1. NEW – The Fidalgo Democrats Meets Tuesday, Sep 13, 7:00pm at the Anacortes Public Library, 1220 10th Street, Anacortes

“The Blue Green Alliance–What Is It?” will be the topic. Steve Garey, board member of the Blue Green Alliance, and Matt Petryni, of ReSources for Sustainable Communities, will speak. A moderated period of questions and comments will follow.

Please bring friends, family, and colleagues. Help yourself to coffee and cookies. Please bring a non-perishable food item for the food bank donation box near the door. For more information call Corinne Salcedo, Chair, at 293-7114.

  1. NEW – The first draft of the On-Line Voters Guide is available at this website.
  1. NEW Volunteers Needed – Help Build Our Voter Database and Get Out the Vote!

The Skagit Democrats have begun an ambitious voter ID project to boost our “Get Out The Vote” effort. The results of this work will be useful for many elections to come. We need volunteers to talk to their neighbors, make phone calls, enter data, and more. Please contact Jed Holmes at or 360 421 8423.

  1. NEW Want Campaign Signs for Your Yard? Volunteers Are Standing by to Deliver

If you want to make a statement about your support for local and national Democrats running for office, the Skagit Democrats can arrange to have yard signs delivered. Please remember, while delivery is free of charge, the Clinton-Kaine signs must be purchased (1 for $10 or 2 for $15) to cover costs. All other signs are provided by the campaigns free of charge.

Please call headquarters at 360-336-1555 or write to Jed Holmes ( with your contact information, address, and a short message regarding whose signs you want. It may take 2-3 days to arrange delivery. You are also always welcome to stop by the office and pick up the campaign signs yourself!

  1. 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.

  1. 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.

  1. 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.

  1. Legislative Race Websites

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


  1. 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.


NEW – First Thursday Art Walk – Thursday, Sep 1, 5:00pm – 8:00pm, 17 Locations throughout downtown Mount Vernon

The Mount Vernon Downtown Association (MVDA) is pleased to present the First Thursday Art Walk on September 1, 5-8 pm. Stroll throughout lovely downtown Mount Vernon where 17 locations will be exhibiting original works by outstanding artists. The featured artist at the Front Gallery, 420 Myrtle, is visual artist David C. Kane.

Note that Tom Pickett, local artist and longtime Democrat, will be exhibiting as the featured artist at Embellish, 223 South First Street, Mount Vernon.

For more information or to inquire about participating in future Art Walks, please email or call (360) 336-3801.


  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 30, 6:30pm, 91.7 FM – Lee Newgent, Executive Director of the WA State Building & Construction Trades Council

Interview by Mark Lowry: Lee explains the complex Sound Transit 3 and why we should vote for the ballot measure. For more information, go to, or, or, or

We Do The Works Comment:

  • Special enforcement rules for corporations but not for labor or the environment.
  1. 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
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