby Michaels, Linai Vaz, and Margaret Frimoth
Fresh perspectives on demanding truth from elected officials and speaking truth to power.
Networking, dialogue, and inspiration for defending democracy.

* INCO's Advocacy Team is fielding requests for your organization's literature to be available here.. Contact

Lunch, (optional), Lovell Showroom, 426 14th Street, Astoria
An optional box lunch can be purchased in the morning, with sign-making and postcarding available during lunch in the showroom.

Speak Truth Women's March
Our march starts at 2 pm at Heritage Square, 12th & Exchange, Astoria
We'll walk less than a mile on downtown sidewalks. This inclusive, nonviolent event is free and open to the public. 
This march is posted on national sites, but INCO is not affiliated with the national organizing groups.

Run For Something
4 - 5:30 pm, Lovell Showroom, 426 14th Street, Astoria
Q&A with a panel of local elected leaders about why and how you could run for office.
Panelists are Bruce Jones, Mayor of Astoria; Tita Montero, Seaside City Councilor; Kathleen Sullivan, Clatsop County Commissioner; Pam Wev, Clatsop County Commissioner.
If you don't run, who will?

All events are free and open to the public. More information at
"We were made for these times."  -- Clarissa Pinkola Estes
SAFETY: We will walk on the sidewalk for less than a mile, mainly on Commercial and Marine Drive. Obey traffic lights and stop signs. Use common sense and courtesy. Volunteer safety monitors in neon vests will assist for everyone's safety.

BE PREPARED: Do not engage with hecklers. Ignore them. In the unlikely event of a physical threat, call 911. Should press or others ask to interview you, it's OK to decline to speak. If you choose to talk, be sure to ask who is interviewing and how the material will be used.

PARKING & PETS:  Unlimited free street parking is widely available up the hill from Exchange Street. Two- and three-hour parking is available in many downtown locations. Pets must be on a leash. Public bathrooms are 1/2-block east of 12th on Exchange.

SIGNS: We encourage you to make and carry a sign with your positive message about what you believe in and what you're working for. Organizations are invited to march with their sign/banner.

PHOTOS: Please post your photos on the INCO Facebook page or email them to
Help the Coasties During the Shutdown
Support the Coasties and furloughed federal workers from this area with donations of food, household supplies, and personal care items in a community drive. The MOMS Club of Astoria, Boy Scouts of America Troop 211 of Astoria, and local military spouses are working together to offer assistance.  Donations will be distributed at a food pantry being established for this cause. Affected families will be able to come and get free food and household items. Details are as follows:

Be the Light Food Pantry
Location: Masonic Lodge of Astoria, 1572 Franklin St, Astoria, OR
Date/Time: January 14 - 18 at 5 pm

         Saturday, January 19th and Sunday, January 20th from 11AM – 3PM
For more information,                                                                                   
Stacey A Benson, Armed Forces Insurance,                                                                                                                                                             401.302.7909

Amanda Kitchen
President, Moms Club of Astoria

Indivisible's Resource Guide to the Shutdown
Here's Indivisible's resource guide to the shutdown as well as responding should Trump declare a national emergency. This is a great time to tell your Members of Congress to defend democracy, end the government shutdown, and support the Mueller and Congressional investigations into Trump and his administration.
INCO 2019 Survey: Issues & Values
If only we could tackle every issue on our list! Tell us the goals and outcomes you want for INCO this year on this quick and easy survey. There are no wrong answers! 
Survey due by tomorrow, Tuesday, January 15.
The 2018 INCO summit. Put yourself in the picture at Saturday's Speak Truth summit.
 "Hidden Figures" film screening
Sunday, January 20 at 2 pm

Liberty Theater, 12th & Exchange, Astoria
Tickets - $10
Sponsored by the Astoria Film Festival. More 
information here. 

Hidden Figures is the little-known story of the Black women who worked with the space program in the 60s. Based on the nonfiction book written by Margot Lee Shetterly, this screening is in honor of Martin Luther King Day and a tribute to the African-American women who helped to build America's space program. A discussion forum will follow the screening.

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Thanks to Indivisibles Carolyn, David, Chris, Kathleen, Roger, and others for organizing the community events shown below.

Carbon, Water & Community
Thursday, January 31 at 7 pm

Doors open at 6 pm
Lovell Showroom, 426 14th Street, Astoria
Hosted by Oregon Brewshed Alliance, Oregon Wild, CREATE, and Alliance for Democracy

"In the Executioner's Shadow" - A documentary film about the death penalty
Saturday, February 16 at 2 pm

Doors open at 1:30
Astoria Public Library Flag Room, 450 10th Street
Hosted by Alliance for Democracy and Oregonians for Alternatives to the Death Penalty 
HR -1: Congress Can Vote to Strengthen Democracy
Indivisible expects the very first bill in the Democratic-controlled House to be a democracy reform package, focusing on voter empowerment and access, getting big money out of politics, and cracking down on corruption. Read about HR-1 here. 

INCO's Vote the Future team urges you to contact your Member of Congress to support this exciting bill. 
Clean Energy Jobs Lobby Day in Salem 
Wednesday, February 6 • Carpools 
INCO's Eric Halperin is coordinating CEJ work on the north coast. Join him in Salem to convince legislators to support legislation to bring Oregon the economic and environmental benefits of clean energy jobs. Some 500 people lobbied legislators in 2018. This year's goal is the more people the better.  

Here is the link for people to sign up.  Please sign up so that  Renew Oregon, the lead organization, knows how many people to expect, and so they can assign folks to their group that will visit their legislators.  

Here is the link to the carpool site.  For more information, contact Eric at
Details on our events page.
Everyone is welcome to all these events.

Wednesday, January 16 - INCO on 'Talk of Our Towns' radio program, KMUN -91.9 FM, 9:30-10 am, featuring Kathleen MacDonald, Seaside-Gearhart Community Group co-leader; Carmen Hammersmith, Warrenton Community Group co-leader. 

Wednesday, January 16 - Vote the Future (VTF) monthly meeting,  6:30 pm, Seaside Library Board Room.

Wednesday, January 16 - INCO Book Club, 6:30 pm, Astoria; discussing 
LAST CALL for LIBERTY: How America's Genius For Freedom Has Becomes Its Greatest Threat, Os Guinness, ivpress, 2018  Email for address.

Saturday, January 19 - Speak Truth | 2019 INCO Regional Summit, Women's March, and Run For Something; Astoria. Summit starts at 8:30 am, lunch and sign--making break, Speak Truth Women's March starts at 2 pm, Run For Something is 4 - 5:30 pm.

Saturday, February 2 - Warrenton Community Group monthly meeting, 11:30, Dooger's Seafood & Grill, Highway 101, Warrenton.

Saturday, February 2 - Astoria Community Group monthly meeting, 1 pm, Street 14 Cafe, 1410 Commercial Street, Astoria.

Wednesday, February 6 - Clean Energy Jobs Lobby Day, Salem. See information above.

Wednesday, February 6 - Advocacy Team monthly meeting, 6:30 - 8 pm, Seaside Library Board Room.

Thursday, February 7 - INCO Table at Ales & Ideas, 7 pm, Lovell Showroom, 426 14th Street, Astoria. Doors open at 6 pm. Food and drink available for purchase.
“We don't know who we are until we see what we can do.”
-- Martha Grimes
  How will your Members of Congress know what you want
if you don't tell them?

•  Members of Congress (MoC) care about getting re-elected, so contact ONLY elected officials who represent you so you don't dilute the power of actual constituents.
•  It's more effective to contact your MoC about one issue at a time.
•  Be sure to tell MoC when you agree with their positions and votes.

Contact YOUR elected officials here. 
For current action items, visit and
Find other suggested actions in the Americans of Conscience Checklist.
 Get active with INCO's Advocacy Team, Vote the Future Team,  Book Club and Community Groups. Contact Laurie at for more information.

Questions, suggestions, & photos to INCO at
INCO has 3 websites: our main oneVote the Future; and Really Do Care INCO Under 40s. Really Do Care also has a Facebook group.
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INCO is supported entirely by donations. Please donate online or mail a check to INCO c/o PO Box 536, Warrenton, OR 97146.

Deb Vanasse and Laurie Caplan, INCO Co-chairs
INCO Weekly Newsletter   January 14, 2019