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Week Fifteen – End of Session


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 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 [...]

Week Fifteen – End of Session2022-03-17T14:31:59-07:00

Doing Justice, Loving Kindness during COVID-19


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, [...]

Doing Justice, Loving Kindness during COVID-192020-05-04T12:08:38-07:00

Legislative Session Week Five: Keep Important Bills Moving


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 [...]

Legislative Session Week Five: Keep Important Bills Moving2022-03-17T11:27:09-07:00

Legislative Session Week Three


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 [...]

Legislative Session Week Three2022-03-17T11:19:46-07:00

Legislative Session Week One


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 [...]

Legislative Session Week One2022-03-16T16:43:06-07:00

2020 Legislative Session Begins


Signup today to receive our weekly E-News and alerts. Getting Ready for the WA Legislative Session Monday, January 13 is the first day of the 2020 legislature, and your voice and presence will be needed throughout the 60-day session. Last month, the governor released his supplemental budget where the main focus was reducing homelessness by using money from our state's Rainy Day fund, requiring a two-thirds vote from each chamber. FAN supports the use of the emergency fund given the grave emergency of our state's housing and homelessness issue. We also support appropriating $10M for the Housing Trust Fund in our [...]

2020 Legislative Session Begins2022-03-17T11:18:39-07:00

Take Action: Climate Change


Climate change is an ever-pressing issue for today and is a top concern for FAN’s network. This week, we encourage you to take action on one of these three opportunities to heal our physical world: Advocate: The Puget Sound Clean Air Agency is working on a Clean Fuel Standard to address the issue of pollution caused by transportation, which is the largest source of climate pollution in Washington state. This proposal would reduce the carbon intensity of transportation fuels by 25% by 2030 by setting a limit on greenhouse gas emissions. You can take action by signing the Washington Environmental Council’s letter to [...]

Take Action: Climate Change2020-07-21T14:18:37-07:00

Protecting Immigrants at our Doors


As you may have heard, two reports of immigration enforcement-related activities were reported at the end of November by programs serving people experiencing homelessness. A social worker at the family shelter hosted by Redmond United Methodist Church reported a suspicious woman who posed as someone seeking shelter, proceeded to ask detailed questions about the space, and attempted to interview other families about a family she was seeking. She was seen hours later talking with someone in a Customs and Border Patrol vehicle. This woman then appeared at the New Bethlehem Day Center for homeless families the next day. For more [...]

Protecting Immigrants at our Doors2020-07-21T13:23:12-07:00

Support the EITC and CTC


The Coalition on Human Needs is calling for action to urge Sen. Cantwell to support expanding the Earned-Income Tax Credit and the Child Tax Credit.  These programs help working families and individuals provide for basic needs, lifting 8.9 million people out of poverty in 2018. Sen. Cantwell is supporting a major tax credit for developers to create affordable housing, but she is stopping there in her support of low income people. Call Sen. Cantwell’s DC office at 206-224-3441 between now and Monday, October 21 with this message: “Any tax package that passes this year must include an expansion of the Earned [...]

Support the EITC and CTC2019-12-18T10:55:23-08:00

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