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

2. NEWThe next meeting of the Gala Team is Thursday, Jan 17, 1:00pm at Skagit County Democrats Headquarters, 300A South First Street, Mount Vernon

3. NEWBystander 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. NEWOur 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. NEWThe 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. NEWA 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. NEWThe 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.”

9. 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. Skagit 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. NEWThe Skagit Valley Herald sponsored Job Fair is scheduled for Wednesday, Jan 16, 9:00pm – 1:00pm, 1215 Anderson Road, Mount Vernon
Job seekers are encouraged to come ready with their resumes! Employers call 360-424-4567 to reserve your space.

3. NEWPathways to Living-Wage Jobs for Single Mothers, Friday, Jan 18, 9:00am – 1:00pm, McIntyre Hall, 2501 East College Way, Mount Vernon
This half-day event is focused on clearing the pathway for single mothers — especially for women of color — to help them secure living-wage jobs. Participants will gain a deeper understanding of some of the challenges faced by student mothers, share best practice solutions, and strategize about how to accelerate change on campus and statewide. Click Here for more information.

4. 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 15, 5:00pm and Sunday, Jan 20, 5:30pm – Robert Glorioso, President of the International Association of Fire Fighters, Local 106
Interview by Lori Province:  Robert discusses the 100th anniversary of International Association of Fire Fighters Local 106 and some of their current issues. For more information, go to https://www.facebook.com/iaff106/ or twitter at https://twitter.com/iaff106 or https://www.wscff.org/ or https://www.iaff106.com/ or https://www.washingtonfirefighters.org/.

We Do The Work Comments:

  • What is causing more wildfires?
  • Republicans love walls.

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 on Speak Up! Speak Out! we play excerpts from the Surge Festival 2018 panel presentation at The Museum of Northwest Art (MoNA) on Jan. 5, 2019
The panel presentation featured Skagit artists and scientists who collaborated to create an art exhibit intended to draw attention to local impacts of climate change. This forum wrapped up the 3rd Surge exhibit MoNA has hosted which ran for 3 months.

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.