1. UPDATEDOur annual Gala is set for Saturday, Jun 2 at the Swinomish Lodge, 12885 Casino Drive, Anacortes – Next 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

Currently the Gala is sold out. We have started a “wait” list and are actively searching for possible empty seats. So, if the last minute works for you, give a call to Headquarters (360-336-1555) or email email

We need those silent auction items you’ve been hiding away for this years’ Gala. Indeed, it is not too late and items would be greatly appreciated. Staff will even help you fill out the form. We have a wine rack that needs wine; unique items are fun; gift certificates are useful and handmade items are a real treat. The list goes on. Items can be delivered to Headquarters from 12:00pm – 4:00pm, Tuesday – Thursday this week or before/after by arrangement. Heck, we may even be able to pick them up. Questions – call Headquarters. Staff can help. The last day for items is Thursday noon, May 31.

2. Join 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,, 206-436-6595,

3. 40th 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:

4. Skagit Democrats Central Committee and 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 was 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.”

5. NEW – Young Democrats of Skagit County‘s monthly meeting is scheduled for Saturday, Jun 9, 1:00pm, Skagit Democrats Headquarters, 300A South First Street, Mount Vernon

6. 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

7. 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

8. NEWFidalgo Democrats meet Tuesday, Jun 12, 7:00pm at the Anacortes Public Library, 1220 10th Street, Anacortes
“Homelessness Affects Us All” will be the topic. Anacortes City Councilwoman Liz Lovelett, Joan Penny of the Coalition For the Homeless, and Jodi Monroe, executive director for Home Trust of Skagit, will speak. A moderated discussion will follow. Please bring a non-perishable item for the food bank donation box. For more information call Corinne Salcedo at 360-293-7114.

9. NEWThe 2018 Washington State Democratic Convention is scheduled for Friday, & Saturday, Jun 15 & 16, Wenatchee Convention Center, 121 North Wenatchee Avenue, Wenatchee
Click Here to register to attend. Click Here for the Convention Rules.

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

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


1. NEWFor those of you dealing with the delays at Sharpe’s Corner, check out this article on “Zipper Merge” recommended by the Washington State Department of Transportation2. NEWMemorial Day Commemoration, Monday, May 28, 11:00am – 12:00pm, Causland Memorial Park, 710 N Avenue, Anacortes3. NEWAnacortes Waterfront Festival 2018, Saturday, Jun 2 – 10:00am – 6:00pm and Sunday, Jun 3 – 10:00am – 5:00pm, Cap Sante Marina at 1019 Q Avenue, Anacortes
The Anacortes Waterfront Festival is all about letting out your inner sailor and embracing life on the water! This annual Anacortes event has something for everyone: an open-air car show, food vendors, arts and craft booths, children’s activities, giant slides, water balls, dinners and dances, live music and entertainment, wine and beer garden, and so much more!

The next Skagit County Parks and Recreation scheduled public input meeting as they are developing their six-year Comprehensive Plan is scheduled for Thursday Jun 7, 6:30 p.m., Sedro-Woolley Senior Center, 715 Pacific Street
Find more information about Skagit County Parks and Recreation online here. For questions or more details, please contact Brian Adams at or 360-416-1356.5. “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    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.

6. The 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.”

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
Edison, 14136 Gilmore Avenue, Sundays, 10:00am – 3:00pm
Mount Vernon, Riverwalk Park, Saturdays, 9:00am – 2:00pm
Mount Vernon, 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


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 – – We Do The Work’s program for Tuesday, May 29, 5:00pm and Sunday, June 3, 7:30pm, 91.7 FM- Ben Day, Executive Director of Healthcare Now
Interview by Ken Winkes: Ben gives a report on the politics of single payer healthcare. For more information, go to,, and Do The Work Comments:

  • NLRB issued decisions that rolled back worker and Union friendly reform from the proceeding eight years.
  • Some funny definitions of politics are recited.

 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 anytime. Interested in getting SUSO e-News? Contact

NEW – This week host Dave McConnell speaks with Skagit Valley College History Professor Kurt Dunbar about the tenets of fascism in the US.
They tie their conversation to the play currently running at SVC in the Phillip Tarro Theatre,  “It Can’t Happen Here”. (See item above.)

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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