Plans are coming together in each of four regions across our state to meet in person and on Zoom as we reconnect for justice. With gratitude to our hosts, all the locations are now reserved, and we look forward to welcoming you for a hybrid summit experience. We will make time for conversation that reintroduces ourselves to each other, as well as strategic conversations about issues. Please register soon – we are eager to hear your input! Registration is at fanwa.org/regional-spring-summits.


Decline to Sign I-1929

With our coalition partners at Balance Our Tax Code, we are asking for your help to protect the capital gains tax we worked together to pass last year. We knew the measure would be challenged, and it is headed to the Washington Supreme Court.

The opposition has also filed a ballot measure, Initiative 1929, to repeal the capital gains tax. This would have devastating impacts on childcare and early learning services in our state. The description for the ballot reads: This measure would repeal a 7% tax on annual capital gains above $250,000 by individuals from the sale of stocks and certain other capital assets (exempting, for example, real estate and retirement accounts).

We anticipate that the opposition will begin signature gathering soon. They have until July to gather over 320,000 signatures to qualify for the November ballot. Let us know if you see signature gatherers out and about. In the meantime, please consider doing the following:

First, your ORGANIZATION can endorse the No on 1929 campaign. Let the campaign know If you need resources such as a speaker or printed materials to make an endorsement happen.

Second, YOU personally can decline to sign Initiative 1929. Our friends at Invest in Washington Now are leading the decline to sign work right now. They are building a list of folks who are opposed to I-1929 and ready to mobilize. Please share this link in your communities.


Events and Opportunities

Because many people in our network are caregivers as well as advocates, we want to share that Washington Caregiver’s Learning Portal is available online to offer resources and strategies at no cost to caregivers.

May 3-20. Spirit of the Waters Totem Pole Journey, Snake River to Salish Sea. Multiple sites, sponsors, and ceremonies along the way. See Earth Ministry’s web page for details and the RSVP page to sign up.

May 7, 10:00 am. Mother’s Day Action to Abolish Nuclear Weapons – Trident Submarine Base at Bangor. Begins at Ground Zero Center for Nonviolent Action, 16159 Clear Creek Road NW, Poulsbo, at 10 am with keynote speaker Kathryn Railsback and nonviolence training and planning. Nonviolent direct action at Bangor main gate at 2 pm.

May 7, 2:00-5:00 pm. Darshana: A Glimpse into Hindu Civilization. Exhibition at Eastside Bahá’í Center, 16007 NE 8th Street, Bellevue. Please RSVP here.

May 8-14. Affordable Housing Week is a series of education and advocacy events that highlight the role affordable housing plays in stabilizing our communities.

May 11, 7 pm. Controlling Health Care Costs in Washington. Presented by Healthcare for All WA, Sam Hatzenbeler, Economic Opportunity Institute, and guests Senator Emily Randall and Aaron Katz. RSVP: https://bit.ly/3LauUBb

Monday, May 16, 7:00-8:15 pm. Documentary Screening of Spokane Climate Project produced with Rogue Heart Media, at Gonzaga Hemmingson Center Auditorium. Free and open to the public. Register here.

June 18. Washington DC. Many of you are working with the Washington State Poor People’s Campaign to mobilize for the Poor People’s and Low Wage Worker’s Assembly and Moral March on Washington DC and to the Polls! There will be more meetings in advance of the event. Connect with the campaign for more information: washington@poorpeoplescampaign.org