Action Newsletter—18 November 2019

DEMOCRATIC EVENTS
1. Fundraising 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

2. NEWDemocrats Debate Watch Party, Wednesday, Nov 20, 5:00pm – 8:00pm, Skagit County Democrats Headquarters, 300A South First Street, Mount Vernon
Doors open at 4:30pm. Light foods provided.

3. NEWA fundraiser for 1st Congressional District Representative Suzan DelBene is scheduled for Saturday, Nov 23, 2:00pm, home of Anthony Young and Joe Mulcahy, 2020 27th Place, Anacortes
To RSVP or for more information, Click Here, email shelby@delbeneforcongress.com, or call 206-328-2969. If you would like to contribute in lieu of attending, you can Click Here.

4. NEWFamilias Unidas por La Justicia (FUJ) Celebracion: Dandole Gracias a Nuestra Comunidad (Thanking Our Community), Sunday, Nov 24, 5:00pm – 8:00pm, USW Hall, 47 Alder Lane, Mount Vernon
“And a fund raiser for the Farm Workers’ kids!! Hosted by Familias Unidas por la Justicia (FUJ). This event is to give thanks to those who have been with the Farm Workers of FUJ since the beginning of the formation of their union. We want to update the community on recent developments of Familias Unidas and some of their plans going forward. This will also serve as a fund raiser to help the union members buy gifts for the upcoming holidays. Please consider donating to FUJ and their kids.” Click Here to go to the donation page.

5. NEWJoin the 40th Legislative District Democrats for their Holiday Champagne Brunch, Sunday, Dec 8, Noon to 3:00pm, Alger Community Hall, 18735 Parkview Lane, Burlington (Take Alger Exit, go East, Turn South on Old 99, after about a long block-turn right on Parkview Ln, hall is just down the road by the Alger Fire Hall)
Let’s celebrate a successful year in electing Senator Liz Lovelett and many other great Democrats in San Juan, Skagit, and Whatcom Counties. Please RSVP so we can arrange the right quantities for our menu by emailing Janet at cedarwaxwings@gmail.com or calling at 360-770-3512. The community hall has a lovely low-maintenance and low-water garden, labyrinth, and a bridge to the salmon stream.

It’s a Fun-Raiser, too, please donate a card or ornament with $10.00 for our Gift Tree. To learn more and sign up for the Gift Tree, to help with food donations, and to help staff, Click Here. Help Us Elect Democrats! Janet McKinney, 40th E-board Member; Rita Sullivan, PCO; Brenda Lavender, PCO

6. NEWFidalgo Democrats have posted a video of the Sound Defense Alliance presentation given at their last meeting on Tuesday, Nov 12
Click Here for the video on YouTube.

7. Notes from Headquarters Whenever 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 staff@skagitdemocrats.org 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 staff@skagitdemocrats.org or call us at 360-336-1555 and leave your contact information. 8. When 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. ‘Absolutely No Mercy’: Leaked Files Expose How China Organized Mass Detentions of Muslims The US civil service: Protectors of the republic The Story of Dyngo, a War Dog Brought Home From Combat OK, boomer. The kids are fighting back
COMMUNITY EVENTS
1. NEWDinner With Friends (Boys & Girls Clubs of Skagit County’s Youth of the Year Program), Nov 20, 6:00pm – 7:30pm, Magnolia Grill, 208 Ferry Street, Sedro-Woolley
“Dinner with friends is our kickoff event for our Boys & Girls Clubs of Skagit County’s Youth of the Year Program, and an opportunity to recognize and honor Club kids. Hosted by our members, you’ll experience presentations by Youth of the Year hopefuls, among others, and enjoy a lovely dinner.” Individual Tickets: $20; Table of 8: $150. To Purchase tickets Click Here. For more info contact Jayme Street at 360-419-3723 x41 or jayme.street@skagitclubs.org.

2. NEWSkagit County Board of Commissioners Seeks Applicants for County Planning Commission, application due Friday, Nov 29, by 4:30pm
The Skagit County Board of Commissioners is seeking applicants for the county Planning Commission. The Board of Commissioners strives to ensure that the Planning Commission is a balanced committee representing many different viewpoints. Current Planning Commissioners have backgrounds including real estate, agriculture, business, education, environmental planning, and more. Click Here for More Information.

Send your application no later than Friday, Nov 29, 4:30pm to the Clerk of the Board of County Commissioners at commissioners@co.skagit.wa.us or 1800 Continental Place, Suite 100, Mount Vernon WA 98273. If you have questions, please email commissioners@co.skagit.wa.us or call 360-416-1300. The Board of County Commissioners expects to make appointments in August after application review and interviews.

3. NEW4th Festival of Tiny Trees, Saturday, Nov 23, 6:00pm – 8:30pm, Swinomish Yacht Club, 310 North First Street, La Conner
Kick off the holiday season and support the new La Conner – Swinomish Library at the 4th Festival of Tiny Trees. The evening features a silent auction of creative tabletop trees designed and decorated by local individuals, businesses and organizations and a live auction of small original artworks. This year’s event takes place at the Swinomish Yacht Club. We’re thrilled to be in a larger space, thanks to the generosity of the Yacht Club. Enjoy savory and sweet bites along with beverages. Tickets ($30) available online here. Or come to La Conner Library during regular hours to buy tickets (cash or check). Proceeds will support the new library community meeting room!

4. NEW – Skagit County Climate Strike, Friday, Nov 29, 12:000pm – 1:00pm, Skagit County Superior Courthouse, 205 West Kincaid Street, Mount Vernon
“On November 29th concerned citizens of Skagit Valley will strike to demand climate action. Join me and your community to listen to special guest speakers and rally together for our planet! Our children, our earth needs us to act before it’s too late – We will see you on the Courthouse steps on November 29th!” Host Contact Info: margaretjorr@gmail.com.

5. NEWWomen’s Work International Market, Saturday and Sunday, Nov 30 & Dec 1, 11:00am – 5:00pm, Senior Center, 1401 Cleveland Street, Mount Vernon
This event is put together by a local woman who is working with two villages to bring their fair trade work to broader audiences.
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 – ksvrwedothework@gmail.com.

NEW – We Do The Work’s program for Tuesday, Nov 19, 5:00pm and Sunday, Nov 24, 5:30pm – David Jepsen, Educator, Historian, Author, Filmmaker of Labor Wars of the Northwest
Interview by Mike Dumovich: David talks about his new documentary and how important this film is to students, history, and workers. For more information, go to http://laborwarsnw.com/ or https://pnlha.wordpress.com/.  

We Do The Work Comments: Unions are not dead by any means. Trump’s do-nothing climate policy will end up costing us trillions. ‘Freedom’ includes responsibilities. 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 http://speakupspeakoutradio.org/ anytime. Interested in getting SUSO e-News? Contact susoradionews@qsoup.net.

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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