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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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Interfaith Works strongly supports the passage of House Bill 2907.  Watch the testimony at the Hearing on House Bill 2907 & 2708 on Wednesday, February 3, 2016. Click this image to view the video which starts at 1:04:53 when those bills are heard: And read “In Support of House Bill 2907 – Testimony on Behalf of......

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February 3, 2016 Selena Kilmoyer, Board of Directors, Interfaith Works Thank you Mr. Chair and members of the committee for the opportunity to speak today on House Bill 2907. My name is Selena Kilmoyer, and I am on the Board of Interfaith Works, a Thurston County non-profit working on homelessness, justice issues, and ways to......

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House Bill 2907, sponsored by Rep. Luis Moscoso, aims to reform state law when it comes to police use of deadly force. The Black Alliance of Thurston County is supporting this bill in response to the police shooting in Olympia in May of two young black men. Interfaith Works Board of Directors has voted to......

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