Friday, August 18, 2017

ACTION: CALL TO STOP ATTACKS ON THE ENVIRONMENT

From Indivisible Oregon...

**CALL TO ACTION**
Friday, August 18, 2017
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STOP ATTACKS ON THE ENVIRONMENT
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Trump and the GOP are doing lasting damage to our environment through the budget, legislation and regulation roll backs.  We must protect our planet and stop these attacks.

Trump’s 2018 budget threatens the environment by:
• cutting EPA funding 30%
• cutting EPA staff 20%
• jeopardizing our clean water and air by cutting 50 EPA programs http://wapo.st/2uPpO68

The GOP in Congress are attacking the environment through “riders”. Riders are used to sneak legislation through by attaching them to must pass spending bills. Existing riders include relaxing smog limits and green-lighting storage of nuclear waste http://on.nrdc.org/2uIEU1i.

And soon the Senate will vote on the Regulatory Accountability Act (RAA).  This bill will change how federal agencies regulate EVERYTHING.  Disguised as a “procedural change” the RAA will
• require agencies to adopt the cheapest regulations for corporations, not what is best for the public
• instruct agencies to prioritize industry interests above protecting consumers and workers
http://on.nrdc.org/2v1PNqp

Trump is leading the GOP in using the government to benefit corporations above public safety and the environment.  Our MoCs must lead the charge in protecting the environment from our own government.

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**ACTION 1: CALL YOUR REPRESENTATIVE**
(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 ask Representative [--] to oppose any legislation that cuts the EPA budget or contains anti-environmental riders. We must protect our planet.  Thank you."

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**ACTION : CALL YOUR SENATORS**
(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 ask the Senator to oppose any legislation or policy rider that cuts the EPA budget and to vote no on the RAA. We must protect our planet.  Thank you."

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**ACTION 3: GO TO A TOWN HALL AND ASK A QUESTION.
(http://bit.ly/IO_Events)
 
SAMPLE SCRIPT for Reps,
“My name is [--] and I’m a constituent from [city].  I am very concerned about all the GOP attacks on the environment.  Will you commit to opposing any FY 2018 budget that cuts the EPA? How you do plan to stop the regulation roll back in Congress?

SAMPLE SCRIPT for Senators,
“My name is [--] and I’m a constituent from [city].  I am very concerned about all the GOP attacks on the environment.  Will you commit to opposing any FY 2018 budget that cuts the EPA? How you do plan to stop the regulation roll back in Congress? Will you commit to voting against the RAA?

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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!**

https://www.washingtonpost.com/national/health-science/budget-reflects-trumps-vow-to-cut-epa-in-almost-every-form/2017/03/15/0611db20-09a5-11e7-a15f-a58d4a988474_story.html?utm_term=.dbc8e3ae5261

Thursday, August 17, 2017

CONFEDERATE FLAG: Neighbors Respond


Following a discussion in our Facebook group regarding a Confederate flag flown in our area, one of our INCO members wrote this to send to the property owners. She plans to include an American flag with the letter. Shared here with her permission, we offer it as a resource to those dealing with similar issues.

Dear Neighbor,

We hope this message finds you well.

We wanted to talk to you about the Confederate flag that you’ve been flying. There is something special about flying a flag. It must harken back to the days of our forefathers when flags sent messages of hope and determination, or distress, or ownership. A raised flag has spirit and when it catches the wind, it is that much stronger.

We can only assume that this particular flag means something special to you. Perhaps your family originates from a Southern state. Perhaps it signifies heritage or a never-give-up spirit. Perhaps it is just the Rebel Flag for you and touches on an inner rebel. Or your flying of the flag may say all that we would hope that it does not. We can’t be sure, but we can tell you that for many of your neighbors, this flag symbolizes the idea that white people are superior to people of color and that the person flying it would like to see a return to the days of slavery.

In recent days, our country has seen horrific violence. All of it based on ideas. As Americans, we know we do better. We are the UNITED States of America and we wish to live in harmony with our neighbors and all our fellow countrymen. This can only happen if we are able to appreciate and respect each human life as we would our own and the lives of those we love. We hope you will help keep our area safe and find ways to unite rather than divide.

We respectfully request that you remove the flag and perhaps fly one of unity, such as the American flag.

Sincerely,

Your Neighbors


ACTION: CALL TO DEFUND TRUMP'S ANTI-IMMIGRANT AGRNDA

From Indivisible Oregon...

**CALL TO ACTION**
Thursday, August 17, 2017
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REPUDIATE TRUMP’S HATRED AND BIGOTRY: DEFUND MASS DEPORTATION MACHINE AND RESCIND MUSLIM BAN
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#DefundHate
#DefundMassDeportationMachine
#RescindMuslimBan
#DefundMuslimBan

Trump’s refusal to denounce the racism and bigotry on display in Charlottesville http://nyti.ms/2vHdpCo and his incessant scapegoating of immigrants—especially Hispanics and Muslims—are two sides of the same coin.

This racism permeates Trump’s radical immigration enforcement budget which
• Requests $23 billion for his wall
• Expands prisons for immigrant families
• Hires 2000+ ICE and Border Patrol employees
http://nyti.ms/2sYOR5G, http://bit.ly/2fJqdo3

Trump also seeks a 25% cut in refugee resettlement services and 50%+ reduction in refugee admissions http://dpo.st/2uJu4Ig  And, with Supreme Court intervention and executive branch policy changes, the Muslim ban still stands http://nyti.ms/2u5Ay0J.

Federal agencies cannot terrorize communities, tear families apart, and build a pointless wall without Congressional funding.

Our MoCs must:
• Convince their colleagues not to fund Trump’s border wall, detention caps and mass deportation force.
• Urge Congress to end the Muslim ban by passing the Solve Act/HR.1503 (rescinding Muslim ban and prohibiting enforcement funding); S.608 (rescinding Muslim ban) & S.549 (declaring it unconstitutional and withholding funding)

The GOP supports Trump’s agenda (http://bit.ly/2x5aMKh) and the battle over this funding could result in a government shutdown.  But we must stand up for what is right and stop this racist agenda from taking over our country.

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

SAMPLE SCRIPT FOR OUR SENATORS AND YOUR REP
“My name is [--] and I’m a constituent from [city], Oregon [zip code]. I am very concerned that my tax dollars will be used to fund fear rather than investing in America’s families. I urge you reject any budget that includes increases to Trump’s deportation force and to defund the Muslim ban.  Thank you.”

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**ACTION 2: GO TO A TOWN HALL AND ASK OUR MoCS TO DEFUND TRUMP’S ANTI-IMMIGRANT AGENDA
(http://bit.ly/IO_Events)
 
SAMPLE SCRIPT FOR
“My name is [--] and I’m a constituent from [city], Oregon [zip code]. I am very concerned that my tax dollars will be used to fund fear rather than investing in America’s families. Will you promise not to support any budget that includes increases to Trump’s deportation force or any funding for his mass deportation agenda, even if that means withholding the votes needed to avert a government shutdown? What are you plans and tactics to rescind and defund the Muslim Ban?

If you can’t get to a town hall, please call Senator Wyden’s, Senator Merkely’s and your Representative’s office and ask them the above questions.
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**ACTION 3: SHARE WITH FRIENDS AND FAMILY**
Share this post with friends and family.  And help them to call and tell their MoCs to defund Trump’s anti-immigrant agenda
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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!**

https://www.nytimes.com/2017/05/25/us/politics/undocumented-immigrants-trump-budget-wall.html

Wednesday, August 16, 2017

ACTION: CALL TO PROTECT MEDICARE AND SOCIAL SECURITY

From Indivisible Oregon...

**CALL TO ACTION**
Wednesday, August 16, 2017
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DON’T CUT MEDICARE AND SOCIAL SECURITY
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#CleanCR
#NotOnePenny
#ProtectMedicare
#ProtectMedicaid
The government runs out of money on September 30th. Congress hasn’t passed a budget – risking government shutdown. Congress must get its financial house in order.
The budget process is bankrupt:
• The House Budget Committee passed radical cuts to Medicare, Social Security and non-military spending to pay for tax breaks for the wealthy and a border wall http://n.pr/2uJd415.
• Democrats may not hold together, as they did on the ACA, putting vital programs at risk http://politi.co/2uWNftK .
• Republicans aim to pass a budget the same way the tried to repeal the ACA – via reconciliation, allowing them to pass tax cuts with only 50 votes, paid for by slashing our safety net http://cnn.it/2uIEVyf.
Congress should abandon the budget process and instead pass a clean continuing resolution (CR) maintaining current funding levels across the board. A clean CR:
• Protects Medicare, Social Security and safety net programs,
• Prevents a radical rewrite of the tax code and border wall funding
• Preserves funding for vital programs like the EPA
Our MoCs must fight hard for a clean CR for FY 2018. We must protect our safety net and vital programs. The fight to save the ACA was only the beginning. 
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**ACTION 1: CALL YOUR SENATORS and REPRESENTATIVE**
(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 ask [Senator/Rep] to oppose any FY 2018 budget that cuts Social Security, Medicare, and safety net programs; funds a border wall; and guts non-defense spending. I urge [Senator/Rep] to push for a clean continuing resolution instead. 
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**ACTION 2: GO TO A TOWN HALL AND ASK A QUESTION.
(http://bit.ly/IO_Events)
SAMPLE SCRIPT for both Senators and all Reps,
“My name is [--] and I’m a constituent from [city]. I am very concerned about what the GOP is planning to do with the budget. Will you commit to opposing any FY 2018 budget that cuts Social Security, Medicare and safety net programs; funds a border wall; and guts non-defense spending? Will you push for a clean continuing resolution instead? "
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**ACTION 3: CALL, TEXT, AND EMAIL YOUR FRIENDS AND FAMILY IN RED DISTRICTS 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
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!** 

Tuesday, August 15, 2017

ACTION: CALL TO RESTRAIN A RECKLESS PRESIDENT

From Indivisible Oregon...

**CALL TO ACTION**
Tuesday, August 15, 2017
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CONGRESS MUST RESTRAIN A RECKLESS PRESIDENT
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#OutOfControl
#NoPreemptiveStrike
#NoToHate
#FireBannonGorkaMiller

This has been an out-of-control week. Trump inspired white supremacist/Nazi violence in Charlottesville and threatened nuclear war with North Korea.

Trump endangers America by aligning with Nazis:
• His words incited white supremacist supporters to murder in Virginia. http://wapo.st/2wGsTXL; http://bit.ly/2uAXGDQ
• His White House advisors, Bannon, Miller, and Gorka push a white supremacist agenda http://theatln.tc/2w3TAbH.
• He cut programs that fight domestic terrorism from white supremacist groups http://reut.rs/2vthiwy

Trump’s outlandish global threats also put America at risk:
• Threatened North Korea with “fire and fury.” http://nbcnews.to/2vqXzfb
•  Suggested that the US could take military action in Venezuela. http://bbc.in/2fCTzo7

Congress must stop the harm Trump’s words and actions are causing.

 Our MoCs must:
• Demand Bannon, Gorka and Miller be fired immediately
• Demand that Trump reverse his decision to cut funding for programs that combat white supremacy and de-radicalize neo-Nazis http://bit.ly/2fFLr6a
• Demand hearings on HR 669/S. 200, which require Congressional approval for a nuclear first strike (Wyden, Merkley, Blumenauer and DeFazio have cosponsored these bills) http://bit.ly/2wUO0oc, http://bit.ly/2uDTrLI
• Advocate for diplomacy by keeping the State department’s budget intact. Trump has proposed cutting it 29% (https://bloom.bg/2fCaV4B)

Trump is violating America’s most sacred principles.  Congress must stand up for them.

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**ACTION 1: CALL YOUR SENATOR AND REPRESENTATIVE (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, zip code [--]. The events of this past week – specifically the racist violence Trump inspired in Charlottesville and his threats of nuclear strikes on North Korea– are alarming and dangerous. Congress must exercise its constitutional powers to act as a check on this out-of-control presidency on all fronts. I'm asking the [Senator/Rep] to demand that Bannon, Gorka and Miller be fired immediately, and that Trump to reverse his decision to cut funding for DHS programs fighting white supremacy.  In addition, I would like the [Senator/Rep] to demand hearings on HR 669/S. 200 to require Congressional approval for a nuclear first strike, and insist on a budget that ensures that American diplomacy is fully staffed and funded. Thank you.”

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**ACTION 2: GO TO A TOWN HALL AND ASK OUR MOCS TO SUPPORT HR 669/S. 200, FULLY FUND ANTI-HATE EFFORTS, AND FULLY FUND DIPLOMACY

SAMPLE SCRIPT
My name is [--] and I’m a constituent from [city], Oregon, zip code [--].  The events of this past week – specifically the racist violence Trump inspired in Charlottesville and his threats of nuclear strikes on North Korea– are alarming and dangerous. Congress must step up and exercise its constitutional powers to act as a check on this out-of-control presidency. [For Wyden, Merkley, Blumenauer and DeFazio – I am thankful that you have endorsed HR 669/S. 200.]

To fight white supremacy:  Will you demand Bannon, Gorka and Miller be fired immediately, and that Trump reverse his decision to cut funding for programs that combat white supremacy and de-radicalize neo-Nazis?

To prevent a nuclear war: Will you demand hearings on HR 669/S. 200, which require Congressional approval for a nuclear first strike, and push for its passage? Will you insist on a budget that ensures that American diplomacy is fully staffed and funded?

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**ACTION 3: SHARE WITH FRIENDS AND FAMILY**
Share this post with friends and family.  And help them to call and tell their MoCs to vote in favor of HR 669/S.200, to fully fund US diplomacy and to reject Trump’s white supremacist agenda.

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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!**

http://thehill.com/policy/national-security/346552-trump-cut-funds-to-fight-anti-right-wing-violence

Monday, August 14, 2017

INCO WEEKLY NEWSLETTER 8/14

 We stood with Charlottesville at Sunday night's vigil in Astoria, with words of love and healing, songs of hope and courage. Each of us must act to stop the hate, and to bring out the best in our country.
"It is not enough to be compassionate. You must act." 
-- the fourteenth Dalai Lama, 1992
ACTION PRIORITIES
From Indivisible Guide, our national resource. 
What are your Members of Congress doing about the horror in Charlottesville? Here are four things that you can ask them to do to respond to the tragedy.
  1. Ask your MoCs to demand that Trump disavow white nationalism and fire White House staff associated with it, starting with Steve Bannon and Stephen Miller.
  2. Demand funding in the budget to fight white nationalism. Ask your MoCs to require that the Countering Violent Extremism program retains its focus on white nationalism, that CVE grants are fully funded, and that a substantial portion of CVE grants are awarded to respond to the threat of white nationalism. 
  3. Defund Trump's hateful anti-immigrant budget proposals. Ask your MoCs to #DefundHate every chance they get in the appropriations process. See our resourcefor more information about Trump’s mass deportation force, and some of the other things that money should be used for instead.
  4. Protect the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) and Temporary Protected Status (TPS) programs. Combined these programs provide relief from deportation to about one million Americans who arrived in the U.S. as children or whose countries suffered humanitarian catastrophes. 
Uncle Sam and other great Americans were enjoying the Astoria Regatta Land Parade on Saturday before it started - and even more during as we chanted "Vote the Future - USA!"
CHEERS!  
Our Indivisible community salutes democracy, raises awareness, and encourages everyone to stay informed and get active!
  • Applause from watchers greeted Lady Liberty, Ben Franklin, Abe Lincoln, Abigail Adams, Uncle Sam, Betsy Ross,  suffragettes, and INCO in the Astoria Regatta Land Parade on August 12. We had a great time making Indivisible visible! Thanks to Nancy Montgomery, Astoria co-leader, who beautifully and creatively coordinated INCO being in the parade  - and to everyone who made this such a successful event.
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  • Peninsula Indivisibles never stop working: a campaign to save rural hospitals from proposed Medicaid cuts, a visit to an immigrant detention center in Washington, postcard parties, letter-to-the-editor workshops, and parades and marches wherever they can.
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  •  Ann Fontaine, Kit Ketchum, and Monica Pearson brought us together for Sunday's vigil. Thanks also to Nancy Montgomery, Roger Rocka, and everyone else who helped.
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  • Meet Carolyn Eady, INCO book club organizer and forest advocate. She's our first featured member. Who's next?
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  • Who are INCO's community leaders? They include political newbies, a tech expert, at least one author, a retail manager, two retired counselors, community organizers, and more! INCO is stronger because of their wisdom,  skills, and passion for democracy. 
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  • Did you see our INCO banners in the parade? Thom Dickerson created our original classic, and Kate Giese designed our new Vote the Future banner. Thank you, Thom and Kate, for sharing your artistry with us! 
INCO Vote the Future Team Organizational Meeting
INCO is getting ready for the 2018 elections! With your help, we'll  encourage others to vote and use proven strategies to reach voters with an effective message. We're organizing around a basic idea of democracy - EVERY VOTE COUNTS! If you're eager to help create positive change, please attend this meeting.
VTF Organizing Meeting
Wednesday, Aug. 30 at 6:30 pm
6:30 pm, Deb Vanasse's house off Sunset Beach Rd
Email debvanasse (at) gmail.com for directions
Peninsula Indivisibles joined Willapa Resistance and Pacific County Democrats in the Willapa Harbor Festival and Parade in Raymond, WA on Saturday, August 5. 
HAPPENINGS
Check for details and new posts on our events page.

THIS WEEK
Saturday, August 19 - Warrenton INCO Monthly Meeting, 11 a.m., Dooger's, Highway 101, in Warrenton

UPCOMING
Thursday, August 24 - INCO Book Club, 6:30 pm, in Astoria. This month's book is Erich Fromm's “The Revolution of Hope: Toward a Humanized Technology." Contact Carolyn Eady at cebeady@outlook.com for information about location.

Wednesday, August 30 - Vote the Future Team Organizational Meeting, 6:30 pm. Contact incoregon@gmail.com for more info.

Tuesday, September 5 - Astoria INCO Monthly Meeting, 6 pm - social & snacks; 6:30 - 8 pm, 3 Cups Coffee House, 279 West Marine Drive

Thursday, September 14, 2017, Resistance School -  How to Sustain the Resistance Long-term, 6-8 pm, Seaside Library Community Room
           
Saturday, September 16 - Immigration 101, 1 pm, Columbian Theater, 11th & Marine Drive, Astoria; presented by Oregon's Rural Organizing Project and hosted by Astoria INCO.
It is not enough that we do our best; sometimes we must do what is required.

--Winston Churchill

COMMUNITY CONNECTIONS

DIY-mocracy! 
 
We have a few "In Our America" yard signs left. You can get your sign or "In Our America" poster at INCO meetings and events. INCO pins and other items are also available. Contact incoregon@gmail.com or Laurie at 503-338-6508 for details.

What does the resistance want? Read about Indivisible and similar groups here.

Enjoy the satisfaction of fighting the good fight as we defend democracy. Share your talent, wisdom, and patriotism working with INCO members. 
Get involved with your INCO Community Group today in Manzanita-Cannon Beach, Seaside, Warrenton, Astoria, Washington Peninsula.
 
Check out the resources on our website and on our Facebook page. 
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 SAVE THE FEDERAL COURTS FROM RIGHT-WING TAKEOVER

From Indivisible Oregon...

**CALL TO ACTION**
Monday, August 14, 2017
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SAVE THE FEDERAL COURTS FROM RIGHT-WING TAKEOVER
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#FairJudges
#NoRightWingJudges
Trump’s racist rhetoric brought horror to Charlottesville. His federal judge nominees will bring these views to courts. We must stop their confirmation.
We rely on the courts to protect Americans from Trump’s bigoted, perilous agenda. Trump is nominating extremist judges who will shape our legal system for decades to come. (http://slate.me/2rC9Fi6)
• Trump is responsible for filling more vacancies than any modern first-term president, due to GOP obstruction under Obama. Trump can pack the federal bench with racist, sexist, homophobic judges sharing his antipathy to civil rights/liberties.
• Within the year, 1 out of 8 cases might be heard by Trump appointees. In four years, he can fill over half of all judgeships.
http://nyti.ms/2uAPrLUhttp://read.bi/2vMts1yhttp://wapo.st/2wVN4Qv
Trump is also bypassing Democrats in the nominating process, which in previous administrations produced consensus candidates http://politi.co/2vV66KBhttp://bit.ly/2uANYW5.
There ARE tactics that Democrats can use to slow/stop the process:
• Demand candidates be reviewed by the American Bar Association before being nominated;
• Demand that nominees’ writings, legal representations and public statements are relevant to confirmation
• Stop Republicans from curtailing “blue slip” rights that allow senators to block unacceptable home-state nominees.
Our senators must stop Senate business until Trump nominates mainstream judicial nominees with bipartisan credentials. 
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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 [zip code]. I am very concerned about the extremist judicial nominees that Trump is sending to the Senate for confirmation. I am asking the Senator to slow or stop the confirmation process, by contesting procedural changes: for example, I’d like the Senator to demand that all nominees are reviewed by the American Bar Association; that nominees’ writings and public statements are evaluated during confirmation; and that Republicans allow “blue slip” rights so that senators can block unacceptable home-state appointments. Further, I’d like the senator to halt all business in the Senate until Trump agrees to send nominees with bipartisan credentials.”
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**ACTION 2: GO TO A TOWN HALL AND ASK OUR SENATORS TO OPPOSE TRUMP’S RADICAL JUDICIAL NOMINEES
(http://bit.ly/IO_Events)
SAMPLE SCRIPT
“My name is [--] and I’m a constituent from [city], Oregon [zip code]. We look to the courts to protect our civil rights and maintain checks and balances within our government. This is why I am very concerned about the extremist judicial nominees that Trump is sending to the Senate for confirmation. They are outside the mainstream. If appointed, these judges will fail to protect citizens from government overreach. What steps are you prepared to take to prevent the confirmation of these right-wing racist, sexist, homophobic judges? Are you willing to halt all business in the Senate until Trump agrees to send nominees with bipartisan credentials?” 
If you can’t get to a town hall, please call Senator Wyden’s and Merkley’s office and ask them the above questions.
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**ACTION 3: SHARE WITH FRIENDS AND FAMILY**
Share this post with friends and family. And help them to call and tell their Senators to push for these Congressional hearings.
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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!**