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.
Clinic Based Organizing
The Clinic Based Organizing Initiative builds on the historical roots of community health centers, in which the clinic collective - providers and patients together - worked to address fundamental injustices in the community by exercising "power with". The initiative’s goal is to demonstrate the effectiveness of organizing efforts today in addressing the "social determinants of health" by surfacing and equipping patient leaders in communities highly impacted by health, income, and race-based disparities to act together on their own behalves to address issues at the root of those injustices.
Physical Education (PE) Campaign
The American Heart Association recommends children receive 150 minutes per week of physical education in elementary school - benefiting health, academics, and student behavior. Some Washington schools, especially in communities highly impacted by health, income, and race-based disparities, have been failing to provide even the low current state standard of 100 minutes of PE per week. This campaign is focusing on getting schools in the state's largest district - Seattle - to meet the state PE standard across the board, starting with those schools most impacted by health disparities.
March, 2015 -- On February 15, 180 people – many of them undocumented immigrants – gathered for MACG’s Executive Action on Immigration Training at St. Andrew for a briefing and discussion on the new Federal immigration policy which President Obama issued in November. The training was a success by many measures. Almost double the number of people attended as were expected. But most of all, there was rich discussion coming from different table groups as participants did an analysis together about what the policy would mean for them and their families, and the larger political climate affecting the Executive Action.
March, 2015 -- After the amazing organizing effort around Measure 88, there was a strong desire to continue building relationships between the Latino and English speaking communities at MACG member institution St. Andrew Catholic Church. MACG had already been working with St. Andrew and People-Places-Things PDX to provide English classes in the summer, but we saw there was a strong desire for something more personal. And developing authentic relationships is the best way to learn language, anyway!
March, 2015 -- The Sound Alliance is welcoming a new member this month - the M.L. King County Labor Council.
3/13/15 -- Federal Way Mirror -- As plans come together for a potential new day shelter in Federal Way, some community partners have stepped up to house and staff the shelter.
March, 2015 -- Sound Alliance leaders led two successful actions on homelessness in one week, showcasing the Alliance’s broad-base in both the city of Seattle and the suburb of Federal Way.