DEMOCRATIC EVENTS
1. NEWCongratulations to Trevor Smith, the new Chair of the 40th Legislative District Democrats2. The 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

3. NEWSenator Patty Murray’s 24th Annual Golden Tennis Shoe Awards Luncheon, Monday, Oct 7, Noon – 5:00pm, Westin Hotel, 1900 5th Avenue, Seattle
With Cecile Richards, former President of Planned Parenthood.  For questions or to RSVP by phone or email, please contact Connor at (206) 328-2969 or Connor@newmanpartners.com.

4. NEWRequest for Assistance for Halloween
The Downtown Trick-or-Treat and Lincoln Theatre Costume Contest is Thursday, Oct 31, 3:30pm – 5:30pm. Our Headquarters would appreciate help with candy/prizes/school supplies to be handed out and for volunteers to assist.

5. NEWIf you missed Professor Kurt Dunbar’s talk on “The Decline of the Free Press” presentation at the last Fidalgo Democrats’ meeting, Click Here for a video of the event

6. NEWSkagit County Democrats Essay Contest for 2019
The topic for this year’s contest is: “The Most Pressing Issue Confronting America”. Essays may be submitted Oct 15 – Nov 30. Click Here for contest guidelines.

7. 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.

8. 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. 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.”

3. Burlington 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!”

4. NEWGlobal Climate Strike, Friday, Sep 20, 11:00am, Skagit County Courthouse Steps, 205 West Kincaid Street, Mount Vernon
Host Contact Info: margaretjorr@gmail.com. For more information, Click Here.

5. NEW27th Annual Fall Garage Sale, Friday & Saturday, Sep 20 & 21, 9:00am – 4:00pm, Skagit County Fairgrounds, 479 West Taylor Street, Mount Vernon
Admission: $3. On-site parking: $3. Click Here for flyer.

6. NEW2019 Skagit Valley Giant Pumpkin Festival, Saturday, Sep 21, 9:00am – 4:00pm, Christianson’s Nursery & Greenhouse, 15806 Best Road, Mount Vernon

7. NEWOyster Run 2019 Information and Program, Sunday, Sep 22, 9:00am – 5:00pm, 12th and Commercial Streets, Anacortes (ten blocks of Commercial Avenue are closed off for the event)
Start making your arrangements to attend the 38th Annual Oyster Run today! Join in on the fun and make it a day to remember, with camaraderie and friendly faces at every turn. Head on over on Sunday the 22nd of September for a day packed full of enjoyment. Vendors, drill team, live music and more.

8. NEWNational Voter Registration Day
The League of Women Voters of Skagit County will be registering voters in several locations in Skagit County (times – TBD) including the Anacortes Library, Burlington Library, Sedro-Woolley Library, Mount Vernon Library, and Mount Vernon Goodwill.

9. NEWCommunity Preparedness & Prevention Fair, Saturday, Sep 28, 10:00am – 3:30pm, Skagit Valley College, 2405 East College Way, Mount Vernon
SEPTEMBER IS NATIONAL PREPAREDNESS MONTH. ARE YOU PREPARED? Skagit County Department of Emergency Management has partnered with Skagit Valley College to host a Community Preparedness & Prevention Fair. Come learn what to do before disaster strikes. Several federal, state, and local agencies and community organizations will be there to provide important information on how to prepare for an emergency or natural disaster, including the American Red Cross, United States Geological Survey, Puget Sound Energy, MV Hope, North West Health Network, CERT, and Skagit Search & Rescue (just to name a few). This is a FREE event. Bring your family and have fun while you learn how to prepare and respond to an emergency.

10. NEWThe League of Women Voters of Skagit County will host a Candidate Forum for the Mount Vernon Mayor, City Council and Hospital District 4 Position 1 races, Monday, Sep 30, 7:00pm – 8:30pm, Skagit PUD, 1415 Freeway Drive, Mount Vernon

 

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 17, 5:00pm and Sunday, Sep 22, 5:30 – Joe Kendo, Government Affairs Director of the Washington State Labor Council, AFL-CIO
Interview by Lori Province:  Joe explains the new proposed overtime rules by the Washington State Labor and Industries Department. For more information, go to https://www.lni.wa.gov/WorkplaceRights/Wages/Overtime/OvertimeRules/default.asp or https://restoreot.paperform.co/.

We Do The Work Comments:

  • The number of safety inspectors has been reduced under the Trump administration.
  • The immense cost of dying requires a Long-Term Care Trust Fund solution.

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 – SUSO, Wednesday, Sep 18, – Protecting our Natural Resources
Join host Dave McConnell as Karen Dubose and Jason Quigley from the Skagit County Natural Resources Division of the Public Works Department share their knowledge about what we can all do to keep our water resources, and the food and activities upon which the depend, safe and clean. Public Works Dept: https://www.skagitcounty.net/Departments/PublicWorksNaturalResourcesManagement/main.htm

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.