1. NEW – Washington State Labor Council’s 2016 Shared Prosperity Agenda for the 2016 Legislative Session:
- Aerospace Tax Break Accountability for JOBS
- Aerospace Tax Break Accountability for WAGES
- Dairy Worker Safety Act
- Reforming Legal Financial Obligations for people convicted of crimes
- Raising the State Minimum Wage
- Allowing all workers to Earn Paid Sick and Safe Leave
- Discouraging Wage Theft
2. NEW – Invitation to the Farmworker Tribunals and Legislative Reception, Feb. 6, 12:00 noon to 1:30pm, Olympia Legislative Building, Rules Room, 416 Sid Snyder Ave SW, Olympia, WA 98501
Reception: 5:30pm – 7:00pm Location TBA
Community to Community (C2C – http://foodjustice.org ) invites all farm worker supporters and allies to their Second Farm Worker Tribunal and the Third Legislative Reception! C2C is working with Familias Unidas por la Justicia to raise the voices of farm workers in the halls of our State Legislature. Farm workers contribute to the WA State economy every day by keeping the agricultural industry thriving. Listen to farm workers from across the State as they give their testimony to current issues in our food system and offer solutions to our political leaders; then join the farm workers and C2C for a public reception with food, music, and more relaxed, informal conversation. This is your chance to get to know the farm workers as the valuable workforce that has been keeping the Washington State agricultural industry #1 world-wide. Sponsored by Community to Community; Formacion Civica, and Familias Unidas por la Justicia.
3. Skagit Democrats Essay Contest
A reception will be held on Saturday, Feb. 20, from 1:00pm – 3:00pm at the Skagit Democrats Headquarters Office. We’re inviting several local, state, and national officeholders as well as family, friends, and teachers of the winning essays contestants. Please plan to attend if you can.
4. Annual Presidents’ Day Crab Feed & Grassroots Forum – Monday, Feb. 15, 5:00pm, Saint Martin’s University Pavilion, 5300 Pacific Avenue Southeast Lacey, WA 98503
Don’t miss out on the first big Democratic event of this exciting year! Guest speakers: Governor Jay Inslee, Congressman Derek Kilmer, Congresswoman Suzan DelBene, and hundreds of other Democrats from around the state!
Tickets: $50 otherwise $60. Day of crab feed, there will be forums, for an additional $10
Click here to buy tickets: Get your Early Bird ticket ($10 off) today!
5. Presidential Debates Schedule
Next scheduled debates:
- Thursday, Feb. 11 – PBS – Wisconsin
- Wednesday, Mar. 9 – Miami Dade College in Miami, Florida – Univision, The Washington Post
6. Upcoming Dates for the Democratic Caucuses
Prepare your calendars now – the caucuses will be upon us before you know it. Obviously, times and places will be announced later – but set aside the dates!
- Precinct Caucuses, Saturday, Mar. 26
- LD Caucuses, Sunday, Apr. 17
- County Conventions, Sunday, May 1
- CD Caucuses Saturday, May 21
- State Convention, (Thursday to Sunday) Jun. 16-19
1. Mount Vernon School District Bond Issue
Received from Rob Coffey, Citizens for Mount Vernon Schools
The Mount Vernon School District is asking voters to approve a bond issue for school construction in an election February 9th. As you may know Democratic voters are the core supporter group for passing school bonds and levies throughout the state. Our school district wants and needs your support.
Since the last school bond was passed in 2001, the Mount Vernon School District has grown by 1,054 students and almost 800 more are expected by 2024. Growing enrollment is putting critical pressure on our aging and overcrowded school facilities. The proposed bond will fund vitally important projects that reduce overcrowding and build capacity. They will:
- Rebuild a larger Madison School at its current location to reduce overcrowding and improve student and pedestrian safety.
- Expand capacity and reduce overcrowding by building a new elementary school to replace Lincoln Elementary at a better and safer location just off of East Division near Skagit Highlands.
- Upgrade the Old Main building on the high school campus to address safety issues and ensure its long term use.
- Replace portables and reduce overcrowding on the high school campus with a 16 classroom Agriculture, Science and Technology building on the site of the old Agriculture Building.
- Add classrooms to LaVenture Middle School to reduce middle school overcrowding and reliance on portable classrooms.
While estimated local costs for the completion of all projects is 106.4 million, careful analysis and bond planning have kept the proposed property tax increase to under six dollars a month for the owner of a Mount Vernon home of average assessed value ($250,000).
Please help us with your vote and the votes of all your local friends and family.
– Rob Coffey, Citizens for Mount Vernon Schools
If you have questions or would like to help in our campaign, please contact me firstname.lastname@example.org
2. NEW – Skagit Eagle Festival – RAPTORS, FOOD & FUN! Saturday, Jan. 30, Raptor Presentations 11:00am, 1:00pm, & 3:00pm, Concrete High School Gymnasium, 7830 S. Superior Avenue, Concrete
Sarvey Wildlife Care Center provides a unique opportunity to learn about the wildlife in Puget Sound. Their Birds of Prey presentation will give you the chance to see five or more of these raptors up close. You’ll also have the opportunity to enjoy a delicious salmon lunch available for purchase by the Concrete Senior Class. Free admission.
1. Listen to We Do the Work, Tuesdays, 6:30 pm, at KSVR, 91.7; KSVU, 90.1; or KSJU, 91.9 FM
A weekly local worker radio program that features news, interviews, music, and comments, “We Do the Work” believes American workers are at the heart of our economy and culture, deserving dignity, respect, and a decent family wage. To hear our other shows, go to We Do The Work Archives. Questions about interviews? Email email@example.com
NEW – We Do The Work’s program for Tuesday, Jan. 26 6:30pm, 91.7 FM – Lynne Dodson, Secretary-Treasurer of the Washington State Labor Council
Interview by Gary Kanter: Lynn gives a report on what has been going on in the Washington State’s Labor community in the last two years. For more information, go to http://www.wslc.org/ orhttp://www.thestand.org – and for Twitter and Facebook-use ‘The Stand.’
We Do The Work Comment: Before the TPP has even passed, Vietnam is shrugging off TPP labor policies.
2. Listen to Speak Up! Speak Out! Radio
Wednesdays, 5:00pm, Rebroadcasts Sunday, 8:00pm, Mount Vernon, KSVR 91.7; Hamilton, KSVU 90.1; Friday Harbor KSJU 91.9 FM; Whatcom County, KMRE 102.3, Sunday, 11:00am
We are a half-hour weekly, locally-produced radio show committed to community, peace, justice, and non-violence issues. Topics and interviewees change weekly. Our shows are available anytime or subscribe to podcasts at http://www.speakupspeakoutradio.org/. Interested in getting SUSO e-News? Contact SUSOenews@gmail.com