"This is our century, dear reader, yours and mine. Let us encourage one another with visions of a shared future. And let us bring all the grit and openheartedness and creative spirit we can muster to gather together and build that future." -- Norman Lear, on his 100th birthday, July 27, 2022; television producer, founder of the progressive advocacy group, People for the American Way
Invitation to a new group in the Manzanita-Nehalem area
We are a brand new group of politically energized female-identified people from the greater ‘Manzahelam’ area who are done mourning the Supreme Court reversal of Roe and ready to make good trouble.
We’ve met twice in the last month and would love you to join us as we use our collective smarts and good cheer to fight for abortion rights, reproductive justice and women's health. Hell, yeah.
Young women! We know the loads you carry - working, raising a family, paying for rent, health insurance, child care or wondering at this stage in your life whether to even have a child. We think it’s obscene that this choice could be taken away from you should you become pregnant. We’ve been there. We’ve fought this fight before.
And that’s the good news. We not-so-young women know how to make change happen and can strategize an effective way forward. Join our ranks and make us mighty.
Young, elder, in-between, if you’d like to attend our next meeting or be on our email list for future actions, email firstname.lastname@example.org.
On behalf of a group so damn new we don’t yet have a name, Thank You.
LET'S KEEP OREGON BLUE IN '22
• You can help elect Jamie McLeod-Skinner in the pivotal new Congressional District, OR-5. • Zoom with Simon Rosenberg to see how and why Oregon can elect people who share your values.
"There are many reasons to be involved in political activism. For love of country, to promote values and interests that align with your political beliefs, and for self-preservation during a time when it is easy to feel helpless. But also, to model confidence and hope in the future. Whether we know it or not, the next generation is watching to see how we rise to this moment in history. Let’s show them the way forward in our actions, words, and sacrifice." -- Robert Hubbell, "Surprise!" newsletter, July 28, 2022
Have you ever wondered what happened to the 56 men who signed the Declaration of Independence?
Five signers were captured by the British as traitors, and tortured before they died. Twelve had their homes ransacked and burned. Two lost their sons serving in the Revolutionary Army; another had two sons captured. Nine of the 56 fought and died from wounds or hardships of the Revolutionary War.
They signed and they pledged their lives, their fortunes, and their sacred honor. What kind of men were they? Twenty-four were lawyers and jurists. Eleven were merchants. Nine were farmers and large plantation owners; All were men of means, and well educated.
But they signed the Declaration of Independence knowing full well that the penalty would be death if they were captured. Carter Braxton of Virginia, a wealthy trader, saw his ships swept from the seas by the British Navy. He sold his home and properties to pay his debts, and died in rags. Thomas McKeam was so hounded by the British that he was forced to move his family almost constantly. He served in the Congress without pay, and his family was kept in hiding. His possessions were taken from him, and poverty was his reward. Vandals or soldiers looted the properties of Dillery, Hall, Clymer, Walton, Gwinnett, Heyward, Ruttledge, and Middleton. At the battle of Yorktown, Thomas Nelson Jr, noted that the British General Cornwallis had taken over the Nelson home for his headquarters. He quietly urged General George Washington to open fire. The home was destroyed, and Nelson died bankrupt. Francis Lewis had his home and properties destroyed. The enemy jailed his wife, and she died within a few months. John Hart was driven from his wife's bedside as she was dying. Their 13 children fled for their lives. His fields and his business were laid to waste. For more than a year he lived in forests and caves, returning home to find his wife dead and his children vanished. A few weeks later he died from exhaustion and a broken heart. Norris and Livingston suffered similar fates.
Such were the stories and sacrifices of the American Revolution. These were not wild-eyed, rabble-rousing ruffians. They were soft-spoken men of means and education. They had security, but they valued liberty more. Standing tall, straight, and unwavering, they pledged: "For the support of this declaration, with firm reliance on the protection of the divine providence, we mutually pledge to each other, our lives, our fortunes, and our sacred honor." They gave you and me a free and independent America. The history books never told us a lot about what happened in the Revolutionary War. We didn't fight just The British. We were British subjects at that time and we fought our own government!
John Hancock. GEORGIA, Button Gwinnett, Lyman Hall, Geo. Walton. NORTH-CAROLINA, Wm. Hooper, Joseph Hewes, John Penn. SOUTH-CAROLINA, Edward Rutledge, Thos Heyward, junr., Thomas Lynch, junr., Arthur Middleton. MARYLAND, Samuel Chase, Wm. Paca, Thos. Stone, Charles Carroll, of Carrollton. VIRGINIA, George Wythe, Richard Henry Lee, Ths. Jefferson, Benja. Harrison, Thos. Nelson, jr., Francis Lightfoot Lee, Carter Braxton. PENNSYLVANIA, Robt. Morris, Benjamin Rush, Benja. Franklin, John Morton, Geo. Clymer, Jas. Smith, Geo. Taylor, James Wilson, Geo. Ross. DELAWARE, Caesar Rodney, Geo. Read. NEW-YORK, Wm. Floyd, Phil. Livingston, Frank Lewis, Lewis Morris. NEW-JERSEY, Richd. Stockton, Jno. Witherspoon, Fras. Hopkinson, John Hart, Abra. Clark. NEW-HAMPSHIRE, Josiah Bartlett, Wm. Whipple, Matthew Thornton. MASSACHUSETTS-BAY, Saml. Adams, John Adams, Robt. Treat Paine, Elbridge Gerry. RHODE-ISLAND AND PROVIDENCE, C. Step. Hopkins, William Ellery. CONNECTICUT, Roger Sherman, Saml. Huntington, Wm. Williams, Oliver Wolcott.
PERSUASION - NOT BY JANE AUSTEN
"Republicans are the fourth largest voting bloc in America. Democrats are the third largest, and Independents are the second. “Did not vote” is the largest. We need to persuade members of the first and second groups to join us in defending democracy.” — Robert Hubbell, Today's Edition, June 23, 2022
Sample PTV cards for Kansas's election about abortion.
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INCO-Warrenton is doing a road clean-up on August 13th. All are invited. Contact Carmen at 503-440-2312 for details.
INCO South County Community Group meeting.Next meeting date TBA.
INCO Astoria/North County Community Group meeting. Next meeting date TBA.
INCO Write to Voters (WTV) - on hiatus until September 9.
INSIGHTS “Nearly anyone I’ve found worth knowing was difficult enough, vivid enough, to qualify at some point as my crazy friend.”