1. NEW – The Washington State Democrats T3 (Train the Trainers), V2 (Version 2) program is open
T3 v.2 trainings will be held every Tuesday and Thursday from 7:00 – 8:00pm ET, beginning on Tuesday, Jun 22, and concluding on Thursday, Jul 8. All trainings will be recorded and made available following each session via a weekly wrap-up email, delivered on Fridays. Participants MUST register by Sunday, Jun 20, and must complete all sessions in order to receive certification. Registering for the program does NOT automatically register you for the webinar sessions. You will receive more information on the program, as well as your Zoom webinar registration sign-up links, in your Welcome Email delivered on Monday, Jun 21. Click Here to register and for more information.
2. NEW – The Washington State Redistricting Commission will hold an Outreach Meeting regarding the 2nd Congressional District, Tuesday, Jun 22, 6:00pm – 7:30pm, online
Click Here to register as a participant. Click Here for more detailed information.
3. The 10th Legislative District Democrats General Meeting has been rescheduled for Saturday, Jun 26, 10:30am – 12:30pm
The meeting will consider bylaws amendments.
4. Votebuilder training for all Precinct Committee Officers (PCOs) will be conducted Saturday, Jun 26, 4:00pm
Registration and further information will be sent out to all PCO’s in an email. All PCOs should have login information from the state, however, if they need help with login information they can contact Bennett Massey Helber at email@example.com or Nathaniel Block at firstname.lastname@example.org. The training will be provided by Bennet Massey Helber. There will be an approximately 30-minute refresher for experienced PCOs followed by an additional hour of instruction for those who need extra help. There will be other trainings provided to volunteers and candidates, but those dates have not yet been determined.
6. Join the conversation with Skagit County Democrats on Facebook and Twitter!
Engaging with our social media content by liking, commenting, and sharing helps us reach more viewers, builds community in a digital space, and provides opportunities to better mobilize when opportunities arise. If you haven’t already, please consider:
- Following us on Twitter.
- Liking our Facebook page.
- Joining the new Skagit County Democrats private Facebook group. This is open to all Skagit Dems members, voters, and like-minded constituents. The link directs you to the group, where you’ll have to request to join and an Online Media Posting (OMP) Committee member will approve your request.
For questions about Skagit County Democrats social media, please contact OMP@skagitdemocrats.org.
7. Skagit County Democrats Volunteer Opportunities
- Are you active with social media? If you love to Tweet or post Facebook messages, we need you! Please contact Kat Lohman at email@example.com.
- Are you a policy wonk and are actively tracking bills? Please be part of a new committee – the Legislative Committee. Contact firstname.lastname@example.org.
We have various Committees needing volunteers, including the Candidate Recruitment, Social Media, Finance, Outreach, and Fundraising Committees. Due to Covid-19, all events and meetings are online, and everyone is working from home. If you are interested in learning more about volunteering and being on our Committees, please reach out to our Volunteer Coordinators, and they will help you find the right fit for your skills. We can also connect you to the Committee Chairs or our Party Chair. Please reach out to Larry at Larry.Hilliard@gmail.com for more information about Committees or Ashley at email@example.com for Outreach and Candidate Recruitment Committees.
8. Skagit Democrats Fundraisers
- 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.
- The Our America signs are still available at $10 each. Call (360-336-1555) or email firstname.lastname@example.org for pick up times and payment information.
9. NEW – Links of the Week
The Links of the Week provide in-depth pieces and resources the Editor has found to be relevant, insightful, and thorough on important issues of the day.
- Central America and the root causes of migration to the US
- How to Protect Your Files From Ransomware
- Long shadows: The Black-white gap in multigenerational poverty
- A New Way to Understand the Brain’s Intricate Rhythm
1. NEW – Monday is Flag Day
Flag Day is a celebration of the American flag that occurs every year on June 14, in remembrance of when our country’s first American flag was introduced by the Continental Congress as the official American flag on June 14, 1777. Click Here for the White House Proclamation.
2. Pride Lives Here: Voices of the LGBTQIA+ Community, Tuesday, Jun 22, 12:00pm – 1:00pm, via Zoom and streamed on Facebook
Click Here to register.
3. Farmer’s Markets
Common sense COVID-19 precautions remain important. Keep a 6’ distance between yourself and other people. Wear an appropriate face covering per state regulations. Practice good hygiene – wash your hands with soap and water before you visit, while you are here at one of our handwash stations, and when you get home. Stay home if you are sick or experiencing symptoms.
- Anacortes – Saturday, 9:00am – 2:00pm, The Depot, 611 R Avenue – Open
- Concrete – Saturday, 10:00am – 1:00pm, 45821 Railroad Avenue – Open
- Mount Vernon – Saturday, 9:00am – 2:00pm, Riverwalk Park, 501 Main Street, Open
- Sedro-Woolley – Wednesday, 3:00pm – 7:00pm, Hammer Heritage Square, Corner of Metcalf & Ferry Streets, Open
4. Skagit County continues in COVID-19 Phase 3 Recovery
5. UPDATED – COVID-19 Vaccines
COVID-19 Skagit County Public Health DRIVE-THRU Vaccination Site is at the Skagit County Fairgrounds BUT IT WILL BE CLOSING THIS MONTH. Operating hours: Wednesdays, Fridays & Saturdays, 10:00am – 4:00pm, drop-in or by appointment. Thursdays, 1:00pm – 7:00pm, drop-in clinic – no appointment required. The final day to drive-up or make an appointment for a first-dose COVID vaccine at the Skagit County Fairgrounds was Saturday, June 5. Skagit County Public Health will be closing out first-dose vaccine services at the Fairgrounds following this date and will focus primarily on second-dose vaccinations until June 26 when the site will close permanently. Other local vaccine sites can be obtained Here by entering your Zip code.
The final day to drive-up or make an appointment for a first-dose COVID vaccine at the Skagit County Fairgrounds will be Saturday, June 5. Skagit County Public Health will be closing out first-dose vaccine services at the Fairgrounds following this date and will focus primarily on second-dose vaccinations until June 26 when the site will close permanently. This move will allow Public Health to right-size operations and serve the community in more convenient locations through additional mobile clinics.
*New* Pop-Up Vaccine Clinics this summer! Find us at the following Skagit County locations:
- Sat, June 19: Mount Vernon Farmers Market from 9am-12pm
- Sat, June 19: Mount Baker Presbyterian Church, Concrete from 10am-2pm
- Tues, June 22: Skagit Transit Station, Downtown Mount Vernon from 8:30-10:30am (J&J; 18+)
- Wed, June 23: Skagit Transit Station, Downtown Mount Vernon from 5-9pm
- Wed, June 23: Sedro-Woolley Farmers Market from 3-7pm
- Tues, June 29:Skagit Transit Station, Downtown Mount Vernon from 8:30-10:30am (J&J; 18+)
- Wed, June 30: Skagit Transit Station, Downtown Mount Vernon from 5-9pm
- Wed, June 30: Chuckanut Brewery, Burlington from 3-7pm *PINTS FOR POKES*
- Sat, July 3: Big Lake 3rd of July Festival from 10am-2pm
- Sat, July 24: Clear Lake Fire Department from 10am-2pm
All individuals 12 years of age and older are now eligible for the COVID-19 vaccine. Parent/guardian consent to vaccinate will be required for all dependent minors (ages 12-17) and can be provided either in-person or over the phone at the time of the appointment. Please note: 12-17 years old will need to receive the Pfizer vaccine, as this is the only vaccine currently approved for use in minors.
The CDC updated guidance for fully vaccinated people to say that those who are fully vaccinated no longer need to wear a mask or physically distance in any setting, except where required by federal, state, local, tribal, or territorial laws, rules, and regulations, including local business and workplace guidance. Everyone—including those who are fully vaccinated—must continue to mask on public transit, in schools, clinics, hospitals, and correctional facilities.
Click Here for the Skagit County Public Health Department vaccine webpage and the most current information about availability. Evening appointments are now available at the Fairgrounds. On March 31, Governor Inslee announced that all adults, ages 16 and older, are eligible for vaccination.
6. Skagit County now lists several locations for COVID-19 testing
Click Here for the list.
1. Listen to Speak Up! Speak Out! Radio
Listen to Speak Up! Speak Out! – a half hour 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 will not be broadcasting a program this week. Previous shows are still available as noted above.