Just a few images from our dinner in Renton. See more photos by Mark White mjwhitephotos.com at our Facebook album. With Gratitude for All Our hearts are full of gratitude for all of you who attended in-person and online, sponsored, supported, volunteered, invited others, and helped make our first hybrid Annual Dinner a success! We experienced so much solidarity as we celebrated together and helped keep FAN moving forward into a new year of advocacy and organizing for justice. It felt good just to BE together in-person again, with 320+ guests filling rooms in Renton and Spokane, warmly greeting each [...]
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It's Time to Vote! Ballots have landed across the state. Vote by November 8 for candidates with the best solutions for our communities! Let’s keep ensuring everyone’s voting rights are protected—see Free the Vote WA. Artwork by Yorlanda Walls. 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 [...]
FAN Policy Engagement Director Kristin Ang attended the White House Conference on Hunger, Nutrition and Health last week while in Washington DC. President Biden, Members of Congress, and hunger advocates spoke to policy changes necessary to address food insecurity and health. Panelists included Edmonds housing advocate Mindy Woods (2nd from left). Join Us for a briefing on Food Policy in WA With our national partners at Presbyterian Hunger Program, we are co-sponsoring Food Week of Action next week, October 10-17. This year’s theme is People and Planet First, to highlight groups and initiatives that are building equitable and sustainable food systems, [...]
Please register to attend in person in Renton AND Spokane, or put together a watch party for joining the celebration online. Would you like to be a sponsor? See the details on our Annual Dinner event page. Be in the room where it happens and VOLUNTEER to make the evening special! Email FAN@fanwa.org. REGISTER Online Solidarity With Indigenous Peoples Last week marked the National Day of Remembrance for Indian Boarding Schools, an Indigenous-led grassroots effort to raise awareness of the far-reaching impacts of the boarding school era. Also known as Orange Shirt Day, we honor survivors and remember the children who [...]
We are delighted to announce that registration is now open for our first hybrid Annual Dinner celebration Pathways of Solidarity on Sunday, November 20th (program begins at 5:30pm)! Register online Please register by October 31 for your best chance for attending in person in Renton or Spokane, or put together a watch party for joining the celebration online. Would you like to be a sponsor? See the details on our Annual Dinner page. Be in the room where it happens and VOLUNTEER to make the evening special! Email FAN@fanwa.org. We look forward to welcoming you November 20! [...]
We’re pleased to announce we will be back in person at the Renton Pavilion for our Annual Dinner celebration on November 20, as well as in Spokane at the Thrive Center, and livestreamed! We look forward to filling the rooms in community and solidarity that evening. See below for how you can help, and stay tuned for registration to open in early October!Stand Against Christian NationalismA group of Christian clergy and allies in the Spokane area, led by Rev. Rick Matters, is organizing a local response to the ReAwaken America tour coming to the Washington-Idaho border September 16-17; see our previous [...]
This drawing, gifted to FAN by artist Rev. Dan Erlander, is an early depiction of the kind of multi-faith movement for justice our founders envisioned. It is replicated on the certificate received by each faith community when they join our network. In this season calling for FAN’s public witness, may we find courage and synergy together! ReAwaken America Tour Comes to Washington-Idaho Border We want to let you know about an event next month on the Washington-Idaho border that is the 15th iteration of a national movement called the ReAwaken America Tour. It will be a Christian nationalist political rally [...]
Kristin Ang joined Anti-Hunger & Nutrition Coalition (AHNC) advocates at a Congressional hearing on the Farm Bill held locally in Carnation in July. Congresswoman Kim Schrier (pictured 3rd from left) and House Agriculture Committee members listened to advocates, farmers, and food bank providers about shared priorities for the Farm Bill Reauthorization to end hunger, especially the importance of SNAP benefits. Passage of the Inflation Reduction Act Breaking news: The Inflation Reduction Act passed the U.S. House this afternoon with a 220-207 vote, after passing the U.S. Senate last Sunday, 51-50. This is a $750 billion package that combats climate change, [...]
FAN board and staff members at our hybrid retreat. In photo on the left, front row, left to right: Sabiha Khan, Kristin Ang, Aneelah Afzali, Dr. Jasmit Singh, Elizabeth Dickinson; back row, left to right: Rev. Eric Don Anderson, Rev. Carol Jensen, Elise DeGooyer, Jonis Davis, Rev. Jim CastroLang, Carolyn Stevens. In photo on the right, clockwise from lower right: Jess Ingman, Rev. Nigel Taber-Hamilton, Rabbi Jason Levine. Not pictured: Dr. Edward Donalson. Statewide Planning Retreat FAN governing board and staff enjoyed a rare opportunity to meet in person and on line this week in a statewide planning retreat. We [...]
In the midst of some difficult weeks in June, we gave thanks for the ability to celebrate community. At Pride events across the state, faith communities marched to celebrate God’s Love as affirming and inclusive. Pictured are some members of Our Redeemer’s Lutheran at Seattle Pride, and FAN board member Rev. Jim CastroLang marching with FAN advocates at Spokane Pride. Follow-up to Supreme Court Decisions These past weeks, we have been following U.S. Supreme Court decisions that will adversely impact the people we love and the inclusive society we seek to uphold. Today’s decision that limits the Environmental Protection Agency’s [...]