Action Newsletter—13 May 2019

1. NEWOur Newest Teammates
Skagit County Democrats would like to extend a warm welcome to:

  • Mayra Velazquez, PCO for precinct Mount Vernon 22 (322)
  • Jamal Rabieh, PCO for precinct Gear (126)

Thanks for joining us in our efforts to elect more local, state, and national Democrats! Welcome Aboard!

2. Gala tickets are now available for purchase at the Skagit County Democrats Headquarters
$60 per ticket. Gala tickets are very limited right now so before you buy your Gala Tickets online, please call or email the Skagit County Democrats’ staff for availability of tickets at 360-336-1555 or email Calling hours are Monday to Friday, Noon to 4:00pm. Email anytime. The Skagit Democrats will create a wait list as seats open up from reserved seating that is cancelled so please add your name to the wait list. The wait list will be called in order of sign up.

To donate an item for the auction, please contact or call 360-336-1555 during office hours (Monday – Friday, Noon to 4:00pm). 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 and request more information. A Gala Team member will return your call.

3. NEWThe next Gala Team Meeting is scheduled for Thursday, May 16, 1:00pm, Skagit County Democrats Headquarters, 300A South First Street, Mount Vernon
With the Gala now less than a month away, the Team has decided to set weekly Team meetings from here on out: Thursdays, May 9, 16 and 23.

4. 2019 Candidate Filing begins Monday, May 13 and ends Friday, May 17
Click Here for a list of 2019 Offices Open for Election in Skagit County. Click Here for more information from the Secretary of State’s Office. Click Here for more information from the Skagit County Auditor’s Office.

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

6. Fidalgo Democrats next meet Tuesday, May 14, 7:00pm at the Anacortes Public Library, 1220 10th Street, Anacortes
Our 40th Legislative District representatives or surrogates, plus 10th Legislative District Representative Dave Paul will give a “Legislative Wrap-Up.” A moderated discussion will follow the presentations. Also, Washington State Democrats Northwest Field Organizer Alex del Rosario will speak to the group. Please bring friends, family, or colleagues. Help yourself to coffee and Rita Sullivan’s homemade cookies. Also, please bring a non-perishable item for the food bank donation box. For more information contact Corinne Salcedo, chair, at 360-293-7114.

7. The 10th Legislative District Democrats Executive Board next meets Saturday, May 18, 10:00am – 12:00pm, Skagit County Democrats Headquarters, 300A South First Street, Mt Vernon

8. NEW39th Legislative District Democrats Endorsements Meeting, Sunday, May 19, 1:30pm – 4:30pm, Monroe Public Library, 1070 Village Way, Monroe
We are holding a special endorsement meeting for the General Membership for the consideration of candidates that have already sought our endorsement as well as endorsements from the floor.

9. NEWIndivisible Bellingham is hosting a discussion on the Green New Deal, Monday, May 20, 6:00pm – 8:00pm, Bellingham Unitarian Fellowship (Lower level), 1207 Ellsworth Street, Bellingham
Admission is free but donations are welcome.

10. NEW – Young Democrats of Skagit County meet Wednesday, May 22, 7:00pm, 300A South First Street, Mount Vernon

11. The first 39th Legislative District Democrats Gala is scheduled for Saturday, May 25, 4:30pm, Hadley Hall (at Boys and Girls Club), 18513 59th Ave NE

Featured speakers will include 1st U.S. Congressional District Representative Suzan DelBene, Snohomish County Executive Dave Somers, and 39th Legislative District candidates to be announced. This will be a catered event and seats are very limited (we will only be seating 72) so be sure to get your tickets right away. Tickets are $60. Click Here for tickets and more information.

12. NEWThe next General Membership Meeting of the 40th Legislative District Democrats will be Sunday, Jun 2, Bellingham, Time and Location To Be Announced
This will be the endorsement meeting, too.

13. NEW Labor-Dem Work Group Meeting, Wednesday, Jun 12, 5:30pm, United Steel Workers Hall, 47 Alder Lane, Mount Vernon
We will discuss our plans for the Skagit Fair and have a showing of the new documentary “Labor Wars of the Northwest.”

14. NEWThe Skagit County Democrats are recruiting
The Skagit County Democrats need a cleaning person. Time involved is one or two hours a month. Job includes cleaning the bathroom, vacuuming the space and wiping down the food area and other counters. A salary is offered subject to negotiation. Please email for more information, if interested.

15. NEWPlease consider helping the Skagit Democrats with a project for the Skagit County Fair
We want to create a ‘Donkey Flipper’ that flips bean bag donkeys into the ‘2020 Democrats Winners Pot!’ A carpenter is needed for the Donkey Flipper (not very hard to make and we have examples of the flipper) and a sewer (one who sews) for the 6 bean bag donkeys. If interested in helping, please contact Janet at or 360-770-3512.

16. 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. NEW – Film Screening: “And Then They Came for Us”, Thursday, May 16, 6:00pm – 8:00pm, Central Skagit Library, 802 Ball Street, Sedro-Woolley
Price: Free. Seventy-five years ago, Executive Order 9066 paved the way to the profound violation of constitutional rights that resulted in the forced incarceration of 120,000 Japanese Americans. This film brings history into the present, retelling this difficult story and following Japanese American activists as they speak out against the Muslim registry and travel ban. Knowing our history is the first step to ensuring we do not repeat it. And Then They Came for Us is being screened in preparation for visiting lecturer, Clarence Moriwaki (May 20).2. NEWThe Skagit Valley Family YMCA Ribbon Cutting Ceremony and Community Celebration, Sunday, May 19, 11:00am – 11:15am, new YMCA facility, 1901 Hoag Road, Mount Vernon
The Community Celebration will take place from 10:00am–3:00pm and will be open house style with rotating stations throughout the facility. Stations will include games, cooking demonstrations and program information sessions. The event is free.

3. Ramadan 2019 in United States will begin in the evening of Sunday, May 5 and ends in the evening of Tuesday, Jun 4
For more information on Ramadan, Click Here for an article from USA Today or Click Here for an article from Al Jazeera. Teachers – Click Here for 9 Ways to Support Students During Ramadan.

4. Farmers Markets

  • Anacortes – open – Saturdays, 9:00am – 2:00pm, The Depot: 7th Street & R Avenue
  • Bow – opens Jun 13, Thursdays, 1:00pm – 6:00pm, Samish Bay Cheese, 15115 Bow Hill Road
  • Concrete – opens May 25, Saturdays, 9:00am – 3:00pm, Concrete Center, 45821 Railroad Avenue
  • Edison – closed
  • Mount Vernon, opens May 18, Saturdays, 9:00am – 2:00pm, Riverwalk Park, 501 Main Street
  • Mount Vernon, opens Jun 5, Wednesdays, 2:00pm – 7:00pm, Kincaid Entrance lawn at the Skagit Valley Hospital
  • Sedro-Woolley, opens May 22, Wednesdays, 3:00pm – 7:00pm, Hammer Heritage Square, Ferry and Metcalf Streets


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, May 14, 5:00pm and Sunday, May 19 – Tim Wheeler, Writer, Activist, Musician, and Reporter for the People’s World
Interview by Ken Winkes: Tim describes his family history, his life on the family farm, and tells some of his stories from his new book called “News From Rain Shadow Country.” To buy the book, go to or

We Do The Work Comments:

  • Christians who like Trump should be questioned about their values.
  • We like political jokes.

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

NEW – Join jim justice at Bellingham singer songwriter Linda Allen’s newest CD release party which was also a fundraiser for the Food bank there.
The CD is entitled Linda Allen Singing the News. Linda was celebrating 50 years writing and singing songs of protest. She was joined by her two daughters and several other singers and musicians to celebrate. Some topics on her recent CD are: supporting Planned Parenthood, tattoos, caregivers, cheap (think WalMart, Amazon, and lack of mine safety), hurricanes and much more. Click Here for Linda’s website. Linda is currently offering her multi-media presentation, “Here’s to the Women!”, in commemoration of both the state and national battle for the Nineteenth Amendment’s passage nationally in 2020.

3. Coffee ‘n Cards (Mondays only)
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 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.

Card writers needed from the 39th Legislative District! Your 3 legislators consistently vote against any environmental legislation (just one example). They need to know their CONSTITUENTS are watching and are wanting to see a greener Washington. Your voice needs to be heard in Olympia.

Tally: 2019 – 931, grand total – 5,443.