Action Newsletter—09 March 2020

DEMOCRATIC EVENTS
1. NEW Two brief messages from Lynn Campbell, Skagit County Democrats Chair
Last day to vote is Tuesday, March 10!  
Please drop off your ballots at ballot drop boxes, or the Auditor’s Office. It is too late to mail in your ballots unless you take it inside the post office and request it to be postmarked. Same day voting is available at the Auditors Office. Drop boxes in Mount Vernon are available outside of the county offices downtown and by the Police Department on Continental Avenue. (See below for dropbox locations in Skagit County.) Vote with your heart for the primary. Once the Primary is over, please remember our most important job is to elect a Democrat into office! We can’t afford Democrats to become divisive amongst ourselves. We must turn out in record numbers for 2020 election!In light of concerns about Coronavirus
Your health and safety are our top priorities when you visit the Skagit County Democrats Headquarters. As we closely monitor the recent outbreak of COVID-19 in Washington State, we are committed to keeping you informed about what Headquarters is doing to prevent the spread. At this time, our office remains open from noon to 4:00pm, Monday – Friday. If anything should change, we will follow the guidance of The Washington State Department of Health, Centers for Disease Control, Skagit County Health Department, and City of Mount Vernon for recommendations and direction. As a precautionary measure, heightened daily sanitation practices have been implemented for all areas of our office- including disinfecting all hard surfaces, chairs, door handles, light switches and our restroom. Our volunteer staff is practicing good hygiene by frequent hand washing, and sanitizing wipes are available at the front of the office. Volunteers are requested to stay home if they are not feeling well and we request that visitors who are sick or at high risk stay home as well. Stay calm and safe. We will get through this together.

2. NEWSkagit County ballot dropbox locations

  • Anacortes
    • Anacortes Public Library (behind library near drive-up book-drop), 1220 10th Street
    • Skyline Beach Club, 6041 Sands Way
  • Burlington​
    • Burlington Parks and Recreation Building, 900 E. Fairhaven Street, Burlington​
  • Concrete​
    • Skagit Upriver Services/Library, 45770 A Main Street, Concrete
  • La Conner
    • La Conner Regional Library, 614 East. Morris Street, La Conner​
  • Mount Vernon​
    • Mount Vernon Police Department, 1805 Continental Place, Mount Vernon​
    • Skagit County Auditors Office [Courthouse], 700 South 2nd Street, Room 201, Mount Vernon – (in U-shaped parking lot accessed from 3rd St. near Kincaid)​
  • Sauk-Suiattle​
    • Last Chance Casino & Bingo, 6020 Mountain Goat Way, Darrington
  • Sedro-Woolley​
    • Sedro-Woolley Post Office, 111 Woodworth Street, Sedro-Woolley – (in alley between Eastern Avenue and Metcalf)
  • Swinomish​
    • Social Services Building (in front), 17337 Reservation Road, La Conner

3. The Washington State Presidential Primary is Tuesday, Mar 10
Ballots have been mailed out. All ballots must be dropped off by 8:00pm at a designated ballot box. For more information, see the “Presidential Primary Explained and Important Dates” on our website. DO NOT FORGET TO CHECK THE DEMOCRATIC PARTY DECLARATION BOX ON THE BALLOT ENVELOPE AS YOU SIGN IT.

The following candidates on the Washington State Presidential Primary ballot have suspended or quit their campaigns:

  • Michael Bennet
  • Michael Bloomberg
  • Cory Booker
  • Pete Buttigieg
  • John Delaney
  • Amy Klobachar
  • Deval Patrick
  • Tom Steyer
  • Elizabeth Warren
  • Andrew Yang

Other candidates who have dropped out but are not on the ballot include:

  • Steve Bullock
  • Julian Castro
  • Bill de Blasio
  • Kristen Gillibrand
  • Kamala Harris
  • John Hickenlooper
  • Jay Inslee
  • Wayne Messam
  • Seth Moulton
  • Beto O’Rourke
  • Tim Ryan
  • Eric Swalwell
  • Marianne Williamson

NOTE: Your ballot will have an option to vote for “Uncommitted Delegates”. The uncommitted option was requested by the Democratic Party. You may vote for one candidate or the “Uncommitted Delegates” option, but not both. A vote for one candidate listed on the ballot directs party delegates to support that candidate at their national convention. A vote for Uncommitted Delegates allows uncommitted party delegates who represent Washington to decide during the national convention.

4. Democratic Women on the Rocks, Monday, Mar 9, 4:00pm – 6:00pm, 13 Moons Restaurant, Swinomish Casino, 12885 Casino Drive, Anacortes

5. Fidalgo Democrats will meet Tuesday, Mar 10, 7:00pm, Anacortes Public Library, 1220 10th Street, Anacortes
“An Affordable Housing Panel” will be the topic. Susan Rooks of the Anacortes Housing Authority board and Dustin Johnson, executive director of Anacortes Family Center, will discuss the three affordable housing projects to result from passage of the Yes4Housing measure. Katie Stephens will talk about her work finding and maintaining housing for homeless persons as Housing Program Manager for Community Action of Skagit County. Bud Anderson, retired engineer, will describe the mini-houses he’s built for low-income persons. All will talk about the continuing need for affordable housing. A moderated discussion will follow the panelists. Help yourself to coffee and Rita Sullivan’s homemade cookies. Please bring your own coffee mug to help the environment. Also, please bring a non-perishable item for the food bank donation box. For more information call Corinne at 360-293-7114.

6. UPDATED40th Legislative District Democrats Executive Board meets Wednesday, Mar 11, 5:00pm, Skagit County Democrats Headquarters, 300A South First Street, Mount Vernon

7. Skagit County Democrats Executive Board, Saturday, Mar 14, 10:00am – 12:00pm, Skagit County Democrats Headquarters, 300A South First Street, Mount Vernon
NOTE: Please watch the Skagit Democrats Facebook page for possible changes.

8. UPDATEDCampaign Kickoff & Ice Cream Social for 10th Legislative District Senator candidate Helen Price Johnson, has been postponed
“It is with an abundance of caution and much regret that we have decided to postpone the Helen Price Johnson for State Senate Campaign Kickoff scheduled for Sunday, March 15. Although there have been no reported cases of coronavirus in Island County so far, the spread of the virus all around us along with the accompanying media frenzy have made it clear that a large public gathering is not in the best interests of our team or the people in our communities. We hope to reschedule the Kickoff for late April or early May, and we will let you know as soon as we have the relevant details.”

9. County Convention and LD Caucus Briefing, Monday, Mar 16, 4:00pm, Skagit Democrats Headquarters, 300A South First Street, Mount Vernon
“Are you curious about the County Convention and the Legislative District caucuses? Your salvation is at hand-Skagit Dems will hold a briefing for all those who have questions about both events. . . We’ll discuss the LD Caucus delegate selection process and the Congressional Distict caucus as well. We’ll take up the county convention and describe the resolutions we have to consider and Skagit County Democratic platform that will be considered. Questions? – join us!”

10. “Coffee with Congress” – meet with 2nd Congressional District Representative Rick Larsen, Monday, Mar 16, 5:00pm – 7:00pm, The Viking Union, 516 High Street, Bellingham

11. Informational Picket at Island Hospital, Wed, Mar 18, 2:00pm – 4:00pm, 1211 24th Street, Anacortes
Stand in solidarity with the frontline workers at Island Hospital in Anacortes as we fight to maintain quality healthcare in our community! This community hospital is an essential institution in our area but with turnover among frontline caregivers at 30% or higher we have serious concerns about maintaining an excellent standard of care. We need the Island Hospital administration to commit to a fair contract that puts patients first. Please consider emailing the Island Hospital CEO and Commissioners and ask them provide a fair contract to their workers. Use the following link to see a sample e-mail letter.

12. An Afternoon with Helen Price Johnson, candidate for 10th Legislative District State Senator, Saturday, Mar 21, 2:30pm – 4:00pm, SAAL Brewing Company, 10209 270th Street Northwest, Stanwood
NOTE: I have received no information about postponing or changing this event but readers would be well served to check the first link in this item (above) before planning to attend.

13. NEWCome to this Candidate and Activist Training, Sun, Mar 22, 10:00am – 4:00pm, Skagit Valley College, Multi-Purpose Room, 2405 East College Way, Mount Vernon
Join electoral organizers for a training for candidates and activists who want to represent the many, not the few. That means strategies and skills to mobilize and empower candidates and communities to elect voices for the many. Come to this Candidate and Activist Training for those of you who are who are considering running for office or supporting a candidate. Sponsored by Working Families Party, Marco Morales, Carrie Blackwood and the Labor-Dem Work Group.

14. UPDATEDWarren G. Magnuson Awards Dinner, Saturday, MAY 9, 5:00pm, Washington State Convention Center, 705 Pike Street, Seattle
NOTE: This is a date change. Click Here for more information. Please note the change in date.

15. The 2020 Skagit County Democrats Gala is scheduled for Saturday, Jun 6, Swinomish Casino and Lodge, 12885 Casino Drive, Anacortes
Doors will open at 4:00pm. Meet and Greet is scheduled for 4:30pm – 5:30pm. Live and Silent Auction and dinner follow. Tickets ($60) are available this week at the Skagit County Democrats Headquarters.

16. National 2020 Caucus/Primary and Debate Schedule

  • March 10 – Idaho, Michigan, Mississippi, Missouri and Washington primaries; North Dakota firehouse caucuses (identical to a party-run primary)
  • March 17 – Arizona, Florida, Illinois and Ohio primaries
  • March 24 – Georgia primary
  • March 29 – Puerto Rico primary
  • April 4 – Alaska, Hawaii and Louisiana primaries; Wyoming caucuses
  • April 7 – Wisconsin primary
  • April 28 – Connecticut, Delaware, Maryland, New York, Pennsylvania and Rhode Island primaries
  • May 2 – Kansas primary; Guam caucuses
  • May 5 – Indiana primary
  • May 12 – Nebraska and West Virginia primaries
  • May 19 – Kentucky and Oregon primaries
  • June 2 – District of Columbia, Montana, New Jersey, New Mexico and South Dakota primaries
  • June 6 – U.S. Virgin Islands caucuses
  • July 13-16 – 2020 Democratic National Convention, Milwaukee
  • August 24-27 – 2020 Republican National Convention, Charlotte, NC
  • September 29 – First presidential debate, South Bend, IN
  • October 7 – Vice presidential debate, Salt Lake City, UT
  • October 15 – Second presidential debate, Ann Arbor, MI
  • October 22 – Third presidential debate, Nashville, TN
  • November 3 – Presidential election

17. Check out our new and improved website!

18. Attention all current and prospective Precinct Committee Officers (PCOs)
2020 is another election year for PCOs. Online candidate filing for PCO is available 24 hours a day starting May 11, 2020, at 9:00am and ending on May 15, 2020, at 4:00pm. There is no filing fee or other fiscal requirement to file for PCO. We will have more information, including hyperlinks, as this deadline approaches.

19. NEWRecent Straw Poll results at Skagit County Democrats Headquarters

  • Sanders -34
  • Klobuchar – 16
  • Warren – 13
  • Biden – 9
  • Bloomberg – 9
  • Buttigieg – 7

20. Disclaimer: This newsletter contains events and activities in support of various candidates and is intended as informational only. The Skagit County Democrats have not yet endorsed any specific candidates.

21. Coronavirus precautions at Headquarters
Given the concerns of the spread of the Coronavirus in Washington State, we are asking our volunteers and users of our Headquarters Office to be conscientious in wiping down hard surfaces at the end of each use of our facilities. Wipes will be provided for this task. If you limit your use of tables and work spaces or wipe up after yourselves individually, the task is doable. If you use the space for meetings or organizing, you will be expected to do this “wiping” down yourselves.

Hard surfaces include:

  • Phones
  • Computer monitors’ on/off switch
  • Computer keyboards & mice
  • All tables
  • Coffee pot
  • Desks
  • Light switches
  • All door handles
  • Copy machine
  • Pens used that day
  • Membership box (Tues)
  • Drawer handles

22. NEWBeware of spoofing/phishing emails that appear to be from Chair, Lynn Campbell
Recently we have become aware that several people have received emails that appeared to be from Lynn. They contain her name in the “From” or “Sender” portion of the email. However, when looked at closer, they do not have her email address in the “From” or “Sender” portion but reflect an email address (usually from the “gmail.com” domain) of the spoofer. Subject lines have varied but have included, “Request”, “Urgent”, “Urgent Reply”, etc. Lynn’s valid email addresses are “rlcampbell1@comcast.net” or “campbelllynn87@gmail.com“. If you see ANYTHING other than her valid email address, consider it malware and delete it. DO NOT simply hit “Reply” or you will become one of the victims of the spoofer.

23. 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. NEWHow to protect yourself from COVID-19
Our thanks to John Amell, 10th Legislative District Democrats Chair for this item.

There is currently no vaccine to prevent coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19). The best way to prevent illness is to avoid being exposed to this virus. However, as a reminder, CDC always recommends everyday preventive actions to help prevent the spread of respiratory diseases, including:

  • Avoid close contact with people who are sick.
  • Avoid touching your eyes, nose, and mouth.
  • Stay home when you are sick.
  • Cover your cough or sneeze with a tissue, then throw the tissue in the trash.
  • Clean and disinfect frequently touched objects and surfaces using a regular household cleaning spray or wipe.
  • Follow CDC’s recommendations for using a facemask (see CDC link above).
  • Wash your hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds, especially after going to the bathroom; before eating; and after blowing your nose, coughing, or sneezing.

Scary stuff and may significantly impact our plans this year. Some events may be cancelled. Always a good idea to confirm before you go.

2. En Vogue Benefit Auction and Fashion Show (in support of Friendship House), Thursday, Mar 12, 5:30pm – 8:30pm, Swinomish Casino & Lodge, 12885 Casino Drive, Anacortes
“Our show features stylish re-purposed garments created by local designers out of secondhand materials. Their transformations are unveiled on the runway and then auctioned off to the highest bidder. This gala event combines the fun of a night out with the satisfaction of supporting a great cause. . . . This is our 10-year anniversary and we plan to have some surprises! Dinner is included and a there will be a dessert dash. Reception starts at 5:00pm and the Auction and runway show starts at 6:00pm.” Click Here for ticket information.

3. NEWFinding Home: A Foster Youth Story”, Thursday, Mar 12, 7:00pm, Lincoln Theatre, 712 South First Street, Mount Vernon
“The remarkable story of four foster youth preparing for life outside the foster care system . . . This community event will include a Q & A with Laurie Parker, one of the Co-Producers, as well as information from a few local organizations involved with foster care. The event will be “free / by donation,” and is co-presented by the Lincoln Theatre and Underground Writing, a literature-based creative writing program serving migrant, incarcerated, recovery, and other at-risk communities in northern Washington through literacy and personal transformation.” Sponsors include: www.undergroundwriting.org with the participation of Secret Harbor and Youthnet.

4. Planned Parenthood support needed during Lent (Feb 26 – Apr 9)
The next rally is Saturday, Mar 14, 11:00am – 12:00pm, 1805 East Division Street, Mount Vernon. However, the anti-abortion crowd is already picketing during Lent. A recent note from Sheila McCandlish (sheilamcc@comcast.net) noted: “Planned Parenthood wants us to have a no-contact policy. Don’t waste your time and energy trying to talk to them. . . Anytime you can go for any length of time will be appreciated.”

5. NEWAnacortes Winter Farmer’s Market, Saturday, Mar 14, 9:00am – 2:00pm, the Depot, 7th Street & “R” Avenue, Anacortes

6. NEWSaturday, Mar 14 is Pi Day!
A=πr2. Have yourself a slice!

7. NEWSPARC‘s 18th Annual Dinner & Auction, Saturday, Mar 14, 5:30pm – 8:30pm, St. Joseph’s Center, 215 North 15th Street, Mount Vernon
Admission: $75. “SPARC is a non-profit agency that depends on private fundraising to provide needed revenue and maintain quality educational and therapeutic services for over 200 children, ages birth through 5, with a developmental delay or disability. All proceeds from this event go directly to provide resources such as individual therapy equipment, classroom supplies, and home visits for these children. We hope you will be part of this fun event.” Contact Information: 360-416-7570 or amanda@sparckids.org.

8. NEWLa Conner Firemen’s St. Patrick’s Day Dance, Mar 14, 7:00pm – 11:00pm, Maple Hall, 104 Commercial Street, La Conner
$10.00 per person – 21 and over. Catered Bar. Contact Information: 360.333.1989.

9. NEW6th Annual Illuminight Winter WalkRescheduled, Friday, Mar 27, 5:00pm – 8:00pm, Skagit Riverwalk Plaza, Mount Vernon
“Celebrate art, light, community, and the Skagit ecosystem at the 6th Annual Illuminight Winter Walk. Live music, in-the-moment luminary making, luminary-lit procession, community celebration, and free hot chocolate! The Luminary-lit Procession is roughly a 1-mile walk. Participants are invited to join the walk or sit along the Riverwalk to enjoy this event. This is a rain or shine event.”

10. 6th Annual La Conner Daffodil Festival, Saturday, Feb 29 – Tuesday Mar 31, various locations
Click Here for a Bloom Map. Click Here for more information.

11. Alliance for Gun Responsibility‘s 8th Annual Luncheon, Monday, Mar 30, 12:00pm, The Westin Seattle, 1900 5th Avenue, Seattle
Click Here to RSVP. This is a free event, but a donation will be requested during the program. Questions? – Contact Shelby at shelby@wagunresponsibility.org or 206-328-2969. “Safe and Sane Skagit will have a table at the luncheon and would love it if people could sign up here and list Diane Studley as their table captain.”

 

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, Mar 10, 5:00pm and Sunday, Mar 15, 5:30pm – Hannah Fishman, Organizer for SEIU (Service Employees International Union) 1199NW & Kim Deans, CNA/Member of Negotiating Team
Interview by Lori Province: Hannah and Kim talk about the workplace issues at Island Hospital. For more information, go to http://supportislandcaregivers.org/, https://www.facebook.com/SEIUHealthcare1199NW/, https://twitter.com/SEIU1199NW, #Upliftisland! or https://www.seiu1199nw.org/.

We Do The Work Comments:

  • Corporations have captured our government.
  • Working Families Party are organizing candidate and campaign trainings.
  • Island Hospital workers are having an informational picket at Island Hospital, Mar 16, 2:00pm – 4:00pm.

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. The show airs on Community Radio stations (times subject to change) – KSVR 91.7 FM (Skagit Valley College), Wednesdays 5:00pm, rebroadcast Sundays 8:00pm; KSVU 90.1 FM, Hamilton, Sundays 8:00pm and Thursdays 8:00am; KMRE 102.3 FM, Bellingham, Sundays 11:00am and Wednesdays 7:30am. Our shows are available online. Stream or download a show at http://speakupspeakoutradio.org/ anytime.

NEW – SUSO Mar 11, Jerry Shackette talks with Erynn Sendrick about United General Hospital District 304’s Food “Stamps” Expansion
You have probably heard about SNAP benefits, maybe better known to some as “Food Stamps”. Host Jerry Shackette talks with Erynn Sendrick, Program Coordinator for United General District 304 whose work focuses on assisting people in understanding and applying for basic food help from what’s federally known as the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program or “SNAP”. The truth is lots of people are challenged with the process of applying for this important benefit to help feed their families. Many don’t even know if they qualify for the program. Erynn gives us an inside look at how the SNAP program works, who qualifies (and just as importantly who doesn’t) and how much help with healthy, nutritious food is available. For more information and help with SNAP benefits and referral to other basic food programs such as W.I.C. and the Basic Food Employment & Training Program, you can reach Erynn Sendrick at (360) 854-7168.

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 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: 2020 – 696, grand total – 8,929 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.