DEMOCRATIC EVENTS
1. NEWThe 39th Legislative District Democrats re-organized on Jan 6 and elected a new slate of officers

  • Chair – Ivan Lewis
  • Vice Chair – Jennifer Lewis
  • Vice Chair of LD Development – Jordan Sears
  • Vice Chair of Outreach – Georgianna Morgan
  • Secretary – Tiffany Kelly
  • Treasurer – Eric Halvorson
  • State Committee Person – Germaine Kornegay
  • State Committee Person – Paul Kelly
  • Snohomish County Committee Person – Cathy Ozog
  • Snohomish County Committee Person – Matt Hamer
  • King County Committee Person – unfilled
  • Skagit County Democrats Delegate – Claus Joens

Other appointed positions will be made at the next Executive Board meeting.

2. NEWThe Fidalgo Democrats meet Tuesday, Jan 8, 7:00pm, Anacortes Public Library, 1220 10th Street, Anacortes
Dr. Jon Riedel, National Park Service geologist at North Cascades National Park, will speak on “Blue Legacy:  the Impact of Glacial Recession in the North Cascades”, including effects on the Skagit River watershed. Please bring a non-perishable item for the food bank donation box. For more information, contact Corinne Salcedo, chair, at 360-293-7114.

3. NEWThe Skagit County Democrats Executive Board meets Saturday, Jan 12, Skagit Democrats Headquarters, 300A South First Street, Mount Vernon
Among other issues, we will discuss the upcoming elections for the Washington State Democrats’ Executive Board, standing committee chair appointments, and solicit ideas for PCO recruitment.

4.
UPDATEDThe 40th Legislative District Democrats Re-organization Meeting is Sunday, Jan 13, 2:00pm to 4:00pm, Farmhouse Restaurant, 13724 La Conner Whitney Road, Mount Vernon (Note time change)
If you want to order lunch (no host), please arrive by 1:30pm so we can start the meeting on time. Below are links to documents pertinent to the meeting:

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. NEWDemocratic Women on the Rocks, Monday, Jan 14, 4:00pm – 6:00pm, 13 Moons Restaurant, Swinomish Casino, 12885 Casino Drive, Anacortes

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. UPDATEDSkagit Eagle Festival
Skagit Eagle Festival is a month-long celebration during eagle-watching season in eastern Skagit County. Activities take place in Concrete, Rockport and Marblemount every full weekend in January.
NOTE: The Forest Service Eagle Watchers are “off duty” until a federal funding bill is passed. The Eagle Festival is not affected by federal funding. It is still a Go. (Thanks to Barbara Gorham Johnson)

2. NEW –  Community Free Day at Children’s Museum of Skagit County, Monday, Jan 8, 10:00am – 5:00pm,  Cascade Mall at the south end
Click Here for more information.

3. NEW“Who Was Chief Seattle?” With Humanities Washington Speaker David Buerge hosted by AAUW Anacortes, Thursday, Jan 10, 6:45pm – 8:00pm, Anacortes Public Library, 1220 10th Street, Anacortes
Click Here for more information.

4. NEWThe next Planned Parenthood rally will be Saturday, Jan 12, 11:00am – 12:00pm, 1805 Division Street, Mount Vernon
“I have signs and T-shirts for everyone. You can also make your own signs. Please try to attend to support this wonderful organization that brings quality healthcare for men and women to our community.”

5. Marblemount Community Club presents “The Upper Skagit Eagle Festival,” scheduled for Saturday & Sunday, Jan 12 & 13, 10:00am – 6:00pm, Marblemount Community Hall, 60155 State Route 20, Marblemount
Performance sponsors include the Washington State Arts Commission. Click Here for more information.

6. Project Hometown Concert and Fundraiser for Habitat for Humanity (dinner and concert), Saturday, Jan 19, Perkins’ Farm (Eagle Haven), 8243 Sims Road, Sedro-Woolley
Tickets: $40. Perkins Farms and Eagle Haven Winery will host the PROJECT HOMETOWN dinner concert as a fundraiser for Skagit Habitat for Humanity. Habitat is a non-profit that is working together with our community, and many of the Career and Technology Education classes at Sedro-Woolley High School, to build homes alongside families in need. Click Here for more information.

 

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, Jan 8, 5:00pm and Sunday, Jan 13, 5:30pm – Jeff Johnson, recently retired President of the Washington State Labor Council
Interview by Gary Kanter:  Jeff highlights some of his 32-year career with the Washington State Labor Council. We will be playing an original song by Gary Kanter called “F the Freedom Foundation.”

We Do The Work Comment: Trump’s postal privatization task force has absurd ideas.

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 last year.