Welcome to the IAF Northwest!
The IAF Northwest is a regional network of broad-based community alliances in Washington, Oregon, Canada and Australia. Each alliance’s goals are to build individual civic leadership, strengthen its member organizations, and to serve as a vehicle for these members to act in the public arena with sufficient power for the common good.
The IAF Northwest is part of the larger Industrial Areas Foundation which has affiliates in 19 additional states, the United Kingdom and Germany. Started in 1940, the IAF is the oldest and most widely recognized network of its kind. The IAF Northwest consists of eight established local Alliances and four start-up Alliances.
Each of the Alliances is a broad-based organization made up of a diverse group of resourceful, passionate everyday people—united through their religious, education, labor and community organizations.
The Alliances create opportunities for these people to connect and act powerfully and creatively as leaders - to bring about practical solutions to the challenges facing their families and communities. The IAF Northwest is nonideological and strictly nonpartisan, but proudly, publicly, and persistently political.
Clinic Based Organizing
The Clinic Based Organizing Initiative builds on the historical roots of community health centers, in which the clinic collective - providers and patients together - worked to address fundamental injustices in the community by exercising "power with". The initiative’s goal is to demonstrate the effectiveness of organizing efforts today in addressing the "social determinants of health" by surfacing and equipping patient leaders in communities highly impacted by health, income, and race-based disparities to act together on their own behalves to address issues at the root of those injustices.
Physical Education (PE) Campaign
The American Heart Association recommends children receive 150 minutes per week of physical education in elementary school - benefiting health, academics, and student behavior. Some Washington schools, especially in communities highly impacted by health, income, and race-based disparities, have been failing to provide even the low current state standard of 100 minutes of PE per week. This campaign is focusing on getting schools in the state's largest district - Seattle - to meet the state PE standard across the board, starting with those schools most impacted by health disparities.
November 2017 -- Five of the six Seattle School Board candidates committed to supporting major asks from Sound Alliance’s three campaigns at our 10/26 Action Assembly at Casa Latina, strategically moving those campaigns forward. The assembly featured excellent testimonies and leadership from Sound Alliance members.
October, 2017 -- The Sound Alliance Strategy Team just voted to endorse King County Proposition 1, a Veterans, Seniors & Human Services Levy!. With Prop 1, veterans, seniors, survivors of domestic violence and more can get the help they need to get back on their feet with access to a range of services including healthcare, housing, and job training and placement.
October 2017 -- In an energetic Delegate Assembly on September 21, attendees voted on a variety of action paths for the Spokane Alliance to pursue in the coming year.
September 2017. Thank you to all MACG members and guests that attended our housing forums on September 10th and 11th! Our work to provide the City of Portland with our community's input is not finished, however! If you have not done so already, (whether you attended a forum or not) please take their survey as soon as possible.
August 2017 -- On August 12th, in Charlottesville, Virginia, white supremacists, neo-Nazis, and anti-Semites organized a hate-filled show of force against the African American community, communities of color, religious minorities, immigrants, and their allies. They killed one and injured many. The Sound Alliance unequivocally condemns these hate groups and their actions. In a 21st century democratic society, there is no place for such racist, anti-Semitic, anti-Muslim, anti-immigrant bigotry.