DEMOCRATIC EVENTS
1. NEWAnother successful Skagit County Democrats Gala!
Our thanks to all the hard working folks who made this a successful Gala!2. Action Alert: Tuesday, Jun 4, United Food and Commercial Workers International Union Local 21 (UFCW 21) grocery workers are organizing a Community Leaflet and Canvass action in a neighborhood grocery store at Safeway, 1275 East Sunset Drive, Bellingham

  • 4:30pm to 5:30pm: leaflet in front of store
  • 5:30pm to 7:30pm: canvass the surrounding neighborhood in teams
  • RSVP: Kristen Beifus, 206-992-7913 (cell) or kbeifus@ufcw21.org.

3. The next Young Democrats of Skagit County meeting is scheduled for Wednesday, Jun 5, 7:00pm, Skagit County Democrats Headquarters, 300A South First Street, Mount Vernon

4. NEWThe Skagit County By-Laws Committee meets Thursday, Jun 6, 5:00pm – 7:00pm, Skagit County Democrats Headquarters, 300A South First Street, Mount Vernon

5. NEWSkagit Central Committee Meeting, Saturday, Jun 8, 10:00am – 12:00pm, Skagit County Democrats Headquarters, 300A South First Street, Mount Vernon
If you wish to attend by phone: Conference telephone number: 712-432-6110 – Passcode: 925312#.

6. NEWFidalgo Democrats meet Tuesday, Jun 11, 7:00pm, Anacortes Public Library, 1220 10th Street, Anacortes
Morgan Steele Dykeman, Legislative Affairs Manager for NARAL Pro-Choice, Northwest Region, will speak on “The Continuing War on Women.”She will cover how the last legislative session addressed reproductive rights, the threat to those rights across the nation, and reproductive freedom in this year’s local elections. A moderated discussion will follow the speaker. 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 at 360-293-7114. Our meetings are lively!

7. NEWDemocratic Women on the Rocks, Monday, Jun 10, 4:00pm – 6:00pm, 13 Moons Restaurant, Swinomish Casino, 12885 Casino Drive, Anacortes

8. Labor-Dem Work Group Meeting, Wednesday, Jun 12, 5:30pm, United Steel Workers Hall, 47 Alder Lane, Mount Vernon
We will discuss our plans for the Skagit Fair, organize for a showing of the new documentary “Labor Wars of the Northwest,” and next steps for the Grocery Workers and the proposed new refinery safety regulation.

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

10. NEWThe 10th Legislative District Democrats‘ Quarterly General Meeting is scheduled for Saturday, Jun 15, 10:00am – 12:00pm, Flyers Restaurant & Brewhouse, 15426 Suite B, Airport Drive, Burlington

11. NEWPCO Social Get-Together, Wednesday, Jun 19, 6:00pm, Mi Mexico, 481 South Burlington Boulevard, Burlington
Vice Chair Lynn Campbell and Alex Del Rosario have scheduled some social get-togethers and a doorbelling activity for this summer. This is the first. This location was chosen as a central location for all legislative districts. You are under no obligation to order anything. We will all be responsible for our own orders. This is a chance for us all to get to know each other better so that we don’t feel so isolated, and to promote team building. We are excited to have social gatherings with one another. Please RSVP to rlcampbell1@comcast.net.

12. Please consider helping the Skagit Democrats with a project for the Skagit County Fair
We want to create a ‘Donkey Flipper’ that flips bean bag donkeys into the ‘2020 Democrats Winners Pot!’ A carpenter is needed for the Donkey Flipper (not very hard to make and we have examples of the flipper) and a sewer (one who sews) for the 6 bean bag donkeys. If interested in helping, please contact Janet at cedarwaxwings@gmail.com or 360-770-3512.

13. The Skagit County Democrats are recruiting
The Skagit County Democrats need a cleaning person. Time involved is one or two hours a month. Job includes cleaning the bathroom, vacuuming the space and wiping down the food area and other counters. A salary is offered subject to negotiation. Please email staff@skagitdemocrats.org for more information, if interested.

14. NEWA message from Skagit County Democrats Chair Jeff Mount
Every once in a while, we forget that we are the party of ideals. An example of this was last year’s race for the vacant seat in the State Legislature representing the 40th LD. Rather than run a race based on issues and competence, there was a barrage of rumors and insults that eclipsed what could have been an opportunity to show the electorate how they could improve their lives by voting for Democrats.

The good news is that it didn’t work. The bad news is that it is happening again. We have a wonderful slate of candidates for the special election for the State Senate seat in the 40th district. They represent a diversity of views, skills, and backgrounds that will help to ensure that everyone is heard and all concerns are addressed. There can be nothing better for the party or the people of the 40th to have a robust debate on the future of our region and our state. Because, when voters are deciding on the issues, Democrats win. There are those, however, who don’t want this to be decided by the issues. There are those who would rather rely on the same tactics that failed last year.

This needs to stop. Anything that divides Democrats helps Republicans – if not in this race, then in races down the road. If nothing else, people trying to decide whether to enlist in our cause who hear this garbage would be justified in staying as far away as possible. This includes people trying to decide whether to run for office. It is the height of arrogance to think that winning one race is worth that price.

We’ll give the benefit of the doubt and assume that none of this is happening at the behest of campaigns, and that candidates are unaware of what is being said. But once they read this, that is no longer the case. I believe it is reasonable to assume that the type of leadership a candidate displays during the campaign is a good predictor of the leadership that candidate will show in the legislature if elected. As county chair, I therefore call on all candidates to take ownership of the tone of their campaign, condemn these tactics, and distance themselves from anyone who employs false or malicious rumors as a campaign tactic on their behalf.

Indivisible has asked every Democratic presidential candidate to sign a pledge to engage in a positive campaign:
Make the primary constructive. We’ll make the primary election about our hopes for the future, and a robust debate of values, vision and the contest of ideas. We’ll remain grounded in our shared values, even if we support different candidates. Seventeen of the 24 declared Democratic presidential candidates have signed the pledge. If they can do it, why can’t we?

15. 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 and Mariachi, Tuesday Jun 4, 7:00pm – 9:00pm, Lincoln Theatre, 712 South First Street, Mount Vernon
Free Admission, donations appreciated.2. NEWBlast from the Past 2019, Friday – Sunday, Jun 7 – 9, Downtown on or near Metcalf Street, Sedro-Woolley
Sedro-Woolley’s Blast from the Past is a three day event highlighting craft and food vendors, old time contests (i.e., hula hoops, jump roping, and pie eating), and a car show on Sunday.

3. NEWPlanned Parenthood rally, Saturday, Jun 8, 1805 East Division Street, Mount Vernon
NOTE: I did not receive notice of the time of the rally but past rallys have been 11:00am – 12:00pm.

4. NEWBerry Dairy Days, Friday – Sunday, Jun 14 – 16, various locations in Burlington
Grand parade, Saturday, 11:00am. Berry Dairy Days is one of the oldest festivals in Skagit County celebrating Burlington’s history of agricultural and farming communities. 2019 marks the 82nd Annual Berry Dairy Days including delicious strawberry shortcake, food, and craft vendors, spectacular City of Burlington fireworks show, Grand Parade, Kiwanis Salmon BBQ, live music, Big Rigs, and more!

5. Farmers 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 – open, Saturdays, 9:00am – 3:00pm, Concrete Center, 45821 Railroad Avenue
  • Edison – closed
  • Mount Vernon, open, 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, open, 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, Jun 4, 5:00pm and Sunday, Jun 9 Leonard Forsman, Chairman of the Suquamish Tribe
Interview by Gary Kanter: Leonard explains the history and current affairs of the tribe. For more information, go to https://suquamish.nsn.us/, or https://www.atnitribes.org/.

We Do The Work Comment: Privatizers are running amok.

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. 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 – 1161, grand total – 5,673.