Thank you to all who joined us for our Annual Dinner celebration and gathered across the state in your homes and in Watch Parties! We were glad to see your faces on social media and hear your voices in the chat box!
Join Us for Pre-Session Workshops!
As we prepare for the 2022 legislative session beginning Monday, January 10, we are still waiting for a few of our coalition partners to finalize their policy priorities. Once we have those, we will share our FAN legislative agenda with you by the end of December. In the meantime, we encourage you to mark your calendars for our pre-session workshops on Thursday, January 6 at 7pm, and Sunday, January 9 at 3pm. We will be sharing responses to some of your questions about why and how to advocate, as well as an overview of our legislative agenda and some introductions to the issues at stake this year. It will be on Zoom so the maximum number of people can attend from across the state. We will be preparing for a virtual legislative session and advocacy day as well—mark your calendars for the Eastern WA Legislative Conference on Saturday, January 22 (online) and Interfaith Advocacy Day on Thursday, February 10 (online).
Annual Dinner Recap
Our hearts our still full of GRATITUDE for our Annual Celebration attendees, supporters, sponsors, and all who shared their support for FAN’s mission this season. We are edging closer to our goal and have exceeded $130,000 in gifts! Your support will power us into 2022 and help move forward the policy changes, the solidarity stances, and the social change vision shared by people of many faith traditions and social justice advocates across our state. If you missed the program, you can still view it on our YouTube page beginning at the 30 minute mark. And if you haven’t given yet, your tax-deductible gift at our website Donate button will still go towards our goal—to raise one-third of our 2022 budget before the year begins!
News from Our Coalition Partners
Working Families Tax Credit The Department of Revenue is requesting feedback on the Working Families Tax Credit bill that may be introduced in the 2022 session. The bill will improve the administration of the program and provide clarity to tax payers and impacted parties. If you’d like to weigh in, please read the bill draft and summary, and email Michael Bailey MichaelBa@dor.wa.gov by 12/8 with “Pro, Con, Neutral, Other (please explain), or No position”.
WA Fair Trade Coalition The Executive Director position at WFTC is open, please share with your communities. The departing WFTC director Hilary Haden wrote this reflection from her Christian perspective on vaccine equity: https://christandcascadia.com/2021/11/22/when-good-guys-get-it-wrong/
Washington Dream Coalition’s report, Community Provides: Undocumented Communities in Washington State during the COVID-19 Pandemic, is out now! You can read it here: www.washingtondreamcoalition.org/community-provides
Breaking White Silence Northwest is sponsoring two study groups this Spring using Robin DiAngelo’s What Does It Mean to Be White? Developing White Racial Literacy (Revised Edition). These groups are free and led by experienced facilitators. They have copies available to lend for the duration of your study group.
Six Monday evenings, 7-8:45pm over Zoom
January 10, January 24, February 7, February 21, March 7, March 21
Co-facilitators Paul Finley and Jen Davison
To register: Email Paul Finley – firstname.lastname@example.org
Six Sundays, 1-3pm over Zoom
January 30, February 13 and 27, March 13 and 27, April 10
Participants limited to 8. Pre-registration required. No fee. Virtual.
Co-facilitators Kristin Mauritsen and Suzanne Engelberg.
To register: Email email@example.com
WA Fair Trade Coalition Executive Director, Statewide/Seattle-based
Budget and Policy Center Communications Specialist, Statewide/Seattle-based
Department of Revenue Outreach and Community Partnership Manager – Thurston County/Tumwater