DEMOCRATIC EVENTS
1. NEWThe final meeting of the Gala Team is set for Monday, May 21, 2:00pm at the Skagit Democrats Headquarters, 300A South First Street, Mount Vernon2. NEWIndivisible Fidalgo Meeting, Monday, May 21, 6:30pm – 8:30pm, Village Pizza, 807 Commercial Ave, Anacortes
Home Rule Skagit: Chartering a Course for the Future – A non-partisan presentation about how to improve county government for all. Presenters are Margery Hite and Brenda Cunningham. Q & A to follow this presentation along with a progress report and volunteer opportunities for the 2018 election.

3. Gala Auction Updates
All live auction items and\or paperwork must be into the Headquarters by the end of Wednesday, May 23rd. This is a change in timing from past years.

If you have a silent auction item and we hope you do, they are being accepted now at Headquarters. All paperwork must be complete in order for the item to be in the auction. Delivery of silent auction items goes until Wednesday, May 30. Paperwork is available at the Headquarters. This year we have a carbon form, good news for those that have had to deal with the retired form. There are still some open slots for volunteering the day of the auction. For more information, check with Shirley via staff email or Headquarters phone – 360-336-1555.

4. NEWIndivisible Skagit General Meeting, Thursday, May 24, 5:00pm to 6:30pm, Burlington Library, 820 East Washington Avenue, Burlington
November Elections are just around the corner. What is Important to you in a candidate? What do you want to know before you vote? Bring your ideas for the endorsement process to this Indivisible Skagit Meeting

5. NEWJoin in for a “Make-Over at Macy’s”, Wednesday, May 30, Noon-1:00pm, Bellis Fair Macy’s, 50 Bellis Fair Parkway, Bellingham
Wouldn’t it be fun to . . .

  • Make-Over Macy’s while also giving ourselves a little TLC?
  • Put management on notice that Macy’s workers deserve a good contract-while also getting up to speed on seasonal color trends?
  • Stand with UFCW 21 Macy’s make-up artists and skin experts, by sitting down and allowing them to work their magic on us?

Please RSVP so we can let our members know how many shining faces to expect. You will be able to choose what advice/service would be most interesting-or none at all if you want to join as a supporter or advisors! Also if you have a co-worker or friend who you think might want to join-just let me know. All Macy’s workers appreciate the solidarity as they negotiate in the face of the Amazon-ization of retail that is decimating jobs in the industry, largely impacting women and people of color. Please say yes to yourself! – Kristen, Community Organizer, kbeifus@ufcw21.org, 206-436-6595, http://www.ufcw21.org.

6. Our annual Gala is Saturday, Jun 2 at the Swinomish Lodge -, 12885 Casino Drive, Anacortes – Just a week from this coming Saturday!

  • Doors Open and Silent Auction begins at 4:00pm
  • Candidate Meet and Greet from 4:30pm – 5:30pm
  • Dinner and Live Auction begin at 6:30pm
  • If you have an auction item to donate, please call Headquarters (360 336 1555) or email staff@skagitdemocrats.org

Tickets are $60 – Available at Headquarters or by phone (360-336-1555) during Headquarters open hours. (We may be sold out, but call to see if there are any cancellations or open seats.)

7. NEW40th Legislative District Democrats Endorsement Meeting, Saturday, Jun 2, 1:00pm to 3:00pm, Anacortes Library, 1220 10th St, Anacortes
Deadline to become a 40th member and vote on endorsements June 2 has passed. 40th LD Website: http://40thdems.org/index.html

8. Skagit Democrats Endorsement Meeting, Saturday, Jun 9, 9:00am – Noon, Skagit Public Utility District Aqua Room, 1415 Freeway Drive, Mount Vernon
All Skagit County Democrats are welcome to attend, but only paid members may vote.  Voting will be by written ballot. Beverages and snacks will be available.  Lunch will not be provided; we expect to finish work about noon.

Just a reminder that according to our endorsement policy people must be paid members 14 days before June 9, our endorsement meeting. Deadline is midnight May 26. From our bylaws: “(d) Eligibility to vote and quorum requirements are prescribed in the bylaws, except that voters must be eligible fourteen (14) days prior to an endorsement vote.”

9. Lavone Newell Reim and Dick Reim are hosting a fundraiser for Maria Cantwell, Saturday, Jun 9, 11:00am – 1:00pm at their home at 18598 Skagit City Road, Mount Vernon

10. Homerule Charter for Skagit County Presentation, Saturday, Jun 9, after the Skagit Democrats Endorsement Meeting, around Noon, Skagit Public Utility District, 1415 Freeway Drive, Mount Vernon
The following questions will be answered:

  • What is a Homerule Charter and why is it right for Skagit County?
  • What is Skagit County’s current system?
  • What is the Homerule Charter process?
  • What changes with a charter?
  • Why change the form of Skagit County government?
  • What would a Skagit County charter look like?

For more information, go to http://www.homeruleskagit.org/index.html

11. NEWThere will be actions taken for the H2A Farm Workers at Sarbanand in Sumas this summer.
NO MORE FARMWORKER DEATHS! Please Stop Eating Naturipe Berries, this is the label that Sarbanand and Munger use to sell produce!

12. A reminder, the Skagit Democrats Headquarters collects food donations for the Food Bank. Please remember to bring a non-perishable foodstuff to drop in the box whenever you visit Headquarters!

13. NEWLink of the Week
The Link of the Week provides an in-depth piece the Editor has found to be relevant, insightful, and thorough on important issues of the day.

 

COMMUNITY EVENTS
1. NEWThank You for Supporting the Peanut Butter Challenge!
We collected around 100 pounds of peanut butter for our local Skagit food banks. This peanut butter was collected in conjunction with the National Association of Letter Carrier’s annual food drive and Northwest Washington Central Labor Council Peanut Butter Challenge. Skagit county letter carriers participated this year. We don’t have the Skagit County Letter Carriers food drive data but the Whatcom County Letter Carriers collected 70,000 pounds of food. In addition, 1000 pounds of peanut butter was collected by the local unions (Skagit and Whatcom).2. NEWConcrete community activities this week

  • Community Dinner, Concrete High School Cafeteria, Wednesday, May 23, 5:00pm, free admission
  • Concrete School District Music Program Spring Concert, Concrete High School Gymnasium, Wednesday, May 23, 6:00pm, free admission

3. Skagit County Parks and Recreation has scheduled public input meetings as they are developing their six-year Comprehensive Plan

Find more information about Skagit County Parks and Recreation Click Here. For questions or more details, please contact Brian Adams at briana@co.skagit.wa.us or 360-416-1356.

4. “It Can’t Happen Here” – A Play based on a 1938 Book by Sinclair Lewis about the rise of Fascism under Mussolini is being presented by the Skagit Valley College Drama Department at Phil Tarro Theater (2405 East College Way, Mount Vernon
Tickets $12. There will be a pre-show on Fascism and hour prior to each presentation and a post-show discussion after the play.

  • Friday/Saturday    May 18th & 19th – 7:30pm
  • Friday/Saturday    May 25th & 26th – 7:30pm
  • Friday/Saturday    Jun 1st & 2nd – 7:30pm
  • Sunday                 June 3rd – 2:00pm

* Note: For those interested there will be a pre-show lecture on the tenants of fascism with Professor Kurt Dunbar, Chair of SVC History Department, and an audience discussion will follow each performance. Might be fun to attend in a group to facilitate lively discussion.
Phil Tarro Hall is just to the NW of McIntyre Hall. You can park in the McIntyre lot and walk through  to Campus or park in SVC lot L2 off LaVenture just North of College Way. Click Here for a map.  The Theater is shown as PT.

5. NEWThe next Planned Parenthood rally will be Saturday, Jun 9, 11:00am – 12:00pm, 1805 Division Street, Mount Vernon
“I have t-shirts and signs for everybody. Please try to attend to support this amazing organization that brings quality healthcare to our communities. Hope to see you there.”

6. Work has begun on the roundabout at Sharpe’s Corner on Highway 20. Click Here for more information. Drive carefully, folks!

7. Farmer’s Markets are opening
Anacortes, 7th Street and R Avenue, Saturdays, 9:00am – 2:00pm
Bow, Samish Bay Cheese, 15115 Bow Hill Road, Thursdays, 1:00pm – 6:00pm (Opens Jun 7)
Concrete, Concrete Community Center, 45821 Railroad Street, Saturdays, 9:00am – 3:00pm, (Opens May 26)
Edison, 14136 Gilmore Avenue, Sundays, 10:00am – 3:00pm
Mount Venon, Riverwalk Park, Saturdays, 9:00am – 2:00pm
Mount Venon, Kincaid Entrance lawn at the Skagit Valley Hospital, Wednesdays, 11:00am – 4:00pm
Sedro-Woolley, Hammer Heritage Square, corner of Metcalf and Ferry Streets, Wednesdays, 3:00pm – 7:00pm (Opens May 23)

 

ANNOUNCEMENTS
1. Listen to We Do the Work, Tuesdays, 5:00pm, and Sundays, 7:30pm 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, May 22, 5:00pm and Sunday, May 27, 7:30pm, 91.7 FM- April Sims, Political & Strategic Campaign Director for the Washington State Labor Council, AFL-CIO
Interview by Gary Kanter: April discusses how organized Labor is managing in Washington State. For more information, go to http://www.wslc.org/, http://www.thestand.org/, or contact April at asims@wslc.org, or call 253-441-5113.

We Do The Work Comments:

  • Charles and David Koch – be careful what you wish for!
  • Unions are stepping up to protect their immigrate workers.

2. Listen to Speak Up! Speak Out! Radio
Listen to Speak Up! Speak Out! – a half hour weekly radio show committed to community, peace, justice, and non-violence issues – on KSVR, 91.7 FM in Mt. Vernon; KSVU, 90.1 in Hamilton. Airs Wednesday at 5:00pm, and Sunday at 7:00pm. Our shows are available online. Stream or download a show at speakupspeakoutradio.org anytime. Interested in getting SUSO e-News? Contact SUSOenews@gmail.com.

3. Coffee ‘n Cards
All are invited to drop in (for any length of time). Coffee ‘n Cards is now operating from 10:00am – 12:00pm each Monday at the Skagit Democrats Headquarters. Sending postcards to give a PoB (Pat on the Back), oppose/support a specific issue, or occasional SOY (Shame On You) to deserving individuals or groups is a positive way to react to the negative news from Trump administration. Colorful postcards, pens and topic cards with addresses are provided, stamps sold 3/$1, and you bring your own coffee! Return address labels for your cards are timesavers. We have sent out an average of 50 cards per week, since the first of the year to local, state, and national lawmakers, government officials, individuals and groups.

 

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