DEMOCRATIC EVENTS
1. You 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.

2. NEWSpecial Caucus of 40th Legislative District Democrats Precinct Committee Officers to vote on Senate Vacancy, Saturday, Feb 2, 2:30pm – 4:30pm, Firehouse Arts and Events Center, 1314 Harris Ave, Bellingham
Click Here for more information. This is an opportunity for 40th LD PCOs to vote on candidates to fill the state senate vacancy left by former state senator Kevin Ranker. Only duly elected or appointed 40th LD PCOs who were in office at the time of the vacancy or appointed by the County Chair prior to the Senate vacancy, January 11th, can vote.

3. NEWLabor-Dem Work Group Meeting, Monday, Feb 4, 5:30pm, USW Hall, 47 Alder Lane, Mount Vernon
We will discuss our plans for the year and how to support the Skagit Nurses and Grocery Workers.

4. NEWEssay Contest
Now that the election and the holidays are over we need to get cracking on the essay contest for this year. Anyone interested in participating on the Essay Committee, please contact Pat Edwards at edwa.lapa@gmail.com. A tentative first meeting has been scheduled for Monday, Feb 11, 3:00pm at the Skagit Democrats Headquarters, 300A South First Street, Mount Vernon.

5. NEWThe next meeting of the Gala Team is scheduled for Thursday, Feb 7, 1:00pm, Skagit Democrats Headquarters, 300A South First Street, Mount Vernon

6. NEWEveryone who loves grocery workers – Happy Hour, Tuesday, Feb 12, 5:00pm to 7:00pm, UFCW Office, 1510 North 18th Street, Mount Vernon
We hope that you can join the workers from UFCW 21 and Teamsters 38 at the Community Kick-Off of the 2019 Grocery Campaign in one of the UFCW 21 offices. This is an historic campaign as grocery workers here in Washington have aligned their contract dates with grocery workers in Colorado and California – over 100,000 workers bargaining at the same time! It is a unique opportunity to understand the common challenges facing grocery workers and demand change. More details will follow.

7. 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.

8. Congratulations to the new 40th Legislative District Democrats 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

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. NEWBetter Angels – State of the Union Broadcast and Potluck, Thursday, Jan 31, 5:00pm – 7:00pm, Skagit Dispute Resolution Center, VOA (Carnation Building), 117 North 1st Street, Suite 30, Mount Vernon
“We’ll have a potluck get-together to watch the Better Angels’ (www.better-angels.org)  first-ever State of the Union address! SPACE IS LIMITED!  If you’d like to attend, please go to this link to register to ensure a spot (there is no charge). And if you can’t attend the potluck but you’d like to watch from home, please visit https://www.better-angels.org/state-of-the-union/. For more information, contact Wende Sanderson, wende.sanderson@gmail.com.

2. NEWKNKX Connects to Skagit Valley, Jan 31, 3:00pm – 6:00pm at the Mount Vernon City Library or 6:00pm – 7:30pm at the Skagit River Brewery
KNKX is an NPR radio channel.  KNKX can be heard in Skagit Valley at 88.9 FM.

3. NEWThe Mount Vernon School District Board of Directors invites interested residents of Director District No. 3 to apply for appointment to the School Board
The applications are due Friday, Feb 1. Click Here for the official public notice.

4. NEWPuget Sound Energy filed a request with the state Utilities and Transportation Commission (UTC) to increase rates for all electric and natural gas customer groups, effective March 7
The next Public hearing date and location is Tuesday, Feb 5, 6:00pm, Washington Utilities and Transportation Commission Hearing Room 206, 1300 South Evergreen Park Drive Southwest, Olympia. You may comment in person at the public hearing or use the online comment form at http://www.utc.wa.gov/comment. Click Here for more information.

5. NEWThe next Planned Parenthood rally will be Saturday, Feb 9, 11:00am – 12:00pm, 1805 Division Street, Mount Vernon
“I have t-shirts and signs for everyone or you can make your own. Please try to attend to support this wonderful organization that brings quality healthcare to the men and women in our community.”

6. Transition 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

7. 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.

8. 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.

 

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 29, 5:00pm and Sunday, Feb 3, 5:30pm – Kris Lytton, Recently Retired 40th Legislative District Representative
Interview by Ken Winkes: Kris summarizes some of her work in the Washington State legislature for the 40th LD.

We Do The Work Comment:  Some fun facts are revealed.

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 discussion following the Surge Festival 2018 panel presentation at The Museum of Northwest Art (MoNA) on Jan. 5
The 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 between October and January.

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 2018.