1. Democratic Women on the Rocks, Monday, Jan 14, 4:00pm – 6:00pm, 13 Moons Restaurant, Swinomish Casino, 12885 Casino Drive, Anacortes
2. NEW – The next meeting of the Gala Team is Thursday, Jan 17, 1:00pm at Skagit County Democrats Headquarters, 300A South First Street, Mount Vernon
3. NEW – Bystander Intervention Training, sponsored by Indivisible Skagit, is offered Thursday, Jan 17, 6:30pm – 8:30pm, Burlington Library, 820 Washington Avenue, Burlington
Admission: Free. “You are standing in line at the grocery store, and someone starts giving an immigrant family in the line a hard time. You are waiting at the bus stop, and a group of guys starts harassing a young woman. You are in any public place and . . . What can you do? – Ty Schroyer will lead us in Bystander Intervention Training to help us answer that question. Using principals of nonviolence and de-escalation strategies, we have the power to support the person being targeted and defuse a situation that otherwise might escalate.”
4. NEW – Our Revolution Skagit Meeting, Thursday Jan 17, 6:30pm – 8:30pm (potluck), Skagit Unitarian Universalist Fellowship, 500 West Section Street, Mount Vernon
Join us for our January meeting. We will discuss plans to participate in the nation-wide Medicare for All Barnstorming events planned for Feb 9 – 13 and how to convince our local congress members into supporting HR 676. Click Here for more information. Please bring a potluck dish to share. Thanks for being involved!
5. NEW – The Washington State Democrats’ 2018 Crab Feed & Grassroots Forum will be held Sunday, Feb 24, 4:00pm, McGavick Conference Center, Clover Park Technical College, 4500 Steilacoom Boulevard Southwest, Lakewood
The Crab Feed is the State Party’s largest annual event and we hope you will join us for a locally sourced seafood buffet, live music, and a speaking program featuring some of our top elected Democrats! (Vegetarian options will be available, in addition to a variety of local seafood.) Purchase a discounted, $65 Early Bird Ticket before they switch to a general admission rate of $80 on Feb 1. Click Here to purchase tickets.
6. The 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
- Master at Arms – Bill Phillips
Other appointed positions will be made at the next Executive Board meeting.
7. NEW – A message from 40th Legislative District Senator Kevin Ranker on his resignation
“Dear Friends, I first came to the Washington State Senate ten years ago because I strongly believed in our collective ability to change the world. I’ve held that belief since I was a child, fostered by my wonderful dads and my remarkable mom. A decade later, I remain totally dedicated to making people’s lives better, our communities better and the environment better.
I have informed the Governor that I am resigning from the Washington State Senate. As you may have read, an employee of mine from ten years ago, Ann Larson, reported that she felt mistreated by me. I am deeply sorry for any stress I caused her and I sincerely apologize. I wish her peace.
When I was informed of these allegations, I immediately told the Secretary of the Senate that I would fully cooperate with any investigation, and I insisted that an impartial investigation must take place. I have done so.
Representing each of you in the Washington State Senate has been one of the single greatest honors of my life. Each of you, my constituents, friends, and neighbors have graciously trusted me in this work to represent your core values. Together we passed full marriage equality, worked to protect our orca whales and the Salish Sea, advanced powerful climate policies, and championed women’s reproductive rights and justice. You have empowered and inspired me, and I am forever thankful. Sincerely, Kevin Ranker”
8. NEW – The following was posted on the Skagit County Democrats’ Facebook page and is presented at Chair Jeff Mount’s request
“It’s easy, in today’s political environment, to feel that by condemning the overt racism of the other side we have checked the box and can move on to other issues. But real inclusiveness means more than not excluding anyone, even more than having an open door. It means stepping outside the bubble of people we associate with every day and getting to know people who don’t look like us or think like us. Maybe even people who make us feel uncomfortable.
That should be our goal as Democrats, especially in a place as diverse as Skagit County: to engage anyone who wants to help change this country for the better and invite them to join us. Being willing to embrace change is by definition a learning process, which means we’ll fall short on occasion. We should be called out when that happens, as on any other issue. But let’s fall short with empathy and compassion, and let’s call each other out the same way.
Diversity is an attitude as much as anything, but attitudes only make a difference when they are backed up by actions. In a group like Skagit County Democrats, the best way to build true diversity is through PCOs. They are the backbone of the party, and they make the decisions that shape our future. More importantly, being a PCO is where activists can gain the knowledge that helps them change the political culture from the inside. Creating a diverse Central Committee happens one PCO at a time. It won’t happen quickly, and it may not be particularly exciting. But we won’t be the best party we can be until the Central Committee looks like the population we are called to serve.
Besides, it’s the best way to win elections. Doing the right thing should be reason enough, but we still have a job to do. We can’t ask voters to respect us if we don’t respect them first. This is the future of America. Our opponents choose to fight that reality. We choose to embrace it. Let’s get busy.”
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