1. NEW – The Passing of Angelica Guillen

It is with great sadness that we received news of Angelica Guillen’s passing on Jul 13. Quoting from an email from her family, “Jovita Angelica Guillen left this world on the morning of July 13. She had been very private about the critical nature of her illness and requested that there be no visitors or public announcements during her lengthy hospitalization to anyone except her siblings.” Angelica was an active Democrat and did much to raise our awareness of Hispanic issues in our area.

2. NEWBellingham Democrats Convention Watch Party, Thursday, Jul 28, 5:30pm – 7:30pm, Bellingham Democrats Office, 215 W Holly Street, Bellingham

Please come and join other Hillary Clinton supporters to celebrate as Hillary accepts the nomination at 9:00pm EST (6:00pm PST). Come early to mingle with your fellow Democrats!

3. NEWSkagit County Democrats – 2016 Candidates Endorsements

Primary Day is August 2nd, so be sure to vote before then! Reminder: Your ballot must be postmarked no later than Election Day or returned to a designated drop box or county elections department. Find the final endorsement decisions by our membership on Jun 11. Click on this link: Skagit County Endorsements

4. NEWSkagit Democrats Are Looking for a Coordinated Campaign Manager

The Skagit County Democrats are seeking a Skagit Coordinated Campaign Manager to facilitate implementation of our 2016 Campaign and Field Plans. The Manager will be a contracted position, not a Party employee. The Manager will report to and work under the guidance of the Skagit County Democratic Campaign Committee. The Manager and Committee will work closely with the Washington State Coordinated Campaign and the campaigns of our locally-endorsed candidates and ballot measures. Please Click Here for the full announcement and how to apply.

5. NEW Mount Vernon Annual Sidewalk Sale, Jul 29-30, 10:00am – 5:00pm

This annual event literally gets the downtown merchants and their goods out onto the sidewalk!. Joining the merchants will be Arts & Crafts & food vendors, food vendors, special activities for kids and guest artists the New Old Time Chautauqua! Another family fun event in Mount Vernon Downtown.

Skagit Dem Headquarters will be open 10:00 – 5:00pm on Jul 29 and 30. Stop by and check out our sidewalk sale items, visit with other Democrats and pick up yard signs to show support for the candidates running to turn Skagit County Blue.

Hillary signs are in, buy one for $10 or two for $15. Have one in your yard during the convention. Buy two and share the other with your friends or family.

6. NEW Skagit Democrats Mid-Summer Picnic previously scheduled for Saturday, Jul 30 has been cancelled and will be rescheduled.

7. NEW You’re invited to a meet and greet to support Justice Charlie Wiggins, Washington State Supreme Court – Hosted by Shay Schual-Berke, Germaine Kornegay and Karl de Jong – Wednesday, Aug 3, 5:30pm – 7:00pm, at the home of Shay Schual-Berke, 15222 Deception Rd • Anacortes

RSVP to: or 206-486-5913

“I am hosting a campaign event for Supreme Court Justice Charlie Wiggins who is running for re-election against a conservative judge. Charlie is a great guy who I know from my days in the Legislature; we worked together on efforts to implement campaign contribution limits on Supreme Court candidates, and other transparency issues. He helped create, a great website to get impartial information on judicial races. Thanks – Shay”

8. Skagit Democrats needs some volunteers for the Skagit County Fair

We will have a booth at the Skagit County Fair again this year next to the Labor booth. The Fair runs from August 10th through the 13th.We need volunteers to work 4 hour shifts: 10:00am–2:00pm, 2:00pm–6:00pm, and 6:00pm–10:00pm. We need 2 people per shift. Please call headquarters with your name, phone number and time-slot request. Tickets for gate entry will be purchased for volunteers.

9. Coordinated Campaign

The Coordinated Campaign for 2016 is now active in Skagit County. All of them need campaign volunteers for GOTV [Get out the Vote] in those areas. Please contact them if you want to volunteer. Or interested volunteers can also call Skagit Democrats Headquarters, 360-336-1555, and leave a message. Photos and biographies are posted on the Skagit Democrats website.

10. 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:

The community letter is working so continue to encourage people to sign on. 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


1. NEW Community Meeting- Pressentin Park, July 27, 6:30pm – 8:30pm, Marblemount Community Hall at 60155 SR 20, Marblemount

Skagit County Parks and Recreation and SFEG are working on a plan that will add park amenities and restore fish habitat in Pressentin Park. The Skagit County Parks and Recreation Department invites you to provide input that will help guide this project. Click Here for more details.

2. NEW 20th Annual Samish Island Arts Festival, Saturday, Jul 30, 10:00am – 4:00pm, Samish Island Community Center, 11292 Blue Heron Rd, Bow

Come celebrate our 20th Anniversary on Sat July 30th, 10:00 – 4:00pm for community based fun to enjoy original art, live music, fresh local cuisine and children’s crafts. Over forty artists from around the Salish Sea will sell glass, wood, textile, ceramic, photographic cards, Raku, artisan coffee and many other items. Our guest artist, Ann Chadwick Reid, does extraordinary cut work that illustrates this year’s poster. Music groups include Bellingham Rendezvous with tight vocal harmonies and Seattle’s Chronic Jazz Quartet. Next to the stage is a Beer Garden and delicious seafood and pub items including cinnamon buns and cookies will be provided by The Corner Pub.

Contact Info: Charlene Day, Samish Island Arts Festival Committee,, 360-420-0243,


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, Jul 26, 6:30pm, 91.7 FM, Gary Kanter, song writer, singer, humorist, and his Ballad of Sakuma Farms song

Interview by Mike Dumovich: Gary gives his history with the Farm Workers in Skagit County. For more information, go to,, or

We Do The Works Comments:

  • How progressives create democracy, human rights, and a safer modern life.
  • We are re-segregating our schools.
  • How do you feel about subsidizing corporate crime?

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


Climate Change is happening, and two grassroots groups in Washington are taking initiative to develop framework and policy to guide our transition toward a clean energy future. This week’s show features two interviews.

First, host Jodie Buller talks with Kyle Murphy from CarbonWA, about Initiative 732, which is on the ballot this November. I-732 is a four step proposal to promote cleaner energy and to restructure some of Washington’s taxation policy.

During the second half of the program, Jodie talks with Rosalinda Guillen from Community to Community Development, and Rich Stolz from One America about their work with the Alliance for Jobs and Clean Energy and Front and Centered, to prioritize equity and justice in Climate Change policy development.


Don Ambrose, Editor
Action Newsletter


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