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On Sunday, FAN officially welcomed White River Buddhist Temple as a member of our Network of Advocating Faith Communities (NAFC). ELCA Hunger Fellow Sarah Vatne presented the certificate to Temple President Wayne Mizuki and shared about FAN's legislative work this session.

Week Six in Review

Follow our Bill Tracker to check on the progress of your favorite bills as session continues. Last Friday was the Policy Cutoff date for bills to be voted out of their committee of origin.

Tuesday: The Missing and Murdered Indigenous Women Bill (HB 1713 Mosbrucker) passed out of the Public Safety Committee unanimously with an amendment sponsored by Rep. Klippert that included many of the concerns from Native Americans who testified earlier. Co-Director Paul spend much of the week working with United Farm Workers lobbyist Indira Trejo and Sen. Saldaña to resurrect the Transparency in Agricultural Supply Chains Bill (SB 5693) to prevent labor trafficking. The bill was amended and voted out of the Labor Committee and sent to Rules.

Wednesday: The Dolores Huerta Day Bill (HB 1906 Ortiz-Self) to honor this United Farm Workers leader was heard in the House State Government Committee. The Driving While License Suspended Bill (DWLS-3) (SB 5328 Salomon) was heard in the Transportation Committee, where the state association of debt collectors opposed it.

Thursday: The Post-Conviction Review Board Bill (SB 5819 Darneille) was voted out of the Law & Justice Committee but only after several amendments were defeated. It now goes to Ways & Means for a second reading. The Keep Washington Working Bill (SB 5497 Wellman) was also voted out of the Law & Justice Committee and is now in Ways & Means. Paul testified on a Building Communities Fund Bill (HB 1952) at the request of the prime sponsor Rep. Ortiz-Self, which assists small non-profits in more effectively doing community work. After a long hearing, the Senate Transportation Committee narrowly approved a watered-down amendment to the DWLS-3 Bill (SB 5382 Salomon), but it is now in the Ways & Means Committee where they can hopefully restore the original bill language.

Looking Ahead to Week Seven

Monday: Paul will meet with two new House Republican members, Reps. Ybarra and Dufault, as well as new Senator Lovelett. The House and Senate will be on the floor almost daily debating and voting on bills.

Tuesday: Paul will testify on the Tax Exemption Transparency Bill (HB 1703 Pollet) in the House Finance Committee, which has been introduced for many sessions. Hopefully this is the year for it to become law!

Wednesday: The Pathway to Universal Health Care Bill (SB 5822 Randall) will be heard in the Ways & Means Committee at 1:30 PM.

Thursday: FAN will be present at Housing & Homelessness Advocacy Day to advocate for eviction reform bills, funding for the Housing Trust Fund, and the Religious Zoning Bill (HB 1377 Walen/SB 5358 Saldaña). The Post-Conviction Review Bill (SB 5819 Darneille) will be heard in the Ways & Means Committee in the afternoon.

Friday: The Governor's Annual Prayer Breakfast will be held.

Take Action for Justice!

  • Religious Zoning Bill (HB 1377/SB 5358)Urge your Representatives to pass this bill out of committee, particularly if they are in the House or Senate Rules Committee. Click here to email your legislators. This bill would assist faith communities in developing low-income housing on their properties.  
  • Many important bills FAN has been working on this session are in the Senate Ways & Means Committee this week. Email your Senators if they are on this committee (Rolfes, Frockt, Mullet, Braun, Brown, Honeyford, Bailey, Becker, Billig, Carlyle, Conway, Darneille, Hasegawa, Hunt, Keiser, Liias, Palumbo, Pedersen, Rivers, Schoesler, Van De Wege, Wagoner, Warnick, L. Wilson) to pass the Keep Washington Working Bill (SB 5497), the Post-Conviction Review Bill (SB 5819), and the Pathway to Universal Health Care Bill (SB 5822) out of committee.

To contact your legislators, use the email formula, or use the Legislative Hotline: 1-800-562-6000 between 8 AM and 7 PM, Monday through Friday. To find out who your legislators are, click here.

Raise Your Voice in Olympia!

In addition to Take Action links to advocate for bills moving forward, we want to offer opportunities for you to stay engaged with us in Olympia. We’re hoping that small and large groups will consider coming to your state Capitol to raise your voices in the weeks ahead. 

FAN has our lobby team of Co-Director Paul Benz and volunteer Trevor Sandison on the ground in Olympia four days a week. Let us know if you’ll be there and we’ll connect you with them. Organizer Amber Dickson is also willing to coordinate groups for scheduled hearings in Olympia with the possibility for literature drops at legislative offices. On weekends, FAN staff can provide legislative updates in your faith community or cluster. Contact us if you would like printed materials or suggested actions for your weekend “Take 5 for Advocacy” tables in your communities. And every week we will provide you with action alerts on issues where your voice needs to be heard.

Together we will continue to raise the issues in Olympia and beyond!

Events & Opportunities

Finding York of the Lewis and Clark Expedition February 26, 6:30-8:30 PM Shadle Library, 2111 W Wellesley Ave, Spokane

Women in Black Vigil and Call to Action February 27, 12-1 PM Seattle Justice Center, 600 5th Ave, Seattle

Meaningful Movies - Soundtrack for a Revolution February 27, 7-9 PM Ridgefield Community Library, 115 N Main Ave, Ridgefield

Housing and Homelessness Advocacy Day February 28, 8 AM - 4 PM United Churches of Olympia, 110 11th Ave SE, Olympia

Train the Trainer: Immigrant Family Safety Plan Resources February 28, 6-8 PM Church Council of Greater Seattle, 4820 S Morgan St, Seattle

March for Meals! March 1, 8-10 AM Spokane Valley Mall and NorthTown Mall

Meet Your Muslim Neighbors March 2, 2-3:30 PM Redmond Library, 15990 NE 85th St, Redmond

A Disarming Spirit: The Life of Archbishop Raymond Hunthausen March 3, 4-6 PM St. Mary's Parish Hall, 620 20th Ave S, Seattle

Equity Rally March 4, 9 AM - 3 PM Olympia State Capitol Campus, 416 Sid Snyder Ave SW, Olympia

Homelessness Advocacy 101 Workshop March 6, 6:30-8:30 PM 12th Ave Arts Building, 1620 12th Ave, Seattle AND March 9, 10 AM - 12 PM University Congregational United Church of Christ, 4515 16th Ave NE, Seattle

The Justice Leadership Jubilee for the United Church of Christ is a program to help people grow in their justice advocacy skills and focus. Jubilee is an intentional ten-month commitment for adults who want to develop their faith and learn systemic change skills with a community of their peers. They are currently looking for Fall 2019 Jubilee participants which involves community work, spiritual reflection and sojourning retreats, learning and skill building, and church engagement. Could this be you? They welcome applications from all denominations.
Website: and learn more under the Jubilee drop down
Facebook: justiceleadershipjubilee
Call: Christine Hanson 509-679-7430


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