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Faith Action Network hires former UCC intern as organizer

The Faith Action Network (FAN) of Washington has hired Amber Dickson as a full-time organizer. Amber served at FAN in 2014 and 2015 as an intern with the Justice Leadership Program (JLP) of the United Church of Christ.

Amber Dickson begins as full-time organizer this fall.

Photo courtesy of Amber Dickson

During that time, she met many FAN constituents through FAN organizing and events.  She discovered her passion for criminal justice after visiting Monroe prison, and learned about advocacy at the state level as well as federal during Ecumenical Advocacy Days.

Amber continued as a JLP intern to do a second year of service at the Children’s Alliance, where she worked with the organizing team on Advocacy Camp, Have a Heart for Kids Day, legislative research and advocacy, and other special projects.

During both years, she worked with the Racial Equity Team to have an equity impact on public policies across many issues. She spent last year in New York City, reconnecting with family, attending Sayville Congregational UCC on Long Island and volunteering with the Refugee Action Committee.

Originally from South Carolina, Amber spent her teenage years in Spanaway, and graduated from Seattle Pacific University.

“When last April the FAN Governing Board first discussed the possibility of expanding our staff capacity by adding an organizer, we had the audacity to dream about raising the funds and hiring somebody by Sept. 1,” said board co-chairs, the Rev. Carol Jensen and Rabbi Aaron Meyer.

 They invite participating in capacity building for FAN and support Amber’s work to help close the gap for the extra funds needed to secure her position for the next three years.

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Pacific Northwest United Church News © September-October 2017


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