Now, more than ever. INCO's Rally for Truth, June 3, 2017, in Astoria.
"Who among us isn’t feeling impotent rage, crushing sadness and deep despair? Now is the time for resolve. Resolve to get in the arena and stay in the fight. Resolve to write postcards and letters every week and do whatever else you can to elect representatives that won’t be bought by the gun lobby and then in turn hold a gun to our heads.
"It won’t be easy. It won’t be quick. It may not seem like much, but together we can have an impact. Together we can demand more of those in power. Together we can be the change we want to see." -- Bebe Michel, Coordinator of INCO's Write to Voters project
INSPIRATION, OUTRAGE, AND IDEAS
• Awards for Profiles in Courage, 2022 on PBS; this segment starts at 49:30. • Al Franken podcastwith former GOP strategist and Lincoln Project founder Steve Schmidt; conversation about insurrection, conspiracies, MAGA bigotry • The latest Randy Rainbow, "Pink Glasses," a new YouTube video •How to Build a Twenty-first-Century Tyrant," Adam Gopnik, The New Yorker, May 23, 2022 issue; concerning dictators now and in the past - and the wannabes. • Updates about corporate donations to a white supremacist in Congress and other news about democracy atPublic Citizen • Newsletters on Substack from historian Heather Cox Richardson, attorney and commentator Robert Hubbell, reporter Dan Rather, historian Timothy Snyder. Who else do you recommend?
INCO's Rally for Our Lives, March 24, 2018, in Astoria
MARCH FOR OUR LIVES Saturday, June 11 • noon Starts at the County Courthouse, 8th and Commercial, Astoria March for Our Lives, the organization founded by survivors of the 2018 mass shooting in Parkland, Fla., is planning marches and protests across the country on June 11.
Organized by Erica Berry, Marianne Martin and Benefit Cummerbund More information here on Facebook
WRITE TO SAVE DEMOCRACY
These groups encourage voting by providing volunteers with easy-to-follow scripts, directions, and addresses. For prepped postcards, stamps, or information, contact email@example.com.
• Vote Forward: Personalized letters sent to under-represented and/or minority communities to get out the vote. Volunteers print out the letters. INCO can provide envelopes and stamps. VoteFwd.org
• Postcards To Swing States: Progressive Turnout Project provides the postcards, scripts and addresses to rally Democrats to vote. INCO can provide the postcards and stamps. TurnOutPac.org
• The Big Send: INCO is delighted to be part of Vote Forward’s The Big Sendagain to send 10 million letters to voters in key states and congressional districts ahead of the midterms this fall. We’re writing voter turnout letters now to send to voters in October. If you aren’t writing letters already, get started today by visitingthebigsend.org. INCO can provide supplies and postage, so contact firstname.lastname@example.org if you want more details.
WRITE AN LTE Write a Letter to the Editor (LTE) - LTEs in The Astorian can inform voters and promote voting. You don't have to be an expert, just someone who cares about an issue. Write a few sentences or more, up to 250 words. Send to email@example.com, along with your name, address, and phone.
WRITE TO YOUR MEMBERS OF CONGRESS How will your Members of Congress know what you want if you don't tell them? Send a postcard, write an email through their websites. Even better - call and speak to a Congressional staffer, or leave a message. Here's contact information for Senators Wyden and Merkley and Congresswoman Bonamici, and for other elected officials, too.
Thursday, June 9 - INCO South County Community Group Zoom meeting, 6:30 pm - 7:30 pm. Please RSVP to Kathleenannmacdonald@yahoo.com thru Wednesday, June 8 for your Zoom link. Starting in June, this group meets monthly on the second Thursday.
Saturday, June 11 - INCO Astoria-North County Community Group Zoom meeting, 11 am - noon.If you are new to this group, contact firstname.lastname@example.org June 17 to get the Zoom link. Please note the June meeting date is the 2nd Saturday.
INCO Warrenton Community Group Zoom meeting. TBA. For more information, contact email@example.com.
Every Friday - INCO Write to Voters (WTV), via Zoom, 3-4 pm. Informal chat while we write letters and postcards to voters. If you are new to this event, contact firstname.lastname@example.org get the Zoom link. NO WTV on Friday, June 3.
“If you think you are too small to be effective, you have never been in bed with a mosquito.” — Betty Reese