Monday, January 17, 2022

1/17/2022 Newsletter


All Indivisibles are invited to meet Democratic state senate candidate Melissa Busch via Zoom at the INCO meeting Saturday, January 22, at 11 a.m - noon. Melissa will speak, with time for Q&A.

We invited Melissa to speak shortly after she announced as a candidate for the Oregon Senate District 16 seat, then held by Betsy Johnson. Melissa will be on the ballot in the May primary. She was one of the three finalists for the interim appointment filled by county commissioners last week. See the following article.

To get the Zoom link for the January 22 meeting, contact
The five county commissions in Senate District 16 chose Rachel Armitage to be the interim state senator on January 14. Armitage is not running for the office in the May primary and has endorsed Melissa Busch to be elected as state senator.
Quality of life. Public services. Economic health.
Clatsop County wants to hear what local residents have to say about these and other important issues impacting our community. Please take part in this online community survey seeking input about the county as a place to live, work and play. The survey is here, on the Clatsop County website.

The survey is designed to help the Board of Commissioners and staff to craft long-range goals for Clatsop County’s policy and spending priorities.

Participants are asked to rate, from excellent to poor, their feelings on Clatsop County as a place to live, raise children, work, visit and retire. Subjects range from the general – overall quality of life – to employment opportunities, housing options, traffic, and availability of health care. Respondents are also asked to rate various services , as well as overall confidence in Clatsop County government.

All responses are anonymous, although participants are invited to enter their email addresses in order to receive future communications and surveys from the county. This new survey will be available to residents through January 26.
The Progressive Turnout Project invites you  to hear the winning messages that we can all use to rally Democrats to vote, including our family and friends, between now and the midterm elections! Sign up now for this Zoom event on Thursday, Jan. 27 at 5 pm Pacific Time.

Leading messaging expert Anat Shenker-Osorio will present the best research-proven messages. Her team provided invaluable messaging advice to COIN's Oregon Democracy Project. 
Why should coastal Oregonians care who gets elected to the US House from District 5?  "We know her to be the candidate who has never taken corporate PAC money, including fossil fuel and Big Pharma contributions. This means that the voices she listens to will be ours, not corporate donors."
-- Mary Chaffin, Oregon Indivisible from Sisters

You can be part of a statewide effort to support Jamie McLeod-Skinner for Congress, District 5. If you'd like to write postcards to voters for her campaign, please contact

INCO had our first sign-up sheets at the Astoria Women's March, when about 1400 people marched in one of hundreds of Women's Marches around the world. 
CORRECTION FOR LAST WEEK'S NEWSLETTER: The only Republican Member of Congress who attended Congress's commemoration of the January 6 insurrection was Representative Liz Cheney, not her mother, Lynne Cheney.
"It’s worth reading what’s actually in the bills because, to my mind, it is bananas that they are in any way controversial," says Heather Cox Richardson. Read her excellent summaries of the Freedom to Vote Act and the John Lewis Voting Rights Act. Both bills are opposed by all Republican Members of Congress. 

"And although there were 400 voter suppression bills proposed, only 33 such laws were passed in 19 states—and many of those laws were narrow or mixtures of provisions that both restricted and expanded the right to vote.  Moreover, as the Brennan Center notes, 25 states enacted 62 laws with provisions that expanded voting access."
-- -- Robert Hubbell, Today's EditionJanuary 11, 2022
There's an easy way for you to tell major corporations to stop donating to most of the 147 Republican Members of Congress who voted to overturn the election results last year. Cathy Murphree put together this document that contains mailing addresses and electronic addresses for companies that appear to be supporting members of the Sedition Caucus.

The original report published by Citizens for Responsibility and Ethics in Washington is here. The New York Times article about this outrage is here.
Saturday, January 22 - INCO Astoria - North County Community Group Zoom meeting, 11am - noon. Guest speaker: State senate candidate Melissa Busch. All Indivisibles are invited to attend. If you are new to this group, contact by January 21 to get the Zoom link. 

Tuesday, February 8 - INCO South County Community Group Zoom meeting, 6:30 pm - 8 pm. Please RSVP to thru Monday, February 7 for your Zoom link.

Saturday, February 12- INCO Warrenton Community Group Zoom meeting, 11 a.m.  Contact by February 11 for more information.

Every Friday - INCO Write to Voters (WTV) via Zoom, 3-4 pm. Informal chat while we write to voters. If you are new to this event, contact to get the Zoom link. 

Write To Voters - 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 letter campaigns, sign up at Vote Forward. For supplies, stamps, or information, contact
“When everything seems hopeless, you are the hope.”
-- Congressman Jamie Raskin, quoting his father, Marcus Raskin, founder of the progressive think tank, the Institute for Policy Studies, in Washington, DC.
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INCO Weekly Newsletter   January 17, 2022