DEMOCRATIC EVENTS
1. NEWEdwyna Speigel
Edwyna Speigel, a Democrat and one of our newer volunteers, recently (April 11) had back surgery. That led to complications that included a spine infection. Daily medical treatments for the infection made Edwyna’s return home to Mount Vernon delayed. Her biggest reason for the stay in Seattle is that since she lives alone, getting to the medical center each day would be difficult. While she first anticipated a 6 week stay in Seattle, her doctors are pleased with her progress, and she may return to Mount Vernon next week! She’s been a resident at the Kline Galland Home, 7500 Seward Park Avenue South, Seattle, WA, 98118, in case you’d like to send a note.2. 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.

3. NEWThe next Gala Team Meeting is scheduled for Thursday, May 9, 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 9, 16 and 23.

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

5. NEWThe 40th Legislative District Democrats Executive Board next meets Friday, May 10, 5:00pm – 6:30pm, Whatcom County Democrats Office, 215 West Holly Street, Suite B-27, Bellingham

6. NEW – 2019 Candidate Filing begins Monday, May 13 and ends Friday, May 17
Click Here for more information from the Secretary of State’s Office. Click Here for more information from the Skagit County Auditor’s Office.

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

8. NEWFidalgo Democrats next meet Tuesday, May 14, 7:00pm at the Anacortes Public Library, 1220 10th Street, Anacortes
Our 40th Legislative District representatives or surrogates, plus 10th Legislative District Representative Dave Paul will give a “Legislative Wrap-Up.” A moderated discussion will follow the presentations. Also, Washington State Democrats Northwest Field Organizer Alex del Rosario will speak to the group. Please bring friends, family, or colleagues. Help yourself to coffee and Rita Sullivan’s homemade cookies. Also, please bring a non-perishable item for the food bank donation box. For more information contact Corinne Salcedo, chair, at 360-293-7114.

9. NEWThe 10th Legislative District Executive Board next meets Saturday, May 18, 10:00am – 12:00pm, Skagit County Democrats Headquarters, 300A South First Street, Mt Vernon

10. UPDATEDThe first 39th Legislative District Democrats Gala is scheduled for Saturday, May 25, 4:30pm, Hadley Hall (at Boys and Girls Club), 18513 59th Ave NE
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. 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. Tickets are $60. Click Here for tickets and more information.

11. 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)!

12. NEWThe Democrats National Committee Store has great items for Mother’s Day

13. NEWA message from Skagit County Democrats Chair Jeff Mount
“It’s not often that we turn to a basketball player for guidance on fixing the most pressing issues of the day. But Kyle Korver, a guard for the Utah Jazz and one of the greatest shooters in NBA history, wrote an essay for the Players’ Tribune on April 8 that resonated deeply with me.

Korver is a good friend of Thabo Sefolosha, an NBA player whose femur was shattered by a policeman’s nightstick in 2015 when he was an innocent bystander at an altercation outside a New York City club. Sefolosha is a black man with a South African father and a Swiss mother. Korver is a white man from California. In his essay, Korver writes about how Sefolosha’s injury and other incidents of racism involving NBA players made him want to do something to demonstrate his support for racial harmony.

Ultimately, Korver realized that he could never truly understand racism because, no matter how resolutely he stood shoulder to shoulder with his teammates from other races and ethnicities, he would never truly know how they feel because at the end of the day he had the option of going home to his safe and happy life of white privilege. That didn’t, however, make him stop thinking about it.

In thinking about it, Korver draws a distinction between two crucial words: blame and responsibility. These words are critical because of what they communicate. Regardless of how much people want to help solve a problem, when the first thing they are asked to do is accept blame for something that is much larger than any one person, their first instinct is naturally to recoil. Once that happens, the conversation becomes adversarial, and we become more interested in defending ourselves than in solving the problem. I feel that the issue of blame has been an obstacle in getting well-meaning people of different races to bridge the divide between them, mostly because it can never be resolved in a way that doesn’t create hard feelings. It has also allowed people like Donald Trump to more easily weaponize white resentment.

When blame is replaced by responsibility, however, the conversation instantly moves from finger-pointing to solutions, which is what we all need. The degree to which any one of us is to blame for racial injustice varies greatly, but we are all equally responsible for undoing the damage it causes. We can start by treating one another with respect and kindness, being willing to learn from our mistakes, and forgiving others when they stumble while they are learning.

The reasons for this are abundantly clear. The most obvious, and self-serving, reason is that we will soon be a majority-minority country, leaving us a choice between finding a way to live together or engaging in endless confrontation, and our history of coping with internal conflict doesn’t bode well for that. Beyond that, though, is this simple truth: the best version of America is that in which each of us can find their best self.

Not only is that a moral truth, it’s a pragmatic truth. The best way to sink an economy is to use resources unwisely, and human capital is a resource every bit as precious as water and energy. Having a workforce in which some of us are denied the opportunity to reach our full potential limits the growth potential of the economy as a whole. Capital cannot reach its full potential unless labor reaches its full potential. Producers cannot maximize their wealth unless there is a strong middle class to create a demand for what they produce. Societies that empower and educate their women have lower population growth and less poverty.

Given that, it is imperative that we pass on to our children an America that embraces tolerance and inclusion. We can do that through our personal conduct and through the leaders we choose and the causes for which we advocate. We don’t have to apologize or accept blame for things that happened before we were born or over which we have no control. But we do need to take responsibility for what happens next.”

14. 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. NEWRamadan 2019 in United States will begin in the evening of Sunday, May 5 and ends in the evening of Tuesday, Jun 4
For more information on Ramadan, Click Here for an article from USA Today or Click Here for an article from Al Jazeera. Teachers – Click Here for 9 Ways to Support Students During Ramadan.2. NEWIt is Teacher Appreciation Week, May 5 – 11
Click Here for more information.3. UPDATEDPeanut 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 Monday, May 6.
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. 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.

5.
NEWThe Humane Society of Skagit County will conduct an Open House Saturday, May 11, 2:00pm – 5:00pm, 18841 Kelleher Road, Burlington

6. NEWFarmers Markets

  • Anacortes – open – Saturdays, 9:00am – 2:00pm, The Depot: 7th Street & R Avenue
  • Bow – opens Jun 13, Thursdays, 1:00pm – 6:00pm, Samish Bay Cheese, 15115 Bow Hill Road
  • Concrete – opens May 25, Saturdays, 9:00am – 3:00pm, Concrete Center, 45821 Railroad Avenue
  • Edison – closed
  • Mount Vernon, opens May 18, Saturdays, 9:00am – 2:00pm, Riverwalk Park, 501 Main Street
  • Mount Vernon, opens Jun 5, Wednesdays, 2:00pm – 7:00pm, Kincaid Entrance lawn at the Skagit Valley Hospital
  • Sedro-Woolley, opens May 22, Wednesdays, 3:00pm – 7:00pm, Hammer Heritage Square, Ferry and Metcalf Streets

 

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, May 7, 5:00pm and Sunday, May 12 – Jon Motl, Political Practices Commissioner of Montana
Interview by Ken Winkes: Jon reveals what happened to Montana election laws. This story was made into a documentary called “Dark Money” including footage of Jon that shows the effects of corporate money and influence in the American political system. To buy or rent the film, go to Amazon.We Do The Work Comment: Trump’s do-nothing climate policy will end up costing us trillions.

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 – Speak up! Speak Out! for Wednesday, May 8, – Changes in the Skagit County Auditor’s Election Office
SUSO host jim justice was an election observer for the Fall Skagit County elections. She witnessed the difficulties that the Election Supervisor, David Cunningham, was having with the November election. Usually Skagit is one of the first to post final results, but this past November it was the last. jim reports on a presentation for Fidalgo Democrats on the changes in the election office since that election. Newly elected Skagit County Auditor Sandy Perkins and Chief Deputy Auditor/Elections Supervisor David Cunningham spoke at the Fidalgo Democrats’ meeting on Tuesday, Apr 9, about “How Can We Speed Up the Vote Count in Skagit County?” Listen to hear what the difference was in the November election and about the changes since then, including elevating Election Supervisor David Cunningham to now hold the title of Chief Deputy Auditor along with his election supervision duties.

3. Coffee ‘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.