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 2017 -- 38 Spokane Alliance leaders from 15 institutions gathered on Feb 24 & 25 to discuss the future of the Alliance, its role in the current post-election political landscape, and reflect on individual leadership journeys. Here are some highlights of the rich discussions by Mary Lou Johnson & Karen Dorn Steele, Unitarian Universalist Church of Spokane.
The Spokane Alliance is in search of a part-time Communications Manager who is excited by the work of the Spokane Alliance, who wants to help tell our story and raise our profile so we can be more effective in advancing our goals. This is a good job for someone interested in business, public relations, non-profit management, communications and, social justice/organizing.
March, 2017 -- Beginning this Saturday, March 11, legislators are coming home from Olympia for one reason: to hear from you at town halls across the state. With tough budget negotiations around the corner, these town halls are a vital opportunity to let our senators and representatives know that we can create great schools and protect our thriving communities here in Washington, but only if we clean up our upside-down tax code.
February 2017 -- Over 75 MACG members added their voices to the crowd at City Hall on Feb 2, 2017, successfully supporting a critical emergency Tenant Relocation Assistance ordinance which passed 5-0. It was a victory for stable communities and families in the face of the Portland housing crisis.
It is time for us once again to WEAR RED and fill City Hall chambers to support tenants in gaining relocation assistance!