1. Indivisible Skagit will be showing the documentary film “Hunger Strikes: A Call to End Immigrant Detention”, Monday, Jun 11, 5:30pm to 7:30pm at the Burlington Public Library, 820 Washington Avenue, Burlington
Every day families in Washington are torn apart when a family member is sent to the Northwest Detention Center in Tacoma. What happens to them there? What happens to their families here? Find out at this free screening of this documentary film hosted by locally-based, and nationally-known advocate for detainees, Maru Mora Villalpando of Northwest Detention Center Resistance. For more information email: NEW – The Democrat Women on the Rocks will be meeting up at the 13 Moons Restaurant, Swinomish Casino & Lodge, Monday Jun 11th from 4:00pm to 6:00pm

3. Fidalgo 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.

4. The 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.

5. Meet & Greet with Judge Laura Riqueleme, Tuesday, Jun 19, 5:30pm – 7:00pm, 15222 Deception Road, Anacortes
Judge Laura has spent her entire legal career here in Skagit County and is actively involved in the community. She is currently running to maintain her seat in the Skagit superior court and would appreciate the opportunity to continue working for you. Come learn more about Judge Laura and this year’s campaign while enjoying great company and appetizers. The event will take place at the home of Shay Schual-Berke. For questions email Laurel at or Shay at For more information visit

6. The June meeting of the 10th Legislative District Democrats will be a General Membership Meeting on Saturday, Jun 23, 10:00am the Flyers Restaurant at the Skagit Regional Airport, 15426 Suite B Airport Drive, Burlington
Meeting, then lunch! The goal is to have as many candidates as possible at this meeting so each can make a pitch to the assembled membership and we can maybe even ask them a few questions. Shouldn’t be much of a business meeting so we can concentrate on candidates and elections.

7. The June meeting of the 39th Legislative District Democrats will be an Executive Board and General Membership Meeting on Saturday, Jun 23, 10:00am – 1:00pm at the Skagit Democrats Headquarters, 300A South First Street, Mount Vernon
Conference call information for this meeting (for those who wish to connect remotely) is as follows:

  • Participant dials: 712-432-6100
  • Participant will hear a brief “sales pitch” and then be told to enter the Participant PIN
  • Participant should then enter: 10151069 followed by the # sign
  • Participant will then be prompted to enter “1” to confirm
  • Participant will then be connected to the conference call

8. NEW – Ivan Lewis, candidate for 39th Legislative District Representative, Position 1, is hosting a Meet-the-Candidate No-Host Lunch, Sunday Jun 24th, 12:00pm, Mirkwood Public House, 117 Division Street, Arlington

9. NEW – Jeff Morris’s Campaign Kickoff is scheduled for Monday, Jun 25, 5:30pm to 7:00pm, Taylor Seafoods, 2182 Chuckanut Drive, Bow
The 40th Democrat Candidates, Tom Pasma, Alex Ramel, Rud Browne, and Debra Lekanoff, were invited to speak. House of Representatives Speaker, Frank Chopp, is attending. There will be other candidates from neighboring districts speaking as well. “I hope you can join us.”- 40th LD Representative Jeff Morris

10. NEW – The Labor-Dem Work Group will meet Tuesday, June 26, 5:30pm, United Steel Workers Hall, 47 Alder Lane, Mount Vernon
We will be discussing the Labor Tent at the Skagit County Fair, EMS Campaign, Farm Worker Actions, and an Education Forum.

11. 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!

12. NEW – Link 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.
Suicide rates rise sharply across the United States, new report shows

1. NEW – Last day of schools – watch for celebrating youngsters!

  • Anacortes – Thursday, Jun 14
  • Burlington – Wednesday, Jun 13
  • Concrete – Tuesday, Jun 12
  • Conway – Friday, Jun 15
  • La Conner – Wednesday, Jun 13
  • Mount Vernon – Friday, Jun 15
  • Sedro-Woolley – Friday, Jun 15

2. NEW –  Tall Ship “Hawaiian Chieftain”, Tuesday – Sunday, Jun 12 – 17,  Port of Anacortes, 1019 Q Avenue, Anacortes
The tall ship, Hawaiian Chieftain, from Gray’s Harbor Historical Seaport, will be docked at Port of Anacortes, offering vessel tours and sailing opportunities.

3. NEW – “Living Near an Active Volcano” dinner/presentation/discussion, Friday, Jun 15, 6:00pm, Concrete Community Center, 45821 Railroad Avenue, Concrete
Free admission. Learn about Mt. Baker’s past eruptions, find out what plans local emergency managers have to prepare you, and get tips to prepare yourself and your family. For more information or to RSVP, contact Vickie Fontaine at 360-416-1860 or

4. NEW – Burlington Berry Dairy Days, Friday – Sunday, Jun 15 – 17
Including delicious strawberry shortcake, food and craft vendors, spectacular City of Burlington fireworks show, Grand Parade, Kiwanis Salmon BBQ, free outdoor movie, live music, Big Rigs, Berry Cool Car Show and so much more! Click Here for more information.

5. NEW – 2018 Eagle Haven Bluegrass Festival, Saturday, Jun 16, 2:00pm – 9:00, 8243 Sims Road, Sedro-Woolley
Liberty Bistro will have BBQ & all the fixins available from 2:00pm – 6:00pm. Performers include: 2:00pm – The Prozac Mountain Boys; 3:30pm – Queen’s Bluegrass; 5:00pm – Rural Delivery; 6:30pm – Birdsview Bluegrass. General admission – $15.

6. Farmer’s Markets are open

  • Anacortes, 7th Street and R Avenue, Saturdays, 9:00am – 2:00pm
  • Bow, Samish Bay Cheese, 15115 Bow Hill Road, Thursdays, 1:00pm – 6:00pm
  • 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, Jun 12, 5:00pm and Sunday, Jun 17, 7:30pm, 91.7 FM – Michele Stelovich, President of the Northwest Washington Central Labor Council, AFL-CIO
Interview by Lori Province: Michele Stelovich explains why Labor is engaging in economic development. For more information, go to, or, or to check out the award-winning news service, go to and for twitter and Facebook—use ‘The Stand.’

We Do The Work Comments:

  • What ought to be our economic agenda?
  • For five decades, the policy in America has been to attack the lowest wage earners.
  • Trump’s tweeting war against Amazon is based on lies.

 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, Wednesday, Jun 13, on Speak Up! Speak Out! Ginny Wolff and jim justice talk with Gaza resident, Dr. Mustafa El-Hawi, in a “once in a lifetime” interview since no one is generally allowed in or out of Gaza.  
Dr. El-Hawi visited the U.S. during a rare opportunity to leave what is known as an “open air prison.” As an environmentalist and human rights advocate, Dr. El-Hawi talks about the critical challenges of living in Gaza, from lack of basic necessities such as food, safe water, and medical care, to the chronic psychological trauma, such as PTSD, and from living with the menace of drones flying overhead 24/7 suffered by most Gazans. He remains hopeful for change, and urges Americans to speak out about the injustices in the Holy Land, and help in any way we can. If you have ideas on how to support the Palestinians in Gaza, email us at:

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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