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/.

Support Haitian Migrants and Asylum Seekers

We join with other national faith-based groups to call for support and solidarity with the people of Haiti, and are circulating a faith sign-on letter calling the administration to halt deportation flights to Haiti, end Title 42, stop Customs and Border Patrol abuses, and extend humanitarian protections to Haitian migrants. Learn more at this link. Deadline to sign on is Monday, September 27 at NOON ET.

Faith Leaders/People of Faith Sign-On Form: https://bit.ly/FaithLeaderHaitiSignOn

Speak Out for Progressive State Taxation!

We have one of the best opportunities in a long time to speak out effectively this fall for progressive state taxation. FAN’s Economic Justice Working Group is organizing our membership to engage in virtual Zoom regional Town Halls between Sept. 22nd and Nov. 3rd. Kudos to the Eastern WA advocates who showed up for FAN yesterday in the first town hall. The Town Halls are being conducted by the legislature’s Tax Structure Work Group. The Group is gathering public input on six possible new tax scenarios for Washington State. The Group’s Scenario F includes a progressive income tax. Please register here to participate in the zoom Town Hall for your region and then email economicjustice@fanwa.org that you’ve signed up. The Group also has a survey FAN encourages you to fill out.

FAN Statement of Support for Sikh Community

As you may have seen in the news, FAN board member, Dr. Jasmit Singh, staff member Jaspreet Singh, and the Sikh community at Khalsa Gurmat Center in Federal Way, experienced a disturbing vandalization of their prayer space Friday night 9/17. Please see FAN’s statement of support for the Sikh community and consider showing your interfaith solidarity by sharing a supportive message or joining their fundraising campaign to restore their space.

INIC Statement on Boarding Schools

Many of you were able to sign on to the Interfaith Network for Indigenous Communities statement on our tragic history with Native American Boarding Schools. We invite you to share this statement in your communities, especially as the National Native American Boarding School Healing Coalition prepares to honor September 30 as a National Day of Remembrance for Indian Boarding Schools. Tribal communities and allies are planning events to honor boarding school survivors and call for accountability, and offer these suggestions to hold respectful and healing-informed events. Consider reading or sharing the statement in your faith community and discuss follow-up actions. If you would like your name to be added to this letter, the petition is still open and will be updated.

Sign up for a (Virtual) FAN Cluster Near You!

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/. Upcoming Cluster Gatherings include:

  • Central WA – Sunday, September 26, 2-4 PM. Register here
  • Olympia and the Peninsula – Sunday, October 3, 2-4 PM. Register here
  • Everett/South Snohomish County – Tuesday, October 5, 7-9 PM. Register here
  • South King County – Sunday, October 10, 2-4 PM. Register here
  • East King County – Tuesday, October 12, 7-9 PM. Register here
  • Seattle – Tuesday, October 19, 7-9 PM. Register here
  • Spokane – Saturday, October 23, 1:30-3:30 PM at Westminster Congregational UCC. Register here
  • Tacoma/Pierce County – Tuesday, October 26, 7-9 PM. Register here

Host a Watch Party for FAN Celebration Sunday 11/21

We’re getting ready for our Annual Dinner Celebration on Sunday, November 21, at 5:30 PM. Online registration will open on Monday, October 4, but in the meantime we want you to get ready to enjoy this COVID-safe, virtual program:

  • Host a Watch Party! Gather a small group of your family, housemates, and friends to watch the event together—we’ll be sending tips on how to safely do that and 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. Contact fan@fanwa.org if you’d like to offer your services.

More to come! Invitations and registration information will arrive the first week of October.

Events & Opportunities

The Washington State Department of Commerce has released a NEW RFP for community organizations to conduct outreach to historically disadvantaged communities with the objective of helping individuals apply for state and federal assistance programs. This funding is intended to provide individual assistance such as program navigation services and application assistance.
Learn more and apply by Oct 15 here: Outreach-RFP.pdf (wa.gov)