DEMOCRATIC EVENTS
1. NEWKNOW YOUR OPPONENT – OBSERVATIONS FROM THE SKAGIT COUNTY FAIR
We might imagine that after the most recent mass murders in El Paso and Dayton and their obvious stimulus from the leader of the Republican party, Republicans might think about keeping a low profile. But if their representatives at the Skagit County Fair provide any gauge of the concern they have for public opinion, we may have gained some insight into what the presidential campaign season has to offer.

  • On Friday morning, the main feature the Republican booth had to offer the public were inflatable AK-47’s, which were liberally passed out to all comers, young and old.
  • Friday afternoon, the Republican contribution to the festivities was to line up “TRUMP” yard signs side by side along the front of the main stage where musical performances were scheduled throughout the day and evening.

Both these displays were “discouraged” by the Fair management, to their credit. It seems apparent that in the forthcoming campaign season, Republicans in Skagit County will not be embarrassed by Donald Trump but rather will seek to identify with him. That should tell Skagit Democrats all we need to know.

2. Democratic Women on the Rocks, Monday, Aug 12, 4:00pm – 6:00pm, 13 Moons Restaurant, Swinomish Casino, 12885 Casino Drive, Anacortes

3. Fidalgo 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.

4. The 10th Legislative District Democrats Executive Board meets Saturday, Aug 17, 10:00am – 12:00pm, Skagit County Democrats Headquarters, 300A South First Street, Mount Vernon

5. NEWCamano Island Democrats Summer Picnic, Sunday, Aug 18, 2:00pm – 5:00pm, South Camano Grange, 2227 South Camano Drive, Camano Island
Adults $10, children under 12 free. Includes food and 2 drinks.

6. NEWIndivisible Bellingham is hosting a 40th Legislative District Representative candidate forum Wednesday, Aug 21, 6:00pm (5:30pm light potluck), Bellingham Unitarian Fellowship (lower level), 1207 Ellsworth Street, Bellingham

7. NEWReception in support of 2nd Congressional District Representative Rick Larsen, Wednesday, Aug 28, 5:30pm – 6:30pm, Bad Dog Distillery, 19109 63rd Avenue Northeast, Arlington
Please RSVP to Zach Martin at 360-797-9256 or zach@ricklarsen.org.

8. The 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!

9. NEWCALL FOR A DIVERSE GROUP OF VOLUNTEERS
Our party is a “party of inclusion”. “Discrimination on the basis of gender/gender identity, race, age, religion, sexual orientation, economic status, disability, physical appearance, or ethnic origin is prohibited” when we conduct party business. (Article III of our By-Laws). Yet, our committees, as well as our organization, do not reflect adequately the amazing diversity of our community. Let’s fix this!

As a first step, if you are a Democrat in any of the above categories, join our current committees: Finance, Fundraising and Gala, Membership, Technology, Communications, Resolution, and Endorsement, and consider joining a new committee recently created by the Executive Board on Diversity and Racial Equity. And tell us what we need to do so that the committees/organization are more responsive to your needs, issues and concerns around meeting times and support networks. And don’t be surprised if we reach out to you. We want you! Contact staff: staff@skagitdemocrats.org

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. NEWWhat our representatives are up to in Washington D.C.
“The Democrats in Washington’s congressional delegation have always been leaders in D.C., but especially now that we have a progressive majority in the House of Representatives, Washingtonians in Congress are accomplishing more than ever before. In the 116th Congress alone, our state’s Democratic House members have already played crucial parts in passing the Raise the Wage Act, which will increase the federal minimum wage to $15 by 2025, and the Equality Act, which codifies protections for LGBTQIA+ Americans into federal law. And all seven Democratic House members from Washington and Sen. Patty Murray support an impeachment inquiry into President Trump.

Individually, our congressional members are making headway on important issues:

  • Senator Patty Murray has dedicated herself to fighting for our healthcare. She has remained steadfast in her defense of the Affordable Care Act from each new Republican attack, and, together with Sen. Maria Cantwell, she is a leading voice against the president’s Title X “gag rule,” which jeopardizes access to unbiased, affordable reproductive health care.
  • Representative Pramila Jayapal, author of the Medicare for All Act of 2019, is remaining true to her roots as an activist and organizer for humane immigration reform in Congress. She recently introduced the DONE Act to halt the expansion of ICE detention facilities and increase oversight to hold the agency accountable for its treatment of asylum seekers.
  • She may only be in her first term, but Representative Kim Schrier is already using her expertise as a doctor take a science-first approach to legislating. She’s working hard to spotlight the issue of climate change, stand up for reproductive rights and Planned Parenthood, and make life-saving medications like insulin more affordable.
  • Representative Derek Kilmer is dedicated to the principle of accessibility. As a member of the Select Committee on the Modernization of Congress, he is working to make Congress more accessible to all Americans. He also introduced the Broadband For All Act to connect rural communities to the digital world and create opportunities for students and small businesses.
  • Representatives Adam Smith and Denny Heck are working on critical issues of national security. As chairman of the Armed Services Committee, Rep. Adam Smith has defended LGBTQIA+ Americans who want to serve their country and is pushing the Department of Defense to invest in renewable resources. And Rep. Denny Heck introduced provisions to the Intelligence Authorization Act that categorize climate change as a national security threat.
  • Representative Rick Larsen’s role as Chair of the Transportation & Aviation Subcommittees has helped Washington’s aerospace industry grow to generate $40 billion per year and employ more than 136,000 people in 35 of our state’s 39 counties. He also introduced the Children of Fallen Servicemembers AMT Relief Act to ensure the children of Gold Star Families are no longer penalized unfairly under the GOP Tax Scam.
  • And Senator Maria Cantwell and Representative Suzan DelBene are focusing on preventing natural disasters like the tragic Oso landslide of 2014. They introduced the National Landslide Preparedness Act to protect our communities and fill in critical research gaps about landslide risks, which recently passed the House.

We’re proud that Washington’s congressional representatives are standing up for our values in D.C., and we are excited to continue expanding our statewide Democratic infrastructure so we can continue making even more progress in Congress. Thanks for helping us get these incredible public servants elected. Washington State Democratic Central Committee”

12. NEWNew items are available at the Democrats Store

13. 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. The 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).2. NEWCommunity Free Day at Children’s Museum of Skagit County, Tuesday, Aug 13, 8:30am – 5:00pm, 432 Fashion Way, Burlington (south end of Outlet Mall)

3. NEWCascade Days 2019, Saturday and Sunday, Aug 17 and 18, 9:00am – 4:00pm (Parade – Saturday, 11:00am), various locations, Concrete
Click Here for more information.

4. Labor Wars of the Northwest” Documentray Film, Wednesday, Sep 4, 5:45pm, Pickford Film Center, 1318 Bay Street, Bellingham
Tickets (available for purchase at the door or Click Here) are priced at $7 for the public, $5 for Pickford members and $3 for students with identification. Following the film, Pacific Northwest historian David Jepsen, who wrote and directed Labor Wars, and Conor Casey, Labor Archivist for the Labor Archives of Washington, will lead a discussion on labor issues and answer audience questions.

 

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, Aug 13, 5:00pm and Sunday, Aug 18, 5:30pm – Jon Motl, Past Political Practices Commissioner of Montana
Interview by Ken Winkes: Jon reveals what happened to Montana’s election laws. This story was made into a documentary called “Dark Money” and includes footage of Jon as well as showing the effects of corporate money and influence in the American political system. To buy the film, go to Amazon.

We Do The Work Comment: Trump’s do nothing climate policy will end up costing us trillions.

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. UPDATEDCoffee ‘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 the 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. Tally: 2019 – 1,950, grand total – 6,544.

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.