INDIVISIBLE TUESDAY CALL OF THE WEEK Tell your Members of Congress to make the Mueller report public.
Sample script: Thank you for speaking out and calling for the Mueller report to be made public. Please do all you can to make sure Attorney General Barr • releases the report to Congress ASAP • makes a declassified version of the report available to the public immediately • preserves all documents related to the Mueller investigation
Seaside residents or Seaside business owners:Please sign this petition to support a ban on single-use plastic bags in Seaside. Thanks to INCO members, including Laura Allen, Joyce Hunt, Bebe Michel, and Kathleen Macdonald, for their outstanding work on this important project.
Only Seaside residents or business owners should sign. If you don’t live in Seaside or own a business there, please pass the link to the petition onto people you know who do live in Seaside or own a business there. The petition with its signatures will be presented to the City Council and Mayor of Seaside.
Write anan online comment each week to large stores where youshop to ask them to discontinue using plastic bags at checkout, to charge for paper bags, and to motivate customers to bring their own bags. Contact Safeway,Fred Meyer, and other chains where you shop.
ASTORIA ON THE MOVE
INCO's Astoria Community Group has outgrown our excellent space at Street 14, so we're moving! Please note the NEW TIME AND PLACE of our meetings.
Our thanks to Micha, Jennifer, and the Street 14 staff for their gracious hospitality. Thanks to Rebecca Kraft for welcoming us to WineKraft!
INCO SIGNS ON WITH CLIMATE PLAINTIFFS
Last week INCO signed onto an amicus brief in support of youth Plaintiffs, urging the Oregon Supreme Court to review the erroneous decision by the Court of Appeals in Chernaik v. Brown. These are the young people from Our Children's Trust challenging the US government's climate policies. The goal of their court case: "Securing the legal right to a safe climate and a healthy atmosphere for all present and future generations."
HELP PASS PROGRESSIVE LEGISLATION IN OREGON Updates about Oregon legislation are posted on INCO's Vote the Future website.
Clean Energy Jobs and Climate: Keep up the pressure on our legislators forthe Clean Energy Jobs Bill (CEJ) HB 2020 by calling your state legislators each Monday through April 1. Link here to Renew Oregon and then click the RSVP. For those Mondays Renew will provide you a script with key benefits of CEJ HB 2020, and then you make the call. Check out Eric Halperin's article about Clean Energy Jobs in the March hipfish newspaper.
National Popular Vote (NPV): Contact State Senator Betsy Johnson at 503-986-1716 or at Sen.BetsyJohnson@oregonlegislature.gov TODAY to urge her support for the National Popular Vote (NPV) bill. When enough states join this compact, their electoral votes would go to the Presidential candidate who receives the most popular votes in all 50 states and the District of Columbia. State Representative Tiffiny Mitchell is a long-time supporter of NPV.
Gun sales and storage:Contact your state legislators if you want popular gun safety laws in Oregon. SB (Senate Bill) 275 and HB (House Bill) 2505 would require that that guns be safely secured. HB 2251 was introduced by Governor Kate Brown to require common-sense limits on gun ownership. After consulting with Mom's Demand Action and reviewing these bills, INCO'S Advocacy Team has endorsed these bills. Contact info is here.
• LOBBY DAYS IN SALEM •
Speak up for favorite causes in person with your state legislators. For details, contact organizations or search for the bills online.
Need To Impeach has a new initiative, Project Accountability, that will connect voters directly with members of Congress who can start impeachment hearings. If you would like to help urge the beginning of the process to hold the President criminally accountable we have an opportunity for you. Two INCO members have packs of 20 pre-addressed, postage paid postcards with complete instructions on how the postcard process works and suggested messages for you to write. Contactincoregon@gmail.com if you would like to take advantage of this action opportunity and we will get the packet to you.
INCO's first rally, on Presidents Day, 2017, was filled with heart, progressive values, and hints of activism to come.
Volunteers keep our communities thriving. We appreciate all the candidates willing to run and serve in office in these essential Special Districts. Unfortunately, several positions have no candidates, including for the boards of Clatsop Community College, Clatsop County Rural Law Enforcement, and several rural fire protection districts. If you are not registered, the last day to register to vote for the May 21 election is April 30.
THIS WEEK Call Senators Merkley and Wyden and Congresswoman Bonamici to demand public release of the Mueller report. Merkley's DC office: 202-224-3753. Wyden's DC office: 202-224-5244. Bonamici's DC office: 202-225-0855.
Thursday, April 4 - INCO Table at Ales & Ideas,7 pm, Lovell Showroom, 426 14th Street, Astoria. Doors open at 6 pm. Food and drink available for purchase. INCO t-shirts and In Our America yard signs available for purchase. The topic is sustainable architecture.
Saturday, April 6 - Astoria Community Group monthly meeting, NEW TIME AND LOCATION: 10 a.m., WineKraft, on the Riverwalk at the foot of 10th. Thanks to WineKraft for hosting us in this room large enough to hold all of us! With a gorgeous view, too.
Tuesday, April 30 - Last day for new voters to registerto vote in the May 21 Special Districts election. Clatsop County Elections, 820 Exchange, 2nd floor, Astoria.
“Fear is for people who don’t get out very much.” -- Rick Steves
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 your MoC when you agree with their positions and votes.