DEMOCRATIC EVENTS
1. Volunteers 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.

2.
Skagit 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.

3. NEWReception for 40th Legislative District Senator Liz Lovelett, Wednesday, Jul 31, 5:30pm – 7:00pm, at the home of Darene and Matt Follett (full address available upon RSVP)
Click Here to RSVP. Co-hosts include Mayor Laurie Gere, Anacortes City Council Members Brad Adams and Eric Johnson, Bryan and Carie Klein, Ryan and Nicole Anderson, Kathy Pittis, John Pope and Ryan Walters. This will be an exciting opportunity to meet Liz, learn more about her campaign, and share the issues that matter to you. Light appetizers and drinks will be served.

4. Please 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.

5. 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.

6. NEWFidalgo Democrats meeting Tuesday, Aug 13, 7:00pm, Anacortes Public Library, 1220 10th Street, Anacortes.
“In the Shadow of Danger:  Refinery Workers, Communities and Ecosystems” will be the topic.   Learn about  proposed regulations to protect workers, communities, and ecosystems and about your opportunities to weigh in.  Panelists will be representatives from a coalition of union and environmental groups working together to ensure strong safety regulations. They are Stephanie Celt, Washington State Policy Coordinator for the BlueGreen Alliance; Steve Garey, former refinery worker and former president of United Steel Workers Local 12-591; and Mary Ruth Holder, representative, Evergreen Islands.  A moderated discussion will follow the presentation.

Washington State can and must establish stronger regulations to avoid catastrophic events.  Even as we transition away from fossil fuels, strong updated safety rules–called “Process Safety Management”–are needed to protect workers in refinery operations, as well as communities near refineries and our fragile environment. Nine years after the fatal Tesoro explosion and fire in Anacortes, the state’s Department of Labor and Industries will soon give formal notice of rulemaking to strengthen the regulations aimed at preventing another catastrophic explosion and fire in Washington’s refineries.

Come learn how catastrophic incidents at refineries impact workers; why our communities and sensitive natural environment like Fidalgo Bay are also at risk; how California modernized its safety regulations and why Washingon must do the same.  And, importantly, learn about your opportunity to help advocate for strong state rules.  For more information contact Corinne at 360-293-7114.

7. NEWThis item is a response by the Labor-Democrats Workgroup leadership to an email sent out July 23 and titled “INSIDE LOOK – Outside Money in our race” regarding the 40th Legislative District Senate campaign
The email implied that candidates have control over how Political Action Committees’ (PAC) contributions are spent. The email also claimed, “massive media strategy opposing another candidate candidacy.”

PACs are legally allowed independent expenditures and how the money is spent is determined solely by the PAC, not the candidate. The PAC referenced in the email is called the New Direction PAC. Some of the organizations within this PAC are the following:

Washington Federation of State Employees, American Federation of State, County, and Municipal Employees, United Food and Commercial Workers Local 21, Washington State Council of Fire Fighters, Service Employees International Union, Washington Conservation Voters, Washington Education Association, Planned Parenthood, Teamsters, Tribes, and others

Most of the organizations within this PAC represent people who live in the 40th Legislative District and have publicly endorsed the candidate. Over 95% of this PAC’s contributions are from groups on behalf of working people, specific issue individuals, and environmental folks—groups we, as Democrats, support. It’s important to note that PACs are not secretive. They are tracked in the Public Disclosure Commission (PDC) listed with their contributors. To find information, go to https://www.pdc.wa.gov/browse.

The “massive media strategy” mentioned in the email was nothing more than a typical mailer—not an unusual strategy. The mailer was promoting one candidate and NOT in opposition of the other candidate.

Let’s remember to stay positive when we are door belling, phone banking, and talking to people about our preferred candidate. Democrats can’t afford to turn on each other in the current political climate.

8. 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

9. NEWThe 39th Legislative District Democrats are seeking volunteers to staff the Democrats’ booth at the Evergreen State Fair in Monroe Aug 26 and Sep 1
We are looking for folks who can staff the table for four hour shifts. The Fair is in the heart of the 39th and will be a great opportunity for us to connect with voters in our district! Please sign up below!

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. 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!”

2. NEWAnacortes Arts Festival, Friday – Sunday, Aug 2 – 4, 10:00am each day, Downtown Anacortes from 10th Street to the Waterfront
The 58th annual Anacortes Arts Festival is one of the oldest and largest arts festivals in the Northwest. Filling historic downtown Anacortes, it consists of ten blocks of booth artisans from around the country, three stages with live music, and a regional Fine Art Exhibition. Also included are a Working Studios area including body painting, Native American carving and more. Food trucks and vendors offer culinary treats including seafood, regional and ethnic dishes, and goodies. An active Kids Area and Art Dash (certified half marathon, 10k, 5k), round out Festival activities.

3. NEWStanwood-Camano Community Fair, Friday – Sunday, Aug 2 – 4, 9:00am – 9:00pm (6:00pm on Sunday), just outside the City of Stanwood on the historic Pioneer Highway
Adults – $10; Seniors & Children – $7; Under 5 – Free.

4. NEWThird Annual Darrington Street Fair, Saturday, Aug 3, 10:00am – 5:00pm, downtown Darrington

5. NEWSkagit Habitat for Humanity‘s Store is celebrating its 10th anniversary with a massive sale Tuesday, Aug 6 – Saturday, Aug 10
The store is located at 1022 Riverside Drive, Mount Vernon. Store hours: Tuesday through Saturday, 10:00am – 6:00pm. Here’s the schedule of events for that week:

  • Tuesday, Aug 6: 30% off appliances
  • Wednesday, Aug 7: 30% off storewide
  • Thursday, Aug 8: 40% off storewide
  • Friday, Aug 9: 50% off storewide
  • Saturday, Aug 10: 60% off storewide

6. NEWThe League of Women Voters of Skagit County and Volunteers of America Skagit County Dispute Resolution Center are sponsoring Civil Discourse Across The Aisle, Monday Aug 12, 6:30pm – 8:00, Skagit PUD, 1415 Freeway Dr. Mt. Vernon
Get to know how the Washington 10th Legislative District Representatives work across the Aisle. Join us to hear from Norma Smith (Republican) and Dave Paul (Democrat).

 

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 30, 5:00pm and Sunday, Aug 4, 5:30pm – Jonathan Rosenblum, Labor & community organizer; book  author; faith activist; aide to Seattle City Councilmember Kshama Sawant
Interview by Ken Winkes:  Jonathan explains he was dispatched to help the residents organize for affordable housing. For more information and to learn more about Jonathan’s book Beyond $15: Immigrant Workers, Faith Activists, and the Revival of the Labor Movement, go to https://jonathanrosenblum.org/.

We Do The Work Comments: Trump is the king of debt.

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.

NEW – Join host Dave McConnell as he presents excerpts from a Jul 25, presentation at the Whatcom Peace and Justice Center entitled “Breaking Down Islamaphobia”.
The presentation was given by Maral Kebritchi.

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. Anacortes Weekly Demonstrations
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.