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.

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.

2. NEWSkagit County Democrats would like to extend a warm welcome to: Sunaina Virendra, Captain for Precinct 117 (Country Club) and Brian Adams, Captain for Precinct 164 (Fidalgo)
Thanks for joining us in our efforts to elect more local, state, and national Democrats! Welcome Aboard!

3. NEWThe next Gala Team meeting is scheduled for Thursday, Apr 18, 1:00pm, Skagit County Democrats Headquarters, 300A South First Street, Mount Vernmon

4. The 10th Legislative District Democrats Executive Board meets Saturday, Apr 20, 10:00am – 12:00pm, Flyers Restaurant & Brewhouse, 15426 Airport Drive, Burlington

5. 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.

6. A doorbelling event is being scheduled for Anacortes, Saturday, Apr 27, 10:00am – 2:00pm, organizing location – Bob Doll’s house, 1319 8th Street, Anacortes
The event is being organized by Northwest Field Organizer Alex del Rosario in collaboration with the 40th Legislative District Democrats and Fidalgo Democrats.

7. Sno-Isle PCO (Precinct Committee Officer) Training, Apr 28, 1:00pm – 5:00pm, Stanwood Sno-Isle Library, 9701 271st Street Northwest, Stanwood
Target Audience: PCOs from Camano and north Snohomish County, but all Skagit, Island, and Snohomish County PCOs are welcome. This training is appropriate for newly elected or appointed PCOs as well as seasoned veterans.  Dinner will be provided.  Can’t yet say what will be served, but I’m sure it will be fabulous. Alex Del Rosario, our WA-Dems organizer, will be the presenter. Please RSVP to chair@10thlddemocrats.org so we can get an accurate count for food planning.

8. NEWObserve the annual WORKER MEMORIAL DAY on Monday, Apr 29, Noon, Worker Memorial Monument on the Bellingham Library lawn,  210 Central Avenue, Bellingham
The site is across from Bellingham City Hall. This is a remembrance ceremony for our brothers and sisters that have died due to injury, disease or accident on the job this past year. April 28 is the anniversary of the Occupational Safety and Health Act. See the 2018 edition of the Death on the Job: The Toll of Neglect report shows how too many workers remain at serious risk of workplace injury, illness and death at  https://aflcio.org/sites/default/files/2018-04/DOTJ2018nb.pdf.

From the most recent reporting in 2016, 5,190 workers lost their lives on the job as a result of traumatic injuries. Each day in this country, an average of 14 workers die because of job injuries — women and men who go to work, never to return home to their families and loved ones. This does not include those workers who die from occupational diseases, estimated to be 50,000–60,000 each year. Chronic occupational diseases receive less attention because most are not detected for years after workers are exposed to toxic chemicals, and occupational illnesses are often misdiagnosed and poorly tracked. On average at least 150 workers die each day due to job injuries and illnesses. To see NWWCLC’s events, issues, and more, go to https://www.facebook.com/NorthwestWashingtonCentralLaborCouncil/?ref=br_rs.

9. NEWDepartment of Labor Process Safety Rules – Public Comments, Thursday, May 2, 6:30pm to 8:00pm, Burlington Senior/Community Center, 1011 Greenleaf Ave
Please attend this very important meeting! The subject?   Worker safety and what you can do about it. Skagit County residents haven’t forgotten the more than dozen lives tragically lost, the families devastated in the last thirty years, by explosions and fires at our local refineries.

Now, at long last, the Washington State Deptartment of Labor and Industry is taking action, tightening and expanding the rules that govern worker safety at our refineries—and your fellow workers, your friends and neighbors, need you to be part of that process. Those new rules, which go by the name of Process Safety Management, are about to be announced, followed by a public comment period. Please attend the May 2nd meeting to learn more about the rules themselves and what you can do to ensure they are adopted. Your fellow workers’ lives and health, the health of our Skagit County environment, and the communities in which we live depend on it. To see NWWCLC’s events, issues, and more, go to https://www.facebook.com/NorthwestWashingtonCentralLaborCouncil/?ref=br_rs .

10. NEWTo help Grocery Workers, go to their Facebook page to see actions you can take to stand with workers and support good grocery jobs in our communities
Right now, over 20,000 grocery store workers in Washington and over 100,000 across the Western US are at bargaining tables with their corporate employers. They are negotiating over wages and working conditions that will set job standards for the whole industry. Keep an eye on this page going forward for actions you can take to stand with workers and support good grocery jobs in our communities.

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. NEWMount Vernon High School Jazz Night 2019, Friday, Apr 19, 6:00pm, Lincoln Theatre, 712 South First Street, Mount Vernon
Skagit Jazz Night on April 19 features young musicians from around the region performing at the Lincoln. The night is all about bringing people together, and showcasing great students making music across city lines. The eighth annual Skagit Jazz Night will begin at 6:00pm! Arrive early and enjoy the Tulip Festival Street Fair! Free Admission, donations appreciated.

2. NEWTulip Festival Street Fair, Friday and Saturday, Apr 19 & 20, 10:00am – 6:00pm and Sunday, Apr 21, 10:00am – 5:00pm, Downtown Mount Vernon

3. NEW –  Friends of the Mount Vernon Library Book Sale, Friday, Apr 19,3:00pm – 6:00pm and Saturday, Apr 20, 10:00am – 4:00pm, Fire Station #1, 901 South 2nd Street, Mount Vernon
Thousands of books, audio books, DVD’s, CD’s and special collections. Friends are advocates for literacy and reading, and promote the library as a vital informational, cultural, and educational asset to our community.

4.
NEWFund Raiser for Adult Transition To Independent Center (ATTIC), Auction & Pancakes, Saturday, Apr 20, 8:00am – 10:00am, Applebee’s Restaurant, 188 Cascade Mall Dr, Burlington
Price: $10. The ATTIC Transition Program is for Students with disabilities aged 18-21, located in our Skagit County/Burlington area.

5. NEW –  Kiwanis Easter Egg Hunt, Saturday, Apr 20, 10:00am – 10:30am, Maiben Park, 1011 Grenleaf Avenue, Burlington

6. NEW –  Kiwanis Teen Egg Hunt, Apr 20, 8:30pn – 9:00pm, Whitmarsh Horseshoe Pits Shelter, 1720 E Whitmarsh Road, Burlington
Bring your flashlight and a bag to hunt for candy, pop, and the elusive PRIZE EGGS! Sponsored by Kiwanis Club of Burlington-Edison & B-EHS Key Club. Admission: Free.

7. NEWSVC Rainbow Alliance Drag Show, Saturday, Apr 20, 7:00pm, Lincoln Theatre, 712 South First Street, Mount Vernon
The SVCRA Drag Show was created to give a space for connecting community through creative expression and sharing of knowledge and support. This show has given great opportunity to newcomers and seasoned performers to express themselves. It is a show and crowd that is full of love and amazing energy! We are so proud to say that we are able to create a LGBT-focused scholarship and continue the club’s focus on educating and connecting the LGBT communities and allies. With funds raised through this event and the communities support we are able to do this. Advance General Seating Tickets: $16.50 general admission; $13.50 Senior/Student + applicable fees; Children 10 & under free.

8. Master 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.

9. 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!

10. 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.”

 

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 16, 5:00pm and Sunday, Apr 21 – Dennis Flannigan, Retired Pierce County Councilmember, Washington State Representative, Secretary of Point Defiance Aids Project, and a Pioneering Community Leader with many credits, Part 1
Interview by Gary Kanter: Dennis tells his story of how he became an activist who made things happen from the West Coast to the East Coast.

We Do The Work Comments:

  • Senate Republicans are taking Russian money.
  • Why has HR1 raised Senator McConnell’s hackles.

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 Dr. Michael Wilson, National Director for Occupational and Environmental Health at the BlueGreen Alliance; Steve Garey, retired refinery worker, former president of United Steel Workers Local 12-591 and BlueGreen Alliance member; and Mary Ruth Holder, community member representing Evergreen Islands about refinery safety and the work the BlueGreen coalition has been doing to make long overdue changes in safety management at refineries.
An informational event will be held Thursday, May 2, 6:30pm – 8:00pm at the Burlington Community/Senior Center at 1038 Greenleaf Ave. Burlington, where the public can learn about this complicated issue in ways that can be understood, and why they should participate in making public comments supporting new safety regulations at all Washington State refineries.

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. We have sent out 5,206 cards from May 17, 2017 to present.