DEMOCRATIC EVENTS
1. NEWVolunteers Needed to staff our table for the Downtown Mount Vernon Sidewalk Sale, Friday and Saturday, Jul 26 and 27, 10:00am – 5:00pm, Skagit County Democrats Headquarters, 300A South First Street, Mount Vernon
Sign up for times available at the Headquarters Office or call staff at 360-336-1555.

2. NEWVolunteers Needed for the Skagit County Fair
Volunteers are needed to staff our Skagit County Democrats booth at the Skagit County Fair, Aug 7 – 10. Sign up for slots (4-hour blocks starting at 10:00am) at the Headquarters Office or call staff at 360-336-1555. We especially need shifts covered for set-up (9:00am) Wednesday, Aug 7 and take-down on Saturday, Aug 10.

3. Non-Partisan Candidate Endorsements
Readers, please help get the word out to all candidates for non-partisan offices that our Executive Board has asked the Endorsement Committee to consider them for endorsement in the coming elections.

Candidates need only make a written letter application, citing the office for which they are running, their qualifications, and any additional information they wish. Applications, electronic or hard copy, must be received not later than 4:00 pm on Monday, Jul 22, at the Skagit County Democrats Headquarters Office (mailing address: 300A South First Street, Mount Vernon, WA 98273).

The Endorsement Committee will meet at 4:00pm on Tuesday, Jul 23, at the Skagit County Democrats Office to interview candidates and consider their endorsement requests. The membership of Skagit County Democrats will meet at 10:00am on Saturday, Jul 27, in our Mount Vernon office to consider the Endorsement Committee’s recommendations.

This is an opportunity for non-partisan candidates to gain additional name recognition and support. We hope they will seize it.

4. NEWGeneral Membership Meeting to consider Endorsements, Saturday, Jul 27, 10:00am, Skagit County Democrats Headquarters, 300A South First Street, Mount Vernon
This meeting is for all Skagit County Democrats members in good standing and Precinct Committee Officers. Non-members are welcome to attend to hear the candidates and may join in the discussions. We will consider the recommendation of the Endorsement Committee regarding any candidate who seeks endorsement at its meeting on July 23.

5. NEWSkagit County Democrats will be hosting Democratic Presidential Candidate Debate watch parties on Tuesday and Wednesday, Jul 30 and 31, 5:30pm, Skagit County Democrats Headquarters, 300A South First Street, Mount Vernon
Join your fellow progressives and see who makes history. Doors open at 5:30 both nights. Snacks and beverages will be served.

6. NEWPlease join Bill Dewey and Bill Taylor for a reception in support of Congressman Rick Larsen, Tuesday, Jul 30, 5:30pm – 6:30pm, Taylor Shellfish Farms, 2182 Chuckanut Drive, Bow
Please RSVP to Zach Martin at 360-797-9256 or zach@ricklarsen.org. Click Here for more information.

7. Labor Neighbor 2019, Knock for Senator Liz Lovelett! Aug 3, 9:00am – 1:00pm, Meet at the Northwest Washington Central Labor Council, 1700 North State Street, Bellingham
Bellingham Labor Neighbor is the Washington State Labor Council’s grassroots member-to-member political action program. Union volunteers engage with fellow union members to inform them and their families about the candidates and ballot measures that have earned labor’s endorsement. Non-union people are welcome – you will walk with union members.

To volunteer, please RSVP to Lori Province, Northwest Washington Central Labor Council Project Coordinator at loriprovice50@gmail.com or call 206-351-2956, or email President Michele Stelovich at mstelovich@hotmail.com. If you are interested in possible Post Carding, call or email Lori to get an update.

8. NEWWe are now using Act Blue to receive funds on-line rather than through our bank
“ActBlue is a nonprofit [organization] building fundraising technology for the left.” It is not controlled by any candidate or candidate’s committee. It is a secure website and can be reached through the Donation button on our website.

9. Important Dates for August 6 Primary Election

  • July 29 – Deadline to register or update existing registration online and by mail (Click Here for more information.)
  • August 6 –  Deadline for in-person registration and voter updates – Closes 8:00 PM
  • August 6 – Deadline to file write-in candidacy for primary – Closes 8:00 PM
  • August 6 – 2019 Primary Election Day – Closes 8:00 PM

10. 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

11. 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. NEW23rd Annual Samish Island Arts Festival, Saturday, Jul 27, 10:00am – 4:00pm, Samish Island Community Center, 11292 Blue Heron Road, Bow
Our ‘island’ community arts celebration includes over forty original artists, continuous live music on stage adjacent to a beer garden, locally sourced food by Corner Pub and a children’s creative art booth. Free admission.

2. East County Public Forum, Wednesday, Jul 31, 5:30pm – 7:30pm, Concrete Community Center, 45821 Railroad Street, Concrete
If you live in the eastern part of the county and have questions for us, we’re hosting a public forum on July 31.We’re happy to talk about whatever is on your mind. We’ll have representatives from the Sheriff, Parks, Public Works, Public Health, Emergency Management, and more!

 

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 23, 5:00pm and Sunday, Jul 28, 5:30pm – Maria Goodall, United Food and Commercial Workers International Union’s (UFCW) bargaining team member, Liz Maass, Office and Professional Employees International Union (OPEIU) Local 8’s member, and Paul Victor, patient and community member, at Providence Regional Medical Center, Everett
Interview by Gary Kanter: Maria, Liz, and Paul discuss the contract negotiations at Providence Regional Medical Center, Everett, WA. For more information, go to https://www.ufcw21.org/news, http://www.opeiu8.org/Home.aspx, and https://www.ufcw21.org/.

We Do The Work Comment: Volunteering for your city has many rewards.

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.

4. NEWAnacortes Weekly Demonstations
Do you have a cause or a candidate that you are passionate about? If yes, join us at the “protest corner” in Anacortes, 12th Street and Commercial Avenue (the Safeway Corner) EVERY Sunday from 12:00pm – 1:00pm – wet or sunny, hot or cold, all year around. Bring your own signs or use one of our extras.