1. NEWBallots for this year’s General Election must be submitted
or postmarked by a week from tomorrow, Tuesday, Nov 5

2. NEWPhone-banking for 40th Legislative District Senator Liz Lovelett will be held
Wednesday, Oct 30, 6:30pm – 8:30pm, Skagit County Democrats Headquarters,
300A South First Street, Mount Vernon

Come help Get Out the Vote!!

3. NEW40th Legislative District Representative Debra Lekanoff
plans Community Coffees in Skagit County

Friday, Nov 1, 8:00am –
9:00am, North Cove Coffee, 1130 South Burlington Boulevard,
Burlington – Click Here for more information.
Friday, Nov 15, 8:00am –
9:00am, Skagit Valley Food Co-op, 202 South First Street, Mount
Vernon – Click Here for more information.

4. 10th Legislative District Senate
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. NEWFidalgo Democrats meet Tuesday,
Nov 12, 7:00pm,
Anacortes Library, 1220 10th
Street, Anacortes

Mark Lundsten, Rhea Miller, and Maryon Attwood, board members of Sound Defense Alliance, will discuss
“Growler Jet Noise: Restoring the Balance.” A moderated
discussion will follow the panel. Please bring friends, family, or
colleagues. Help yourself to coffee and Rita Sullivan’s homemade cookies.
Please bring a noon-perishable item for the food bank donation box. For more
information call Corinne Salcedo, Chair, at 360-293-7114.

Also, to view last month’s presentation from Bud Anderson on
“Hanford’s Unintended Consequences: Clean-Up Nightmare”, Click Here.

6. Request for Assistance for Halloween – We still need

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

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. 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.

Time-Travelling with Merriam-Webster’s

How Donald Trump Turned to a Comics Titan to
Shape the Veteran’s Administration

Better serving the needs of America’s homeless

1. NEWDaylight Saving
Time ends Sunday, Nov 3, 2:00am

Set your clocks back one hour (“fall back”) Saturday night.

2. NEWHalloween Events
– Thursday, Oct 31

Anacortes – Halloween
Carnival – 3:00pm – 6:00pm, Elks Lodge, 1009 7th Street (open to
Anacortes – Cozy
Halloween Storytime, 3:30pm – 5:30pm, Anacortes Public Library
Concrete – Trunk or Treat
in Bear Square, 4:00pm – 5:00pm, Downtown Concrete
Concrete – Lions Club
Halloween Party, 5:00pm, Concrete Elementary School Gym
La Conner – Halloween
Costume Parade & Town Trick or Treat, 3:15pm – 4:00pm, south on
First Street, Downtown La Conner
Mount Vernon – Downtown
Trick or Treat, 3:30pm – 5:30pm, Downtown Mount Vernon (including
Skagit County Democrats)
Mount Vernon – The Rocky
Horror Picture Show, 8:00pm – 11:00pm, Lincoln Theatre ($5
Sedro-Woolley – Kiddie
Parade & Merchant Dress-up Contest, 4:00pm – 5:00pm (parade
starts at 4:30pm), Downtown Sedro-Woolley

3. UPDATEDLet’s Talk about Race“, Tuesday,
Oct 29, 6:30pm – 7:30pm,
Burlington Public Library, 820 East
Washington Avenue, Burlington

Please note
there was a change of the date of this presentation.

4. NEWSkagit PFLAG Fundraiser! Gin
Gypsy Swing, Saturday, Nov 2, 7:00pm – 10:00pm,
Conway Muse, 18444 Spruce
Street, Conway

Live music and live and silent auctions. No cover charge.

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. NEWThe next Planned Parenthood rally is
scheduled for Saturday, Nov 9, 11:00am – 12:00pm, 1805 East Division
Street, Mount Vernon

7. 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.”

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 –

NEW – We Do The Work’s program for Tuesday, Oct 22, 5:00pm
and Sunday, Oct 27, 5:30 – Mike, David Jepsen and Conor Casey, Centralia
Tragedy, Part 1

Interview by Mike Dumovich: Mike continues his special segment of We Do
The Work called ‘Learn Yourself” with David Jepsen, educator, historian,
author, and film maker, and Conor Casey, Labor Archivist for the Labor
Archives of Washington, retelling the story of the Centralia Tragedy,
Part 1. For more information, go to or or
or email

We Do The Work Comments:

We should be fearful of
the judges being appointed in the lower courts.
Some funny definitions of
politics are recited.

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
anytime. Interested in getting SUSO e-News? Contact

NEW – SOSU for October 30, 2019: The Unintended Consequences
of Hanford: Clean-up Nightmare

This week we present audio from a presentation made by Bud Anderson at a
September No More Bombs Meeting. Bud Anderson is a retired electrical
engineer for the Shell Refinery in Anacortes and is part of the No More
Bombs group here in Skagit. Tracy Powell leads the group and Julia Hurd,
former SUSO host is also an active participant. Shortly before that
meeting Bud, his wife, Julia Hurd and Kathleen Flanagan toured the
National Historic Park where the Hanford B-Reactor is located.

Background: 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.

In addition, last week’s SOSU broadcast of the interview of Skagit County
Election Supervisor, David Cunningham, about issues from the August
primary can be heard by clicking here.

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.