Monday, May 31, 2021

5-31-21 Newsletter


Indivisible has given INCO 100 of these stellar postcards featuring our own Cheryl Conway so we can write Senators Merkley and Wyden to thank them for co-sponsoring S.51, for DC statehood. 

You can be part of this statewide and nationwide project. We'll provide you with stamped postcards, the senators' addresses, and talking points. There's room for just 1-2 sentences so this is an easy way to advocate for this important cause. We'll mail you your 2 postcards when you contact with your name and mailing address. 
Last fall 78% of voters approved Measure 107 to allow campaign finance reform in Oregon. Since then, the state legislature has been developing several reform bills. As of Friday night, HB 2860 has turned into a public financing and small donor bill with nothing about campaign limits on non-public funds. 

(Consolidated Oregon Indivisible Network) urges us to contact our legislators, with a slightly revised message:
1. Continue to express opposition to HB 2680-1. Support our preference for HB 3343 in terms of contribution limits;
2. acknowledge posting of HB 2680-12, which appears to now be a purely public financing bill that we are still reviewing but are optimistic about, and
3. assuming that this is the case, urge the Rules Committee to immediately push forward with HB 3343 as well. Contact Representative Barbara Smith Warner, the Rules Committee chair; her contact info is below.

Oregon legislative contact info is below.
Unpacking Deep Canvassing Training series with Indivisible’s Rural Caucus
One of the discussions that emerged from the recent election campaigns is how to communicate progressive values and policies in a rural community. Join other Indivisible groups for a training series on the listening, curiosity, conversation, and practical skills needed to successfully have deep canvassing conversations to move folks toward progressive values and action in your community. This is a 4-part series of sessions that build on each other -- please join us for all four if you can, but drop-ins are also welcome!

You can choose to attend one or more of the following sessions.
 Jun 2, 2021 08:00 PM 
 Jun 9, 2021 08:00 PM 
 Jun 16, 2021 08:00 PM 
 Jun 23, 2021 08:00 PM

INCO supports S.1, the For the People Act
INCO's letter to the editor tells why. We also wrote US Senator Jeff Merkley to thank him for sponsoring this essential bill and Senator Ron Wyden to thank him for co-sponsoring S.1.

Now it's your turn! Our calls and emails prove that their constituents support this vital legislation - something they can tell their GOP colleagues. We must prevent more Republican-sponsored anti-democracy voter suppression bills in states around the country. 

Contact State Representative Suzanne Weber and urge her to co-sponsor and vote for SJM 5. This is a bipartisan resolution endorsing a proposed climate change bill in Congress, the Energy Innovation and Carbon Dividend Act (EICDA). This resolution is part of a nationwide effort to show support from state legislatures and their constituents for the EICDA. 

State Representative Weber: 503-986-1432
Senator Merkley: 202-224-3753
Senator Wyden: 202-224-5244
contact information is here.
Wear Orange

Wear Orange Weekend starts June 4 - hosted by Everytown for Gun Safety. Save the date and learn more about Wear OrangeJune 4 is National Gun Violence Awareness Day.

After Hadiya Pendleton was shot and killed in 2013 at the age of 15, her friends and family organized in Chicago to honor her life by wearing the color orange. Wear Orange originated on June 2, 2015—what would have been Hadiya's 18th birthday—and is now observed nationally on the first Friday in June and the following weekend each year in order to raise awareness for gun violence prevention.

This year, that means calling special attention to how the gun violence crisis has worsened during the COVID-19 pandemic. In 2020, the number of people killed by gun violence exceeded 40,000—the highest rate of gun deaths in two decades.

Ad Fontes Media just released its latest chart to rate news sources via reliability, analysis, and political point of view. Check out the interactive and static charts, and find more here.
Senate Leadership
President Courtney
Pres. Pro Tem. Manning
Dem. Leader Wagner
Rep. Leader Girod
House Leadership
Speaker Kotek
Speaker Pro Tem. Holvey 
Dem. Leader Smith Warner
Rep. Leader Drazen

Clatsop County's legislators
State Senator Betsy Johnson: 503-986-1716
State Representative Suzanne Weber: 503-986-1432
More contact information is here.
Tuesday, June 8 - INCO South County Community Group Zoom meeting, 6:30 pm - 8 pm. Please RSVP to thru Monday, June 7 for your Zoom link.

Saturday,  June 19 - INCO North County Community Group Zoom meeting, 11 a.m - noon. Contact to get the Zoom link.

The INCO Write to Voters group meets via Zoom on Fridays, 3-4 pm. Join us for informal chat and writing to voters in special elections and for ballot issues. Pets and children are welcome. Contact to get the Zoom invitation from Bebe. 

WRITE TO VOTERS: Special elections and issue campaigns need you year-round. You can sign up to write to voters at or for general Get Out the Vote campaigns, sign up at Vote Forward.
Hope has two lovely daughters,
     anger and courage.
Anger so that what must not be
        will not be
and courage so that what can be
          will be.
                    -- St. Augustine
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INCO Weekly Newsletter  May 31, 2021