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Portlanders for Schools Time Sensitive Actions

April 27, 2011. We've been asked by a member of a MACG institution to share two upcoming opportunities for getting involved with the Portlanders for Schools Campaign. See details here.

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Seattle City Council Passes Ordinance to Criminalize Wage Theft

April 2011. -- On April 25, the Seattle City Council passed an ordinance that criminalizes wage theft. Wage theft refers to intentional shortchanging of employee wages or benefits by an employer.

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Wash. Gov. Signs Foreclosure Fairness Act

April 2011. -- Washington homeowners experienced a significant victory with the passage of HB 1362, also known as the “Foreclosure Fairness Act.” The bill, which Gov. Chris Gregoire signed April 14th, offers free foreclosure counseling and makes it possible for homeowners to third-party mediation with lenders before facing foreclosure. It will go into effect in July.

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Newlywed Weatherizes Home, Gains Community Spirit

Newlywed Weatherizes Home, Gains Community Spirit

March, 2011. When Kouya signed up his home for energy efficiency improvements, he also was activated with community spirit.

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Health Care Action Team Focusing on Exchange. Register for Health Care Action Day and Show Your Support!

April, 2011. MACG’s Health Care Action Team has been working hard on its goals for 2011, with most effort focused around advocating to establish a strong, pro-consumer Health Care Insurance Exchange that can negotiate for the interests of consumers and small businesses. Establishing a strong exchange is also the number one priority for Health Care Action Day, Monday April 18.

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Family Finally Able to Weatherize Home

Family Finally Able to Weatherize Home

March, 2011. Nick O'Connor tells about how his involvement with MACG's Sustainable Jobs Action Team helped improve life for his family.

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Campaign Victory: Bank of America to Open First Assistance Center in Washington State for Distressed Homeowners

February 2011. -- Thanks to the hard work and persistence of a broad cross-section of Sound Alliance leaders, we have secured a major victory in our foreclosure intervention campaign: Bank of America in a Feb. 25 letter to Sound Alliance announced that it will open its first-ever permanently staffed customer assistance center in Washington state to assist financially distressed homeowners.

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Young Woman Gains a Living Wage Job in Weatherization

Young Woman Gains a Living Wage Job in Weatherization

Alexxis Lee was a beneficiary of the Changing the Climate in Cully project. Despite having trouble with high school, she graduated from a pre-apprenticeship program, completed the Laborers Weatherization Training program, and now works for one of MACG’s partner contractors Sustainable Solutions Unlimited.

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Changing the Climate in Cully Celebration

Changing the Climate in Cully Celebration

December, 2010. MACG's Changing the Climate in Cully campaign celebrated its successes with a Community Event in December.

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Sustainable Jobs Action Team About to Complete Successful Community Energy Efficiency Campaign

November, 2010. The Sustainable Jobs Action Team is on the verge of successfully completing a community campaign to sign up 100 homes for energy efficiency improvements in the Cully neighborhood, entitled Changing the Climate in Cully. As of this writing, 193 homeowners in the Cully community have taken the first step of applying for the program - 85% of the Team's goal of 225!

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