Action Newsletter—7 October 2019

1. NEWThe Essay Contest Committee meets Monday, Oct 7, 2:00pm, Skagit County Democrats Headquarters, 300A South First Street, Mount Vernon2. The first Gala Team meeting is scheduled for Thursday, Oct 10, 11:00am – 1:00pm, Skagit County Democrats Headquarters, 300A South First Street, Mount Vernon

Fundraising reception for Washington State Attorney General Bob Ferguson hosted by Sedro-Woolley City Councilmember Karl de Jong, Thursday, Oct 10, 6:00pm – 7:00pm, Magnolia Hall Banquet Room, 214 Ferry Street, Sedro-Woolley
To RSVP or for more information, email or Click Here. Magnolia Hall is located behind the Magnolia Grill.

4. NEWSkagit Count Democrats’ Central Committee meets Saturday, Oct 12, 10:00am – 12:00pm, Skagit County Democrats Headquarters, 300A South First Street, Mount Vernon
Our main focus will be our final vote on the bylaws revision. We will be voting yes or no on each of the fourteen articles. Each article that receives an affirmative vote by more than two thirds of those eligible to vote will be incorporated into the new bylaws. If any articles fail to meet this threshold, we will revert back to the prior version of those articles. Any additions to the bylaws beyond the scope of the current update may be moved as amendments after the vote on the update is complete. If you have any questions or concerns, please do not hesitate to contact Chair Jeff Mount at or Alan Brewer, Chair of the Bylaws Committee, at In addition to the bylaws, we will hear updates on the state meetings in Yakima, as well as progress reports on convention planning and endorsement rules.

5. NEWDemocratic Women on the Rocks, Monday, Oct 14, 4:00pm – 6:00pm, 13 Moons Restaurant, Swinomish Casino, 12885 Casino Drive, Anacortes

6. NEWDebate Watch Party, Tuesday, Oct 15, 5:00pm – 8:00pm, Skagit County Democrats Headquarters, 300A South First Street, Mount Vernon
Doors open at 4:30pm. 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!

NEWThe Washington State Democrats have partnered with the National Democratic Training Committee (NDTC) to offer a free, in-person training, Saturday, Oct 19, 9:00am – 4:30pm, Seattle Machinist Hall, 9125 15th Place South, Seattle
Cost: FREE (and lunch is included)! Over the course of the day, you and fellow Democrats from across Washington State will receive instruction from the NDTC’s professional training staff in the essential elements of campaigning, including fundraising, messaging, digital communications, and voter contact strategy and tactics. The NDTC’s Blue Bench training program has three available tracks, so no matter your experience or role, this training is for you (and all of your Democrat friends)! Want to build your local party organization? There’s a track for that. Considering a run for office? There’s a track for that. Want to learn skills to volunteer or work for a campaign? You better believe there’s a track for that, too! Click Here to register.

8. UPDATEDFidalgo Democrats meet Tuesday, Oct 22, 7:00pm, Anacortes Public Library, 1220 10th Street, Anacortes
The program will be Bud Anderson of No More Bombs speaking on “Hanford’s Unintended Consequences—Clean-Up Nightmare”. Please note change of date.

9. 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.

10. 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.

11. 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. 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

12. NEWA message from Skgit Democrats Chair, Jeff Mount
“I was thirteen years old when Richard Nixon resigned as president. Having already seen a moon landing, Vietnam, Kent State, and multiple assassinations on television already in my life, it’s possible that a scandal big enough to force a president to resign didn’t seem like a big deal. It’s also possible that subsequent presidents have been even more corrupt than Nixon but have gotten away with it because our standards have changed. There has, however, never been a president as corrupt as Donald Trump and the Congress has a moral as well as a historical obligation, to impeach him.

We will hear much over the next weeks and months about the political ramifications of impeachment, especially as the process ebbs and flows to the benefit of one side or the other. The political drama has real consequences as many in Congress will see their prospects for re-election impacted and control of both houses of Congress, as well as the White House, could flip depending on what transpires. There is no way to predict how this process will change history.

But there is no alternative. A month ago when the web of corruption in the Trump administration was so tangled that there was no way to focus enough on any single thread to mount an aggressive prosecution, the moral imperative, great as it was, did not outweigh the political risk. Now, Trump has committed an abuse of power so egregious that he can be impeached solely on that single act. By attempting to use military aid as a tool to blackmail the president of Ukraine into investigating a potential political opponent, Trump has provided the Congress with grounds for impeachment so clear that failing to act is no longer an option.

It is doubtless true that Mitch McConnell will place political calculation above ethical considerations and continue to defend this indefensible president, which makes conviction in the Senate a long shot. It may even be true that this process mobilizes Republicans and helps them in next year’s elections. That only happens if we let it happen.  History only progresses in the right direction if people who do the right thing are rewarded for it and people who try to stop them are penalized. Democrats who try to prevent Donald Trump from sabotaging democracy are doing the right thing. It is our duty to support them.”

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.


1. NEWSpirit of Hope, Community Action of Skagit County’s annual fundraising event, Thursday, Oct 10, 5:00pm – 7:30pm, Swinomish Casino & Lodge, 12885 Casino Drive, Anacortes
“Community Action celebrates it’s 40th anniversary this year with a very special Spirit of Hope dinner event planned. Please join us for our celebrated keynote speaker Dick Durrance, a National Geographic photographer as well as combat photographer in Vietnam. His worldly message of human compassion and care are discovered in his presentation ‘In the Spirit of Hope’.” Click Here for ticket information.2. NEWThe next Planned Parenthood rally is Saturday, Oct 12, 11:00am – 12:00pm, 1805 East Division Street, Mount Vernon

3. 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.”

4. 14th Annual Concrete Ghost Walk, Saturdays in October, 6:00pm – 8:00pm, Concrete Theatre, 45920 Main Street, Concrete
Tickets aren’t available at the door. The event often sells out, so please purchase well in advance. Click Here for ticket information.

5. Two candidate forums planned in October in Anacortes

  • Oct. 10, 11:30am, Anacortes Lutheran Church. The event is part of the Anacortes Chamber of Commerce monthly membership luncheon. People who are not chamber members must RSVP at 360-293-7911. Lunch is $20. Candidates will visit each table, and each table will have a moderator. Anacortes Chamber President Stephanie Hamilton said that style of forum will allow guests to meet and ask questions of each candidate.
  • Oct. 15, 5:30pm, Anacortes City Hall. Open to the public. Invited to participate in the forums: the candidates for state Senate, Anacortes City Council, Anacortes School Board, Anacortes Port Commission, Hospital Commission, and Fidalgo Pool and Fitness Center Commission.

6. Skagit County Housing Summit, Oct 15, 3:00pm – 7:00pm, McIntyre Hall, Skagit Valley College, 2501 East College Way, Mount Vernon
During the 2017-18 school year, 769 students were identified as experiencing homelessness. Skagit County Apartment Vacancy Rate: 0 – that’s the lowest in the state. Click Here for ticket and registration information.

7. NEWMount 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.

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


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 – – We Do The Work’s program for Tuesday, Oct 8, 5:00pm and Sunday, Oct 13, 5:30 – Ken Winkes and Gary Kanter, We Do The Work hosts
Interview by Lori Province: Ken and Gary answer questions about their histories, passions, and how they decide on a show.

We Do The Work Comment: Juan Cole’s views on Labor Day 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

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.