IW Blog

On July 12, 2016 the Board of Directors of Interfaith Works formally endorsed Initiative 873 concerning police deadly force. Last February, the Board endorsed House Bill 2907 to amend the state statute on police use of deadly force in recognition that current law makes it virtually impossible to charge a law enforcement officer with a......

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By Austin Jenkins – KPLU / NWNews – July 14, 2016 Cutline: Olympia Police Chief Ronnie Roberts says police departments ”need to be more transparent, more open and more accountable.” — “The police force in Washington’s state capital is changing. Fourteen months ago a white police officer in Olympia shot two African-American brothers. The shooting......

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Hear about the impact our shelter program has had on the lives of our guests and volunteers. These are audio interviews that our stellar support staff Max compiled. Listen to “Shelter Voices” — Recorded and Edited in 2015 by Maxwell Goldsmith–Shelter Support Staff. — On the Interfaith Works Emergency Overnight Shelter homepage: http://www.iwshelter.org/ AND Listen......

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At the March 10, 2016 Lacey City Council meeting, Mayor Andy Ryder and Council Member Virgil Clarkson offered public statements of reproach  to anti-Muslim rhetoric which Lacey City Councilmember Jason Hearn had posted on his Facebook page. Here is the transcript of those statements: Statement by Mayor Andy Ryder I have a quick statement as......

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Here is the Final Report to the [Olympia] City Council from the Ad Hoc Committee on Police and Community Relations, presented to the Council  on 4/12/2016. (PDF format)...

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We’ve come a long way, but some things seem not to have changed. Our overall service coordination is much more sophisticated and developed, but faith communities are still looked at to “fill the gap.” Business is still as “brisk” as ever: we lack sufficient shelter beds (our good friends at Bread and Roses no longer......

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July 30, 2016: The Landing, Port of Olympia July 30 – August 6, 2016: Full Event For ages the indigenous peoples of the Pacific Northwest have gathered together for potlatches, or giveaways, sharing their gratitude with and for one another. The Nisqually Indian Tribe is hosting the Paddle to Nisqually in 2016. Right Relations Steh-chass/Olympia,......

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INTERFAITH WORKS RESPONDS TO ANTI-MUSLIM REMARKS BY LACEY CITY COUNCIL MEMBER February 25, 2016 Statement to Lacey City Council by Mary Wharton, Vice President, Interfaith Works Board of Directors:   The mission of Interfaith Works is “social change through interfaith understanding and cooperation.” Established in 1974, our membership includes religious communities and individuals of Protestant,......

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OPR #025: Rabbi Seth Goldstein & Jemmy Joe’s Big Announcement February 12, 2016 – with Jemmy Joe and Guire McGuire “In episode #25, we interview Rabbi Seth Goldstein, who heads the Temple Beth Hatfiloh here in Olympia, as well as running his blog (linked below). It was a great talk, making this a very special......

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The Earth Stewards of Interfaith Works are active on the issue of climate change and what we can do locally to make a difference. With the support of the Stewards, at its monthly meeting February 9, 2016, the Interfaith Works Board of Directors unanimously adopted the following motion: People of faith worldwide bring a crucial......

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