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Census 2020

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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 have been out of committee hearings and on the floor voting. Co-Director Paul and many other citizen lobbyists from other organizations have been lobbying at the House and Senate chamber doors to encourage the successful passage of bills on our agenda. We welcome FAN advocates to join in this process - email to let us know you're coming!

Monday was Latino Legislative Day - several hundred advocates attended and met with Governor Inslee, Speaker Laurie Jinkins, and numerous legislators. A highlight of this day is the annual Farm Worker Tribunal which was held in the state Supreme Court hearing room, with Justice Steven Gonzalez attending. FAN has two important immigration bills that are also priorities for the Latino Civic Alliance (LCA): the Private Detention Ban bill (HB 2576 Ortiz-Self/SB 6442 Saldaña) and the Courts Open to All bill (HB 2567 Thai/SB 6522 Wellman).

Looking Ahead to Week Six

Monday - Wednesday: Both chambers will be voting on bills, and Paul will be lobbying at the doors. Keep calling and emailing your legislators to pass bills out of their houses of origin by Wednesday! Any bills not voted out of their houses of origin will be dead for the session.

Thursday - Friday: The House and Senate will begin committee hearings on bills from the opposite chambers.

Monday: African American Legislative Day - Paul has been part of the planning committee and will be present for the event. They'll be expecting 300 youth, clergy members will meet with the Governor, and legislators and state agency directors will be speaking and answering questions at the Columbia room. The day ends with a rally in the rotunda.

Take Action For Justice!

After Wednesday, February 19, any bills not passed out of their houses of origin will be dead for the session. Your advocacy can ensure that key justice bills keep moving this session! Here are SIX priority bills from our legislative agenda that need to be voted on before the 19th - Take Five (minutes) and use these quick links to email your legislators:

For any other bills on our agenda, contact your legislators using the email formula, or call 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. You can also check out the Seattle/King County League of Women Voters' 2020 They Represent You online directory of Washington legislators.

Work with FAN on Census 2020!

The launch of Census 2020 is just around the corner on March 12, when postcards will begin to arrive inviting households to participate. Official Census Day is April 1. Can your faith community dedicate one day between March 12 and April 1 to sharing the importance of the census in your community—with a sermon, adult education forum, a take-action table? We will help you prepare for that and have tools in many languages to help you. Contact Elise at for more information.

In the State of Washington, $16.7B in tax dollars for our communities are at stake, along with our democratic representation in Congress. We cannot afford to miss counting anyone in this census, especially traditionally undercounted communities of color, immigrants, tribes, rural areas, and young children. We often say in our legislative work that budgets are moral documents—in this case, the data that informs budgets and allocation of resources have moral implications too!

To prepare for this important season, our partners at the U.S. Census Bureau are hosting a Faith-Based Community Summit on Wednesday, February 19 from 9 AM - 3 PM. We hope each faith community might be able to send one or more representatives to learn how you can mobilize your community around Census 2020! Inspiration will be offered by Seattle Plymouth Church lead pastor Rev. Dr. Kelle Brown and former Deputy Secretary of the U.S. Dept. of Housing and Urban Development Ron Sims. Faith leaders will speak on a panel from various faith traditions.

We also encourage you to take our survey to tell us how you would like to be further involved in this important work.

Events & Opportunities

Climate Crisis: A Call to Action February 15, 9 AM - 2 PM University Unitarian Church, 6556 35th Ave NE, Seattle

Trade 101 for Environmental Activists February 16, 6-7:30 PM Holy Spirit Lutheran Church, 10021 NE 124th St, Kirkland

Charles Rolland African (Diaspora) American Legislative Day February 17, 9 AM - 3 PM Olympia State Capitol Building, 415 Sid Snyder Ave SW, Olympia

The History of the Civil Rights Movement in America February 18, 6:30-7:30 PM Spokane Public Library - South Hill, 3324 S Perry St, Spokane

2020 Census Faith-Based Community Summit February 19, 9 AM - 3 PM Tukwila Community Center, 12424 42nd Ave S, Tukwila

Catholic Advocacy Day February 20, 9 AM - 3:30 PM Olympia State Capitol Building, 415 Sid Snyder Ave SW, Olympia

Rice Bowl: Your Impact on Climate Change in Vietnam February 22, 9:30-11:30 AM St. James Cathedral Pastoral Outreach Center, 907 Columbia St, Seattle

Many Voices, One Spirit Concert Series: Misa Oaxaqueña February 22, 7:30-9:30 PM Trinity Episcopal Parish, 609 8th Ave, Seattle

Day of Remembrance, Day of Action at NWDC February 23, 12:30-2:30 PM Northwest Detention Center, 1623 E J St, Tacoma

Find other events and opportunities on our web calendar.
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