"Since the 2020 election, false information has had a real impact on our democracy. Frivolous lawsuits and records requests have wasted public resources, death threats and harassment have led election administrators to retire or change careers, and of course we can’t forget the events of January 6, 2021 at the U.S. Capitol.
"False information weakens our faith in democracy and could cause voters to stop participating in elections. But there is something we can do about it.
"Research shows the best way to fight back is to reach people with positive, accurate messages about elections before they are exposed to false information." -- LaVonne Griffin-Valade, Oregon Secretary of State
• November 7, 2023 Regular Election • This election affects those registered within the city limits of City of Warrenton, in the Cannon Beach Rural Fire Protection District, and in the Mist-Birkenfeld Rural Fire Protection District. If you're not already registered to vote, October 17 is the registration deadline for the November 7 election.
GETTING YOUNG PEOPLE TO REGISTER AND VOTE
"We know that there are a lot of people out there who share our values but lack information, get tripped up by a purposefully opaque registration system, or feel apathetic about the value of their vote. That’s all especially true about young people, whose support and action is a key part of the path to victory for progressives up and down the ballot.
"So let’s help change that. Join our friends at NextGen all day long on September 19th, National Voter Registration Day, to call young voters and help them get registered."
HUMAN RIGHTS AT COFFEE CREEK Monday, September 25, at 6 pm, via Zoom Clatsop Democrats Monthly Meeting
The Clatsop Dems host a guest speaker, Kelie McWilliams. She is Vice-Chair of the Polk County Democrats and serves on the Democratic Party of Oregon's Platform and Resolutions Committee. She'll present information about the human rights violations at Coffee Creek Correctional Facility, Oregon's only women's prison.
The Dems will consider resolutions about this issue and about the housing crisis in Clatsop County. If you'd like to attend, please use this link for the agenda and for the link to sign up for Zoom.
"Knowledge of the past is what enables us to mark our forward progress. If we are going to continue to move forward as a nation, we cannot allow concerns about discomfort to displace knowledge, truth, or history. It is certainly the case that parts of this country’s story can be hard to think about. I know that atrocities like the one we are memorializing today are difficult to remember and relive. But I also know that it is dangerous to forget them.
"We cannot forget, because the uncomfortable lessons are often the ones that teach us the most about ourselves. We cannot forget, because we cannot learn from past mistakes we do not know exist...
"And I am confident that, just like generations of Americans before us, we are up to the challenge. Armed with our history, well-prepared by our past, and secure in the knowledge of what we have been through and where we’re headed, we will triumph in the valiant struggle to promote constitutional values and to obtain freedom and justice for all." - - Supreme Court Justice Ketanji Brown Jackson, September 15, 2023, speaking on the 60th anniversary of the bomb at the 16th Street Baptist Church placed by Klansmen that killed four girls as they attended Sunday school.
WHY WE MUST STAY VIGILANT AND ACTIVE "Conservatives aim to restructure US government and replace it with Trump's vision" -- PBS News
"WASHINGTON (AP) — With more than a year to go before the 2024 election, a constellation of conservative organizations is preparing for a possible second White House term for Donald Trump, recruiting thousands of Americans to come to Washington on a mission to dismantle the federal government and replace it with a vision closer to his own.
"Led by the long-established Heritage Foundation think tank and fueled by former Trump administration officials, the far-reaching effort is essentially a government-in-waiting for the former president’s second term — or any candidate who aligns with their ideals and can defeat President Joe Biden in 2024.
"With a nearly 1,000-page “Project 2025” handbook and an “army” of Americans, the idea is to have the civic infrastructure in place on Day One to commandeer, reshape and do away with what Republicans deride as the “deep state” bureaucracy, in part by firing as many as 50,000 federal workers."
Your activism can make the difference in how people vote.
"There may be said to be two classes of people in the world; those who constantly divide the people of the world into two classes, and those who do not. Both classes are extremely unpleasant to meet socially." - Robert Benchley, in Vanity Fair
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IN MEMORIAM The 9/11 attacks on the World Trade Center and the Pentagon. A fourth plane crashed near Shanksville, Pennsylvania after its passengers, informed of events via cellular phone, attempted to overpower their assailants.
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JOIN THE COINversations SEPTEMBER 12 AND 19
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ENDING THE CULT OF MAGA "The next generation isn't buying it."
• Check out this encouraging articlein The Atlantic about cults and human nature. It's a serious piece by Peter Sagal, host of NPR's 'Wait, Wait, Don't Tell Me.'
•"What are we doing here? Loving our country, that’s what. And each other. And our planet. What a wonderful thing! As a subscriber reminded me in an email yesterday: “Love is one of the superpowers of the universe.” She’s right, of course. More powerful even than “anti-hate.”
"So today we’ll show our love for this messy country of ours through our positive, pro-democratic, hopeful actions. What an honor! What a joy!
• FULTON COUNTY HEARING LIVESTREAM Q. What was better than Perry Mason, Judge Judy, and most tv and movie courtroom dramas? A. The livestream of Thursday's hearing in Fulton County, Georgia regarding two of the coup plotters, Ken Chesebro and Sydney Powell. It had none of the fireworks or histrionics I'd dreaded; instead I could hear the attorneys's presentations and the judge's thoughtful questions and follow the discussion and procedure. I loved it and am eager to watch other coup-related hearings and trials. I highly recommend you watch, too. Here'sthe link to the coverage; the judge enters to start the hearing at about 16 minutes. -- Laurie Caplan, INCO activist
INSIGHTS "Ultimately, the best approach if you don’t want to be tried with someone is not to commit crimes with them." -- Joyce Vance, attorney and author of Civil Discourse newsletter
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LABOR DAY 2023 "The future of every community lies in capturing the passion, imagination, and resources of its people." -- Ernesto Sirolli, Italian author
"Oregon was the first to pass a law recognizing Labor Day, on February 21, 1887. During 1887, four more states – Colorado, Massachusetts, New Jersey and New York – passed laws creating a Labor Day holiday. By the end of the decade Connecticut, Nebraska and Pennsylvania had followed suit. By 1894, 23 more states had adopted the holiday, and on June 28, 1894, Congress passed an act making the first Monday in September of each year a legal holiday." -- US Department of Labor
Kudos to all the Oregon workers who keep our communities thriving.
Our friend Carolyn Eady died last Wednesday after a brief illness. An avid champion of forests, democracy, and social justice, she was an enthusiastic INCO activist and a familiar face at INCO rallies, meetings, and other events. She was kind and generous, and she worked to make the world a better place. We were lucky to know her.
MAPPING THE ATTEMPTED COUP
This is a screenshot of the beginning of a New York Times interactive graphic that shows who did what in the attempted coup, including the masterminds and many of the bit players, plus some of those people who blocked their attempt.
“Democracy is resilient, but it requires vigilance and tending. Ours was brought to the edge of disaster not by a cadre of supervillains, but by hundreds of ordinary people who, for a jumble of reasons, chose to do the bidding of an aspiring autocrat — a man who would be king rather than president. It is now up to the court system and the American public to demand accountability. Only then can we guard against further assaults." -- Michelle Cottle, New York Times, August 31, 2023
THE TRUMP CASES 101
• For consistently clear explanations for non-lawyers of the Trump indictments, legal jargon, and what it all means, check out Jay Kuo's Status Kuo newsletter on Substack.
Kuo's September 1 edition explains what the Georgia conspiracy charges are all about: "As my earlier pieceon Georgia RICO law noted, you’re swept up in the whirlpool if you join the criminal group, making you, as a matter of law, responsible for the actions of others within the group. (The law was written broadly to target street gangs, but it rather karmically now applies to these white collars, too.)"
• "If you have the facts on your side, pound the facts; if you have the law on your side, pound the law; if you have neither the facts nor the law, pound the table." --Anonymous legal adage, ca. 1911
• "... (R)emember that the wilder and more unhinged Trump is during the campaign season, the less likely he is to attract support from independent voters. In closely divided races, a handful of votes can make the difference between victory and defeat. Given Trump's comments, he is surely alienating Americans who yearn for a return to the rule of law. So, after a week of good developments for Democrats, we have every reason to be hopeful, but no reason to be complacent!" -- Robert Hubbell, Today's Edition, August 31, 2023
INSIGHTS "Never try to discourage thinking, because you are sure to succeed." -- Bertrand Russell, British philosopher
Indivisible defends democracy by opposing authoritarianism, bigotry, and corruption. Comments, news, and photos to INCO at firstname.lastname@example.org. Resources and other information at www.incoregon.org and www.indivisible.org. Encourage others to sign up for the INCO newsletter at our website or here. Look for the INCO column in Hipfish Monthly. We're on Facebook, too. INCO Weekly Newsletter September 4, 2023