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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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Announcing the Young Quaker Voices Program

Learn about the legislative processWork on issues important to Quakers:Criminal Justice / Environmental Stewardship / Economic JusticeEarn a small stipend The Young Quaker Voices program will bring young adults into contact with issues in the state legislature and encourage their active engagement in the legislative process in ways that reflect Quaker values. Young adults aged 16-30 are eligible for the program. They will be trained by Quaker Voice on the legislative process and participate in a QV working group, developing background materials and tracking legislation on an issue within the Quaker Voice scope. All work will be done remotely. Time commitment will be about 25-30 hours over the legislative session. To apply for the Young Quaker Voices program: Contact us at info@QuakerVoiceWA.org and request an application and further information on the programApplications are due by January 20, 2021The program begins on February 8, 2021 Download, print, and share the flyer…

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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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