News from the Skagit County Democrats
Skagit County Democrats Action Newsletter for September 5, 2022
1. NEW – The Skagit County Democrats Headquarters Office will be closed Monday, Sep 5, Labor Day
2. NEW – The Skagit County Central Committee meets Saturday, Sep 10, 10:00am, via Zoom
Click Here for the Zoom link.
3. NEW – Dave Paul fundraiser hosted by Washington State Treasurer Mike Pellicciotti, Friday, Sep 9, 4:30pm – 6:00pm, Dugalla Community Clubhouse, RSVP to firstname.lastname@example.org
Click Here for the flyer.
4. NEW – The Fidalgo Democrats meet Tuesday, Sep 13, 7:00pm, via Zoom
"This will be an opportunity to meet our local candidates for Skagit County offices, the 10th and 40th Legislative races, Secretary of State and a representative from Senator Patty Murray’s campaign. This will be a great opportunity to get to know our candidates. Each will speak about their campaigns and there will be time for questions. Barbara Cooper, Chair, 360-293-4123"
5. Jessica Wadhams, candidate for 39th Legislative District Representative, is hosting multiple door knocking and other events
Click Here for a listing of upcoming events.
6. Skagit County Democrat’s “Ensuring Democracy Together” Gala & Auction! – The Gala is only a month away!
"Many thanks to those of you who have donated to our Silent and Live auctions. We’ve received items ranging from political ephemera to home décor to get-aways. Exciting! Please keep those donations coming; the deadline is 9/20. Contact us at (360) 336-1555 to arrange delivery or pick up.
"Chocolate! Birds! Mayan Ruins! All for you In Belize. You'll enjoy all of these adventures from the Lodge at Big Falls which is centrally located in the Toledo district. Enjoy chocolate tasting, a visit to a spice farm, visit Mayan ruins – enjoy Belize to the fullest. Two people, 5 days, a gorgeous lodge, $3100.
Kenya Safari Extravaganza. Luxury accommodations at Sopa Lodge Lake Naivasha. Visit Masais, the home of Out of Africa, and more. Truly the experience of a lifetime! $4000 for two people for 7 days. Exciting and memorable.
These are just two of several vacation getaways the Skagit County Democrats are offering at the Gala 2022. Because we are able to offer more than one of each trip, you may purchase now as well as bid at the Gala. Air fare is not included, but the highly competitive pricing still makes the trips fantastic deals. Future newsletters will provide information on other opportunities. Email MaryStanton7@gmail.com for information."
- Event will be October 8th, starting at 4:00pm at the Swinomish Casino & Lodge
- Seats are $75, table for 8 is $600.
- Pay on line at https://secure.actblue.com/donate/skagit-county-democratic-party-1 (put number of seats in “Purpose” at the bottom of the page) or at our office at 2021 East College Way, #104, Mount Vernon, between 12:00pm – 4:00pm, Monday – Thursday.
- We still need volunteers to help in a variety of areas. Please email us at staff@skagitDemocrats.org with “Volunteer for the Gala” in the subject line. Thank you.
7. NEW – President Joe Biden's speech, Thursday, Sep 1, in Philadelphia on 'extremist threat to democracy'
8. Skagit County Democrats continues to mandate facemasks at our Headquarters Office
9. NEW – A message from Washington State Democrats Chair, Tina Podlodowski in her weekly newsletter of Sep 2
"In just a few days we’ll celebrate our 128th Labor Day — an annual holiday dedicated to recognizing workers’ many social and economic contributions to our country. It is rooted in the late 19th Century, when labor activists and trade unions were fighting to rectify the poor working conditions of that era. Those efforts not only led to the nationally-recognized holiday, but fairer wages, time off, sick leave, and safer work environments, as well as a stronger, more inclusive workforce.
Unions are the backbone of our nation, and that couldn’t be more true than in Washington state. We are home to the third highest rate of unionized workers in the country — with over 630,000 members and 19% of the state working a unionized job — behind only New York and Hawaii. Union members truly make the Evergreen State — and our world — go round.
We are one of the longest-running unionized state parties in the country, having signed our first collective bargaining agreement in 2018. We are proud to nurture strong partnerships with so many allied organizations, so we can help fight for the Democratic values we all share, like the freedom to unionize and providing everyone a fair return on their work.
And we are thrilled to see workers throughout Washington state and the country rising up and demanding rights on the job, like at Starbucks and Amazon. But there shouldn’t be so many hurdles.
This is why it’s so critical Congress passes the PRO Act so workers can be empowered to collectively bargain for the wages, benefits, and working conditions that they deserve. The legislation has made it through the House, with strong support from Washington’s Democratic representatives, but is stalled in the Senate — another reminder of how important it is to protect and expand our majority.
Every worker deserves a union, and Democrats are fighting alongside our allies to guarantee each person has that freedom, so we can continue to make progress in the workplace.
This Labor Day, let's reflect on how far we’ve come, and recommit ourselves to the work ahead to help elect Democrats up and down the ticket in November, ensuring people are put before profits."
Click Here for a video of the above message.
10. 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.
- What’s in a Classified Document?
- 'Quiet quitting' has nothing to do with lazy employees. It's about rejecting broken work culture
- When Abortion Roiled 19th Century New York
- These Black Women Changed America
- How the Physics of Nothing Underlies Everything
1. Back to School 2022 – Be aware! Kids are back in school THIS WEEK!
- Anacortes – Tuesday, September 6
- Concrete – Wednesday, August 31
- Conway – Monday, August 29
- Burlington-Edison – Wednesday, August 31
- La Conner – Tuesday, August 30
- Mount Vernon – Wednesday, September 7
- Sedro-Woolley – Thursday, September 1
2. NEW – Safe and Sane Skagit is hosting ‘Seeds of Change’, a fair of non-profits and groups around Skagit Valley, Saturday, Sep 17, 2:00pm – 5:00pm, The Edison Granary, Edison, 14136 Gilmore Avenue
"Meet representatives of some of the leading groups in the valley seeking to increase our progressive community. Network, celebrate, educate. Mingle and enjoy refreshments and music by “Ladies Men”.
Nine groups will be tabling:
- Alliance for Gun Responsibility
- Safe and Sane Skagit
- Indivisible Skagit
- Evergreen Islands
- League of Women Voters of Skagit County
- Transition Fidalgo and Friends
- No More Bombs
- Home Rule Skagit
- Moms Demand Action of Skagit County
At 3:00pm: Guest speaker from the Alliance for Gun Responsibility followed by group introductions. Candidates endorsed by the Alliance may stop by. Join us! We hope to see you there."
3. UPDATED – COVID-19 Information
Current Skagit County Information – The following is taken from the Skagit County COVID-19 Update of Aug 31
Click Here for the full report and resources.
1. Anacortes Sunday Demonstrations
Democrats are again demonstrating in Anacortes each Sunday, 12:00pm – 1:00pm at the corner of 12th Street and Commercial Avenue. "We carry signs for Dem candidates, get out and vote signs, women's right-to-chose in healthcare and so on and so on. We need more people to show up."
2. UPDATED – Coffee & Cards, Wednesdays, 10:00am – 11:00am, Skagit County Democrats Headquarters, 2021 East College Way, Suite 104, Mount Vernon
Coffee and Cards meets on Wednesdays from 10-11 am. This is the group that was previously led by Carol Sullivan and is now lead quite capably by Judy Farrar. The group is a way for us to express ourselves about issues of importance to us all.
We will write messages of encouragement and support to people who are making positive contributions as well as messages of concern and opposition to people who are negatively impacting our world. This includes legislators on the local, state, and federal level as well as CEOs of corporations and other people having a significant impact in our world. We will share ideas for people to write to and issues to address.
Postcards and stamps will be provided, but we ask that people bring money to cover the cost of the postcard stamps which are currently $.44. Coffee will be provided or bring your own. As Carol always reminded us, “We are stronger together.” Our office is located at 2021 East College Way, Suite 104, Mount Vernon, 360-336-1555."