Hundreds of area residents at all four corners of 8th and Commercial demanded sensible gun reform at INCO's Rally For Our Lives, March 24, 2018.
GUN SENSE ADVOCACY EVENT Hilary Uhlig, Oregon Chapter Leader for Moms Demand Action Thursday, August 29 at 6:30 pm Seaside Library Community Room Hosted by INCO
INCO supports the common-sense solutions proposed by Moms Demand Action (MDA) to address a dangerous culture of gun violence. Moms Demand Action mobilizes popular support for policies that respect Second Amendment rights and protect people. It also runs programs to promote gun safety. Oregon’s lawmakers passed gun safety laws to ensure background checks for all gun sales in the state and laws that prevent domestic abusers and stalkers from possessing firearms. Oregon now also has a red flag law, the Extreme Risk Protection Order (ERPO), which allows guns to be removed temporarily from those who are at substantial risk of harming themselves or others.
MDA was founded in 2012 after the shooting at Sandy Hook Elementary School, which killed 20 children and 6 educators. It is a non-partisan grassroots movement with more than six million supporters.The group has organized volunteers from across the country to advocate for closing deadly loopholes in the background check system to keep guns out of the hands of dangerous people.
Would you like INCO to help keep the census accurate and complete? The ACLU suggests local folks could help in • educating the public about its impact • supporting local get-out-the-count efforts • helping non-English speakers to complete the form
TOWN HALL: STATE REPRESENTATIVE TIFFINY MITCHELL Sunday, September 8 3 - 4 pm Clatsop Community College - Columbia Hall 219 - 1653Lexington - Astoria ADA parking in back: enter on Lexington just east of 15th Representative Mitchell was a founding leader of INCO.
The security of our elections in 2020 is at grave risk, including here in Oregon. Senator Ron Wyden, a member of the Senate Intelligence Committee, said, “As of right now, 2020 will make 2016 look like child’s play” in terms of the potential for hacking and other abuses. He is urging us to create a “tidal wave” of support for the SAFE Act and HR 3351. These bills will provide states with more than $600 million, along with enforceable standards for election security. These bills were passed by the House of Representatives, but Moscow Mitch McConnell is preventing a vote in the Senate.
Gohere for more information and to get talking points and be connected with your senators’ offices. Tell them you want the Senate to secure our elections now by passing the election security bills already passed by the House. Info at https://secureourvote.us.
You can also write a letter to your local paper in support of election security. Go here for talking points for a letter to the editor (LTE). Send your letter to email@example.com. Include your full name and contact info; the paper will call to confirm.
“When we are no longer able to change a situation, we are challenged to change ourselves.” ― Viktor E. Frankl, Man’s Search for Meaning
Jen Hofmann, who was keynote speaker at INCO's first summit, in 2017, offers advice about living in "our world in distress."
HEALING THE WORLD: HELPING CHILDREN FACE IMMIGRATION COURT
The Safe Passage Project provides pro bono lawyers to refugee and immigrant children in New York who face deportation without a lawyer. The New York Times featured Safe Passage Project in a recent article.
"These children have a legal right to be heard and to have a fair process to determine if they may remain permanently in the United States. Without a lawyer, the immigration process is prohibitively complex for a child to navigate and more than 3 out of 4 children are deported despite qualifying for protections under U.S. law. With a lawyer, these statistics are reversed, and 3 out of 4 children with representation obtain legal relief, meaning protection from the violence and persecution they fled." -- Safe Passage Project website INCO occasionally features people and organizations making the world better.
PROMOTE DEMOCRACY WITH POSTCARDS TO VOTERS Weekly postcard parties start Friday, September 6 2 - 4 pm Mary Blake Playhouse, 1215 Avenue A, across from the Bob Chisholm Community Center, Seaside Please park in the BCCC parking lot. Everyone is welcome, no matter where you live.
Bebe Michel and Laura Allen, INCO's postcarding organizers, invite you to help us write thousands of cards to votersover the next 15 months to support candidates and other election issues. INCO and Postcards to Voters (PTV) provide supplies, addresses, and text. You provide energy and enthusiasm!
Candidates for Congress and state legislatures in other states are already campaigning. Florida's Vote By Mail campaign is reaching thousands of voters. PTV campaigns make a difference in election turnout and outcomes, so jump in and get writing with us!
START OTHER POSTCARDING PARTIES Gather a few friends or neighbors or relatives; find a good spot - a home, a business, a meeting room, etc. Contact firstname.lastname@example.org if you'd like Bebe and Laura to help you get started.
THIS WEEK Thursday, August 29 - Gun Sense Advocacy with Moms Demand Action, 6:30 - 8 pm, Seaside Library Community Room. INCO's Advocacy Team hosts Hilary Uhlig from Hillsboro, who's a statewide leader with Moms Demand Action.
UPCOMING Wednesday, September 4 - Climate Crisis Town Hall: Democratic Presidential Candidates Debate; on CNN.
Friday, September 6 - Postcards to Voters Postcard Party,2- 4 pm, Mary Blake Playhouse, 1215 Avenue A, across from the Bob Chisholm Community Center, Seaside. More information above. This is a weekly event.
Saturday, September 7 - 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. State Representative Tiffiny Mitchell talks about her first term in the state legislature.
Sunday, September 8 - Town Hall with State Representative Tiffiny Mitchell,3 - 4 pm, Clatsop Community College, Columbia Hall 219, Astoria.
Sunday, September 22 - "Paris to Pittsburgh," Doors open at 2:30; film starts at 3; Columbian Theater, 1114 Marine Drive, Astoria. Free public screening hosted by INCO in conjunction with INCO's Global Climate Strike Week.
Tuesday, September 24 - National Voting Registration Day. INCO activists will be at area high schools, the Astoria Senior Center, and Clatsop Community College to register voters and to assist if voters need to change address or party affiliation. Update your voter registration on your own - new address, party affiliation - atOregon's official site, My Vote.
WEEKLY Starting September 6, Fridays - Postcards to Voters Postcard Party,2 - 4 pm, Mary Blake Playhouse, 1215 Avenue A, across from the Bob Chisholm Community Center, Seaside. INCO and Postcards to Voters provide supplies, addresses, and text. Please park in the BCCC parking lot.
“”Perseverance and spirit have done wonders in all ages.” - George Washington
DO SOMETHING TO MAKE A DIFFERENCE
How will your Members of Congress (MoC) and state legislators know what you want if you don't tell them?Contact info here. Contact ONLY elected officials who represent you so you don't dilute the power of actual constituents. Tell your MoC when you agree with their positions and votes.
Write a Letter to the Editor about an issue. Don't repeat fear-based messaging. Propose solutions and positive actions readers can take.Editor@dailyastorian.com.
OTHER ACTIONS THAT MATTER
• Be a postcarder! See info above about Postcards to Voters. • Get active with organizations that strengthen our communities. • Donate to causes that defend our democracy. • For current action items, visit www.incoregon.org and www.indivisible.org. • Update your change of address or party affiliation at Oregon's official site, My Vote.
Get active with INCO's Advocacy Team, Vote the Future Team, and Community Groups.
Trump’s disgraceful use of his office to pursue personal vendettas—an unprecedented abuse of power against political rivals that Congress must investigate—was on display in recent attacks against Elizabeth Warren and Representatives Rashida Tlaib and Ilhan Omar and his response to the “Proud Boys” rally in Portland.
At an official visit to a Pennsylvania petrochemical plant, Trump revived his pejorative “Pocahontas” nickname for Elizabeth Warren—demeaning the office of the presidency and exposing Trump’s racism and white nationalism.
When Representatives Tlaib and Omar sought to visit Israel, Trump successfully pressured Netanyahu to block their visit, falsely claiming they hate Israel and are anti-Semitic—continuing his racist, sexist, Islamophobic vendetta against members of a co-equal branch of government, exporting partisan battles and demonstrating lengths to which he’ll go to target domestic opponents.
“Proud Boys,” an extremist group with ties to white nationalism, came to Portland looking for a fight. Instead of calling this hate group a terrorist organization, Trump threatened, to apply that label to the anti-fascist groups counter-protesting it.
We cannot allow this continued assault on our democracy. Unless its preservation is our highest priority, the republic’s already lost. Congress must pursue a serious, transparent impeachment inquiry now.