Monday, December 6, 2021

12-6-2021 Newsletter


Friday, December 17 
3-4 pm, via Zoom
Party Suggestions:
Decorate yourself.
Write a New Year's resolution for your least or most favorite political figure. 
Decorate your Zoom screen (go to Video options at the bottom of your Zoom screen to select filters, backgrounds, etc. Newer software is needed.) 
Share your favorite memory, gift, music.
Bring cookies.

Contact to get the Zoom link if you don't already have it for INCO's Friday Zoom writers gathering.
We can't celebrate in the same room,
so let's celebrate with Zoom!  
Who will fill the vacancies coming up in local and regional elected offices? Pro-democracy candidates who believe in the rule of law and share progressive/liberal values -  or right-wing extremists or other conservatives? 

Find out how COIN members, Tillamook Democracy Project, and Protect Oregon's Progress successfully recruited and supported local candidates in 2020.

Tuesday, December 7 at 7 pm via Zoom
Hear from successful candidates.  Q&A. 
register here.

If you are interested in running for office, helping with campaigns, or simply making sure we have candidates we believe in, please attend!
Everyone loves good news, so INCO's leadership team wrote a Letter to the Editor (LTE) in Thursday's Astorian highlighting the accomplishments of the Biden administration. Please join us in reminding readers that Congress - mostly only Democrats, unfortunately - is passing legislation to improve our lives.

Your LTE could tell how people are benefitting or something else entirely, in a few sentences or a few paragraphs, up to 250 words. Include your name, address, and phone number so the paper can contact you to confirm authorship. Submit your letter to or online here

BIDEN'S PRESS COVERAGE:  Using artificial intelligence (AI), a recent analysis of 200,000 articles using artificial intelligence (AI) shows the negativity of Biden's recent press coverage with precision. You can help correct that with your LTE.
He is removed, but his loyal anti-democratic followers persist, and some are in Congress. You're an essential part of INCO's ongoing work to defend democracy. Thank you!  This was INCO's Rally to Impeach and Remove, Astoria, December 17, 2019.
The current conservative, often reactionary, majority of the US Supreme Court seems intent on undoing decades of settled law and precedent. If you are concerned, check out the suggestions in Robert Hubbell's Today's Edition online newsletters, including these from his December 1 edition:

•  "Though expanding the Court may be a longshot, the threat of expansion was enough to 
chasten a reactionary majority on the Supreme Court in 1937. The Senate has a bill on its docket that would increase the size of the Court to thirteen. Call Chuck Schumer and your Senators urging them to co-sponsor and pass the Judiciary Act (S.1141)."

•  "... we can pressure Congress to pass legislation to codify the rights recognized in Roe v. Wade. Call your Senators and urge them to co-sponsor and pass the Women’s Health Protection Act of 2021 

Senator Ron Wyden

Senator Jeff Merkley

LEARN MORE: Check out last week's conversation about the current Supreme Court, "Justice on the Brink: Twelve Months that Transformed the Supreme Court." It's presented by The Brennan Center for Justice and features noted author and SCOTUS commentator Linda Greenhouse.  It's on YouTube here.
Oregon's legislature created these Congressional districts using the 2020 census results. It's likely there will be heated contests in all districts, and the outcome could affect not just Congress but the impact of legislation on Oregonians. Note that these districts are roughly equal in population, so you can see how thinly populated a large part of our state is.
COIN wants to know about the calls, emails, postcards, rallies, and more that Oregon Indivisibles are doing. These numbers will add weight to INCO and COIN influence. COIN's report form is here. On the drop-down menu for the COIN Squad group name, please select INCO, whether you are working alone or as a member of a group 
Saturday, December 11 - INCO Astoria - North County Community Group Zoom meeting, 11am - noon. If you are new to this group, contact by December 10 to get the Zoom link. 

Tuesday, December 14 - INCO South County Community Group Zoom meeting, 6:30 pm - 8 pm. Please RSVP to thru Monday, December 13 for your Zoom link.

Saturday, January 15 - INCO Warrenton Community Group, in person meeting, 11 a.m. Location TBA. Contact by January 13 for more information.

EVERY FRIDAY - INCO Write to Voters (WTV) Virtual Group, 3 - 4 pm. Via Zoom. If you are new to this group, contact 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.  Please note: December 17 is INCO's Winter Celebration. No WTV group on December 24 or 31. WTV returns January 7, 2022.

Write To Voters - Research shows that your letters to voters increased voter turnout significantly. Elections and issue campaigns need you year-round. INCO encourages you to sign up to write to voters at For general Get Out the Vote campaigns, sign up at Vote Forward. For supplies or information, contact
"Bless all things that are more than one thing and all people
For our unwitting and witting witless improvised mixtures...."
-- excerpt from 
"Culture," by Robert Pinsky
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INCO Weekly Newsletter   December 6, 2021