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Register for Annual Dinner!

Tables are filling up for our Renton and Spokane in-person annual dinner Pathways of Solidarity on Sunday, November 20, with opportunities for you to join remotely too. Please register online soon to save your place! We are preparing for an inspiring evening, with the Northwest African American Museum ACE Gospel Choir lifting our spirits with song, and loyal FAN supporter Rick Steves graciously offering a matching gift to encourage our network to keep advocating. We hope to see you there! In-person attendance will be limited to increase COVID safety. Registration closes November 11.

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Food Policy in WA

During Food Week of Action mid-October, we hosted a webinar on Food Policy in Washington with our friends at Northwest Harvest, featuring Christina Wong, Director of Public Policy & Advocacy, and Rita Chang, Right to Food Campaign Manager, along with FAN’s Policy Engagement Director Kristin Ang. We are grateful for colleagues that provided the overview of legislation at the federal level as well as the Anti-Hunger & Nutrition Coalition agenda unfolding at the state level for 2023. You can watch the recording of the webinar, then take action to call on Congress to end hunger for children and families. You can also write a Letter to the Editor with this handy tool.


Follow Up from Indigenous Writers Events

We were also delighted to co-host two events this month focused on indigenous peoples. If you missed these opportunities, you can view Sarah Augustine’s talk and resources on the Doctrine of Discovery and the Indian Child Welfare Act (a case will be heard in the Supreme Court in November) at our INIC webpage.

We highly recommend both of our presenters’ books for your own reading or faith community study:

The Land is Not Empty: Following Jesus in Dismantling the Doctrine of Discovery, by Sarah Augustine

Unsettling Truths: The Ongoing, Dehumanizing Legacy of the Doctrine of Discovery, by Mark Charles and Soong-Chan Rah.


Accessing Healthcare

The WA Cares Fund is inviting faith-based organizations to a virtual roundtable event on October 26 from 3:00-4:00 p.m. They’ll be sharing the latest program updates and asking for your feedback on how to best communicate with faith communities in the state.

The WA Cares Fund is a first-in-the-nation program designed to make long-term care accessible for all working Washingtonians. We know faith communities play a central role in the lives of many Washington families and we would value your input as we work to implement the program.

Please RSVP to kristen.maki@dshs.wa.gov.


Immigrant Relief Fund

Washington Immigrant Solidarity Network has launched the Washington Immigrant Relief Fund. Immigrants living in Washington affected by COVID-19 can apply now to receive a payment of at least $1,000 in pandemic relief. Applications are open now until November 14, 2022. Apply here.


Opportunity

Help implement the Working Families Tax Credit. The Dept. of Revenue is hiring six additional call center staff representatives to make sure implementation is successful. Please share with your networks; recruitment closes 10/31: Public Benefits Specialist 2 – Working Families Tax Credit


Events

Thursday, October 27, 1-2 pm, online. Path Forward hosted Children’s Alliance. Find out more here.

Thursday, October 27, 4:30 pm, online. Global screening of the new award-winning film, “The Ants & The Grass Hopper” hosted by the Presbyterian Hunger Program and the Office of Public Witness. Find out more here.

Friday, October 28, 9 am-4:30 pm, online. Hosted by Native-led nonprofit Se’Si’Le with Earth Ministry/WAIPL. Salmon Seas Celebration and Honoring on Sunday, October 30 from 6-8 pm, online. Find out more about these events here.

Friday, October 28 7-9 pm and October 29 9 am-5:30 pm, in-person, Rainer Arts Center, 3515 S Alaska St, Seattle, The Work That Reconnects: Cultivating Resilience For Creative Liberation. Sponsored by Valley and Mountain Fellowship. Find out more here.

Sunday October 30, 2pm, in person, Plymouth UCC Church 1217 6th Ave, Seattle WA 98101. Souls to the Polls Washington State in partnership with the Poor People’s Campaign will be gathering for an inspiring rally and program. More info at WAPPC Facebook.

Sunday November 6, 4-6 pm, in-person and online, Rainer Arts Center, 3515 S Alaska St, Seattle, 98118. White Christian Nationalism and the Midterm Elections, Valley and Mountain Fellowship will host a dialogue between Rev. Dr. Obery Hendricks and Dr. Anthea Butler, moderated by FAN Board Member Rev. Dr. Edward Donalson, III. The event will be livestreamed on the Valley and Mountain Facebook page.

Monday, November 7, 7-8pm, in-person and online, St. Mark’s Episcopal Cathedral, 1245 10th Ave. E, Seattle, 98102. United For Good: An Interfaith Prayer Vigil on the Eve of Elections. Find out more here.