Moving Forward into 2023!
Thanks to the generosity of FAN donors during our Annual Dinner and in the weeks since, we are happy to announce that we have met and exceeded our $150,000 fundraising goal in December. You helped us move forward into this new year with strength, solidarity, and hope! Let’s continue to make changes that allow all people and our planet to flourish in 2023.
Announcing FAN’s Legislative Agenda
We are in full preparation for the 2023 State Legislative Session, which officially begins next Monday, January 9. We are proud to share our legislative agenda, shaped in collaboration with advocates who participate in FAN meetings year-round, coalition partners, and FAN’s Policy Committee, staff, and Governing Board. Fact sheets for the items on our legislative agenda will be posted as they become available, and our bill tracker will be updated throughout the session.
We are hosting pre-legislative-session trainings this week to help you prepare for the session. Please register and share in your communities:
- Thursday, January 5, 6-7pm, online, FAN 2023 Legislative Preview, an overview of what to expect this session and FAN’s legislative agenda. Register for Zoom link here.
- Sunday, January 8, 2-3pm, online, FAN Advocacy 101, presenting advocacy tools to use during the session. Register for Zoom link here.
We hope you will also plan to join us for Advocacy Days! Please register early and share with your communities:
Eastern Washington Legislative Conference, Saturday, January 21, in Spokane and online (see flyer and registration link on our webpage).
REGISTRATION NOW OPEN for Interfaith Advocacy Day in Olympia, Thursday, February 9, 9am-3pm. Please register to attend IN PERSON by January 29 at this link. Thanks to the generosity of our donors, there is no cost to attend this year. We will be gathering in person at The United Churches of Olympia in the morning and meeting with legislators in the afternoon. We are unsure at this point which portions of the day we will be able to offer for online participation; we will provide updates about that and registration for any online activities as more is known.
Please join us to raise voices of faith and conscience in our State Capitol!
Say No to Antisemitism!
Our friends at Kol HaNeshamah, a member of FAN’s Network of Advocating Faith Communities (NAFCs), have produced a poster that can be displayed in faith communities and homes. We are working with them to distribute these to you, in hopes you will join us in rejecting antisemitism and showing your support for Jewish people by displaying the poster. We stand in solidarity against hate and discrimination, as we stood together in support of our Muslim neighbors in 2017 by displaying posters.
FAN will have a supply of posters available at the Eastern Washington Legislative Conference on January 21, and at Interfaith Advocacy Day on February 9, as well as through our regional organizers. If you would like to order some to be mailed to you, please let us know at email@example.com.
For Faith Communities and individuals: We’ve been asked to share these helpful resources from Senior Housing Net: Washington independent living guide.
January 6, 9:00am Pacific time, online. White Christian Nationalism and the Capitol Riot: How did we get here and what comes next? Institute for Christian-Islamic-Jewish Studies, with author Brad Onishi. Register here.
January 10-16. Martin Luther King Community Workshop Series, online January 10-14, and in-person January 16, 9:30 – 10:50am, at Garfield HS Seattle. See webpage for information and registration. Special event: a community dialogue on mass incarceration and supporting Black and Brown men who were incarcerated as children and reentered the community as adults.
January 25, 5:30pm. Immanuel Presbyterian Church, Tacoma, will host an educational event on Passing Responsible Gun Legislation for WA, open to the Pierce County/Tacoma community. It will be held in their Fellowship Hall and include a light dinner. Featuring Tremayne Edwards from the Alliance for Gun Responsibility, with training for effective advocacy and lobbying.
January 26, 5:00-6:30pm, online. Sacredly Speaking: God-Talk About Reproductive Freedom, presented by The Religious Coalition for Reproductive Choice (RCRC) in partnership with Seattle First Baptist Church and the Evergreen Association of American Baptist Churches. Register here.
2023 LOBBY DAYS (that we know so far):
January 16, 9am, on Zoom. Statewide Poverty Action’s MLK Lobby Day, register here.
January 21, 8:30am-3:00pm, in Spokane & online, Eastern WA Legislative Conference, register here.
February 7, in Olympia, Hunger Action Day at Temple Beth Hatfiloh. Registration to come.
February 9, 9am-3pm, in Olympia, Interfaith Advocacy Day, register here.
February 15, online, Multifaith Restorative Justice Coalition, register here.
February 16, 9am-5pm, in Olympia, WAISN Immigrant and Refugee Advocacy Day, register here.
February 20, 9am, virtual, Children’s Alliance Have a Heart for Kids Day, register here.
We always post the E-News to our website each week at fanwa.org/news/.
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