Monday, April 19, 2021

4-19-21 Newsletter


Senator Merkley met with INCO activists after his town hall on May 25, 2019 at the college's Patriot Hall gym. Shown here, back row: David Delk, Carmen Hammersmith, Carolyn Vena, Senator Merkley; front row: Tamra Taylor, Wendela Howie, Laurie Caplan, Mary Beth Cottle, Cheryl Conway.

Clatsop County Town Hall 
Wednesday, April 21, 2021 
4:00 p.m. 

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Thursday, April 22, 2021  

“The wealth of the nation is its air, water, soil, forests, minerals, rivers, lakes, oceans, scenic beauty, wildlife habitats, and biodiversity.” 
—Gaylord Nelson (1916-2005), politician and environmentalist


Voters will help decide policy, plans, and budgets for schools, the college, the Port of Astoria, and other districts when we elect board members in the county's May 18 Regular District election. Learn more about the candidates at this terrific web site that includes:  

  • 15 video interviews with candidates across the county
  • The newly-released Voter Pamphlet 
  • Links to the candidate's filing paperwork 
  • The timeline of crucial dates in the election cycle.  

Thanks to the Clatsop County Democrats and its Campaigns and Elections Committee for compiling this crucial information. 

This is an organized online event concerning HB 2021, HB 2842 and HB 2475. All Bills dealing with Climate Change. 
  • HB 2021- Directs the Public Utility Commission to study laws related to clean energy and provide results to interim committees of the Legislative Assembly no later than September 15, 2022. 
  • HB 2842 - Establishes Healthy Homes Program within the Oregon Health Authority to provide grants to entities to provide financial assistance to low income households and landlords.  Establishes Healthy Homes Repair Fund.Establishes Interagency Task Force on Healthy Homes.
  • HB 2475 - The Oregon House of Representatives passed a historic bill for working families across the state to decrease utility costs for families already struggling in the economic recession by establishing a Low-Income Utility Rate Class. Thank the Legislators for this.
You can call Ian 503-851-5774 to be put on the email list for the meeting. 
Thanks to Pamela Mattson McDonald and the Clatsop County Democrats for the info about this call. No date was provided.


INCO activists and dozens of other Oregon Indivisibles are featured in the new COIN video supporting statehood for Washington, DC., shown in the screenshots above. Watch the video here on Facebook, or here.  It's also posted on INCO's websiteThanks to Carmen, Cheryl, Laurie, and Pat for taking photos for the video.

Unsure why Indivisible supports DC Statehood? DC is a majority-minority population of more than half a million people who deserve representation: Click here for more informationwatch a quick video and go here for a call to action. Or, read the Indivisible book from 2019, page 257.

COIN and the INCO leadership team continue to review bills proposed in the Oregon legislature. This is a great time to contact our legislators with your preferences. You can contact State Senator Betsy Johnson and State Representative Suzanne Weber here. They won't know what you want if you don't tell them.
 "It is clear that the conservative majority is on course to elevate claims of religious freedom to override all other individual rights and societal wellbeing. The conservative majority will slowly enlarge areas of permissible discrimination against disfavored groups in the name of religious freedom." 
-- Robert Hubbell, Today's Edition newsletter, April 12, 2021

"Today, news broke that a number of pro-Trump House Republicans, including Representatives Marjorie Taylor Greene (R-GA), Matt Gaetz (R-FL), and Paul Gosar (R-AZ), are organizing the “America First Caucus,” . . . . The seven-page document outlining their ideas, obtained by Punchbowl News, is a list of the grievances popular in right-wing media. . . . And, with extraordinary clarity, it shows the ideology that underpins these positions, an ideology eerily reminiscent of that of the elite slaveholders of the 1850s American South."
-- Heather Cox Richardson, 
Letters from An American, April 16, 2021
Tuesday, May 18 - INCO South County Community Group Zoom meeting, 6:30 pm - 8 pm. Please RSVP to thru Monday, May 17 for your Zoom link.

Saturday,  May 22 - INCO North County Community Group Zoom meeting, 11 a.m - noon. Contact to get the Zoom link.

EVERY FRIDAY: The INCO Write to Voters group invites you to a Zoom open house for informal chat and writing to voters in special elections and for ballot issues every Friday from 3-4 pm. Pets and children are welcome. Contact to get the Zoom invitation from Bebe. 

SIGN UP: Special elections and issue campaigns will be starting up again soon. You can sign up to write to voters at or for general Get Out the Vote campaigns, sign up at Vote Forward.
“If there was any great lesson in life it was this: No battle was ever won with silence.” 
― Shannon L. Alder
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INCO Weekly Newsletter  April 19, 2021