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    New mental health stabilization facility could provide alternatives to jails, ERs

    7/1/17 -- The Spokesman-Review -- Police in Spokane may soon have a new place to take people with mental illnesses suspected of committing crimes besides jail or an overcrowded emergency room. The Spokane Regional Law and Justice Council this week voted to move forward with a plan to build a 16-bed mental health crisis stabilization facility in Spokane County sometime in 2018...The proposal was developed by the Spokane Alliance, which worked with the law and justice council and Smart Justice Spokane over the past three years to make it a priority.

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    Layoff notices sent to 32K employees amid looming government shutdown

    Layoff notices sent to 32K employees amid looming government shutdown

    6/23/17 -- KIRO 7 -- News coverage of the All in for Washington Campaign's statewide Day of Action to Prevent a Government Shutdown. The Sound Alliance was most represented at the Federal Way event which drew 80 people, especially showcasing our broad-base of unions and churches. Sound Alliance leader Shannon McCann's speech (Federal Way Education Association) is highlighted here.

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    Rally in Spokane urges state legislators to prevent looming state government shutdown

    Rally in Spokane urges state legislators to prevent looming state government shutdown

    6/22/17 -- Inlander -- As the state legislature inches closer to a potential government shutdown, members of the Spokane community rallied on Thursday to urge lawmakers to reach a budget deal. With lawmakers having less than eight days to reach that deal, the All In For Action coalition hosted several protests across the state, blaming Senate Republicans for the state of stasis.

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    Dozens gather in Spokane to protest looming state government shutdown if budget deal isn’t reached

    Dozens gather in Spokane to protest looming state government shutdown if budget deal isn’t reached

    6/22/17 -- The Spokesman-Review -- About 60 people gathered in Spokane on Thursday afternoon as part of a statewide series of rallies to plead with the Legislature to pass a budget before the state government is forced to shut down on July 1.

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    LETTER TO THE EDITOR - Schools: State Senate budget fails schools

    6/9/17 -- The News Tribute -- Sound Alliance Leader Lynn MacDonald, Fuse Washington, writes a letter to the editor regarding the proposed state budget's negative effects on public schools and students.

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    Metro Vancouver Alliance to host provincial election assembly

    3/27/17 -- Capilano Courier -- On Apr. 4 from 6 to 8 pm, the Metro Vancouver Alliance (MVA) will host a debate at the Italian Cultural Centre where the main political party leaders will discuss four key issues related to the May 9 Provincial Election. The Assembly is capitalizing on the success of the Municipal Election Assembly, also organized by the MVA, in Oct. 2014 that saw an impressive turnout of local politicians as well as 800 attendees.

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    OPINION: Jane Nelson-Low and Mary Lou Johnson: Clean up state tax code to help working families

    2/4/17 -- The Spokesman-Review -- As grandmothers, we tell our grandkids “never cry wolf” and “everyone needs to do their part.” At a time when middle-class and working families are paying an increasing share of their earnings in state and local taxes while children across our state struggle to receive a high-quality education, it seems some legislators have forgotten these simple lessons.

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    Making a positive difference by acting together

    Making a positive difference by acting together

    1/28/17 -- Times Colonist -- "I’ve been heartened to see the emergence of a group called ‘Greater Victoria Acting Together For The Common Good’ – or GVAT for short (www.gvat.ca) which consists of Faith groups (including my own community of St John the Divine Anglican Church), local unions, and civic groups seeking to make a positive difference in the Greater Victoria area."

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    Spokane school board reaffirms commitment to diversity, inclusion following reports of harassment following Trump’s election win

    Spokane school board reaffirms commitment to diversity, inclusion following reports of harassment following Trump’s election win

    1/11/17 -- The Spokesman-Review -- The Spokane School Board on Wednesday reaffirmed its commitment to diversity and inclusion following reports of bullying and violence related to the election of Donald Trump. The board unanimously adopted a statement highlighting “our commitment to providing an equitable and inclusive environment for all students.”

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    Parents call for Spokane Public Schools to address Trump-inspired bullying

    12/16/16 -- Inlander -- A group that included parents, teachers and community leaders called for Spokane Public Schools to condemn recent bullying incidents on Wednesday, in the wake of the presidential election..."No child should have to worry about being picked on for the color of their skin, their gender, their sexual identity, or immigration status," said parent Nikki Lockwood, a member of the Spokane Alliance.

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