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Welcome to the IAF Northwest!

The IAF Northwest is a regional network of broad-based community alliances in Washington, Oregon, Canada and Australia.  Each alliance’s goals are to build individual civic leadership, strengthen its member organizations, and to serve as a vehicle for these members to act in the public arena with sufficient power for the common good.

The IAF Northwest is part of the larger Industrial Areas Foundation which has affiliates in 19 additional states, the United Kingdom and Germany.   Started in 1940, the IAF is the oldest and most widely recognized network of its kind.  The IAF Northwest consists of eight established local Alliances and four start-up Alliances.

Each of the Alliances is a broad-based organization made up of a diverse group of resourceful, passionate everyday people—united through their religious, education, labor and community organizations.

The Alliances create opportunities for these people to connect and act powerfully and creatively as leaders -  to bring about practical solutions to the challenges facing their families and communities.  The IAF Northwest is nonideological and strictly nonpartisan, but proudly, publicly, and persistently political.

 

NEWS:

A New Year's Challenge

A New Year's Challenge

December, 2016 -- Across the political spectrum, widespread anxiety about people’s economic futures - combined with hopelessness and frustration with government's ability to improve the situation – laid the foundation for populist surges that challenged the establishments in both major parties in the recent US presidential election. At its worst, the campaign pitted Americans against each other, exposed race and gender prejudices, and further eroded people’s confidence in government. In this context, the well refined relational organizing practices of the Industrial Areas Foundation (IAF) and its affiliates across the US and beyond are needed now more than ever.

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A New Year's Challenge

December, 2016 -- Across the political spectrum, widespread anxiety about people’s economic futures - combined with hopelessness and frustration with government's ability to improve the situation – laid the foundation for populist surges that challenged the establishments in both major parties in the recent US presidential election. At its worst, the campaign pitted Americans against each other, exposed race and gender prejudices, and further eroded people’s confidence in government. In this context, the well refined relational organizing practices of the Industrial Areas Foundation (IAF) and its affiliates across the US and beyond are needed now more than ever.

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Leader Reflects On Breakfast with Governor

Leader Reflects On Breakfast with Governor

December, 2016 -- Governor Jay Inslee invited the Spokane Alliance to a working breakfast. A group of leaders travelled to Olympia to participate in the meeting. Sheila Collins, Fuse Washington, wrote up the experience here.

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Spokane - City Council Meeting to Save Sick & Safe Leave

The earned Sick and Safe Leave ordinance we worked so hard for over the past three years that’s due to take effect on Jan. 1 is under assault by some in Spokane’s business community. We must once again demonstrate our power and tell the City Council not to delay a needed safety net for another year!

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Local Assemblies Move Agendas Forward, Oct 15 Statewide Assembly Cancelled

Local Assemblies Move Agendas Forward, Oct 15 Statewide Assembly Cancelled

The Spokane and Sound Alliance recently hosted several successful local assemblies with legislative candidates to move our statewide and local campaigns forward. The October 15 statewide assembly is cancelled.

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