Join us for a Spring Summit on June 6!
We had a great May Summit last Sunday! Advocates joined us virtually from across the state to talk about legislative wins and imagine our future work together in issue breakout groups.
If you were not able to attend last week, we hope you will join us on Sunday, June 6 from 2-4 PM for our final Spring Summit! Register here: bit.ly/2021SummitJune.
Consider which breakout group you would be interested in joining or if you’d like to suggest and facilitate your own issue topic group:
- Criminal Justice/Police Reform
- Environment/Climate Justice
- Economic Justice/Taxation
- Racial Equity
- Healthcare/Mental Health
Host a Vaccine Awareness Weekend
FAN is committed to promoting COVID-19 vaccine awareness and equitable distribution so that our communities can be protected and safe. One way you can help is to commit to a Vaccine Awareness Weekend during the month of June. This can include preaching during a service, hosting an education hour or resource table, making a vaccine breakout group for discussion on Zoom, hosting a mobile vaccine clinic or the new vaccine Care-A-Van, sharing a video, hosting a youth event, or other creative ideas you have for spreading awareness!
Please fill out this form to let us know if you can host an event during the month of June, and we will help you find the resources you need for a successful event. Now that vaccines are more widely available, your voice as a trusted leader in your faith community can help those hesitant to receive the vaccine find the resources they need to choose vaccination.
Be sure to visit our Vaccine Equity Toolkit on our website with resources and links to share in your community. We just added a video of encouragement from the WA Secretary of Health, Dr. Umair Shah – go check it out and keep encouraging your communities to get vaccinated!
Thank you Victoria Phair!
We are so grateful for all the work UW Social Work Intern Victoria Phair has done for FAN over the past school year! From mapping our NAFCs to scheduling countless meetings with legislators for Interfaith Advocacy Day to helping ensure WA residents have equitable access to vaccines, Victoria has been a vital team member in our statewide network. We wish her well as she graduates and seeks the next step on her journey.
She leaves us with these parting words:
Dear FAN Advocates,
As the school year comes to a close, I want to thank you all for providing such a supportive learning community. Whether it was meeting you virtually during my first event, the 2020 Annual Dinner, or my last event, part 1 of the annual Summits, it was amazing to have the opportunity to connect with you and see advocacy in action. FAN provided me with a great example of how to uplift and unite communities during trying times. The experience and wisdom FAN has given me will have immeasurable impacts on my future career as a social justice worker, and I will always be grateful for my time with you all.
Thank you for going on this educational journey with me, and congratulations to the 2021 graduates in your lives,
University of Washington: School of Social Work – Class of 2021
Become Engaged in WA Taxation Conversations
The Washington State Tax Structure Work Group is in the final stages of releasing six tax scenarios for public response. They will be looking for ways to connect with community members and receive input across the state. This is your chance to better understand the taxation scenarios across our state, with this link to the Economic Analysis report that was released in December and this one-pager that invites your community’s engagement. You can find all of this and other information, including relevant legislation, and a place to sign up for email updates at TaxWorkGroup.org.
You can also engage with FAN on taxation issues through our Economic Justice Working Group at firstname.lastname@example.org.
From the WA State Redistricting Commission:
The Washington State Redistricting Commission (WSRC) has launched its newly reimagined website at www.redistricting.wa.gov. The website houses information on what redistricting is, the history of redistricting in Washington, answers to frequently asked questions, and multiple ways you can submit your thoughts or comments to Commissioners for their consideration.
“We are excited to share the website with the people of Washington,” said WSRC Chairperson Sarah Augustine. “I want to encourage everyone to visit the site, learn about the redistricting process here in our state, and most importantly to take part in the process by using one of the many methods we have available for people to submit their thoughts on how their new congressional and state legislative maps should be drawn.”
In early June, the WSRC will integrate a virtual mapping tool into the website utilizing the same software the Commissioners will use to draw the new maps. For the first time ever, citizens from across the state will have the opportunity to draw and submit maps, identify communities of interest, and leave comments directly on draft maps from their computers. Comments can also be uploaded using audio or video files and sent in your native language for translation. Commissioners will be able to access and analyze these submissions as they take on the task of drawing final maps for submission to the Legislature by November 15.
Initial outreach meetings have begun and are being held over Zoom. The website has a list of the currently scheduled meetings along with links to sign up to participate in the live meetings. If you are unsure what outreach/Congressional district you reside in, you can use the “Find Your District” tool on the website to find out. You DO NOT need a Zoom link to simply observe/watch the meetings live or recorded. Live and recorded broadcasts of all WSRC public outreach meetings are available on TVW and YouTube.
Events & Opportunities
Faith Leaders and Leaders of Conscience of Eastern WA and North ID is hosting a short story contest entitled “Brilliant Blunders that Left a Mark”. Entries must be received by September 3 – email FLLConscience@gmail.com for rules.
The Seattle Veteran Benefits Administration is looking to expand community relationships and is highlighting faith communities during the month of May. See their flyer here and feel free to reach out to Helen Pearl Sauceda or Craig Davidson to schedule a VA benefit briefing.