DEMOCRATIC EVENTS

1. Skagit County Democrats Executive Board and Central Committee meet Saturday, Apr 9, 10:00am at the Skagit Democrats Headquarters.

Remote teleconference is available for attending this meeting if participants are unable to come to Mount Vernon. Please contact Bob Doll at robertjdoll@yahoo.com or 360-202-6212 for connection information. Connection information will also be included in the agenda Bob will be sending out.

2. NEW – The next Gala meeting is Thursday, April 7th, 3:00pm at Skagit Democrats Headquarters

More help is needed and any additional volunteers will be welcomed.

3. NEW – Volunteers are needed to staff Skagit Democrats Headquarters during the Mount Vernon Tulip Festival Street Fair Friday, Saturday, and Sunday, April 15, 16, and 17

We are recruiting volunteers to work 2 per shift each of the above days. Shifts are:

  • Friday and Saturday  – 9:30am – 2:00pm or 2:00pm – 6:30pm
  • Sunday  -10:30am – 2:00pm or 2:00pm – 5:30pm

We currently have one volunteer for Friday morning.  Please, if you can help, let Shirley know at 360-336-1555 or staff@skagitdemocrats.org.

4. Fidalgo Democrats Meeting Tuesday, Apr 12, 7:00pm at Anacortes Public Library, 1220 10th St., Anacortes

“How Did You Become an Activist? An Evening of Stories” will be the topic, as local Democratic activists tell their stories of becoming involved and share their political or environmental activism, past and current.  We’ll have invited guests and also hope for spontaneous offerings from the audience.  Come hear the stories of people you’ve been curious about!

Help yourself to coffee and organic cookies by Doreen Sadler.  Please bring a non-perishable food item for the food bank donation box near the door.  For more information call Corinne Salcedo, chair, at 293-7114. Our meetings are lively; this one will be lighter than usual.  It should be fun!

5. NEW – Stanwood Democrats Monthly Meeting, Saturday, Apr 9, 10:00am – 12:00pm, Viking Village, Stanwood

9:00 a.m. – No-host breakfast (pay your own way). 

6. NEW – Information for Precinct Delegate and Alternates and other interested Democrats

Check the Skagit County Democrats’ Website for additional information about the upcoming Legislative District Caucuses, Skagit County Convention, Congressional District Caucuses, and State Convention at http://www.skagitdemocrats.org/. For any Questions contact Bob Doll, Skagit County Democrats Chair at robertjdoll@yahoo.com or 360-202-6212

  • Legislative District (LD) Caucuses
  • 39th LD – April 17, 1:00pm, Arlington High School
  • 10th LD – May 1 at the Skagit County Convention
  • 40th LD – May 1 at the Skagit County Convention
  • Skagit County Convention, May 1, 1:00pm, Mount Vernon High School
  • Congressional District (CD) Caucuses, May 21, 10:00am
  • 1st CD — Glacier Peak High School off SR9 in Snohomish
  • 2nd CD – Stanwood High School Performing Arts Center in Stanwood, WA
  • Washington State Democrats State Convention, Tacoma, June 17-19
  • National Democratic Convention, Philadelphia, PA, July 25-28

7. NEW – Skagit County Commissioners Meeting, April 26th, 11:15am, 1800 Continental Place, Suite 100, Mount Vernon

Please attend the Skagit County Commissioners Meeting on April 26th, at 11:15am for the public comment period so that the commissioners can see that you are concerned about what is going on with our Emergency Medical Services. You can speak to the commissioners if you would like to but it is not required. Our local Paramedics and Fire Fighters are asking the community to get involved with the possible changes to our Emergency Medical Services.

Save EMS by contacting your Skagit County Commissioners: Lisa Janicki, Ron Wesen, Ken Dahlstedt

  • E-Mail: commissioners@co.skagit.wa.us (your e-mail goes to all three commissioners)
  • Phone: (360) 416-1300,
  • Office Hours: 8:00 am. – 4:30 pm,
  • Address: 1800 Continental Place, Suite 100, Mount Vernon, WA 98273

For more information on the Emergency Medical Services issue, contact Janet McKinney at cedarwaxwings@gmail.com.

8. Candidate for 39th Representative, Position 2, Ronda Metcalf’s website is now up

You can find her and donate at: http://rondametcalf.org/.

9. Please sign I-1433! – Petitions are at Skagit Dems Headquarters

RaiseUp Washington is right for businesses, families, and the community. Labor, faith, and community groups have come together in 2016 to support working families by raising Washington’s minimum wage and expanding paid sick and safe leave throughout the state.

A ballot initiative, I-1433, has been filed to raise the minimum wage incrementally to $13.50/hour and allow all workers to earn up to seven days of paid sick and safe leave per year. Raising the minimum wage makes it possible for working families to contribute to the growth and stability of our state. The data proves that when workers have more money, businesses have more customers, more jobs are created, and there is less dependence on government and social programs. Everyone wins!

Thousands of volunteers are needed to place this important initiative on the November 2016 ballot. Please consider volunteering to gather signatures. If you have questions, please email April Sims, Field Mobilization Director for the Washington State Labor Council, or call her at 1-800-542-0904. For more information, go to http://www.raiseupwa.com/

COMMUNITY EVENTS

1. The Skagit Valley Tulip Festival runs Apr 1 – Apr 30

Check out activities at http://www.tulipfestival.org/site. 

2. NEW – 5th Annual North Puget Sound Conference on Race, Saturday, April 9, 8:00am – 2:00pm, Discovery Hall, University of Washington Bothell, 18115 Campus Way NE, Bothell

The Community Coalition of Color hosts this conference each year on different college campuses. Their mission is to work with community to advocate for social justice, cultural and religious respect, and human rights. There is no charge to attend the conference. The conference will be held in Discovery Hall at the University of Washington Bothell campus.

Registration is available online at http://www.brownpapertickets.com/event/2516540

Contact: npsraceconference@gmail.com

3. NEW – Drinking Liberally Bellingham, Wednesday, Apr 6, 6:30pm 8:30pm, The Racket Bar & Pinball Lounge (upstairs), 1220 North State Street Bellingham

Drinking Liberally Bellingham is a loosely knit group of liberals who meet regularly to drink, share ideas and talk about politics. The aim is to create a fun, safe place for all to express their opinions and maybe learn something they didn’t know before. It’s also a great way for citizens to connect to their elected officials over a beer and in an informal setting. There is no membership fee and anyone is welcome. Click here for Facebook page.

4. Peanut Butter Challenge

Please contribute to the Peanut Butter Challenge by bringing peanut butter to the Skagit County Democrats’ Headquarters by Friday, May 6, open Tuesday through Friday, 1:00 pm – 5:00 pm. If possible, buy Jiff or Adams brand because they are made by Union workers. The Northwest Washington Central Labor Council is collecting peanut butter for the Whatcom and Skagit Food Banks in conjunction with the National Association of Letter Carrier’s Annual Food Drive, which is May 14.

The statistics are shocking: One in six people in Skagit and Whatcom Counties must rely on food banks. Most have jobs but don’t earn enough to support themselves and their families. Peanut Butter is an excellent source of protein with a long shelf life. Together we can make a difference and help stamp out hunger!

5. Lectures by Hedrick Smith, author of Who Stole The American Dream?

“Sno-Isle Libraries Foundation launches the Trudy Sundberg Lecture Series, May 6 and 7 on Whidbey Island – Pulitzer Prize winning journalist and author, Hedrick Smith, speaking on the undoing of America’s middle class, and why it matters.

Join us at one of these two lively and informative presentations on the forces eroding the ranks of the American middle class.”

  • Friday, May 6 at the Whidbey Island Center for the Arts (WICA) in Langley.

Doors open at 6:00 pm for informal reception with Mr. Smith in Zech Hall; presentation at 7:00 pm on the Main Stage, followed by Q&A.

  • Saturday, May 7 at the Coupeville High School Performing Arts Center; Presentation at 7:00 pm followed by Q&A.

http://hedricksmith.com/

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Hedrick_Smith

ANNOUNCEMENTS

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 ksvrwedothework@gmail.com

NEW – We Do The Work’s program for Tuesday, Apr 5, 6:30pm, 91.7 FM – Tia Koonse, Legal and Policy Research Manager for UCLA Labor Center

Interview by Ken Winkes:  Tia explains the reports on low-wages, the people who receive them, and the industries that pay them. For more information, go to http://www.labor.ucla.edu/ or http://www.labor.ucla.edu/what-we-do/rework-institute-for-worker-justice/

We Do The Work Comment:

  • Giving the large agriculture firms tax payer money while cutting food stamps is considered Congressional child neglect.

2. Listen to Speak Up! Speak Out! Radio

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

SUSO Radio airs at:

  • KSVR 91.7 FM, Mount Vernon, Wednesdays 5:00pm, rebroadcasts Sundays 8:00pm
  • KMRE 102.3 FM, Bellingham, Sundays 11:00am and Wednesdays 7:30am
  • KSVU 90.1 FM, Hamilton, Sundays 8:00pm and Thursdays 8:00am

                                                                                                               

Don Ambrose, Editor

Action Newsletter
news@skagitdemocrats.org

NOTE – Please send all Newsletter submissions to news@skagitdemocrats.org . I prefer to receive submissions by each Thursday but can accept them up to Saturday morning.

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