Friday, July 21, 2017

ACTION: CALL TO SAVE THE ACA

From Indivisible Oregon...

**CALL TO ACTION** 
Friday, July 21, 2017 
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NO REPEAL – SAVE THE ACA
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#NoRepeal
#FixtheACA
#KillTheBill
After failing to pass Trumpcare this week, Trump promised to “let Obamacare fail” and “won’t own it” when it does (http://nbcnews.to/2u5xZfj). 
Let that sink in. The President of the Unites States is rooting for the failure of our healthcare system. By working for ACA repeal, Trump is using the power of the presidency to
-- leave 32 MILLION without insurance
-- increase premiums 100%
-- leave 75% of the country without an insurer in the individual market
How does this make America great?
While Trump and the Congressional GOP hash out legislation to take away healthcare, the administration is doing everything it can to undermine Obamacare. These efforts have already lead to premium increases (http://lat.ms/2rRhNAf). They went as far as using TAXPAYER dollars to run an ad campaign AGAINST Obamacare (http://thebea.st/2vmanmA).
Right now the GOP is making deals to pass Trumpcare. They are also working on a straight ACA/Obamacare repeal. They are determined to pass something.
The fight to save our healthcare must continue. We do this by calling our Senators and helping friends and family do the same. We do this by joining the conversation. 
We are in this together. A healthy America is a strong America. 
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**ACTION 1: CALL OUR SENATORS (if you can’t call during business hours, leave a voice mail! It all makes a difference!)**
SAMPLE SCRIPT
“My name is [--] and I’m a constituent from [city], Oregon. I am very worried that Trumpcare will pass or there will an ACA repeal. We cannot go backwards as a country on healthcare. Please do all you can to stop the ACA repeal and Trumpcare. Please work to fix the ACA. Thank you.
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**ACTION 2: HELP FRIENDS AND FAMILY IN RED STATES CALL SWING SENATORS.
Swing Senators are getting political pressure to ignore their constituents and vote for the ACA repeal or pass Trumpcare. Please call everyone you know and help them tell their Senators DO NOT repeal the ACA or pass Trumpcare. 
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**ACTION 3: SHARE THIS DAILY ACTION ON SOCIAL MEDIA**
Please share this action and any others you find in support of the ACA far and wide on social media. We must work to make it clear to Senators, Representatives and the American people we cannot go backwards on healthcare.
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**PHONE NUMBERS** 
SENATOR MERKLEY
Portland: (503) 326-3386, DC: (202) 224-3753
Salem: (503) 362-8102, Eugene: (541) 465-6750 
Medford: (541) 608-9102, Bend: (541) 318-1298 
Pendleton: (541) 278-1129 
SENATOR WYDEN
Portland: (503) 326-7525, DC: (202) 224-5244 
Salem: (503) 589-4555, Eugene: (541) 431-0229 
Medford: (541) 858-5122, Bend: (541) 330-9142
La Grande: (541) 960-7691 
** After you call, please comment below and briefly share your experience!**

Wednesday, July 19, 2017

ACTION: CALL TO VOTE NO ON BUSH

From Indivisible Oregon...

**CALL TO ACTION**
Wednesday, July 19, 2017
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WE NEED FAIR JUDGES – VOTE NO ON BUSH
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#FairJustice

Trump has over 100 federal judgeships to fill – many open for years due to the GOP's refusal to vote on Obama appointees.  This week the Senate plans to vote on a lifetime appointment for John K. Bush who is biased and well out of the mainstream.

Bush has never served as a judge and is a conservative blogger who writes under a pseudonym.  In his over 400 blog posts and other statements he has:
--supported birtherism
--compared abortion to slavery
--advocated for MORE money in politics
--made anti-LGTBQ comments
--criticized media protections from the government
-- http://bit.ly/2u2Rfvm, http://n.pr/2s46PG5

While nominees are allowed to be politically active before becoming a judge, Bush’s statements go beyond politics and represent an ideology that calls into question his ability to be impartial and open minded when on the bench.

Given his blog posts and writings, Bush’s nomination is outrageous.  The Senate must refuse to grant a lifetime appointment to a right-wing ideologue who, if confirmed, will shape our country's policies for generations to come.

The Senate must vote NO on John K. Bush’s nomination.

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**ACTION 1: CALL YOUR SENATOR (if you can’t call during business hours, leave a voice mail! It all makes a difference!)**

SAMPLE SCRIPT
“My name is [--] and I’m a constituent from [city], Oregon. I am very concerned about John Bush’s nomination for a federal judgeship.  His prior statements and blog posts demonstrate that he is well out of the main stream and is likely to bring his biases to the bench.  Please vote NO on his nomination.

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**ACTION 2: SHARE WITH FRIENDS AND FAMILY**
Share this post with friends and family.  And help them to call and tell their Senators to vote NO on this nomination.
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**PHONE NUMBERS**

SENATOR MERKLEY
Portland: (503) 326-3386, DC: (202) 224-3753
Salem: (503) 362-8102, Eugene: (541) 465-6750
Medford: (541) 608-9102, Bend: (541) 318-1298
Pendleton: (541) 278-1129

SENATOR WYDEN
Portland: (503) 326-7525, DC: (202) 224-5244
Salem: (503) 589-4555, Eugene: (541) 431-0229
Medford: (541) 858-5122, Bend: (541) 330-9142
La Grande: (541) 960-7691

** After you call, please comment below and briefly share your experience!**

https://www.thenation.com/article/trump-is-appointing-racist-fake-news-purveyors-to-the-federal-bench/

Monday, July 17, 2017

INCO Weekly Newsletter 7/17

#KillTheBill: National Day of Action
RALLY with Indivisible North Coast Oregon!
Tuesday, July 18  •  1-3 pm
8th and Commercial - by the Post Office - Astoria

Bring a sign if you can • Smile and wave

INCO will join Indivisible groups across the nation by showing up together to say that TrumpCare would hurt our friends, our families and our country. We’re not letting that happen without a fight.
Our Action Priorities This Week

Defeat TrumpCare!
We can win this - this is what Indivisible was made for.
This week we apply our power where we have the most leverage: defeating TrumpCare. If we win on this ground, then it's harder for Trump to win on any other front.
 
Tell your Senators (Wyden, Merkley, Cantwell, Murray) to vote NO on the "motion to proceed."
This week's vote is delayed, but that doesn't mean we'll delay our pressure. The Congressional Budget Office score on the most recent iteration of this TrumpCare train wreck gives us ample reason to insist the Senate #KilltheBill.

Your voice is key to making sure McConnell doesn't get the 50 votes he needs to move the bill forward to a final vote. Tell them to stand firm against this outrageous tax cut for the wealthy, pretending to be a bill about health care.

STAY FOCUSED
Check out this guide to other Trump-GOP agenda and actions, helpful for identifying what's really at stake: the health and future of our democracy.  The Indivisible Guide has great resources to fuel your opposition. 
Winning the 2018 elections motivated everyone at Resistance School July 13. We discussed "DIY-mocracy" and being smart issue advocates now - as we learn skills to listen and persuade.
HAPPENINGS
Check for details and new posts on our events page.
THIS WEEK
Tuesday, July 18 - Rally Against Trumpcare; 1-3 pm, 8th and Commercial, outside the Astoria Post Office

Wednesday, July 19 - Meet-and-Greet for potential INCO leaders, with INCO co-leader Deb Vanasse; 6:30 pm, Uptown Cafe, by Petco, Warrenton
 
UPCOMING
Tuesday, July 25 - Postcard-writing Party, 6 pm, WineKraft, 80 10th Street, along the Riverwalk, Astoria

Thursday, August 10 - Resistance School - How to Structure and Build Capacity for Action, 6-8 pm, Seaside Library Community Room
"Civics is not just knowing what is happening in the world, but knowing how to be better citizens of the world. There is no such thing as 'your side of the boat is sinking.'”                     — E. Johns

COMMUNITY CONNECTIONS

DIY-mocracy! 
Check out the resources on our website for defending democracy. Together, we are making a difference!

Get your "In Our America" yard sign or poster at Resistance School and other INCO events and meetings. INCO pins and other items are also available. Contact incoregon@gmail.com or Laurie at 503-338-6508 for details.

 
Check out the Indivisible GuideIt's written by former congressional staffers and is our guide for a resistance built on the values of inclusion, tolerance, and fairness. 

Get involved with your INCO Community Group today!
Questions, concerns, & photos to INCO at incoregon@gmail.com

Share this newsletter and our website with other resisters. They can join INCO here.

ACTION: CALL TO KILL THE BILL VOL.1

From Indivisible Oregon...

**CALL TO ACTION**
Monday, July 17, 2017
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KILL THE BILL VOL. 1
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#KillTheBill Day of Action
The CBO is expected to come out with a score for the latest Senate healthcare bill soon. No matter what the CBO says this version of Trumpcare is much worse than current law. (http://lat.ms/2tRVY2N)
The vote has been delayed after Sen McCain’s surgery. This gives us MORE time to apply pressure and protect healthcare for Americans. We must stop Trumpcare in the Senate. 
We do this by raising our voices and sharing our stories. 
Tomorrow is Indivisible’s nationwide #KillTheBill Day of Action. We ask EVERYONE to join in and show the GOP the power of the resistance http://bit.ly/2tRCRWQ
Participate in person: find a local event (http://bit.ly/2umZ1kz) near you. Indivisible Oregon will be at Senator Ron Wyden’s Portland office http://bit.ly/2tfg8VX
Participate on social media: Tomorrow between noon and 1pm join Indivisible Oregon and
--tag @IndivisibleOregon, @wyden, and @JefMerkleyOregon on Facebook 
AND/OR
--tweet @indivisible_oregon, @RonWyden, and @SenJeffMerkley
with your healthcare story and #KillTheBill
And no matter what call our Senators DAILY to voice your opposition to Trumpcare and help them lead the resistance to the bill. 
See you tomorrow. In person, online or both!
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**ACTION 1: CALL YOUR SENATOR (if you can’t call during business hours, leave a voice mail! It all makes a difference!)**
SAMPLE SCRIPT
“My name is [--] and I’m a constituent from [city], Oregon. I believe that the country can’t afford the damage that the Republican health care bill will cause. This is a national emergency. Thank you for standing up against Trumpcare. I ask you continue to do all you can do to defeat this bill. Thank you. “
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**ACTION 2: MAKE A PLAN TO JOIN #KillTheBill ACTION DAY**
Find a local event (http://bit.ly/2umZ1kz) and/or prep your posts to share on social media with the information above. Additional information here: http://bit.ly/2tRCRWQ
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**ACTION 3: SHARE THIS POST WITH FRIENDS AND FAMILY**
Share this post with friends and family. Talk to them about why it is so important to stop Trumpcare. And help them to call and tell their Senators to vote NO on the bill. Here are resources and numbers for swing Senators https://www.trumpcareten.org/
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**PHONE NUMBERS** 
SENATOR MERKLEY
Portland: (503) 326-3386, DC: (202) 224-3753
Salem: (503) 362-8102, Eugene: (541) 465-6750 
Medford: (541) 608-9102, Bend: (541) 318-1298 
Pendleton: (541) 278-1129 
SENATOR WYDEN
Portland: (503) 326-7525, DC: (202) 224-5244 
Salem: (503) 589-4555, Eugene: (541) 431-0229 
Medford: (541) 858-5122, Bend: (541) 330-9142
La Grande: (541) 960-7691 
** After you call, please comment below and briefly share your experience!**

Saturday, July 15, 2017

RALLY TO STOP TRUMPCARE


On Tuesday July 18th INCO will be joining Indivisible groups across the nation by showing up together to say that TrumpCare would hurt our friends, our families and our country--and we’re not letting that happen without a fight.

TUESDAY, JULY 18 1-3PM
GATHER AT 8TH AND COMMERCIAL
ASTORIA, OREGON

Thursday, July 13, 2017

ACTION: KEEP CALLING ON HEALTHCARE

From Indivisible Oregon...

**CALL TO ACTION**
Thursday, July 13, 2017
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KEEP THOSE HEALTH CARE CALLS COMING
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#KillTheBill
#NoCutsNoCaps
#AmericanDeathCareAct

The latest Senate health care bill is no improvement. Medicaid cuts are STILL deeper than the House version. Insurance companies can STILL write policies without coverage for maternity care or ambulance rides and with low lifetime caps. Pre-existing conditions STILL are barriers to receiving health care. All this before considering lost coverage for older adults, people with disabilities, and children.

Sen. McConnell is planning a vote next week. He is offering deals. He is having an emergency meeting at 11:30 EST.

This fight is NOT OVER.
-- Not one sitting governor supported the first McConnell plan. http://bit.ly/2uj15L4
-- Keeping the tax on the wealthiest and tossing in some other available resources will only restore 1/5th of the proposed $1.2 trillion in cuts to services.  http://bit.ly/2t4rdJj
-- The Senate plan will cover just 58% of costs under a minimal individual plan. A major illness will ruin anyone with a modest income. http://wapo.st/2ujjuaz
-- Think Medicaid cuts won’t affect you (or your parents) because of Medicare? Read this. http://nyti.ms/2ujLM4B

What can you do? CALL. YOUR. SENATORS.  CALL. YOUR. FRIENDS.  Have them CALL. THEIR. SENATORS.

It’s worked so far.

But it’s not over till it’s over.

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**ACTION 1: CALL YOUR SENATOR (if you can’t call during business hours, leave a voice mail! It all makes a difference!)**
SAMPLE SCRIPT
“My name is [--] and I’m a constituent from [city], Oregon. I believe that the country can’t afford the damage that the Republican health care bill will cause. This is a national emergency. I ask you to leave nothing on the table in the push to defeat this bill. Thank you.
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**ACTION 2: COMMENT ON NEWS COVERAGE OF THE HEALTH CARE DEBATE. **
Comments are read by the newspaper editorial board and they can change coverage. Tell your story.
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**ACTION 3: SHARE THIS DAILY ACTION ON SOCIAL MEDIA**
Encourage people to call and share their stories, too. Don’t worry about repeating ourselves. It might take a few times to educate the decision makers and the media.  They want our help. Our stories matter.
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**PHONE NUMBERS**

SENATOR MERKLEY
Portland: (503) 326-3386, DC: (202) 224-3753
Salem: (503) 362-8102, Eugene: (541) 465-6750
Medford: (541) 608-9102, Bend: (541) 318-1298
Pendleton: (541) 278-1129

SENATOR WYDEN
Portland: (503) 326-7525, DC: (202) 224-5244
Salem: (503) 589-4555, Eugene: (541) 431-0229
Medford: (541) 858-5122, Bend: (541) 330-9142
La Grande: (541) 960-7691

** After you call, please comment below and briefly share your experience!**

Opinion piece from an OHSU ED physician:
http://www.huffingtonpost.com/entry/a-physicians-prognosis-for-the-senate-health-care_us_5966529ae4b0deab7c646d53

Lessons from ON TYRANNY - INCO Book Club


Lessons from ON TYRANNY – INCO Book Club
Members of the INCO Book Club read a fascinating new book, “On Tyranny: Twenty Lessons from the Twentieth Century,” by Timothy Snyder, at their first meeting on July 10. They identified these lessons as most significant or timely:
·      3. Beware the one-party state.  Hitler never had a majority vote, but he co-opted other small parties to establish a one-party State.  We’re vulnerable now with neither of our major parties being highly regarded.
·      10. Believe in truth.  To abandon truth is to abandon freedom.  This is “magical thinking.”  Also “post-truth is pre-fascism.”
·      13. Practice corporeal politics.  Get outside. Put your body in unfamiliar places and among groups that were not previously your friends.  March!  Demonstrate!
·      18. Be calm when the unthinkable happens.  Tyranny is fear management.  They use these events to consolidate power.  Don’t fall for it even if you’re fearful and it’s difficult.
·      19. Be a patriot.  The president is a nationalist, not a patriot.  He encourages us to be our worse, then calls us the best.  A nationalist has no universal ethics, values or aesthetic.  A patriot wants the nation to live up to its ideals and be our best selves.

The book club’s next book is “The Revolution of Hope: Toward a Humanized Technology” by Erich Fromm.  Although this book was published in 1968 – nearly 50 years ago - it reads as if it were just published! 

For information about the next meeting – Thursday, August 24, at 6:30 pm – and for getting a copy of the book, contact Carolyn Eady at cebeady@outlook.com.