DEMOCRATIC EVENTS

1. Attend the Labor-Dem Work Group Meeting, Tuesday, Jan 31, 5:30pm, USW Hall, 47 Alder Lane, Mount Vernon
We will be discussing the following: Mark McDermott’s presentation for Western Washington University Students for Farmworker Justice and what we can do to fight Trump/Alt-Right/Republicans. Come and join the discussion about how to advocate for worker issues, create more visibility of unions, and motivate working people to participate. Any questions, contact labordemworkgroup@gmail.com.

2. NEW – Meeting to discuss the Indivisible Guide, Wednesday, Feb 8, 2017, 1:00pm – 2:30pm, Skagit Democratic Party Headquarters, 300A South First Street, Mount Vernon

Indivisible is a practical guide prepared by former congressional staffers on how to get our members of congress to listen. Come and learn one of the ways we can resist the Trump agenda. Check it out at  https://www.indivisibleguide.com/.

3. NEW – The Gala Committee is meeting Thursday, Feb 9, 3:00pm at Skagit DemocratsHeadquarters, 300A South First Street, Mount Vernon 

Our annual hard copy newsletter needs new editors this year. This newsletter goes out to 5000 potential readers. Included in the job description are set up, graphic design, articles about the Skagit Democratsand meetings. If this is a project you would like to volunteer for or consider, you must attend the February 9th meeting for exact details. The former editors will be on hand to guide you through the process. The project is time sensitive. If there is no response, then a simple reminder about the Gala will be sent out.

Also, the Gala auction team needs help. We are looking for volunteers to organize and begin to secure items for the silent and live auctions. If you are reading this and have an item to donate, please contact HQ for instructions.

The Gala is a fun event. It involves a lot of people in different arenas. To find out more come to a meeting, talk to Bob, Shirley, Janet, or Glenn (he returns in April). Skagit Dems really need your hands-on help with this event in order to begin rebuilding our treasury for Party Candidate and Issue support.

If you can volunteer or need more information the HQ is open Monday – Thursday 12:00pm – 4:00pm. The email address is staff@skagitdemocrats.org. The phone number is 360-336-1555. Leave a message for Shirley, Janet or Jeff.

4. NEW – Burlington Democrats meet Monday, Feb 13, 7:00pm – 9:00pm, Burlington Public Library, 820 E Washington Ave, Burlington 

 Burlington Democrats will be hosting a presentation on; The Port of Skagit County, Overview and Mission – With Commissioner Steve Omdal. The port is one of the largest entities in Skagit County and has both a unique mission and capabilities. Come and learn what the port is doing for all of us.

The Burlington Democrats is an independent Democratic club that meets from 7:00pm to 9:00pm on the 2nd Monday of each month at the Burlington Public Library (820 E Washington Ave.) or at the Train Wreck Bar & Grill (427 E. Fairhaven Ave.). For more information, call David Walker at 425-471-8107 or email skagitwalker@yahoo.com.
5. NEW – Save the Date: Worker and Immigrant Solidarity March, Sunday, Feb 12, 10:00am to 1:00pm, Burlington (Exact Location Will Be Announced Later) 

With Trump issuing more toxic executive actions on ‘build a wall,’ freeze US refugee program, initiate a ‘Muslin Ban,’ call for brutal immigration crackdown, cut funding for ‘sanctuary cities,’ and end the DACA program, there are good reasons for people to march in solidarity!

Familias Unidas por la Justicia los invita a marchar con nosotros – Farm Workers leading the fight for a just community. We invite our Brothers and Sisters from all movements to join us in solidarity. Our struggles are not isolated. Worker Rights and the rights of immigrants are under attack. With the new administration we can expect things to get harder. We have seen the appointment of the Secretary of Labor who is against raising the minimum wage and no overtime for workers.

The president has vowed to “build a wall” to divide our people and to further criminalize immigrants. Programs such as DACA and DAPA will most likely be suspended leaving millions vulnerable to deportations. The Guest Worker Program is set to expand drastically as well.

Environmental Protections that are supposed to protect workers and consumers will be taken away and further expose us to dangerous chemicals.

Our local economy in Skagit County is dependent on our labor. We want to show our community that we will not be silenced or intimidated. The only way to be safe is to organize. Together we can come up with solutions and actions and make our community and workplace a safer one.

Familias Unidas por la Justicia is an independent labor union of more than 400 indigenous farm workers in Skagit and Whatcom Counties in WA State. For more information, Click Here.

6. NEW – The next Executive Board meeting of the Tenth Legislative District will be Saturday, Feb 18, at 10:00 am at the Democratic Headquarters in Mount Vernon. 
7. NEW – 10th Legislative District Reorganization results 

In conflict with the Seahawks last playoff game, a hardy group of Tenth District PCOs and others met and elected the following core of officers for the next two years:

  • Chair – Alec McDougall (Skagit County)
  • 1st Vice Chair – Marshia Armstrong (Snohomish County)
  • 2nd Vice Chair – Bob Hallahan (Island County)
  • State Committee Woman – Laura Lewis (Snohomish County)
  • State Committee Man – John Amell (Island County)
  • Secretary – Jessica Smith (Snohomish County)
  • Treasurer – Melody Risner (Island County)
8. NEW – The Washington State Democrats are asking people to sign up to be on their email list. 

To sign up for, Click Here. The emails from the Washington State Democrats give you current information about actions, bills, calling out Republicans and others on their false information, etc.

9. NEW – On-line Candidate Training is now being offered 

The words and actions of Donald Trump and his spineless GOP cronies haven’t been surprising, but they’ve certainly been abhorrent. Now more than ever we need thoughtful, passionate, principled, intelligent leaders in political office to advocate for us. Maybe … someone like you?! Maybe you’ve been thinking about running for office, but don’t know where to begin?

Well, guess what? You can begin right here, RIGHT NOW. Read on to learn about an exciting new opportunity! What are you talking about? How does this work?

The National Democratic Training Committee was started to help provide Democratic candidates with the training they need to win. As campaign experts, they know what it takes to win: field work, fundraising, messaging, and management.

We need to start engaging at the local and state level in a new way if we’re going to win in 2017 and 2018. That’s why we support the National Democratic Training Committee — because we want to train energetic and enthusiastic Democrats to run for school boards, city councils, county commissions, state legislatures and governorships. We need candidates who will work to make our country a better place today and in the future. If you’re concerned about our country and the future of our children and grandchildren, then we need to get the tools to run for office in the hands of great folks like you who can make change!

Click here if you or someone you know is interested in running for office: http://www.traindemocrats.org/

Let’s get to work!

10. NEW – Legislative Session – good news and bad news… 

The good news – our Democratic-controlled State House brought HB 1059 (the “schools levy cliff” bill preventing $358 million in funding cuts to Washington schools) to the floor for a vote and… it passed!

The bad news – the bill now moves to the Republican-controlled State Senate. We’re calling on Senate Republicans to do the right thing and fund our schools. Add your name now!

Republican Senators killed this same bill last year. And the voters of Washington sent Republican Senator Steve Litzow home for it, replacing him with Democratic Senator Lisa Wellman, an education champion. Senate Republicans are refusing to even acknowledge that school funding is an issue. Despite having 7,000 activists stand last week on the capitol steps advocating for school funding, Republicans seem to think our students and teachers are not a priority.

We have to keep the pressure on. 

11. NEW – 10 Investigative Reporting Outlets to Follow

In this era of “alternative facts” and the Trump administration’s attempt to muzzle the press, unbiased reliable reporting becomes more and more important. Click Here for Bill Moyer’s recommendation for news outlets to follow.

Also recommended are: Pew Research Center, Fairness & Accuracy In Reporting, Columbia Journalism Review, The Nation, The Guardian, The Economist, Atlantic Monthly, Christian Science Monitor, CBC.

Our thanks to Tara Nelson and the 40th News & Events for this “heads up”.

12. NEW – Two Washington Post fact-checking articles on Donald Trump’s first week in office

President Trump’s first seven days of false claims, inaccurate statements and exaggerations – Click Here.

Here’s everything Donald Trump got factually wrong in his first week as president – Click Here.   


13. 39th Legislative District Reorganization of 1-21-17 – Congratulations to the new elected officers!

  • Chair – Karl de Jong
  • Vice Chair – Jeniffer Lewis
  • 2nd Vice Chair – Paul Kelly
  • Secretary – Chuck Bean
  • Treasurer – Ann Marie Lowe
  • State Committee Woman – Germaine Kornegay
  • State Committee Man – Bill Phillips
  • County Committee Woman – Cathy Ozog
  • County Committee Man – Josh Hoppe
  • Skagit Committee Person – Donna Davison

14. 40th Legislative District Reorganization of 1-15-17 – Congratulations to the new elected officers!

  • Chair, Tara Nelson
  • 1st Vice Chair/Whatcom County Chair, Alex Arriaga
  • San Juan Vice Chair, Natasha Frey
  • Skagit Vice Chair, Janet McKinney
  • State Committee Man, Tom Pasma
  • State Committee Woman, Maggie Hanson
  • Secretary, Daisy Ceniceros
  • Treasurer, Tim Brown

15. New Hours of Operation at Skagit Democrats Headquarters, 300A South First Street, Mount Vernon

Beginning in January, Headquarters will be open from 12:00pm – 4:00pm, Monday through Thursday. The Headquarters will not be open on Fridays until volunteers are found or find us.

16. The 2017 Skagit Democrats‘ $1500 Essay Contest will began Sunday, Jan 15 and will end Wednesday, Mar 15

This year’s topic is: America Benefits from Immigration. All juniors and seniors in Skagit County public schools are eligible. Guidelines are available at

17. 2017 Meeting Schedule for 39th Legislative District Democrats (dates are for the 4th Saturday of each Month)

  • Saturday, Jan 21- Reorganization Meeting (Marysville Library 10:00am-1:00pm)
  • Saturday, Feb 25 – Executive/General LD Meeting (Buzz Inn – 10:00am-1:00pm)
  • Saturday, Mar 25- Executive/Committee meeting (Buzz Inn – 10:00am-1:00pm)
  • Saturday, Apr 22- Quarterly LD Meeting (Monroe Library – 10:00am – 1:00pm)
  • Saturday, May 27- Executive Meeting (Buzz Inn – 10:00am -1:00pm)
  • Saturday, Jun 24 – Executive Meeting (Buzz Inn – 10:00am-1:00pm)
  • Saturday, Jul 22- Quarterly LD meeting (Skagit Democrats HQ, Mount Vernon – 10:00am- 1:00pm)
  • Saturday, Sep 23- Executive/Committee meeting (Buzz Inn – 10:00am- 1:00pm)
  • Saturday, Oct 28 – Quarterly LD Meeting (Marysville Library – 10:00am-1:00pm)
  • Saturday, Nov 18- Executive/Committee meeting (Buzz Inn – 10:00am- 1:00pm)
  • Saturday, Dec 16 – Executive Meeting (Buzz Inn – 10:00am -1:00pm)

Note: All Executive meeting locations are at the Buzz Inn, 5200 172nd (exit 206) across the street from the Airport in Arlington. The General Meetings are at the locations noted.

COMMUNITY EVENTS

1. NEW – Vote in the Skagit Conservation District’s Board of Supervisors’ Race

All registered voters of Skagit County are eligible to vote in the upcoming election for the open elected position on the Skagit Conservation District’s Board of Supervisors.

Jed Holmes, an active member of the Skagit Democrats, has qualified for the ballot and is asking for your support. You can read his candidate’s statement here.

You can vote either in person or absentee. The public poll-site election for the board seat will be open 7:00am to 1:00pm, Tuesday, Feb 21, at 2021 E. College Way (off of College Way just west of LaVenture), Mount Vernon.

To vote by mail, please write or call the Skagit Conservation District and request an absentee ballot: skagitcd@skagitcd.org; 360-428-4313. Your absentee ballot must be received by the SkagitConservation District on or before February 21.

2. NEW – Planned Parenthood support rallies

This group is called the Planned Parenthood Rally Group. The rallies are always on the second Saturday of the month from 11:00am to 12:00pm in front of Planned Parenthood at 1805 Division St. between 18th and LaVenture in Mount Vernon.

3. Low-Income Housing Alliance Lobby Day Trip to Olympia, Thursday, Feb 2, 8:00am – 7:00pm

This opportunity is part of our strategy to build a stronger community by helping people help themselves and each other. Community Action clients, staff, volunteers, donors, partners and friends are welcome to attend this event. Registration Required as we CAN ONLY FIT 36 passengers in the bus! Once the bus is full, we will have a wait-list, in case there are any cancellations. If you are registering for more than one person, please fill out separate forms for each attendee. This year’s trip coincides with the Washington State Low Income Housing Alliance’s advocacy day, so we will join affordable housing advocates from around the state! For more information and to RSVP, click here.

5. NEW– Central Skagit Library/Sedro-Woolley Library Partnership — http://centralskagitlibrary.org/index.html

The Board of Trustees will host a series of public meetings in a workshop format to get public testimony involving the library partnership concept with the city of Sedro-Woolley. These sessions will include a question and answer component. Comments may be submitted in writing via email <admin@centralskagitlibrary.org> and physical address (100 West State Street, Suite C, Sedro-Woolley, WA 98284 (Just east of the Iron Skillet) by 5:00pm on Feb 1.

Dates and Locations:

  • Thursday, Feb 2 at 6:00pm, Lyman Elementary School Gym, 8183 Lyman Avenue
  • Saturday, Feb 4 at 6:00pm, Big Lake Elementary Gym, 16802 Lakeview BLVD
  • Saturday, Feb 11 at 6:00pm, Samish Elementary School Gym, 23953 Prairie Road
  • Thursday, February 16 at 6:00pm, Sedro-Woolley City Council Chambers, 325 Metcalf Street
6. NEW – Safe and Sane Skagit plans a lobbying effort in Olympia on Feb 2 and Feb 28

February 2nd is a day to show up in the galleries in Olympia with your sign as a visible support for new gun legislation. If you can testify on your personal experience with gun violence please contact us at: safeandsaneskagit@gmail.com. But even just your presence makes a difference.

JOIN US in Olympia to Lobby for safe and sane gun regulations on Tuesday, February 28th. Safe and Sane Skagit will have appointments with legislators in Olympia to show support for new responsible gun legislation. These bills are currently “Protecting public safety through responsible storage of firearms”, HB 1122, and “Enhanced assault weapon background check”, HB 1387.

Washington state has successfully passed two crucial regulations in the past, (Extreme Risk Protection Orders and Background Checks), but we are not finished with our work!! The NRA is a powerful supporter of this administration and Olympia needs to hear the voice of the people.

In coordination with the Alliance for Gun Responsibility, we are planning a SaSS lobby day on Tuesday, February 28. If you can show up as one more sign holder you are much needed at this time. And if you would also like to attend the training session to become further informed on how to effectively lobby, please contact us at: safeandsaneskagit@gmail.com or call 360 724-3404, Julia Hurd.
  • Thursday, Feb 2 – Gallery display in Olympia
  • Monday, Feb 13, 5:00pm, Bow, WA  – lobby training
  • Tuesday, Feb 28, Olympia, WA – LOBBY DAY training not required (rides will be coordinated)

If you are not able to take part in any of the above remember your voice can still be heard. We also plan to write, call, use social media, or whatever we can, to influence our legislators. Please join us in whatever way you can! Write to safeandsaneskagit@gmail.com.

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, Jan 31, 6:30pm, 91.7 FM – Herb Krohn, State Legislative Director of the Transportation Division of the Sheet Metal, Air, Rail, and Transportation Union

Interview by Lori Province: Herb gives a lot of detail about the dynamics of railroads, safety, and cargo. For more information, go to https://smart-union.org/.

We Do The Work Comments: Republicans are planning their assault on our most cherished program, Social Security.

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/. Also find us at https://www.facebook.com/SpeakUpSpeakOutRadio/. 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 – SUSO Wednesday, Feb 1 – Why We March
This week’s host jim justice airs a collection of responses from people attending the Bellingham Women/Diversity March on Sat., January 21. The responses are varied, but there is central theme. Some audio is from the speakers, including a call and response led by Native leader, Michelle Vendiola. Click Here to see many gatherings around the world.

Don Ambrose, Editor
Action Newsletter
news@skagitdemocrats.org

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