Action Newsletter—15 June 2020

DEMOCRATIC EVENTS 1. NEWCoronavirus Face Mask Fundraiser For a donation of $20 you will receive a hand-made face mask especially designed by an engineer/industrial designer at the request of the Medical Director of Pediatrics at Mission Hospital in California. The masks provide full coverage and are comfortable. Click Here or Here to see examples of the masks. If you would like to donate, Click Here. Under purpose on the donation, please indicate “Mask” and indicate which fabric pattern you would like: #1 first on the left, #2 the middle, #3 on the right (for example: “Mask #3”).

2. NEWExperiment in Phone Banking – Request for Volunteers Chair Lynn Campbell recently sent out a poll regarding the use of phone banking if the caller’s name appeared as “Skagit Democrats” instead of the caller’s name and number. The poll indicated there was a high percentage of you interested in trying it out. 80% of you indicated interest in trying it. Eric Hall has generously paid for this service for us to try until the end of June. I am requesting volunteers to try out this new system before we can make a decision whether or not to add it to our budget.

If you would please help us out by making a few calls utilizing this new system, it would help us out a great deal. We don’t want to contemplate increasing our budget unless it is an effective means of assisting us in our efforts to Get Out the Vote (GOTV). If you are interested, please contact Eric Hall and he will get you set up. His email is: ehall@whalls.com and his phone number is 360 770-5256. He is very easy to contact and is willing to help us all.

3. NEWVirtual Chat with Congressional Representatives Suzan DelBene and Rick Larsen, Tuesday, Jun 16, 5:30pm – 6:30pm, via Facebook Join them for a virtual conversation and Q&A. Click Here for the event. If you have a question for Rick or Suzan, leave a comment in the event or email rick@ricklarsen.org.

4. NEW10th Legislative District Democrats Quarterly Meeting is scheduled for Saturday, Jun 20, 10:30am – 12:30pm, connection or location information has not been made available

5. Results of the Skagit County Democrats Primary Endorsements Meeting of Jun 6

Federal

  • 1st Congressional District Representative – Suzan DelBene

  • 2nd Congressional District Representative – Rick Larsen – Dual

  • 2nd Congressional District Representative – Jason Call – Dual

State

  • Governor – Jay Inslee

  • Lieutenant Governor – Denny Heck – Dual

  • Lieutenant Governor – Marko Liias – Dual

  • Attorney General – Bob Ferguson

  • Secretary of State – Gael Tarleton

  • Treasurer – Mike Pellicciotti

  • Auditor – Pat McCarthy

  • Commissioner of Public Lands – Hilary Franz

  • Superintendent of Public Instruction – Chris Reykdal

  • Insurance Commissioner – Mike Kreidler

  • 10th Legislative District Senator – Helen Price Johnson

  • 10th Legislative District Representative – Dave Paul

  • 10th Legislative District Representative – Suzanne Woodard

  • 39th Legislative District Senator – Kathryn Lewandowsky

  • 39th Legislative District Representative – Claus Joens

  • 39th Legislative District Representative – Ryan Johnson

  • 40th Legislative District Senator – Liz Lovelett

  • 40th Legislative District Representative – Debra Lekanoff

  • 40th Legislative District Representative – Alex Ramel

County

  • 1st District County Commissioner – Mark Lundsten

  • 2nd District County Commissioner – Mary A. Hudson

PUD

  • Commissioner Position 1 – Wim Houppermans – Dual

  • Commissioner Position 1 – Rick Pitt – Dual

Judicial

  • Washington State Supreme Court Justice Position 3 – Raquel Montoya-Lewis

  • Washington State Supreme Court Justice Position 6 – Helen Whitener

  • Skagit Superior Court Judge Position 3 – Elizabeth Yost Neidzwski

6. NEWRyan Johnson, 39th Legislative District Representative, Position 2 candidate shares contact information and invites support “I’m willing to speak to anyone who wants to speak with me, either by email, phone, or in person.” Click Here for the donations page.

7. The Skagit County Democrats Headquarters remains CLOSED until further notice Headquarters remains closed and access is not permitted until further notice. You may, however, contact Lynn Campbell if you have something that must be retrieved. It is imperative that access is monitored for everyones’ safety and health. Essential business and meetings are being held “off site”. The mail, email and phone are being remotely monitored. It is requested that donations and memberships be paid through our donation webpage. Please be sure to indicate the purpose(s) of the contribution on the website so that the funds can be properly allocated.

8. National 2020 Caucus/Primary and Debate Schedule June 20 – Louisiana (rescheduled) June 23 – New York & Kentucky (rescheduled) August 17 – 20 – 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

9. NEWA message from 1st Congressional District Representative Suzan DelBene – Turning This Moment into Meaningful Change “Over the past few weeks, the murder of George Floyd by an on-duty police officer has sparked nationwide protests about discrimination and the unfair treatment of Black Americans in our criminal justice system. Americans from all walks of life are exercising their constitutional right to protest peacefully against generations of racism and injustice and calling for change. I recently attended a rally in Redmond to stand in solidarity with those protesting these injustices.

I also joined a community clean up in Bellevue where a mom from Redmond brought her two small children to remove graffiti. It was a reminder that we are not born with hate. Hate is taught as is kindness, compassion, and fairness.

It is incumbent on all of us to use this moment to not only bring attention to injustice but also galvanize that energy into real change. This week, the House of Representatives led by the Congressional Black Caucus unveiled the Justice in Policing Act (H.R. 7120), our bold policing reform bill. I am proud to be an original cosponsor of this necessary legislation that will hold police accountable and change the culture of law enforcement. You can learn more about the bill here.

We all have a part to play in this moment. I hope you will do yours by calling for more just policies at all levels of government and creating the culture you want to see in your community and across our country. As the great civil rights leader and my friend and colleague Congressman John Lewis said, ‘if you see something that is not right, not fair, not just, you have a moral obligation to do something about it.’

I see discrimination that is not right. I see a system that is not fair. I see a culture that is not just. I will do something about it. Take care, Suzan”

10. NEWThe Chair’s Corner “A big heartfelt thank you to all our members who participated in the Endorsement Meeting held on June 6. It was a long and difficult day, but you all worked hard and endorsed our candidates. A job well done by all members, the entire Communications and Technology team, and the Endorsement Committee. It was not an easy day, but a huge thank you to all of you for your patience, long hours, and hard work in making this event happen. We have been meeting to look at ways we can improve and are following through with improvement in areas that have been identified.

Candidates have been working hard under very trying circumstances with COVID-19. We had a full slate of very qualified and talented candidates to present to the body. It was a very difficult day for those candidates who did not get endorsed. We all share in their disappointment. We also offer our congratulations to the ones who did receive our endorsement.

On another note, we want to acknowledge a very important holiday. On June 19, Americans around the country will celebrate Juneteenth, also known as Freedom Day, commemorating the end of slavery. It memorializes June 19, 1865, when Union general Gordon Granger read orders in Galveston, Texas, stating that all previously enslaved people in Texas were free. Although the Emancipation Proclamation had formally freed them almost 2 ½ years earlier, Texas was the most remote of the slave states where enforcement of the proclamation had been slow and inconsistent. It spread across the South and became more commercialized in the 1920s and 1930s. During the Civil Rights movement of the 1960s, the focus became the story of struggle for postwar civil rights. The 1970s returned the focus to African American freedom and arts. By the 21st century, Juneteenth was celebrated in most major cities across the United States. Activists are pushing Congress to recognize Juneteenth as a national holiday. Juneteenth is recognized as a state holiday or special day of observance in 47 of the 50 states. Modern observance is primarily in local celebrations. Traditions include public readings of the Emancipation Proclamation, singing traditional songs, and reading of works by noted African American writers. Many of these events are likely to go virtual this year because of the ongoing coronavirus pandemic.

Juneteenth is also a celebration of the best American ideal; that a democracy is strongest when all its people are full citizens with equal opportunities and rights. On this Juneteenth let us all rededicate ourselves to the continuing work of fighting the prejudices that keep African Americans from getting their fair share of the American Dream. Stay well and safe. Lynn Campbell, Chair”

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. NEWAnacortes Shred-A-Ton, Saturday, Jun 20, 9:00am – 1:00pm, Walgreen’s Parking Lot, 909 17th Street, Anacortes Bring your old documents, disk drives, memory sticks to be destroyed! All of the proceeds will support the Anacortes Family Center – Anacortes’ own homeless shelter serving women, children and families in crisis. Even if you don’t have documents to shred- donations are welcome and needed! Please stop by support this important community organization. AFC is a 501C3 Nonprofit organization- all donations are tax deductible. Suggested Donation $20/box, $10 minimum. Questions – contact Heather at 360-293-2993, ext. 114.

2. Skagit County is now in Phase 2 of the Coronavirus Recovery Plan Click Here for the Skagit County Phase 2 information. Click Here for the Washington State Safe Start plans and guidance for reopening

3. Drive-through COVID-19 testing is now open 9:00am – 4:00pm, Monday through Friday, at the east parking lot of Skagit Valley College Online registration is no longer required. No appointments are needed. Spanish speaking interpreters on site to assist with registration and testing. Skagit County Public Health will test anyone seven years of age or older that feels they should be tested, and is encouraging anyone who fits into the following guidelines to get tested:

  • Those who are essential workers

  • Anyone with any COVID-19 symptoms

  • Anyone whose physician recommended they be tested

  • Anyone who lives or works in a congregate setting

  • Pregnant women

  • Anyone who is a close contact or has a known exposure to COVID-19

Click Here for more information.

4. Farmers Markets It is that time of year, despite the lockdown. Some local Farmers Markets are beginning to gear up to open under restricted rules provided by Washington State. Click Here to see the COVID-19 Guidelines for Farmers Markets Providing Essential Services. Some markets are requiring pre-ordering so check the webpage of whichever market you plan to use.

  • Anacortes – Now open. Saturdays, 9:00am – 2:00pm

  • Concrete – Now open. Saturdays, 10:00am – 3:00pm. The season will begin as a drive-in, farmers-only market

  • Mount Vernon – Now open. Saturdays at Riverwalk Park, 9:00am – 2:00pm – Farmers-only market

  • Sedro-Woolley – Now open – Wednesdays, 3:00pm – 7:00pm

 

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, Jun 16, 5:00pm and Sunday, Jun 21, 5:30 – “Learn Yourself” with Conor Casey, Labor Archivist for the Labor Archives of Washington Interview by Mike Dumovich: Mike continues his special segment of “We Do The Work” called ‘Learn Yourself” that explores an historical labor event hoping to inspire listeners to learn more about Labor history. Conor will dive into the Seattle General Strike of 1919. For more information, go to https://www.lib.washington.edu/specialcollections/laws/.

We Do The Work Comments:

  • The humble post office is a community fixture, a rural lifeline, and one of the last vestiges of a shared civil culture in America.

  • What are the comparisons between the Pied Piper and Trump?

#LaborRadioPod

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 Wed. June 17 2020, Mount Vernon Oasis Teen Center

New SUSO host, Andrea Doll, speaks with Justin Krupa, the director of the Oasis Teen Center. Justin explains the purpose and hoped for future of the Oasis Teen Center in Mount Vernon. The teen center was established several years ago to provide overnight housing & meals for homeless youth. It eventually came under the auspices of the Skagit YMCA.

This show was recorded prior to the closure of SVC due to COVID-19. KSVR studios were closed so this show was recently located virtually. It may be a bit outdated for that reason. There is a group which has recently taken on the tasks of updating furnishings, painting, and otherwise updating the building per a recent Skagit Valley Herald article. We are not sure what services are currently being offered or how.

3. Coffee ‘n Cards

Coffee ‘n Cards is temporarily “Coffee – no cards” via Zoom from 10:00am – 10:30am on Monday morning. Contact Carol Sullivan by email (carolosully@yahoo.com) for invitation that will include Meeting ID and Password. There is no screen sharing, participants enter thru waiting room (muted), the and meeting is locked when all are in attendance. 2020 card total: 1,334 (we sent out 250 cards introducing Helen Price Johnson to Dist. 10 voters in our area); Grand total: 9,567.

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.