IAF Northwest Media Coverage
July 18, 2017 -- City & State New York -- New York City has become a national leader in rethinking misdemeanor justice, but it is hardly alone in this effort. Through the MacArthur Foundation’s Safety and Justice Challenge, dozens of cities across the country are reengineering their approaches to misdemeanor-level cases... Spokane, Washington is working to divert misdemeanor-level defendants struggling with mental illness to community-based treatment services.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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."
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.”