Live Facebook Town Hall with State Representative Tiffiny Mitchell Tuesday, February 18 and Tuesday, February 25 at 6 pm. Rep. Mitchell will be in Salem for the Oregon Legislature's Short Session. She's hearing from many people who oppose her support for clean energy jobs legislation and other progressive measures. It's important she hear from people who support this legislation.
Put as the subject “Digital Town Hall” so Rep. Mitchell knows you want your question answered in the town hall rather than a written response.
SUPPORT THE 2020 CENSUS
Don't let the Trump administration scare people from participating in this year's census. With an accurate count, it's possible Oregon could get a sixth member of the House of Representatives.
Join the Lower Columbia Hispanic Council for an informational presentation on the 2020 Census. During this presentation we will cover: *An overview of the census *Confidentiality laws *What is funded by the census? *Information asked by the census *Ways to respond to the census *Important Census Dates
CONTACT TIFFINY AND BETSY HB 4005 - PROTECT CHILDREN FROM GUNS
HB 4005 is a bill in the Oregon legislature that would require gun owners to secure their guns to prevent access by children and others at risk of harming themselves or others. The bill would require gun owners to lock their guns away or put a secure locking device on the guns when they are not under the owner’s control. INCO has endorsed this bill, which is before the House Committee on the Judiciary.
Talking Points: Please vote yes on HB 4005. Please use your own words in your email. Use these points if needed.
• We securely store knives, guns, bleach, gasoline, and other potentially dangerous items to keep children and others from harming themselves. • Studies show that secure gun storage can help reduce the risks of suicide by gun espcially for children and teens. Studies also show secure gun storage can reduce the risk of accidental gun injuries involving children and teens. • Nevada and Virginia are examples of states with gun storage laws, and they have seen a decrease in overall gun suicide rates, especially among children and teens. It’s time for Oregon to do the same for our children and teens.
CLIMATE ADVOCATES GO TO SALEM
CENTER: State Representative Tiffiny Mitchell (center) met with constituents Eric (Gearhart), Mary (Rockaway Beach), Frank (Seaside), and Miel (Rockaway Beach) during the Climate Advocacy Day at the state capitol on February 11. Cheryl (Astoria), Ken (Cannon Beach), and Joyce (Seaside) were also among the 1000 people who rallied for climate legislation in Salem. Thanks to all for representing INCO and the north coast!
BOTTOM: State Senator Betsy Johnson declined to meet with the group; the signs on her office door explained why.
HOW WE WIN: FRIENDLY FRAMING
Thanks to Bebe Michel for providing these highlights from the Swing Left podcast How We Win: with Anat Shenker-Osorio 1/8/20 episode 19. How We Win podcasts are here.
WE CAN’T CONTROL WHAT THE OPPOSITION SAYS, HOW MUCH MONEY THEY HAVE, ETC. We can control our words. For example: People moving here for a better life vs We Are a Nation of immigrants. • People don’t identify with Nation of Immigrants; it’s further away from their experience. • Most people can relate to moving and have personal experience with moving so this is more powerful.
SELL THE BROWNIE, NOT THE RECIPE — Sell the message, not the policy. For example: Paid family leave is a policy. “Shouldn’t everyone be able to see their baby smile?” Is a message.
SHARE VALUES FIRST, NAME THE PROBLEM SECOND. For example: Race/class narrative • Value: Most people believe that people who work for a living should be able to make a living wage. • Problem: Jeff Bezos took your job, not the brown day laborer. Need to point your finger at the right problem— not shaming/blaming a community of people.
DO NOT DIRECTLY NEGATE FALSEHOODS - That doesn’t work. Here’s why: People recall the assertion and don’t remember if it is true or not. Don’t give it more air time. We need to tell people what we are for rather than what we are against.
MAKE AN AFFIRMATIVE ASK - Do not make negative demands. For example: The negative ask: Abolish ICE. Positive ask: Bring them (the immigrants) here. • Positive frame: People seeking asylum. Negative frame: Asylum-seeker.
ALWAYS BRING IT BACK TO “YOU” – the second person direct address is most powerful. For example: Don’t say, “He violated our constitution.” Do say, “He betrayed you. He is endangering you and your family.”
Final Thought: THE MANY CAN VANQUISH THE MONEY, IF THE MANY ARE UNITED.
NEXT STEPS: INDIVISIBLE PAYBACK
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WHY WE WRITE TO VOTERS You can write to voters, too. Check out HAPPENINGS -WEEKLY below.
• Rachel Bitecofer has some unusual election predictions for 2020 and beyond. She'sfeatured in Politico, and recommended by two Warrenton INCO activists. From the article: "It didn’t matter who was running; it mattered who was voting." Another article also hasan optional sign-up for survey and research releases via email.
• Swing Lift has a podcast you might want to check out. INCO's coordinating with Swing Left to write letters to voters. Other Swing Left How We Win podcasts are here.
Attorney General Barr is proving out in the open he serves only Trump and not this country. Join Indivisible Oregon and staff from Senator Merkley's office to demand that Congress investigate Attorney General Barr and call for his resignation.
UPCOMING Saturday, March 7 - Astoria Community Group monthly meeting. MARCH MEETING ONLY: Instead of our regular meeting, wewill attend the Campaigns 101 training offered by the Clatsop Democrats. 10 am -noon, Judge Guy Boyington Bldg, 857 Commercial, Astoria.
Saturday, March 7 - Campaigns 101, 10 am -noon, Judge Guy Boyington Bldg, 857 Commercial, Astoria. A free non-partisan training about the basics of an election campaign. Hosted by the Clatsop County Democrats. Open to the public.
Tuesday, March 10 - South County Community Group monthly meeting,6:30 - 7:55 pm, NEW LOCATION: Seaside Library Board Room, 1131 Broadway. Everyone from South County and the Manzanita area is welcome to this newly-merged Community Group.
WEEKLY Tuesdays - Astoria Writing Group, 2-4, WineKraft, 10th and Riverwalk, Astoria. Because of bridge construction, enter the building from 11th, near Inferno Lounge. WineKraft is just outside the west entrance. Write postcards and letters to voters for issues and candidates. INCO and Postcards to Voters provide supplies, addresses, and text.
Fridays - Seaside Writing Group, 2-4, Mary Blake Playhouse,1215 Avenue A, gray wood house across the street from the Bob Chisholm Community Center, Seaside. Please park in the BCCC parking lot. Write postcards and letters to voters for issues and candidates. INCO and Postcards to Voters provide supplies, addresses, and text.
• To personalize pre-printed letters to voterswith 1-2 sentences, go to SwingLeft.org to sign up and become verified to print out letters on your own.
INSIGHTS "Character is the only secure foundation of the state." -- President Calvin Coolidge, addressing the National Republican Club in New York, 1924
Your Members of Congress (MoC) and state legislators won't know what you want if you don't tell them. Contact info here. Contact ONLY elected officials who represent you so you don't dilute the power of actual constituents. Tell your MoC when you agree with their positions and votes.
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INCO welcomes your donation to support our work. There are several ways to donate: • Mail a check to INCO, PO Box 536, Warrenton, OR 97146; • Contribute through our website here; • Bring your contribution to a Community Group meeting or one of our Writing Group parties on Tuesdays and Fridays.