Endorsement: Our Revolution Pierce County

We are excited and honored to announce that Suzanne has been endorsed by Our Revolution Pierce County for Pierce County Council District 5. Thank you, Our Revolution Pierce County, for your support for Suzanne’s campaign and your continued hard work to get progressive candidates elected.

Ballots are due August 7, and there are many progressive candidates who need our support! Please remind your friends to vote, and join us on Tuesday, August 7 while we await the ballot count. Details will be posted soon on our website and Facebook page.

 

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Campaign Update and Calendar

 

Message from Suzanne—

From the bottom of my heart, thank you to everyone who has continued to work hard in support of my campaign for Pierce County Council District 5.

In no particular order: Melissa, Joey, Philip, Marilyn, Eric, Janet, Alease, Vince, Courtney, LaDonna, Carol, Beverly, David, Athena, Nikie, Claudia, John, Cindy, Val, Tim, Isobel, the South Sound Democratic Socialists of America, volunteers from the signwaving event in South Hill, and many others  – your efforts have helped propel this campaign forward!

In addition to the Progressive Voters Guide, this weekend The News Tribune also offered its endorsement.

Let’s keep this momentum going.

I’ll be doorbelling Monday, 7/23 and Tuesday, 7/24 beginning at 4 p.m. I’d love the company!

On Wednesday, 7/25, the Tacoma Tenants Organizing Committee will host a meeting at the Downtown Tacoma Urban Grace Church. I and many other campaign volunteers will be in attendance to listen and support those who are fighting for tenants’ rights.

On Thursday, 7/26, join us for Cupcakes and Campaigning in celebration of my 39th birthday. You can either pick up signs and join other volunteers at designated locations or help us continue our doorbelling efforts.

On Friday, 7/27, campaign signs *should* be ready for pick up, so we’ll need help assembling signs and stakes. If you would like to host, please let us know.

On Saturday morning, we’ll doorbell for a few hours, but we also need campaign volunteers for a few weekend festivals. This will be an all hands on deck kind of week.

Events are available online at the Committee to Elect Suzanne Skaar Facebook page. Please RSVP and share as you are able. If you would like to help phone bank, signwave, host a meet’n’greet, or something else not listed here, please email suzanneskaar2018@outlook.com.

 

Thank you again. Now let’s go!

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Endorsement: The Progressive Voters Guide

Message from Suzanne:

 

I am pleased to announce I have received an endorsement from The Progressive Voters Guide. Thank you for your support, FUSE and partners.

To read the full endorsement statement, please click here.

We have many ways to get involved in the coming weeks. Please like and follow us on Facebook at Committee to Elect Suzanne Skaar, and email suzanneskaar2018@outlook.com if you’d like to help doorbell, phonebank, distribute and place campaign signs, and/ or wave signs. Donations are also helpful as we’ll soon need to order more campaign literature.

We couldn’t have made it this far without the generous contributions of time and energy by so many awesome individuals, and the support of the larger Pierce County District 5 community. We are ready for change. While I know we have many challenges ahead of us, I am honored to work side by side with such selfless leaders and community activists who put their hearts and souls into making life in Pierce County more equitable and safe. Thank you. Let’s keep going.

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Happy Pride, Tacoma!

The following is a message from Suzanne:

Today is a great day to celebrate the diversity of the LGBTQIA community here in Pierce County, and to recognize we still have a lot of work to do.

Many children growing up do not feel like they fit societal roles and do not have anyone to safely discuss these concerns with. The effects of feeling like an outsider include increasing self-doubt, isolation, acting out in school and/ or at home, self-medicating through alcohol and/ or drugs, and self-harm. Bullying of LGBTQIA youth is a major contributing factor. According to the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services’ website stopbullying.gov, “lesbian, gay or bisexual youth are more than twice as likely as their peers to be depressed and think about or attempt suicide (Russell & Joyner, 2001).” Per the National Center for Transgender Equality:

“Transgender and gender non-conforming youth face challenges at home, at school, in foster care, and in juvenile justice systems. A national survey by GLSEN has found that 75% of transgender youth feel unsafe at school, and those who are able to persevere had significantly lower GPAs, were more likely to miss school out of concern for their safety, and were less likely to plan on continuing their education.”

While the U.S, has made significant strides in equal rights for the LGBTQIA, rights are under attack at the Federal level. Our community’s health. Our community’s right to adopt or foster children. Housing, immigration, bathroom access, employment, and more. That’s why it’s even more important than ever to take a stand at the local level and assure our community we will stand up for each other. We will support each other. And we will make sure our government officials represent us.

What can we do today? We can begin to work on dismantling our own biases. Within the community, we must work to fight racism, ableism, classism, bi-erasure, misogyny, transphobia, harassment, and domestic violence. We must stand up against the federal government’s zero-tolerance immigration policy as deportations can be death sentences. We can provide a non-judgmental ear and direct individuals to the right resources. We can contact sitting government officials and hold them accountable. And we must vote to elect representatives who have proven their dedication to protecting our community’s rights. I would be honored to have your vote, and will continue to fight for equality and equity. I hope to see you today at Pride.

— Suzanne Skaar

Candidate for Pierce County Council District 5

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“9 stripe LGBT flag revealed at Love Fest Festival, during carnival in São Paulo, Brasil, on February 12, 2018. The flag shows a white stripe in the middle of it, representing the full gender and sexual spectrum, plus peace and union among all.” — Wikipedia
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The Bisexual Flag designed by Michael Page.
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Philadelphia’s new inclusive LGBTQ flag design.

Message from SENCo Chair Earl Brydson

Tacoma’s South End Neighborhood Council (SENCo) voted to recommend Suzanne in the race for Pierce County Council District 5. The following is a message from the Chair of SENCo, Earl Brydson:

“I am pleased to write this letter of recommendation for Suzanne Skaar. She’s been a part of our council only for a few months [October 2017], but what an amazing impression she has made with her peers and the public.  I actually met her about a year ago during a presentation she made before joining SENCo.

She is an intellect, a true believer of the truth, in other words, she does her homework before engaging in important topics. She speaks with passion about her beliefs and she stands ready to hold her ground. In May 2018, Suzanne volunteered to attend a national conference in Alabama called neighborhood USA or NUSA. Filled with excitement and new ideas, Suzanne presented an informative and thorough briefing for the council, the public, and city management.

In addition, she chairs our Social Outreach Committee, which highlights her knowledge and extensive volunteer background in communication and media. She is a trustworthy individual ready to take on more responsibility as Pierce County’s next brightest council member. I am confident she will work hard to become the best of the best.

Sincerely, 

Earl Brydson

Chair – South End Neighborhood Council”

 

On behalf of Suzanne, we’d like to thank the members of the South End Neighborhood Council for their continued hard work to make our community more equitable, and for their support in this important race. Share this message with friends and make sure to vote Suzanne Skaar for Pierce County Council District 5!

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Candidate Suzanne Skaar with daughter.