Kudos to the Oregon Legislature for voting to condemn violence and threats against election officials. The state House voted 53-3 in favor, including a 'yes' vote from our state representative, Cyrus Javadi. The state Senate passed the resolution 22-8, including a 'no' vote from our state senator, Suzanne Weber. Weber told the Astorian her vote was a mistake because she was distracted at the time.
"The temptation is to ignore - or worse, try to silence - fringe voices determined to put our democracy at risk. With polls showing Trump as the front-runner for the Republican nomination for president in 2024, it is difficult to distinguish the fringe from the mainstream of the Republican Party.
".... Election deniers have the same free speech rights as anyone and we should listen very closely to what they say. But if they do not believe in our elections process, they have no place holding positions of power in elected office, whether it's the White House, the Statehouse, the school board or the water district." -- The Astorian, "An Important Declaration," April 8, 2023
INCO applauds The Astorian's April 8 editorial, "An Important Declaration," for its clear, unambiguous support for free speech, secure elections, and responsible elected leaders.
INCO COMMUNITY MEETING Thursday, April 13, via Zoom Social time at 6 pm; meeting is 6:30-7:30 pm. All INCO members are invited to attend. We'd love to see you!
"In three respects, America reached a tipping point on Thursday. It may take months or years for us to appreciate that fact, but historians will mark April 6, 2023, as the high water mark of the retrograde, anti-democracy movement of MAGA extremism."
Read the rest of attorney Robert Hubbell's take on MAGA and the struggle for democracy here.
INCO was founded in January, 2017 to defend democracy against authoritarianism, bigotry, and corruption. Along with millions of others, we recognize the urgency of the challenges facing American democracy. With your help, we continue that mission.
Visit COIN's Legislation 2023 web page for updates on bills COIN has endorsed or opposed, or bills we are still watching. Legislators won't know what you want unless you tell them. Please take a moment to comment on at least one of the bills on COIN's Legislation web page.
CHECK OUT THE CANDIDATES
The AAUW Candidates Forum Tuesday, April 18 at 6:30 pm Astoria High School Auditorium Hosted by the American Association of University Women, Astoria branch
Thursday, April 13 - INCO Community Meeting, via Zoom. Social time at 6 pm; meeting is 6:30-7:30 pm. All INCO members are invited to attend. We meet the 2nd Thursday of each month. Link to join Zoom meeting https://us02web.zoom.us/j/87835618044 Meeting ID: 878 3561 8044 One tap mobile +12532050468,,87835618044# US +12532158782,,87835618044# US (Tacoma)
"I always felt I was holding back, waiting for the right moment. Then I realized the right moment was every day." -- Bill Bradley, former professional basketball player and US senator