Our Fall Cluster Gatherings have begun! We will be hosting Clusters online this year in light of COVID concerns. Look for updated events and sign-up links at fanwa.org/our-network/cluster-meetings/.

Introducing FAN’s New Policy Director!

We are delighted to announce our new Policy Engagement Director, Kristin Ang, who begins work with FAN on October 4. Kristin brings policy leadership experience as a Port Commissioner for Tacoma, along with experiences as an immigrant, Filipina American, lawyer, and collaboration in interfaith circles in Pierce County. She will bring these gifts to FAN along with a spiritual grounding in compassion and justice. You can meet her during the Fall months as she learns about our network during cluster gatherings, as well as our coalition partners, alongside FAN staff. On behalf of the FAN Governing Board, we thank you for helping us get the word out, and together we move forward with the same commitment to putting our faith into action! Following is a bit of Kristin’s own bio:

Kristin Ang is a Filipino-American who grew up in Pierce County, Washington. She is a community advocate, Port of Tacoma Commissioner and Northwest Seaport Alliance Managing Member. She made history as the first person of color elected Port of Tacoma Commissioner, along with the historical endorsement of the Puyallup Tribe of Indians. She is on the Port’s environmental, DEI, and tribal liaison committees. She is also on the executive board of the Central Puget Sound Economic Development District. Kristin completed her business degree at the University of Puget Sound and law degree at Cornell Law School. She has been an advocate for sustainable development, civic engagement and human rights.

For fun, Kristin plays piano and goes on culinary and historical travel adventures. She can be found at community events, festivals and concerts. She believes in the power of faith, hope and love. As policy engagement director, Kristin is excited to engage faith communities in fulfilling FAN’s mission of building a just, compassionate and sustainable world.

Budget Resolution Package Needs Your Voice!

The House passed the Budget Resolution (by only three votes!), which is the framework agreement for the $3.5 trillion social infrastructure bill/Build Back Better that the Senate passed two weeks ago. Now the hard work begins in committees of jurisdiction to start building this enormous funding proposal. It is already facing opposition by big business and corporations because of how the package will be funded – raising the business tax rate from 21% to 28% as well taxing overseas earnings. Big corporations like ExxonMobil, Pfizer, Walt Disney Co, big banks, and tech titans don’t want to pay their fair share. The opposition is being coordinated by the US Chamber of Commerce. FAN has signed onto a letter with our national partners highlighting the important pieces of this package that we will continue to support.

Given all this pressure, your voice to your three members of Congress – Murray, Cantwell, and your House member – is strongly needed! Calling and emailing staff in your local congressional district is the most important, as well as building relationships with their staff members. Click here to send a letter today! Because this budget resolution will take weeks before the final vote, this week’s emphasis is on housing and the Child Tax Credit. Ask your member of congress if they will support:

  • Expanding rental assistance to all those eligible (estimated at $100 billion a year)
  • Preserving Public Housing ($70 billion)
  • Funding for the National Housing Trust Fund ($45 billion)
  • Making permanent the Expanded Child Tax Credit (CTC) and the Earned Income Tax Credit (EITC), including eligibility for immigrant children with ITINs.

It is important to know what committees your members of Congress sit on. You can find that information on their webpages.

Plan to Attend Our Annual Celebration November 21

Planning is underway for our Annual Celebration and Fundraising Event on Sunday, November 21, early evening. We want to make sure you save the date! We are following COVID-safety recommendations and will not be gathering large groups in person this year. We will again offer a virtual program with some live elements you can enjoy with people you can safely gather with. We need your help!

  • Host a Watch Party! Gather a small group of your family, housemates, or Covid-pod to watch the event together—we’ll be sending tips on how to safely do that, and how to use your smart TV and local caterer to make it festive!
  • Sponsor the Celebration! Help us celebrate our 10th anniversary and the wonderful contributions of Co-Director Paul Benz as he prepares to retire in December 2021. Email degooyer@fanwa.org for sponsorship information.
  • Volunteer! We will have fun work to do to support Watch Parties! If you have video skills, we welcome your help. Music and artwork are welcome to add to our celebration. Have a catering company? Let us know so we can recommend your business to watch parties across the state! Contact fan@fanwa.org if you’d like to offer your services.

More to come! Invitations and registration information will arrive at the end of September.

Join Us for Cluster Meetings!

We will be hosting our Fall Cluster Gatherings virtually this year. Clusters are a great opportunity to get to know local advocates in your area and connect FAN with the work you are passionate about! We recommend liaisons from our Network of Advocating Faith Communities (NAFC) join us, as well as any interested members of your faith community. Learn more about Clusters and stay updated on registration links at fanwa.org/our-network/cluster-meetings/. Clusters that are currently scheduled include:

  • Vancouver – Sunday, September 19, 2-4 PM. Register here
  • Bellingham – Thursday, September 23, 7-8:30 PM. Register here
  • Central WA – Sunday, September 26, 2-4 PM. Register here
  • Spokane – Saturday, October 23, TBD.

Worldwide Vaccine Access

FAN is co-sponsoring the WA Fair Trade Coalition’s West Coast TRIPS Waiver Virtual Action Conference on September 11 from 10 AM – 12 PM to demand that the World Trade Organization (WTO) release an emergency waiver of “Trade-Related Intellectual Property Rights” (TRIPS) to enable vaccines and treatments to be produced in as many places as possible, as quickly as possible. Without this vital sharing of information, some countries will not receive vaccines until as far out as 2024! Register to attend this important event and take action.

Learn more about the issue and the speakers, and join in as next steps are planned for the Washington state campaign: https://fb.me/e/6mXPcoi9c

Breaking White Silence NW Fall Study Groups

Breaking White Silence Northwest is an all-volunteer project that aims to help white people gain white racial literacy, which we believe to be a keystone step–one of countless steps—in the lifelong process of building personal and collective capacity to take effective action toward racial justice. They support the formation of free, facilitated groups of white people studying the writing of whiteness scholar Robin DiAngelo (primary text: What Does It Mean To Be White? Developing White Racial Literacy [Revised Edition]). Check out Breaking White Silence NW to learn more.

Breaking White Silence Northwest FALL 2021 Study Groups on Zoom

Fridays, 4-5:30 pm. Six session group beginning September 17. No fee. Facilitator – Jan Bucy. Register by email to jbucy50@gmail.com

Sundays, 1-3 pm. Six session group beginning September 5. No fee. Co-facilitators Suzanne Engelberg and Kristin Mauritsen. Register by email to suzaeng@gmail.com

If you would like to be put on a waiting list for a winter group, email: mary@breakingwhitesilencenw.org

Events & Opportunities

University Christian Church Legacy Foundation is hiring a Part-Time Managing Director. Applications are now being received with a closing date of September 30th. You can find the complete Job Description and information about how to apply here. The University Christian Church Legacy Foundation was created in 2018 when the University Christian Church in Seattle (FAN advocating congregation) sold its property in the University District where the congregation had done ministry for 130 years. Their legacy fund will serve children and families who have experienced homelessness and trauma.