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Comment Now on Proposed Changes to Rule to Protect Immigrants

Comment Now on Proposed Changes to Rule to Protect Immigrants

November 2018 -- Under a proposed new regulation, community members who have legally accessed certain forms of federal benefits would be ineligible for permanent residency, forcing immigrant families to make the impossible choice between meeting their families’ basic needs and obtaining permanent legal status in the United States.

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Assembly Wrap-Up:  Commitments for Immigrants and Children, New Video, and More!

Assembly Wrap-Up: Commitments for Immigrants and Children, New Video, and More!

October 2018 -- 90 leaders from 17 different institutions witnessed public commitments supporting immigrants and children, heard personal stories of how these issues impacted people’s lives, saw Sound Alliance’s brand new video, and more at a packed Sound Alliance Action and Delegate Assembly on October 18.

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Report Back: October Delegates Assembly

Delegates from the Spokane Alliance member institutions met Oct. 11, 2018 at Liberty Park United Methodist Church. Here are some highlights that meeting.

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New Sound Alliance Video!

New Sound Alliance Video!

The Sound Alliance is all about developing the diverse voices of our community, then knitting them together one by one to build power. Learn more in this video!

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Listening Leads to Five Research Action Teams

Listening Leads to Five Research Action Teams

Last winter and spring, MACG held a formal listening campaign, asking our member institutions to find out what problems were concerning our community and where they might be willing to work. On April 28th, we held a Next Directions Assembly to discern what were the most broadly felt issues and where we had the most motivated leaders. There was strong turnout: 20 of the 25 MACG member institutions were represented and over 100 MACG leaders attended. From that process, leaders settled on five research action teams focused on the top issue areas. Here is what each team has been up to:

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Remembering Stan Aschenbrenner

Remembering Stan Aschenbrenner

October, 2018 - Stan Aschenbrenner, member of Lake Oswego United Methodist Church, and longtime MACG leader died on August 11th at the age of 89. Stan brought commitment, passion, warmth and wisdom to our work, always inspiring our gatherings with his thoughtful and motivating remarks and his tireless action. For years, his comment on how organizing turned his cynicism into optimistic and effective upstream action, graced MACG's brochures:

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Reclaiming Rights in the Face of Injustice: 60 People Trained.  More to Come

Reclaiming Rights in the Face of Injustice: 60 People Trained. More to Come

July 2018 -- The Sound Alliance Immigrant Rights Action Team only set up 40 chairs at St. Vincent de Paul Catholic Church in Federal Way on June 21, 2018. Then 60 people piled into the room, filling it to capacity to hear Jay Stansell, J.D. present a workshop entitled “Reclaiming the Constitution. Knowing, Defending, and Using Your Rights in the Face of Injustice.”

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Immigrant Rights WIN in King County

Immigrant Rights WIN in King County

March 2018 -- Great news! The King County Council passed Ordinance #0487 which expands laws already in place to protect the safety and civil rights of everyone who lives in King County.

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Welcome, Society of St. Vincent de Paul: King County!

Welcome, Society of St. Vincent de Paul: King County!

March 2018 -- We are happy to announce that the Society of St. Vincent de Paul: King County has officially joined the Sound Alliance!

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Spokane Alliance Annual Letter

Spokane Alliance Annual Letter

February 2018 -- Thank you for making 2017 such an important and successful year for the Spokane Alliance! Much has been accomplished and as always, there is much to do as we look ahead to 2018.

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