"Whether or not this is politically wise, failing to impeach would be a grave abdication. If you want people to believe that the misdeeds enumerated in the Mueller report are serious, you have to act like it. To not even try to impeach Trump is to collaborate in the Trumpian fiction that he has done nothing impeachable." -- Michelle Goldberg, New York Times columnist
Thank you for taking action at this critical time for our democracy.
CHECK OUT LOCAL CANDIDATES
On May 21 voters elect Clatsop County 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
If you know about other candidate forums, please contact firstname.lastname@example.org so we can list them in the newsletter. The last day to register to vote in the May 21 election is April 30.
* * * * * * * * INCO on KMUN Cheryl Johnson and Bryan Kidder talk about the May 21 Special District election with "Perspectives" host Joan Herman. Tuesday, April 30 9 - 9:30 am 91.9 FM and 91.3 FM on the south slope
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CONVINCE ASTORIA TO BAN SINGLE-USE PLASTIC BAGS
Single-use plastic bags. You see them in trees, along the Riverwalk, in parking lots, and flying down the street. They end up littering our ocean, beaches, rivers, and other waterways, where they break down, leaching harmful toxins that destroy wildlife and their habitat and ending up in the food chain - even in our food.
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.
Corvallis, Bend, Manzanita, Portland, Newport, Eugene, Forest Grove, Ashland, McMinnville, Milwaukie, Hillsboro, Salem, Lake Oswego have all banned the bag. Having more Oregon cities ban these bags will make it easier for Oregon to enact a statewide ban.
Please plan to attend in support of our efforts to ban single-use plastic bags in Astoria! Contact Jesse at email@example.com with any questions.
INCO IN ACTION!
Kudos to our INCO activists who asked nearly half the questions at US Representative Suzanne Bonamici's Town Hall on April 16 in Astoria. Bebe, David, Laura, Deb, Pamela, Kegan, Eric. and Carolyn raised important issues, including healthcare, impeachment, taxes, tariffs, and children. Thanks to Megan, Laura, Wendela, Jen, and Laurie for distributing our popular "Agree/Disagree" signs for audience response.
INCO activists and other constituents met with our State Representative Tiffiny Mitchell at a recent Lobby Day in Salem. Tiffiny's in purple in the center holding the baby.
YOUR VOICE COUNTS IN SALEM
The Oregon legislature is considering hundreds of bills that are likely to be voted on. Don't miss this opportunity to tell your legislators what you want them to do.
Pending legislation includes: • PLASTIC BAG BAN: This would provide uniform standards for banning single-use plastic bags for stores throughout Oregon and would help consumers and businesses switch to more environmentally-conscious reusable bags.
• NATIONAL POPULAR VOTE (NPV):The NPVbill would guarantee the Presidency to the candidate receiving the most popular votes in all 50 states and the District of Columbia. It passed the state Senate and must pass the House this session to count.
• CAMPAIGN FINANCE REFORM: Oregon's latest attempt to limit corporate and individual campaign contributions is SJR 18, with Measure 5 amending.
• CLEAN ENERGY JOBS BILL (CEJ): HB 2020 would be a big step toward supporting a clean energy economy.
• THE STUDENT SUCCESS ACT: HB 2019 proposes improved funding for education. Please ask Betsy to support the measure, which was largely developed by a joint Senate and House committee.
• GUN SALES AND STORAGE:SB (Senate Bill) 275 and HB (House Bill) 2505 require that that guns be safely secured. HB 2251 was introduced by Governor Kate Brown to require common-sense limits on gun ownership.
INDIVISIBLE TUESDAY CALL OF THE WEEK Tell your Members of Congress to demand accountability. Mueller punted to Congress. Now Congress must follow the blueprint in the Mueller report and investigate Trump for obstruction of Justice. This investigation must include Mueller testifying before Congress ASAP.
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.
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. 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.
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.
"The future depends entirely on what each of us does every day; a movement is only people moving.” — Gloria Steinem
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.