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Quaker Voice needs your financial support

Many of you will soon be receiving a fundraising letter in the mail from Quaker Voice. For those of you who prefer no mail, the link to the letter is here. Your financial support, along with your volunteer time, is always important. Check the Donate page at for the ways you can respond. You can opt out from the paper letter -- just send a note to to have a "Do Not Mail" flag added to your record with us. Thank you for everything you do for Quaker Voice. Susan Cozzens, Board Clerk    

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The Right to Repair bill did not get out of our State House of Representatives last session. It would give us the right to have our computers and electronics repaired by independent service people or repair them ourselves. It speaks directly to our environmental stewardship and simplicity testimonies.  Thank you all for doing your part and showing up to vote yes at the public hearings. Today, together with our lobbyist, members from the ESWG met with the amazing Representative Gregerson who was the sponsor of the bill to discuss what happened. The public support was immense and the bill was heading toward a vote. The public schools lobbied hard for this bill because it would make it easier for them and their students to get their computers repaired and keep costs down. Then national lobbyists for Amazon, Google and the other big tech companies scared off the state reps in…

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Invasive Species

Environmental Stewardship Working Group Member, Sarah Grace Vasquez, has been following invasive species and their effects on the environment.  She shared these resources with us about how Washington State responds to invasive species. 1.The Department of Agriculture in Washington is concerned about Hornets and Beetles. a. The Dept. Ag runs a successful Facebook group called Asian Giant Hornet Watch b. They are running an education and eradication plan to fight the invasion of the Japanese Beetle and other invasive species 2. Department of Natural Resources are concerned about the spread of aquatic invasive species through water recreation. a. On April 20th, DNR announced a grant to eradicate the tree of heaven in the Wenatchee area. Here is a quote from the Facebook post announcing the plan: “DNR is proud to offer grant support for removing invasive tree-of-heaven and replanting native tree species to the Wenatchee Rescue Mission, which…

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Young Quaker Voices Report — April 22

Our Young Quaker Voices are preparing to report on their work during this legislative session on Friday, April 22, at 7 pm, as part of the North Pacific Quarterly Meeting spring gathering. The hybrid session will be available at this link. Meeting ID: 878 0818 2743 Passcode: 023296. Those of you at Lazy F Ranch should go to the upper level of the old dining hall to join others in person. Abby Griffiths and Byrne Crandell (see their backgrounds here) will be presenting online on their advocacy for accessible mobility and an expanded mental health workforce. Reports from the three Quaker Voice working groups will follow on criminal justice, economic justice, and environmental stewardship. We are looking forward to seeing you either face-to-face or online.

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New Voices 2022

Two new people have joined the Young Quaker Voices program in its second year of operation, focused on the 2022 legislative session. This program provides education for under-30s in the state legislative process through involvement in Quaker Voice working groups. Abby Griffith is a Fellow with the Disability Mobility Initiative at Disability Rights Washington. A native of Ethiopia, she grew up and still lives in Vancouver, Washington. She recently earned her bachelor’s degree in Human Development, with a Certificate in Human Services Case Management and Administration from Washington State University Vancouver. She testified last spring before the Washington Senate and House Transportation committees, speaking about the benefits of improving public transit and infrastructure, like sidewalks, for her and anybody with a disability. She has also been a speaker on transportation justice with Front and Centered. You can see her opinion piece on investments in sidewalks and transit on the web…

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