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Annual Meeting 2022 – registration is open

Registration is now open for the Quaker Voice Annual Meeting, Saturday, December 3, from 10 am to 2:30 pm. You can choose to participate remotely or in person at Eastside Meeting in Bellevue. You will receive full details when you register. The meeting will cover several important matters. - Our lobbyist will alert us to what is coming in the 2023 legislative session. What committees are changing leadership or structure? What will be happening in person and in hybrid form? - Working groups will make their selections of priority issues for the 2023 session. While bill numbers may not yet be available, the choices will be informed by what we know about bills coming forward and their chances of passage. - You will have an opportunity to propose other bills for "support" status, which will authorize our activists to sign in "pro" or "con" using their Quaker Voice affiliation. - We will share a draft…

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Applications Open — Young Quaker Voices 2022-23

Applications are now open for this year’s Young Quaker Voices program. Please share the opportunity anywhere you think it might reach a candidate. The full program description and link to the application process are available at Young Quaker Voices Program — Quaker Voice (quakervoicewa.org). Applications are due October 30. This program encourages the active engagement of young adults in the state legislative process in ways that reflect Quaker values. It is open to Washington residents ages 16-30. Quaker Voice provides mentorship for the participants on the state legislative process and a small stipend. Each Voice joins a working group, develops background materials, and tracks legislation on an issue. Questions about the program can be sent to info@quakervoicewa.org. Thank you for spreading the word far and wide about this wonderful opportunity to make a difference in the world through the legislative process.

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Quaterly Meeting Discernment Session September 23

As part of the Finding Our Quaker Voices process, you are invited to join a discernment session during Pacific Northwest Quarterly Meeting, Friday, September 23, 7 pm, either in person at Lazy F or on Zoom. You can find the Zoom link at PNQM Online Interest Groups. The Meeting ID is 878 0818 2743 and the passcode 023296. In this session, we will share results so far from the discernment survey, ask whether there are issues Friends want to work on that are not yet represented, and hear what you see as the distinctive Quaker voice when we speak to these issues with state legislators. Friends can also participate by filling out the survey on quakervoicewa.org using this link. More information on the process is available there, along with the three questions we are exploring. Thanks, The Quaker Voice Board

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RIGHT TO REPAIR NEEDS YOU AGAIN!

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 https://www.facebook.com/groups/hornets/ b. They are running an education and eradication plan to fight the invasion of the Japanese Beetle and other invasive species https://agr.wa.gov/departments/insects-pests-and-weeds/ 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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