Action Newsletter—11 November 2019

1. 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.

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

3. 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.

4. 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.

5. NEWThe 10th Legislative District Democrats Executive Board meets Saturday, Nov 16, 10:00am – 12:00pm, Skagit County Democrats Headquarters, 300A South First Street, Mount Vernon

6. NEWFundraising reception for Washington State Attorney General Bob Ferguson, Monday, Nov 18, 4:30pm – 5:30pm, Whidbey Coffee, 1960 Marketplace Drive (across from Home Depot), Burlington

7. NEWNotes from Headquarters Wnenever you attend meetings or events, please remember to bring a donation of food for the Food Bank collection. Jim volunteers to deliver the donations as needed. It is that time of year when everything is put to good use. There are Headquarters staffing gaps which may effect our ability to maintain current Headquarters hours. If you have some weekly or by-weekly time and would like to volunteer, send an email to or call us at 360-336-1555 and leave your contact information. Headquarters needs a monthly cleaning person. There are some funds available to compensate you for your time and labor. If you are interested, please send an email to or call us at 360-336-1555 and leave your contact information. 8. NEWWhen working people come together with each other and our community — we win. After more than six months of negotiations, United Food and Commercial Workers (UFCW) 21, UFCW 367, and Teamsters 38 members turned out to vote and ratified a historic new contract

Puget Sound Grocery Store Workers are proud of a contract that includes: Strongest journey wage increases in UFCW 21’s history Full back pay to expiration Health care benefits that are projected to be fully-funded, include benefit improvements and NO increases to premiums or deductibles First scheduling overhaul in decades, giving us more control over our schedules Strong safety language for the first time ever in our contract A plan for the future of technology and workforce training Won protections for our wage scales, so as minimum wage goes up, so do our wage steps. NOT ONE SINGLE CUT OR TAKEAWAY!   9. Medicare 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.

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. 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. German Lessons – Thirty years after the end of history: Elements of an education Meet the low-wage workforce The Raid on Bermuda That Saved the American Revolution
1. Veterans Day Lunch, Monday, Nov 11, 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.

2. NEWSkagit County Maritime Symposium, Wednesday, Nov 13, 3:00pm – 5:00pm, Maple Hall, 104 Commercial La Conner
Maritime leaders from Skagit County are invited to the Skagit County Maritime Symposium. The symposium, organized by the Economic Develpment Alliance of Skagit County (EDASC), features local and state-level speakers from Washington Maritime Blue, state Department of Ecology and the Northwest Center of Excellence for Marine Manufacturing & Technology. Anacortes Mayor Laurie Gere and La Conner Mayor Ramon Hayes will also speak. Click Here to register.
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 12, 5:00pm and Sunday, Nov 17, 5:30pm – Maria Goodall, UFCW’s bargaining team member, Liz Maass, OPEIU (Office & Professinal Employees Internation Union) Local 8’s bargaining team member, and Nallely Flores, OPEIU Local 8 Representative & Organizer, at Providence Regional Medical Center, Everett
Interview by Gary Kanter: Maria, Liz, and Nallely update us on their contract negotiations at Providence Regional Medical Center, Everett. For more information, go to or

We Do The Work Comment: The cost of childcare is very expensive.

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 – 2,746, 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.

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