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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…

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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…

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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…

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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…

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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…

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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…

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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…

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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…

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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…

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Housing Justice Strides in 2021

In the Washington State legislative session just concluded, a session that many have judged to be historic in its progressive accomplishments, several enactments combine to enable major strides in housing justice.  Chief among housing-related accomplishments is likely avoidance of a feared tsunami of evictions at the end of the statewide…

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