Wednesday, June 14, 2023

6-12-23 Newsletter


"Our republic has shown surprising resiliency in the face of not only a corrupt president but a political party that was willing to shield him. We are not the healthy, vibrant democracy, the shining city on the hill that can speak with authority to other nations about improving democracy at home and abroad, but we are still here. And we are in the moment that will determine whether we continue to grow stronger and what our future looks like.

".... Nonetheless, this is a moment to take stock and to realize how far we’ve come from the fragility that shook the country in January of  2021. We’re entitled to a small moment of self-congratulation to appreciate everything that we have accomplished, and to double down on the commitment to preserve an American Republic from succumbing to a dangerous cult leader with fascist tendencies."
-- Joyce Vance, 
Civil Discourse newsletter on Substack, June 8, 2023
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"And Tuesday begins a new chapter in America. All signs point to the former president taking, and keeping, and hiding those secrets which would sell for the most money. As unfathomable as an American commander in chief who would sell out our troops is, in some ways there is hope in what’s coming this Tuesday.

".... For years now the inhumanity that has taken hold of the Republican party has been dependent on Republican voters pretending who Donald Trump is and a good chunk of the rest of the country letting them pretend. With Tuesday’s charges the pretending ends."
-- Bill Penzey,

Congresswoman Bonamici spoke at this INCO event, June 14, 2019.


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EXPLAINING: INCO recommends 3 excellent Substack newsletters for clarifying and tracking the legal ins-and-outs of the indictments related to Trump and his cronies: Joyce Vance, "Civil Discourse;" Jay Kuo, "Status Kuo;" and Robert Hubbell, "Today's Edition." You'll find many other choices on the Substack website.

MESSAGING: INCO and Jessica Craven like this excellent messaging guidance from Anat Shenker-Osorio of the 
Research Collaborative

Americans value our freedoms – our freedom to elect leaders who respect our will, protect our interests and govern in our name. Now, a Grand Jury of everyday Floridians across race, background, and party issued a federal indictment of the former MAGA President for threatening America by stealing national security documents, conspiring to obstruct justice, and lying in order to cling to power. Yet the MAGA Republicans in office today that supported, schemed and covered up for him want to overturn our legal system to allow him to evade consequences, carry on this criminal conspiracy and seize power unchecked. 

From the House of Representatives to the Supreme Court to state legislatures, including the very scene of the crime in Florida, they want to take away our freedoms and rule for the wealthy few. We must come together and demand that anyone who aided, abetted or excused the MAGA criminal conspiracy be held accountable so we can make this a place where our leaders honor their oaths, protecting our country and our freedoms. 

We suggest you use language like this to talk about the indictment with politically pliable friends or family members. More on the indictment and the best way to message it can be found here and here.

In her newsletter, Weber continues to boast about how hard she's working. Unfortunately, she's working hard as a shameless adversary of democracy, a promoter of division, and an opponent of the legislative process.  
Contact Senator Suzanne Weber at 503-986-1716 or at 
The Pittsburgh Pride parade, 2023. (AP Photo/Gene J. Puskar)


"To say that we live in dramatic times is, well, a dramatic understatement.

"How do we navigate these relentlessly turbulent waters? How do we prevent fatigue, overwhelm, and despair? How do we stop our heads from (figuratively) exploding?

"It’s a big question, but for me the answers are simple: action, service, and humor.

"Taking small but meaningful actions every day keeps me from feeling helpless; it gives me agency, strength, and vigor."
-- Jessica Craven, 
Chop Wood, Carry Water newsletter on Substack, June 7, 2023

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The White House has unveiled a great new website detailing the investments now being made in America due to the President’s successful economic policies.¹ More from this week's news to celebrate at Jessica Craven.

INCO activist Lynn McConnell introduced an innovating idea for voting at INCO's last Community Meeting. It's called STAR Voting. "STAR Voting is an innovative voting method for more representative elections. Instead of being limited to picking just one candidate, you can score as many candidates as you like, showing your preference order and your level of support for the options." To learn more, contact

"The moment we begin to fear the opinions of others and hesitate to tell the truth that is in us, and from motives of policy are silent when we should speak, the divine floods of light and life no longer flow into our souls." 
-- Elizabeth Cady Stanton, leader of the women's rights movement in the U.S. during the mid- to late-19th century

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