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.
For the first time ever, the Washington State Budget & Policy Center, a Spokane Alliance statewide partner, will host a Budget Matters Policy Summit in eastern Washington! Our two organizations are working together in coalition with others on the All in for Washington campaign to address our upside down tax code. This is a great opportunity to learn more about state, national and local pressures and become more engaged in addressing them. Join us!!
August 2017 -- Governor Jay Inslee signed into law a two-year budget shortly before midnight on the evening of June 30. During the extra long session, you made a huge difference.
July 2017 -- At the final hour, Washington state legislators avoided a shutdown but settled short of what will be needed to sustain our schools and communities in the long run, and most likely makes the tax code more inequitable. More work is needed to make world-class schools and thriving communities possible.
July 2017 -- Congratulations are in order for the Spokane Alliance's Public Safety & Mental Health Research Action Team! After three years of the team's work researching and promoting the idea with partner organizations, key leaders, and government agencies, the Spokane Regional Law and Justice Council voted to approve a plan to build a Mental Health Crisis Stabilization Facility in 2018. The facility will also be a win for Spokanites who suffer from mental illness.
June 2017 -- There were over 400 people at 5 different events at yesterday's statewide Day of Action to Prevent a State Government Shutdown. It was covered widely by the press, calling attention to the fact that if budget negotiations break down, government agencies, schools, parks, libraries and other important public services will close on July 1!