Pictured here with Governor Inslee is FAN Policy Engagement Director Kristin Ang at the signing of the Transportation bill in her role as Port Commissioner for Tacoma. The Governor signed many of the bills we supported into law this week, and we continue to celebrate the tangible improvements and transformative investments made during the 2022 legislative session. See our full list of successes. We recommend you watch King5 News coverage of the signing of the Missing Indigenous Persons’ alert system.

FAN Is Hiring – Spread the Word!

Help us grow our team and increase our capacity for effectiveness statewide! FAN is hiring this spring for a full-time Operations Coordinator and a part-time Central Washington Regional Organizer. Please share the job descriptions widely in your communities.

We have recently said goodbye to wonderful team members. Juli Prentice from Seattle University School of Theology and Ministry completed her internship and now moves toward graduation and ordination, and Jaspreet Singh, who has represented FAN with the Communities for Our Colleges Coalition, is preparing to go to law school. We give thanks for their contributions and wish them well!

We have also welcomed some new team members. Two Justice Leadership Jubilee volunteers will work with us through June: Elizabeth Maupin is a leader and organizer of interfaith work in East King County, especially on housing and homelessness, and is a member of Spirit of Peace United Church of Christ in Sammamish. Rev. Carolyn Bowers is the pastor of Colby United Methodist Church in Port Orchard and is new to Washington with special concern for those imprisoned and experiencing homelessness. Nora Percival has joined us part-time to help with operations needs; she brings her Quaker grounding to our team and expertise in editing and administration. You will be hearing from Nora, Carolyn, and Elizabeth in the months ahead!

Initiative 1929: Decline to Sign

This week, ballot initiative I-1929 was filed and will soon be collecting signatures. This is an effort to permanently repeal the capital gains tax that FAN and many coalition partners worked to pass in 2021.

If it qualifies for the ballot, I-1929 would give the super-rich a huge tax cut and take an estimated $500 million a year from Washington’s Education Legacy Trust Account. This account funds:

  • Education, including safety improvements and other repairs in Washington’s aging schools.
  • Creation of more preschools and childcare centers, so parents can get back to work.
  • Help for hundreds of thousands of students who have been struggling during the pandemic and can’t take another set-back.

I-1929 rolls back a 7% state capital gains tax that applies ONLY to huge (bigger than $250,000) Wall Street and other stock profits. Fewer than 1% of Washingtonians will see enough stock profits to pay this. The Balance Our Tax Code and Invest in Washington Now coalitions urge you to pledge now and decline to sign. We will have more information for you about this effort soon.

*** Pledge NOW that You’ll Decline to Sign I-1929 ***

Events and Opportunities

April 3, 6:30 –7:30pm, at Saint Mark’s Episcopal Cathedral, 1245 10th Avenue E, Seattle. Stand With the Duwamish. Duwamish Tribal Chair, The Honorable Cecile Hansen, will speak about efforts to gain federal recognition and how faith communities and citizens of Seattle can be allies with the Duwamish in support of their cause. The event will also be livestreamed.

April 4, 5:30pm. Living the Principles of Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. at Holgate Street Church of Christ, 2600 Holgate Street, Seattle. A community day of remembrance and recognition on the 54th anniversary of Dr. King’s assassination, presented by the Martin Luther King Jr. Commemoration Committee.

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.