1. Skagit Democrats HQ needs some volunteers.

Summer is taking a toll on staff. There are some Wednesdays, all Thursdays and Fridays that need coverage. Please consider volunteering this summer, while long time staff is spending time with their families and helping other organizations. Campaigns and candidates are looking towards us for assistance as they work to turn the County, State and Federal offices “blue”. Call the HQ for information and remaining staff looks forward to hearing from you – 360-336-1555 or Thank you, Skagit Democrats.

2. Fundraising Event for 40th Legislative District Delegation, Monday, Jun 20, 6:00pm to 8:00pm, Taylor Samish Farm Shellfish Market at 2182 Chuckanut Drive in Bow

Please RSVP to

3. 39th LD Executive Board Meeting, Jun 25,10:00am – 1:00pm, Buzz Inn Steakhouse, 5200 172nd St NE, Arlington

4. UPDATED – 10th Legislative District Quarterly Membership Meeting, Saturday, Jun 25, San Remo’s Grill, 421 NE Midway Blvd, Oak Harbor. Breakfast at 9:00am and then meet at 10:00am.

5. 40th Legislative District General Membership Meeting, Saturday, Jun 25, 12:00pm – 2:00pm, Anacortes Public Library, 10th Street, Anacortes

6. NEW – Fidalgo Democrats plan to march in the Anacortes 4th of July Parade

Please meet at 10:15 am Monday, July 4th on O Avenue at about 2nd Street in Anacortes to march with us in the parade. Wear red, white, and blue, and Democratic gear, and look for the Fidalgo Democrats banner.

7. NEW – Fidalgo Democrats Candidate Forum at the Anacortes Public Library, Tuesday, Jul 12th, 7:00pm.

Local and statewide Democrat candidates.

8. NEW – Support the Farm Workers for a Fair Contract, Monday, Jul 11, 3:30pm, Cook Rd and Old Hwy 99, Burlington

Gather in the parking lot at the corner of Cook Road and Old Highway 99 in Burlington, we will march (1.5 miles) to Sakuma Brothers Processing Plant for a short rally featuring FUJ members and supporters.

What to Bring: Signs, banners, bullhorns, and as many people as possible!

In solidarity with Familias Unidas por la Justicia (FUJ), please attend 4 Años de Lucha: Marcha por Un Contracto Justo (4 Years of Struggle: March for a Union Contract). As the berry season begins, FUJ’s fight for a union contract at Sakuma’s Brothers Berry Farm is at a critical juncture.

9. NEW – A thank-you from the Campaign of Erin Jones

On behalf of the Erin Jones campaign, I would like to sincerely thank you for endorsing Erin, and your continued support during this election season. As we move forward in the primaries and beyond, I am curious on the various opportunities the campaign can partner with your organization, utilizing this endorsement.

If there are any events (festival, parades, panels, etc.) or additional opportunities for Erin to work in partnership with you all I would greatly appreciate that insight.

Thank you again for endorsing Erin in this race, and I look forward to speaking with you further.

Karissa Braxton

Campaign Director

Friends of Erin Jones.

10. NEW – A Message from 40th Legislative District Senator Kevin Ranker


We are all still struggling to absorb the news from Orlando of the mass shooting this past weekend. I know my pain, anger and disbelief have only grown deeper, greater and more profound with each passing day.

The massacre at the Pulse nightclub was a deliberate act. It was an act carried out during Pride month. It was without question an act directed at the LGBTQ community.

Regardless of whether or not the perpetrator was affiliated with violent extremists, this horrible act was intended to terrorize and intimidate. It was meant not just to do harm to the victims, but to spread fear throughout LGBTQ communities all across this country.

The perpetrator failed.

Our communities and this great state are stronger when we stand united for equality, love and respect, even in the face of fear, ignorance and hatred. We stand together! Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender, Queer and Straight. We are united and we will not be intimidated. We will stand together in solidarity and we will continue to fight for equality.

We have made significant progress in the courts and in legislatures all across this nation affirming the fundamental human rights of all people to love –including here in Washington State. When I first joined the Senate, I ran on a commitment to give all loving couples the freedom to marry, and I am proud to have helped lead that incredible effort to achieve full marriage equality three years ago.

We continue to encounter discrimination that is both hurtful and dangerous –including here in Washington State. When elected leaders stereotype and degrade the LGBTQ community for political gain, we cannot be surprised that an atmosphere of hatred and ignorance follows. From legislation promoting horrible conversion therapy to humiliating our transgender friends in public restrooms, we must stand up to discrimination and ignorance at all times.

We must change laws and we must also change hearts and minds.

In the coming days, we must do everything we can to let those who were impacted by this horrible event in Orlando know that there are millions of Americans standing with them, holding them and keeping them in our thoughts and prayers. Let us share their stories and remember that these fellow human beings were killed for nothing more than being themselves. For those of us who can do more, I encourage you to donate to support the victims and families of this tragedy. Just click here to donate through Equality Florida’s GoFundMe page.

In the weeks ahead, let us also deepen our resolve and reaffirm our pride. Because this is why we celebrate Pride. This is the month we recognize the incredible hardships our LGBTQ family members, friends and neighbors have faced and this is the time to redouble our commitment to fight for the rights and safety of our LGBTQ family members and friends here in Washington and throughout our country.

I strongly believe that those on the side of equality and justice are on the right side of history and that united we will literally change the world. I look forward to seeing each of you this month as we stand Proud for equality and justice.

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. Gun Safety Initiative: I-1491, Extreme Risk Protection Orders – Please sign the petition at Skagit Democrats 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, is helping to gather signatures. If you would like to help, write to or

King 5 News announcing I-1491:

13. Please sign I-1433! – Petitions are at Skagit Democrats Headquarters. Signatures must be received by July 8!

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


1. NEW – Welcome To Medicare, Friday, Jun 24, 2:00pm – 3:30pm, Goodwill Job Training & Education Center, 242 East College Way, Mount Vernon

Are you or someone you know turning 65 or preparing to enroll in Medicare? Join us for a FREE seminar covering:

  • Medicare Parts A, B, C & D
  • MediGap Supplemental Plans
  • Medicare Advantage Plans
  • Prescription Drug Coverage
  • Fraud Prevention
  • No advance registration necessary.

Additional Dates

  • Friday, July 22, 2016 2:00 pm – 3:30 pm
  • Friday, August 26, 2016 2:00 pm – 3:30 pm
  • Friday, September 23, 2016 2:00 pm – 3:30 pm

Price: Free

Contact Info: Skagit East SHIBA HelpLine, Skagit East SHIBA,, 360-707-5567.

2. NEW – Strong Volunteers Needed! Skagit Habitat for Humanity, 1022 Riverside Drive, Mount Vernon

Do you like to pick things up and set them down? Warehouse drivers must be able to lift heavy items and be willing to drive a forklift.

Are you always calling “shot gun!” in your friends’ cars? We are looking for strong, hard workers to assist our drivers in picking up donations in Skagit County and surrounding areas. Volunteer Driver’s Assistants must be able to lift heavy items and assist drivers with directions.

Various shifts are available for both positions. Must be 16 or older to volunteer. Go to or email Christi at for more information.

Christi Brua


3. NEW – Piano on the Plaza – Mayor’s Wellness Challenge, Friday, Jun 24, 12:15pm – 1:00pm, Riverwalk Plaza, Mount Vernon

Bring your lunch to the plaza and enjoy the wonderful music of this week’s featured pianist.


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

NEW – We Do The Work’s program for Tuesday, June 21, 6:30pm, 91.7 FM, Paul Hope, President of the Washington Education Association Fourth Corner, Part 1

Interview by Ken Winkes: Paul goes over what happen to funding of education in Washington’s legislative session.

We Do The Work Comments:

  • Who is behind Barack Obama’s push for the TPP?
  • Which party would benefit if voting was mandatory?

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 Interested in getting SUSO e-News? Contact

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


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

Skagit County Democrats
300A South 1st Street
Mount Vernon, WA 98273