DEMOCRATIC EVENTS
1. NEWCongratulations to the new 40th Legislative District Executive Board

  • Chair – Anna Berch-Norton – Whatcom County
  • Secretary – Suzan Munson – Whatcom County
  • Treasurer – Rosemary Ryan – Skagit County
  • San Juan Vice Chair – Geri Turnoy – San Juan County
  • Skagit Vice Chair – Janet McKinney – Skagit County
  • Whatcom Vice Chair – Linda Pace – Whatcom County
  • State Committeeperson – Andrea Doll – Skagit County
  • State Committeeperson – Spencer Lively – Skagit County

2. NEWFollowing 40th Legislative District Senator Kevin Ranker’s resignation, the 40th LD will be working to recommend a replacement. Please Click Here for more information

3. NEWIndivisible Fidalgo Meeting, Monday, Jan 21, 6:30pm, Village Pizza, Upstairs Room, 807 Commercial Avenue, Anacortes

4. NEWIndivisible Skagit Meeting, Thursday, Jan 24, 5:30pm – 8:30pm, Burlington Public Library, 820 East Washington Avenue, Burlington
“Join us for a “non-meeting”. We’ll celebrate successes, sing uplifting songs and share nourishing food. The Support Team of Indivisible Skagit will bring soups, bread and juices. Bring something to share if you like, but don’t worry if you don’t. There will be enough. How better to kick off 2019 than with good company, food and music!”

5.
NEWYou are invited to join Coffee ‘n Cards, Indivisible Skagit and Safe and Sane Skagit (SaSS) for two national legislation education sessions with aides from Representative Suzan DelBene’s office, Monday, Jan 28 and Monday, Feb 11, 10:00am – 11:30am, Skagit County Democrats Headquarters, 300A South First Street, Mount Vernon
The first session (Jan 28) will focus on environmental concerns and the Green New Deal. Local concerns will be presented by Brenda Cunningham from Indivisible Skagit.  The second (Feb 11) will review gun violence prevention legislation, and Julia Hurd will be the SaSS spokesperson. The sessions are informal, with opportunity to ask questions and learn how we can make our voices heard in Congress. (For these events, there just might be coffee available – but bring your own mug! The Co-op allows us to bring coffee in their mugs with guarantee of mug return that morning.) Also, Coffee ‘n Cards will be writing on Monday and Tuesday, Jan 21 and 22.

6.
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.

7. NEWA message from 1st Congressional District Representative Suzan Del Bene
“Nearly 11,000 federal workers across our state are not getting paid because of President Trump’s government shutdown. I support border security, but Trump’s border wall is not an effective solution. Our country needs comprehensive immigration reform.

This shutdown is impacting families and their ability to pay their bills. These workers include TSA agents and air traffic controllers, Customs and Border Patrol agents, National Park Service rangers, USDA inspectors and the list goes on. As the shutdown prolongs, it could threaten critical services that many families depend on, including access to housing vouchers, nutrition assistance, and access to agricultural grants. The shutdown is also effecting local businesses who do work for the federal government and researcher’s dependent on federal grants. It must end.

As your representative, I am here to help you. If you are a furloughed federal worker impacted by the government shutdown and need assistance, I encourage you to visit https://esd.wa.gov/, where you can apply for unemployment benefits or by phone at 800-318-6022. I also want to hear from you. If you and your family are personally impacted by the shutdown and would like to share your story, I encourage you to call my Bothell office at 425-485-0085 or my Washington, D.C. office at 202-225-6311.

If you have questions or comments about the topics that matter most to you, I encourage you to contact me through my website. You may also keep up-to-date on what I’m doing by following me on Twitter, Instagram, and Facebook. Sincerely, Suzan”

8. NEWA message from 2nd Congressional District Representative Rick Larsen
“We have officially gone [sic] 30 days without a working federal government, setting a record for the longest government shutdown the U.S. has ever seen. Congress’ number one job must be to re-open the government, get people back to work and give the federal workers and contractors the back pay they have earned. This partial shutdown is bad for Washington, bad for the country, and has ripple effects that hurt everyone.

The government shutdown has resulted in more than 400,000 federal employees being furloughed and another 400,000 working without pay. Our TSA agents, our air traffic controllers, our food inspectors have been showing up to work for three weeks to receive a paycheck of $0. It’s time to reopen the government and give our federal workers and contractors back pay. Let’s put America back to work.”

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. NEWMothers of the Movement: A Celebration of Martin Luther King, Jr., Monday, Jan 21, 12:00pm – 1:30pm, Mount Baker Theatre, 104 North Commercial Street, Bellingham

2. NEW1st Annual MLK, Jr. Day Event – Keeping the Dream Alive!, Monday, Jan 21, 7:00pm – 9:00pm, Bellingham Unitarian Fellowship , 1207 Ellsworth Street, Bellingham
Click Here for more information.

3. NEW#SkagitNursesShowUp! A Rally to Support Union Nurses at Skagit Regional Hospital, Tuesday, Jan 22, 11:30am – 1:30pm, Skagit County Superior Courthouse, 205 West Kincaid Street, Mount Vernon
Come support your Skagit Regional Health nurses! The registered nurses have been in contract negotiations for months, fighting for quality and safe patient care for our community. Join us to hear about what’s at stake for your care.

4. NEWCivic Action Night, Wednesday, Jan 23, 6:00pm – 8:00pm, Mount Vernon High School Library, 314 North 9th Street, Mount Vernon
The Civics classes at Mount Vernon High School are participating in a project to help address issues that we see in our communities. Students will present their research and an action plan for how they can create change. Real change starts with local action!

5. NEWMount Baker Planned Parenthood‘s Roe v. Wade Anniversary Event presents Katie Goodman’s “Broad Comedy”, Thursday, Jan 24, 6:30pm – 7:45pm, Four Points by Sheraton,  714 Lakeway Drive, Bellingham
Tickets: $75 – $100 (Click Here) Enjoy a nationally touring, award-winning musical comedy and sketch troupe made up of irreverent, hilarious, and multi-talented women who can do it all – sing, dance, and tackle political satire. Heavy hors d’oeuvres, wine, and beer provided. No-host bar available.

6.
NEWRobin DiAngelo, author of the book “White Fragility,” will speak on Race and Diversity, Friday, Jan 25, 1:00pm – 3:00pm, Skagit Valley College’s McIntyre Hall Performing Arts & Conference Center, 2501 East College Way, Mount Vernon
Admission is free, no tickets are required. “White Fragility” is a vital, necessary and beautiful book, a bracing call to white folk everywhere to see their whiteness for what it is and to seize the opportunity to make things better now. DiAngelo joins the front ranks of white anti-racist thinkers with a stirring call to conscience, and most important, consciousness, in her white brothers. White fragility is a truly generative idea – an idea whose time has come.

7. NEW – 5th Annual Illuminight Winter Walk, Friday, Jan 25, 5:00pm – 7:30pm, Skagit Riverwalk Park, 215 South 1st Street, Mount Vernon
5th Annual Illuminight Winter Walk is a free community celebration of art, light, wildlife, health, and the community. In-the-moment luminary making will take place at Tri Dee Art. Live music will start at 5:00pm. Luminary-lit procession begins about 5:30pm, and communal gathering to follow.

8. NEWTransition Fidalgo and Friends presents “Earth’s BiPolar Disorder”, Dr. Robert Bindschadler, Tuesday, Jan 29, 6:30pm to 8:00pm, Anacortes Senior Center, 1701 22nd Street, Anacortes
They will also be streaming the presentation live on YouTube at https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=BWmQyEibb6s starting at 7:00pm

9. NEW4th Annual Recovery Advocacy Day, Tuesday, Feb 12, 8:00am – 5:00pm, The United Churches of Olympia, 110 11th Avenue Southeast, Olympia
Join mental health and addiction recovery advocates from across Washington for the 4th Annual Recovery Advocacy Day, sponsored by the Washington Recovery Alliance! We will be advocating for recovery support services including recovery housing, recovery coaching, employment support and community recovery supports, along with other priorities. The day will include:

  • Meetings with your two State Representatives and your State Senator to advocate for recovery!
  • Breakfast and snacks throughout the day
  • Special lunch in the capitol building
  • Special photo op on the floor of the House of Representatives
  • Interactive activities and ways to engage in the statewide recovery movement
  • Connecting with recovery advocates from across our state

The WRA will arrange meetings with your lawmakers on your behalf. More details will be forthcoming closer to the date. (There may be a bus from Burlington.) No fee or admission but RSVP required.

10. 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)

 

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 22, 5:00pm and Sunday, Jan 27, 5:30pm – Diane Nelson, President of the Seattle Chapter of the National Active & Retired Federal Employees Association and Steve Roy, Legislature Chair for the Washington State Federation
Interview by Gary Kanter:  Diane and Steve explain what their organization is all about. For more information, go to https://www.narfe.org.

We Do The Work Comments: Republicans are defunding the IRS and costing us billions.

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! host Jerry Shackette talks with Don McMoran, Director of Washington State University Extension for Skagit County
What’s the future for family farming in Skagit County? Is the glass half full or half empty? The discussion includes the answer to the question; “What is Extension anyway”? and ranges from sustainability to the future of the family farm and value-added agriculture. McMoran also shares details of the upcoming Country Living EXPO in Stanwood on Saturday, Jan 26 and the Skagit Ag Summit at the WSU Mount Vernon Research & Extension Center on Saturday, Feb 16.

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.