DEMOCRATIC EVENTS
1. UPDATEDLabor-Dem Work Group Meeting, is scheduled for Monday, Feb 25, 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 as well as a discussion about bills for the Farm Workers/H-2A and Fire Fighters.

2. UPDATEDMeeting with Congresswoman DelBene’s Aides, Monday, Feb 25, 10:00am – 11:30am, Skagit County Democrats Headquarters, 300A South First Street, Mount Vernon
Join us in meeting with Congresswoman Susan DelBene’s aides Kaylee Galloway, Community Liaison, and Benjamin Studley, lead on gun safety. Moms Demand Action Skagit, Indivisible Skagit, Coffee and Cards as well as Safe and Sane Skagit will be there.

Congresswoman DelBene is a co-sponsor of H.R. 569 – to protect victims of stalking from gun violence. She is one of 107 co-sponsors, 4 of which are Republicans, with 3 from our state: DelBene, Jayapal, and Smith. She is also a co-sponsor of H.R. 8, Bipartisan Background Checks Act of 2019 – to require a background check for every firearm sale. She is one of 225 co-sponsors, 5 of which are Republicans, with 6 from our state: Smith, Schrier, Larsen, Kilmer, Heck, and Jayapal.

Regular card writing for Coffee ‘n Cards will resume on Tuesday, Feb 26, 10:00 – noon.

3. Essay Contest – The first meeting has been scheduled for Tuesday, Feb 26, 3:00pm at the Skagit County Democrats Headquarters, 300A South First Street, Mount Vernon
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.

4. NEWThe 10th Legislative District Democrats Executive Board meets Saturday, Mar 2, 10:00am – 12:00pm, Skagit County Democrats Headquarters, 300A South First Street, Mount Vernon

5. NEWThe 40th Legislative District Democrats Executive Board meeting is scheduled for Wednesday, Mar 6, 5:30pm, Whatcom Democrats’ Office, 215 West Holly Street, Suite B-27, Bellingham

6. NEWThe next meeting of the Gala Team is Thursday, Mar 7, 1:00pm, Skagit County Democrats Headquarters, 300A South First Street, Mount Vernon

7. UPDATEDThe next General Membership Meeting of the 40th Legislative District Democrats will be Sunday, Mar 10, 2:30pm – 4:30pm, San Juan Lanes Bar and Grill, 2821 Commercial Avenue, Anacortes
RSVP here. Our new Senator, Liz Lovelett, will attend our meeting and give a legislative report.

8. NEWThe next Quarterly General Meeting of the 10th Legislative Democrats is scheduled for Saturday, Mar 16, 10:00am, Skagit County Democrats Headquarters, 300A South First Street, Mount Vernon

9. NEW40th Democrats Legislative Field Trip, Tuesday, Mar 19, 8:00am – 7:00pm, Washington State Capitol Building, Olympia
Wanna give your elected officials a piece of your mind? Join us for our annual 40th District Democrats Legislative Field Trip! We will carpool, caravan or rent a van if necessary and schedule a fun day meeting with 40th legislators Rep. Jeff Morris & Rep. Debra Lekanoff and possibly our next 40th State Senator. The day will also include breakout times for those who want to visit with other legislators not on our list. 40th Dems will provide some snacks and water and end the day with an optional no-host dinner with Rep. Jeff Morris in Olympia for those who want to stick around! Free for paid members, $15 for non-members. Please RSVP at info@40thdems.org. Full itinerary to be announced. More information: 360-503-8925. Click Here to sign up.

10. Call for 2019 Gala auction items
This year our annual Gala is scheduled for Saturday, Jun 1. Your special gifts have made our Silent and Live Auctions sparkle! And the proceeds of sale on your donations have gone directly to the central work of the Skagit Democratic Party – electing Democrats to office! Would you consider helping once again with a donation? If you have questions about donations for the silent auction, please contact Diane McKern at dmckern@aol.com.  If you have questions about donations for the live auction, please contact John Smith at jmyronsmith@gmail.com.  If you have any other questions concerning donations, please call the Democratic Headquarters at 360-336-1555.   Items may be delivered to the Skagit County Democratic Headquarters, Monday – Friday, 12:00pm to 4:00pm, or by arrangement with Shirley Viscalla at staff@skagitdemocrats.org. We would prefer that donations be delivered to Headquarters beginning the week of May 20th and no later than May 29th. Thank you again for your loyalty and continued support.

11. NEWA message from 1st Congressional District Representative Suzan DelBene
Remembering the Oso Landslide, and Working to Prevent Another Tragedy

The devastating Oso landslide that took the lives of 43 people was one of the most heartbreaking moments of my time representing you in Congress. In the face of such tragedy we saw so many come together to help, including first responders from near and far, and all the members of our community who did everything possible to assist and comfort others. It has been a top priority of mine to do whatever I can to support the surrounding communities and prevent future tragedies.

This week, I reintroduced the National Landslides Preparedness Act, which will allocate technological resources to help us better prepare for landslides. My bill would help protect communities and property, save lives and improve emergency preparedness and planning. This includes implementing a 3D Elevation program that would update and collect high-resolution elevation data. Currently, cities across the country are relying on fragmented, out-of-date information.

With more accurate data, cities would have a view of communities’ landslide risks and could utilize this information when creating emergency response plans. It’s crucial that we utilize technology to prevent families from experiencing the devastation and loss. This is an example of how smart investments now can save our communities from exponentially greater costs in the future. I will keep you updated on the progress of this important legislation.

As always, I am here to help you. 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

12. 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. NEWDeportation Defense Training, Monday, Feb 25, 6:30pn – 8:30pm, Burlington Public Library, 820 Washington Avenue, Burlington
Learn from Monserrat and Washington Immigrant Solidarity Network (WAISN) about what is working in Spokane and other communities, and how the Skagit RRT can use these tactics to protect immigrants here in our home. Sign up for the free training.

If you are interested in receiving weekly news on border issues, the New York Times currently offers a newsletter on the subject. Click Here to sign up.

2. NEWMardi Gras in Concrete, Saturday, Mar 2, parade begins 3:00pm, downtown Concrete
Highlights include: Authentic Cajun food, including Lousiana-Style jambalaya, deep-fried turkey legs, and beignets available for
purchase at the Lonestar Restaurant and Waterin’ Hole; Treats for sale by Concrete Heritage Museum Association; Live music by Wishbone Alley; Historic Concrete Theatre will be open for purchase of popcorn, coffee, and treats. Click Here for more information.

3. NEWFrom Mexican to Mexican American: A Family Immigration Story, Saturday, March 2, 11:00am – 12:30pm, Museum of Northwest Art, 121 South First Street, La Conner
Beyond the politics, explore with Carlos Gil the human story of immigration to America, with all its complexity, heartache and hope.

4. NEWBurlington Goes Back to School, Saturday, Mar 2, 10:00am – 12:00pm,  Burlington Visitors’ Information Center, 520 East Fairhaven Avenue, Burlington
The new exhibit features photographs and memorabilia representing Burlington and surrounding area schools through the decades. Former students and teachers will tell stories of their school days and growing up in Burlington. For details: Burlington Chamber of Commerce, 360-757-0994 or Burlington-chamber.com. Free refreshments will be available. Come join in on the storytelling fun!

 

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, Feb 26, 5:00pm and Sunday, Mar 3, 5:30pm – “Learn Yourself” with Conor Casey, Labor Archivist for the Labor Archives of Washington, Ellie Belew, author, and Megan Cornish, retiree from Seattle City Light, Part 1
Interview by Mike Dumovich:  Conor, Ellie, and Megan examine Seattle City Light’s Electrical Trades Program and how the first trade’s women were treated as well as the effects of affirmative action and other organizations of the 1970’s. For more information about the book launch of ‘High Voltage Women’ by Ellie Belew on March 9, other events, and history, go to https://www.solidaritycentennial.com/ or www.laborarchives.org.

We Do The Work Comment: Different techniques of voting suppression was huge during the 2018 elections.

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 susoradionews@qsoup.net.

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 in 2018. 2019 card tally: 337.