"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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