Skagit County Democrats Action Newsletter for 31 August 2020

DEMOCRATIC EVENTS

1. NEWAngie Homola, candidate for 10th Legislative District Representative, Position 1, kicks off her General Election campaign Wednesday, Sep 2, 7:00pm – 8:00pm, via Zoom
“We’ll be meeting virtually over Zoom to toast a certified primary and discuss our campaign for the general. With only seven weeks until ballots are mailed, we’re hitting the ground running with an exciting, people-powered campaign plan. Join us for a fun evening as we work toward success in November!” Contact: Kyler Parris (kyler@angieforall.com). Click Here to RSVP (bottom of page).

2. NEWFidalgo Democrats Zoom meeting Tuesday, Sep 8, 7:00pm with 10th Legislative District candidates and Savanna Steele
Fidalgo Democrats will host Mark Lundsten, candidate for Skagit County Commissioner District 1; Helen Price Johnson, candidate for 10th LD Senator; incumbent State Representative Dave Paul; and State Representative candidate Angie Homola. They will update us about their candidacies since the Primary. Washington State Democrats Regional Field Director Savanna Steele will fire us up to help Get Out the Vote for November 3rd. Please RSVP to scorinne@msn.comfor the Zoom link, if interested.

3. NEWDave Paul Campaign Kickoff, Wednesday, Sep 9, 7:00pm, on Facebook Live
“Join us on Facebook Live for our General Election Kick Off Event! Ask us questions in the chat while I show off my grill skills.”

4. NEWThe Skagit County Democrats Central Committee is scheduled for Saturday, Sep 12, 10:00am – 12:00pm, connection information to be provided

5. NEWThe 39th Legislative District Democrats General Meeting is scheduled for Sunday, Sep 13, 10:30am – 1:00pm, connection information to be provided

6. NEWThe 10th Legislative District Democrats Executive Board is scheduled for Saturday, Sep 19, 10:00am – 12:30pm, Click Here for the Zoom link

7. UPDATEDPhone-Banking Opportunities
  • 39th Legislative District Democrats will be doing virtual phone-banking events (each will start with a zoom meeting and there’s an autodialer) as follows:
    • Saturday, Sep 5, 10:00am – 1:00pm, Click Here to register
    • Sunday, Sep 6, 5:00pm – 8:00pm, Click Here to register
    • Saturday, Sep 12, 10:00am – 1:00pm, Click Here to register
    • Sunday, Sep 13, 5:00pm – 8:00pm, Click Here to register
  • 40th Legislative District Democrats, Saturday, Sep 19, 4:00pm – 6:00pm, for the 10th and 42nd Legislative District Democrats
  • The 10th Legislative District Democrats are gearing up for the general election campaign. We have opportunities for phone-banking from the comfort of your own home. It is super easy and there will be a brief training for first timers. The Washington State Democrats Coordinated Campaign (our own Bennett Massey-Helber) is organizing phone-banking on behalf of all our candidates. We have the option of only calling voters within the 10th LD. If you have interest in helping to elect our democratic candidates please reply to chair@10thLDDemocrats.org. If we get a good number of you to call, we can keep your calling hours fairly low, 2 hours per week. Ballots drop in approximately 8 weeks. In addition to the WSDCC, each candidate will coordinate their own phone-bank. The Coordinated Campaign will be calling for all candidates and only calling within the 10th LD.
    • Wednesdays 4:00 – 6:00 pm – Dave Paul Campaign phone-bank
    • Thursdays 5:00 – 8:00 pm – Washington State Democrats Coordinated Campaign calling into the 10th LD on behalf of all candidates hosted by Bennett Massey-Helber and John Amell
    • Saturdays 1:00 – 3:00 pm – Helen Price-Johnson Campaign phone-bank
8. The Washington State Democrats’ annual Warren G. Magnuson Dinner will be held virtually on Thursday, Sep 24
Click Here for more information.

9. NEWAnacortes Weekly Sunday Demonstrations need support
“The Anacortes protest that occurs every Sunday at noon is getting overrun by Trump protestors. They are asking for our help! Please consider joining them this Sunday at noon! . . . The TRUMP corner was FULL of people, FLAGS and NOISE! There were banners, “decent” looking Anacortes folks carrying quasi- articulate signs; loud music blaring, recordings of political ads kept playing in a loop, and a man was screaming drivel on a microphone. There was also a life-sized poster of Trump mounted on wood, standing with all the other fools. PLEASE SPREAD THE WORD AROUND TO YOUR FRIENDS and LET US ALL SHOW UP ON SUNDAY!”

10. Sign locations needed for the Mark Lundsten campaign
“We need help with good sign locations in your neighborhoods. You know the people and the traffic patterns in your precinct. We have small yard signs and large 4-foot x 4-foot signs. This will be a county-wide effort. Please call Maggie Sullivan with the name and phone # of the person who wants a sign (so she can contact them about the exact sign location) or give her directions for the location on a well-used road. Contact information: Maggie Sullivan, 360-724-3158 or maggie@fidalgo.net.

11. NEWUpdate on “Stronger Together Skagit” (STS) Card Writers
“In the past week, STS card writers have put 1,400 postcards into the capable hands of volunteers across the county! More writers are needed as campaigns gear up for the coming weeks before ballots are mailed Oct. 14. Cards are being written or endorsed WA State Legislature Dist. 10 candidates, County Commissioner candidates, and one judicial position. Contact Carol Sullivan at carolosully@yahoo.comfor details. Writers get a packet containing candidates’ cards (minimum of 20), script, and addresses delivered to pickup locations around the County. (Pickup locations still needed for Sedro-Woolley and Burlington areas.) Stamps can be provided by the campaign, or writers can use their own postcard stamps (helps campaigns!). Let’s work together to get our local Democratic candidates across the finish line in November!”

12. NEWVoter Registration and Schedule
  • How to register
    • Online – You can register to vote using VoteWA. To register to vote using this online program, you must have either a valid Washington State Driver’s License, or State Identification (ID) Card.
    • In Person – You can register to vote in person at the Skagit County Auditor’s Office, 700 South 2nd Street, Room 201 (corner of 2nd & Kincaid), Mount Vernon, Hours: M-F 8:30-4:30
    • By Mail – You can register to vote via mail by downloading and printing a registration form and sending it to our office. You can download your form using this link (select your language). In addition, a registration form can be requested by calling our office at 360-416-1702.
  • Last Date to Register
    • Online or Mail: Oct 26
    • In-Person: Nov 3
  • Ballots go out:
    • Military and overseas ballots are mailed out Sep 18 (very early).
    • Domestic Ballots are mailed out Oct 14
13. 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.

14. Skagit County Democrats Fundraisers
  • 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”).
  • Greeting Card Fundraiser: Social distancing and staying safe makes it difficult for us to get out and look for cards to mark special occasions or just say hello. For a donation of $15.00 you will receive a box of 6 – 8 beautiful hand-made greeting cards. These are one of a kind cards so no two boxes are the same and aren’t made to order. Let us choose your lovely card set. Pictured on the web site (Click Here or Here) are samples of the kinds of cards you will receive. If you would like to donate, Click Here. Under purpose on the donation, please indicate “Cards” and the number of boxes you want.
Thank you for your continued support of the Skagit Democrats.

15. 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.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.

Campaign Signs: “At this time Biden\Harris signs are all sold. If you have previously reserved signs at HQ, please pick them up. Otherwise, they will be assigned to those on a waiting list. Our previous suppliers have reached the end of their supply. The Party is making a decision on when and how to get the next batch in. Biden and Biden/Harris swag will continue to be ordered. It is limited right now, but more is on order. Inslee signs are gone from HQ. His campaign is selling them online. Skagit continues to ask for more signs. HQ has most of the other campaign signs onsite and they can be picked up during open hours. HQ Staff, Campaigns and the Skagit Dems thank you for your continued support in purchasing signs, swag and picking up local candidate signs. Also, many thanks to Steve, Ronda, Diane, Gloria and Collin for going the extra mile to pick up signs from Olympia and Tacoma. And to our volunteer staff for keeping the doors open. Without that support, Skagit Dems could not provide the election services that it does. Please check the web site, call HQ or send an email for current info on signs. Thank You. Staff” And here is a place to get some Biden/Harris bling: Click Here.

16. Our candidates’ Websites & Facebook Pages following the August 4 Primary 17. National 2020 Caucus/Primary and Debate Schedule
  • 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
18. 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. NEWSchools are opening 2. NEWChildren’s Museum Virtual Chair-ity Auction, Friday, Sep 4 through Saturday, Sep 12, Online
Click Here for more information.

3. NEWMarblemount Sasquatch Conference, Saturday and Sunday, Sep 5 and 6, 10:00am – 4:00pm, Marblemount
“The Sasquatch Conference still plans to be on schedule while adhering to CDC guidelines. This year’s event may be outdoors, with vendors in booths 6 feet apart. Parking will be limited, as well as attendees at any given time. The lineup will be the same, with a few changes to some of the contests. The entire conference can change; updates will be announced via e-mail from nwsasquatch2@outlook.com and on the event Facebook page, nwsasquatch2.”

4. NEWSkagit County announces funds, partners to help Skagitonians to pay rent during COVID-19 pandemic
Click Here for the Skagit County Press Release. Click Here for the Skagit Valley Herald article.

5. NEWReferendum 90
“Referendum 90 will uphold the new Washington state law requiring all public schools to teach age-appropriate, inclusive, comprehensive sexual health education to K-12 students . . . In 2020, a coalition of parents, educators, medical professionals, and advocates passed a law in Washington state focused on keeping young people safe and healthy. This law requires all public schools to teach age appropriate, inclusive, comprehensive sexual health education to K-12 students. This law was backed by a massive statewide coalition and has strong support from a strong majority of Washington state voters. In early 2020, a group of extremists launched a misinformation campaign attacking inclusive, age appropriate, comprehensive sexual health education and gathered enough signatures – during a pandemic – to put that law up for a public vote this November.” Click Here for the Approve 90 website.

6. 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!

7. Drive-through COVID-19 testing is 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 25, 5:00pm and Sunday, Aug 30, 5:30 – Labor Day Show with Liz Shuler, Secretary-Treasurer of the AFL-CIO, & Larry Brown, President of the Washington State Labor Council
Liz and Larry share their Labor Day messages and we play a mix of traditional labor songs and poems as well as original labor songs. For more information, go to https://aflcio.org, http://www.thestand.org, https://www.wslc.org/, or lbrown@wslc.org.

Music and Poem: Solidarity Forever, by Ralph Chaplin sung by Bernard Carney from his 1996 CD Stand Together, Northwest Union Call by Mike Dumovich and Gary Kanter, Right to Work is Wrong by Gary Kanter, I Want to Marry GE by Gary Kanter, Mourn Not the Dead, a Ralph Chaplin poem recited by Mike Dumovich.
#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 2020 Sep 2 – Northwest Detention Center in Tacoma
This week we share excerpts from an update presented by the Northwest Immigrant Rights Project (Seattle based – NWIRP.org) on Aug 6, 2020 by two of their attorneys whose primary responsibility is the NW Detention Center. A panel discussion about immigration detention in the Pacific Northwest, NWIRP’s efforts to defend and protect community members facing deportation, and how you can join the movement to abolish ICE (Immigration & Custom Enforcement) and end the inhumane immigration detention system. Featuring a conversation with Tim Warden-Hertz, Directing Attorney of our Tacoma office, and Staff Attorney Lesly Avila. Transcript.txt file is available at this link:

3. Coffee ‘n Cards via Zoom: Each Monday, 10:00am, Zoom meeting ID: 728 6695 7807, password: 3G1teP.
You are invited to attend. Contact Carol Sullivan at carolosully@yahoo.comfor details. 2020 card total: 4,737, Grand Total: 12,891.
  • Sept. 7: NO GUEST! Just sharing
  • Sept. 14: Film: “Suppressed 2020: the Fight to Vote” Pt. 2 of Fix Democracy First 101
  • Sept. 14: Mohit Nair, FairVoteWA, explains RCV (Ranked Choice Voting) and what bills will be presented in the Washington State 2021 legislative session
  • Sept. 28: Mount Vernon Mayor Jill Boudreau will be our guest for informal “Coffee with Mayor Jill”
NEW – Lynn Campbell, Skagit County Democrats Chair, will be guest on Monday, Aug 31 Coffee ‘n Cards via Zoom.
You are invited to join as Lynn describes what her job entails, and what we can do going into the 2020 election. Meeting ID: 728 6695 7807, password: 3G1teP.

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