DEMOCRATIC EVENTS
1. UPDATEDGala tickets are now available for purchase at the Skagit County Democrats Headquarters
$60 per ticket. Gala tickets are very limited right now so before you buy your Gala Tickets online, please call or email the Skagit County Democrats’ staff for availability of tickets at 360-336-1555 or email staff@skagitdemocrats.org. Calling hours are Monday to Friday, Noon to 4:00pm. Email anytime. The Skagit Democrats will create a wait list as seats open up from reserved seating that is cancelled so please add your name to the wait list. The wait list will be called in order of sign up.

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). 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. 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.

3. 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 Washington Democrats organizer, will be the presenter. Please RSVP to chair@10thlddemocrats.org so we can get an accurate count for food planning.

4. Observe 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.

5.
NEWHelp Detained Workers by Attending the International Workers Day Benefit for Raid Relief to Reunite Families, Wednewday, May 1, 7:00pm – 9:00pm, Local Group Studio, 221 Prospect Street, Bellingham
In August 2018, 16 workers were detained by Immigration and Customs Enforcement while on their way to work in Bellingham. Nearly eight months later, 9 of those workers have been deported and 7 are awaiting hearings to gain visas and work permits. None of the men who were released on bond are allowed to work until those hearings go through. All of the families affected by this raid have been living in our community without an income since the raid happened.

In solidarity with Raid Relief to Reunite Families and in celebration of workers everywhere, Community to Community Development is proud to announce this event which will shine a light on what it means to be an undocumented worker in this broken system. This benefit will honor the workers in our community who are facing detention and deportation every day. Come celebrate the cultural heritage of immigrants in our community and hear directly from workers impacted by the 2018 ICE raid. We are excited to showcase local artists, dance together, and raise money toward the growth of RRRF as a frontline defense against ICE. This event is family friendly.

Click Here for tickets. For more information, contact Liz Darrow at c2cmedia@foodjustice.org or (360) 220-9065.

6. UPDATEDLearn About Proposed Process Safety Rules, Thurs, May 2, 6:30pm to 8:00pm, Burlington Senior/Community Center, 1011 Greenleaf Avenue, Burlington
The subject?  Learn about proposed regulations to better protect workers, communities and ecosystems and how you can help. Speakers will include recognized national experts on investigations of catastrophic explosions, fires and releases of toxic substances at refineries; the history of refinery safety regulations; and California’s updated regulations to prevent such incidents. Hosted by the BlueGreen Alliance, United Steelworkers, RE Sources, and Evergreen Islands. No admission required. Light refreshments provided.

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

7. To 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. Please ‘Like” Stand With Our Checkers and then add your organization or name in the comments (which comprises a list of groups and individuals Standing with (Y)Our Checkers)!

8. 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. NEW –  Friends of the Library Book Sale, Friday, Apr 26, 10:00am – 4:30pm and Saturday, Apr 27, 10:00am – 3:00pm, Burlington Public Library, 820 East Washington Avenue, Burlington
Frequent shoppers know that this sale is a great place to stock up on reading material, with most items priced at $2.00 or less. For more information call the library at 360-755-0760.

2. NEWWoodFest: Timber to Tech 2019, Saturday Apr 27, 9:00am to 4:00pm and Sunday, Apr 28, 10:00am to 4:00pm, Various Locations

  • Sedro-Woolley High School Gymnasium, 1235 3rd Street, Sedro-Woolley
  • Perkins Farms, Saturday Only, 8243 Sims Road, Sedro-Woolley
  • Willowbrook Manor, Saturday Only, 27420 Minkler Road, Sedro-Woolley
  • Downtown Sedro-Woolley, Saturday 12:00pm – 5:00pm

Come and join in on the fun of WoodFest: Timber to Tech! With three diferent locations, there is so much to see and do.  Saturday and Sunday the Sedro-Woolley High School Gymnasium will be buzzing with activities. The students of multiple high schools and middles schools will proudly be displaying their amazing work they have accomplished this year, from woodworking to 3D printing. We are proud of the students in our school’s Woodworking and CTE programs. Watch live demonstrations from wood turners and carvers, thanks to the Northwest Corner Woodworking Association and the Northwest Washington Wood Turners. Don’t forget about Toys-4-Tots! Watch the Boy Scout Pinewood Derby Tournament on Saturday and race your own car Sunday. Browse the wares of various vendors, including: handmade wooden products, quilting, jewelry and more. Feeling lucky? Take part in our silent auction and raffle! Click Here for more information.

3. 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.

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!

IN ADDITION – Nationwide Letter Carriers’ Annual Food Drive: bag your non-perishable food and set by your mailbox before 9 am (or one hour before your normal mail delivery) on Saturday, May 11
This is the largest one-day food drive in the world by the National Association of Letter Carriers, https://www.nalc.org/community-service/food-drive or https://www.facebook.com/nalc.national.

The Local Letter Carriers are looking for people to help pick up food left alongside mail boxes out in the rural areas. If you are interested in picking up food May 11, for information for Skagit County please contact Matt Hitt at matt.e.hitt@gmail.com or 360-941-8717 and for Whatcom County contact Kevin Ernest at ernest73.ke@gmail.com or (253) 330-4785. Picking up food with a friend is fun and only takes a few hours. Each car will be assigned a mail route.

 

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 23, 5:00pm and Sunday, Apr 30 Dennis Flannigan, Retired Pierce County Councilmember, Wasington State Representative, Secretary of Point Defiance Aids Project, and a Pioneering Community Leader with many credits, Part 2
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 Comment: Clean energy costs are being reduced and soon coal will be priced out.

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 –  Clint Weckerly and Tanya Rojas, staff members of the Northwest Educational Service District’s Migrant Education Program, describe their role in enabling local school districts to better serve the children of migrant workers in our area.

3. UPDATEDCoffee ‘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.

Card writers needed from the 39th Legislative District! Your 3 legislators consistently vote against any environmental legislation (just one example). They need to know their CONSTITUENTS are watching and are wanting to see a greener Washington. Your voice needs to be heard in Olympia.

Tally: 2019 – 896, grand total – 5,408 cards.