Monday, March 25, 2019

INCO Weekly Newsletter 3-25

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
Senator Merkley's DC office: 202-224-3753. Senator Wyden's DC office: 202-224-5244
Congresswoman Bonamici's DC office: 202-225-0855
Join other Oregon Indivisibles and call your MoCs on Tuesday. Contact info is here.
After you call, 
• WRITE a Letter to the Editor. The Daily Astorian - or through their website - publishes up to 250 words. No name-calling. Include your contact information.
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 an an online comment each week to large stores where you shop 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.    
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.
Saturday, April 6 at 10 a.m.
 at WineKraft 

80 10th Street, on the Riverwalk at 10th
No purchase necessary. Please no outside food or drink.

Our thanks to Micha, Jennifer, and the Street 14 staff for their gracious hospitality. Thanks to Rebecca Kraft for welcoming us to WineKraft!
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."    
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 for the 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 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.
Speak up for favorite causes in person with your state legislators. For details, contact organizations or search for the bills online. 

Tuesday, March 26HB 2015 - Equal Access to Roads Act - Causa  and SEIU; 9 AM,  Oregon State Capital. Register in advance  All Oregonians need to get to work, school, or see loved ones. Providing every Oregonian with the opportunity for a driver’s license makes our streets safer and helps grow our economy.
Monday, April 1, SB 770 - Health Care for All Oregon;Everybody in, nobody out!  Please register in advance.   

Monday, April 8th, Interfaith Movement for Immigrant Justice,  the Interfaith Movement for Immigrant Justice's first-ever Advocacy Day in Salem. 8 am - 4 pmRegister in advance.
Thursday, April 25HB 3004 - Small Donor Elections
May 20, Revenue (lobby) Day, SEIU. Corporations need to pay their fair share and Oregon must fully fund its commitments to our future  
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. 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.
Details on our events page.
Everyone is welcome to all these events.

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.

Wednesday, April 3 - Advocacy Team monthly meeting6:30 - 8 pm, Seaside Library Board Room

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 16 - Congresswoman Suzanne Bonamici Town Hall, 6 pm, Clatsop Community College, Columbia Hall 219, 1651 Lexington Avenue, Astoria

April 17 - INCO Book Club, 6:30 pm, Astoria; book to be announced.
 Email for address.

Wednesday, April 17- Vote the Future (VTF) monthly meeting,  6:30 pm, Seaside Library Board Room

Saturday, April 20 - Warrenton Community Group meeting11:30, Dooger's Seafood and Grill, Highway 101, Warrenton

Saturday, April 20 - Cannon Beach-Manzanita Community Group table at Cannon Beach Earth Day. 11 am - 1 pm, US Bank parking lot

Wednesday, April 24 - US Representative Bonamici Town Hall, 6 pm, Clatskanie Cultural Center, Birkenfeld Theater, 75 South Nehalem Street, Clatskanie

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
  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,  c/o PO Box 536, Warrenton, OR 97146.

Deb Vanasse and Laurie Caplan, INCO Co-chairs
INCO Weekly Newsletter   March 25, 2019
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