Standing with our Muslim neighbors in Burien last week after a violent attack on the Muslim American Youth Foundation (MAYF) building. Young people, their families, many imams and other faith leaders, government officials, and the greater Puget Sound community gathered in support and solidarity. Governor and Trudi Inslee, U.S. Attorney Nick Brown, and many local and regional elected leaders joined. We know the power of love and community is what will keep us all safer. You can watch the full speaking program here.

(Photo courtesy of MAYF album).


Celebrating our Successes this Legislative Session

Let’s keep celebrating our wins in 2022! We want to offer another review of the bills that passed this session, that will make a significant difference in the lives of our neighbors. Here is a two-page list that you can share in your faith communities and weekend newsletters. You can also refer to Kristin Ang’s fuller recap of the 2022 session for more context on the bills. Ultimately, we know there is more work to be done in the 2023 session to enact the changes we want to see. For now, we invite you to celebrate the positive successes that were achieved by your advocacy!


Learning from Each Other

As we move into our spring season of outreach and engagement with our statewide network, we will be hosting spring summits in May and June, attending annual meetings of various FAN stakeholders, and hoping to visit some of your faith communities in the months ahead. Check out our blog post of Partnership Coordinator Elizabeth Dickinson’s recent talk at Westside Unitarian in Seattle. Let us know how we can show up for you in the months ahead!


Events and Opportunities

March 30, 7:00pm, at Sand Point Community Church, 4710 NE 70th Street, Seattle. Seattle’s Homeless: Needs & Challenges featuring panelists Sharon Lee, Low Income Housing Institute; Alex Petersen, Seattle City Council member for the 4th district; Tiffany Washington, Mayor Bruce Harrell’s office; Marc Dones, King County Regional Homeless Authority; and Bill Kirlin-Hackett, Interfaith Homeless Task Force. Jenn Adams will share her story of homelessness. Both in person and on zoom. RSVP for link to Bill Smith jayhawk@coastaccess.com or pastor_tompeterson@hotmail.com.

March 30, 6:00-8:30pm, the Maguire Lecture at Seattle University featuring Rev. Harriett Walden, founder of Mothers for Police Accountability, on police reform. The lecture is free; register here.

April 6, April 20, & May 4, 6:00-7:30pm, Virtual Protecting Houses of Worship Series, hosted by the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI), Cybersecurity and Infrastructure Security Agency (CISA), and United States Attorney’s Offices (USAO) for the Eastern and Western Districts of Washington State. Facilitated by the United States Department of Justice’s Community Relations Service (CRS). Register by emailing Luis.Aguilar@usdoj.gov.

April 8, 7:30pm, at University Friends Meeting, 4001 9th Avenue NE, Seattle. A Solution to Homelessness in Your Town: Public presentation by Charles Durrett, based on a co-housing model for elders and veterans in California. For more information, email charles.durrett@cohousingco.com or call Charles at 916-716-6721 or Dan Nord at 206-271-4143.

April 19, 6:00-8:00pm, Training for Effective Homeless Outreach. Offered by Associated Ministries in Pierce County and Theresa Power-Drutis at tpdrutis@nctacoma.org. Register here.

April 22, 4:30-5:30pm, Earth Day Vigil for the Healing of the Earth in person at St John’s Cathedral South Patio, Spokane. Sponsored by Faith Leaders and Leaders of Conscience, along with FAN and others.