Friday, February 23, 2018

ACTION: NO ON EXTREMIST JUDGES

From Indivisible Oregon...

**CALL TO ACTION**
Friday, February 23, 2018
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NO on Extremist Judges
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#ProtectOurCourts
#NoExtremistJudges
Several unqualified, extreme-right judicial nominees won Senate committee approval and may receive confirmation votes any time. We must oppose them. 
Appellate court nominees Michael Brennan and Oregon’s Ryan Bounds are opposed by home-state senators. 
• Brennan believes that judges don’t have to follow legal precedent.
• Brennan also refused to acknowledge that our criminal justice system shows racial bias. 
• Bounds wrote a string of bigoted articles in early/mid-90s as opinion editor of the Stanford student paper.
• Bounds repeatedly mocked multiculturalism, derided student support for union organizing and called sensitivity to racial and LGBTQ issues a “pestilence.”
• Bounds also argued that Stanford could not prevent future rapes by an accused student, and that the accused should be protected from “egregious error” in a university hearing. 
District court nominee Howard Nielson:
• representing the NRA, has argued cases opposing bans on semiautomatic rifles and large capacity magazines, promoting handgun purchases for people under 21 and arguing for public carry of firearms by people ages 18 to 20.
• was involved in writing the Bush-era “torture memos.”
• believes that gay judges should not hear LGBTQ cases.
Let’s call our Senators and tell them to keep fighting. Oppose these nominees.
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**ACTION 1: CALL SENATORS MERKLEY AND WYDEN**
(Leave a message if you can’t get through.)
SAMPLE SCRIPT:
“My name is [--] and I’m a constituent from [city], Oregon [zip code]. I am calling to express my concern about Howard Nielson, Ryan Bounds, and Michael Brennan, three lifetime judicial nominees who oppose equality and have a history of disregard for the rule of law. I want to thank Senator [---] for opposing Ryan Bounds via the blue slip process, and for voting against all three nominees in committee. I am calling to urge the Senator to do everything possible to stop these nominations from coming to a vote, and to defeating them if they reach the Senate floor. Thank you.”
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**ACTION 2: CALL, TEXT, AND EMAIL YOUR FRIENDS AND FAMILY TO DO THE SAME. “SHARE” OR COPY / PASTE THIS ACTION!
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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

Thursday, February 22, 2018

ACTION: PROTECT THE ADA, MEDICAID AND MEDICARE

From Indivisible Oregon...

**CALL TO ACTION**
Thursday, February 22, 2018
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PROTECT THE ADA, MEDICAID AND MEDICARE
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#HandsOff
 #Medicaid
#DisabilityRights

 Trump and the GOP are endangering the health and rights of people with disabilities.

The budget proposal released Monday includes cuts of $1.4 trillion to Medicaid and $5 billion to Medicare.  These cuts will significantly harm 53 million people in the U.S. who have disabilities, including one in three people over the age of 65.

H.R. 620 passed the House and is headed to the Senate.  This amendment to the ADA places the burden of compliance onto people facing discriminatory barriers.  It eliminates any incentive for businesses and institutions to comply with ADA rules proactively.

Those who have been denied their rights of access to public spaces are barred from immediately filing an ADA compliance lawsuit.  First they must provide the business with a detailed legal notice explaining the specific violation.  The violator then has six months to respond.  This makes litigation difficult, suppressing enforcement.

The ADA is not an undue hardship on businesses, as claimed.  The rules have been in place since 1990 and are well known.  It already contains exemptions when change is not “readily achievable”.  There are already rules barring attorneys from filing frivolous lawsuits.

Call on your representatives to protect disability rights.
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**ACTION 1: CALL YOUR SENATORS AND REPRESENTATIVE**

 SAMPLE SCRIPT – for Merkley and Wyden:
“My name is [--] and I’m a constituent from [city], Oregon [zip code].  I am calling because the civil rights and health of our disabled and elderly neighbors and loved ones are under attack. The so-called ADA Education and Reform act would severely weaken the ADA and roll back disability rights. Trump’s newly proposed budget includes devastating cuts to Medicaid and Medicare.  I am asking the Senator to use every means at his disposal to ensure defeat of any form of H.R. 602 introduced in the Senate.  I am also asking him to vote against any budget that includes cuts to Medicaid and Medicare.  Thank you.

SAMPLE SCRIPT – for Reps Blumenauer, Bonamici, and DeFazio:
“My name is [--] and I’m a constituent from [city], Oregon, [zip code].   I am calling because the civil rights and health of our disabled and elderly neighbors and loved ones are under attack. The so-called ADA Education and Reform act would severely weaken the ADA and roll back disability rights. Trump’s newly proposed budget includes devastating cuts to Medicaid and Medicare.  I want to thank the Representative for voting against H.R. 602.  I am also asking him/her to vote against any budget that includes cuts to Medicaid and Medicare.  Thank you.

SAMPLE SCRIPT – for Reps Schrader and Walden
“My name is [--] and I’m a constituent from [city], Oregon, [zip code].    I am calling because the civil rights and health of our disabled and elderly neighbors and loved ones are under attack. The so-called ADA Education and Reform act would severely weaken the ADA and roll back disability rights. Trump’s newly proposed budget includes devastating cuts to Medicaid and Medicare.  I am deeply concerned and disappointed that the Representative supported H.R. 602.  I am asking him to consider the lives and liberties of his constituents first; no longer support legislation that helps to infringe on our civil rights; and oppose any budget that includes cuts to Medicaid and Medicare.  Thank you.
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**ACTION 2:  SEND THIS TO YOUR FRIENDS AND FAMILY.

Share this post with friends and family.  Help them leave messages for their congressional delegations about protecting Medicaid, Medicare, and the Americans with Disabilities Act.
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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

CONGRESSWOMAN SUZANNE BONAMICI [D1]
DC: (202) 225-0855, OR: (503) 469-6010

CONGRESSMAN EARL BLUMENAUER [D3]
DC: (202) 225-4811, OR: (503) 231-2300

CONGRESSMAN GREG WALDEN [D2]
DC (202) 225-6730, Medford: (541) 776-4646,
Bend (541) 389-4408, La Grande (541) 624-2400

CONGRESSMAN PETER DEFAZIO [D4]
DC 202-225-6416, Eugene: (541) 465-6732,
Roseburg: (541) 440-3523, Coos Bay (541) 269-2609

CONGRESSMAN KURT SCHRADER [D5]
DC: (202) 225-5711, Salem (503) 588-9100,
Oregon City (503) 557-1324

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

Wednesday, February 21, 2018

ACTION: SAFEGUARD OUR ELECTIONS AND PROTECT MUELLER

From Indivisible Oregon...

**CALL TO ACTION**
Wednesday, February 21, 2018
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SAFEGUARD OUR ELECTIONS AND PROTECT MUELLER
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#ProtectMueller
#ProtectOurElections
#NoRussiaHacks
Thirteen Russian operatives and three Russian companies were indicted for conspiracy to subvert the 2016 election by aiding Trump using social media platforms. While Mueller was securing two more guilty pleas (more are expected soon), Trump, the GOP, and Russian bots sought to tarnish the Russia investigation. As Mueller quietly continued to investigate email hacking and obstruction, US intelligence leaders agreed that Russian meddling endangers the integrity of the 2018 elections. 
Trump has:
• refused to hold Russia responsible for proven election interference
• refused to impose sanctions on Russia 
• called the investigation a “witch hunt” and a “hoax”
• undermined the FBI, the DOJ, and Mueller at every opportunity
Shockingly, McConnell knew about Russian election meddling before the 2016 election but refused to support bipartisan efforts to expose and stop it. Now, Republicans, controlling both the House and Senate, haven’t passed bipartisan legislation that:
• safeguards our elections - the foundation of American democracy - from foreign interference
• protects Mueller from removal
Congress must act now to prevent the 2018 elections from being hijacked and to safeguard the Mueller investigation. Let’s stand up and hold them accountable.
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**ACTION 1: CALL YOUR SENATORS AND REPRESENTATIVE **
(Leave a message if you can’t get through.)
SAMPLE SCRIPT FOR SENATORS WYDEN AND MERKLEY:
“My name is [--] and I’m a constituent from [city], Oregon [zip code]. I am calling because Mueller’s recent indictments leave no doubt that Russian meddled in our 2016 elections and will do so again. Please tell the Senator (i) to protect our elections by endorsing both the Secure Elections Act (S. 2261) and the Honest Ads Act (S. 1989) and pushing for their passage, and (ii) to protect Mueller by passing the Special Counsel Independence Protection Act (S. 1735). Thank you.”
SAMPLE SCRIPT FOR YOUR REPRESENTATIVE:
“My name is [--] and I’m a constituent from [city], Oregon [zip code]. I am calling because Mueller’s recent indictments leave no doubt that Russian meddled in our 2016 elections and will do so again. Please tell the Representative (i) to protect our elections by pushing for the passage of the Honest Ads Act (H.R. 4077) and by introducing legislation like the Secure Elections Act (S. 2261) and (ii) to protect Mueller by passing the Special Counsel Independence Protection Act (H.R. 3654). Thank you.”
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**ACTION 2: RAISE THIS ISSUE AT A TOWN HALL **
Ask your Members of Congress to support the Honest Ads Act (S.1989/HR 4077), the Secure Elections Act (S.2261), and the Special Counsel Independence Protection Act (S. 1735/H.R. 3654)**
SAMPLE SCRIPT
My name is [--] and I’m a constituent from [city], Oregon, zip code [--] Mueller’s recent indictments leave no doubt that Russian meddled in our 2016 elections and will do so again. However, Trump and the GOP refuse to take any action against this threat by a foreign power and instead seek to derail the current investigations by politicizing intelligence and our institutions, like the FBI and DOJ. What will you do to safeguard the 2018 elections and Mueller? Will you push for the passage of the Honest Ads Act, the Secure Elections Act and the Special Counsel Independence Protection Act?
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**ACTION 3: SHARE WITH FRIENDS AND FAMILY**
Share this post with friends and family. Help them leave messages for their Senators to take actions to protect our elections and protect Mueller.
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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
CONGRESSWOMAN SUZANNE BONAMICI [D1]
DC: (202) 225-0855, OR: (503) 469-6010
CONGRESSMAN GREG WALDEN [D2]
DC (202) 225-6730, Medford: (541) 776-4646,
Bend (541) 389-4408, La Grande (541) 624-2400
CONGRESSMAN EARL BLUMENAUER [D3]
DC: (202) 225-4811, OR: (503) 231-2300
CONGRESSMAN PETER DEFAZIO [D4]
DC 202-225-6416, Eugene: (541) 465-6732,
Roseburg: (541) 440-3523, Coos Bay (541) 269-2609
CONGRESSMAN KURT SCHRADER [D5]
DC: (202) 225-5711, Salem (503) 588-9100,
Oregon City (503) 557-1324

Tuesday, February 20, 2018

ACTION: PASS COMPREHENSIVE GUN LEGISLATION NOW

From Indivisible Oregon...

**CALL TO ACTION**
Tuesday, February 20, 2018
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PASS COMPREHENSIVE GUN LEGISLATION NOW
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#ThrowThemOut
#WeCallBS
#NotOneMore
Gun violence is a public health crisis inflicted on America and her children by our lawmakers’ continual and consistent failures to act. 
Gun violence loudly invades our lives with mass shootings, school shootings, and active shooter drills in schools.
Gun violence quietly and completely devastates day to day life when 96 people are murdered every day.
America is held hostage to this terror because lawmakers beholden to the National Rifle Association (NRA) parrot NRA talking points over protecting America and her children. 
We don’t have to live under constant threat. Australia responded to a mass shooting in 1996 with comprehensive gun legislation. There have been no mass shootings since. 
We need courageous leaders who will put our children’s lives ahead of donor cash. We need lawmakers who understand that passing comprehensive gun safety legislation is the only to save our country and stop the NRA.
The children of America have had this crisis thrust upon them. They are rising up to shape a brighter future – where comprehensive gun reform exists. Will Congress do the same? If this Congress won’t, we must vote in a Congress that will.
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**ACTION 1: CALL OUR SENATORS and YOUR REPRESENTATIVE**
(Leave a message if you can’t get through.)
SAMPLE SCRIPT: for Merkley and Wyden
“My name is [--] and I’m a constituent from [city], Oregon [zip code]. I am appalled at the inaction of congressional leaders to tackle gun violence. The time for incremental change is over. I demand the Senator stand up to the NRA and pass comprehensive gun safety legislation now. Start with blocking concealed carry reciprocity in the Senate, passing an assault weapons ban, requiring universal background checks on all gun sales, and funding gun violence research… and don’t stop until we have laws on the books that will keep our country and children safe. Thank you.”
SAMPLE SCRIPT: for Blumenauer, Bonamici, DeFazzio
“My name is [--] and I’m a constituent from [city], Oregon [zip code]. I am appalled at the inaction of congressional leaders to tackle gun violence. The time for incremental change is over. I demand the Representative stand up to the NRA and pass comprehensive gun safety legislation now. Start with passing an assault weapons ban, requiring universal background checks on all gun sales, and funding gun violence research… and don’t stop until we have laws on the books that will keep our country and children safe. Thank you.”
SAMPLE SCRIPT: for Walden and Schrader
“My name is [--] and I’m a constituent from [city], Oregon [zip code]. I am disgusted that the Representative has received donations from the NRA and appalled his inaction in tackling gun violence. I demand that he stand up to the NRA and pass comprehensive gun safety legislation now. Start with passing an assault weapons ban, requiring universal background checks on all gun sales, and funding gun violence research… and don’t stop until we have laws on the books that will keep our country and children safe. Thank you.”
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**ACTION 2: MAKE A PLAN TO COMBAT GUN VIOLENCE**
Everytown for Gun Safety has an action plan to “kick out lawmakers beholden to the gun lobby”: https://everytown.org/throwthemout/
Find more ways to get involved with Everytown by texting ACT to 644-33.
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**ACTION 3: WATCH AND FOLLOW EMMA’S LEAD***
Emma Gonzalez, a senior at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School, spoke at a rally this weekend. Hear her words. Follow her lead. We must demand freedom from gun violence. Or call BS.
https://www.cnn.com/…/florida-student-emma-gonza…/index.html
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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
CONGRESSWOMAN SUZANNE BONAMICI [D1]
DC: (202) 225-0855, OR: (503) 469-6010
CONGRESSMAN GREG WALDEN [D2]
DC (202) 225-6730, Medford: (541) 776-4646,
Bend (541) 389-4408, La Grande (541) 624-2400
CONGRESSMAN EARL BLUMENAUER [D3]
DC: (202) 225-4811, OR: (503) 231-2300
CONGRESSMAN PETER DEFAZIO [D4]
DC 202-225-6416, Eugene: (541) 465-6732,
Roseburg: (541) 440-3523, Coos Bay (541) 269-2609
CONGRESSMAN KURT SCHRADER [D5]
DC: (202) 225-5711, Salem (503) 588-9100,
Oregon City (503) 557-1324

Monday, February 19, 2018

INCO Weekly Newsletter 2/19

"My dream is of a place and a time where America will once again
be seen as the last best hope of earth."
-- Abraham Lincoln
SENATOR JEFF MERKLEY TOWN HALL
Tuesday, February 20 at 12:30 pm

Bob Chisholm Community Center, 1225 Avenue A, Seaside
We'll bring Agree/Disagree signs  •  You bring your questions and concerns
US Representative Jaime Herrera Buetler Telephone Town Hall
Wednesday, February 21 at 5:30 pm
Constituents in Washington's 3rd Congressional District can call her Vancouver office at 360-695-6292 to be placed on a call list. Constituents also may call 877-229-8493 and use the passcode 116365 to join the meeting at any point during the event.
 ACTION PRIORITIES
 www.indivisible.org     This week's Americans of Conscience Action Checklist is here.        
Contact elected officials here.

•  Attend the Merkley Town Hall if you live in Oregon.
•  Call in to the Herrera Buetler un-town hall if you live in WA.

•  Support the National Popular Vote (NPV) in Oregon - Urgent!

Please call Senator Betsy Johnson now and ask her to vote yes on a clean NPV bill that does not refer NPV to a ballot initiative. Senator Johnson may be a crucial vote on this issue, which is supported by INCO's Vote the Future Team.

Brief background: NPV has passed the House in Oregon in four different sessions, but has been blocked from a Senate vote up to now. We've learned that a clean bill, either an amended version SB 1512 or a new bill which the Senate and then the House will vote on directly, may soon be presented. We have to work fast to get Senators to vote yes.

Call or write Senator Betsy Johnson and ask her to vote yes on a clean NPV bill that does not refer NPV to a ballot initiative. Contact
 her at 503-543-4200‬ or at 503-986-1716.  Sen.BetsyJohnson@oregonlegislature.gov.  NPV = one person, one vote, all votes equal.

More information about NPV is here. For questions specific to NPV in Oregon contact Eric Halperin at ehod1@yahoo.com.  

•  Watch this space for INCO's plans to engage with efforts to put an end to gun massacres, once and for all.
Nationally, Women's March organizers are spearheading a 17-minute school walkout
/
www.actionnetwork.org/event_campaigns/enough-national-school-walkout>on
March 14 and student survivors of the Parkland massacre are organizing the March for Our Lives /
www.marchforourlives.com/> on March 24. 
If you'd like to help organize or coordinate INCO's action, email incoregon@gmail.com
HAPPENINGS
Check for details and new posts on our events page.
 
THIS WEEK
Tuesday, February 20 - Senator Jeff Merkley Town Hall12:30 pm, Bob Chisholm Community Center, 1225 Avenue A, Seaside

Wednesday, February 21 - US Representative Jaime Herrera Buetler Telephone Town Hall5:30 pm; calling instructions at the top of this newsletter

Wednesday, February 21 - INCO Vote the Future Team, 6:30 pm, Seaside Library Board Room, Seaside.

Every Wednesday, INCO Happy Hour, 4-6 pm, Buoy Beer, probably in the Tap Room, foot of 8th on the Riverwalk, Astoria. Food and non-alcoholic drinks available; no host, no agenda, no meeting. 

Almost every Friday - INCO Southwest Washington postcard party; email gwenbrake@gmail.com for date, time and place.


UPCOMING
Saturday, March 3 - Warrenton Community Group meeting, 11 am, Dooger's Restaurant, Warrenton. The CG is putting together a hard copy contact list for our members, strictly on an opt-in basis, containing name, email address, mailing address and phone number. This list is intended for emergency use, special meeting notification, etc.  If interested in having your info included and receiving a hard copy of this list, please email Meridee Faber at mjfaber8@msn.com no later than Feb. 26.

Tuesday, March 6 - Oppose Bigotry Team meeting, 6 pm, at Joan's, Astoria. Contact catladyjoan@gmail.com for directions.

Thursday, March 8 - Upper North Coast INCO (Manzanita/Cannon Beach),  6:30 pm, contact incoregon@gmail.com for address & directions.


Tuesday, March 13 - Astoria Community Group meeting, 6 pm, WineKraft, 80 10th Street, on the Riverwalk, Astoria

Tuesday, March 13 - Seaside/Gearhart Community Group meeting, 6:30 - 8 pm, in Gearhart.  E-mail littlebylittle4change@gmail.com for address/directions.

Wednesday, March 14 - INCO Book Club, 6:30 pm, at Carolyn's, Astoria. Contact cebeady@outlook.com for directions. This month's book is The Nordic Theory of Everything: In Search of a Better Life, by Any Partanen.

Friday, March 16 - Upper North Coast Oregon INCO (Manzanita-Cannon Beach) meeting, 6:30 pm, location to be announced.
Indivisibles rallied for an end to violence against women and children, at our V-Day Rally, February 14, in Astoria.
USE YOUR VOICE
Inform and inspire others with a letter to the editor (LTE) to the Daily Astorian. Letters are among the most popular features in the paper. Even a paragraph or two makes an impact. Rules and directions for submitting your letter are here. Tips for letter writing are here. 

Suggested topics for this week:  
• The local or personal impact of gun violence, gun sales, the NRA, etc. 
Moms Demand Action has this resource showing how Oregon could do betterHere's another national campaign for electing people who will work for gun safety. 
• The local or personal impact of proposed off-shore drilling off the Oregon and Washington coasts.

•   Framing political language can make your LTEs even more effective. It was the hot topic at the INCO summit. Bebe Michel, a Gearhart Indivisible, recommends this link to a fascinating video about framing featuring George Lakoff, 
INCO NEEDS YOUR QUESTIONS
What do you want to know about the candidates for office?
Send your questions to incoregon@gmail.com by Tuesday, February 20.
 
You can help INCO provide helpful information to you and other voters for May's primary election. Please submit questions with yes/no answers for the 3 Clatsop County Commissioner positions and for one state senator and one state representative. INCO will prepare and distribute a "scorecard" with candidates' responses to the questions INCO asks them about policy and values. INCO will contact every candidate for those positions.
INCO in Hipfish
Melissa Ousley, a Warrenton Indivisible , writes about "Creating Lasting Change Through Grassroots Activism" in the February issue of hipfish, available free throughout our region. Hipfish also runs a calendar of INCO events and meetings. Check it out! Thank you, Dinah Urell and hipfish, for your ongoing support!
VOTING: Registration deadline is April 24
The last day to register or to update your voter registration is April 24 so you can vote in the May 15 primary election. Registration forms are online, at the County Elections office at 820 Exchange, 2nd floor; and at libraries and other venues around the county. Clatsop County & Oregon voting information is here. 
 
The deadline to file for office is March 6. Contact the County Elections Office for more information.
INSIGHTS
 "The person who says it cannot be done should not interrupt the person doing it."
-- Chinese proverb
Clean Energy Jobs Bill Update 
About 400 people from all over Oregon, including several from the North Coast, came to Salem on February 12 to support legislation to cap greenhouse gas emissions and invest in clean energy jobs. Read the report from Eric Halperin, an Indivisible from Gearhart, to find out what's next and what you can do to convince State Senator Betsy Johnson to support this legislation!  
HOPE and SELF-CARE
•  Enjoy this week's good news reviewed by Jen Hoffman, our keynote speaker at the INCO summit 

•  Lolly Champion, of Cannon Beach, received this advice:
1. Don't use his name;
2. Remember this is a regime and he's not acting alone;
3. Do not argue with those who support him - it doesn't work;
4. Focus on his policies, not his orange-ness and mental state;
5. Keep your message positive; they want the country to be angry and fearful because this is the soil from which their darkest policies will grow;
6. No more helpless/hopeless talk;
7. Support artists and the arts;
8. Be careful not to spread fake news. Fact check it;
9. Take care of yourselves;
10. Resist! Keep demonstrations peaceful. In the words of John Lennon, "When it gets down to having to use violence, then you are playing the system’s game. The establishment will irritate you - pull your beard, flick your face - to make you fight! Because once they’ve got you violent, then they know how to handle you. The only thing they don’t know how to handle is non-violence and humor."
We're Ready! 
INCO has planned a “Rally for the Rule of Law,” to be held in the event Trump fires Rosenstein or Mueller or takes a similar action that threatens the rule of law as it relates to the investigation. We'll post info on our INCO Facebook page and email an Action Alert. You can also sign up (RSVP) for a notification here.  

COMMUNITY CONNECTIONS

 Get involved with your INCO Community Group today in Manzanita-Cannon Beach, Seaside, Warrenton, Astoria, Washington Peninsula.

INCO's Events Team, Oppose Bigotry Team, Vote the Future Team, and Book Club are INCO-wide. All INCO Indivisibles are invited to participate. For more information, contact incoregon@gmail.com.
 
Questions, suggestions, & photos to INCO at incoregon@gmail.com
Share this newsletter and our website with other resisters. They can join INCO here and ask to join our closed Facebook group.

INCO is supported entirely by your donations. Donate here.

Deb Vanasse and Laurie Caplan, INCO Co-chairs
INCO Weekly Newsletter   February 19, 2018

ACTION: SHINE A LIGHT ON CORRUPTION

From Indivisible Oregon..

**CALL TO ACTION**
Monday, February 19, 2018
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SHINE A LIGHT ON CORRUPTION
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#CorruptGOP

Corruption runs rampant in the Trump administration and his GOP.

The GOP tax plan exemplifies corruption.  It benefits corporations over individuals while creating a $1.5 trillion deficit. Republicans boasted their tax would help workers. But instead of raising wages, business have used the tax plan to enrich themselves by buying back $171 billion in stocks. Only $6 billion has gone to employees. Paul Ryan received a $500,000 campaign donation from the Koch family days after passing the tax plan.

Trump is profiting off his position:
• In 2017 Trump properties had record business; he visited them over 100 times
• Trump and his family will pocket millions with the tax bill
• Instead of donating remaining inauguration funds to charity, $26 million went to Melania Trump’s friend

While Paul Ryan insists on cutting healthcare and Mick Mulvaney proposes slashing food stamps by providing boxes of food, official after official (Tom Price, Scott Pruitt, David Shulkin) use tax payer dollars to fly around the globe in first class and on private planes.

Trump and his GOP cannot be allowed to bankrupt our country for donors and themselves.  If this Congress can’t hold them accountable, we must vote in one that will.

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**ACTION 1: CALL OUR SENATORS and YOUR REPRESENTATIVE**
(Leave a message since the office is closed today.)

SAMPLE SCRIPT:
“My name is [--] and I’m a constituent from [city], Oregon [zip code]. I am disgusted by the corruption of Trump and the GOP.  The tax plan benefits wealthy donors, Trump is making millions and administration officials jet set on the taxpayer’s dime.  I ask the [Senator/Representative] to 1) get Trump’s taxes released; 2) call for the resignation of Scott Pruitt and David Shullkin; and  3) hold hearings on Trump’s and his administration’s corruption and ethical violations. Thank you.”

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**ACTION 2: SHARE WITH FRIENDS AND FAMILY**

Share this post with friends and family. Help them ask to their Congressional delegation to 1) get Trump’s taxes released; 2) call for the resignation of Scott Pruitt and David Shullkin; and 3) hold hearings on Trump and his administration’s corruption and ethical violations.

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**ACTION 3: GET YOUR MIDTERM GAME ON!**

Check out the action groups below. Each is ready to tackle the 2018 elections in a particular way. Find one that speaks to you and sign up for its email or follow it on social media. This list is just a small sample of the amazing groups out there. If you know of other resources, please let us know.

Indivisible435: https://indivisible435.org
Swing Left: https://swingleft.org
Sister District: https://www.sisterdistrict.com
Flipppable: https://www.flippable.org
Woke Vote: https://www.wokevote.us
Let America Vote: https://www.letamericavote.org
Postcards for Voters: https://postcardstovoters.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

CONGRESSWOMAN SUZANNE BONAMICI [D1]
DC: (202) 225-0855, OR: (503) 469-6010

CONGRESSMAN GREG WALDEN [D2]
DC (202) 225-6730, Medford: (541) 776-4646,
Bend (541) 389-4408, La Grande (541) 624-2400

CONGRESSMAN EARL BLUMENAUER [D3]
DC: (202) 225-4811, OR: (503) 231-2300

CONGRESSMAN PETER DEFAZIO [D4]
DC 202-225-6416, Eugene: (541) 465-6732,
Roseburg: (541) 440-3523, Coos Bay (541) 269-2609

CONGRESSMAN KURT SCHRADER [D5]
DC: (202) 225-5711, Salem (503) 588-9100,
Oregon City (503) 557-1324

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

Saturday, February 17, 2018

Clean NPV Bill is Moving

We have some truly amazing news: a clean NPV bill will be moving this week or next and Courtney will allow the vote on it. REPEAT: Courtney will allow a vote on a clean NPV bill. Shocking, yes, but we are pretty confident this information is correct as it comes from Kate Titus via Michael Dembrow who is working on amending the bill. He thinks it could come to Senate Rules as early at this Thursday (the 22nd) or the following Tuesday the 27th. So, time is short, and we need all NPV supporters on this. Here's what we we need from you all:
1. Call and email your senators. We know Courtney will vote no and we know he will likely take some Ds with him, so this is crucial. Ask them if they are planning to vote yes on a clean NPV bill and let them know that you think they should. Here's a  sample you can use as you'd like:
Dear Senator __________________: 
I heard that Peter Courtney is going to allow a vote on a clean NPV bill (no referral) this session. Do you plan to vote yes on this bill? I hope so. It is time Oregon joins the NPV compact in the way the Constitution allows: via state legislatures. NPV was first introduced in Oregon in 2009, and although it has always had strong support, it has always died in the Senate. It's time to change that. NPV is good for our nation and for Oregon. Please support one person, one vote. Please support the clean NPV bill.
2. Please report back on responses, especially anyone who says they are not supporting the bill. In particular, we are concerned about the following D senators:

  • Manning
  • Hass
  • Frederick 
  • Monroe
  • Betsy Johnson 

  • 3. If your senator is an R, please also reach out, especially to Hansell, Winters and Thompson.
    4. Spread the word to others. This is a crucial period--we have a real chance here and we need to bring in more supporters than we have ever had before. We'll be posting something on Facebook soon. Please share that post and try to get others to reach out about this.
    5. For those of you connected to any county Democrat group (Multnomah, Marion, Washington, Clatsop, etc.), please share this widely with leadership and PCPs and ask them to call and email. If you are a PCP, make sure you make that known when you reach out.
    6.If there is anyone who is able to travel to Salem in the next week to meet with their senators, let us know. If there are enough people who can do this, we can try to organize a lobby day.
    The fact that Courtney is allowing a vote on a clean bill is truly extraordinary. There are probably many reasons for this, but I think we have to acknowledge that the voices of the grassroots supporters--your voices--has to be one of those reasons. The outpouring of support last year and at the recent hearing mattered, and what happens from this point until that senate vote matters. Let's make this happen!