DEMOCRATIC EVENTS

1.  NEW – Skagit County Democrats Executive Board meets Saturday, Jul 9, 10:00am – 12:00pm, Skagit Democrats Headquarters, Mount Vernon

Once again it’s a pleasure to invite all members of the Central Committee to attend Skagit Democrats’ Executive Board meeting scheduled for 10:00am on Saturday, Jul 9, at our headquarters in Mount Vernon. We will hear a report on the results of the June Gala, a report on the candidate endorsements made by the membership, and an initial report from our committee dealing with candidate support. We will also begin detailed planning for our Get Out the Vote picnic which will be held on Jul 31. This will of course be an Executive Board meeting but I hope we’ll see other Central Committee members on hand to participate in the discussion of all of the important work we have to accomplish in order to see a Democratic victory at all levels come November. Bob Doll

2.  Fidalgo Democrats Candidates Forum Tuesday, Jul 12 at Anacortes Public Library, 1220 10th St. 6:30pm – meet and greet, 7:00pm – forum

The forum will be for Democratic candidates only with federal, state, and local candidates. A moderated question period will follow each group of candidates. The forum will be open to the public. Help yourself to coffee and homemade cookies. Please bring a non-perishable food item for the food bank donation box near the door. For questions call Corinne Salcedo, chair, at 293-7114.

3.  NEW- Whatcom Democrats Summer Picnic & Seafood Boil – Sunday, Jul 10, 3:30pm 6:00pm, Hovander Homestead Park Ferndale

  • $15 plus side dish / kids 6 and under free
  • Pie auction and Lawn games
  • Boundary Bay beer and wine available for purchase
  • Mingle with officials and candidates
  • Bring a camp chair or picnic blanket

4.  NEW – Doris Brevoort Potluck Picnic – Sunday, Jul 10, 2:00pm – 6:00pm, Hillcrest Park, Mount Vernon (entrance on South 13th Street just north of Blackburn Road)

Hungry to have your views represented in the State Legislature? Me too! That is why I am running for State Representative in the 10th Legislative District. Information, music, games, badminton, walks in the trees, playgrounds for children. At the top of each hour, conversation about Washington State and what I bring to the table – communication, science, creativity, integrity – to work for YOU. See http://dorisbrevoort.com/ for more information and to contribute to Doris’ campaign.

5.  Skagit Democrats Headquarters 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 Headquarters for information – 360-336-1555 or email staff@skagitdemocrats.org. Thank you, Skagit Democrats.

6.  NEW – Volunteers Needed For Jul 31 Picnic

We have scheduled our annual mid-summer picnic for Jul 31, to start at 10:00am. The location is the Horseshoe Park in Burlington. All of our local Legislative Districts – 10th, 39th, and 40th- will join us and contribute to this event. We will invite all local candidates and set as a theme the “Get Out the Vote” effort that will be necessary to insure Democratic victories in November.

We need volunteers to help make the picnic a success. Specifically, we’ll need help with the food and beverages, music, invitations, ticket sales, and, of course, cleanup. If you can lend a hand for one Sunday in July, just let Shirley Viscalla have your name and contact information. Contact Shirley at staff@skagitdemocrats.org or call the Headquarters Office at 360-336-1555 or Shirley’s cell phone at 360-391-2908. We want to make this family-oriented event another occasion to get our candidates out to the public.

7.  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.

8.  NEW- Our Skagit Regional Hospital Workers Need Our Help To Get A Fair Contract!

Please sign onto to their community letter as an individual or organization and then share widely with friends, family and neighbors. It is a concrete way to demand better standards for healthcare workers in Skagit County. Use this link to sign on: http://www.ufcw21.org/skagit-community-letter

The plan is to deliver the letter to the Skagit Board of Directors on July 12th, so please sign before then. And “Like” ‘ Keep Skagit Healthy’ on Facebook to show additional support for their fight for basic rights on the job.

Janet McKinney, Labor-Democrat Work Group Coordinator

9.  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 http://www.raiseupwa.com/

COMMUNITY EVENTS

1.  NEW – I-1464: The Washington Government Accountability Act – http://integritywashington.org/

A cross-partisan group of leaders (both conservative and progressive) from across the state has come together to sponsor the Washington Government Accountability Act. This initiative is attracting national attention including this article in the Huffington Post:

http://www.huffingtonpost.com/entry/2016-campaign-finance-reform_us_57449f87e4b0b14fc0e64565

2.  NEW – 22nd Annual Skagit Valley Highland Games & Celtic Festival, Jul 8 – 10, Edgewater Park, Mount Vernon

The Skagit Valley Highland Games is part of an annual circuit of Scottish competitions held in the Pacific Northwest and Lower Mainland of British Columbia. As such, the quality of performers in solo bagpipe and drumming competitions, bagpipe bands, fiddling, traditional Scottish athletics (the “heavy” events) and Scottish Highland dancing is at an extremely high level. Find more information at https://celticarts.org/events/highland-games-home/.

3.  NEW – First Thursday Art Walk, Jul 7, 2016 5:00pm -8:00pm

The Mount Vernon Downtown Association hosts art walks on the First Thursday of each month, from April through October, 15 or more venues feature exceptional Skagit Valley talent. The featured artist for the July Art walk is Frank Renlie, exhibiting at the Front Gallery, 420 Myrtle.

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, July 5, 6:30pm, 91.7 FM, “Learn Yourself” with Conor Casey, Labor Archivist for the Labor Archives of Washington

Interview by Mike Dumovich: Mike continues his special segment of We Do The Work called ‘Learn Yourself” that explores an historical labor event hoping to inspire listeners to learn more about Labor history. This ‘Learn Yourself’ will be about Richard Correll, Woodcut and Print Artist. For more information, go to http://www.lib.washington.edu/specialcollections/laws/ or email cmcasey@uw.edu.

We Do The Work Comments:
Koch brothers’ cut throat economics is paid to be taught in schools.
Join with the Farm Workers for their 4th Annual March for a Contract, Monday, Jul 11, 3:30pm, at the intersection of Old Hwy 99 and Cook Rd (Exit 232 from I-5 Freeway), Burlington. For more information, go to https://boycottsakumaberries.com/page/2/.

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 – SUPREME COURT DECISION ON IMMIGRATION – July 6
An interview with Reverend Josefina Beecher of the Skagit Immigrant Rights Council (http://www.skagitirc.org/) and immigration attorney Carol Edward will air this week on a Supreme Court decision regarding DAPA (Deferred Action for Parents of Americans) and Expanded DACA (Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals).

June 15 marked the fourth anniversary of the DACA program that provides benefits to young immigrants living in the United States who arrived with their parents. In November 2014, President Obama expanded the existing DACA Program and created the Deferred Action for Parents of Americans and Lawful Permanent Residents (DAPA) Program to allow parents of U.S. citizens and permanent residents to remain in the U.S. and work. The executive actions creating these programs were challenged in the courts by 25 states and arrived at the Supreme Court. The Supreme Court decided on Jun 23 (with a 4/4 tie) that the lower court decision finding against the programs will stand. It will be up to Congress to implement new laws.

https://citizenpath.com/dapa-expanded-daca-status
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This weekly e-newsletter is compiled and formatted by Don Ambrose, action newsletter editor, Skagit County Democrats.

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