Monday, June 17, 2019

INCO Weekly Newsletter 6/17

HAVING SAFE DRIVERS IS COMMON SENSE
Join us today at the new offices of the Lower Columbia Hispanic Council,    1373 Duane Street, Astoria. INCO is a co-sponsor of this event.

It's common sense that all drivers should know how to drive safely and follow the rules, regardless of their citizenship status. INCO supports HB 2015 to allow all Oregon residents to apply for their driver's license. Scroll down here for more information.
Send a postcard to House Speaker Nancy Pelosi urging Trump's impeachment. She needs to hear from voters around the country that he is not above the law. Write her at
Congresswoman Suzanne Bonamici spoke at INCO'sImpeach Trump event on June 14 in Astoria. She emphasized that Trump is not above the law. Please thank her for signing on to Representative Tlaib's impeachment resolution. Thanks to INCO activist and champion button creator, Bebe Michel, for the buttons shown above.
Oregon Passes the National Popular Vote
Because INCO believes that every vote must count, we endorsed the National Popular Vote two years ago. State Representative Tiffiny Mitchell, in black jacket next to Governor Brown, supported the National Popular Vote long before she ran for office and helped get it passed by the Oregon legislature. The bill was signed by Governor Brown on June 12. Tiffiny was an original INCO leader.
 KEY BILLS IN SALEM
What Oregon issues do you care about? Tell Betsy and Tiffiny today.
State Senator Betsy Johnson -- 503-986-1716   Sen.BetsyJohnson@oregonlegislature.gov
State Representative Tiffiny Mitchell -- ‭(503) 986-1432‬  Rep.TiffinyMitchell@oregonlegislature.gov

 
Several campaign finance reform bills were killed in the legislature. However,  SJR18 to amend the state constitution to allow limits should continue to be worked on and referred to voters. SJR18 will have a work session in Sen Rules on 6-17-19. Members should be contacted to ask that they vote Yes to move to full Senate for vote and then to vote Yes for referral to voters in November, 2020. More information here.

 Find updates about important Oregon legislation on INCO's website here.
MEDICARE FOR ALL
Is it practical? Possible? Affordable?
Check out these reports from the respected national non-profit, Public Citizen. Here's a good summary, with other links. Here's a detailed analysis. 
INDIVISIBLE OREGON'S TUESDAY CALL OF THE WEEK
Please thank Congresswoman Suzanne Bonamici for signing on to Representative Tlaib's impeachment resolution on June 13. She is one of only 14 co-sponsors of the bill. Please thank her for doing so.

Tell your Members of Congress: It's Time to Impeach.
Trump has committed impeachable offenses. And is on track to committing them again with our 2020 elections.  He must be held accountable. Congress must start an impeachment inquiry and protect our elections.
 
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
Monday, June 17 -  Action Day: Driver's Licenses for All, 5:30 - 7 pm, 1373 Duane, Astoria. Learn about HB 2015, and send postcards to our legislators. See poster above.

Wednesday, June 19 - Vote the Future (VTF) monthly meeting,  6:30 pm, Seaside Library Board Room

UPCOMING
No meetings in July for the Advocacy Team, Vote the Future Team, and INCO's Warrenton and Astoria Community Groups.

Saturday, August 3- 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.

Wednesday, August 7- Advocacy Team monthly meeting6:30 - 8 pm, Seaside Library Board Room.

Saturday, August 10 - Warrenton Community Group meeting11:30 a.m., El Compadre Restaurant, 
119 South Main, across the street from the Warrenton post office

Wednesday, August 21 - Vote the Future (VTF) monthly meeting,  6:30 pm, Seaside Library Board Room
It's time to call your Members of Congress about the issues you care about! 
INSIGHTS
"Ignorance allied with power is the most ferocious enemy justice can have."
-- James Baldwin
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   June 17, 2019

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