Monday, May 20, 2019

INCO Weekly Newsletter 5/20

It's too late to mail your ballot.
Take it to an official ballot drop site; they're located throughout the county. 
 
LISTEN TO CANDIDATE INTERVIEWS
Thanks to Coast Community Radio/KMUN for these interviews with candidates for the college, port, and transportation district. These districts serve all of Clatsop County, and your county taxes help fund them. Listen to the interview podcasts on the station’s website.
STUDENT SUCCESS ACT PASSES!
Both the Oregon House and Oregon Senate have passed the Student Success Act, sending it to the Governor’s desk to be signed into law. This $2 billion investment in our classrooms will change lives, ending a devastating 30-year cycle of cuts and layoffs in our schools. It would raise $1 billion per year through a half a percent tax on Oregon's wealthiest businesses via a .057% tax on gross receipts for businesses with $1 million or more in sales. This will likely go to referendum, and we'll be asking your help to uphold the measure.

SUPPORT KEY BILLS IN SALEM
Important bills are working their way through the legislature, so it's time to contact Betsy and Tiffiny with your opinions. Senate Republicans ended a weeklong walkout Monday and returned to the Oregon Capitol after Democratic leadership agreed to major concessions on some of the most high-profile bills this session. Democrats scrapped bills on gun control and vaccines in exchange for Republicans' return to Senate and their agreement not to repeat this maneuver.

State Senator Betsy Johnson -- 503-986-1716   Sen.BetsyJohnson@oregonlegislature.gov
State Representative Tiffiny Mitchell -- ‭(503) 986-1432‬  Rep.TiffinyMitchell@oregonlegislature.gov.

HEALTH CARE: Health Care for All Oregon (HCAO), the major organization in Oregon advocating for creation of a single-payer universal affordable health care system in Oregon has called for support for legislation to do just that. Note that our Representative Tiffany Mitchell is a original co-sponsor of this legislation.  She could be asked to now support the A4 amendment.  
 
CAMPAIGN FINANCE REFORM:  Oregon's situation is dismal. To regulate money in political campaigns, we need a constitutional amendment. Voice your support for SJR18-5, which proposes this amendment.
 
PLASTICS: Call State Rep. Tiffiny Mitchell and urge her to vote YES on S.B. 90 to ban plastic straws. Call State 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!
 
There is a public hearing on H.B. 2883 on May  21  at 1 pm in the Senate Committee on Environment and Natural Resources. Please plan to testify in support of this ban on polystyrene. If you cannot attend the hearing, email your statement in support of H.B. 2883 tosenr.exhibits@oregonlegislature.gov

CLIMATE: The Clean Energy Jobs bill (HB 2020) is working its way through the legislature. It's important you call Senator Betsy Johnson to urge a YES vote. She is Co-Chair of the Joint Ways and Means Committee, and this bill will have to pass through that committee.

IMMIGRATION:  HB 2015 would allow undocumented people living and working in our state to become licensed drivers; they would still be screened from voting. This bill is strongly supported by CAUSA and Gov. Kate Brown.


TRANSPARENCY: HB 2762/SB 594 would require candidates for president and vice president appearing on Oregon ballot to disclose the last five years’ tax returns.
CLIMATE DAY OF ACTION 
Wednesday, May 29
10 a.m.
State Capitol  - Salem
The Clean Energy Jobs bill (HB 2020) is still being worked on in the Joint Committee on Carbon Reduction. We have to keep our attention and our energy focused on our legislators. Join us at our second Lobby Day in Salem to meet with key legislators and Governor Brown.

Contact incoregon@gmail.com for the day's detailed schedule and other information.

Register here.  Carpool here.  
SAVE THE DATE!
Walk with INCO in the Astoria Pride Parade
"Bridging Communities"

Saturday, June 8  
PARADE:  Look for the INCO banner! 
10:45 check-in on 12th near Marine Drive; 11 am parade
From 12th on the Riverwalk to 21st

INCO table at the PRIDE BLOCK PARTY
 noon - 6 pm
21st at the Riverwalk behind City Lumber

Join the fun with INCO!
INDIVISIBLE OREGON'S TUESDAY CALL OF THE WEEK
Tell your Members of Congress: It's Time to Impeach.
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.
HOW IMPEACHMENT WORKS
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. Impeachment does not require criminal behavior. The US Constitution allows for impeaching the president and his officials, including the Attorney General. Tell Congresswoman Bonamici what you want: 202-225-0855; email via https://bonamici.house.gov/contact-me.

Indivisible national and Indivisible Oregon support Congress opening impeachment hearings. Congressional Democrats continue to investigate even as they work on other kitchen-table issues. 
HAPPENINGS
Details on our events page.
Everyone is welcome to all these events.

THIS WEEK
Tuesday, May 21 - Ballots due by 8 pm for the Clatsop County Special Districts election. Take your ballot to an official ballot drop site.
Use your voice. Grow our communities. Make our country better.
Keep democracy thriving.

UPCOMING

Saturday, June 1 - Astoria Community Group monthly meeting, 10:30 a.m. - noon,WineKraft, on the Riverwalk at the foot of 10th. It’s OK to bring your own food and drink.

Sunday, June 2 - Rep. Tiffiny Mitchell Town Hall
10:00 a.m. , Warrenton High School Gym. In Banks: 2:00 p.m., Banks Public Library.

Wednesday, June 5 - Advocacy Team monthly meeting6:30 - 8 pm, Seaside Library Board Room. 

Saturday, June 8 - INCO Celebrates with Astoria Pride -"Bridging Communities."  Parade 11 am, 12th and Riverwalk; INCO Table at the Block Party, noon - 6 pm, 21st and Riverwalk behind City Lumber.

Tuesday, June 11 - Seaside-Gearhart Community Group monthly meeting. Time and location TBD.

Saturday, June 15 -  Warrenton Community Group meeting11:30NEW LOCATION:  El Compadre restaurant, across the street from the Warrenton post office

Wednesday, June 19 - Vote the Future (VTF) monthly meeting,  6:30 pm, Seaside Library Board Room
INSIGHTS
“… my mother taught me that leaving the fight for a better world to "heroes" is a cop out. That fight belongs to all of us, and joining it isn't a choice. It's a duty and privilege for everyone.”
 — Senator Ron Wyden
ACTION PRIORITIES
  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.

 
Contact YOUR elected officials here.  For current action items, visit www.incoregon.org and www.indivisible.org.
COMMUNITY CONNECTIONS
Get active with INCO's Advocacy Team, Vote the Future Team, and Community Groups. 

INCO has 3 websites: our 
main oneVote the Future; and Really Do Care INCO Under 40s
 Join INCO's closed Facebook group. Really Do Care also has a Facebook group. 
Sign up for emails from national Indivisible at www.indivisible.org.
Questions, suggestions, & photos to INCO at incoregon@gmail.com

Deb Vanasse and Laurie Caplan, INCO Co-chairs
INCO Weekly Newsletter   May 20, 2019

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