Skagit County Democrats Action Newsletter for 10 August 2020

DEMOCRATIC EVENTS

1. NEWFidalgo Democrats Meeting, Tuesday, Aug 11, 7:00pm via Zoom
You’re invited to join us for “Striking the Right Balance: How Local Law Enforcement Keeps Us Safe,” a discussion on steps being taken by local law enforcement to prevent crime while also respecting civil liberties. Our speakers will be Skagit County Undersheriff Chad Clark and a representative from the Anacortes Police Department. They will share steps being taken in recruiting and training to avoid the conflict experienced by other law enforcement agencies. They will also discuss the proper role of law enforcement in responding to the needs of the citizens they serve.

Please Click Here scorinne@msn.comto RSVP and request the Zoom link to the meeting. We hope you’ll join us Tuesday at 7:00pm!

2. UPDATEDThe Washington State Democrats’ annual Warren G. Magnuson Dinner will be held virtually on Thursday, Sep 24
Click Here for more information.

3. Virtual Democratic Women on the Rocks, Monday, Aug 10, 4:00pm – 6:00pm, via Zoom
Please contact Lynn Campbell at chair@skagitdemocrats.orgfor the Zoom session information.

4. 10th Legislative District Democrats Executive Board meets Saturday, Aug 15, 10:00am – 12:00pm, via Zoom 5. NEW39th Legislative District Democrats Executive Board meets Sunday, Aug 16, 10:30am, via Zoom
General membership is welcome to join but will not be able to vote (though there are no votes scheduled). Zoom details below. 6. NEWDo you know a U.S. citizen living outside the U.S. or in the military?
Military and overseas ballots are mailed out Sep 18 (very early). Here are two resources for registering to vote for these folks. 7. Any Tech Questions?
Any Tech Questions? is a weekly Zoom meeting hosted by the Skagit County Democrats to assist anyone in the community with technical questions about the use of Google Apps and Zoom. It also includes some other topics specific to the Democrats’ mission to nurture democratic values in our elected officials. The sessions are scheduled for every Wednesday at 5:00pm. The Zoom link is available by emailing Tech@SkagitDemocrats.org.

To learn more about how to use our Google Drive, Click Here.

8. 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”).

9. The Skagit County Democrats Headquarters, 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.orgafter 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.

NOTE: Biden signs ($10 each or 2 for $16) are now available. In addition we have some Biden swag (bumpter stickers, etc. Also signs for Debra Lekanoff are now available. We are awaiting Inslee signs. Please remember to practice safe distancing and DO NOT ENTER THE OFFICE when picking up signs.

10. National 2020 Caucus/Primary and Debate Schedule
  • August 11 – Connecticut (rescheduled)
  • August 17 – 20 – 2020 Democratic National Convention, Milwaukee (and on-line)
  • August 24-27 – 2020 Republican National Convention, Charlotte, NC (and on-line?)
  • 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
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. NEWBlood Drive, Saturday, Aug 22, Salem Lutheran Church, 2529 North Laventure Road, Mount Vernon
Due to COVID-19 restrictions, donors must make an appointment before donating blood. Potential donors may visit the site (Click Here)and enter sponsor code 509B, or call 1-800-398-7888 to schedule a one-hour donation slot. Different components of blood — red cells, platelets and plasma — are taken from each unit of blood, meaning each unit could potentially help several people. Click Here for more information.

2. NEWDisney Virtual Trivia Night, Hosted by Skagit Domestic Violence and Sexual Assault Services. Thursday, Aug 13, 6:30pm – 8:30pm, Online Event
Click Here for tickets ($10). Gather your family and play your way through 5 intense Disney trivia rounds for your chance to win a prize! Open up the dress-up box, too, because you can bet we’ve got a prize for best costume. All proceeds will go to benefit Skagit DVSAS, a nonprofit in Mount Vernon, that supports families, men, women, and children suffering from interpersonal violence. The presence of COVID-19 has increased the rates of domestic violence in Skagit County and limited survivor services, so your help will directly benefit victims of violence created by or negatively impacted by the pandemic.

3. Census – Everyone should be counted!
If you have not yet completed the Census, Click Here to complete it on-line. It only takes a few minutes and it is important that everyone participates!

4. The 2020 Skagit County Fair, originally scheduled for Aug 11 – 14, has been cancelled

5. Concrete’s Cascade Days 2020 has been cancelled

6. 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, Aug 11, 5:00pm and Sunday, Aug 16, 5:30pm – Cindy and Nemesio (Jr) Domingo and Garry Owens, LELO, Part 1 – “Learn Yourself” with Conor Casey, Labor Archivist for the Labor Archives of Washington

Interview by Mike Dumovich: Nemesio, Cindy, Garry, and Conor explain what LELO (Labor and Employment Law Office) is, its history, and the deaths of two labor activists: Silme Domingo and Gene Viernes. For more information, go to http://www.lelo.org/index.php.

We Do The Work Comments:
  • Trade does matter.
  • Guess What? Death is bad for the economy.
  • #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) – KSVR91.7 FM (Skagit Valley College), Wednesdays 5:00pm, rebroadcast Sundays 8:00pm; KSVU90.1 FM, Hamilton, Sundays 8:00pm and Thursdays 8:00am; KMRE102.3 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 August 12 & 19: Awaiting audio for both … not sure which will air first
Skagit No More Bombs (peace & disarmament group) presented a commemoration of the 75th anniversary of the dropping of an atomic bomb on Hiroshima (Aug 6) during WWII, and then on Nagasaki a few days later (Aug 9). This is a presentation via Zoom where Tracy Powell and Bud Anderson spoke. Two videos were shown, one local and one international video. Click Here for the national event website. See their local website for more information.

Northwest Immigrant Rights Project (https://www.nwirp.org/)presentation about the Northwest Detention Center in Tacoma.
We’ll hear from Tim Warden-Hertz, Directing Attorney of our Tacoma office, Staff Attorney Lesly Avila, and Executive Director Jorge L. Barón, about their clients’ resilience and how we are standing alongside them during this critical time. Many thanks to NWIRP for offering this presentation and providing SUSO with permission to use the audio and release the video. Here is a link to the recording, and here is a link to the transcript.
– Ways to get involved are: Partner organizations to check out: AID NW, WA Immigrant Solidarity Network, La Resistencia.

– Donate to the Fair Fight Bond Fund.

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: 3,116; Grand total: 11,272.

Since we quit meeting in person, Coffee ‘n Cards has sent 1,400 cards in support of Dave Paul and Helen Price Johnson. Cards on other issues and candidates are also included in the totals.

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.