DEMOCRATIC EVENTS
1. NEWWashington Democrats will be allocating delegates for the 2020 Democratic nomination for President of the United States with a PRIMARY ELECTION on March 10, 2020
After hearing from more than 12,800 Democrats across the state, we have a decision. Just now at a meeting in Pasco, elected representatives of the Washington State Democratic Central Committee (WSDCC) voted (121 to 40) to use the March 2020 primary results to apportion delegates. The overwhelming majority (93.6%) of the public votes and comments you sent supported this decision.By hosting one of the most important primaries in the country next year, we expect an enormous wave of energy from thousands of Washingtonians, some of whom will be getting involved in politics for the first time. This is a HUGE opportunity to bring in a new wave of volunteers, activists — and even potential future candidates — to fuel progressive change in our state for years to come.

As so many of you expressed in your comments, a full mail-in primary election will allow more voters to engage in the process more easily — including active military, those living out-of-state or overseas, parents, caretakers, and thousands of workers who don’t control their own schedules. Now we expect thousands and thousands more Washington voters will get activated and inspired by our primary — just ONE WEEK after Super Tuesday.

2. Gala tickets are now available for purchase at the Skagit County Democrats Headquarters
$60 per ticket. To purchase tickets or to donate an item for the auction, please contact staff@skagitdemocrats.org  or call 360-336-1555 during office hours (Monday – Friday, Noon to 4:00pm). Also, you may purchase tickets online by going to the homepage and clicking on the ‘Donate‘ button. All proceeds benefit the work of the Skagit County Democrats.

The Gala scheduled for Jun 1 has some volunteer positions to fill during the event. The Gala is our major fund raising event of the year.
Time committment for Gala volunteers begins at 4:00pm and ends right after the live auction. If you are interested please call Headquarters at 360-336-1555 or email staff@skagitdemocrats.org and request more information. A Gala Team member will return your call.

3. Fidalgo Democrats next meets Tuesday, Apr 9, 7:00pm, Anacortes Public Library, 1220 10th Street, Anacortes
Skagit County Auditor Sandy Perkins and Chief Deputy Auditor/Election Supervisor David Cunningham will speak on “How Can We Speed Up the Vote Count in Skagit County?” A couple of issues slowed down the count after the November election. A moderated discussion will follow the speakers. The meeting is open to the public. Please bring friends, family, or colleagues. Also, please bring a non-perishable item for the food bank donation box. For more information call Corinne Salcedo, Chair, at 360-293-7114.

4. NEWThe Skagit County Democrats Executive Board meets Thursday, Apr 11, 5:00pm – 7:00pm, Skagit County Democrats Headquarters, 300A South First Street, Mount Vernon

5. Democratic Women on the Rocks, Monday, Apr 8, 4:00pm – 6:00pm, 13 Moons Restaurant, Swinomish Casino, 12885 Casino Drive, Anacortes

6. NEWThe 10th Legislative District Democrats Executive Board meets Saturday, Apr 20, 10:00am – 12:00pm, Flyers Restaurant & Brewhouse, 15426 Airport Drive, Burlington

7. Call for Headquarters volunteers for the Tulip Festival Street Fair, Friday, Saturday, and Sunday, Apr 19, 20, and 21
Skagit County Democrats try to keep the Headquarters doors open during the Tulip Festival Street Fair. It takes 12 or more people to do so. Sunday of the street fair this year is Easter. Shift coverage is needed as follows:

Friday and Saturday – 9:30am – 2:00pm
2:00pm – 6:30pm
Sunday – 9:30am – 1:00pm
1:00pm – 4:30pm

If more than 6-8 volunteers sign up to work with a key carrier some hours could be shortened. Please call Headquarters at 360-336-1555 or email staff@skagitdemocrats.org to volunteer.

8. A doorbelling event is being scheduled for Anacortes, Saturday, Apr 27, 10:00am – 2:00pm, organizing location – Bob Doll’s house, 1319 8th Street, Anacortes
The event is being organized by Northwest Field Organizer Alex del Rosario in collaboration with the 40th Legislative District Democrats and Fidalgo Democrats.

9. NEWSno-Isle PCO (Precinct Committee Officer) Training, Apr 28, 1:00pm – 5:00pm, Stanwood Sno-Isle Library, 9701 271st Street Northwest, Stanwood
Target Audience: PCOs from Camano and north Snohomish County, but all Skagit, Island, and Snohomish County PCOs are welcome. This training is appropriate for newly elected or appointed PCOs as well as seasoned veterans.  Dinner will be provided.  Can’t yet say what will be served, but I’m sure it will be fabulous. Alex Del Rosario, our WA-Dems organizer, will be the presenter. Please RSVP to chair@10thlddemocrats.org so we can get an accurate count for food planning.

10. NEWA message from 1st U.S. Congressional District Representative Suzan DelBene – The 2019 Congressional Art Competition
“Each spring, the U.S. House of Representatives sponsors the Congressional Art Competition, an exciting visual arts opportunity for high school students across the country. Washington’s First Congressional District 2019 competition deadline is April 15th — right around the corner! The Congressional Art Competition began in 1982 as an opportunity for members of Congress to recognize and celebrate the artistic talents of their young constituents. Since then, over 650,000 high school students have participated!

Entry submissions can be paintings, drawings, collage, prints, mixed media, computer generated art or photography. The competition is open to all WA-01 high school students. The overall winner’s art will be displayed for one year in the U.S. Capitol with other congressional district winners. The art competition is one of my favorite traditions and I am eager to see the creativity and expression of students in the first district. If you or a student have any questions about the competition, you can contact my office by phone at 425-485-0085 or visit my website.

As always, I am here to help you. If you have questions or comments about the topics that matter most to you, I encourage you to contact me through my website. You may also keep up-to-date on what I’m doing by following me on Twitter, Instagram, and Facebook. Sincerely, Suzan”

11. 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. NEWSkagit County Spring Garage Sale, Friday and Saturday, Apr 12 and  13, 9:00am – 4:00pm, Skagit County Fairgrounds, 479 West Taylor Street, Mount Vernon
Admission: $3 per person. Parking: $3. Over 150 Vendors. Great Food. Live Music. Hand Crafted Items.2. NEW –  Anacortes Family Center Shred-a-Thon, Saturday, Apr 13, 9:00am – 1:00pm, Anacortes Walgreens Parking Lot, 909 Commercial Avenue, Anacortes
Bring your old documents, disk drives and memory sticks to be destroyed! All of the proceeds will support Anacortes’ own homeless shelter—serving women, children and families in crisis. Even if you don’t have documents to shred — donations are welcome and needed! Please stop by to support this important community organization. AFC is a 501(C)(3) Nonprofit organization—All donations are tax-deductible. Questions? Contact Heather at 360-293-2993 ext. 114 or heather@anacortesfamily.org.  Price: Suggested Donation $20/box, $10/box minimum donation

3. Master Composter/Recycler Volunteer Training, Tuesdays and Thursdays, 6:00pm – 8:30pm, Apr 9 – May 2, Padilla Bay Interpretive Center, 10441 Bayview-Edison Road, Mount Vernon
Learn how to cut personal and environmental costs associated with making waste and gain the skills to build great garden soil. You get 20 hours of lecture-based learning, books and tools – including guest speakers, hands-on learning, and field trips. You commit to give back 40 hours of volunteer service to the community as a compost and recycling educator. The program is free. Click Here for more information. For questions, email or call Callie Martin – calliem@co.skagit.wa.us or 360-416-1575.

4. Peanut Butter Challenge, Help Stamp Out Hunger!
Please bring peanut butter to the Skagit County Democrats Headquarters (open Monday through Friday, Noon – 4:00 pm) by Friday, May 3.
The Northwest Washington Central Labor Council is collecting peanut butter for the Whatcom and Skagit Food Banks in conjunction with the National Association of Letter Carrier’s Annual Food Drive, which is Saturday, May 11. You may also deliver Peanut Butter to the Union Center, 1700 N State St, Bellingham, by May 9. This is the largest one day food drive in the world!

5. Planned Parenthood is planning weekly Saturday demonstrations through Easter, 11:00am – 12:00pm, 1805 East Division Street, Mount Vernon
Planned Parenthood anticipates anti-choice picketers each Saturday until Easter based on past experience. The anti-choice folks typically have people stand on the sidewalk in front of Planned Parenthood on every Saturday in Lent. The dates are March 16, 23, 30 and April 6, 13, and 20. Mary Deaton (mmdeaton@gmail.com or 206-323-0701) is coordinating the effort. She writes: “I am proposing that we set up a schedule that allows those who do not want to come every Saturday to sign up to come every other week. Signing up for alternate weeks is not a requirement, just an option. . . I would encourage everyone to look at their calendars and decide which dates you want to picket. If it is every week, let me know that as well. If you have any extra of the pink PP signs, you might want to bring them in case we get people who come without signs. Send me an email at your convenience and let me know your pleasure.”

The Mount Vernon Planned Parenthood Office has swag ( tee-shirts, baseball tees, hats, scarves, bandannas, etc.) available for sale. If you want t-shirts and MV does not have your size, contact Jennie Noskoff at jnoskoff@mbpp.org and she will see you get what you need.

 

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, Apr 9, 5:00pm and Sunday, Apr 14, 5:30pm Mark McDermott, Social & Economic Educator and Activist
Interview by Ken Winkes: Mark reveals his new presentation about patriotism, Unions, and American workers. For more information, go to http://www.markmmcdermott.com/.

We Do The Work Comments: There are many definitions of patriotism.

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 –  This week on Speak Up! Speak Out! Ginny Wolff plays excerpts from the March 28 Lincoln Theatre showing of “Kids Can Save the Planet”, a series of three films by 15 year old Dylan D’Haeze produced over the last two years.
This show includes a brief interview with Dylan, the panel discussion that followed the films on controlling waste, and music by Sharon Abreu and Michael Hurwicz.

3. Coffee ‘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 and Tuesday 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 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. We have sent out over 3,140 cards in 2018. We have sent out 5,206 cards from May 17, 2017 to present.