DEMOCRATIC EVENTS
1. NEWThe Gala Team meeting has been rescheduled to Tuesday, Dec 4, 1:00pm, Skagit County Democrats Headquarters, 300A South First Street, Mount Vernon

2. NEWThere will be a special meeting of the Executive Board for the purpose of considering a censure of Tom Pasma, Thursday, Dec 6, 6:00pm, Skagit County Democrats Headquarters, 300A South First Street, Mount Vernon

3. THIS WEEKOur 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 PCOs (Precinct Committee Officers) may vote. PCOs 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 PCOs 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. The next Young Democrats of Skagit County meeting is scheduled for Saturday, Dec 8, 1:00pm – 3:00pm, Skagit County Democrats Headquarters, 300A South First Street, Mount Vernon

5. NEWDemocratic Women on the Rocks, Monday, Dec 10, 4:00pm – 6:00pm, 13 Moons Restaurant, Swinomish Casino, 12885 Casino Drive, Anacortes

6. NEWFidalgo Democrats meet Tuesday, Dec 11, 7:00 pm, Anacortes Public Library, 1220 10th Street, Anacortes
“Understanding Mass Incarceration” will be the topic. Presenters are Irene Morgan, founder of the Restorative Community Coalition; Joy Gilfilen, past president of the coalition; and Rev. Chris Hoke of the Underground Ministries. All are working for restorative justice. A moderated question and comment period will follow the speakers. Plan to come at 6:30pm if you wish to see a slide show of the “Nobody Is Above the Law” rally that was held Nov 8 at 12th & Commercial Avenues, Anacortes. Please bring a non-perishable item for the food bank donation box. For more information call Corinne Salcedo, Chair, at 360-293-7114.

7. – NEWWashington State Democratic Party Wrap-up and Thank You Rececption, Tuesday, Dec 11, 6:30pm, The Riveter, 1517 12th Avenue, Suite 101, Seattle
Click Here to RSVP and register.

8.
UPDATEDThe 10th Legislative District Democrats will conduct their Reorganization Meeting Saturday, Dec 15, 2:00pm, Flyer’s Restaurant and Brewhouse, 15426 Suite B, Airport Drive, Burlington
“We will be electing a new Executive Board and reviewing election results. All newly elected PCOs should attend. We will have By-Laws changes to deal with and, of course, the regular election of officers for the next two years. Only newly elected PCOs will be able to vote for the new officers, but all are welcome to participate in all other activities of the organization . . . Our By-Laws do not limit our officers to being only PCOs. Only PCOs get to vote on them, but the officers can be any Democrat in the Tenth District.”

9. The 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

10. NEWA message from 2nd Congressional District Representative Rick Larsen
“Friends,
Each one of your votes last month represents a piece of the new Democratic majority. The midterms are officially over, and Democrats have gained a 40-seat majority in the U.S. House of Representatives – a majority committed to protecting affordable and accessible health care, investing in our infrastructure and workforce, and building an economy that works for everyone.

Here in Washington, we’ve expanded our majority in both the state legislature and senate. Thank you for helping us get Democratic candidates Dave Paul (LD 10), Debra Lekanoff (LD 40) and Jared Mead (LD 44) over the finish line and on to Olympia. I am especially proud of the female candidates who ran for the first time this year including Dr. Kim Schrier, who will join me in Congress to represent Washington’s 8th Congressional District. The new Democratic majority has our work cut out for us, but I am optimistic and excited to join the most diverse Congress that has ever served our country. We are of the people and for the people. And for that, I have you to thank.

Make sure you’re receiving updates on our legislative priorities in Congress by joining my mailing list at RickLarsen.org.

Working for you, Rick”

11. 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. The 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!”

2. Lights of Christmas continues Thursday – Sunday, Dec 6 – 9, 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.

3. NEWBurlington Annual Tree Lighting and Santa’s Arrival, Thursday, Dec 6, 6:00pm – 8:00pm, Alpha Park, 631 East Fairhaven Avenue, Burlington

4. NEWVisit with Firefighter Santa, Friday, Dec 7, 12:00pm – 9:00pm and Sunday, Dec 9, 12:00pm – 7:00pm, Skagit County Fire District 6 – Bay Ridge Station, 16220 Peterson Road, Burlington
Bring your Kids and your Camera and take pictures with Santa on our Fire Engine. Cookies and Apple Cider will be served. Everyone is welcome! This event is a Fire Department Fundraiser so that we can build a training prop that will help to train new firefighters and keep our seasoned firefighters’ skills sharp. Any donation will help us to reach our goal!

5. NEWAnacortes Christmas Tree Lighting, Friday, Dec 7, 6:00pm – 7:00pm, 819 Commercial Avenue, Anacortes
Come on down to the Chamber Building to celebrate the lighting of our crab pot Christmas Tree. There will be performances by local choirs and free pictures with Santa.

6. NEWWinter Wonderland at The Outlet Shoppes at Burlington, Friday, Dec 7, 12:00pm – 8:00pm; Saturday, Dec 8, 10:00am – 8:00pm; Sunday, Dec 9, 11:00am – 5:00pm, 448 Fashion Way, Burlington
The Children’s Museum of Skagit County is creating a WINTER WONDERLAND. There will be activities for children, families, teens, and adults – indoor and outdoor fun for everyone! The entire event is FREE and we are encouraging local families as well as those from all over the Pacific Northwest to enjoy it with them. Every day there will be REAL SNOW from Mt. Baker for kids to play in. You can also learn about skiing and snowboarding, build a snowman, try snowshoeing, paint snow & more! There will be REINDEER from Reindeer Express & characters from Enchanting Events, bouncy inflatables of all shapes & sizes from Ideal Rent-All, carnival games, curling, face painting, crafts, and the list of activities is STILL GROWING!

7. NEWSkagit Symphony Holiday Concert, Saturday, Dec 8, 7:30pm, Skagit Valley College, McIntyre Hall Performing Arts Center, 2501 East College Way, Mount Vernon
Skagit Symphony’s Holiday Concert features guest conductor, Susan Bailey Robinson. Program includes; Pergolesi’s Magnificat, featuring the Skagit Symphony’s Chorus, selections from Tchaikovsky’s Nutcracker Ballet, Sibelius’ Karelia Suite, plus seasonal favorites. Come get in the holiday spirit. Tickets available through McIntyre Hall Box Office (360) 416-7727. Ages: 16 and up. Price: $10-45

8. NEWChristmas Bazaar and Children’s Craft Fair, Saturday, Dec 8, 10:00am – 1:00pm, Concrete Elementary School gym, 7838 S Superior Ave, Concrete

9. NEWBreakfast with Santa hosted by Beta Sigma Phi, Saturday, Dec 8, 8:30am – 11:00am, Sedro-Woolley Community Center, 703 Pacific Street, Sedro-Woolley

10. NEW – Annual Lions Club Parade, Saturday, Dec 8, 11:00am – 12:00pm, downtown Commercial Avenue, Anacortes

11. NEWChristmas Lighted Boat Parade, Saturday, Dec 8, 6:00pm – 7:00pm, Swinomish Channel, La Conner
The annual tradition of festively lit boats parade through the Swinomish Channel.

12. NEW – Alger Sunday Holiday Market, Sunday, Dec 9, 12:00pm – 5:00pm, Alger Community Hall, 18735 Parkview Lane, Burlington (Alger)
Come and shop for local gifts from local artist and crafters. We are a small but unique market offering handmade soaps and creams, locally roasted coffee, plants, wreaths, gifts for your pets, jewelry, hand-made stylized bread boards from local forests, handmade instruments made out of recycled woods, bird houses, walking sticks, fine wooden bowls and spoons, lots of fun holiday crafts, wicked rocks and gems, yard art and yard games. We have a cozy, comfy atmosphere so please bring cash because most of our vendors do not have a way to process debit cards.

 

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, Dec 4, 5:00pm and Sunday, Dec 9, 5:30pm – Phillip Mattera, Research Director of Good Jobs First and head of the Corporate Research Project
Interview by Lori Province: Phillip provides invaluable insights to the Corporate Research Project, which identifies information that can be used to advance corporate accountability campaigns. For more information, go to https://www.goodjobsfirst.org/ or https://www.goodjobsfirst.org/sites/default/files/docs/pdfs/wagetheft_report_revised.pdf or https://www.goodjobsfirst.org/violation-tracker or https://www.corp-research.org/.

We Do The Work Comment: What does the 21th century retirement look like?

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 – This week Speak Up! Speak Out! plays a continuation of our conversation with Rep. Kristine Lytton, sponsored by Indivisible Skagit, on Nov 14.
Kris continues her reflections on her time in the State Legislature in these excerpts from the Q&A portion of her presentation shortly after the November election. She also talks in some detail about the specifics of finding funding for education. The first part of today’s show played Nov. 21, and can be found here: http://speakupspeakoutradio.org/mp3/suso-2018-11-21-KristineLyttonTalksAboutStateGovernment-64.mp3.

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.