INCO COMMUNITY MEETING guns • forests • schools • taxes and the kicker • our legislators news from around the county • the May 16 special districts election what's on your mind? Thursday, May 11, via Zoom Social time at 6 pm; meeting is 6:30-7:30 pm We'd love to see you! Link to join Zoom meeting: https://us02web.zoom.us/j/87835618044
BALLOTS DUE OR POSTMARKED BY MAY 16
If you haven't received your ballot or Voters' Pamphlet or need to replace your ballot, contact Clatsop County Elections ASAP, at 503-325-8605, or go to the office at 820 Exchange, Suite 200, Astoria. Ballots are due or must be postmarked by May 16.
Your vote can make the difference. Several recent elections in Clatsop County were won - or lost - by only a handful of votes.
BE A VOTER!
INCO is not affiliated with any political party. Because INCO shares many values with Clatsop County Democrats, we think you might want to see their endorsements for the May 16 election.
REPAIR OREGON'S NEWS DESERTS
An informed populace is essential to sustain and defend democracy. Many places in Oregon have no local newspapers, so residents don't learn about city council and school board meetings, arrests and court cases, and other essential news. Even worse, bad actors often move in with lies and propaganda when there is a news vacuum.
Saturday'sAstorian editorialmakes a strong case for supporting Oregon journalism with House Bill 2605, especially in places without local newspapers. You can sign on in support here.
SPEAK UP FOR FORESTS AND THE HCP
The Wild Salmon Center encourages Clatsop County residents who support a strong Habitat Conservation Plan (HCP) to be represented at the Board of Forestry meeting on Wednesday, June 7 in Sisters. Timber Unity is expected to be there in full force to oppose the HCP. The HCP promises balanced forest management through a federally approved 70 year commitment. Clatsop County's two state legislators oppose the HCP.
Email Wild Salmon Center's North Coast HCP Coordinator Nancy Cook at email@example.com RSVP for LIVE or virtual testimony, receive direct Action Alerts, or request transportation in the van from the north coast provided by Wild Salmon Center.
• 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.
GUIDE FOR GOOD LEADERSHIP
Elected leaders and most everyone else can benefit from this wisdomfrom the Colorado Municipal League. Thanks to Diane for this article.
SUPREME COURT ETHICS REFORM
In the May 2nd Senate Judiciary Committee hearing,Senator Sheldon Whitehousedemanded that the Supreme Court behave ethically and transparently. He's written extensively about SCOTUS and is angry that SCOTUS is ignoring public outrage about the violations of ethics and laws by at least 3 current justices. Here's a video of his testimonyat the hearing. Definitely worth watching!
"Fighting MAGA takes many forms. This was good as it gets today. We all should show our appreciation for the Senator’s courageous leadership. The Republican corruption of the judiciary over the past generation of American politics remains one of the greatest challenges our democracy faces today." -- Simon Rosenberg, May 2, 2023
“THOUGHTS AND PRAYERS"
"... thoughts and prayers are not enough. In fact, it is a contradiction to say that you are thinking and praying and then do nothing. It is to make a mockery of prayer. It is to trivalize faith. We pray not only with our lips, we pray with our legs. We pray by taking action.” -- Senator Raphael Warnock, May 2, 2023
SIGN UP FOR THE ROP CAUCUS Oregon's Rural Organizing Project Meets May 20
Thursday, May 11 - 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)
"Defeatism about the past is a grievous error; defeatism about the future is a crime." --Philip Noel-Baker, Nobel Peace Prize Laureate
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