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.
April, 2015 -- On Monday, April 13, twenty people from five Sound Alliance institutions came together for the first Civic Academy on how Washington funds state and local services. There was great energy in the room as participants got clarity on the where the state’s revenue comes from and where it goes (expenses). Participants were especially interested to discuss the disparity in the amount of revenue that comes in and how it gets collected versus the amount of services that need funding.
MACG Leadership Institute coming up at the end of May! Who would you like to see trained? Make sure they register.
April, 2015 -- MACG's 2015 listening campaign is in full swing, with many institutions having completed listening activities such as house meetings or one to ones. One institution in particular, Havurah Shalom, has executed a model listening process which we will describe here for inspiration. MACG's listening campaign will end with a Discernment Assembly on May 18 - save the date!
Story of a True Broad-Based Organizing Win: How health students ran a great campaign, then joined two issues together with labor leaders to create a win on both
April, 2015 -- The Health Equity Circle at the University of Washington (UW) and the Sound Alliance are celebrating a major win: On March 30, the Seattle City Council unanimously passed an ordinance supporting the creation of three new tent cities, providing much needed safe, temporary shelters for those experiencing homelessness. A similar ordinance failed a few years ago. In the final hour of this campaign, the health students joined across the broad-base with labor leaders in other Sound Alliance institutions to score a win on two issues - homelessness and fair trade - that are ultimately related.
April, 2015 -- The Spokane Alliance extends a warm welcome to Global Neighborhood, our newest member institution. Global Neighborhood provides former refugees with opportunities for holistic development, providing them with Employment, Education, and Empowerment.