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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 quakervoicewa.org for the ways you can respond. You can opt out from the paper letter -- just send a note to info@quakervoicewa.org 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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Quaker Lobby Day 2022

Quaker Lobby Day is coming on Monday, February 7. Please register right away -- we want to swing into action arranging for meetings for you with your state legislators for that afternoon. On Quaker Lobby Day, we carry our testimonies into the state legislative process by asking our representatives to take action on specific bills or budget items. Our three working groups -- Criminal Justice, Economic Justice, and Environmental Stewardship -- have been busy this fall consulting with House and Senate leadership on what they are bringing forward in this short, 60-day session. Each group has been honing its list of priorities to just a few for you, our citizen lobbyists, to talk about in online 15-minute meetings with your representatives and senators. On the morning of Quaker Lobby Day, the working groups will bring you up to date on the progress of the priority bills and get you ready…

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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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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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Quaker Voice Legislative Report 2019

Download this report in PDF format here to have it with the grid as shown in the image above. Highlights: In an historic series of successes for the environment, eight out of the eleven bills supporting Quaker Voice’s Environment & Peace priorities will be enacted into law by the end of the year. The New Hope Act, which reformed the process for obtaining a certificate of discharge for felony convictions and greatly expanded eligibility for vacating criminal convictions, garnered a broad coalition and passed both houses unanimously. The legislature passed a major reform to the real estate tax, making it graduated to be more progressive by lowering the rate for properties selling for $500,000 or less, while increasing the rate for properties selling above $1.5 million. This will help reduce the property tax burden on lower to middle income homeowners while increasing the overall revenue for the state and helping…

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