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Quaker Voice Statement on Racial Inequity

Quaker Voice Friends and Supporters,  We urge you, as you are led, to send the Quaker Voice Statement on Racial Inequity (PDF format) to your state legislators, with a cover letter from you requesting action in the coming sessions.  This statement was approved by the Quaker Voice Board for release on June 19, 2020, Juneteenth. It is based on contributions from the three working groups and from Board members.  This document is intended to make a strong statement about the response of Quaker Voice to the national outpouring of outrage over the deaths of so many people of color by law enforcement. Our response arises out of Quaker values and provides a brief outline of our ongoing and future work with the state legislature. Also, you might let legislators know that Quaker Voice is willing to assist them in working toward meeting the goals in the Statement on Racial Inequity. To ask for our assistance, legislators may contact our Legislative Advocate,…

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Quaker Voice Report 2020

Highlights: Washington State will enact new greenhouse gas emission benchmarks for state agencies and the state as a whole.Washington State banned private prisons for state facilities.This year saw a large increase in investment in the Housing and Essential Needs (HENS) fund, which targets the most vulnerable people in Washington state without immediate access to Federal aid.A bill allowing tenants to pay deposits in installments will lower barriers to housing for low income people See the report here. (PDF format, 180 KB)

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Let’s Support Our Community!

Dear Friends: We hope you are staying safe in these challenging times! We know that many of us will be receiving a stimulus check from the federal government and some of us do not urgently need the funds. If you are looking for ideas for donating some or part of your stimulus check, Quaker Voice has some suggestions for you. Local or statewide food banks and senior food programs, such as:NW Harvest, It has a network of 375 food banks, meal programs and high-need schools. Through this network, they provide nearly 2 million meals every month.WA Food Fund, a statewide collaboration with local nonprofits and philanthropic organizations to raise money for hunger relief, which will be donated to three food distribution organizations: Food Lifeline, Northwest Harvest, and Second Harvest.Second Harvest which serves EWA and Idaho.Food Lifeline sources millions of pounds of nutritious food from farmers, manufacturers, grocery stores, restaurants, and retailers that would otherwise…

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Quaker Voice Legislative Report 2019

Download this report in PDF format here to have it with the grid as shown in the image above. Highlights: In an historic series of successes for the environment, eight out of the eleven bills supporting Quaker Voice’s Environment & Peace priorities will be enacted into law by the end of the year. The New Hope Act, which reformed the process for obtaining a certificate of discharge for felony convictions and greatly expanded eligibility for vacating criminal convictions, garnered a broad coalition and passed both houses unanimously. The legislature passed a major reform to the real estate tax, making it graduated to be more progressive by lowering the rate for properties selling for $500,000 or less, while increasing the rate for properties selling above $1.5 million. This will help reduce the property tax burden on lower to middle income homeowners while increasing the overall revenue for the state and helping…

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Thank you for coming to Quaker Lobby Day

A Quaker Voice Action Alert Sent on February 25, 2019 Dear Friends, Thanks you for participating in Quaker Lobby Day and bringing Friends testimonies to the state legislature! We will continue to keep you up to date through our issue Alerts and our website QuakerVoiceWA.org. But right now, we would appreciate knowing how Quaker Lobby Day went for you, and what might be improved for next year. Let us know by directly responding to this email or responding to this survey. 1. How did the schedule work for you?  Any changes for next year? 2. How did the small-group discussions go?  Any recommendations? 3. What about the printed materials? 4. Which legislators (or their aides) did you get to talk with? Any interesting interactions ... or surprises you would like to pass on? And if you can, please send a note of thanks to your Representatives and Senator (or their…

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