We are wishing love and light to all who are celebrating Christmas, Kwanzaa, and New Year in the days ahead. We especially wish you blessings of good health and community after the challenges of 2021. Thank you for helping us celebrate FAN’s 10th Anniversary this year—if you missed our 10-year retrospective from November’s celebration, please watch it here and see all we’ve accomplished together! We are pleased to let you know that FAN donors helped us reach $136,000 of our $150K fundraising goal. We move into the new year with a sense of support and GRATITUDE!

Announcing our 2022 Legislative Agenda

We have been working for months with our coalition partners to identify bills that will help create more equitable and just communities, within the categories of FAN values for which we have traditionally advocated. Please review and share the legislative agenda on our website, representing what we will prioritize to work on when the State Legislature convenes Monday, January 10, for a short, 60 day session. As we know from experience, this agenda will be adapted as the legislative process moves forward. We will keep you informed of these developments in our weekly e-news and action alerts.

Preparing to Advocate in the 2022 Legislative Session

FAN is excited to welcome advocates of faith and conscience across Washington State to engage in the upcoming 2022 Legislative Session. We are offering two Preparing for the 2022 State Legislative Session trainings before the first day of the session, as well as co-sponsoring the annual Eastern Washington Legislative Conference and FAN’s Interfaith Advocacy Day focused on Olympia.

FAN is collaborating with Paths to Understanding (PTU) to host virtual Pre-Session Trainings on Thursday, January 6 at 7 PM and Sunday, January 9 at 3 PM where attendees will view new advocacy videos produced by PTU, hear a legislative preview by FAN’s new Policy Engagement Director Kristin Ang, and dive into FAN’s 2022 Legislative Agenda by topic area in breakout groups. Register for January 6 at bit.ly/2022Pre-Session1 or January 9 at bit.ly/2022Pre-Session2. After the Pre-Session Trainings, Paths to Understanding will offer an online forum/mini-course that will keep the conversation going about Why Advocate for Change, through the experiences of activists, advocates, lobbyists, and policy makers. Learn how to participate in that on Paths’ website.

We will kick off Advocacy Days at the Eastern Washington Legislative Conference on Saturday, January 22 from 8:30 AM – 1:30 PM. Join FAN and partner organizations in Eastern WA for an interfaith panel discussion, a discussion of important bills this session, and workshops by issue topic, featuring keynote speaker Fr. Pat Conroy, SJ – register here: bit.ly/2022EasternWALegConf.

On Thursday, February 10, we will host Interfaith Advocacy Day online, where advocates across the state will have an opportunity to hear from legislators, join workshops on the issues from FAN’s Legislative Agenda, and gather in caucus groups by legislative district to plan for meetings with legislators. The program will begin at 9 AM, and meetings with elected officials will be planned for Thursday afternoon, or possibly Friday depending on availability. Register here by February 4 to guarantee that legislative appointments will be scheduled for you: bit.ly/IFAD2022.

Along the way we will also share issue-specific advocacy days, like the January 25 Multifaith Lobbying Day, on 9am-4pm to support legislation that will make Washington State incarceration more humane.

Make sure you are receiving FAN’s weekly E-News for legislative alerts starting in January. For more information, contact FAN at fan@fanwa.org.

Keep Up with Rev. Paul Benz

We hope you were able to celebrate Co-Director Rev. Paul Benz with us at our Annual Dinner Celebration in November. You can still watch the event on YouTube, starting at the 30 minute mark, and leave a message on Paul’s Kudoboard! Paul will still be working on many social justice issues after his retirement from FAN – you can best reach him at his new email address pbbenz5319@gmail.com, or text/call him on his cell at 206-390-4133. Thank you to The Fig Tree who wrote this great article on Paul’s work!

Job Postings

Earth Ministry/WA Interfaith Power & Light Executive Director, Statewide

Northwest Immigrant Rights Project Bilingual Legal Advocate – Pashto or Dari, Seattle