DEMOCRATIC EVENTS
1. UPDATED Gala tickets are now available for purchase at the Skagit County Democrats Headquarters
$60 per ticket. To purchase tickets or to donate an item for the auction, please contact staff@skagitdemocrats.org  or call 360-336-1555 during office hours (Monday – Friday, Noon to 4:00pm). Also, you may purchase tickets online by going to the homepage and clicking on the ‘Donate‘ button. All proceeds benefit the work of the Skagit County Democrats.The Gala scheduled for Jun 1 has some volunteer positions to fill during the event. The Gala is our major fund raising event of the year. Time committment for Gala volunteers begins at 4:00pm and ends right after the live auction. If you are interested please call Headquarters at 360-336-1555 or email staff@skagitdemocrats.org and request more information. A Gala Team member will return your call.

2. NEW – Call for Headquarters volunteers for the Tulip Festival Street Fair, Friday, Saturday, and Sunday, Apr 19, 20, and 21
Skagit County Democrats try to keep the Headquarters doors open during the Tulip Festival Street Fair. It takes 12 or more people to do so. Sunday of the street fair this year is Easter. Shift coverage is needed as follows:

Friday and Saturday –    9:30am – 2:00pm
2:00pm – 6:30pm
Sunday –     9:30am – 1:00pm
1:00pm – 4:30pm

If more than 6-8 volunteers sign up to work with a key carrier, some hours could be shortened. Please call Headquarters at 360-336-1555 or email staff@skagitdemocrats.org to volunteer.

3. Everyone who loves grocery workers – Happy Hour, Thursday, Mar 28, 5:00pm to 7:00pm, UFCW (United Food and Commercial Workers) Office, 1510 North 18th Street, Mount Vernon (This event was originally scheduled for Feb 12 but postposed.)
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.

4. The 39th Legislative District Democrats General Meeting is scheduled for Saturday, Mar 30, 10:00am – 1:00pm, Skagit County Democrats Headquarters, 300A South First Street, Mount Vernon

5. NEWVote Builder training for Precinct Committee Officers (PCO) is scheduled for Sunday, Mar 31, 2:00pm – 6:00pm, Skagit Unitarian Universalist Fellowship, 500 West Section Street, Mount Vernon (behind the Post Office)
This training is for long-time PCOs as well as new PCOs. Alex Del Rosio, Northwest Field Organizer from Washington State Democrats will be presenting our Vote Builder training. If you have a laptop please bring it with you. New PCOs, please contact Janet McKinney in order to receive access to Vote Builder. Please RSVP to: rlcampbell1@comcast.net ASAP.  Food and drinks will be provided.

6. NEWThe next meeting of the Gala Team is scheduled for Thursday, Apr 4, 1:00pm, Skagit County Democrats Headquarters, 300A South First Street, Mount Vernon

7. NEWDemocratic Women on the Rocks, Monday, Apr 9, 4:00pm – 6:00pm, 13 Moons Restaurant, Swinomish Casino, 12885 Casino Drive, Anacortes

8. A message from 2nd Congressional District Representative Rick Larsen about the Congressional Art Competition
“Are you a creative high school student in Washington’s Second Congressional District or do you know someone who is? Showcase your artwork in this year’s Congressional Art Competition! The winning artist will have their piece displayed in the U.S. Capitol for one year and will receive two airline tickets to Washington, D.C. for the Congressional Institute’s Art Competition Reception in June.

The deadline to submit a piece of art to my office is April 26, 2019, at 4:00 p.m. For a full list of guidelines, please visit my website here. Last year, Ana Anderson of Friday Harbor won with her piece “Close your Eyes and Fly Away.” I was delighted to honor Ana at the Congressional Institute’s Art Competition Reception in D.C.

Art can be mailed or delivered to:

Rep. Rick Larsen
Re: Art Competition
Wall Street Building
2930 Wetmore Avenue, Suite 9F
Everett, WA 98201

Rep. Rick Larsen
Re: Art Competition
119 North Commercial Street, Suite 275
Bellingham, WA 98225

If you would like to drop art off at the Bellingham office, please call 425-252-3188 to make an appointment. If you are not sure if you are a constituent of the Second Congressional District, please check here. If you have any questions or would like more information about the Congressional Art Competition, please visit my website or call my district office at 425.252.3188. I look forward to seeing the submissions this year and highlighting the talented students of Washington’s Second District. Sincerely, Rick Larsen”

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. NEWUpcoming Mayoral Coffee Hours

  • Anacortes: Coffee with Laurie –  Mayor Laurie Gere is available most months at the Center from 1:30pm to 3:00pm on the fourth Wednesday of the month for an informal coffee hour with citizens. This month Mayor Gere will be at the Center on Wednesday, Mar 27. Everyone is welcome.
  • Mount Vernon: Mayor Boudreau would like to hear from you – bring your interests, comments, concerns & praises to chat with the Mayor over coffee. All coffee hours are informal and open to the public. Saturday, Mar 30. Mount Vernon Fire Station 1, located at 901 South 2nd Street, Mount Vernon. 10:00am – 11:00am.

2. NEWKids Can Save the Planet” Trilogy screening, Thursday, Mar 28, 6:30pm – 8:30pm, Lincoln Theatre, 712 S First Street, Mount Vernon
Admission: free. This trilogy of short environmental documentaries deals with plastic pollution and the relation of Climate Change equation to our lives. Orcas Island teen Dylan D’Haeze, just 13 when he produced “Plastic is Forever”, will join the audience at the screening, and, with an expert panel, will answer questions after the screening (80 min.) Doors open 6 pm for theme related music, screening at 6:30 pm.

3. Peanut Butter Challenge, Help Stamp Out Hunger!
Please bring peanut butter to the Skagit County Democrats Headquarters (open Monday through Friday, Noon – 4:00 pm) by Friday, May 3.
The Northwest Washington Central Labor Council is collecting peanut butter for the Whatcom and Skagit Food Banks in conjunction with the National Association of Letter Carrier’s Annual Food Drive, which is Saturday, May 11. You may also deliver Peanut Butter to the Union Center, 1700 N State St, Bellingham, by May 9. This is the largest one day food drive in the world!

4. Planned Parenthood is planning weekly Saturday demonstrations through Easter, 11:00am – 12:00pm, 1805 East Division Street, Mount Vernon
Planned Parenthood anticipates anti-choice picketers each Saturday until Easter based on past experience. The anti-choice folks typically have people stand on the sidewalk in front of Planned Parenthood on every Saturday in Lent. The dates are March 16, 23, 30 and April 6, 13, and 20. Mary Deaton (mmdeaton@gmail.com or 206-323-0701) is coordinating the effort. She writes: “I am proposing that we set up a schedule that allows those who do not want to come every Saturday to sign up to come every other week. Signing up for alternate weeks is not a requirement, just an option. . . I would encourage everyone to look at their calendars and decide which dates you want to picket. If it is every week, let me know that as well. If you have any extra of the pink PP signs, you might want to bring them in case we get people who come without signs. Send me an email at your convenience and let me know your pleasure.”

The Mount Vernon Planned Parenthood Office has swag ( tee-shirts, baseball tees, hats, scarves, bandannas, etc.) available for sale. If you want t-shirts and MV does not have your size, contact Jennie Noskoff at jnoskoff@mbpp.org and she will see you get what you need.

5. National Women’s Political Caucus of Washington 2019 Women’s Candidate Training, Saturday, Mar 30, 8:00am – 6:00pm, Everett Community College, 2000 Tower Street, Everett
NWPC-WA Member: $40; Non-Member: $65. Includes breakfast, lunch & materials. 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, Mar 26, 5:00pm and Sunday, Mar 31, 5:30pm – Larry Brown, President of the Washington State Labor Council
Interview by Gary Kanter:  Larry introduces his background, passions, and what is going on with the Labor movement. For more information, go to http://www.thestand.orgwww.wslc.orglbrown@wslc.org, or 206-281-8901.

We Do The Work Comment: A House Democrat bill is making the Republicans nervous.

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.

NEW – This week on Speak Up! Speak Out! Ginny Wolff talks with newly elected Representative Dave Paul from the 10th Legislaive District, a surprise win for a Democrat in that district.
Representative Paul will give us a legislative briefing on bills that are making their way through the House and Senate and what to watch for in the remainder of this legislative session.

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.