1. NEW – Edwyna 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 email@example.com. 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 firstname.lastname@example.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. NEW – The 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. NEW – The Skagit County Democrats Executive Board meets Thursday, May 9, 5:00pm – 7:00pm, Skagit County Democrats Headquarters, 300A South First Street, Mount Vernon
5. NEW – The 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. NEW – Democratic Women on the Rocks, Monday, May 13, 4:00pm – 6:00pm, 13 Moons Restaurant, Swinomish Casino, 12885 Casino Drive, Anacortes
8. NEW – Fidalgo 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. NEW – The 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. UPDATED – The 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
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. NEW – The Democrats National Committee Store has great items for Mother’s Day
13. NEW – A 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. NEW – Links 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.