Monday, July 8, 2019

INCO Weekly Newsletter 7/8

HAPPY 243rd BIRTHDAY, AMERICA!
INCO celebrates our country by defending our democracy and opposing authoritarianism, bigotry, and corruption. Let's continue to work together to make our country better - now and for generations to come.

-- Deb Vanasse and Laurie Caplan, INCO Co-chairs
SAVE THE DATE:
WALK WITH INCO IN THE ASTORIA REGATTA
GRAND LAND PARADE

Saturday, August 10  •  noon - 2 pm  •  downtown Astoria

Lots of cheers for INCO in our past two Regatta parades, so join us this year. It's a level walk about 1 mile long, with costumes, music, tons of spectators, and a terrific opportunity to introduce INCO to even more people!  More details soon.
STOP CHILD ABUSE BY THE U.S. GOVERNMENT
Take on the real emergency: Trump's racist immigration agenda.
Thanks to Senator Ron Wyden's office for this list and links.
You can support the network of advocacy organizations working to protect and provide critical resources to immigrant families at the U.S. border.
Al Otro Lado works with deportees, migrants, and refugees in Tijuana & Los Angeles https://www.alotrolado.org
The Florence Project provides legal defense and social services to detained immigrants in Arizona
https://firrp.org/
Kids In Need of Defense (KIND) represents unaccompanied immigrant and refugee children in their deportation proceedings.
https://supportkind.org/
Womens Refugee Commission improves the lives and protects the rights of women, children and youth displaced by conflict and crisis. 
https://www.womensrefugeecommission.org/
The Young Center for Immigrant Children's Rights promotes the best interests of unaccompanied immigrant children.
https://www.theyoungcenter.org/
Texas Civil Rights Project provides pro bono and low-cost legal services around voting rights and racial justice throughout Texas.
https://texascivilrightsproject.org/
ACLU Foundationprovides public education and litigation services to protect immigrant and civil rights. https://www.aclu.org/
From last week's newsletter: Check out the 3 concrete suggestions from Lawyers for Good Government for supporting human decency and kindness. Among other resources are the Interfaith Movement for Immigrant Justice and SOAR Immigration Legal Services.
HOLLYWOOD AND TRUMPISM
Good can triumph over evil, as in the real events and people shown in these outstanding films. The bonus features are worth watching, too.

• Trumbo - Bryan Cranston stars as Dalton Trumbo, the award-winning screenwriter who led the fight against the Hollywood blacklist during the anti-communist hysteria of the 1940's-50's.
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• Good Night, and Good Luck- George Clooney, Robert Downey, Jr., and David Strathairn show the struggle to oppose Joe McCarthy, to preserve a free and independent press - and to make television that educates and informs, as well as entertains.

• All the President's Men - Dustin Hoffman and Robert Redford are Woodward and Bernstein, the two young reporters who unearthed Watergate, the corruption and lies at the heart of the Nixon White House.
PROGRESSIVE BILLS GET THE OK 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

 
The League of Women Voters of Oregon's excellent report of legislative actions and inactions this year is here. The legislative session ended June 30 at midnight. Kudos to each of you who contacted Betsy and/or Tiffiny about the issues you care about.
INCO continues to oppose the GOP's efforts to deny health insurance to millions. Here's our health care rally in July, 2017. You can help with this work! Contact incoregon@gmail.com.
INDIVISIBLE OREGON'S TUESDAY CALL OF THE WEEK
Tell your Members of Congress: No More Money to DHS

Last month Congress passed a flawed spending bill, gifting $4.6 billion to the Trump administration to continue their inhumane anti-immigrant campaign at the border. More budget talks lay ahead and we demand that our Members of Congress work for a budget that provides humanitarian aid for those suffering at hands of ICE/CBP and no additional money to DHS while calling for an immediate impeachment inquiry over the illegal conditions in these camps.
 
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.
WHO'S IN THE NEXT DEBATES?
The Democratic National Committee is upping the ante for its second round of presidential primary debates, on July 30 and 31. The DNC is doubling the polling and grass-roots fundraising requirements from its initial summer debates. If you're interested in supporting your favorite, candidates' websites are here, listed on INCO's Vote the Future site. 
HAPPENINGS
Details on our events page.
Everyone is welcome to all these events.

THIS WEEK
Check out Democratic candidates for President on televised events Wednesday and Thursday. 
lIt's time to call your Members of Congress about the issues you care about!

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

Tuesday, July 30 and Wednesday, July 31 - Democratic Presidential Candidates Debates, 2nd round, 6 pm, PDT.

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 - Walk with INCO in the Astoria Regatta Grand Land Paradenoon - 2 pm. Details soon.

Saturday, August 
TBA - 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
INSIGHTS
“Without a strong educational system democracy is crippled. Knowledge is not only key to power. It is the citadel of human freedom.”
— Harry Truman
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   July 8, 2019

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