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TWO INSURRECTION HEARINGS THIS WEEK
The House Committee investigating the January 6 insurrection holds two hearings this week, Monday and Wednesday, both at 7 a.m.Pacific time. Live streaming should be available from various sources, including YouTube.
Highlights of what we learned from the first hearing on June 9:
Trump was at the center of the plot. The committee’s chairman, Representative Bennie Thompson, (D-Mississippi) and vice chairwoman, Representative Liz Cheney, (R-Wyoming) presented evidence that “Jan. 6 was the culmination of an attempted coup."
Key people around Trump said they never believed his lie of a stolen election.
Trump made no effort to stop the violence, intervene to protect Vice-President Pence or Members of Congress, or ask the insurrectionists to leave until hours later.
The Proud Boys coordinated with Oath Keepers, another extremist group, to scout police defenses and lead the attack on the Capitol and police.
"Tonight I say this to my Republican colleagues who are defending the indefensible: There will come a day when Donald Trump is gone, but your dishonor will remain." --Congresswoman Liz Cheney, Republican of Wyoming, at the June 9 hearing
WATERGATE 50th ANNIVERSARY PROGRAMS
The large-scale political corruption by President Nixon and Republican leadership is featured in series of programs hosted by the Washington Post. Key people in the events are featured. Watch live: wapo.st/50thwatergate
Tuesday, June 14, 9 a.m PT Inside the White House Dwight Chapin, Former Deputy Assistant to President Nixon Ken Khachigian, Former Aide to President Nixon
Friday, June 17, 10 am PT Inside the Story Bob Woodward, Associate Editor, The Washington Post Carl Bernstein, Reporter & Author
• Vote Forward: Personalized letters sent to under-represented and/or minority communities to get out the vote. You print out the letters. VoteFwd.org.
• Postcards To Swing States: Progressive Turnout Project provides the postcards, scripts and addresses to rally Democrats to vote. TurnOutPac.org
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, July 14, INCO South County Community Group meeting, via Zoom, 6:30 pm - 7:30 pm. Please RSVP to Kathleenannmacdonald@yahoo.com by Wednesday, July 13 for your Zoom link. This group meets monthly on the second Thursday.
Saturday, July 16, INCO Astoria/North County Community Group meeting, via Zoom, 11 a.m. - noon.ZOOM LINK: If you haven't attended an INCO Astoria/North County meeting before, contact firstname.lastname@example.org by July 15 to get the Zoom link. This group meets monthly on the third 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.
“Whoever destroys a single life destroys the entire world; whoever saves a single life saves the world entire.” — Talmud