1. NEW – Endorsement 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. NEW – Skagit 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. NEW – Support 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. NEW – The 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. NEW – Support 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. NEW – Democratic 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. NEW – The 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. UPDATED – Precinct 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 (firstname.lastname@example.org) or Lynn Campbell (email@example.com) 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. NEW – The 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. UPDATED – Purchase 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. NEW – What 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. NEW – Links of the Week
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