Happy Birthday FAN! You/we are 10 years old today! For ten years, we've been learning, advocating, convening, and lifting up faith voices for justice. We have so much to be thankful for! Our Spring Appeal to keep FAN strong for 10 more years invites you to help celebrate all we've accomplished and show your support for the future as we move faithfully forward! If you haven't already, please donate at our website today--FANWA.org. And enjoy some birthday cake today... FAN Celebrates its 10th Birthday! Dear friend of FAN, Ten years! We celebrate this season our tenth anniversary, as we continue to live into our big [...]
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Join us for a Spring Summit on June 6! We had a great May Summit last Sunday! Advocates joined us virtually from across the state to talk about legislative wins and imagine our future work together in issue breakout groups. If you were not able to attend last week, we hope you will join us on Sunday, June 6 from 2-4 PM for our final Spring Summit! Register here: bit.ly/2021SummitJune. Consider which breakout group you would be interested in joining or if you'd like to suggest and facilitate your own issue topic group: Criminal Justice/Police Reform Housing/Homelessness Environment/Climate Justice Immigration Hunger/Nutrition/Poverty/TANF Economic Justice/Taxation Racial [...]
Last Tuesday, Governor Inslee signed SB 5096 Capital Gains Tax and HB 1297 Funding the Working Families Tax Credit into law! These bills have taken many years of advocacy to pass, and they are two important steps in righting WA State's upside-down tax code where the lowest-income earners pay 17% of their income in taxes while the wealthiest pay only 3%. Thanks to all who made this historic day possible! If you missed our End of Session Report last week, you can access it here or always on our website - we celebrate what your advocacy makes possible! Your Voice Needed [...]
Members of the WA Coalition for Police Accountability (WCPA) celebrated historic victories in police reform in the 2021 legislative session! FAN Co-Director Paul Benz participated in the coalition, and FAN included the WCPA's priorities in our legislative agenda. Far too many families have been impacted by police violence in WA State - our work is not over. (Thank you to Elaine Simons for these images.) Legislative Session Review What an amazing and unique legislative session this was! Amazing in the significant social change bills passed, such as Capital Gains (SB 5096) which will now fund the new Fare Start childcare program enacted this session, the Clean [...]
Rev. Cecilia Kingman is the Minister for Faith and Justice at the Edmonds Unitarian Universalist Congregation, and lives with her family in Tukwila. Vaccines are a big deal in my family. My dad contracted polio at the age of nine, just a few years before the polio vaccine was released. He spent months in an iron lung, unable to breathe on his own. He knew that many other children in his ward never went home. Dad's lungs and legs were affected. He walked with a limp afterwards, and when Post-Polio Syndrome arrived many decades later, surprising medical professionals with its mysterious [...]
FAN staff Lauren Schubring (left) and Tara Miller (right) are excited for their COVID-19 vaccinations! Thank you to our partners at SEIU 6 for giving three FAN staff their first vaccinations last weekend! We invite you to share with us your vaccine pictures and stories so we can feature them in the E-News - how is getting the vaccine connected to your faith and values? Email us at firstname.lastname@example.org to be part of the campaign to reach everyone with vaccines! Take Action! Governor Inslee is signing bills this week - let's keep up the momentum and pass these bills into law! Please [...]
In honor of Earth Day next week, FAN partnered with The Lands Council to host a Tree Planting event in Spokane on April 15. Eastern WA Regional Organizer Lauren Schubring pictured left, Sarah Marr right. See the Events & Opportunities section below for more Earth Day activities. Take Action! We are in the final weeks to pass bills that are NTIB (necessary to implement the budget). Let's keep up the momentum and push them all the way to the Governor's desk! Please add your own language to the email prompts: SB 5096 Capital Gains - Passed in the House Finance Committee on [...]
Join us for one of our 2021 Spring Summits! You can choose between Sundays, May 23 or June 6 from 2-4 PM. We’ll gather from across the state to celebrate FAN wins in the legislative session and plan for the year ahead. There will be breakout groups by region and issue topic. See you at the Summit! Take Action! Bills are now headed to the floor for passage - take action before Sunday 4/11 at 5 PM. Let's keep up the momentum and push them all the way to the Governor's desk! Please add your own language to the email prompts: SB 5226 Driving [...]
Good wishes this Spring season with promises of hope as vaccines continue to become more available, and many faiths celebrate - Passover, Easter, Vaisakhi Day, Holi, and Ramadan. We wish you and your community good health and joyful celebrations! Take Action! Bills are now headed to the floor for passage - let's keep up the momentum and push them all the way to the Governor's desk! Please add your own language to the email prompts: HB 1236 Just Cause Evictions - In the Senate Rules Committee - Email your Senator and ask if they will vote for this bill. HB 1054 Prohibiting certain police tactics - In the [...]
Save the Date for one of our 2021 Spring Summits! You can choose between Sundays, May 23 or June 6 from 2-4 PM. We'll gather from across the state to celebrate FAN wins in the legislative session and plan for the year ahead. There will be breakout groups by region and issue topic. See you at the Summit! Take Action! Bills are now moving through the opposite chamber - let's keep up the momentum and push them all the way to the Governor's desk! Please add your own language to the email prompts and see the issue fact sheets linked for more [...]