IAF Northwest Media Coverage
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.”
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.
12/2/16 -- KXLY -- Backers of the controversial paid sick and safe leave ordinance passed by the city council say the benefits won't only help employees, but local businesses as well.
11/29/16 -- The Spokesman-Review -- A local coalition of parents and the American Civil Liberties Union wants Spokane Public Schools to respond to several complaints of racism and harassment...Nikki Lockwood, a representative from Spokane Alliance, organized a meeting on Nov. 23 in response to the letter and concerns about harassment and racism in Spokane.
11/23/16 -- Insights Magazine -- The Uniting Church in Australia, Uniting and partners in the Sydney Alliance are calling on the NSW government to set strong and clear affordable housing quotas to address Sydney’s critical affordability crisis.
11/22/16 -- Quest Newspapers -- EXCESSIVE parking fees at Brisbane hospitals of up to $40 a day — or $280 a week — are forcing patients to skip appointments....Queensland Community Alliance organiser Dave Copeman said more than 200 people from the Kenmore/Chermside Uniting Church, Stafford Anglican Parish, Queensland Nurses Union, Together, Queensland African Community Council and Stafford Catholic Parish met last Thursday to discuss community concerns.
11/16/16 -- News Corp Australia Network -- News Corp has revealed state governments are raking in $100 million a year from hospital parking fees that are rising faster than the inflation rate. And we’re campaigning for a cap on fees that would see families pay no more than $10 a day for parking or $30 a week if they are frequent hospital visitors. Pensioners and concession cardholders should be able to park for free. On Thursday night the Queensland Community Alliance will gather 200 community members at the Queen of Apostles Catholic Church to call for action on parking fees.
10/27/16 -- Catholic Sentinel -- Ofelia Chavez, a member of St. Andrew Parish in Northeast Portland, gets suspiciously high water bills from her landlord. She never sees what the water bureau sends..... Chavez was addressing the Metropolitan Alliance for Common Good, a coalition of faith groups, unions and social service agencies. MACG, as it’s called, is holding the Portland Housing Bureau’s feet to the fire over promises to increase the number of lower-cost units as the city’s market continues to boom.