Action Newsletter—16 December 2019

DEMOCRATIC EVENTS 1. NEWA message from newly designated Skagit County Democrats Chair, Lynn Campbell “It is with a heavy heart that I share that Jeff Mount has resigned as chair. As Vice Chair, I will be stepping in the role as Chair. We will hold an election In January to fill the position of Vice Chair. In the interim, Claus Joens has volunteered and has been appointed to serve as Vice Chair, and Don Ambrose will fill in as the 39th LD Democrats Representative.I would like to take this opportunity to thank Jeff for all that he has contributed to our organization. Jeff has been with the Skagit County Democrats since 2015. In that time, he has been, and continues to be a PCO, has served as Treasurer, after which, he was elected Chair of The Skagit County Democrats. During the time he was Chair, Jeff has been a driving force behind updating our By-laws, and our Endorsement Committee’s Policy. Jeff also is credited with encouraging the Executive Board to actively find PCO’s to fill vacancies in precincts.Jeff has tirelessly looked for ways that our organization function more efficiently, and has been successful in getting us all to think of ways to become more efficient in our work. During the time Jeff was Chair, The Skagit County Democrats held the most successful Gala we’ve ever had. Jeff’s most important objective was to encourage more respect in the ways in which the E-Board members and members express differences of opinion. I will strive to carry on his work and hope to accomplish the goals he has set forth.Jeff will be sorely missed. We will continue to work together, develop cohesiveness, and move forward as an organization, and have a huge Democratic turnout for our 2020 election. Respectfully, Lynn Campbell” 2. NEWThe Skagit County Democrats will again host a Debate Watch Party, Thursday, Dec 19, 5:00pm (doors open at 4:30pm), Skagit Democrats Headquarters, 300A South First Street, Mount Vernon This will be a Holiday Potluck. Please bring a dish to share. 3. 40th Legislative District Representative Jeff Morris is resigning effective Jan 6,2020 Click Here for an article describing his decision. Click Here for an article explaining the process for appointment of his successor. See next item below for the meeting to select recommended replacements. 4. NEW40th Legislative District Democrats Special Appointment Meeting, Saturday, Dec 21, 10:00am to Noon, Skagit Public Utility District (PUD), Aqua Room, 1415 Freeway Drive, Mount Vernon The 40th LD Democrats are announcing the meeting to fill the vacancy in the Washington State House of Representatives created with the announcement of the resignation of member Jeff Morris that occurred on Wednesday, November 29, 2019. All people are welcome to attend the meeting but only elected and appointed PCOs who live in the precinct in which they are registered will vote. The PCOs will be voting on 3 people as possible replacements for Jeff Morris and will send their names to the San Juan, Skagit, and Whatcom County Commissioners. The commissioners will then select one person to replace Jeff Morris for just the 2020 legislative session. The position will then be filled permanently in the next General Election. 5. NEWThe Skagit County Democrats Headquarters will be closed the weeks of Christmas and New Year’s Day We will be closed from Monday, Dec 23 – Friday, Jan 3, 2020. We will reopen on Monday, Jan 6, 2020. 6. UPDATEDThere will be a Women’s March held on Saturday, Jan 18, 2020 – Women Rising 2020! Further details will be provided when available. Volunteers for Parade Marshall, co-sponsors, etc. are needed. If you would like to help, please contact Lynn Campbell at 360-708-7044 or email rlcampbell1@comcast.net. 7. NEWWebsite Update The Skagit County Democrats Website has been repaired enough to be up and running. The Skagit Democrats Events Calendar is up to date and we now have the ability to designate specific categories for donations on the Donation page in the ActBlue application. Please this use to designate how to direct the funds (membership, rent, Gala, general fund, etc.). A rewrite of the entire website is underway. 8. NEWView the most recent Fidalgo Democrats meeting on “Gun Violence Prevention” – Click Here 9. Straw Poll The Skagit County Democrats are conducting an on-going straw poll of preferred Presidential candidates at the Headquarters Office. We have a sandwich board in front of the office advertising it. People are encouraged to come in and vote in the straw poll. A table is set up near the front door. Ballots and a ballot box are on the table. The candidates are pictured on a white board and a book on the table gives a brief description of each. Tallys will be done every 2 weeks and results posted in the newsletter. The first tally results are:
  • Elizabeth Warren – 6
  • Bernie Sanders – 4
  • Pete Buttigieg – 3
  • Joe Biden – 2
  • Amy Klobuchar – 2
  • Michael Bloomberg – 1
10. 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.
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.
 
COMMUNITY EVENTS 1. NEWThe Nutcracker, Friday, 7:30pm; Saturday, 2:00pm, Sunday, 2:00pm, Dec 20, 21, and 22, McIntyre Hall Performing Arts and Conference Center, 2501 East College Way, Mount Vernon Price: $15.00 to $40.00.2. The Lights of Christmas Festival, extended weekends between now and after Christmas, Warm Beach, 20800 Marine Drive, Stanwood Click Here for ticket prices.
 
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, Dec 17, 5:00pm and Sunday, Dec 22, 5:30pm – Ramon Torres, Edgar Franks, and Marciano Sanchez, Familias Unidas por la Justicia, Part 2 Interview by Gary Kanter: Ramon, Edgar, and Marciano continue sharing the activities of Familias Unidas por la Justicia, an independent Farm Worker Union. For more information, go to http://familiasunidasjusticia.org/en/home/ or https://www.facebook.com/FamiliasUnidas/ or call 360-755-6063 or email fujorganizing@qwestoffice.net or familiasunidas@qwestoffice.net.We Do The Work Comment: Future jobs will mostly be low-wage jobs but we can change this.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. ATTENTION – In March we will celebrate 14 years on the air at KSVR, but we are in need of hosts in order to continue or we will close after the first show in March. There are MANY passionate folk who receive this newsletter and who are doing wonderful things for democracy, climate, homelessness, etc. Please contact jimj.in.skagit@gmail.com, if you are interested in hosting. Those few of us who have been maintaining it the last 6 months will gladly train others (better than we were trained and it is no longer broadcast live!). We hope others will join us to continue this opportunity through KSVR. Thanks for considering this! 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 Mug – fresh coffe brewed each week! 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 – 3,084, grand total – 7,955 cards. 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.