Action Newsletter—29 June 2020

DEMOCRATIC EVENTS 1. NEWJoint Fundraiser for Suzanne Woodard, 10th Legislative District Candidate & Ingrid Anderson, 5th Legislative District Candidate, Tuesday, Jun 30, 6:30pm to 7:30pm Suzanne and Ingrid are both Healthcare candidates. RSVP to get the Zoom link by emailing woodard2020cm@gmail.com. Both are running for office to bring their experience working on the front lines of healthcare and their fierce advocacy for workers and their families to Olympia. Suzanne and Ingrid will talk about why they are running, speak directly to the interests and questions of health care workers, and share what this opportunity to elect a pair of nurses represents for our state right now. Suzanne and Ingrid are both running in very tight primary races – and they need your support now more than ever! This event is open to all, including those who are not healthcare workers! Learn more about both candidates, and make a donation if you cannot attend – https://www.suzannewoodard.com/ and https://www.ingridforstatesenate.com/. Any questions contact Maya Gillett, Campaign Manager for Suzanne Woodard, woodard2020cm@gmail.com.

2. NEW – ATTENTION PCOsThis week our Wednesday (Jul 1) Technical Help Zoom Meeting, 5:00pm, will focus on votebuilder training We are asking that only PCOs attend this meeting. Please come to this so we can get you all up and running on votebuilder. This is your most important tool in the Get Out The Vote efforts. Contact tech@skagitdemocrats.org for the link.

3. NEWDave Paul, 10th Legislative District Representative, has scheduled a Phone Calling Party, Wednesday Jul 1, 4:00pm – 6:00pm For more information email beth@votedavepaul.com.

4. NEWThe Skagit County Democrats Central Committee will meet Saturday, Jul 11, 10:00am – 12:00pm, via Zoom Claus Joens has resigned as Vice Chair in order to focus on his campaign and we will be electing a new Vice Chair to complete this year until reorganization.

5. NEWThe 39th Legislative District Democrats will conduct a General Meeting, Sunday, Jul 12, 10:30am – 1:00pm via Zoom

6. NEWVirtual House Party with Friends of Suzanne Woodard, Wednesday, Jul 1, 6:00pm – 7:00pm, via Zoom RSVP to woodard2020cm@gmail.com to receive the Zoom link. Please join us for a virtual Zoom house party hosted by supporters of Suzanne Woodard for State Representative! This is a chance to hear from Suzanne and ask questions about her candidacy, meet other supporters, and hear from our hosts about what this race means to them. Generously hosted by Jeff Natter & Jeff Buchan and Nina Crocker & Stephen Gillett.

7. UPDATEDTele-Tuesday Education with Debra Lekanoff, (rescheduled) Tuesday, Jul 14, 3:00pm – 3:45pm, a Facebook Live event As a way to stay connected as a community while we stay home and stay healthy, we’re hosting Tele-Tuesdays with Debra and local leaders to discuss the issues that are at the top of our minds. The next one will focus on education! Grab some lunch, bring your questions, and join us on Facebook Live at 3:00pm on Tuesday, Jun 30!

8. NEWVolunteers needed for Coordinated Campaign phone-banking Click Here to view scheduled activities and sign up for events.

9. Coronavirus 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 you would like: #1 first on the left, #2 the middle, #3 on the right (for example: “Mask #3”).

10. NEWThe Skagit County Democrats Headquaters, 300A South First Street, Mount Vernon, will be staffed from 12:00pm – 4:00pm, Tuesdays, Wednesdays, and Thursdays It will not be open to the public. Staff will be able to hand out campaign signs without admitting entry. We ask that masks be worn at all times when ordering from the door and during pick up. Call ahead to the HQ phone (360-336-1555) and staff will pick them and have ready at the door. You may also email staff@skagitdemocrats.org after hours and the message will be relayed to the volunteers staffing the HQ. Some pick ups can be arranged outside of open hours. Just call or email to inquire. Most campaign signs are free. Biden signs will be available as soon as possible. Cost TBD.

11. NEWSkagit County Democrats Endorsed Candidates Websites & Facebook Pages

Editor’s Note: If any of the above need to be corrected, please email news@skagitdemocrats.org with the correct information.

12. National 2020 Caucus/Primary and Debate Schedule

  • July 7 – Delaware, New Jersey (rescheduled)

  • July 11 – Louisiana (rescheduled)

  • August 11 – Connecticut (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

13. NEWFrom the Chairs Corner

“On Wednesday, June 24, I was honored to be part of the protest that occurred on behalf of Joel, the young man who was brutally and viciously assaulted by Trevor McCabe, a 17-year-old Bow resident. The assault was not only premeditated, it was then videotaped and posted on a social media platform.  Joel remains hospitalized with serious and other brain injuries. In addition to the assault, the perpetrator wrote racial slurs across Joel’s forehead.  The word “Nigga” was written across his forehead, and in the cell-phone videos, the perpetrator was heard to repeatedly calling Joel “nigga.”

This protest was a show of community support urging our Skagit County Protestor, Rich Weyrich to charge this as a hate crime. The protest consisted of residents of Skagit County standing on the sidewalks of the Burlington bridge holding signs with a call to action. The protest was peaceful, everyone wore masks, and social distancing was practiced. I was moved to tears to see the solidarity displayed by so many of our residents. As cars drove by, I noticed the vast majority honked their horns in support, and I only witnessed 2 cars who felt the need to flip off the supporters.

Our prosecutor has refused to answer questions regarding this gross miscarriage of justice.  Under the current statute, the criteria exists for this to be charged with an enhancement of a hate crime. We are calling for full transparency, and the willingness to charge this perpetrator according to law. There is no place for hate crimes to exist or be tolerated in Skagit County. For a more detailed explanation, please read the article (Click Here) that occurred in the Skagit Scoop.

I was proud to see so many members of Skagit County Democrats join in this protest. We stand in solidarity with our minority brothers and sisters in stating Hate Crimes will not be ignored in Skagit County.

The Skagit County Prosecutor is an elected official. I feel it is our job to not only let him know that he is failing his constituents, but we need to choose wisely and carefully in all elections.  His seat is not up for election this year, but it’s important he hears from his constituents, Skagit County residents, that we will not stand for this. Hate crimes will not be tolerated in Skagit County! Lynn Campbell, Chair”

14. 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. All 4 links this week are for videos regarding racial relations in America. All are well worth viewing.

 

COMMUNITY EVENTS 1. NEWFireworks in Skagit County Click Here for an approved listing of public fireworks displays in Skagit County. Click Here for information from the Skagit County Fire Marshall on what, when, and where fireworks my be used in Skagit County. Please note fireworks are prohibited on State forestlands.

General Safety Tips

  • Never allow children to play with or ignite fireworks.

  • Read and follow all warnings and instructions.

  • Be sure other people are out of range before lighting fireworks.

  • Only light fireworks on a smooth, flat surface away from the house, dry leaves, and flammable materials.

  • Never try to relight fireworks that have not fully functioned.

  • Keep a bucket of water in case of a malfunction or fire.

  • Fireworks should be used only with extreme caution.

  • Older children should be closely supervised, and younger children should not be allowed to play with fireworks.

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.

 

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 30, 5:00pm and Sunday, Jul 5, 5:30 – Alex Lawson, Executive Director of Social Security Works Interview by Ken Winkes: Alex explains articulately, factually, and historically why Social Security is in good health as well as disclosing why the financial sector is going after your social security. For more information, go to https://socialsecurityworks.org/.

We Do The Work Comment: Privatizers are running amok. #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.

SUSO has been finding past shows that seem appropriate for current airing. We HOPE soon to have a system setup to virtually record new shows. Stay tuned … meanwhile, check out our archives.

3. UPDATEDCoffee ‘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: 2,179; Grand total: 10,335.

NEW – Coffee ‘n Cards has scheduled visits with some of our Candidates, 10:00am- 11:00am, Mondays
  • Monday, Jun 29 – Wim Houppermans: PUD Dist. 1 Candidate (I, for one, will learn what PUD does, why who we choose is important)

  • Monday, Jul 6 – Kathryn Lewandowsky, 39th Legislative District Senator Candidate (versus Wagoner)

  • Saturday, Jul 11 – Ryan Johnson, 39th Legislative District Representative Candidate (versus Eslick) **

  • Monday, Jul 13 – Claus Joens, 39th Legislative District Representative Candidate (versus Sutherland)

Meeting ID: 867 6052 4986. Password: 565521.

**Tentatively set for 4:30pm; when time is certain, I’ll let you know. Ryan will also discuss R-90 – and you need to hear about this attempt to repeal the Sex Education bill passed in the 2020 session. While many of us are not District 39 residents, what happens in Olympia affects us all.

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.