DEMOCRATIC EVENTS
1. NEWCoffee ‘n Cards (see below) expands to Tuesdays as well as Mondays, 10:00am – 12:00pm at the Skagit County Democrats Headquarters, 300A South First Street, Mount Vernon

2. NEWThe next Gala Team Meeting is scheduled for Thursday, Nov 29, 1:00pm at the Skagit County Democrats Headquarters, 300A South First Street, Mount Vernon

3. 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 (Precinct Committee Officers) 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”

EDITOR’S NOTE: Although only PCOs may vote at the reorganization meeting, Skagit County Democrats officers are not required to be PCOs.

4. NEWThe next Young Democrats of Skagit County meeting is scheduled for Saturday, Dec 8, 1:00pm – 3:00pm, location TBD

5. NEWThe 39th Legislative Democrats Reorganization Meeting is scheduled for Saturday, Jan 5, 10:00am – 1:00pm, Stillaguamish Room, Arlington City Sewer Department, 154 West Cox Street, Arlington

6. 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. NEWLights of Christmas begins Thursday – Sunday, Nov 29 – Dec 2, 6:00pm – 9:00pm, 20800 Marine Drive, Stanwood
Tickets: Adult (age 13-59) – $16; Military (age 13-59 – Show military ID card at the front gate) – $13; Senior (age 60+) – $13; Youth (age 4-12) – $12; Child (age 0-3) – FREE. Click Here to purchase tickets on-line.

2. NEW –  Breakfast With Santa, Saturday, Dec 1, 8:00am – 11:00am, Hillcrest Park Lodge, 1717 South 13th Street, Mount Vernon
Price: $5.00 For All Ages. Come join in a festive holiday morning celebration. Breakfast of pancakes and ham will be served while you enjoy holiday music in the Hillcrest Park Lodge. Santa himself will be on site to visit with each and every child. Make sure to bring your camera to capture the holiday moment.

3. NEW –  La Conner Holiday Celebration, Saturday, Dec 1, 10:00am – 5:00pm, La Conner Civic Garden Club, 622 South Second Street, La Conner
Price: Free. A holiday arts and crafts shopping experience featuring a wide selection of unique handmade gifts from 22 local artisans and crafters.

4. NEWChristmas in Concrete – Santa arrives on Saturday, Dec 1
Join us at the Concrete Theatre at 6:00pm, where the kids will be treated to a short film, cookies, games and – best of all – a visit with Santa and Mrs. Claus. All in the warmth and comfort of our historic theatre. After everyone’s had a chance to talk with Santa and have their photo taken, we’ll all walk down the street to light and sing around the Town Tree (approximately 7:30pm). Everyone is welcome at this free holiday celebration!

5. NEWSedro-Whoolleyville presents the Magic of Christmas Tree Lighting & Parade, Saturday, Dec 1, 5:00pm, downtown Sedro-Whoolleyville on Metcalf Street from Lemley’s Chapel north to the Gazebo at Ferry Street
The parade turns right on Ferry Street and another right on Murdock Street then a right on State Street and a left on 3rd Street, bringing the parade full circle.  Santa, at the end of the parade, will greet the children following the parade.

6. NEWThe next Planned Parenthood rally will be Saturday, Dec 8, 11:00am – 12:00pm, 1805 Division Street, Mount Vernon
“I have t-shirts and signs for everyone. Anyone is welcome to make their own sign. Please try to attend to support this wonderful organization that brings quality healthcare to our community!”

 

ANNOUNCEMENTS
1. Listen to We Do the Work, Tuesdays, 5:00pm, and Sundays, 5:30pm at KSVR, 91.7 FM or KSVU, 90.1 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, Nov 27, 5:00pm and Sunday, Dec 2, 5:30pm – Sarah Newell, Communications & Campaigns Coordinator for the International Labor Rights Forum
Interview by Ken Winkes: Sarah discusses ILRF’s mission, how the organization works, its successes, and what lies ahead. For more information, go to https://laborrights.org/ or ILRF on twitter, or https://migrantjustice.net/milk-with-dignity-campaign.

We Do The Work Comments:

  • Americans are opening up their homes for refugees.
  • The administration has plans to privatize the postal service.

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 FM 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.

NEW – Speak up! Speak out!  Wednesday, Nov 28 – Plane Truths
For 20 years, Moving Images Video Project, a non-profit organization, has produced and distributed documentaries about war and peace, human rights, global justice, and protection for the environment. Host jim justice speaks with co-founders, Melissa Young and Mark Dworkin, about a new film entitled Plane Truths.

The recent expansion of Navy training activities in the Northwest has many local residents concerned. Community members on Whidbey Island, the San Juans, and the Olympic Peninsula are disturbed by an increase in noise caused by new jets based at Naval Air Station Whidbey (NAS). On Whidbey, communities have been additionally impacted by water system pollution caused by chemicals used for firefighting on NAS landing strips. Their new 30-minute film, PLANE TRUTHS, explores a variety of perspectives on these issues from farmers, current and retired military personnel, environmentalists and other citizens of the affected areas. Listen as Melissa and Mark talk about their new documentary.

This film will be shown in LaConner, Friday, Nov 30, 7:00pm, at the United Methodist Church, 601 South 2nd Street, on top of the hill.

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 and Tuesday 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 3,140 cards since January.