DEMOCRATIC EVENTS 

1.  Plan to attend the Skagit Democrats 2016 Gala and Auction, Saturday, Jun 4, Swinomish Casino and Lodge, 12885 Casino Drive, Anacortes beginning at 4:00pm

This year we are having a Candidate Meet & Greet from 4:00pm to 5:00pm. There will be local and statewide candidates attending. Anyone who buys a Gala Ticket will be able to participate. Silent Auction will be 5:00pm to 7:00pm. Dinner & Live Auction will follow. Get your tickets now – $50 per person or a table of 8 for $400. All proceeds benefit the work of the Skagit County Democrats. Contact the Skagit Democrats Headquarters at 360-336-1555.

2.  The Gala Committee is soliciting donations for the Live and Silent Auctions. 

Donations may be delivered to the Skagit Democrats Headquarters during business hours. Donation Forms need to be completed for all donations. Downloadable Donation Forms are posted Here.

Also needed are donations of bottles of wine for the Wine Toss. Please bring any bottles of wine in to the Skagit Democrats HQ.

3.  NEW 40th Legislative District Executive Board Meeting Change

Our regular monthly Executive Board meeting has changed from Tuesday, May 24 to Wednesday, May 25 at 6:00pm at Akroteri Restaurant , 1219 Cornwall Ave, Bellingham. Agenda to come. To add items to the agenda, email 40thdems@gmail.com.

4.  NEWDoris Brevoort, candidate for State Representative, 10th Legislative District, Position 2, now has her website up at http://dorisbrevoort.com/. 

Please visit her site and, if possible, make a donation to her campaign.

5.  NEW Kick-Off Fundraiser for Senator Kevin Ranker, Tuesday, May 31, 5:30pm – 7:30pm, above Village Books, 1200 11th Street, Bellingham

Please RSVP to info@kevinranker.com.

6.  NEW Gun Safety Initiative: I-1491, Extreme Risk Protection Orders – Please sign the petition at Democrat Headquarters! The last week in June is the deadline for collection of signatures!

I- 1491, Extreme Risk Protection Orders, if passed in November, would allow families and law enforcement to petition a judge to suspend gun access if an individual poses a serious threat to themselves or others. The initiative’s sponsor, the Alliance for Gun Responsibility, is the same organization that successfully got background checks for firearm purchases passed in 2014.

Safe and Sane Skagit, a local group working to impact the legislative and cultural process to bring more safety and sanity to gun use and availability, is helping to gather signatures. If you would like to help, write to safeandsaneskagit@gmail.com or hurdjulia@gmail.com.

King 5 News announcing I-1491: http://bcove.me/qrerb7k9

7.  Linda Wright is running for 39th Legislative District Representative, Position #1electlindawright on Facebook

“I am happy to announce that I am officially running for State Representative POS 1 (D) in the 39th Legislative District. I hope I can count on your support.

In our 2012 campaign we lost by 5,170 votes. I was a school bus driver and a first time candidate. We have learned some valuable lessons from our first campaign. I have spent the last 3 years negotiating school district and local government contracts, I have rallied people to stand up and be heard by their employers and I have heard the heart breaking stories of families working two and three jobs to earn a living wage. For years I have been out on the front lines fighting for the middle class, protecting seniors and women’s healthcare. Also working with groups to hold banks and corporations accountable, and closing tax loop holes. I have a passion for this work and I believe together we can do this.”

Fundraising mailing address

Make checks out to:

Committee to Elect Linda Wright

1242- State Ave STE I PMB 223

Marysville WA 98270

8.  Decline to Sign Initiative 1515 -PFLAG Skagit/Stanwood (http://www.pflagskagit.org/) along with the PFLAG Washington State Council (http://www.pflagwsc.org/) are urging people to decline to Sign Initiative 1515. 

This Initiative:

  • Repeals Anti-Discrimination Protections for Transgender People
  • Bans State and Local Governments from Adopting Key Protections for Transgender People
  • Repeals Protections for Transgender Students in Public Schools
  • Authorizes Student Lawsuits Against Public Schools
  • This Initiative is not about privacy or safety and would place people in our community at risk. It will have serious economic consequences.

For more information check out: Washington Won’t Discriminate (http://www.washingtonwontdiscriminate.org/) or the WA SAFE Alliance (http://www.wasafealliance.org/. For educational presentations about diversity, contact randibreuer@yahoo.com or kreim@earthlink.net.

Kathy Reim – 360-856-4676

Further note: Jaxon Ravens, Chair of the Washington State Democrats, sent out an email on May 10 urging we stand against Ballot Measure 1515.

9.  Labor-Dem Work Group meeting, Monday, May 23, 5:30 pm, USW Hall, 47 Alder Ln, Mount Vernon

Come and join the discussion about how to advocate for worker issues, create more visibility of unions, and motivate working people to participate. Agenda: Skagit Hospital Workers, Skagit County Fair, Skagit County Emergency Medical Services Problems, Familias Unidas por la Justicia West Coast Tour, Organize an educational event, Initiative 1433- Raise the Minimum Wage and Sick-Safe Leave

“Like” and become part of the Labor Dem Work Group by going to our Facebook page.

Janet McKinney, Labor-Dem Work Group Coordinator

10.  2016 Presidential Primary is Tuesday, May 24. Ballots have been mailed. 

Washington’s Presidential Primary will provide Washington voters with an important opportunity to participate in nominating candidates for the United States Presidential Election.

The Presidential Primary offers all voters an opportunity to participate in the nomination of major political party candidates. These candidates are nominated at each major political party national convention. The political parties may choose to use the Primary results when determining the candidate each Washington State delegate supports at the national party convention but the Washington State Democrats have used the caucuses (not the Presidential Primary) to determine the candidate each Washington State delegate supports.

Every registered voter will receive a Presidential Primary ballot in the mail. Party declaration: You must sign a political party declaration on the ballot return envelope. The declaration signed must match your voted candidate’s political party. Vote for one only. Both the Democratic and Republican ballots will appear on a single consolidated ballot. Unlike other elections, you may only vote for one candidate on the entire consolidated ballot page.

11.  Please Sign This Petition to SAVE Skagit EMS!

Skagit citizens along with your Professional Firefighters and Paramedics have serious concerns regarding the proposed changes to your EMS services in Mount Vernon, Burlington, Anacortes, Sedro Woolley, and Skagit County.

Your high quality EMS services in Skagit are at risk. SAVE Skagit EMS! Click Here to sign the petition.

12.  Information for Precinct Delegate and Alternates and other interested Democrats

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

  • Washington State Democrats State Convention, Tacoma, June 17-19
  • National Democratic Convention, Philadelphia, PA, July 25-28

13.  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

NEW First Thursday Art Walk, Downtown Mount Vernon, Thursday, Jun 2, 5:00pm – 8:00pm

The Mount Vernon Downtown Association hosts art walks on the First Thursday of each month, from April through October. Fifteen or more venues feature exceptional Skagit Valley talent.

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, May 24, 6:30pm, 91.7 FM, Annual Western Workers Labor Heritage Festival, Part 1: Shelley Kessler, Labor Council, Charlie King, Musical Political Satirist, and Hali Hammer, Singer-Songwriter

Interview by Gary Kanter: Shelley, Charlie, and Hali talk about their history with the Labor Heritage Festival and their feelings about its future. The show includes many of the songs from the festival.

For more information, go to http://www.westernworkersfestival.org/, http://charlieking.org/, http://www.occupella.org/.

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

NEW This week on Speak Up! Speak Out! Ginny Wolff talks with Carlo Voli of 350 Seattle, Alex Ramel with Stand.Earth, and Guemes Island resident Bud Ullman about the Climate Change protest, Break Free PNW, that happened recently in Skagit County with events in Anacortes and the vicinity of the refineries.

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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.