DEMOCRATIC EVENTS
1. Fidalgo Democrats meet Tuesday, Oct 22, 7:00pm, Anacortes
Public Library, 1220 10th Street, Anacortes
Bud Anderson, retired engineer and member of No More Bombs, will present “Hanford’s Unintended Consequences—Clean-Up Nightmare”. A moderated discussion will follow. Please bring friends, family, or
colleagues. Help yourself to coffee and Rita’s homemade cookies.
For more information call Corinne at 360-293-7114. Please note change of date.

2. NEW – Labor Neighbor Day of Action, Saturday, Oct 26, 9:00am, Union Hall (upstairs), 1700 North State Street, Bellingham
The stakes are too high in this election for working people to sit it out. Join us as we speak up together and go door-to-door to talk to our neighbors about candidates who will stand up for working people!
Or write post cards! Everyone is welcome. RSVP to mstelovich@hotmail.com.

3. NEW – Coffee w/ Rick Larsen & Tina Podlodowski, Saturday, Oct 26, 10:30am – 11:30am, Brigid Collins Family Support Center, 1231 North Garden, Suite #200, Bellingham
Please RSVP to Zach Martin at (360) 797-9256 or zach@ricklarsen.org. Citizens to Elect Rick Larsen, P.O. Box 326, Everett, WA 98206.

4. NEW – 10th Legislative District Senate candidate Helen Price-Johnson will be at Coffee ‘n Cards (see below) for an informal session on Monday, Nov 11, 11:00am, Skagit County Democrats Headquarters, 300A South First Street, Mount Vernon
Come enjoy a cup of coffee and get to know Helen and what she has
to offer to our district.

5. The Skagit County Democrats Central Committee passed the
following resolutions on Saturday, Oct 12
Support the passage of Referendum 88 (I-1000) 
This can be a confusing issue. If passed by the voters, it enables implementation of I-1000 (previously passed by the Legislature and signed by the
Governor) which allows affirmative action policies (without the use of preferential treatment or quotas as defined in the initiative) in public
employment, education, and contracting.
Click Here for the Ballotopedia description.
Oppose the passage of Initiative 976.
This is another Tim Eyman originated initiative to
roll back car tabs to $30. Passage would severely impair critical infrastructure projects throughout the State. Click Here for the Ballotopedia description. Click Here for a graphic describing the funding impacts on
Skagit, Whatcom, Island, and San Juan counties.

6. Request 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.

7. Skagit 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.

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 at the
Mount Vernon High School. 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. NEW – Karl de Jong’s Top 10 Reasons to Vote in this Election Local elections are won by a handful of votes. Your vote will make a difference. You have the power to hold school districts, municipal, county,
state, and the federal government to a responsible budget and funding
your priorities. Make no mistake, who we elect into office matters.
Government officials live in our communities and make decisions that
impact our lives every day. You don’t have to know everything about
every candidate. Register and vote for the candidates who share your
opinion on the issue you care about most. Sometimes we all get sick of politics, but it is better to be a part of the effort to make things better.
Thus, you can be an important part of that change. Our families,
especially our children, are greatly affected by the choices politicians
make. Be their voice, be their vote. They say the squeaky wheels get the grease. Communities that vote more make a bigger impression on
politicians who need those votes, and get more attention. So many have,
and continue, to lay down their lives to preserve your right to vote. Honor their sacrifice: Vote. The power to make a difference in these
elections is really in your hands. And believe it or not, it does make a
difference in your life every day. Join your fellow citizens. Stand up and
fight for our jobs, our families, and our future. 10. There were a total of 444 ballots that could not be counted in the August Primary 98 ballots uncounted at certification because the signature could not be confirmed after mail and telephone reminders. 206 ballots could not be counted because the ballot envelope was not signed. Without a return address and/or phone number there was no way to contact the voter. 140 ballots had a postmark past the election date and could not be counted. Put your ballot in the mail a couple of days before election day or hand carry it into the post office to be hand cancelled. Sign your ballot envelope. Every signature is manually compared to the signature on file. A phone number and return address can help with the signature problems. Mail your ballot a couple of days before they are due.  Carry it into the Post Office to get it hand cancelled if your mail it on election day. The ballot boxes are locked at 8:00pm sharp on election day. NO ballots submitted after that time will be counted.

11. NEW – Links 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. Disaster in the Desert – Why Trump’s Middle East Plan Can’t Work Carbon Engineering – Taking CO2 Right Out Of The Air To Make Gasoline Not enough sleep throws your circadian rhythm off, leading to potential cognitive problems

COMMUNITY EVENTS
1. Mount Vernon Ward 3 Community Meeting, Monday, Oct 21, Vaux Retreat Center, 3011 East Fir Street, Mount Vernon
Mount Vernon City Councilmembers Melissa Beaton and Mary Hudson have
scheduled a Ward 3 Community Meeting to encourage discussion about
important issues and provide residents the opportunity to voice their
questions, concerns or observations about the City of Mount Vernon. Click Here to view a Ward map or
residents may call the Mayor’s Office at (360) 336-6211 for assistance
determining which Ward they reside in.

2. Let’s Talk about Race“, Tuesday, Oct 22, 6:30pm – 7:30pm, Burlington Public Library, 820 East Washington Avenue, Burlington

3. NEWSpookacular Halloween Party at the Depot, Friday, Oct 25, 7:00pm – 11:00pm, Depot Arts Center, 611 R Avenue, Anacortes
All ages Halloween Party at the Anacortes Depot Arts Center. Music by DJ
Spun Honey and Friends who will be spinning spooky tunes for your dancing
pleasure. Costume Contest for kids and adults. Fundraiser for the
Anacortes High School Jazz Band sponsored by the Rick Epting Foundation
for the Arts, Pelican Bay Books and How it Works. Tickets are $10.00 at
the door and kids 12 and under are free.

4. NEWHarvest Festival Benefitting Family Promise of
Skagit Valley
, Saturday,
Oct 26, 2:00pn – 7:00pm,
Bethlehem Lutheran Church, 1006 Wicker Road, Sedro Woolley
“Come help Family Promise of Skagit Valley maintain its eviction
prevention program for another year while enjoying some Fall Halloween
Fun. There will be food, games, eating and coloring contests, a costume
contest, photo booth, a haunted “hallway”, raffle and silent
auction items and more. Come and go as you please.”

5. NEW“The
Need to Eliminate Nuclear Weapons Worldwide”, Monday, Nov 4, 7:00pm,
Anacortes Public Library, 1220 10th Street, Anacortes
Bud Anderson of No More Bombs will host the showing of
two short films that stress the need to eliminate nuclear weapons
worldwide. Nuclear Tipping Point features General
Colin Powell, Senator Sam Nunn, Secretary of State George Shultz,
Secretary of Defense William Perry, and Secretary of State Henry
Kissinger. They build a case from their personal experiences that led
them to support the goal of a world without nuclear weapons and explain
the steps needed to get there. In The Insanity of Nuclear Deterrence (Click Here for TEDTalk) retired Royal
Navy Commander, Robert Green, discusses his experience piloting
nuclear-armed aircraft and his shift to becoming a staunch opponent of
nuclear deterrence. A question and answer session will follow.

6. Planned
Parenthood harrassment

I was forwarded a message from Linda McCarthy, Executive Director, Mount Baker Planned Parenthood:
“Our Mount Vernon health center is having more aggressive picketing
for 40 Days starting 9/25 as part of the ’40 Days of Life’ harassment
campaign. I wanted to let you know as the picketers are mostly men and
more aggressive.  We have called the police a few times this week
and they are supportive. Please don’t engage with the protestors and if
you notice they park in our property or trespass please let us know and
take a picture if it is safe to do so.”

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, Oct 22, 5:00pm
and Sunday, Oct 27, 5:30 – Alex Lawson, Executive Director of Social
Security Works

Interview by Ken Winkes: Alex explains articulately, factually, and
historically why Social Security is in good health. For more information,
go to https://socialsecurityworks.org/.

We Do The Work Comment:  Boy does Trump have a deal for you!

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
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 – 2,484, grand total – 7,061.

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.