Wednesday, January 9, 2019

Indivisible hosts ‘Speak Truth’ Regional Summit


Indivisible hosts ‘Speak Truth’ Regional Summit

Indivisible North Coast Oregon (INCO), a grassroots organization that defends democracy by opposing authoritarianism, bigotry, and corruption, will host its Speak Truth | 2019 Regional Summit at the Lovell Showroom, 426 14th Street, Astoria, on Saturday, January 19. The summit’s three events are free and open to the public.

Main Program
The summit takes place from 8:30 a.m. to noon at the Lovell Showroom. It offers fresh perspectives on demanding truth from elected officials and speaking truth to power, with networking, dialogue, and inspiration for defending democracy. Guests and local organizers share smart strategies and tactics for voicing concerns and effecting change, especially with the changes in Congress and with local issues. As we work to make our country better in 2019, the truth begins with us.

Speakers:
• “Grassroots Truth & Constituent Power” with Bobby Michaels, Indivisible’s Senior Regional Organizer for 6 Pacific Northwest states;
• “Messaging and Morality Explained: How to Protect the Truth and Win our Country Back” with Linai Vaz, PhD, who, at last year’s INCO summit, showed how framing influences politics;
• “Embrace the “F” Word” with Margaret Frimoth, a long-time advocate for survivors of domestic and sexual violence. She is the Vice-President of Academic Affairs at Clatsop Community College, Astoria, Oregon.

An optional box lunch can be ordered in the morning, with sign-making and postcarding activities available during lunch in the showroom.

Speak Truth Women’s March
The march begins at 2 pm from Heritage Square, 12th and Exchange, in Astoria. The march is less than a mile on the sidewalks of downtown Astoria. Bring signs. This inclusive, nonviolent event is free and open to the public. It is posted on national sites, but Indivisible North Coast Oregon is not affiliated with the national organizing groups.

Run For Something
This event is from 4 – 5:30 pm at the Lovell Showroom. Good people serving in office keep democracy strong. Numerous local offices are up for election in May, including school boards, Port of Astoria, and fire districts. This event includes Q-and-A with a panel of local elected leaders about why and how you could run for office. If you don't run, who will?

Panel: Bruce Jones, Mayor of Astoria; Tita Montero, Seaside City Council; Kathleen Sullivan, Clatsop County Commissioner; and Pam Wev, Clatsop County Commissioner

 More information is available at http://www.indivisiblenorthcoastoregon.org/p/speak-truth-2019-inco-regional-summit.html and at www.incoregon.org.

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