DEMOCRATIC EVENTS
1. Northwest 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!2. NEW 40th Legislative District Democrats Executive Board meets Wednesday, Sep 4, 5:00pm, Skagit County Democrats Headquarters, 300A South First Street, Mount Vernon

3. Reception suporting 2nd Congressional District Representative Rick Larsen, Monday, Sep 5, 5:30pm – 6:30pm, at the home of Joe Mosolino
Address will be provided upon RSVP. Please RSVP to Zach Martin at 360-797-9256 or zach@ricklarsen.org.

4. 10th Legislative District Executive Board meets Saturday, Sep 7, 10:00am – 12:00pm, Skagit County Democrats Headquarters, 300A South First Street, Mount Vernon

5. UPDATED40th Legislative District Democrats Special Meeting, Sunday, Sep 8, Noon, Localgroup Studio, 221 Prospect Street, Bellingham
“This is a Special Meeting to elect a new Chair and Whatcom Vice-Chair for the 40th LD Democrats. Elected and Appointed PCOs, are eligible to vote on the election of new officers. PCOs are also the only ones eligible to vote on removing someone from an office to which they have previously been elected. Acting PCOs are not eligible to vote. Acting PCOs do not live in the precincts they are representing.

Please RSVP to Linda Winter Pace at lmwinterpace@comcast.net because it is vital we have a quorum.

The Whatcom Vice-Chair is a voting member of the Executive Boards of the Whatcom Democrats and the 40th LD Democrats, and as such, is expected to attend the meetings and be a paid member or a PCO of both organizations. Also, the Whatcom Vice-Chair represents the 40th LD on the Whatcom Democrats Candidate Committee and the Whatcom Democrats Crosstalk Committee if the Chair doesn’t live in Whatcom County or the Chair asks the Vice-Chair to be the 40th LD representative on one or both of those committees.

If you, or someone you know, are interested in running for either Chair or Whatcom Vice-Chair, please send an email to lmwinterpace@comcast.net and please include “40th LD” in the subject. We need some people to step up for these positions! If you have thought about getting more involved in the 40th LD Democrats, now is the time!” Click Here to review the 40th LD ByLaws.

6. Democratic Women on the Rocks, Monday, Sep 9, 4:00pm – 6:00pm, 13 Moons Restaurant, Swinomish Casino, 12885 Casino Drive, Anacortes  

7. Fidalgo Democrats meet Tuesday, Sep 10, 7:00pm, Anacortes Public Library, 1220 10th Street, Anacortes
“The Decline of the Free Press” will be the topic for Professor Kurt Dunbar of Skagit Valley College, followed by a moderated discussion. Please bring friends, family, or colleagues. Help yourself to coffee and cookies. Also, bring a non-perishable item for the food bank donation box. For more information call Corinne at 360-293-7114. Our meetings are lively!

8. NEWThe Skagit County Democrats will host a Debate-Watching Party on Thursday, Sep 12, 5:00pm, Skagit County Democrats Headquarters, 300A South First Street, Mount Vernon
The debate begins at 5:00 p.m. Doors will be open at 4:30p.m. Food and beverages will be provided. Please come and unite around our Democratic candidates. We welcome all to attend and be part of the Democratic Community!

9. UPDATEDThe Skagit County Democrats Executive Board meets Saturday, Sep 14, 10:00am – 12:00pm, Skagit County Democrats Headquarters, 300A South First Street, Mount Vernon
Our agenda for this meeting will include a progress report on the bylaw adoption and endorsement rules update, official adoption of the candidate recruitment committee, and starting our preparation for the 2020 convention. Bring your ideas and bring a friend.

10. 39th Legislative District Democrats General Meeting, Saturday, Sep 14, 10:00am – 1:00pm, Stillaguamish Conference Room, 154 West Cox Street, Arlington
The agenda will include election of vacant Executive Board positions and a presentation by Snohomish County Assessor Linda Hjelle.

11. The 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).

12. NEW2020 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.

13. 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.

14. 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. TIME FOR BACK TO SCHOOL! Watch out for the kiddies as you drive. First day of school by district:

  • Anacortes – Thursday, Sep 5
  • Burlington-Edison – Wednesday, Sep 4
  • Concrete – Wednesday, Sep 4
  • Conway – Tuesday, Sep 3
  • La Conner – Wednesday, Sep 4
  • Mount Vernon – Wednesday, Sep 4
  • Sedro-Woolley – Tuesday, Sep 3

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 and Rosalinda Guillen, Executive Director of Community to Community Development, will lead a discussion on labor issues and answer audience questions.

3. NEWSkagit River Salmon Festival, Saturday, Sep 7, 11:00am – 6:00pm, Edgewater Park, 600 Behrens Millett Road, Mount Vernon

  • Great bands and music to dance to all day—Jazz/Blues, Brazilian, Bluegrass & Indie Rock
  • Fun Skagit brewed Beer & Wine Garden provided by North Sound Brewing Co.
  • Tasty food choices to select from and enjoy
  • Artisan wares to browse and buy
  • ‘Hunters of the Sky’ Raptor Bird Program
  • Arts, crafts, and games for the whole family
  • Haggen Kidz Zone with face painters, bouncy house, Knockerballs, plus Frankie the Fire Engine
  • Admission: Kids FREE – Adults $5

4. NEWPaws and Plasma: Pet Food and Human Blood Drive, Saturday, Sep 7, 11:00am – 4:00pm, Humane Society of Skagit Valley, 18841 Kelleher Road, Burlington
Join Bloodworks Northwest and the Humane Society of Skagit Valley for our first Paws and Plasma pet food and blood drive. The US is currently experiencing a critical blood and plasma shortage, a shortage that directly effects one of our own team members. Bloodworks Northwest will have their mobile unit on site, making blood donations a breeze. Come show your support for the Humane Society of Skagit Valley family and win some fun prizes while you’re here.

5.
NEW“The Unintended Consequences of Hanford: Clean-up Nightmare”, a presentation by No More Bombs, Wednesday, Sep 11, 7:00pm, Anacortes Public Library, 1220 10th Street, Anacortes
“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. The waste products were simply vented to the atmosphere, pumped into storage tanks, or simply distributed into the ground. Specifically, Hanford is storing 56,000,000 gallons of high-level radioactive waste in 177 underground tanks and more than 1/3 of them have leaked.

This summer four Skagit County residents toured the Hanford facility and will report on that they saw and present information detailing the progress (or lack of progress) on cleaning up this disaster.”

6. NEWMaking 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.”

 

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 3, 5:00pm and Sunday, Sep 8, 5:30pm – Liz Shuler, Secretary-Treasurer of the AFL-CIO
Interview by Lori Province: Liz reports on the current labor issues for Labor Day. For more information, go to https://aflcio.org or https://aflcio.org/resolutions/resolution-5-commission-future-work-and-unions or http://www.thestand.org/ or https://aflcio.org/paywatch/highest-paid-ceos or https://aflcio.org/paywatch.

We Do The Work Comments:

  • Labor Wars of the Northwest is a new documentary that chronicles the cauldron of radicalism and violence from the Northwest cites who were roiling in labor unrest, strikes, and gunfights.
  • Mike recited Mourn Not the Dead by Ralph Chaplin.

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 – Speak Up, Speak Out! Wed., Sep 4
Linden Jordan and Dave McConnell talk on a variety of subjects related to LGBT concerns. Linden, Board member of Skagit PFLAG and a member of their Speakers Bureau, talked about the advances in acceptance of the “non-normal” identities – what still must be accomplished – particularly with regard to the Trans-gender minority.

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.