DEMOCRATIC EVENTS
1. 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.

2. NEW40th Legislative District Democrats Executive Board Meeting, Wednesday, Apr 3, 5:30pm – 7:30pm, Whatcom County Democrats Office, 215 West Holly Street, Suite B-27, Bellingham

3. NEWTelephone Town Hall with 10th Legislative District Representative Dave Paul, Wednesday, Apr 3, 6:30pm
“A number of you have reached out to me because you couldn’t make either of the town halls. In order to help reach the entire district, I’m doing a telephone town hall next Wednesday, April 3. I’ll answer your questions and provide an update on my work in Olympia.” Click Here to sign up to participate or call in at 1-877-229-8493. Use PIN 118321.

4. The next Gala Team Meeting is scheduled for Thursday, Apr 4, 1:00pm – 2:30pm, Skagit County Democrats Headquarters, 300A South First Street, Mt Vernon
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 and request more information. A Gala Team member will return your call.

5.
NEWSkagit County Democrats will be participating in the Mount Vernon Downtown Association’s Art Walk, Thursday, Apr 4, 5:00pm – 8:00pm, Skagit County Democrats Headquarters, 300A South First Street, Mount Vernon
The featured artist is Tammy Lanphere Oomen. Tammy will display her beautiful photograpy. Come in to look and enjoy hor d’oeuvres. We look forward to seeing you.

6. NEWFidalgo Democrats next meets Tuesday, Apr 9, 7:00pm, Anacortes Public Library, 1220 10th Street, Anacortes
Skagit County Auditor Sandy Perkins and Chief Deputy Auditor/Election Supervisor David Cunningham will speak on “How Can We Speed Up the Vote Count in Skagit County?” A couple of issues slowed down the count after the November election. A moderated discussion will follow the speakers. The meeting is open to the public. Please bring friends, family, or colleagues. Also, please bring a non-perishable item for the food bank donation box. For more information call Corinne Salcedo, Chair, at 360-293-7114.

7. 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.

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

9. NEWA doorbelling event is being scheduled for Anacortes, Saturday, Apr 27, 10:00am – 2:00pm, organizing location To Be Determined
The event is being organized by Northwest Field Organizer Alex del Rosario in collaboration with the 40th Legislative District Democrats and Fidalgo Democrats.

10. NEWA message from 1st U.S. Congressional District Representative Suzan DelBene
“Dear friend, D+ is not something that we should be proud of, but that is the grade the American Society of Civil Engineers gave to our nation’s infrastructure. It’s estimated that this failing grade would require more than $1 trillion in investment to fix. Here at home, Washingtonian state is doing only slightly better, receiving the grade of a C; still far from acceptable. Even in the first district, the city of Everett has the unfortunate claim of having one of the highest congestion rates in the country.

For this reason, I started an infrastructure tour across the first district to get a firsthand look at projects that will strengthen our local economy and create good-paying jobs. My tour began last week with a stop at the I-405-522/527 improvement project in Bothell. It continued at the US 2 trestle project east of Everett, which would help alleviate traffic and improve safety. We also stopped by the Kirkland Totem Lake Connector Bridge Project site. Once completed, the connector bridge will be a bicycle and pedestrian bridge connecting two ends of the Cross Kirkland Corridor.

Listening to folks on the ground is profoundly helpful. I will take their concerns back to Washington, D.C., where I’ll continue to fight for the federal dollars and commonsense legislation we need to improve the roads, bridges, rails and tunnels that are critical to the economic and transportation future of our region. If there is a site you would like me to visit, please reach out to my office.

As always, I am here to help you. If you need assistance, please do not hesitate to contact my Bothell office at (425) 485-0085. 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”

11. 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. NEWThe 36th Annual Tulip Festival begins Monday, Apr 1
Be prepared for traffic congestion and be careful out there!

2. NEWVeterans Stand Down, Friday, Apr 5, 9:00am – 3:00pm, American Legion Memorial Post 91, 721 East Fairhaven Avenue, Burlington
“This is a free event for veterans to come and get connected with resources they need. Some resources include: housing, employment, VA disability claims, food, hygiene items, free haircuts, free lunch and so much more. Come connect with your brothers and sisters and get your needs met all in one place.” Contact information: April Patterson, Service Officer, burlingtonlegion91@gmail.com.

3. NEWMaster Composter/Recycler Volunteer Training, Tuesdays and Thursdays, 6:00pm – 8:30pm, Apr 9 – May 2, Padilla Bay Interpretive Center, 10441 Bayview-Edison Road, Mount Vernon
Learn how to cut personal and environmental costs associated with making waste and gain the skills to build great garden soil. You get 20 hours of lecture-based learning, books and tools – including guest speakers, hands-on learning, and field trips. You commit to give back 40 hours of volunteer service to the community as a compost and recycling educator. The program is free. Click Here for more information. For questions, email or call Callie Martin – calliem@co.skagit.wa.us or 360-416-1575.

4. 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!

5. 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.

 

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, Apr 2, 5:00pm and Sunday, Apr 7, 5:30pm Dr. John Geyman, Family physician, Author, Professor, and Blogger
Interview by Ken Winkes: John gives an update on the current state of our health care system, which is explained in his new book ‘Trumpcare.’ For more information, go to http://www.johngeymanmd.org, or http://pnhp.org/about/, or to buy his book, go to https://www.amazon.com/.

We Do The Work Comment:  A gutted IRS makes the rich richer.

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! host Dave McConnell speaks with Jerry Shackette, Director of the Hunger to Hope Program for Friendship House, about the variety of programs and services they offer.

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.