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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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New Quaker Voice Lobbyist

Welcome to Lonnie Johns-Brown We are pleased to announce that Lonnie Johns-Brown will join Quaker Voice as Legislative Advocate effective September 1. Ms. Johns-Brown has thirty years of experience as a lobbyist in Olympia. She has represented groups like the League of Women Voters, Resolution Washington, the Washington Association for the Education of Young Children, and more than a dozen others. Leading and participating in a variety of coalitions and stakeholder groups, she has forged relationships with staff and legislators across the political spectrum.  Her six years with the Office of the Insurance Commissioner as their Legislative Director helped her understand better how state agencies operate and relate to stakeholders. We are delighted that she will be putting her experience to work on behalf of Quaker Voice on Washington Public Policy, which she sees as “a much needed ethical and compassionate voice in our state’s legislative process.” We thank Noah…

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2021 Heard the Quaker Voice!

In the 2021 state legislative session, Quaker Voice saw many of its long and short term efforts produce results. Low-income households, returning citizens, communities needing cleaner air, all benefitted. Our 2021 legislative report summarizes what happened with 20 bills and issue areas we worked for this year. Download it from "About Quaker Voice," 2021 Legislative Report.

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Criminal Justice Successes in a Whirlwind Year

Restoration of Voting Rights: Legislative progress on criminal justice often requires persistence and patience.  Full restoration of voting rights upon release from prison was finally approved in 2021, ten years after partial rights were restored.  Finally, a clearly stated act HB 1078 will restore this most sacred citizen right of democracy to all persons not under incarceration.  Quaker Voice has been a constant player in this effort, beginning several years before the original bill in 2009 through final passage in 2021 of complete and immediate restoration after release.  Police Accountability: When national events and frustration boil over into protests and a climate of change, progress can come fast.  Many bills addressing police accountability and racial equity, which were priorities for Quaker Voice, were introduced and successfully passed in 2021.  These included HB 1054, providing prohibitions on the use of force such as neck restraints and the use of certain military…

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