DEMOCRATIC EVENTS
1. Democratic Women on the Rocks, Monday, Sep 9, 4:00pm – 6:00pm, 13 Moons Restaurant, Swinomish Casino, 12885 Casino Drive, Anacortes  2. Fidalgo Democrats meet Tuesday, Sep 10, 7:00pm, Anacortes Public Library, 1220 10th Street, Anacortes
“The Decline of the Free Press” will be the topic for Professor Kurt Dunbar of Skagit Valley College, followed by a moderated discussion. Please bring friends, family, or colleagues. Help yourself to coffee and cookies. Also, bring a non-perishable item for the food bank donation box. For more information call Corinne at 360-293-7114. Our meetings are lively!

3. The Skagit County Democrats will host a Debate-Watching Party on Thursday, Sep 12, 5:00pm, Skagit County Democrats Headquarters, 300A South First Street, Mount Vernon
The debate begins at 5:00 p.m. Doors will be open at 4:30p.m. Food and beverages will be provided. Please come and unite around our Democratic candidates. We welcome all to attend and be part of the Democratic Community!

4. The Skagit County Democrats Executive Board meets Saturday, Sep 14, 10:00am – 12:00pm, Skagit County Democrats Headquarters, 300A South First Street, Mount Vernon
Our agenda for this meeting will include a progress report on the bylaw adoption and endorsement rules update, official adoption of the candidate recruitment committee, and starting our preparation for the 2020 convention. Bring your ideas and bring a friend.

5. 39th Legislative District Democrats General Meeting, Saturday, Sep 14, 10:00am – 1:00pm, Stillaguamish Conference Room, 154 West Cox Street, Arlington
The agenda will include election of vacant Executive Board positions and a presentation by Snohomish County Assessor Linda Hjelle.

6. The 10th Legislative District Democrats 1st annual Grilled Salmon Picnic, Saturday Sep 14, 1:00pm – 5:00pm, Pioneer Park, 1200 South 4th Street, La Conner
Tickets are $25 (includes salmon dinner with corn or fresh seasonal vegetable, a variety of salads, drinks, and desserts). Beer and wine will be available. There will be a few political speeches, a silent auction and a raffle, as well as music by singer-songwriters Steve DeHaven and Gary Kanter. Tickets may be purchased on Brown Paper Tickets.

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NEWThe 10th Legislative District Democrats‘ Quarterly General Meeting is scheduled for Saturday, Sep 21, 10:00am – 12:00pm, Flyers Restaurant & Brewhouse, 15426 Suite B, Airport Drive, Burlington

8. 2020 Skagit County Democrats County Convention
The Skagit County Democrats are assembling a team to plan the 2020 County Convention, to be held on Sunday, May 3, 2020. This committee will be responsible for securing a site, ordering supplies, scheduling speakers and other events, and making sure that the event complies with rules set by the state and national parties. If you would like to be involved in this project, please email me at gwmount@hotmail.com.

9. 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 KIDS ARE BACK IN SCHOOL! Remember to watch out for the kiddies as you drive2. NEWHow Does the Mental Health Committment Court Work? – Wednesday, Sep 11, 6:30pm – 8:00pm, Burlington Public Library, 3713 Shoshone Drive, Burlington
Join NAMI (National Alliance on Mental Illness) Skagit for an evening with James Dolan, Esq., Commissioner for the Mental Health Commitment Court, along with one of the Prosecutors and a Defense Attorney. Learn how the Mental Health Commitment Court works, and the laws that come into play when someone is having a mental health crisis and may be a danger to themselves or others. What can families do, what does law enforcement do, what do the attorneys do, and how does the commissioner make his decision. Admission free.

3. “The Unintended Consequences of Hanford: Clean-up Nightmare”, a presentation by No More Bombs, Wednesday, Sep 11, 7:00pm, Anacortes Public Library, 1220 10th Street, Anacortes
“In 1943 Hanford was chosen as part of the Manhattan Project to create plutonium used in the first nuclear bomb, tested at Los Alamos, New Mexico, and in Fat Man, the bomb detonated over Nagasaki, Japan. The B Reactor at Hanford was the first full-scale plutonium production reactor in the world and is now a National Historic Park along with Oak Ridge and Los Alamos.

During WWII, the United States prioritized the construction of nuclear bombs. Unfortunately, the decision makers in charge of developing these weapons did not prioritize the safe long term storage of the vast quantities of radioactive waste that would be generated during the manufacture of these bombs. The waste products were simply vented to the atmosphere, pumped into storage tanks, or simply distributed into the ground. Specifically, Hanford is storing 56,000,000 gallons of high-level radioactive waste in 177 underground tanks and more than 1/3 of them have leaked. This summer four Skagit County residents toured the Hanford facility and will report on that they saw and present information detailing the progress (or lack of progress) on cleaning up this disaster.”

4. NEWThe next Planned Parenthood rally is Saturday, Sep 14, 11:00am – 12:00pm, 1805 East Division Street, Mount Vernon

5. NEWAnacortes Family Center Shred-a-Thon, Saturday, Sep 14, 9:00am – 1:00pm, Walgreen’s Parking Lot, 909 17th Street, Anacortes
Suggested Donation: $20/box | Minimum: $10/box. Shredding will be provided on-site through our partnership with Shred It, who will have their shredding truck geared-up and ready to immediately demolish and discard your personal files right before your eyes! The best part is your contribution will directly support AFC’s life-saving and life-changing mission of helping homeless women, children and families in crisis to achieve self-sufficiency and success!

6.
Making Democracy Work – Discussion with Native American and Latino Community Leaders, sponsored by League of Women Voters of Skagit County, Monday, Sep 16, Mount Vernon High School Cafeteria, 314 North 9th Street, Mount Vernon
“This is an opportunity for Secretary of WA State Kim Wyman and Skagit County Auditor Sandy Perkins to meet with Native American and Latino community leaders to share ideas and discuss best ways to ensure full participation in the electoral process. The hour long discussion will be followed by an informal reception.”

7. NEWBurlington Homelessness Discussion, Tuesday, Sep 17, 5:30pm, Burlington Chamber of Commerce 520 East Fairhaven Avenue, Burlington
“The Burlington Chamber of Commerce is hosting an open Q & A session regarding homelessness and the effects on local business, featuring City of Burlington Police Chief Luvera and Mayor Sexton. Business owners and members of the community are encouraged to attend!”

 

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, Sep 10, 5:00pm and Sunday, Sep 15, 5:30pm – Veronica Wilson, Partnerships Director for the UCLA Labor Center
Interview by Ken Winkes: Veronica talks about one of her other interests the “Labor Network for Sustainability.” For more information, go to https://www.labor4sustainability.org/ or http://www.labor.ucla.edu.

We Do The Work Comment: The TV show American Strongman parallels today’s U.S. President.

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 – Speak Up, Speak Out! Wednesday, Sep 11 – Family Promise
Born of chagrin over the high numbers of homeless children in Skagit County, a small group of volunteers started a local chapter of a national organization called Family Promise, whose aim is to find sustainable housing for homeless families with children. Now, almost 10 years later, with the help of an ecumenical group of churches and hundreds of volunteers, they are doing what they set out to do. This interview with Family Promise volunteers Peggy Bridgman and Shirley Scott, hosted by Ginny Wolff, tells their story, and invites people to their largest fund raiser of the year, “Homeless for a Night” on Saturday, Sep 21.

3. Coffee ‘n Cards
All are invited to drop in (for any length of time). Coffee ‘n Cards operates 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 – 2118, grand total – 6,715.

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.