Action Newsletter—4 November 2019

1. Ballots for this year’s General Election must be submitted or postmarked by tomorrow, Tuesday, Nov 5

2. NEWFrom Skagit County Democrats Election Monitor jim justice
If you haven’t mailed your ballot yet, DO NOT. The last ballots picked up from mailboxes in Skagit that will count in this election was Friday before 5:00pm. If anyone drops (or dropped) off a ballot in a post box since Friday at 5:00pm, they will NOT be counted as they go to Seattle to be processed. That processing takes about 2-3 days. Please use the ELECTION drop boxes BEFORE 8:00pm on Tuesday. You can also go INTO a post office before 5:00pm and have the clerk hand cancel your ballot (do not just drop it into the inside dropbox).

Also, be sure your address and signature are up to date. Over time our signatures tend to change, so revising what is on file is a good idea. At this point, that must be done in the election office. People who have not yet registered to vote may still do so in the Skagit Election office in Mount Vernon if they are 18 or older on election day.

3. NEWMedicare Open Enrollment assistance
A volunteer from SHIBA (Statewide Health Insurance Benefits Advisers) will be available at Skagit County Democrats Headquarters, 300A South First Street, Mount Vernon, each Tuesday in November from 12:00pm to 3:00pm. SHIBA volunteers help understand Medicare and your Open Enrollment options in Skagit County. No appointment required.

4. NEW40th Legislative District Democrats Executive Board meets Wednesday, Nov 6, 5:00pm – 7:30pm, Skagit County Democrats Headquarters, 300A South First Street, Mount Vernon

5. NEWSkagit County Democrats Executive Board meets Saturday, Nov 9, 10:00am – 12:00pm, Skagit County Democrats Headquarters, 300A South First Street, Mount Vernon

6. 10th Legislative District Senate candidate Helen Price-Johnson will be at Coffee ‘n Cards (see below) for an informal session on Monday, Nov 11, 11:00am, Skagit County Democrats Headquarters, 300A South First Street, Mount Vernon
Come enjoy a cup of coffee and get to know Helen and what she has to offer to our district.

7. NEWDemocratic Women on the Rocks, Monday, Nov 11, 4:00pm – 6:00pm, 13 Moons Restaurant, Swinomish Casino, 12885 Casino Drive, Anacortes  

8. Fidalgo Democrats meet Tuesday, Nov 12, 7:00pm, Anacortes Library, 1220 10th Street, Anacortes
Mark Lundsten, Rhea Miller, and Maryon Attwood, board members of Sound Defense Alliance, will discuss “Growler Jet Noise: Restoring the Balance.” A moderated discussion will follow the panel. Please bring friends, family, or colleagues. Help yourself to coffee and Rita Sullivan’s homemade cookies. Please bring a noon-perishable item for the food bank donation box. For more information call Corinne Salcedo, Chair, at 360-293-7114.

Also, to view last month’s presentation from Bud Anderson on “Hanford’s Unintended Consequences: Clean-Up Nightmare”, Click Here.

9. 40th Legislative District Representative Debra Lekanoff plans a Community Coffee, Friday, Nov 15, 8:00am – 9:00am, Skagit Valley Food Co-op, 202 South First Street, Mount Vernon
Click Here for more information.

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. NEWA Lurking Hidden Political Danger
Conservatives plan to use an Article V Constitutional Convention to amend the U.S. Constitution in some drastic ways in addition to their stated intent for a balanced budget amendment (BBA). Right now 32 conservative state legislatures have already called for an Article V Convention to create a BBA and it takes only 2/3 of the states (34) to call for a constitutional convention. Learn more about Constitutional Conventions and how close the Republican controlled states are to calling for one at the following links: U.S. Constitution Threatened as Article V Convention Movement Nears Success Conservatives call for constitutional intervention last seen 230 years ago 12. 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. The Ransomware Superhero of Normal, Illinois The Unprecedented Effort to Preserve a Million Letters Written by U.S. Soldiers During Wartime The True Story of Henry V, England’s Warrior King This is how democracies die – Defending our constitution requires more than outrage
1. “The Need to Eliminate Nuclear Weapons Worldwide”, Monday, Nov 4, 7:00pm, Anacortes Public Library, 1220 10th Street, Anacortes
Bud Anderson of No More Bombs will host the showing of two short films that stress the need to eliminate nuclear weapons worldwide. Nuclear Tipping Point features General Colin Powell, Senator Sam Nunn, Secretary of State George Shultz, Secretary of Defense William Perry, and Secretary of State Henry Kissinger. They build a case from their personal experiences that led them to support the goal of a world without nuclear weapons and explain the steps needed to get there. In The Insanity of Nuclear Deterrence (Click Here for TEDTalk) retired Royal Navy Commander, Robert Green, discusses his experience piloting nuclear-armed aircraft and his shift to becoming a staunch opponent of nuclear deterrence. A question and answer session will follow.

2. NEWVeterans Club BBQ, Thursday, Nov 07, 11:00am – 2:00pm, Skagit Valley College, 2405 East College Way, Mount Vernon
Join the Veterans Club on Nov 7 as they host the Veterans Day BBQ at the Tollefson Plaza. Come and enjoy hamburgers, hot dogs, refreshments and Shari’s pies. There will be live music from Pacific Northwest artist Knutt Bell as well as military, veteran, and school organizations. In the event of rain, we will host in the Multipurpose Room.

3. NEWLadies Night Out Downtown Sip & Shop, Friday, Nov 8, 5:00pm – 9:00pm, South First Street, Downtown Mount Vernon
$20 admission. Click Here for more information.

4. NEWThe next scheduled Planned Parenthood rally is Saturday, Nov 9, 11:00am – 12:00pm, 1805 East Division Street, Mount Vernon

5. NEWFrom Linda McCarthy, Executive Director, Mount Baker Planned Parenthood (MBPP)
“A couple weeks ago Facebook shut down our Facebook page alleging that we violated their policy. We challenged that action and after two weeks they reinstated us. We will never know what prompted that and we disagreed that anything on our page should have prompted this action.

However, in the process we discovered that the “business pages” for MBPP had been taken over by the antis and they were full of their signs and scripture. When we tried to get them back we learned that there are many steps that need to be taken to claim all Facebook sites with our name (seriously!) and have just been officially provided that status. We are now in the process of reclaiming all of them, cleaning them up, and removing/blocking whatever doesn’t belong on our site.”

6. NEW24th Annual Skagit Valley Veterans Day Parade, Saturday, Nov 9, 11:00am – 12:00pm, East Fairhaven Avenue from its intersection with Walnut Street to Skagit Street, Burlington
Pancake Breakfast, 8:00am – 10:0-0am, American Legion Hall. Military Display with Cookies & Coffee, 10:00am – 12:30pm, Burlington Visitor Center. Soup & Sandwich Lunch, Noon – 1:00pm, American Legion Hall.

7. NEWVeterans Day Lunch, Monday, 12:00pm – 3:00pm, Sedro-Woolley American Legion, 701 Murdock Street, Sedro Woolley
Chicken Alfredo, caesar salad, garlic bread and dessert. Veterans eat free, all others $7.00.
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, Nov 5, 5:00pm and Sunday, Nov 10, 5:30pm – David Jepsen and Conor Casey, Centralia Tragedy, Part 2
Interview by Mike Dumovich: Mike continues his special segment of We Do The Work called ‘Learn Yourself” with David Jepsen, educator, historian, author, and filmmaker, and Conor Casey, Labor Archivist for the Labor Archives of Washington, resuming the story of the Centralia Tragedy, Part 2. For more information, go to or or or or email

We Do The Work Comments: There are some really pissed off miners.

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 – SUSO Nov. 6, 2019 Streams and Shores of Skagit
Host jim justice recorded the presentation by Indivisible Skagit’s Environmental group by Jim Waddell of the Skagit Marine Resources Committee. Jim is a retired Boeing Computing Manager and volunteers in many environmental organizations: Fidalgo Bay Aquatic Preserve Citizen Stewartship Committee and the Padilla Bay Foundation. He explains the Skagit Marine Resources Committee activities that help protect and save the Salish Sea. Skagit Marine Resources Committee:

3. UPDATEDCoffee ‘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 – 2,746, grand total – 7, 419.

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.