Monday, October 18, 2021

10-18-2021 Newsletter

 

Join COIN for our latest COINversation,Pandemic Politics, a deep dive on the full spectrum of local politics around the pandemic. Our panelists represent urban and rural areas and areas that are deep red and deep blue. What’s it like to be an elected official and deal with the politics of the pandemic?

With panelists:
Marcus LeGrand - Bend-La Pine School Board Director
Dr. Trevor Phillips - Salem City Councilor
Dr. Maxine Dexter - OR State Representative (HD-33)
Kathy Schwartz RN - Wasco County Commissioner
Dr David Gilmour - former Jackson County Commissioner

Register now to submit your question(s): http://tinyurl.com/COIN101921

CLIMATE LISTENING SESSION IS WEDNESDAY
This series of regional forums is to hear from and understand different perspectives from different counties and the environmental priorities you are all dealing with! And make sure that those voices are being included in the legislative session planning and state policy and rule-making in general.  The forums are hosted by the Environmental Caucus of the Democratic Party of Oregon. Please register here for your Zoom link.

WHO WILL GET TO VOTE?

"And so, here we are. Republicans are trying to regain control of the government by making sure their opponents can’t vote, while Democrats are trying to level a badly tilted playing field. If the Democrats do not succeed in passing a voting rights law, we can expect America to become a one-party state that, at best, will look much like the American South did between 1876 and 1964.

"Our nation will no longer be a democracy ....

"In the Senate, Joe Manchin (D-WV) expressed misgivings about the voting measures and vowed to hammer out a voting rights bill that could attract the votes of ten Republicans and thus break a filibuster. He and a number of Democratic colleagues announced the Freedom to Vote Act in mid-September 2021. If there are ten Republicans to support the measure, we have not yet seen them.

"The Senate will vote on the Freedom to Vote Act on Wednesday."
-- Heather Cox Richardson, 
Letters from an American, October 15, 2021

WHO WILL REPRESENT YOU?
Rugby? White-water rafting? Horse racing? Oregon politics sometimes feels like a sport, but without any time outs. Clatsop County's  State Senator, Betsy Johnson, is running for governor as an Independent. Our State Representative, Suzanne Weber, has already announced she's running for State Senate as a Republican. 

It's time to look around to see who you'd like representing you in Oregon's legislature. Who could represent your values and goals for the north coast and Oregon?  It's time for progressives to go for the winning touchdown. INCO can link you to campaigning expertise and resources; contact incoregon@gmail.com.
NEARLY HALFWAY TO GOAL
With your help, INCO can raise $500 in this fundraising drive, which Indivisible will match for a total of $1000. Make your activism dollars go farther by donating now to INCO.  

To have your donation doubled, be sure to donate through 
this site. Only donations given through this ActBlue site will be doubled by Indivisible. 
Thank you for contributing to INCO.

INDIVISIBLE: "GIVE NO GROUND"

"Indivisible, one of the country's largest and most influential progressive groups, announced on Friday a new program dedicated to protecting a select slate of endangered Democratic congressional incumbents -- seven House members and Georgia's Sen. Raphael Warnock -- ahead of next year's midterm elections."
-- CNN.com, 10/15/21

"With this new initiative, we’re saying that we not only are going to fight for the progressive policies for which Americans voted -- we are also letting Republicans know that we will not tolerate less than what the American people both demand and deserve. We will, in short, give no ground. 
Join the fight, and click here to sign the Give No Ground Pledge today!"
-- Indivisible email, 10/16/21

CONNECTING WITH OUR COMMUNITIES
INCO spreads our pro-democracy message in many ways at events and other activities. Steve Bronstein and Brian List welcomed visitors to the INCO table at Ales and Ideas at Fort George in October 2018. INCO's buttons have encouraged common sense, compassion, and voting since Bebe Michel started making hundreds and hundreds of them to share throughout INCO-land and beyond. 
HAPPENINGS 
Tuesday, November 9 - INCO South County Community Group Zoom meeting, 6:30 pm - 8 pm. Please RSVP to Kathleenannmacdonald@yahoo.com thru Monday, November 8 for your Zoom link.

EVERY FRIDAY - INCO Write to Voters Virtual Group, 3 - 4 pm. Via Zoom. If you are new to this group, contact incoregon@gmail.com to get the Zoom link. More details about writing to voters are below. Join us for informal conversation, venting, and solving the world's problems. Pets welcome.

Write To Voters - The numbers show that your letters to voters increased vote turnout significantly. Special elections and issue campaigns need you year-round. INCO encourages you to sign up to write to voters at www.postcardstovoters.org. For general Get Out the Vote campaigns, sign up at Vote Forward. For supplies or information, contact incoregon@gmail.com.
INSIGHTS

"I don't know what happiness is but it's definitely NOT just going with the flow. Going with the flow, for Christ sake? Don't ever go with the flow. Stop the flow, go against the flow, start the flow, but don't under any circumstance just go with the flow."
-- Ricky Gervais, Huffington Post, 7-12-11

New York Times graphic.
Comments, news, and photos to INCO at incoregon@gmail.com
Resources and other information at www.incoregon.org and www.indivisible.org.
Encourage others to sign up for the INCO newsletter at our website or here.

INCO Weekly Newsletter   October 18, 2021

Monday, October 11, 2021

10-11-2021 Newspaper

INCO CLEANS UP
"We had a great time laughing with each other, but were saddened by the amount of debris discarded," says Carmen Hammersmith about Saturday's clean-up on Harbor Drive by Warrenton and Astoria Indivisibles. From left,  Meridee Faber, Bob Lennon, Karen Borders, and Cheryl Conway. Not pictured are Del Borders, Wendela Howie, and Carmen.
NEW RELEASE: "ON TYRANNY GRAPHIC EDITION"
Photo from "On Tyranny Graphic Edition: Twenty Lessons from the Twentieth Century," as shown on New Yorker.com. From Chapter 10, 'Believe in Truth.' Text by Timothy Snyder. Illustrations by Nora Krug.
 
Some of you might remember that INCO sold copies of "On Tyranny: Twenty Lessons from the Twentieth Century" as part of our response to Trump’s election. The new edition features graphics and illustrations. Snyder, the Levin Professor of History at Yale, is a historian and author known for his research, writing, and commitment to democracy. 

"The Founding Fathers tried to protect us from the threat they knew, the tyranny that overcame ancient democracy. Today, our political order faces new threats, not unlike the totalitarianism of the twentieth century. We are no wiser than the Europeans who saw democracy yield to fascism, Nazism, or communism. Our one advantage is that we might learn from their experience.” 
— Timothy Snyder, ON TYRANNY
STRETCH YOUR DEMOCRACY DOLLARS
We're on our way to raising $500, which Indivisible will match for a total of $1000. With your help, we can do this! Make your activism dollars go farther by donating now to INCO.  

To double your donation, be sure to donate through 
this site. Only donations given through this ActBlue site will be doubled by Indivisible. 
Thank you for contributing to INCO.
"EVERY REASON TO BE HOPEFUL"
"Although this has been a painful process, it appears that Biden will achieve a significant portion of his legislative agenda. We face tough slogging ahead, but there is a path to victory. Good. If Biden can close the deal, it will be thanks to the hard work of tens of thousands of volunteers who helped elect Biden and Democratic majorities in both chambers of Congress. It is too early to celebrate, but we have every reason to be hopeful.”  
— Robert Hubbell, Today’s Edition  October 6, 2021

INDIVISIBLE UPDATE: RECONCILIATION PACKAGE

The policies laid out in the reconciliation package will have massive positive impacts for people and families across the country. This fight is about expanding access to affordable health care and child care. It’s about making investments in a strong climate strategy. It’s about creating a pathway to citizenship for millions of immigrants and migrants. It’s about ensuring paid family and medical leave for every worker nationwide. In short, it’s about people.

That’s why we’ve developed a multi-pronged strategy to have the greatest impact:

  1. Have the backs of the progressive bloc as they execute their strategy to demand passage of the reconciliation bill.
  2. Hold conservative Dems accountable for attempting to tank the whole deal and settle for insufficient measures.
  3. Work with committees in both houses of Congress to ensure our top priorities stay in the final bill and get passed.
-- Excerpt from Indivisible email, October 10, 2021
HAPPENINGS 
Tuesday, October 12 - INCO South County Community Group Zoom meeting, 6:30 pm - 8 pm. Please RSVP to Kathleenannmacdonald@yahoo.com thru Monday, October 11 for your Zoom link.

EVERY FRIDAY - INCO Write to Voters Virtual Group, 3 - 4 pm. Via Zoom. If you are new to this group, contact incoregon@gmail.com to get the Zoom link. More details about writing to voters are below. Join us for informal conversation, venting, and solving the world's problems. Pets welcome.

Write To Voters - The numbers show that your letters to voters increased vote turnout significantly. Special elections and issue campaigns need you year-round. INCO encourages you to sign up to write to voters at www.postcardstovoters.org. For general Get Out the Vote campaigns, sign up at Vote Forward. For supplies or information, contact incoregon@gmail.com.
INSIGHTS

"You must be prepared at any moment to enter uncharted territory,
to expect the unexpected, and where possible, seize the opportunities."

-- Dr. Anthony Fauci, National Geographic magazine, November, 2021

New York Times graphic.
Comments, news, and photos to INCO at incoregon@gmail.com
Resources and other information at www.incoregon.org and www.indivisible.org.
Encourage others to sign up for the INCO newsletter at our website or here.

INCO Weekly Newsletter   October 11, 2021

 

Monday, October 4, 2021

10-4-2021 Newsletter

INCO activists of all ages work for a better future at the Global Climate Strike, Astoria, September 27, 2019. More climate action photos below.
LETTERS A SUCCESS
In case you had doubts about the positive effect of writing Vote Forward's letters to voters, a Time magazine article (not firewalled) explains the analysis. The gist? The letters produced a .8% increase in voters. That is HUGE in terms of voter turnout - and is more than the margin of victory in some elections! 

If you are currently writing, thanks, and keep it up! If you are interested, check out 
www.postcardstovoters.org, or VoteForward. As always, you're invited to write while we chat via Zoom on Fridays at 3 pm. 

You can get stamps and supplies, the Zoom link, and just plain old information at 
incoregon@gmail.com.
DONATE NOW TO DOUBLE THE GOOD
Starting today, Indivisible will match all donations to INCO up to $500 for a limited time. Which means your contribution is doubled, and you'll feel even better about supporting INCO activism!

To double your donation, be sure to donate through 
this site. Only donations given through this ActBlue site will be doubled by Indivisible. 
Thank you for contributing to INCO.
CONGRESS: HOW DID WE GET HERE?
"Whatever it is, I continue to maintain that the issue right now is not Democrats’ negotiations over the infrastructure bills—regardless of how they turn out—but that Republican lawmakers are actively working to undermine our democracy."
-- Heather Cox Richardson, 
Letters from an American, October 1, 2021


"We are in this difficult situation only because of our narrow margins in Congress. The good news is that we have the power to change those margins. . . .(T)here will be 8 million new eligible voters in 2021 and 2022—just from graduating high school seniors. There are, of course, many other under-represented groups who would vote Democratic—if they were registered. 

". . . . When more people vote, Democrats win! As we wait for a miracle, my advice is not to wait for a miracle but to engage in activism that will expand our margins of control in Congress. Then we can put all of this craziness behind us and focus on building a better America."
-- Robert Hubbell, 
Today's Edition, September 30, 2021

Rally-goers cheered for the Global Climate Strike rally hosted by INCO in Seaside, September 20, 2019.
REDISTRICTING: WHERE IS CLATSOP COUNTY?
The are the new districts approved by the Oregon Legislature last week:   
Congressional District- CD1: Clatsop, Tillamook, Columbia, parts of Washington and Multnomah Counties
Oregon State House: Clatsop, Tillamook, part of Columbia Counties
Oregon State Senate: Clatsop, Tillamook, Columbia, parts of Washington and Multnomah Counties

The official maps and more information are at the 
state redistricting site. The maps also reveal the population density of Multnomah County and the I-5 corridor compared to eastern Oregon.
HAPPENINGS 
Tuesday, October 12 - INCO South County Community Group Zoom meeting, 6:30 pm - 8 pm. Please RSVP to Kathleenannmacdonald@yahoo.com thru Monday, October 11 for your Zoom link.

EVERY FRIDAY - INCO Write to Voters Virtual Group, 3 - 4 pm. Via Zoom. If you are new to this group, contact incoregon@gmail.com to get the Zoom link. More details about writing to voters are below. Join us for informal conversation, venting, and solving the world's problems. Pets welcome.

Write To Voters - The numbers show that your letters to voters increased vote turnout significantly. Special elections and issue campaigns need you year-round. INCO encourages you to sign up to write to voters at www.postcardstovoters.org. For general Get Out the Vote campaigns, sign up at Vote Forward. For supplies or information, contact incoregon@gmail.com.
INSIGHTS
Homo sapiens can live almost anywhere on Earth, under almost any conditions; all we need is a story telling us why our lives matter. 
-- Roy Scranton
New York Times graphic.
Comments, news, and photos to INCO at incoregon@gmail.com
Resources and other information at www.incoregon.org and www.indivisible.org.
Encourage others to sign up for the INCO newsletter at our website or here.

INCO Weekly Newsletter   October 4, 2021