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Quaker Lobbyist position 2021 – Help us provide a Quaker Voice in the Washington State Legislature

Quaker Voice on Washington Public Policy is looking for a part-time Legislative Advocate and Policy Analyst (lobbyist) for the 2022 legislative session in Olympia. This position will require approximately 90 hours a month during session (January through April) and 20-30 hours a month before and after session (starting October 1, 2021). Compensation is $25-30/hour, depending on experience. The position requires working closely with topic-specific work groups to research issues of concern to Friends and assist in policy development, attending and testifying at legislative hearings, arranging and participating in meetings with legislators and other government officials and with relevant coalitions, and providing written reports. Work Groups currently include Criminal Justice, Economic Justice, and Environmental Stewardship. We seek a dedicated person, with excellent verbal and writing skills and ability to work with many different groups, and in the manner of Quakers, to listen carefully and respectfully to others. The Advocate would work…

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“Young Quaker Voices Speak” ~ Friday, April 23

You are invited to “Young Quaker Voices Speak,” short final reports from the four participants in the first year of our new program. Their reports will be part of the Quaker Voice session at the Pacific Northwest Quarterly Meeting virtual spring gathering, Friday, April 23, 7-8 pm.  These under-30 Friends have been following legislative issues all session as part of each Quaker Voice working group and will share why they participated; what issue they followed and what happened with it; and what lessons they learned from the experience. The Voices are Ezra Ford, Rebecca Marder, Gabe Sharp, and Ian Stanfield.  The Zoom information for the session is:   Meeting ID: 640 333 5400  Password: none. We hope to see you there!

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Quaker Voice Virtual Games Night! April 2, 2021

Join nineteen other Quakers for the first-ever Quaker Voice April 2, 2021 ~ 6:00pm to 7:30pm (Pacific Time) RSVP early (form below) as participation limited. ~ Free with Donation Opportunity ~ Just bring paper, a pen, a book and your own good cheer (or let us help you find it) Sign up here for the Quaker Voice Virtual Games Night:

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A quote from Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.’s, address at Western Michigan University, December 18, 1963

Now the other myth that gets around is the idea that legislation cannot really solve the problem and that it has no great role to play in this period of social change because you've got to change the heart and you can't change the heart through legislation. You can't legislate morals. The job must be done through education and religion. Well, there's half‐truth involved here. Certainly, if the problem is to be solved then in the final sense, hearts must be changed. Religion and education must play a great role in changing the heart. But we must go on to say that while it may be true that morality cannot be legislated, behavior can be regulated. It may be true that the law cannot change the heart but it can restrain the heartless. It may be true that the law cannot make a man love me but it can keep…

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Quaker Voice’s Lobby Day 2021 (13th Annual!) Feb 12 & 15 – Register by February 8

Friends have been a leading voice for social justice for centuries. Our voice in state government is critically important to many people—including tens of thousands of state residents who have been enmeshed in the criminal justice system, who are experiencing economic hardship, and who are suffering the effects of our climate crisis. We join our voices to theirs, seeking equality and justice for all. This year our events will be virtual, starting with trainings on Friday, February 12 on the Washington State legislative process and lobbying during a pandemic.  On Monday, February 15 (Presidents Day) we will have discussions of our priority issues, such as addressing housing and food for those hurt most by the pandemic, support for current and former prisoners, and climate change and clean transportation.  Since we cannot go to the Legislature in person this year, we will help you set up Zoom meetings with your legislators…

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