Tuesday, April 2, 2019

INCO Weekly Email: April 1

Millions of Americans, including the US House Judiciary Committee, demand that Attorney General Barr release the Mueller Report to Congress and the public by April 2. Barr has said he'll release a redacted report by mid-April. MoveOn and Nobody Is Above the Law are assessing the situation to see if they will sponsor a National Day of Action on Thursday, April 4, including rallies nationwide.

We will follow the lead of those groups as they monitor Attorney General Barr's actions and let you know as soon as we can if INCO will host a rally.

If there is a National Day of Action, then INCO's rally would be Thursday, April 4,
 5 - 6 pm at 16th and Marine Drive, Astoria.
We will send an ALERT email if we are holding a rally.
"This is up to us - all of us. No one’s coming to save us. We’re going to have to save ourselves .... Change won’t come from the swamp -- it will come from us. If we want to defend democracy in this country, we’ve got to do it ourselves."
         -- Ezra Levin, co-founder and co-Executive Director of Indivisible
Tell your Members of Congress to make the Mueller report public.
Our democracy is on the line and Congress must obtain the Mueller report. The Barr letter is another example of obstruction and cannot stand. Call your Members of Congress and insist they do all they can to get the full Mueller report released. 
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 - editor@dailyastorian.com or through their website - publishes up to 250 words. No name-calling. Include your contact information.
INCO's Rally for the Rule of Law, November 8, 2018
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!
Help keep Seaside streets, beach, and parks free of single-use plastic bags.  
Seaside residents or Seaside business owners: Please sign this petition to support a ban on single-use plastic bags in Seaside. Communities across the state are working to ban these bags and encourage greater use of reusable bags. 

If you don’t live in Seaside or own a business there, please pass the link to the petition to Seaside residents and business owners. The petition with its signatures will be presented to the City Council and Mayor of Seaside. Thanks to  INCO members, including Laura Allen, Joyce Hunt, Bebe Michel, and Kathleen Macdonald for their outstanding work on this important project.

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.    
Activists Speak Up at NO LNG Lobby Day 
A few years ago, many people who are now INCO activists helped defeat liquefied natural gas (LNG) export terminals and pipelines proposed for the Columbia River. Last week more than 300 NO LNGers gathered in Salem for NO LNG Lobby Day on March 28 to protest the Jordan Cove LNG terminal and pipeline proposed for Coos Bay and southern Oregon.
If you missed the OPB broadcast, we encourage you to listen to this Radiolab podcast for intriguing ideas for keeping democracy strong, especially when many Americans value it less than we do. Topics include people's beliefs about democracies, actual examples of ranked choice voting, and "Kumbaya" election campaigns.
Updates about Oregon legislation are posted on INCO's Vote the Future website.
For news about more than 60 bills, go to the One Small Thing website,  www.onesmallthingpdx.orand click on the Task Force button and then through to the “summary grids” link. There's also a button for you to see the bills that One Small Thing is supporting/opposing. For info on lobby days, hearing dates, town halls, click on the Oregon State Legislative Calendar on the website’s Home page.
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 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.
Speak up for favorite causes in person with your state legislators. For details, contact organizations or search for the bills online. 

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  
Details on our events page.
Everyone is welcome to all these events.

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 9 - Seaside-Gearhart Community Group, 6:30-8:00 at Kathleen's in Seaside. Contact incoregon@gmail.com for directions.

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

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 register to vote in the May 21 Special Districts election. Clatsop County Elections, 820 Exchange, 2nd floor, Astoria.
 “… that means I have the power to change things, too. It just depends whether you want to take that as a weight of responsibility or just the opportunity of a lifetime.”
— Jacinda Ardern, Prime Minister of New Zealand
  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 
www.incoregon.org and www.indivisible.org.
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 incoregon@gmail.com for more information.
Questions, suggestions, & photos to INCO at incoregon@gmail.com
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   April 1, 2019