DEMOCRATIC EVENTS
1. The Skagit Democrats Headquarters will be closed from Monday, Dec 24 through Tuesday, Jan 1, 2019
Phone messages and emails will be monitored. If you need access and do not have a key, leave a message at 360-336-1555 and someone will get back to you.

2. The Skagit County Democrats conducted our Re-organization Meeting Dec 8 and elected a new slate of officers

  • Chair – Jeff Mount
  • Vice Chair – Lynn Campbell
  • State Committee Woman – Rocio Lopez
  • State Committee Man – Jeremy Harrison-Smith
  • Legislative District Representatives
    • 10th – Tammy Oommen
    • 39th – Claus Joens
    • 40th – Janet McKinney
  • Commissioner District Representatives
    • 1st – Velit Seyfettin
    • 2nd – Susan McCloud
    • 3rd – John Smith

In addition, the following officers were appointed by the Chair: Treasurer – Cindy Lane; Secretary – Diane McKern. We welcome our new officers and deeply appreciate our outgoing officers and all the hard work and leadership they have provided.

3. UPDATEDThe 39th Legislative Democrats Reorganization Meeting is scheduled for Sunday, Jan 6, 10:00am – 2:00pm, Stillaguamish Room Arlington City Sewer Department, 154 West Cox Street, Arlington – NOTE the date change from Jan 5 to Jan 6
We will carry out reorganization according to the State Party Charter and Bylaws and our own Legislative District Bylaws. Only elected PCOs can vote on Executive Board positions, so your attendance is critical to the process of selecting officers who represent voters in your precinct and provide you support in carrying out the business of the Democratic Party.

The following 5 documents are available on a shared Google drive and are for your reference:

  • Agenda for the meeting
  • Proposed Rules for the meeting
  • Proposed Bylaws for 2019-2020
  • Priority of Party Rules over Statues
  • Gender-equity Guidelines

Please review these documents before the reorganization meeting by clicking the following link: https://drive.google.com/open?id=1NjeT7PBXIvuDJm_KRuRm1DHnuL_Sx2V0. If you have any questions prior to the meeting, please contact Jennifer Lewis (jenlew.resist@gmail.com) or a member of the current Executive Board.

4. The 40th Legislative District Democrats Re-organization Meeting is Sunday, Jan 13, 1:00pm to 3:00pm, Farmhouse Restaurant, 13724 La Conner Whitney Road, Mount Vernon
Please consider running for any of the Executive Board positions. All are welcome – we especially welcome diversity! This includes race, ethnicity, gender, gender identity, sexual orientation, age, social class, physical ability or attributes, religious or ethical values system, and national origin.

5. 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. NEWThe Trump-Pence administration has released a new rule designed to undermine private insurance coverage of abortion
They’re trying to stigmatize abortion care – pushing insurance plans to drop coverage of abortion altogether and harming patients who need access to this basic reproductive health care. It’s all part of the Trump-Pence administration’s broader campaign to eliminate access to and coverage for reproductive health care. Click Here for an opportunity to voice dissent.

2. Lights of Christmas continues Thursday – Sunday, Dec 19 – 23, 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. NEWConcrete Theatre is playing “A Christmas Story”, Saturday, Dec 22, Doors open at 6:30pm – Movie plays at 7:00pm, 45920 Main Street, Concrete
Free admission.

4. NEWLincoln Theatre is playing “It’s a Wonderful Life”, Saturday, Dec 22, 6:30pm, 712 South First Street, Mount Vernon
Free admission.

5. NEW –  Guemes Island Chamber Music Winter Concert, Sunday, Dec 23, 3:30pm – 5:00pm, Guemes Island Community Center, 7549 Guemes Island Road, Anacortes
Tickets $25 – Purchased at Door.

 

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 18, 5:00pm and Sunday, Dec 23, 5:30pm – Mike Louis, President of the Missouri AFL-CIO
Interview by Lori Province:  Mike gives an account of how workers, their families, and friends beat an anti-union statewide initiative in Missouri. For more information, go to https://moaflcio.org/about-us/officers/.

We Do The Work Comments:

  • Privatizers are running amok.
  • Our financial system is now parasitic.

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.

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.