My name is [–] and I’m a constituent from [city], Oregon [zip code]. I am calling because…
Trump commits impeachable offenses and he works to take away our healthcare. Specifically, I think that Trump should not have ordered the Justice Department to argue that the ACA is unconstitutional. I am afraid that if the court agrees, I [or family members/friends] will lose health care. I want Senator [Name] to do what he can to: 1) hold Trump accountable for known impeachable offenses, 2) shine the light on possibly illegal behavior, and 3) protect my healthcare. Thank you.”
My name is [–] and I’m a constituent from [city], Oregon [zip code]. I am calling because…
for Blumenauer, Bonamaci, DeFazio, Schrader
I want my Representative to do three things – hold Trump accountable for known impeachable offenses, investigate possibly illegal behavior, and protect my healthcare.Specifically, I think that Trump should not have ordered the Justice Department to argue that the ACA is unconstitutional. I am afraid that if the court agrees, I [or family members/friends] will lose health care. I especially want to thank my Representative for voting to intervene in this lawsuit on behalf of the ACA. Thank you.”
I want my Representative to do three things – hold Trump accountable for known impeachable offenses, investigate possibly illegal behavior, and protect my healthcare.Specifically, I think that Trump should not have ordered the Justice Department to argue that the ACA is unconstitutional. I am afraid that if the court agrees, I [or family members/friends] will lose health care. I need health care to improve, not disappear. Thank you.”
Trump ignores the law of the land and the will of the people. On the one hand Trump commits impeachable offenses; and on the other hand he and his GOP work to take away our healthcare.
Trump recently told NRA convention-goers, “We got the individual mandate, the absolute worst part of Obamacare, eliminated. Now we’re going for the rest.”
He most recently attacked the ACA on two fronts: seeking a new health care bill from the Republican-held Senate (not successful); and litigating against the ACA in court.
The Justice Department has become an advocate for declaring the entire ACA unconstitutional. Under orders from the White House, it joined a lawsuit that will likely reach the Supreme Court. The decision is disturbing and possibly illegal. The Justice Department is supposed to defend the law of the land, not seek to overturn it.
The House of Representatives is now in the position of mounting the legal defense of the ACA. It is also calling the White House to account.
We need to support Congress and to keep them focused. Tell your MoCs that Congress must hold Trump accountable for impeachable offenses, investigate possibly illegal behavior, AND protect our healthcare.
With calls or postcards—your choice which you do—we’ll be urging members of the House Judiciary to take the first step toward impeachment of Trump on obstruction of justice and other lawless acts. If you want to make calls, bring a cell phone. A laptop or iPad with internet connectivity is also helpful but not essential. Calls go to impeachment-friendly constituents with representatives on the Judiciary; postcards directly to Judiciary. Optional: bring a snack or beverage to share.
Join us for postcarding to Sen. Betsy Johnson and Rep. Tiffiny Mitchell to raise your voice in support of important measures like Clean Energy Jobs, the Student Success Act, Small Donor Elections, the Safe Water Act, the Gun Safety Bill, and more. Information on pending legislation and postcarding materials provided. If there’s interest, we’ll adjourn to Seaside Brewing to celebrate our advocacy efforts.
INCO postcarding started a year ago! Keep the momentum going with this enjoyable way to reach voters and decision-makers.
CHECK OUT LOCAL CANDIDATES
Ballots go out this week for Clatsop County voters to elect volunteers to serve on the boards of Special Districts, including local school districts; and local fire, water, health, and sanitary districts. Serving all of the county are the college, the Port of Astoria, and Sunset Empire Transportation District. These board members set budgets, policy, and hire key staff. This election is non-partisan. Learn more about the candidates at these forums:
Seaside School District Board Candidate Forum Tuesday, April 30, at 7 pm Broadway Middle School Library 1120 Broadway, Seaside Hosted by Seaside AAUW and the Seaside Signal
Candidate Forum Saturday, May 4 1 - 1:45 pm: Clatsop Community College - Sara Meyer and Andrea Mazzarella 2:15 - 3 pm: Port of Astoria - Bill Hunsinger and Scott L McClaine Candidates of other races are invited to be available for questions from the public during this time. Bob Chisholm Community Center 1225 Avenue A, Seaside Hosted by the Clatsop Democrats
Let's create a vigorous and successful 2020 election at all levels.
It's time to take the Indivisible 2020 pledge. The goal is a big grassroots showing, pledging on these three key points: make the primary constructive; get behind the winner; do the work to beat Trump. Indivisible will urge Presidential candidates to sign on, too.
Impeachment starts in the House with investigation and impeachment hearings; if the House votes to impeach, then the Senate is like the jury and can vote to remove the President from office, or not. Tell Congresswoman Bonamici what you want: 202-225-0855; email via https://bonamici.house.gov/contact-me.
Double your money today and tomorrow, April 29 and 30! These are the final two days in which Indivisible national will double your contribution to INCO. You give $10, and Indivisible doubles it, so INCO gets $20! Use this link to help INCO continue our work for our democracy.
Thank you for your support!
CONVINCE ASTORIA TO BAN SINGLE-USE PLASTIC BAGS
Join Jesse Jones and INCO at the Astoria City Council meeting on May 6 to urge city councilors to support a ban on single-use plastic bags. We'll speak during public comment at the end of the meeting. Astoria can join the growing list of Oregon cities banning these bags, which in turn will convince state lawmakers to make uniform laws about a plastic bag ban. Major retailers prefer uniform codes about bags and are ready to back a statewide ban.
Pending legislation includes: PLASTIC BAG BAN: Call Rep. Tiffiny Mitchell and urge her to vote YES on S.B. 90 to ban plastic straws. Call Sen. Betsy Johnson and thank her for her Yes vote on S.B. 90 to ban plastic straws and urge her to vote YES on H.B. 2509, a ban on plastic carry out bags, and YES on H.B. 2883, a ban on polystyrene!
STUDENT SUCCESS ACT: This important education funding bill needs Betsy Johnson's support. Please call her to urge a YES vote.
DRIVER'S LICENSES FOR ALL: Representative Brad Witt needs to hear from his constituents (Columbia County) to vote HB 2015 out of committee. Urge Senator Betsy Johnson to convince him her constituents support this bill, too.
NATIONAL POPULAR VOTE (NPV) CAMPAIGN FINANCE REFORM CLEAN ENERGY JOBS BILL (CEJ) and other climate bills GUN SALES AND STORAGE
Here's a great site to keep up with Oregon's legislation, showing bills, sponsors, financial impact, etc. Simpler descriptions are here at One Small Thing PDX. Check out OPB's look atproposed legislation this session.
CONTACT BETSY AND TIFFINY TODAY!
INDIVISIBLE TUESDAY CALL OF THE WEEK Tell your Members of Congress: Trump Is Not Above the Law
Trump ignores the law of the land and the will of the people. On the one hand, he commits impeachable offenses while he and his GOP work to take away our healthcare. Just look at Trump bragging at the NRA convention that he is coming for the rest of our healthcare, and Chuck Grassley's town hall ignoring the healthcare pleas of his constituent. Right now we need Congress to protect our healthcare and to hold Trump accountable for his impeachable offenses. In all upcoming elections everyone needs to be a healthcare voter.
Tuesday, April 30 - Calls & Cards Party for Impeachment,6-8 pm, Deb's home near Sunset Beach; contact firstname.lastname@example.org for directions. Calls go to impeachment-friendly constituents with representatives on the Judiciary; postcards directly to Judiciary. Optional: bring a snack or beverage to share.
Tuesday, April 30 - Seaside School Board Candidates Forum, 7 pm, Broadway Middle School Library; hosted by Seaside AAUW and the Seaside Signal.
Wednesday, May 1 - Advocacy Team monthly meeting, 6:30 - 8 pm, Seaside Library Board Room. We'll write postcards to Senator Johnson and Representative Mitchell to support key Oregon legislation.
Thursday, May 2 - 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, ON TYRANNY, and In Our America yard signs available for purchase. Discover how marine archeologists investigate shipwrecks.
Saturday, May 4 - Astoria Community Group monthly meeting, time changed to 10:30 a.m. - noon, WineKraft, on the Riverwalk at the foot of 10th. It’s OK to bring your own food and drink. Talk with candidates for the Astoria School Board.
Saturday,May 4 - Warrenton Community Group meeting, 11:30, Dooger's Seafood and Grill, Highway 101, Warrenton. Our first Adopt-a-Road pickup of Harbor Drive following the meeting, if we have at least 8 participants.
Saturday, May 4 - Candidate Forum for Clatsop Community College and Port of Astoria, 1 pm, Bob Chisholm Community Center, 1225 Avenue A, Seaside. Candidates of other races are invited to be available for questions from the public during this time. Hosted by the Clatsop Democrats.
UPCOMING Monday, May 6 - INCO at Astoria City Council, 7 pm, 1095 Duane, 2nd floor, City Council Chambers. Public comment to support single-use plastic bag ban.
Wednesday, May 15- Vote the Future (VTF) monthly meeting, 6:30 pm, Seaside Library Board Room
Tuesday, May 21 - Ballots due by 8 pm for the Clatsop County Special Districts election. Postmarks don't count.
AT YOUR FINGERTIPS
• TRUTH IN OUR TIMES is a new book that honors the American free press and describes the battles with Trump and others who want to undermine independent journalism and other democratic essentials. Check out this fascinating YouTube with the author, David McCraw, an attorney at the New York Times.
• Here's a great site to keep up with Oregon's legislation, showing bills, sponsors, financial impact, etc. Simpler descriptions are here.
• Take your county Voter Information booklet with you online. You can also find it posted at incoregon.org; click on "Your Voice Your Vote" on the right.
• An invaluable resource is a county resource directory from Clatsop Community Action It's an attractive booklet that measures about 4x5 inches. A copy is available electronically at www.ccaservices.org or www.coastalfhc.org
"You can only protect your liberties in this world by protecting the other man's freedom. You can only be free if I am free." — Clarence Darrow
ACTIONPRIORITIES How will your Members of Congress know what you want if you don't tell them?
• 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.