Save the Date for one of our 2021 Spring Summits! You can choose between Sundays, May 23 or June 6 from 2-4 PM. We’ll gather from across the state to celebrate FAN wins in the legislative session and plan for the year ahead. There will be breakout groups by region and issue topic. See you at the Summit!
Bills are now moving through the opposite chamber – let’s keep up the momentum and push them all the way to the Governor’s desk! Please add your own language to the email prompts and see the issue fact sheets linked for more information:
- HB 1091 – Clean Fuels Standard – Hearing in Ways & Means on Saturday 3/27 at 10 AM. Email your Senator and ask if they support this bill, especially if they serve on Ways & Means.
- HB 1267 – Establishes an Office of Independent Investigations for homicides committed by law enforcement – Hearing in the Ways & Means Committee Tuesday 3/30 at 1:30 PM. Email your Senator and ask if they support this bill, especially if they serve on Ways & Means.
- HB 1310 – Establishes De-escalation as a statewide standard and limits Use of Deadly Force – Hearing on Tuesday 3/30 at 1:30 PM. Email your Senator and ask if they support this bill, especially if they serve on Ways & Means. This bill and 1267 are led by impacted family members.
- HB 1297 – Working Families Tax Credit – Hearing in Ways & Means on Tuesday 3/30 at 1:30 PM. Email your Senator and ask if they support this bill, especially if they serve on Ways & Means. Please also take one minute to SIGN IN PRO before Tuesday: bit.ly/3rhXHJb.
Follow these links to see which committees your Senators and Representatives sit on. You can also call the Legislative Hotline to advocate for these bills at 800-562-6000. To learn more about each bill, go to apps.leg.wa.gov/billinfo/ and enter the bill number or check out FAN’s Issue Fact Sheets and Bill Tracker. Another great way to stay engaged this session is by attending your legislators’ town hall meetings and advocating for the bills you want to keep moving!
This was the final week for policy bills to be heard and voted on in the opposite chamber before the policy cutoff on March 26. Key bills passed that are on FAN’s legislative agenda or that we support are:
- HB 1078 – Voting rights restoration bill – Passed 27-22, now on to the governor’s desk!
- HB 1151 – Greater access and expansion for emergency food programs for eligible participants – Passed 34-13, next stop is the governor’s desk!
- HB 1152 – Creating comprehensive public health districts
- HB 1204 Electric Vehicles was amended onto HB 1287 and is now in the Senate Transportation Committee.
- HB 1342 – Paid school lunch for all in K-12 schools
- HB 1356 – Prohibiting Native American mascots
- SB 5141 – Healthy Environment for All (HEAL) Act
- SB 5160 – Eviction reform
- SB 5164 – People in prison with a non-violent Robbery 2 Strike can appeal to a judge
- SB 5172 – Mandating phased-in overtime pay for farmworkers – Paul testified at the hearing.
- SB 5194 – Increasing equity and access at Community and Technical Colleges
- SB 5399 – Establishing a Universal Health Care Commission
This week the Operating Budget proposals were released by the Senate on Thursday and the House on Friday. Check out the public hearings on the budgets on Saturday 3/27 at 9 AM on TVW. Two important bills funded in the House budget are HB 1297 Working Families Tax Credit at $268M and SB 5194 Increasing equity and access at Community and Technical Colleges (we are working with Sen. Liias to increase the funding).
Looking Ahead to Week Twelve
Next week, the only committee hearings will be fiscal – in the House, the Transportation, Finance, and Appropriations committees; in the Senate, the Transportation and Ways & Means committees. The Fiscal cutoff is April 2nd.
Important FAN bills that are up for a hearing next week:
- HB 1016 – Juneteenth paid holiday
- HB 1267 – Office for Independent Investigations of police officers
- HB 1297 – Working Families Tax Credit
- HB 1310 – Police Use of Deadly Force
- SB 5038 – Gun Violence Prevention – In the House Rules Committee
- SB 5226 – Driving While License Suspended – Up for an executive session, and our coalition is actively working to amend it
Announcing FAN’s annual Spring Summits – Sundays, May 23 and June 6, from 2-4 PM! At the Summit you can gather virtually with advocates in your region and in your issue area of interest and begin to consider what steps we might take together in the year ahead. This event is open to advocates across the state, and the content and breakouts will be the same each Sunday. Please share the flyer, post it in your newsletter, and register for one of the dates below:
Thank you Zahra!
We share the bittersweet news today that Central WA Regional Organizer, Zahra Roach, will be leaving FAN to take a new leadership position in her field. We are so grateful to Zahra for this past year of service; during the pandemic she found new and creative ways to reach out and build connections for FAN’s social justice work. Her work on the Census Equity team helped us shape our regional organizing. We remain grateful and share her words below:
Dear FAN Friends,
It is with a heavy heart that I write you this letter. I recently accepted a full-time job as Executive Director at the Children’s Developmental Center in the Tri-Cities, where I will be promoting their mission of serving children with developmental delays. It is work that takes me back to my professional roots in Special Education.
I have spent a meaningful year with Faith Action Network, first as a Census Equity Coordinator and recently as a Regional Organizer. Both roles require relationship building, meeting with communities, gaining trust, and doing this work in a pandemic has been challenging. However, you did not let that stop you from engaging in advocacy work. My time at FAN has taught me that the work must go on rain, shine, pandemic or coup attempt.
Most of us have only met virtually and yet I feel like I know you personally. You all have taught me how to raise up my voice and the voice of others, through the lens of faith, to create change. It is courageous work we all engage in and I feel as though I have gleaned more than I have given. For that, I am so grateful to each of you and to the rest of the FAN staff. Weekly, we make space to have conversations around interfaith and also racial equity. I am going to miss that so much because most places do not make space me for as an American Muslim woman.
As soon as I get my bearings in the new role, I plan to be amongst you as a FAN advocate at a cluster gathering, lobby day, or annual dinner.
Until then, in Solidarity,
Our colleague at Temple Beth Am, Rabbi Jason Levine, shares an important resource for people across the state who are having difficulties accessing vaccines. He and his spouse Anna are working with the organization Find a COVID Shot WA to help ensure access especially to those who are elderly, BIPOC, disabled, or have other challenges that make them disproportionately at risk for COVID-19. Volunteers can help book people individually who need assistance, arrange vaccines for homebound individuals, as well as set up pop-up clinics to ensure vulnerable populations have access to this life-saving vaccine. Rabbi Jason, Anna, and the other volunteers would love to connect with you, whether you have 3 members who are homebound or 100 members who can’t book themselves. If you are interested, please contact Rabbi Jason Levine firstname.lastname@example.org or Anna at email@example.com.
Seattle Updates – Stay Housed, Stay Healthy
FAN is co-sponsoring the launch of the Stay Housed, Stay Healthy campaign on Monday, March 29 at 6 PM. This coalition is fighting to that ensure renters can be stable during and after the pandemic, so that our community doesn’t need to face a landslide of evictions after moratoriums are lifted. We’ll be pushing strong tenant protections including a Just Cause law through the King County Council and strengthening Seattle tenant protections. At the launch we’ll hear from renters who are struggling with rental debt and the threat of eviction, and also from special guests King County Councilmembers Girmay Zahilay and Jeanne Kohl-Welles and Seattle City Councilmembers Tammy Morales and Kshama Sawant. Hope you can make it!
Register to get Zoom info here: https://transitriders.org/stay-housed
RSVP and share on Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/events/144582957547694
Events & Opportunities
This Week! Early bird registration for Ecumenical Advocacy Days in Washington, DC (virtually) closes on April 1. Join FAN Staff and other advocates from Washington State in this inspiring opportunity! Register here.