Monday, June 13, 2022

6-13-2022 Newsletter


You can help place a gun control initiative on Oregon's November 2022 ballot. It is IP17 - SAFER OWNERS and LESS LETHAL AMMUNITION Common Sense 2022 Initiative Petition. In brief, IP17 will require 
  • permit-to-purchase firearms
  • completion of a firearms safety course
  • passing a background check
  • will limit magazines to 10 rounds
You can sign the initiative petition from home. More information at Lift Every Voice Oregon.

About 40% of Oregon adults live in a household with a firearm, close to the national average. Check out State Representative David Gomberg's excellent overview of ownership, laws, and proposals in Oregon.
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.

Future hearings will reveal more about the roles of Trump and Republicans. 

"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

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:

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

Register and submit questions for the panelists
These groups encourage voting by providing volunteers with easy-to-follow scripts, directions, and addresses.  For prepped postcards, stamps, or information, contact

• Postcards To Voters:  Handwritten postcards sent to Democrats to get out the vote. PTV provides scripts. or

• Vote Forward:  Personalized letters sent to under-represented and/or minority communities to get out the vote. You print out the letters.

• Postcards To Swing States:  Progressive Turnout Project provides the postcards, scripts and addresses to rally Democrats to vote. 

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, along with your name, address, and phone.

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 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 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

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 to get the Zoom link. 
“Whoever destroys a single life destroys the entire world;
whoever saves a single life saves the world entire.” 
— Talmud
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INCO Weekly Newsletter June 13, 2022