DEMOCRATIC EVENTS
1. NEWBack to School Week! Drive carefully morning and afternoon and watch out for the kids and busses
See below for dates of the first days of school by school district.2. Labor Day Picnic 2018, Hosted by NorthWest Washington Central Labor Council, Monday, Sep 3, 12:00pm – 4:00pm, Squalicum Creek Park, 1001 Squalicum Way, Bellingham
BBQ – music – games! Please ask your union members, labor movement activists, family, and friends to join us for a day of solidarity. It’s a potluck, so bring a side dish to share and your own beverage if you can. If you can’t, please come anyway! NWWCLC is providing the hamburgers, veggie burgers, hot dogs, buns, condiments, paper plates, napkins and silverware. For more information, call NWWCLC President, Michele Stelovich @ 425-931-6522 or email: mstelovich@hotmail.com.

We need to keep the importance of maintaining a strong working class and keep the issues effecting working families in the forefront of our nation. Now is the time for unity so we can work to advance our concerns and help stop the assault on workers. A great way to energize activism is by having fun together and by having the time to talk to each other. Let’s all meet for a Labor Day Picnic!

Driving Directions

  • From I-5, exit at ramp 256 A/256-B for WA 539 N/Meridian Street
  • Turn Left onto Meridian Street
  • Turn right onto Squalicum Way/Squalicum Parkway
  • Turn Right onto West Street
  • Turn Right – Reached destination – 1001 Squalicum Way

3. A Message From The Sister District Project – Join us in meeting Democratic candidate Pinky Vargas, running for Washington State Senate in Legislative District 42, Thursday, Sep 6, 7:00pm at the Burlington Public Library, 820 East Washington Street, Burlington

4. The Skagit County Democrats Executive Board next meets Saturday, Sep 8, 10:00am – 12:00pm, Skagit County Democrats Headquarters, 300A South First Street, Mount Vernon
“Our GOTV efforts are continuing and I’d like to encourage anyone who’d like to participate in phone banking on Tuesday evenings or doorbelling on Saturday afternoons to let me know.  We especially need doorbellers, the most effective way to contact voters.  Those interested in maximizing the Democratic turnout in November can contact me through my email address or my phone, (360) 202-6212.” 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

5. UPDATEDFidalgo Democrats meet Tuesday, Sep 11, 7:00pm, Anacortes Public Library, 1220 10th Street, Anacortes
“Effects of Chinese Tariffs on Skagit County Exports” – Don McMoran, Director of WSU Skagit County Extension, will talk about agricultural products, and Sean Connell, Director of EDASC, will talk about effects on non-agricultural ones. Please bring a non-perishable item for the food bank donation box. For questions call Corinne at 360-293-7114.

6. Young Democrats of Skagit County Spaghetti Feed, Thursday, Sep 13, 6:00pm – 8:00pm, La Conner Garden Club, 622 South 2nd Street, La Conner
Tickets – $15. Click Here for more information.

7. The Young Democrats of Washington has scheduled an event to Paint the Town Blue with YDWA in Skagit County!, Friday through Sunday, Sep 14 – Sep 16. NOTE: This event was moved from Aug 24 – 26
Click Here for more information.

8. NEWFundraiser for Dave Paul, candidate for 10th Legislative District Representative, Position 2, Sunday, Sep 16, 5:00pm – 7:00pm, Whidbey Island Winery, 5237 Langley Road, Langley
RSVP to taylor@votedavepaul.com or https://www.facebook.com/events/267159033896256/.

9. Snohomish County Democrats Blue Wave Gala, Saturday, Sep 29, 5:00pm – 11:30pm, Everett Yacht Club, 404 14th Street, Everett
Featured speaker: Washington State Attorney General Bob Ferguson. Tickets – $100. A majority of the funds raised will be donated to races targeting red seats for the final push before the general election ballots hit the mailboxes. Only 200 tickets are being sold, so act fast. Email snocodems@gmail.com for any questions.

10. UPDATEDIt’s a great day for a picket! Support the International Union of Operating Engineers Local 302 in their strike for a fair contract. It’s time for Associated General Contractors (AGC) of Washington to come back to the bargaining table
All those cranes in #Seattle aren’t moving an inch until an agreement is reached. If you see an Operating Engineers Local 302 picket line, stop by and grab a sign for a few hours in solidarity. Or bring them some water and snacks. The Strike Sites in Skagit and Whatcom Counties are at the following locations and pickets are usually 6:00am to 6:00pm:

  • Barnhart Crane & Rigging: Cedardale Road at 1021 Sicklesteel Lane, Mount Vernon (parallel to I-5)
  • Ness Crane: 738 North Hill Boulevard, Burlington
  • Interwest Construction, Inc. (ICI) Construction: 609 North Hill Boulevard, Burlington
  • Lakeside Industries: 11497 Havekost Road, Anacortes (where A Avenue turns into Havekost Road)
  • Granite Construction: 6956 Everson Goshen Road, (where Everson Goshen Road turns into Hwy 544 (also Pole Road) for a short way and then it continues as Everson Goshen again)
  • Lakeside Industries: 8198 Old Highway 99 North Road, Burlington (north of Cook Road – moved its location to the back entrance to their plant)

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11. Mark your calendars – Our bi-annual Reorganization is scheduled to take place on Saturday, Dec 8, 10:00am at our Skagit County Democrats Headquarters, 300A South First Street, Mount Vernon
“The Central Committee will elect replacements for all of our officers, appoint committee members and chairs, and generally set ourselves on course for the presidential election process in 2020.  That’s the year when we want to elect a replacement for the current embarrassment, as well as a Democratic congress.  We need the best talent we can attract to serve in all our leadership positions.  So please give serious thought to the position in which you’d like to serve and help lead us to success in 2019-2020. While anyone may attend the reorganization meeting, only elected PCO’s may vote.  PCO’s who were elected in the August primary will take office on Dec 1 of this year and thus may vote at the reorganization.  I hope to see all PCO’s at our December meeting. Have a great Democratic day! Bob Doll”

12. NEWLinks of the Week
The Link of the Week provides in-depth pieces the Editor has found to be relevant, insightful, and thorough on important issues of the day.

 

COMMUNITY EVENTS
1. Back to School – Skagit County schools start on the following dates:

  • Anacortes School District – Thursday, Sep 6
  • Burlington-Edison School District – Wednesday, Sep 5
  • Concrete School District – Wednesday, Sep 5
  • Conway School District -Tuesday, Sep 4
  • La Conner School District – Wednesday, Aug 29
  • Mount Vernon School District – Wednesday, Sep 5
  • Sedro-Woolley School District – Tuesday, Sep 4

2. NEW –  Home Rule Skagit Campaign Kick-off, Wednesday, Sep 5, 5:30pm – 7:30pm, Coconut Kenny’s, 1060 South Burlington Boulevard, Burlington

3. NEWSkagit River Salmon Festival, Saturday, Sep 8, 11:00am – 6:00pm, Edgewater Park, 600 Behrens Millett Road, Mt Vernon
Great bands and musicians to entertain. Local favorite Farmstrong Brewing Co will have cold beer on tap. Tasty food choices to select from and enjoy. Artisan wares to browse and purchase. ‘Hunters of the Sky’ Raptor Shows. Arts, crafts, and games for the whole family.

4. Rise for Climate, Saturday, Sep 8, 11:00am, 12th Street and Commercial Avenue, Anacortes
Join the national movement to Rise for Climate in Anacortes on Saturday, Sep 8. Anacortes will host one of many events across the nation to draw attention to the dangers of a warming planet. People will gather on the sidewalk at the busy intersection of 12th Street and Commercial Avenue beginning at 11:00am. Come anytime between 11:00am and 2:00pm. Climate signs will be provided or bring your own climate-related sign.  People will be asked to visit one of our climate information tables in downtown Anacortes or just outside of our popular Saturday Market. Learn more about Initiative Measure 1631 – Protect Washington Act or Clean Air & Energy Bill (to be on the ballot this November) and Sierra Club’s 100 Percent Renewal Energy Program for cities like Anacortes. Learn more about this national movement at https://peoplesclimate.org/. Contact person – Lyndon Greene – (360) 299-9075.

5. NEWThe Skagit County Tramsportation Improvement Program is hosting a public meeting, Thursday, Sep 13, 5:30pm, 1800 Continental Place
“If you’ve ever wondered what it takes to get us to fix your road, we’ll tell you. . . Seriously. The TIP shows our planned transportation projects for the next six years. At the meeting, you can find out what’s on our list, and ask real people how you can get your road on that list. The draft TIP is online: http://bit.ly/Skagit2019TIP.

6. NEWSupport the Anacortes Regeneration Project – From Guns to Art, From Conflict to Peace,  Saturday, Sep 15, 10:00am – 2:00pm, Seafarers Memorial Park, 601 Seafarers Way, Anacortes
The Regeneration Project is a public art project that will be created with donated guns and weapons, to honor victims of gun violence and First Responders. Anyone who wants to participate can do so by voluntarily donating guns or weapons, making a donation to support the project, adding their names to a community support list or sharing this information on social media. Saturday, September 15 is the “Collection Date”. Guns will be disabled and transformed as they are turned in. Participation is voluntary and not intended to infringe on anyone’s Second Amendment rights. The artwork will be completed and dedicated in 2019.

7. Skagit Humane Society‘s Black Cat Auction & Dinner – Mutts & Martinis is scheduled for Saturday, Oct 6, 6:00pm, Skagit Valley Inn Convention Center, 2300 Market Street, Mount Vernon
This is the annual premier fundraiser for the Humane Society. Mike Bauter, PCO Birdsview, is planning to sponsor a table. If you are interested in purchasing a ticket for his table, please contact him at mpbauter@gmail.com. Advance tickets: $45.

8. NEWFriendship House is seeking volunteers
Click Here for more information.

 

ANNOUNCEMENTS
1. Listen to We Do the Work, Tuesdays, 5:00pm, and Sundays, 5:30pm at KSVR, 91.7 or KSVU, 90.1
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, Sep 4, 5:00pm and Sunday, Sep 9, 5:30pm, 91.7 FM—Liz Shuler, Secretary-Treasurer of the AFL-CIO
Interviews by Lori Province: Liz Shuler explains the AFL-CIO’s commission on the future of work. For more information, go to https://aflcio.org or https://aflcio.org/resolutions/resolution-5-commission-future-work-and-unions.

We Do The Work Comments:

  • International Seafood Industries are trying innovative trails on protecting workers and sustainability of seafood.
  • 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 on both, Thursday at 8:00am on KSVU and Sunday at 5:00pm for both. Our shows are available online. Stream or download a show at http://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. We have sent out over 2300 cards since January.

 

 

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