Washington State’s Faith Action Network is working with several Spokane-area groups to host a Fall Advocacy Forum, featuring Diane Randall as the keynote speaker.
Randall serves as the executive secretary of the Friends Committee on National Legislation, a 70-year-old peace lobby in Washington, D.C. During her visit she will present, “Not Under the Bus, Not Off the Cliff: lifeline programs, Pentagon spending, and our values in action.” According to a press release, Randall discuss what actions locals can take on issues that are addressed at the Federal legislative level.
A suggested donation of $15 will include the breakfast. Those living lightly are welcome to donate what they can.
The event will be at Salem Lutheran Church Oct. 27 beginning with a 7:30 breakfast, followed by the keynote address at 8:30 a.m. Break-out sessions will continue until noon.
According to a news release, breakout sessions include:
- Wage Theft – what we can do to stop the several ways in which vulnerable populations are deprived of their earnings, led by the Faith Action Network;
- Bring Our Billions Home – actions that we can take to pressure Congress to take money now spent on wars that are devastating other countries, and transfer it to meeting domestic needs in our own country, led by Peace and Justice Action League;
- Creating an Alternate Economy – what can and is already being done locally to create an alternative to the stranglehold which multi-national corporations and Wall Street have on our economy, led by The Oak Tree.
- Friends Committee on National Legislation Priorities – what the FCNL priorities are for this year, and how we can work on them, continuing the conversation with Diane Randall.
Tracy Simmons is an award-winning journalist specializing in religion reporting and digital entrepreneurship. In her approximate 20 years on the religion beat, Simmons has tucked a notepad in her pocket and found some of her favorite stories aboard cargo ships in New Jersey, on a police chase in Albuquerque, in dusty Texas church bell towers, on the streets of New York and in tent cities in Haiti. Simmons has worked as a multimedia journalist for newspapers across New Mexico, Texas, Connecticut and Washington. She is the executive director of SpokaneFāVS.com, a digital journalism start-up covering religion news and commentary in Spokane, Washington. She also writes for The Spokesman-Review and national publications. She is a Scholarly Assistant Professor of Journalism at Washington State University.