Monday, July 12, 2021

7-12-2021 Newsletter


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The Senate needs to pass S.1, the For the People Act by the end of the month so we have time for its provisions to go into effect before the 2022 midterms.  Pro-democracy groups around the country, including Indivisible, are keeping up the pressure.

Please contact Senators Merkley and Wyden, even if you've called before. Thank them for their support of S.1 and urge them to continue to push for its passage. Your calls matter!

There are three fronts remaining in the fight for democracy reform, per Indivisible co-founder, Ezra Levin. He highlights three questions in the legislative fight to come for S.1:
  1. What legislative substance will Democratic senators agree to?
  2. What type of filibuster reform will Democratic senators agree to?
  3. When will this agreement come?
The US Supreme Court recently upheld Arizona's new restrictive voting laws, so it's more important than ever that we push Congress to pass the For the People Act and HR4 #VotingRightsAct. 
INCO's North and South County Community Groups are taking a well-deserved summer break. Their July and August meetings are CANCELLED. They will meet again in September with renewed energy and enthusiasm. We look forward to seeing you then.

Right now Oregon's legislative session is done, we have 3 terrific Members of Congress, and our county and state are reopening to travel, reunions, get-togethers, and other delights.

As you know, there is still lots to pay attention to politically. Let's stay in touch about issues and events that might need INCO's immediate attention. We encourage you to stay active by writing to voters; information is in Happenings, below. Please keep reading the weekly INCO newsletter and contact us at with your concerns or questions. 
"Approaching Tuesday’s six-month anniversary of the Jan. 6 insurrection, the liberal watchdog Citizens for Responsibility and Ethics in Washington tallied contributions corporate PACs have made to the 147 insurrectionists in Congress — those who voted to overturn the results of the 2020 election, even after the Trump mob’s deadly attack on the Capitol."
-- Dana Milbank, 
Washington Post, 7-6-21

"And now, of the 700 Republicans who have filed paperwork to run for Congress next year, at least a third of them have backed the idea that Trump won the 2020 election. In American history, the attempt to overturn our election procedures for one man, based on a lie, is unprecedented."

-- Heather Cox Richardson, historian; Letters from An American, 7-6-21

"Ominously, this election cycle is not about moving the Republican Party in a more conservative or more moderate direction or about reshaping its policy views. It is about packing the party with conspiracy theorists and liars and people itching to advance Mr. Trump’s belligerent, apocalyptic, reality-resistant brand of politics. Some three dozen QAnon-friendly Republican congressional candidates are in the mix, according to Media Matters’s latest count."
-- Michelle Cottle, 
New York Times, 7-8-21

"Biden, by contrast, insisted that the way to win was not to play (Trump's game)."
Adam Gopnik, The New Yorker, 7-10-21
Here's a fascinating take on Biden's governance, based on his belief that there is a surprisingly large area of agreement in American life.
SUMMER HIATUS - INCO South County Community Group and INCO North County Community Group are not meeting during the summer. They'll resume meetings in September. See the article in the newsletter for details. 
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--Eve Ensler, playwright
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INCO Weekly Newsletter  July 12, 2021