Monday, January 28, 2019

INCO Weekly Newsletter 1/28

Rally to Open Government CANCELLED. 
Will we ever get used to the Trump roller coaster? The nationwide rallies scheduled for tomorrow, January 29, have been cancelled now that Trump has signed legislation reopening the government until February 15. During this period of negotiations over border security, continue to tell your Members of Congress that you want the government to remain open without embracing Trump's anti-immigration agenda.

A roller coaster, no matter how dizzying and scary, is way more fun with friends. Get active with INCO so you can master roller-coastering!
INCO'S January 29th rally in Astoria is CANCELLED.
New Time for Astoria
Street 14 has generously lent its side dining room for Astoria Community Group meetings. At the owners' request, our meeting start time is changed to 2 pm. Join us for a look at local housing issues with Cindy Peake, Northwest Oregon Regional Housing Center.
Astoria Community Group Monthly Meeting
Saturday, February 2     
new time: 2- 3:30 pm
Street 14 Cafe, 1410 Commercial, Astoria
Clockwise from top left: Jean and Norm Hooge served fruit and baked goods; Deb Vanasse welcomed Summit attendees; Kathi Merrit and Meridee Faber made sure everyone, including David Delk, had a name tag; Jen Oderkirk, Beth McKinney, and Pat Hammersmith greeted everyone at the door.
THANK YOU! Part 2 
These Indivisibles created and worked the Speak Truth Summit, Women's March, and Run for Something on January 19. We thank them for sharing their wisdom, talents, and passion for democracy with INCO and our communities.
Andrea Gonzalez    Ann Reeves    Bebe Michel    Beeb Ashcroft    Beth McKinney    Brian List    Carmen Hammersmith    Carol Ham    Carolyn Eady    Cheryl Conway    David Delk    Deb Vanasse    Del Borders    Eric Halperin    Eric Macdonald    Erica Clark    Heather     Jean Hooge    Jeanne Braun Henderson    Jen Oderkirk    Jimmy Pearson    Joyce Hunt    Kathi Merritt    Kathleen Macdonald     Kat Adams    Kay Robb    Ken Potter    Ken Robb    Kerry Grasee    Laura Allen    Laurie Caplan    Marty Letourneau    Mary Beth Cottle    Meridee Faber    Minerva Moulin    Monica Pearson    Nancy Holmes    Nancy Montgomery    Nancy Schwickrath    Norm Hooge    Pat Hammersmith    Randall Henderson    Sara Conyers    Sharon Kloepfer    Shelly Bartlett    Steve Bronstein    Tiffiny Mitchell    Tracy Abel    Trish Rogers    Wendela Howie

MORNING SUMMIT and RUN FOR SOMETHING: Deb Vanasse, Laurie Caplan, and Mary Beth Cottle
SPIRIT TEAM: Bebe Michel and Eric Halperin
BE THE LIGHT PANTRY at the summit: Monica Pearson

From the January 21 newsletter:
INCO thanks these businesses for their contributions to the  summit.  Please give them your personal thanks, too.
3 Cups Coffee House    Blue Scorcher Bakery & CafĂ©    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, lead    Joyce Hunt, safety monitors    Kay Robb    Kerry Grasse    Marty Letourneau    Sharon Kloepfer
Important Local Elections May 21
Voters will elect board members throughout Clatsop County on May 21 for Special Districts that oversee schools, water, fire departments, the Port of Astoria, and more. These Special Districts are essential parts of our communities. Board members set budgets, decide programs and priorities, and make other major decisions. 
You can be a candidate for a Special District board in Clatsop County. 
                                                       May 21 Special District Election
                                                       February 9 - first day to file
                                                       March 21 - last day to file
Details about positions and filing here: Clatsop County Elections Office,
820 Exchange, 2nd floor, Astoria.

If you don't run, who will?
Help Longtime Astoria Resident Held by ICE
On December 14, 2018, Ruben Vera Perez was detained by ICE and taken to the Tacoma detention facility, where he remains awaiting a bond hearing. His family was left destitute because Ruben was the breadwinner for the family.  Ruben has lived in Astoria undisturbed and undocumented and has worked and supported his family that whole time. His wife, children and grandchildren are all United States citizens. The Daily Astorian's article about him and last Friday's vigil is here.

You're invited to contribute on this gofundme page to help pay the personal living expenses of the family while Ruben is going through this legal process.
Postcards to Voters Needs You
Special elections around the country. A proposal for mail-in ballots in Florida. You can reach out to voters everywhere through Postcards to Voters. INCO's been writing postcards for nearly a year - and making a difference in voter outcomes. PTV provide clear instructions and guidance. Sign up here.
Get your INCO t-shirt and In Our America yard sign at the INCO table at Ales & Ideas, the first Thursday each month; Lovell Showroom, 426 14th Street, Astoria; doors open at 6 pm; program starts at 7 pm. T-shirts available in blue, crew- or v-neck for $15. Signs with stakes are $10. Contact Laurie at to make other arrangements.
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

"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 
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 and hundreds of others in Salem to convince legislators to support legislation to bring Oregon the economic and environmental benefits of clean energy jobs.

Sign up here with Renew Oregon, the coordinating group. 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.

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.

Tuesday, February 12 - Seaside-Gearhart Community Group Monthly Meeting, 6:30 -  8 pm, at Bebe & Eric's in Gearhart. Contact for directions.

Wednesday, February 20 - INCO Book Club, 6:30 pm, Astoria; discussing HOW TO THINK: A GUIDE FOR THE PERPLEXED, by Alan Jacobs, Profile Books LTD, 2018.   Email for address.

Wednesday, February 20 - Vote the Future (VTF) monthly meeting,  6:30 pm, Seaside Library Board Room.  
 “Do the best you can until you know better. Then when you know better, do better.”
-- Maya Angelou
  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 your 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 28, 2019