DEMOCRATIC EVENTS
1. Gala 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. 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.

3.
Help Detained Workers by Attending the International Workers Day Benefit for Raid Relief to Reunite Families, Wednesday, 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.

4. NEWThe next Gala Team Meeting is scheduled for Thursday, May 2, 1:00pm, Skagit County Democrats Headquarters, 300A South First Street, Mount Vernon
With the Gala now only a month away, the Team has decided to set weekly Team meetings from here on out: Thursdays, May 2, 9, 16 and 23.

5. Learn 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.

6. NEWThe Skagit County Democrats Executive Board meets Thursday, May 9, 5:00pm – 7:00pm, Skagit County Democrats Headquarters, 300A South First Street, Mount Vernon

7. NEWThe first 39th Legislative District Democrats Gala is scheduled for Saturday, May 25, 4:30pm, Hadley Hall (at Boys and Girls Club), 18513 59th Avenue Northeast, Arlington
Featured speakers will include 1st U.S. Congressional District Representative Suzan DelBene, Snohomish County Executive Dave Somers, and 39th Legislative District candidates to be announced. Tickets will be available soon. This will be a catered event and seats are very limited (we will only be seating 72) so be sure to get your tickets right away. Click Here for more information.

8. 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)!

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. 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.

2. NEW2019 Children of the Valley Cinco De Mayo Art Auction and Dinner, Friday, May 3, 5:30pm – 9:00pm, Maplehurst Farm, 18495 Dike Road, Mount Vernon
Children of the Valley is a safe, secure after school environment for children most in need. We provide meaningful cultural enrichment activities and learning opportunities for our children and their families. We also create partnerships and build relationships within the community and culture in the valley.” Dinner will be catered by COA Mexican Restaurant. Click Here for ticket information.

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!

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.

4. NEWAnacortes Farmer’s Market Opening Day Celebration, Saturday, May 4, 9:00am – 2:00pm, 611 R Avenue (The Depot), Anacortes
Click Here for more information.

5. NEWDía del Niño, Saturday, May 4, 1:00pm – 4:00pm, Pine Square and the Lincoln Theatre, 712 South First Street, Mount Vernon
“Let’s celebrate the children of our community!  Please join us for a free family event with games, arts and crafts, food, and music in Pine Square from 1:00pm-3:00pm. Student performances from 3:00pm-4:00pm at the Lincoln Theatre by MVHS Mariachi, BEHS Mariachi, Los Solecitos del Valle Grupo Folklorico de Burlington, Sedro Woolley 6th-12th grade students, and Washington Elementary School 1st and 4th grade students. We will also be giving away 300 books, half of them will be Spanish or bilingual. This event is organized by the Mount Vernon City Library, Burlington Public Library and Central Skagit Library.”

 

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 30, 5:00pm and Sunday, May 5 – David Jepsen, Educator, Historian, Author, Film Maker of Labor Wars of the Northwest
Interview by Mike Dumovich: David talks about his new documentary and how important this film is to students, history, and workers. For more information, go to http://laborwarsnw.com/ or https://pnlha.wordpress.com/.

We Do The Work Comments:

  • Unions are not dead by any means.
  • The Mueller Report will end up as a bad marriage for Trump

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. UPDATEDCoffee ‘n Cards (now Mondays only)
All are invited to drop in (for any length of time). Coffee ‘n Cards is now operating from 10:00am – 12:00pm each Monday 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 – 931, grand total – 5,443