DEMOCRATIC EVENTS
1. NEWEndorsement Committee to continue with non-partisan endorsements
The Endorsement Committee of Skagit County Democrats has elected to offer non-partisan candidates an opportunity to be considered for endorsement. The Committee has established a new deadline for the receipt of certification and/or endorsement requests from non-partisan candidates of 4:00 pm on 22 July, either electronically or at the Skagit County Democrats Headquarters in Mount Vernon. The Committee will hold interviews for requesting candidates, starting at 4:00pm on Tuesday, Jul 23. The Skagit County Democrats Executive Board will consider scheduling an all-membership meeting, tentatively planned for Saturday, Jul 27, 10:00am, to consider the Endorsement Committee recommendations.2. NEWSkagit Meet & Greet with 40th Legislative District Senator Liz Lovelett, Tuesday, Jul 2, 6:30pm to 8:30pm, Woolley Market, 829 Metcalf Street, Sedro-Woolley
Hosted by Liz Lovelett For Senate. Support her campaign for State Senate and join us on July 2nd. Light refreshments will be provided. Liz is a 5th generation Anacortes resident and has made a name for herself within Skagit County by serving the people of our community on the issues we care about. We are all connected by the Skagit River and Liz is working hard to restore water quality, fish runs, and the riverbank. If you are not available to attend on Tuesday, please consider supporting her campaign here: https://secure.anedot.com/liz-lovelett-for-state-senate/donate.

3. NEWSupport Our Immirgrants, Vigilia en Solidaridad con los Inmigrantes, Wednesday, July 3, 10:00am – Noon, Skagit County Court House, 600 South 3rd Street, Mount Vernon
Vigil in Solidarity with Immigrants. Hosted by Community to Community Development (C2C).

4. NEWThe 40th Legislative District Democrats Executive Board meets Wednesday, Jul 3, 5:00pm – 7:30pm, Skagit County Democrats Headquarters, 300A South First Street, Mount Vernon

5. NEWSupport Local Grocery Workers in the Sedro-Woolley 4th of July Grand Parade!
Join UFCW 21 members who work at Food Pavilion and their supporters by wearing your union colors and joining this parade. Meet at the Fraternal Order of Eagles, 1000 Metcalf Street, for coffee from 9:00am to 10:00am to join the group.

6.
The next scheduled meeting of the Young Democrats of Skagit County is Saturday, Jul 6, 4:00pm – 5:30pm, Skagit County Democrats Headquarters, 300A South First Street, Mount Vernon

7. NEWDemocratic Women on the Rocks, Monday, Jul 8, 4:00pm – 6:00pm, 13 Moons Restaurant, Swinomish Casino, 12885 Casino Drive, Anacortes

8. Fidalgo Democrats Candidate forum Tuesday, Jul 9, 7:00pm, Anacortes Library, 1220 10th Street; Impeach Trump slide show begins at 6:45pm
Fidalgo Democrats will host the four candidates for the 40th LD senate seat:  Sen. Liz Lovelett, Carrie Blackwood, Daniel Miller, and Greta Aitken. The moderator for the forum will be Dave Allen, fielding questions to the candidates from the Fidalgo Democrats Steering Committee and from the audience. 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 Skagit County Democrats Executive Board meets Saturday, Jul 13, 10:00am – Noon, Headquarters, 300A South First Street, Mount Vernon

10. The next PCO Get-Together is scheduled for Tuesday, Jul 16, location and specific time still to be determined

11. UPDATEDPrecinct Committee Officer County-Wide Doorbelling, Saturday, Jul 20
Alex DelRosario and Lynn Campbell are excited to launch their first county-wide doorbelling event for all PCO’s. We are reaching out to our community in order to lay the groundwork for 2020. Please email Alex (alexd@wa-democrats.org) or Lynn Campbell (rlcampbell1@comcast.net) if you are interested in participating in this event. It would be awesome if you can come to one of these events:

  • 10th Legislative District, Mount Vernon Meeting Location – Lynn Campbell’s house (address will be given if you express interest in going to this event), Time: 10:00am – 2:00pm, Sign up here.
  • 39th Legislative District, Sedro-Woolley Meeting Location – Germaine Kornegay’s house (address will be given if you express interest in going to this event), Time: 10:00am – 2:00pm, Sign up here.
  • 40th Legislative District, Anacortes Meeting Location – Bob Doll’s house (address will be given if you express interest in going to this event), Time: 12:00pm – 4:00pm, Sign up here.

12. NEWThe 39th Legislative District Democrats General Meeting and Potluck Brunch is scheduled for Sunday, Jul 21, 10:00am – 1:00pm, Stillaguamish Room, 154 West Cox Street, Arlington
We know meetings in the summer can be challenging but it is crucial for important business (like endorsements) to be dealt with in a timely manner. We are not expecting a particularly business-heavy meeting, so bring the family and a potluck brunch item and join us for a laid back general meeting.

13. UPDATEDPurchase opportunity to help the Skagit County Democrats – Portable Canvas Shed
We have, at the Skagit Democrats Headquarters in Mount Vernon, a large Portable Canvas Shed (Click Here), “ABBA SHED” 8’x14′. It is a large cover that can be used for a party, shed to store items, and other potential uses, like a large picnic. This item was donated by a great Democrat as part of the Gala auction. The proceeds from this Shed will be used in much needed Party expenses. The suggested value is $400. However, if you are interested, please do make an offer at/to Headquarters Staff, 360-366-1555. Your support will be greatly appreciated

14. NEWWhat You Can Do About Immigration Raids in Your Community (taken from a recent 40th Legislative District Democrats newsletter)
There have been several reports of ICE agents raiding local places such as Skagit Gardens on Highway 99 and Skagit Valley College over the past few days. Here are a few things you can do if you or someone you love is targeted by Trump’s immigration actions:

  • Check in with an Immigrant Rights Organization in your community and ask how your congregation can support. Every place has different needs. When you reach out, be prepared to really show up in the ways you are asked!
  • Donate and raise money for a local or national immigration bond fund – see the list here.
  • Email your Representatives.
  • Helping pay immigrants’ bail is one of the fastest ways to help those who have been separated from their children, advocates say. Community bail funds can reuse the money paid if the person shows up for their court appearance.
  • Immigration is federal law, but all politics are local. Tell your local law enforcement and government officials not to partner with the Immigration and Customs Enforcement officials for raids or any other purpose. Here are some great examples.
  • Host an asylum-seeker or refugee in your home, with a group like Room for Refugees.
  • ICE is planning to rent entire hotels to use as immigrant detention centers for these raids because their detention centers are already full. Please support this action from DMV Sanctuary Coalition and tell major hotel chains: NO collaboration with ICE.
  • WHOM TO CALL – If you have knowledge about ICE raids please call the WAISN Rapid Response hotline: 1-844-724-3737. They have a text outreach in numerous languages that they can send out to immigrant community members, as well as trained folks who mobilize to observe and offer support on the ground.

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. NEWIndependence Day Celebrations

  • Anacortes – Parade will start at 11:00am, 3rd Street and Commercial Avenue and continue south to 10th Street and turn right (west) to N Avenue and disburse. Best Float and Best Marching group will be added to perpetual plaque and displayed in Council Chambers. Town Photo – 10:00 am – 5th and Commercial Patriotic Program – 10:10 am Parade – 11:00 am Rock the Dock – 5:00pm Seafarers Fireworks – 10:10pm
  • Big Lake – The 55th annual Big Lake Fire Fighters Association fireworks display will begin around dark at Big Lake. Suggested donation helps support the cost of the fireworks and funding for fire department equipment and training. Go to http://www.biglakefire.org/association.html or email biglakefirerescue@gmail.com.
  • Concrete – The parade starts at 11 a.m., traveling from east to west on Main St. Participants also are invited to join the procession at the Town Center and follow the parade to Veterans Memorial Park, where everyone will gather for lunch. Entry in the parade is free. Kids are eligible to win a prize. Get the entry form at www.concrete-wa.com. Picnic in the Park begins immediately after the parade. Families can enjoy a barbecue (by donation), and/or bring their own lunch and treats. Live music is provided by Wishbone Alley. Arts, crafts, sales, and games will also take place in the park. Everyone is welcome!
  • La Conner – The parade down First Street starts at 12:00pm with a community picnic and children’s events following at Pioneer Park. The evening concert at the Port of Skagit Marina is from 6:00pm to 10:00pm. Beer/wine garden and food vendors open at 5:00pm. A spectacular Fireworks Show by Western Display will finish off your 4th of July in La Conner. This year’s event will be a Fundraiser for the La Conner School District Music Program with proceeds from the Beer Garden and raffle.
  • Mount Vernon – Fireworks, food and music for the whole family! Bring your own food and BBQ or try one of our tasty food vendors at our Annual Music Festival at Edgewater Park. Music begins at 7:00pm topped off with a spectacular fireworks show at dark. Come with your friends and dance the night away or picnic with your family and enjoy the whole evening at Edgewater Park. You won’t want to miss the great music and enjoy the best seats in the house for the fireworks!
  • Sedro-Woolley – The Grand Parade starts at 11:00am, going down Metcalf and Ferry Streets. The Carnival is located at Riverside Park, as is the fireworks which are scheduled for 10:00pm. The Rodeo at the Rodeo Grounds and the Logging Exhibition at the vacant lot at the corner of State Street, across from Wood’s Logging Supply begin at 2:00pm.

2. The next Planned Parenthood rally is scheduled for Saturday, Jul 13, 11:00am – 12:00pm, 1805 East Division Street, Mount Vernon

 

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, Jul 2, 5:00pm and Sunday, Jul 7 – Andy Nicholas, Associate Director of Fiscal Policy, for the Washington State Budget & Policy Center, Part 1
Interview by Ken Winkes: Andy reports on the Washington State Legislature’s wins and losses for working families and explains the mission of the policy center. For more information, go to https://budgetandpolicy.org/.

We Do The Work Comment: Cancer kills but cancer is more about making profits.

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
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 – 1,454, grand total – 6,048.