Spring 2022 Dear friend of FAN, We trust that springtime is greening all around you, especially in our beautiful state where change is seen in the new green growth of evergreens, the melting snows filling the rivers, and purple lupine blooms in the desert. Every year at this time, we at FAN reach out to you with reflection on what we have accomplished, and what our own growing edge is for the year ahead, as we invite your financial support. This spring we celebrate with you the good work of FAN staff, advocates, and coalition partners in passing important bills [...]
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Pastor Lisa Connolly and Julie Clark of Coupeville United Methodist Church shared this memorial of empty chairs for the lives lost in Uvalde, Texas, this week. We grieve and take action together. Our Grief and Prayers Cry Out for Action We join our prayers with yours and so many rising up in grief during these weeks of tragedy and gun violence in Uvalde, Buffalo, Irvine, and other places not as prominent in the news, and as we remember the murder of George Floyd two years ago. We join voices calling out for immediate, significant decrease in the availability of lethal weapons [...]
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 [...]
Come to a FAN Spring Summit! We are eager to meet with you in person across the state this spring, as well as make online participation possible. Some locations and times are still being confirmed, but please register early so we can ensure the best hybrid experience possible. We want to hear from you! Register here. Multi-Faith Blessings The staff and board of Faith Action Network wish you blessed celebrations of Ramadan, Vaisakhi Day, Passover, Holy Week, and Easter. In this unique convergence of so many sacred days for communities in our network, we give thanks for the richness of [...]
Pictured here with Governor Inslee is FAN Policy Engagement Director Kristin Ang at the signing of the Transportation bill in her role as Port Commissioner for Tacoma. The Governor signed many of the bills we supported into law this week, and we continue to celebrate the tangible improvements and transformative investments made during the 2022 legislative session. See our full list of successes. We recommend you watch King5 News coverage of the signing of the Missing Indigenous Persons’ alert system. FAN Is Hiring - Spread the Word! Help us grow our team and increase our capacity for effectiveness statewide! FAN [...]
Standing with our Muslim neighbors in Burien last week after a violent attack on the Muslim American Youth Foundation (MAYF) building. Young people, their families, many imams and other faith leaders, government officials, and the greater Puget Sound community gathered in support and solidarity. Governor and Trudi Inslee, U.S. Attorney Nick Brown, and many local and regional elected leaders joined. We know the power of love and community is what will keep us all safer. You can watch the full speaking program here. (Photo courtesy of MAYF album). Celebrating our Successes this Legislative Session Let’s keep celebrating our wins in [...]
Elizabeth Dickinson offered the sermon excerpted here at Westside Unitarian Universalist Congregation, Seattle, March 13, 2022. I’m so delighted to be with you today to formally welcome you into the community of critical connections we call the Faith Action Network. We need your energy and courage, and I hope you need ours. The Faith Action Network, or FAN as we informally call it, is a web of communities from different religious traditions around the state. Westside UU Congregation is now one of 163 communities in this “network of mutuality,” to use Martin Luther King, Jr’s words. As Unitarians, you may [...]
Today we share the good news that spring is on its way and we have successes to celebrate as the 2022 Washington Legislative Session ended last week. (photo courtesy of DES.wa.gov). 2022 Legislative Recap & Session Successes Thank you for your persistent advocacy and commitment to working with FAN for policy change this year! The 2022 Legislative Session was one of the most productive short sessions in recent memory, with transformational investments across the safety net—food, nutrition, housing, and cash assistance—as well as transportation and education. This 60-day session began on January 10 with hearings and floor votes done mostly [...]
Last push for the budget: Please email your legislators TODAY and THIS WEEKEND using the links and suggested actions provided here: www.tinyurl.com/supportrefugeesWA. Ask them to vote for the full $30M support package for refugee support. Legislative Session Coming to an End We are nearing the March 10 end of the 2022 Legislative Session! Bills that passed both House and Senate without added amendments by the opposite chamber are signed by the Speaker of the House and Senate President, then sent to the Governor for review and signing. After today, the bills that passed with amendments will need to go through [...]
FAN joins hearts and voices across the world in praying, vigiling, protesting, and calling for peace and an end to war. We continue to work for justice with these intentions. Week 7 of Legislative Session On Monday, House and Senate Democrats released their separate supplemental state budget proposals. Supplemental budgets are passed in even-numbered years and allow the state to make mid-course corrections to the two-year budgets passed in odd-numbered years. Budget leaders released their plans just hours before public hearings on the proposals: Senate PSSB 5693 and House PSHB 1816. Each chamber looks to pass their plan off their respective [...]