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  • Vigils for Health Care

    As you might be aware, Congressional Republicans have come up with a plan that would undermine Medicaid, Medicare and the Affordable Care Act as we know it, with extreme cuts in funding to all states. The proposed AHCA would end our country’s responsibility to ensure healthcare for children, seniors, and people with disabilities who can least afford it. The nonpartisan Congressional Budget Office estimates that if passed, 14 million people would lose health insurance by 2018 and 24 million would lose it in the next decade. It would mean the end of the expansion of Medicaid that provides health coverage to millions of working people earning low-to-moderate-incomes.

    FAN’s Healthcare Working Group has partnered with the Healthcare is a Human Right Expanded Coalition, a coalition of many organizations dedicated to defending the Affordable Care Act. FAN has committed to connecting people in our network with this effort.

    There are a few ways you can take action now:

    • Call 866-426-2631 to tell your Congressperson that this is not an acceptable plan; we want to protect the ACA, Medicaid and Medicare, and we must stop this now.
    • Attend Candlelight Vigils on Saturday, March 18 at 7 PM. Vigils will be held in Issaquah, Spokane, VancouverYakima, and Wenatchee. For more information, email shaine.truscott@seiu775.org.
    • Finally, mark your calendars for the next Health Care Working Group conference call on April 17 at 7 PM. To participate, please contact Chasity Jones.

    If you have any questions regarding the Healthcare Working Group, the effort to protect the ACA, or to request updates/resources from the most recent Healthcare Working group meeting, please contact Chasity Jones at jones@fanwa.org.

  • Standing Together

    The call to stand together as faith communities across our state continues. Last Friday, Temple de Hirsch Sinai, a member of FAN’s network, experienced Holocaust-denying graffiti on their building. Both Mercer Island and Vancouver BC Jewish Communtiy Centers have experienced bomb threats. These are deeply disturbing events that call for our continued outreach and support. But they also call for our action. We have much to learn about empathy and deepening understanding in our communities. Included in our events calendar listings are some opportunities to do so. There are additional actions we need to take together as well as education and preaching against hate, discrimination, xenophobia and racism in our own communities.

    We have some great teachers for this work. Over the weekend, the Kent Community Rally offered standing-room-only support for the Sikh Community at Kent Lutheran Church. Many communities came together in a big way when the MAPS sign was desecrated and the Bellevue mosque experienced arson. On Friday, thousands of Native Americans and allies marched in Washington D.C. in solidarity with the Standing Rock tribe against the Dakota Access Pipleline. Yakama Nation chair JoDe Goudy delivered a joint proclamation Friday with the Standing Rock Sioux Tribe in D.C. calling for the Vatican to revoke the Doctrine of Discovery (a series of papal bulls that caused the decimation of indigenous peoples and still impacts law regarding sovereignty of native lands). You can hear his powerful words in the first 10 minutes of this video. He asked: Do you understand that the culture of domination must end? One voice, one heart, one spirit. There is no dispute more important than the future of our generations.

    While we stand in solidarity in the face of threats to any individual or community based on their religion, home country, or color of their skin, we know more is needed as we act together for justice. FAN’s Interfaith Leaders’ Council will be meeting to discuss these questions next week. We welcome your own input to fan@fanwa.org. Please continue to share these statements by our Interfaith Leaders’ Council to the Jewish Community and to the Sikh Community, as well as statements of support for American Muslims and immigrants that individuals have signed. Ask your faith leader to preach and teach about them. Invite a guest speaker from a neighboring faith community. Then let’s continue to put our intentions into action so that Washington truly becomes a Hate Free Zone. Together we will build the moral strength to change this story.

  • Attend your District Town Hall!

    In March, many legislators take time away from Olympia to hold town hall meetings in their districts to hear from constituents. FAN encourages you to make the time to attend your district town hall meetings, beginning this weekend! They’re each an opportunity to follow up on contacts that you may have made on Interfaith Advocacy Day last month, to hear updates on the session, and to voice your concerns for your community and state.

    Click here to download a list of the town halls we know about so far.

    Our Economic Justice workgroup leaders Jane Sisk and Steve Clagett urge you to ask your Senator and Representatives about fixing our tax code in order to keep our communities thriving. Right now, our state’s legislature is debating how to raise revenue to adequately fund public schools and protect other critical services. As you may know, our current tax code is so upside down that people making less than $20,000 a year pay taxes at a rate 7 times higher than people making more than $500,000 a year (find out more here). Proposals to clean up our tax code that have been introduced in this legislature include taxing capital gains on sales of stocks and bonds like neighboring states.

    FAN organizers and District Coordinators will be contacting you about the details of your town hall. This is an important opportunity. Lastly, we hope you’ll let us know how these town halls go, and what your legislators think about fixing our upside down tax code!