The Tacoma Refugee Choir reminds you to "Be Counted!" in their new music video about the 2020 Census. Watch and share their video - translated subtitles are available in 11 languages on YouTube. Legislative Success! The 2020 Legislative Session is Over - Your voice bent the moral arc of the universe more towards justice! The very intense 60-day legislative session ended last Thursday, March 12 with final concurrence on the last bills, debate, and party-line adoption of the supplemental operating budget which included funding for a lot of housing and human service programs. Approximately 1,455 bills were introduced and about 250 [...]
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On Wednesday, FAN's Interfaith Leaders Council met with Governor Inslee about bills we want to see passed this session—death penalty repeal, criminal justice reform, TANF equity, homelessness and housing bills, clean air and environmental bills, immigration (Courts Open to All), and addressing anti-Muslim rhetoric with Facts Over Fear. We also talked about the importance of faith communities in keeping people safe during coronavirus outbreaks. Week Eight in Review Monday was the fiscal cutoff, where over 150 bills were heard, amended, caucused, and voted on. Tuesday through Friday, around 200 bills were caucused, amended, debated on the floor, and voted on to pass [...]
by Rev. Mike Denton, Conference Minister for the Pacific Northwest Conference of the United Church of Christ In 1888, a huge snowstorm hit the US that no one saw coming. At that point and time, weather prediction was in its earliest stages and the primary weather information that was available came from looking at the sky, factoring in the wind direction, and guessing whether or not the clouds you saw on the horizon might be coming your way. In some areas, the day started with clear skies and mild temperatures but, within a couple of hours, temperatures plunged into the twenties, [...]
This past week, Elise and Tara met with Satjeet Kaur, the national Executive Director of the Sikh Coalition (above). We look forward to collaborations on census work as well as interfaith engagement on civil rights and against discrimination in schools and workplaces. Below, Paul was invited to give the opening prayer in the legislature honoring the Day of Remembrance on February 19 when in 1942 President Roosevelt signed Executive Order 9066, authorizing the U.S. Army to remove anyone of Japanese ancestry and place them under custody in internment camps. Let us pray and act so #NeverAgainMeansNever. Week Seven in Review Many [...]
FAN co-hosted a Faith-Based Summit in Tukwila with the U.S. Census Bureau this week! Attendees came to learn how to be ambassadors for their communities during Census 2020 and discuss how to reach historically undercounted areas. Elise led the panel of faith leaders above, and we were joined by keynote speakers Ron Sims, former Deputy Secretary of the US Department of Urban Development and former King County Executive (bottom right); and Rev. Dr. Kelle Brown of Plymouth Church Seattle who preached powerfully about the justice implications of the census (top right). !!Action Alert!! Repeal the Death Penalty! Please pledge your support [...]
A complete and accurate count for Census 2020 is a justice issue! Won't you join us for the 2020 Census Faith-Based Community Summit next Wednesday, February 19? Learn more at the Facebook event. Week Five in Review The fiscal cutoff for this session was Tuesday, February 11 - any bill with a fiscal note that had not passed out of committee is essentially dead for the session. All five fiscal committees heard a lot of bills on Tuesday, especially the Senate Ways & Means and House Appropriations Committees. As we near February 19 when bills must be voted out of the chamber of origin, legislators have [...]
We are grateful for the 200 advocates who attended Interfaith Advocacy Day in Olympia last Thursday, and for the 50 who attended Yakima IFAD on Saturday! See our Facebook page for pictures! Week Four in Review Many important justice lobby days took place last week: Hunger Action Day, Housing and Homelessness Advocacy Day, Immigrant and Refugee Advocacy Day, and FAN's Interfaith Advocacy Day in Olympia. Thanks to all who attended, raised your voices, and marched with us to the capitol steps! As Co-Director Paul said on Thursday, our work doesn't end with one action day - now is the time to follow up with your [...]
We had a great turnout of about 150 at the Eastern Washington Legislative Conference last weekend. We are grateful for our many partners who co-sponsored the event, and for Spokane Valley United Methodist Church who hosted! Week Three in Review Monday: Paul testified on a Vulnerable Adults bill (SB 6287 Pedersen) with our partners at the National Alliance on Mental Illness (NAMI) in the Senate Law & Justice Committee. This bill will prevent abuse of vulnerable adults by strengthening the state guardianship program and expanding the rights of those covered by the program. Tuesday: Rep. Morgan, a member of the House Black Caucus, [...]
FAN attended one of many events on Monday to honor Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. in Seattle. We hope you were able to connect with your community and carry on Dr. King's call to anti-racism, economic justice, and an end to war and violence. Week Two in Review Three of FAN's partners hosted a lobby day in Olympia on MLK Day: I Did the Time (an organization founded in Spokane for formerly incarcerated people and their allies), Statewide Poverty Action Network (SPAN), and the Council on American Islamic Relations (CAIR). In the evening, FAN co-sponsored the first rally to end [...]
There are so many ways to pay tribute to Dr. King across the state this weekend. Thank you Seattle MLK, Jr. Organizing Coalition for this graphic! Week One in Review Week one of the legislative session included over 100 committee hearings, the official seating of new members, the Governor's annual State of the State address, and the collection of co-sponsors before proposals become official bills. Both the House and the Senate passed bills this week, a highlight of which was a success for FAN's Legislative Agenda - the Agriculture Carbon Sequestration bill (SB 5947) which passed the Senate at 32 yeas, 17 nays! [...]