Monday, May 6, 2019

INCO Weekly Newsletter 5/6

Major Recognition for the Indivisible Movement 
This month, Indivisible made it to the Time Magazine’s Top 100 list of the most influential people. You can read the write-up here, written by the incredible Rep. Ayanna Pressley. Our names are on the list, but let’s get real -- we’re placeholders for the Indivisible movement. Sure, we wrote the Indivisible Guide, but everybody receiving this email is responsible for turning that Google Doc into the Indivisible movement. We’re building something new, and messy, and beautiful, and powerful together -- and Time Magazine is giving us all recognition for that.

 - - Ezra and Leah, Indivisible co-founders and co-leaders
INCO celebrates Earth Day, 2017, in Astoria.
TONIGHT:  Ask Astoria City Council to Ban Single-Use
Plastic Bags
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.

Astoria City Council Public Comment
Monday, May 6
Meeting begins at 7 p.m. 

Astoria City Hall, 1095 Duane Street, 2nd floor, City Council Chambers
Sign up to speak when you arrive. 

Join Jesse Jones and INCO will urge city councilors to support a ban on single-use plastic bags. We'll speak during public comment at the end of the meeting. Please plan to attend in support of our efforts to ban single-use plastic bags in Astoria! Contact Jesse at with any questions. 
Wednesday, May 8
3:30 at Walmart parking lot to make signs
Then to Highway 101 intersection for visibility.

🍎 RED for ED! 🍎
Thanks to Rebecca Pierce for this info!
With all the distractions at the federal level, it's easy to forget that the GOP forged its power at the state level. We need to catch up, and that starts with support of progressive measures right here in Oregon:
•  PLASTICS: Ask Sen. Betsy Johnson to vote to curb plastic waste by voting YES on H.B. 2509, a ban on plastic carry out bags, and YES on H.B. 2883, a ban on polystyrene. The plastic bag ban and polystyrene ban (for food use) have passed the House and are awaiting Senate action. 
While you're on the phone, thank Rep. Tiffiny Mitchell for her support of these measures and chime in to support the plastic straw ban,  SB 90, which has passed the Senate and awaits action in the House.

Please email your statement in support of H.B. 2883 to ban polystyrene used for food to

• 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.  
•  KIDS: The Student Success Act, which will provide much-needed school funding and reform Oregon's corporate tax structure, passed the House on May 2 and has moved on to the Senate. Sen. Betsy Johnson's support is critical. Call her, then call again. Look for a student/teacher walkout on May 8 in support of this measure.
You can help rally support for the Student Success Act by sharing these items on social media: 
• State Representative Tiffiny Mitchell -- ‭(503) 986-1432‬
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 for the day's detailed schedule and other information.

Register here.  Carpool here.  
Walk with INCO in the Astoria Pride Parade
Saturday, June 8  
PARADE:  10:45 check-in on 12th near Marine Drive; 11 am parade
From 12th at 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!
Check out the accuracy of campaign statements by presidential candidates at PolitiFact.  You can keep up with all of 2020 coverage at
These bills in the Oregon legislature would require candidates for President and VP to release their tax returns for the preceding 5 years to be included on the ballot. Both bills have been relatively inactive. Please contact Betsy and Tiffiny to urge them to support these bills. 
Tell your Members of Congress: Trump has committed impeachable offenses. 
Congress must hold him accountable by opening an impeachment inquiry. Given the gravity of Trump's offenses, the stonewalling he and his administration are currently demonstrating, Congress must put country over party and embark on the impeachment inquiry path - which will give them the power needed to hold Trump accountable and lay bare to the American public (all in one place) what he has done.
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.
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

Indivisible national and Indivisible Oregon support Congress opening impeachment hearings. Congressional Democrats continue to investigate even as they work on other kitchen-table issues. 
People interested in proposals for campaign finance reform are invited to contact INCO activist David Delk at
Medicare for All with Congresswoman Bonamici in Portland    
Saturday, May 11  •  10:00 a.m. to 11:30 a.m
Panel and Q & A
Congresswoman Suzanne Bonamici (OR-01)
Congressman Earl Blumenauer (OR-03)
Congresswoman Pramila Jayapal (WA-07)

 Benson High School Auditorium,  546 NE 12th Ave., Portland.  Auditorium entrance is on the corner of 12th & Irving  •  ADA entry and ADA parking can be found behind the building on NE 15th Ave. Transportation and parking: Street parking will be very limited at this event - please consider taking public transportation, biking, or walking.  Bus line #70 stops nearby, and the MAX stop at 11th Ave. is a short walk from Benson High School.
Details on our events page.
Everyone is welcome to all these events.

Monday, May 6 - INCO at Astoria City Council7 pm, 1095 Duane, 2nd floor, City Council Chambers. Public comment to support single-use plastic bag ban.

Tuesday, May 14 - Seaside-Gearhart Community Group monthly meeting6:30 - 8 pm; email for location.

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.

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

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. Talk with candidates for the Astoria School Board.

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

Saturday, June 15 -  Warrenton Community Group meeting11:30NEW LOCATION: Because Dooger's is closed, we'll now meet in the back room of the El Compadre restaurant, across the street from the Warrenton post office, at 119 S. Main Avenue in Warrenton
"Dr. King said the arc of the moral universe is long, but it bends towards justice. That only happens when people like you put their hands on that arc and pull it towards justice. Find a way to move that arc."

-- Eric H. Holder, Jr.
  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 and
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
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Deb Vanasse and Laurie Caplan, INCO Co-chairs
INCO Weekly Newsletter   May 6, 2019