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Environmental Stewardship Alert 2/13/19

Help Clean Up Washington’s Transportation Fuels An important bill that would improve the efficiency of fuel used for transportation in Washington State needs your support. HB 1110  and its companion bill in the Senate SB 5412 would establish a Clean Fuels Program to limit the greenhouse gas emissions per unit of transportation fuel energy in Washington State. Under HB 1110, greenhouse gas emissions would be reduced to 10 percent below 2017 levels by 2028 and 20 percent below 2017 levels by 2035. This bill is a crucial piece of a comprehensive effort to confront climate change, and will be receiving a hearing in the Transportation Committee this week. Please email or call your legislators and tell them you support House Bill 1110 and its Senate companion bill SB 5412, or simply follow this link and click on “comment on this bill” on the right-hand side to leave a comment that will…

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Environmental Stewardship Alert 2/5/19

Two bills crucial for the future of our state's ecology need help to make their way through the Washington State legislature. Both bills are important steps to prevent the worst effects of climate change: HB 1112 would direct both the Department of Ecology and the Department of Enterprise Services to facilitate the transition away from hydroflourocarbons, extreme greenhouse gases such as those used in refrigerating units, to less harmful hydrofluorocarbons or substitutes. Leave a comment on this bill for your legislator here. HB 1114 would confront a significant source of carbon emissions: food waste. Globally, roughly a third of food is wasted, and wasted food accounts for roughly 8% of global carbon emissions. This bill seeks to reduce food waste by 50% in Washington by 2030 by opening up grant funding to programs that reduce food waste in support of that mission. Leave a comment on this bill for your…

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Join Us for Our 11th Annual Quaker Lobby Day!

Quaker Lobby Day (11th Annual!) Monday, February 18, 2019 (Presidents’ Day), 9:00-3:00 Olympia Friends Meeting House Friends have been a leading voice for social justice for several centuries. Our voice in state government is critically important to many marginalized people in our state - including tens of thousands of state residents who have been enmeshed in the criminal justice system or suffer economic hardship - and who cannot speak effectively for themselves. Quaker Voice on Washington Public Policy invites you to participate in our 11th annual Quaker Lobby Day on Monday, Presidents’ Day, February 18th, 2019. The day will begin at 9 am at the Olympia Friends Meetinghouse, 3201 Boston Harbor Road, Olympia WA 98506.  There we will discuss our priority issues, such as addressing support for current and former prisoners, orca recovery, and preserving the safety net for those with limited resources.  We will then go to the Capitol…

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Join us for Quaker Lobby Day (11th Annual!) ~ February 18, 2019

Friends have been a leading voice for social justice for several centuries. Our voice in state government is critically important to many marginalized people in our state - including tens of thousands of state residents who have been enmeshed in the criminal justice system or suffer economic hardship - and who cannot speak effectively for themselves. Quaker Voice on Washington Public Policy invites you to participate in our 11th Annual Quaker Lobby Day on Monday, Presidents’ Day, February 18th, 2019 - 9:00 a.m. - 3:00 p.m. Olympia Friends Meeting House.  The day will begin at 9 am at the Olympia Friends Meetinghouse, 3201 Boston Harbor Road NE, Olympia WA 98506.  There we will discuss our priority issues, such as addressing support for current and former prisoners, orca recovery, and preserving the safety net for those with limited resources.  We will then go to the Capitol Building by noon to bring…

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Years of Focused Persistence Pay Off

The 2018 legislative successes resulted from years of building relationships with allies, as well as legislators and their staffs. Finally, prisoners’ Legal Financial Obligations no longer accrue interest at 12% while they are in prison.  Quaker Voice led the successful 2018 effort to establish an independent corrections ombuds, concluding work begun in 2006. This wide variety of fellow legislative activists shows vividly the value of bringing together people with common goals, whether or not their reasons for these goals agree. Each group represented shares the joy of success as our work together produces legislative reform.

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