Action Newsletter—31 December 2018

DEMOCRATIC EVENTS 1. The Skagit Democrats Headquarters will be closed through Tuesday, Jan 1, 2019 Phone messages and emails will be monitored. If you need access and do not have a key, leave a message at 360-336-1555 and someone will get back to you. 2. NEWIndivisible is sponsoring a rally at 1st Congressional Representative Suzan DelBene’s office Thursday, Jan 3, 2019, 9:00am, 204 West Montgomery Street, Mount Vernon “On January 3, we must show up and project our newly-won congressional power in 2019. And we must demand our MoCs {Members of Congress} stand strong and continue to reject any new funding for Trump’s wall. And Indivisibles have more than 100 events planned to kick off the new Congress. Indivisibles all over the country will show up at district offices or hold rallies in their community to tell their MoCs that we’re not slowing down now. There’s a lot more in store for our movement: we’re ready to fight for progressive policies, support progressive champions, and hold both Republicans and Democrats accountable when they don’t fight for their constituents.” To RSVP, Click Here. 3. The 10th Legislative District Democrats Executive Board meets 10:00am, Saturday, Jan 5, Skagit County Democrats Headquarters, 300A South First Street, Mount Vernon 4. The 10th Legislative District Democrats Re-organization Election results:
  • Chair: John Amell (Island)
  • 1st Vice Chair: Lona Wilbur (Skagit)
  • 2nd Vice Chair: Jessica Smith (Snohomish)
  • Secretary: Trena Berton (Skagit)
  • Tresurer.: Melody Risner (Island)
  • State Committee Member: Art Huffine (Island)
  • State Committee Member: Trena Burton (Island)
  • Skagit County Executive Board Representative: Tammy Oommen
5. The 39th Legislative Democrats Reorganization Meeting is scheduled for Sunday, Jan 6, 10:00am – 2:00pm, Stillaguamish Room Arlington City Sewer Department, 154 West Cox Street, Arlington – NOTE the date change from Jan 5 to Jan 6. We will carry out reorganization according to the State Party Charter and Bylaws and our own Legislative District Bylaws. Only elected PCOs can vote on Executive Board positions, so your attendance is critical to the process of selecting officers who represent voters in your precinct and provide you support in carrying out the business of the Democratic Party. The following 5 documents are available on a shared Google drive and are for your reference:
  • Agenda for the meeting
  • Proposed Rules for the meeting
  • Proposed Bylaws for 2019-2020
  • Priority of Party Rules over Statues
  • Gender-equity Guidelines
Please review these documents before the reorganization meeting by clicking the following link: If you have any questions prior to the meeting, please contact Jennifer Lewis ( or a member of the current Executive Board. 6. The 40th Legislative District Democrats Re-organization Meeting is Sunday, Jan 13, 1:00pm to 3:00pm, Farmhouse Restaurant, 13724 La Conner Whitney Road, Mount Vernon If you want to order lunch (no host), please arrive by 12:30pm so we can start the meeting on time. Below are links to documents pertinent to the meeting: Please consider running for any of the Executive Board positions. All are welcome – we especially welcome diversity! This includes race, ethnicity, gender, gender identity, sexual orientation, age, social class, physical ability or attributes, religious or ethical values system, and national origin. 7. NEWA message from the Washington State Democrats
  • “We ran everywhere:
    • We ran candidates in 24 of 25 state Senate races and 97 of 98 state House races.
    • We spoke with voters in all 39 counties and all 49 legislative districts.
    • We had 27 field organizers working across 19 offices statewide.
    • We knocked on 520,610 doors — and 91% of them were in cities and towns outside Seattle!
  • We fought voter suppression and misinformation:
    • We reached thousands of voters in a language other than English.
    • We established a permanent voter protection hotline.
    • We created a map showing the location of every ballot drop box in the state.
    • We directly stopped voter-suppressing misinformation in four counties.
  • We built the blue wave:
    • We made 2,070,531 direct voter contact attempts, including 1,314,945 phone calls and 234,976 text messages to voters.
    • We completed 17,372 volunteer shifts.
    • We built a brand new Election Center website to make voting and volunteering more accessible.
    • We trained thousands of volunteers at dozens of Organizing Academy sessions.
  • We won…and won…and won some more:
    • We flipped the 8th Congressional District from red to blue for the first time ever (and defeated Dino Rossi for the fourth time).
    • We flipped 3 state Senate seats and 7 state House seats.
    • We increased the total vote share of Democratic legislative candidates by 14% statewide.
    • We did not lose a single Democratic-held statewide, congressional, or legislative seat to a Republican!
Thanks for all you do — The whole team at the Washington State Democrats” Click Here to donate to support the Washington State Democrats. 8. A message from newly elected Skagit County Democrats Chair, Jeff Mount “Greetings to my Fellow Skagit Democrats, It is truly a privilege to be asked to serve as Chair of the Skagit County Democratic party. At a point in history when so many aspects of our lives are influenced by the political process, we have a tremendous responsibility to do all that we can to make that political process responsive to every American. I believe with all my heart that the most effective way to do that is to elect Democratic candidates at every level of government. Our mission is very simple: if you believe we owe it to our children to leave them a country where education, health care, housing, clean air, and clean water are fundamental rights, this is your party. But that means more than putting an “Impeach Trump” bumper sticker on your car. It means supporting the Democratic party with your time, money, energy, and ideas. It means being engaged in the process of how we respond to the challenges we will face. It means holding us accountable when we don’t live up to our values, and joining us to celebrate when we do. We will no doubt spend much of the next two years arguing. We are Democrats, after all. The passion in our debates reflects the passion with which we believe in our cause. But let’s always remember that the purpose of debate is to resolve differences, not sow divisions. If we assume that divergent opinions come from divergent life experiences rather than character flaws or a lack of intellect, we will be more inclined to attack the opinion rather than the person. It’s much easier to find common ground when we begin by assuming that the other side has good intentions. So, let’s enjoy this journey together. We have a lot of work to do in 2019 to lay the groundwork for a successful 2020 campaign. I encourage everyone to read this newsletter every week to stay updated on events, meetings, and other ways to help your party grow. You can also attend executive board meetings on the second Saturday of every month, and stop in at our office at 300A South 1st Street in Mount Vernon on weekdays between noon and 4pm, and talk to one of our volunteers about options for participating in the political process. In fellowship, Jeff Mount, Chair, Skagit County Democrats” 9. Coffee ‘n Cards is now Monday OR Tuesday (beginning Jan 7 & 8) between 10:00am – 12:00pm at the Skagit County Democrats Headquarters, 300A South First Street, Mount Vernon You are invited to drop in and write for any length of time. In 2018, with an average of 11 card writers and 66 cards sent each week, we sent 3,441 postcards to give a PoB (Pat on the Back), oppose/support a specific issue, or an occasional SOY (Shame On You) to deserving individuals, groups or businesses on local, state and national issues. It’s a positive way to react to the abundance of negative news, learn from each other about how government works and what issues impact us individually or collectively, and, in the words of one participant, “being surrounded by such a group of well-informed, caring people is so uplifting”. We also hosted local midterm candidates to informally visit with us, and will soon have the opportunity to learn from Representative Suzan DelBene’s office administrator how to effectively communicate with our elected officials. Colorful postcards, pens and topic cards with addresses are provided. Stamps are sold 3 for $1. Bring your own coffee! 10. 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. NEWPolar Bear Plunge/Penguin Dip at Clear Lake Beach – Tuesday, Jan 1, 11:00am (has been the standard start time in the past) This event is no longer sponsored by the Skagit County Parks & Recreation. Plunge at your own risk! 2. NEWSkagit Eagle Festival Skagit Eagle Festival is a month-long celebration during eagle-watching season in eastern Skagit County. Activities take place in Concrete, Rockport and Marblemount every full weekend in January. 3. NEWMarblemount Community Club presents “The Upper Skagit Eagle Festival,” scheduled for Saturday & Sunday, Jan 12 & 13, 10:00am – 6:00pm, Marblemount Community Hall, 60155 State Route 20, Marblemount Performances sponsors include the Washington State Arts Commission. Click Here for more information. 4. NEWProject Hometown Concert and Fundraiser for Habitat for Humanity (dinner and concert), Saturday, Jan 19, Perkins’ Farm (Eagle Haven), 8243 Sims Road, Sedro-Woolley Tickets: $40. Perkins Farms and Eagle Haven Winery will host the PROJECT HOMETOWN dinner concert as a fundraiser for Skagit Habitat for Humanity. Habitat is a non-profit that is working together with our community, and many of the Career and Technology Education classes at Sedro-Woolley High School, to build homes alongside families in need. Click Here for more information.
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 – NEW – We Do The Work’s program for Tuesday, Jan 1, 5:00pm and Sunday, Jan 6, 5:30pm – Mark McDermott, Social & Economic Educator and Activist Interview by Ken Winkes: Mark gives many examples of why the truth matters in our lives and tells us about his workshop called Fighting for our Democracy and Future in the age of Trump. For more information, go to We Do The Work Comments:
  • Republicans are making it harder to vote and winning elections that way.
  • Ken recites patriotism quotes.
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 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 since January.