Virtual 2021 Eastern Washington Legislative Conference

Sat, Jan 30th 2021 at 8:30 AM PDT · By The Fig Tree
Date & Time
Sat, Jan 30th 2021 at 8:30 AM PDT
Sat, Jan 30th 2021 at 1:00 PM PDT
Event Details

The 2021 Eastern Washington 

Legislative Conference 

will be held on Zoom 

from 8:50 a.m. to 1 p.m., Saturday, Jan. 30. 

The conference will inform people on issues coming before the upcoming session of the Washington State Legislature and how to be involved.

Keynote speaker Walter Kendricks, pastor of Morning Star Baptist Church in Spokane, will share insights on the theme "Beyond Words: Doing Justice"  from his recent involvement with the Governor’s Task Force on Independent Investigations of Police Use of Force and the Governor’s Commission on African American Affairs. 

After he speaks, four panelists, moderated by Gen Heywood, pastor of Veradale United Church of Christ and convenor of Faith Leaders and Leaders of Conscience, will discuss the theme and his presentation, leading into discussion in small break-out groups.

Panelists are 

   • Kiantha Duncan, president of the Spokane NAACP 

   • Phil Misner, assistant to the Northwest Intermountain Synod bishop of the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America

   • Chalo Martinez, a Catholic deacon whose career was as a probation/parole officer

   • Margo Hill, an attorney, leader in the Murdered and Missing Indigenous Women movement and EWU associate professor in urban planning.

Participants may choose to attend two sessions of workshops, also on Zoom during the time, or on recorded video later.Those sessions and leaders or coordinators are:

  • Environmental legislation: Jessica Zimmerle of Earth Ministry/Interfaith Power and Light
  • Budget and revenue issues: Paul Benz of Faith Action Network (FAN)
  • Policing reform: Kurtis Robinson, vice president of the Spokane NAACP
  • Racism and the public health disparity: Bob Lutz, member of the State Board of Health
  • Housing issues: Ben Stuckart of Spokane Low-Income Housing Consortium, Terri Anderson of the Washington Tenants Union and the Spokane Alliance
  • Immigration issues: St. Aloysius and St. Ann’s Immigration Committee 

A “Legislative Briefing” on the status of legislation before the 2021 session will be held between the workshop sessions. Leaders will be Paul of FAN, Jessica of Earth Ministry and Donna Christensen of the Washington State Catholic Conference.

Virtual displays will introduce nonprofit actions and services before and after the conference.

Participants need to register IN ADVANCE to receive the link.

For information, call 535-1813, email or find flier and form to pay by check at

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