1. NEW – Join David Cobb and Ruthi Engelke from Move to Amend, Thursday, Aug 25, 6:00pm, United Steelworkers Local 12-591 Hall, 47 Alder Lane, Mount Vernon

Move to Amend Spokespeople David Cobb and Ruthi Engelke are visiting Mount Vernon this month in an effort to build connections, inspire activism, and reveal the origins of corporate power in America. They are touring the state to present “The Rights and Privileges Timeline” to help Washingtonians understand how they can help abolish “corporate personhood” and establish a government of, by, and for the people. This event is in conjunction with Initiative 735, which is on this November’s ballot urging Congress to overturn Citizens United and to pass a constitutional amendment ensuring that elections are fair and equitable.

2. NEW Come celebrate Labor Day with the friends of the Northwest Washington Central Labor Council, Monday, Sep 5, Noon – 4:00pm, Fairhaven Park, 107 Chuckanut Drive, Bellingham

Enjoy music, BBQ by ATU’s celebrated Pit-Master, Dale Thompson, games and more. Bring a side dish to share if you are able! Everybody is welcome!

Northwest Washington Central Labor Council, AFL-CIO, is the central body of labor organizations in Whatcom, Skagit and San Juan counties. Over 21 organizations belong to the Council and several thousand working men and women belong to Council-affiliated organizations. Join your fellow workers, family, friends, and others to celebrate a day for workers!! We don’t get recognized enough for our contributions to the economy, to our families, to the community, and to our culture.

3. NEW – Skagit County Democrats’ Patriot Day Picnic, Sunday, Sep 11, 12:00pm – 4:00 pm, Pioneer Park, Maple Avenue, La Conner

This year the picnic will be an old fashioned potluck and fund raiser for the 10th, 39th, and 40th Legislative Districts. There will be music, a silent auction, a chance to chat with fellow Democrats, and, best of all, to hear from and chat with our great Democratic candidates.

  • Where: Pioneer Park, La Conner
  • When: Sunday, September 11, 2016
  • Time: 12:00pm – 4:00pm
  • Lunch: 12:00pm – 1:30 p.m.
  • Speakers and Music: 1:30 – 4:00 p.m.
  • Price: Individuals $10.00, Families $15.00

Folks whose last name begins with letters A through M – please bring a main dish. Folks whose last name begins with letters N through Z – please bring a side dish or a salad. There are adequate electrical outlets at Pioneer Park to keep food hot. We’ll have ice tubs for salads. Drinks will be furnished. Silent auction items may be delivered to party headquarters in Mount Vernon during regular office hours or brought to the picnic on September 11th.

Pioneer Park is located at the south end of Town on a wooded hill overlooking the Swinomish Channel. The park is located on the east side of the Rainbow Bridge. The park has cooking facilities and a covered eating area with tables, benches and restroom facilities. The park also features a bandstand located in a natural amphitheater. The park is easily accessible from the town of La Conner and from the Rainbow Bridge.

4. NEW – Please sign the Island Hospital caregivers community petition to their hospital board at

The caregivers at Island Hospital are currently negotiating their contract for fair wages, healthcare benefits, and especially safe staffing. At Island hospital we know that our community relies on us for quality patient care. Island Hospital can and should invest in our patients and our community by offering affordable medical benefits, a living wage, and job security. Island Hospital needs to stay competitive to attract and retain quality caregivers. We’ve reached out to our community for support and the response has been overwhelming. If you believe that caregivers should be able to afford to give their families the same care they provide every day, you can log onto our web site at to read our stories and sign our petition.

5. NEW – Legislative Race Websites

Here is a listing of our Legislative candidates’ websites. All can use your support.

6. Skagit Democrats West is open. It is located at 2510 M Ave Anacortes across from the Family Physicians office. The driveway is on 25th street.

We have Hillary signs ($10 each or 2 for $15) and Yes on I-735 ($10 each). Other signs are free and may be picked up at any time.

To purchase signs:

  • My car needs to be there.
  • You can call to arrange a time (360-588-8114 – leave a message or 319-621-0289 – cell phone)
  • Note: I am not a morning person.

7. The Skagit County Democrats Reorganization meeting will be held at 10:00 am on Saturday, Dec 10 at the Skagit County Democratic Party headquarters at 300A South First Street in Mount Vernon.

Please be on hand.

8. 39th Legislative District is looking for volunteers to staff the booth at the Evergreen State Fair, Friday, Aug 26, Monroe

Our day at the fair will be Friday, Aug 26. We will need to cover the booth from 10:00am until 10:00pm. We will need volunteers to cover 4 hour shifts: 10:00am – 2:00pm, 2:00pm – 6:00pm, 6:00pm – 10:00pm. Please let Tom Lee know if you can cover one our more of these shifts –


1. NEWBlood Drive – Anacortes Police Department, Friday, Aug 26, 11:00am – 5:00pm, Police Department, 1218 24th Street, Anacortes

The Anacortes Police Department is hosting a blood drive on Friday, Aug 26 from 11:00am – 5:00pm (closed from 1:00pm -2:00pm). To schedule a donation appointment online, visit or call Bloodworks Northwest at 1-800-398-7888. Walk-ins are welcome, however, appointments are recommended for a prompt donation experience. Contact Info: Karl Wolfswinkel, Anacortes Police Department,, 1-800–398-7888.

2. NEWFidalgo Bay Day – Saturday, Aug 27, 11:00am – 3:00pm, 4701 Fidalgo Bay Road, Anacortes

Come enjoy a free, fun, family outing at the 13th annual Fidalgo Bay Day event on Saturday, August 27 from 11 AM – 3 PM, at the Samish Indian Nation’s beautiful Fidalgo Bay Resort, located at 4701 Fidalgo Bay Road in Anacortes. Click Here for more information.

3. NEW – Skagit Toys for Tots Benefit Concert – Saturday, Aug 27, 4:00pm – 9:00pm, Eagle Haven Winery, 8243 Sims Road, Sedro-Woolley

Leroy Bell and His Only Friends are back in town again to perform at the 8th Annual Toys for Tots Benefit Concert. Plus, Local Favorite Rabbit Wilde will be opening! Enjoy awesome music and the fine wines produced at Eagle Haven Winery while taking in the beautiful background of the Cascade foothills. Food will be offered by The Skagit Valley Detachment #1043 Marine Corps League. They will be offering both a Salmon and Hamburger BBQ dinner. Plus, there will be great raffle prizes and a live auction. All proceeds from the concert will go directly to the Skagit County Toys for Tots Chapter.

Fees/Admission: Tickets start @ $25/each. Website:


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, Aug 23, 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 or individual hoping to inspire listeners to learn more about Labor history. The interview will be with Conor Casey, Labor Archivist at the Labor Archives of Washington, and Eva Urcia, great-grandniece of Carlos Bulosan. This ‘Learn Yourself’ will be about the life of Carlos Bulosan, an activist, poet, writer, and worker.

For more information, go to,, or email

We Do The Works Comments:

  • ATT fights to keep the internet as slow as possible.
  • Is FEMA (Federal Emergency Management Agency) building concentration camps?

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

NEW – This week on Speak Up! Speak Out! Ginny Wolff talks with Kristin Eberhard, Senior Researcher with Sightline Institute about election reforms that could “fix democracy.” Kristin will discuss ranked choice voting and proportional representation, democracy vouchers and the Washington State ballot initiative I-1464.


Don Ambrose, Editor
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