DEMOCRATIC EVENTS
1. NEWCorrection to our report of AK-47 replicas for sale at the Skagit County Fair
We want to correct the information we provided last week in regard to someone offering “inflatable AK-47’s” at the County Fair. It was not the Republican booth that was offering those items but an independent vendor. We were misinformed and regret not checking our sources more closely. Our report of the Republicans festooning the stage with “Trump” signs and the Fair’s response was accurate.2. NEWFidalgo Democrats have shared YouTube video links to two recent presentations

3. Indivisible Bellingham is hosting a 40th Legislative District Representative candidate forum Wednesday, Aug 21, 6:00pm (5:30pm light potluck), Bellingham Unitarian Fellowship (lower level), 1207 Ellsworth Street, Bellingham

4. NEWIsland County Democrats‘ Annual Summerfest, Saturday, Aug 24, 3:00pm – 7:00pm, home of Grethe Cammermeyer and Diane Divelbess, 4632 Tompkins Road, Langley
This is a major fund-raiser for Island County Democrats. Tickets are available only at the door: $20 for adults, $15 for youths 17 – 20; ages 12 and under are free.  The ticket includes the lunch buffet and a glass of wine or beer or a soft drink and an opportunity for great conversations with like-minded folks. Please RSVP (not necessary but helpful) – Click Here

5.
NEWPhonebank for 40th Legislative District Senator Liz Lovelett hosted by Young Democrats of Washington, Sunday, Aug 25, 3:30pm – 6:00pm, Skagit County Democrats Headquarters, 300A South First Street, Mount Vernon

6. Reception in support of 2nd Congressional District Representative Rick Larsen,  Wednesday, Aug 28, 5:30pm – 6:30pm, Bad Dog Distillery, 19109 63rd Avenue Northeast, Arlington
Please RSVP to Zach Martin at 360-797-9256 or zach@ricklarsen.org.

7. The 39th Legislative District Democrats are seeking volunteers to staff the Democrats’ booth at the Evergreen State Fair in Monroe Aug 26 and Sep 1
We are looking for folks who can staff the table for four hour shifts. The Fair is in the heart of the 39th and will be a great opportunity for us to connect with voters in our district! Please sign up below!

8. NEWNorthwest Washington Central Labor Council’s Labor Day Picnic, Monday, Sep 2, Noon to 4:00pm, Riverfront Park, 901 River Road, Sedro-Woolley
Music, Burgers, Chicken, and Salmon provided by the NWWCLC. Bring a side dish!

9. NEWThe 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 (https://www.brownpapertickets.com/event/4293318).

10. NEWNational honor for 40th Legislative District Representative Debra Lekanoff
From the Anacortes American, Aug 14 – “State Rep. Debra Lekanoff, D-Bow, was awarded the annual Rising Environmental Leader Award Aug. 3 at the National Caucus of Environmental Legislators forum in Nashville. The award goes to lawmakers who show strong leadership on environmental issues early in their legislative careers. “We are at a critical time in our history,” Lekanoff said in the announcement. “It’s vital we address the impact of climate change head on for today and for all the generations behind us.” In 2019, Lekanoff successfully sponsored legislation to protect orca populations in Puget Sound. She also served as vice chair of the House Committee on Environment and Energy, passing some of the nation’s strongest environmental protection and clean energy policies.”

11. Call for a diverse group of volunteers
Our party is a “party of inclusion”. “Discrimination on the basis of gender/gender identity, race, age, religion, sexual orientation, economic status, disability, physical appearance, or ethnic origin is prohibited” when we conduct party business. (Article III of our By-Laws). Yet, our committees, as well as our organization, do not reflect adequately the amazing diversity of our community.  Let’s fix this!

As a first step, if you are a Democrat in any of the above categories, join our current committees:  Finance, Fundraising and Gala, Membership, Technology, Communications, Resolution, and Endorsement, and consider joining a new committee recently created by the Executive Board on Diversity and Racial Equity.  And tell us what we need to do so that the committees/organization are more responsive to your needs, issues and concerns around meeting times and support networks.  And don’t be surprised if we reach out to you.  We want you! Contact staff: staff@skagitdemocrats.org.

12. Purchase opportunity to help the Skagit County Democrats – Portable Canvas Shed
We have, at the Skagit Democrats Headquarters in Mount Vernon, a large Portable Canvas Shed (Click Here), “ABBA SHED” 8’x14′. It is a large cover that can be used for a party, shed to store items, and other potential uses, like a large picnic. This item was donated by a great Democrat as part of the Gala auction. The proceeds from this Shed will be used in much needed Party expenses. The suggested value is $400. However, if you are interested, please do make an offer at/to Headquarters Staff, 360-366-1555. Your support will be greatly appreciated.

13. 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. NEWSauk-Suiattle Indian Tribe annual Celebration of Generations “Community is Unity” Pow Wow, Friday – Sunday, Aug 23 – 25, at the reservation on State Route 530 about 2 miles north of Darrington
Food, crafts, and contests are again on the agenda.2. Labor Wars of the Northwest” Documentray Film, Wednesday, Sep 4, 5:45pm, Pickford Film Center, 1318 Bay Street, Bellingham
Tickets (available for purchase at the door or Click Here) are priced at $7 for the public, $5 for Pickford members and $3 for students with identification. Following the film, Pacific Northwest historian David Jepsen, who wrote and directed Labor Wars, and Conor Casey, Labor Archivist for the Labor Archives of Washington, will lead a discussion on labor issues and answer audience questions.

 

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, Aug 20, 5:00pm and Sunday, Aug 25, 5:30pm – Peter Hart, Regional Director for the Puget Sound Region of the Inland Boatman’s Union of the Pacific, a marine division of the International Longshore and Warehouse Union of the West Coast, talks about his Union
Interview by Lori Province:  Peter explains the history, work, and current issues of the Inland Boatman’s Union. For more information, go to https://ibu.org/ or email Peter at peter@iub.org.

We Do The Work Comment:  What were some of the strikes in 2018 all about.

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 is now operating 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 – 1,950, grand total – 6,544.

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.