At Saturday's summit, INCOers donated $100 in gift cards, $70 cash and a carload of food to the Be The Light Pantry to help locals slammed by Trump's shutdown: Coast Guard members & families & retirees, plus other furloughed workers and those working without pay. Erica Clark, a Coast Guard wife, spoke about the heartbreaking financial challenges facing her family and others and urged everyone to reach out to these people.
The Chief Petty Officers Association of Lower Columbia River, a nonprofit that serves Coast Guard members and their families, is collecting checks and other donations. Checks can be made out to: CPOA Lower Columbia River, PO Box 34, Warrenton, OR 97146. Gift cards to local grocery stores are especially helpful.
The Lovell Showroom vibrated with INCO energy at Saturday's SRO summit. Laughter, hope, information, skills - and great company! Plus steps to stay engaged, wisdom for sharing civility and truth, and ways to build community. Top left: Andy Marshall, Astoria Mayor Bruce Jones, and State Representative Tiffiny Mitchell confer. Bottom left: Carolyn Eady, Brian List, and Steve Bronstein welcome attendees; Bottom right: David Delk talks campaign finance reform in Oregon with Jai Merrill and Beeb Ashcroft.
Astoria Mayor Bruce Jones welcomed attendees with a moving talk about civility, service, and doing the right thing. You can read it here.
THANK YOU! Part 1 INCO thanks these businesses for their contributions to the summit. Please give them your personal thanks, too.
3 Cups Coffee House Blue Scorcher Bakery & Café Columbia River Coffee Roaster Fort George Brewery + Public House Mick Alderman Steve Rote, LMT
Thanks to these Seaside/Gearhart INCOers who organized the Speak Truth Women's March! Kathleen Macdonald, chair Joyce Hunt, safety monitor coordinator Kay Robb Kerry Grasse Marty Letourneau Sharon Kloepfer
More THANK YOUs in next week's newsletter.
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
Ales & Ideas: White Ally-ship in Close-knit Communities Thursday, February 7 at 7 pm Doors open at 6 pm Lovell Showroom, 426 14th Street, Astoria INCO will have our information table at this event. Hosted by Clatsop Community College, Oregon Humanities, and Fort George Brewery & Public House
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.
UPCOMING 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,NEW TIME: 2 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.
Wednesday, February 20 - INCO Book Club, 6:30 pm, Astoria; discussingHOW TO THINK: A GUIDE FOR THE PERPLEXED, by Alan Jacobs, Profile Books LTD, 2018. Email firstname.lastname@example.org for address.
Wednesday, February 20 - Vote the Future (VTF) monthly meeting, 6:30 pm, Seaside Library Board Room.
“We don't know who we are until we see what we can do.” -- Martha Grimes
ACTIONPRIORITIES 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.